How to get yourself out of a funk
On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes.
For those of you suffering a bit of Cabin Fever thanks to all the snow…
Soderbergh’s thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin
Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking.
Interesting thoughts on the impact of smartphones.
How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections
As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected? The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying.
Adopting a more active lifestyle today could have benefits for your personality decades from now
According to statistics published by the British Heart Foundation, we spend 76 days per year, on average, sitting. Indeed, the World Health Organisation describes physical inactivity as a “global public health problem” that contributes to millions of deaths each year.
Reminding myself of this when I drag myself to the gym
My Abuser’s Gender Made Me Doubt My Experience
Here are some things I know: It happened in September of my junior year at college. It happened on a Friday. I left the party and went home with a well-liked acquaintance. The next morning I met a friend for coffee. She laughed, and said she was proud of me for being so “wild.
Abuse is abuse. But how it is presented does differ. Horrible.
Scotland on target to deliver biggest boom in social housing since the 1970s
NEW RESEARCH HAS revealed that Scotland is on course to achieve its pledge of delivering the biggest boom in new social housing since the 1970s.
This Woman Is Taking On Racism And Sexism In Italy — And Getting Death Threats For It
Laura Boldrini didn’t worry much about the death threats until she received a bullet in the mail.
This is fucking awful. All power to her.
As Medals Pile Up, Norway Worries: Are We Winning Too Much?
Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 39 medals, 14 of them gold.
How lovely are the Norwegians?
Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?
I’ve gone gray, and it’s great. In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black.
Another article on ‘less smartphone’. Tempted to try this, but not THAT tempted. Pick up a book already, people!
We need an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
The best podcast in the history of the world ever (right now, according to me, your mileage might vary) is the declaratively titled A History of Jazz. It’s informal subtitle – One Record At A Time – hints at its genius. This podcast is not in a hurry.
Loving this so far.
Anatoli Bugorski, the Man Who Put His Head Inside a …
A particle accelerator is a machine that propels charged particles at nearly light speed. Invented in the 1930s, it’s used to study all thing particle physics, and has led to discoveries of groundbreaking new particles like the Higgs boson.
You’ll Need to Cool Off After a Bowl of Respiro del …
Picture this. It’s a boiling hot summer day, and you just need to cool off. So you pop into a little shop and order yourself a cone of bright-pink ice cream (strawberry is so refreshing) without bothering to read the label first.
I love ice cream but… nope! nope nope nope nope nope.
Your Guide to the King-Sized World of ‘Castle Rock’
2017 was a banner year for Stephen King fans. From “Mr. Mercedes” to “Gerald’s Game” to the record-breaking success of It, King adaptations saw a major bump in quality.
Fab stuff and interesting news about a new TV show (please be good!)
Review: Plus+ by Bethany Rutter
For a few years now, I’ve had trouble finding a style icon I can relate to.
Great article, inspiring stuff for everyone. Find your style icon!
With ‘Mudbound’ and ‘Black Panther,’ Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison has already made history
A mere two months in, and it’s already been a career-boosting, history-making year for cinematographer Rachel Morrison.In January, she became the first woman ever nominated for a cinematography Oscar for her work on Dee Rees’ 1940s-set period drama, “Mudbound.
A Week Inside WeLive, the Utopian Apartment Complex That Wants to Disrupt City Living
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re just slightly more alone than everyone else? Like when you’re scrolling through Instagram, and you get that sinking sensation that you’re missing out on some kind of deep human fulfillment? It’s not a specific pang of FOMO; it’s a broader suspicion.
No. It’s not a Sci-fi movie. I don’t think.
How Tiny Red Dots Took Over Your Life
As the ranks of tech-industry critics have expanded, it has become harder to tell what common ground they occupy.
But my dots are all grey now!
Build Your Social Budget Like a Financial Budget
Do you feel like your social life is out of control? Maybe you (or your kids) have events every evening, when all you want to do is spend a quiet night at home.
File under: common sense that you sometimes need pointed out to you.
Amazon Agrees to Buy Smart-Doorbell Startup Ring
Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to buy connected-doorbell startup Ring Inc. for about $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter said. The move helps Amazon expand further into the consumer market, including providing security for package deliveries.
Hmmm what was that other thing Amazon were gonna do?
Amazon Will Deliver Packages Straight Into Your Living Room
Amazon.com Inc. is going to start delivering packages not just to doorsteps, but inside homes as well.
Ohhh yes, this! This isn’t scary/creepy AT ALL.
Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology
In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against dozens of men accused of membership in two violent Central City drug trafficking gangs, 3NG and the 110ers.
No. It’s not a Sci-fi movie. Oh wait, THIS ONE WAS! Holy frick.
Yes, bacon really is killing us
Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap.
Furry Nation: Inside America’s most misunderstood subculture
At conventions across America, thousands of people from all walks of life converge to celebrate a broad but oddly specific interest. They wear custom-made badges and fursuits that project a chosen animal identity: foxes and deers and every manner of mythical hybrid.
Some of the costumes are amazing! Each to their own I say.
Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→
Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page.
And this, amongst other reasons, is why I use Spotify.
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20
In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web: kottke.org, founded in 1998. “Sometime in the past few years, the blog died.”
Pffffttt, he’s only a year or so ahead of me (although his is a ‘true’ weblog, not this ramshackle nonsense)
The Breakup Museum
It’s a simple necklace: a tiny, brown-striped clamshell tied to a black leather cord. The shell was gathered from a beach in Italy, and attached to the cord by means of two holes drilled into the shell with a dental drill.
It’s always the little things, found one such item myself just this past week. *cries a river*
“Some women will shag anything to get anywhere”: Lisa Stansfield on fame, Weinstein and the problem with Jeremy Corbyn
She was the biggest British female soul star of the Nineties. At 51, she’s back and ready to let loose. Lisa Stansfield likes to do an impression of Lisa Stansfield.
What a great voice to be heard.
A true Olymipic moment
Something like this happens at every Olympics. Humanity is strong than we give it created for.
A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day — until his co-workers found out
Trenton Lewis’ legs ached from the 11-mile walk he made every morning to get to his 4 a.m. shift. And yet the 21-year-old dutifully did it for seven long months.
No YOU’VE got something in your eye…
My Ready Meal Is None Of Your Fucking Business.
Tonight, scrolling through Twitter, I came across a frankly audacious message sent from the ‘Bath Conservatives’ account, that had tagged me in.
Jack Monroe in wonderfully scathing style. They are mighty.
I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth. I was nowhere near bombastic enough to think I had anything important to say, even to my future self.
So many reasons to keep a journal.
How to Keep Going
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One to print large and pin up everywhere!
How Protein Conquered America
My bodega is only a little bigger than my studio apartment, and sells no fewer than 10 kinds of Muscle Milk.
Ahhh protein. My main food source at the moment, apparently.
The Women of WakandaNakia is the Real Revolutionary of “Black Panther”
This story contains spoilers for Marvel’s Black Panther.
Yes, yes and YES.
I have forgotten how to read
Author of Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in an Age of Constant Connection. Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn’t.
Wow this sat down HEAVY.
The Winter Olympics Feature 2,951 Of The World’s Greatest Athletes, And Also This Woman
There’s a premise built into the structure of the Olympics that pretty much every single Olympian, even those far down the standings, are elite athletes at the top of their game performing at a level most fans could only dream of.
This one of these stories at every Olympics. Humanity sometimes is a bit odd.
The ‘Poor Jen’ Narrative Fails Every Woman, Everywhere
Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux have announced their split after six years together.
I pains me to admit that this needed pointed out to me. A trope I’ve seen so so often.
Hundreds of rough sleepers in Scotland to be offered homes
At least 600 of Scotland’s most vulnerable rough sleepers are to be provided with homes and the continuing support they need to sustain their tenancies, in the largest commitment of its kind in the UK.
Proud to be Scottish (and proud to have contributed).
Japan’s Stock Market Got You Confused? Try Analyzing Eyebrows
With Japan’s stock market having slipped away from strategists’ targets set at the start of the year, investors seeking alternative analysis could consider studying eyebrows.
Because I’m not confused enough about the ‘magic marker’ eyebrows already??
Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight
A unicorn, a monster, a phoenix, a machine, a heavyweight fighter, an astronaut, a superhero, a thoroughbred, a home-run hitter, a waitress juggling “16 entrees, 42 starters, 16 desserts,” a jazz virtuoso, LeBron James, Magellan, Snuffleupagus.
Mild Lady Bird spoilers, which you should go and see because Metcalf is mesmerising.
From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower
In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office complex from the back side of the building.
My prediction: The war is coming, ideologies will build on the back of such achievements, they always have. Tech is the new battleground.
At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he’s walked more than 600 people back from the edge
Almost no one jumps on rainy days. They jump when the sun returns and the masses step outside, reminding them of their misery. They jump during financial crises and in the early spring, when Japanese schools open and the pressures of life converge.
It is always, ALWAYS good to talk. Even a few words can change a life. You have no idea the impact your words may have with others. Don’t be scared to reach out.
In Conversation: Quincy Jones
In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do.
Quite the interview this, to say he’s not shy about revealing secrets is… well just go read it.
String Theory Says We Have At Least 10 Dimensions, But That’s Not The Weirdest Thing About It
Okay, well, maybe string theory isn’t all that simple. For one thing, it requires the universe to have at least 10 dimensions to work (and some versions require as many as 26).
You know, some of us struggling in just one of these dimension things. Calm down, science, calm down.
Deadpool 2: is this the most annoying marketing campaign ever?
At this stage, it feels like Deadpool 2 has been coming for several eons.
LOVED Deadpool but yeah, the sequel already had a lot to live up to but already feels over-hyped?
My secret battle.
It was 28th October, a few short weeks ago. It was about 11:10 on a Saturday afternoon and in twenty minutes time we were going live for Saturday lunchtime’s game on Sky Sports between Manchester United and Tottenham.
Many people struggle, and the more voices that talk about this stuff the better.
What is happiness made of?
An infographic for you.
6 Artists on Their Favourite Abba Songs
Who knows what strange formula goes into the perfect pop song. Some strange admixture of melancholy, melody, joy, lust and a glorious middle eight, maybe? But something else, too, something far more elusive that structure and theme.
Who doesn’t like Abba! (note: if you don’t like Abba don’t darken my door again!)
Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million
Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged entirely on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law.
This is hilarious, although the solution looks so ugly (but is grammatically correct, I checked with a lawyer!)
Satire only makes Jacob Rees-Mogg stronger
Take heed, the metropolitan liberal elite! Cower, all you Conservative moderates!! Weep, environmentalists, and prepare your online petitions!!! Jacob Rees-Mogg is upon you, a black darkness over the shire, a shade upon your allotments, a frozen shadow upon all your back garden gazebos.
We need more direct criticism of people like him (see also Trump, stop laughing at him, starting taking him down!)
15 ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use in daily life
Plastic pollution is an issue many of us are now highly aware of, thanks to David Attenborough’s recent series Blue Planet II shining a light on the staggering scale of harm plastic waste has on the environment. “A truck load of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute.”
A handy list and definitely something I’ve been much more conscious of since said TV series.
The Sound of Ice: Nordic skating on thin black ice sounds like lasers
This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science.
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm.
Right. That’s it. Turn off the internet already!
Nana’s Famous Pancake Recipe
Today is without doubt one of my favourite days of the year – pancake day! I love pancakes…..now I am not talking crepes, which are lovely in their own right, but a Scottish pancake which is a thing of beauty.
Shared because Scottish pancakes are the best pancakes (aka drop scones don’t ya know).
Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats
U.S. biathlon Olympian Jeremy Teela at the Vancouver 2010 Games. Back in 1767, Norwegian border patrol troops had far too much time on their hands. So they decided to put their two best skills —firing a gun and cross country skiing—to good use.
Lunacy! After that much cardio the ‘between heartbeats’ for me is about an hour after I stop for a lie down.
Drones that dodge obstacles without guidance can pursue you like paparazzi
Artificially intelligent drones are coming—and they’re going to shoot some really sick snowboarding videos along the way.
Once again my love of tech (there is some cool stuff happening to make this work) and my desire for the world to be a better place (can I use this to stalk someone?) collide.
New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors – video
Ground-breaking robotics engineering and design company Boston Dynamics have released footage of the SpotMini, a dog-like robot that can open doors in the most unsettling manner possible.
No doubt you’ve all seen this. Combine with the link above. Smart machines that can track you, and then open the door you closed to keep them out. All hail Skynet.
Ambitious Women Shouldn’t Afraid Of The Word ‘Bitch’. Or The Term ‘Ambitchous’
I was talking to a friend about a big step-up she was facing at work and she suddenly said, “I know I need to do this. But I’m hesitating because I am scared people will call me a bitch.” My reply was harsh: “They might call you a bitch. It doesn’t mean you are one.”
An aside: what percentage of women who are called a ‘bitch’ are called that by other women? (anecdotal evidence from my very very small pool suggests it’s high?)
Photographer Kristina Makeeva Captures the Otherworldly, Frozen Beauty of the Earth’s Oldest & Deepest Lake
If you’re a nature lover, Siberia is where you need to be. This is home to Lake Baikal, the oldest lake in existence and it is famous for the depth and large size of it that was made famous by the Great Siberian March by the Russian army in 1920.
More frozen water that is utterly utterly beautiful.
No, opposites do not attract
Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract. Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and married partners – all apparently buy the classic adage about love. Relationship experts have written books based on this assumption.
Great, so I have to find someone who is the same as me? Awesome… /sarcasm
An Oral History of The Wire’s Unforgettable 5-Minute ‘F*ck’ Scene
One of the greatest moments in TV and, as the article suggests, one that cemented by love of The Wire.
The United States of Guns
Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 17 people in Parkland, Florida today.
I don’t even know what else to say.
The publishing company that’s only publishing female authors in 2018
When author Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to publish only women in 2018 to help address a gender imbalance in literature, just one publisher took up the challenge – the Sheffield-based company And Other Stories.
For all you book club attendees out there.
Snapping Into Focus: Photography As Mindful Practice
The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the pen and the camera alike. —László Moholy-Nagy, 1934 Photography is a powerful form of visual expression, available to everyone. Most people have cameras and take pictures—lots of them.
I never thought about my random ‘stop and snap’ desire as anything other than curiosity.
Google turns on default adblocker within Chrome
Google will start automatically blocking intrusive ads within its Chrome browser for desktop and Android from Thursday 15 February.
This is good. So royally fed up of my actions being hijacked.
In Her Own Words: Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at 31
“Hmm, your blood pressure is low. We’ll check that again in half an hour. Is there any chance you could be pregnant? Wait, of course not; you just had a hysterectomy!”
There are comments about the fact she is white and has money, where many still struggle, but it’s a story worth sharing.
What Color Is a Tennis Ball?
It seemed like an easy question. The query came from a Twitter poll I spotted on my news feed last week, from user @cgpgrey. “Please help resolve a marital dispute,” @cgpgrey wrote. “You would describe the color of a tennis ball as:” green, yellow, or other.
Oh dear god.
Hot on Instagram – but is it art?
Video: Hot on Instagram – but is it art? Some museums are incorporating cameras in their exhibits for visitors to get the perfect picture.
Yes it is. Next question?
This woman trolls trolls with cakes
Kat Thek’s Brooklyn apartment looks like it came right out of a Wes Anderson movie. A pink flamingo and a golden skull sit on tables; vintage posters and bags of spices from all around the world hang on colorful walls.
I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great
It has been one year and 28 days since my last tweet. I deactivated my account shortly after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” on Jan. 2, 2017.
Not sure I’d go as far as quitting but more and more I think on having less social media time. It just ain’t good for ya!
How ‘Baby Driver’ Orchestrated a Car Chase Timed to a Musical Beat
The kinetic opening of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms” playing on its soundtrack, had to accomplish a lot: quickly introduce the characters; set up the geography of a bank heist and the car chase that follows; and tell the audience exactly what to expect.
I only just watched this the other day. A little over-styled but great movie to watch, especially this stuff (it’s peppered throughout the movie, watch it again and you won’t help but notice).
As London’s Southbank Centre celebrates a major ABBA exhibition Mike Atkinson takes a look at the legacy of Sweden’s hottest export At any decent-sized Pride festival during the Nineties, the chances are that you’d have been entertained by Björn Again, the first of countless ABBA tribute acts.
Who doesn’t love ABBA? (seriously, if you don’t, GET OUT!)
This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry
Yes, Uma Thurman is mad. She has been raped. She has been sexually assaulted. She has been mangled in hot steel. She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted.
Another voice. More of this, less of ‘men’.
The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery
Beneath the bland veneer of supermarket automation lurks an ugly truth: There’s a lot of shoplifting going on in the self-scanning checkout lane. But don’t call it shoplifting. The guys in loss prevention prefer “external shrinkage.”
I’m ok with people ‘tricking’ these systems (aka stealing), think of it as payback for ‘Unexpected Item in Baggage Area’.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. We can start with the suit. It was blue, with splashes of red and white. It said “USA” on the left leg. There were these stirrup feet, which felt very 1990s. Sartorially speaking, it was not my sharpest look.
The Winter Olympics are here. Every year I think I won’t watch much and then these lunatics turn up and I can’t help myself.
Senate passes bill to make O Canada lyrics gender neutral
The Senate passed a bill that renders the national anthem gender neutral Wednesday despite the entrenched opposition of some Conservative senators.
That’s it. I’m moving to Canada.
The Power of RAW on iPhone, Part 1: Shooting RAW
I take a lot of photos. Usually I pack either a Sony A7R2 or a Leica M—two cameras with massive sensors and brilliant lenses. But lately, I’ve been shooting exclusively with the iPhone X, and have found it absolutely excellent.
Nice series if you have an iPhone capable of shooting in RAW.
I deleted WhatsApp for a year and here’s what I learned
At the end of 2016, I sent a message to all my contacts: “After 31 December, I will not use WhatsApp any more. Instead, I will use Threema and Signal.” On New Year’s Eve, I closed my WhatsApp account and deleted the app from my phone.
Ohhhh the peace and quiet, can you imagine?
On Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome wasn’t something I was even aware of until a year or two ago, but now I realise I’ve had it all my life. It’s strange, because I’m a fiercely independent person and I don’t really care what other people think.
Mental Health issues impact everyone. They are not visible. You never know.
Super Mario Odyssey producer settles the debate over Toad’s head
In a new video, Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi addressed longstanding mysteries about Toad’s head, Mario’s belly button and the nature of Mario, Peach and Pauline’s relationship. First, let’s address the all-important mystery of Toad’s head.
Not sure why I’m sharing this. It made me chuckle.
Hear Freddie Mercury’s Vocals Soar in the Isolated Vocal Track for “Somebody to Love”
For some time now, certain fans of Queen have sought the elusive answer to the question “what made Freddie Mercury such an incredible singer?” That he was an incredible singer—one of the greatest in terms of vocal range, emotive power, stage presence, songwriting, etc.
No YOU’VE got something in your eye.
Why Paper Jams Persist
Building 111 on the Xerox engineering campus, near Rochester, New York, is vast and labyrinthine. On the social-media site Foursquare, one visitor writes that it’s “like Hotel California.”
Technology can’t do everything OR why do we STILL use so much paper?
The Man Who Saw Inside Himself
For years, Larry Smarr has used a supercomputer to monitor his health and peer at his organs. Recently, he used his knowledge to help direct his own surgery.
OK. I’m all for the ‘quantified self’ if that’s your thing but this is surely too far?
SpaceX launches its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this afternoon and soared to space, carrying its payload — CEO Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster — into orbit.
Watch the video, even if you only skip forward to the two thruster rockets landing again, perfectly in sync.
Paradise found: how The Good Place divinely remixed the sitcom
The Good Place isn’t the funniest comedy on television, but it’s probably the most enjoyable and easily the most radical. A sitcom about self-improvement at all costs, made just as the world is flushing itself down the toilet. Who on earth saw that coming?
But the BIG question is, WHEN IS SEASON 3?!
The incredible story of Glasgow’s suffragette tree planted 100 years ago to celebrate women’s voting rights
And in a little-known corner of Glasgow stands a century old tree planted in tribute to these suffragettes and the victory they so rightly deserved. Standing tall on Kelvin Way, Glasgow’s Suffrage Oak tree was planted on April 20 1918 by women suffrage pioneers.
I’m going to go and find this, had no idea it existed.
When Beeker published the brilliant essay, by Rod McLaren in 2015, I was blown away by the poetry of Rod’s writing. At that point in my career, I had a growing reliance on Excel as a mode of planning and organising of education.
Ohhh lordy. Close to home.
Behind-the-scenes look at mixing the clay for Wallace and Gromit
When producing their claymation-style feature films or Wallace and Gromit & Shaun the Sheep animations, Aardman Animations goes through 100s of pounds of modeling clay.
Love these behind the scenes insights.
Stop Crying! Tear-Free Onions Are Here
Using onions to explain away crying is a familiar gag. On The Brady Bunch, housekeeper Alice answers the phone and cries as the caller tells her a sad story. After hanging up she says, “Darn onions,” holding up the offending allium.
Great! But… Sunions? Hmmm not so great.
Beating yourself up is not as helpful as you think
I don’t have a name for my inner critic, unless ‘shut up shut up SHUTUP’ counts.
The House That Spied on Me
In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home”.
Privacy versus convenience? A tough balance. This is very much on my mind at the moment.
Björk on creativity as an ongoing experiment
You collaborate with a lot of people, often over a long period of time. How do you find a good collaborator, and what do you think makes a good collaboration? There’s a different story with every collaborator. It’s really like friendships.
Story Ideas: How to Beat Shiny-New-Idea Syndrome and Actually Finish Your Projects
Authors often get asked where they get their story ideas. It’s one of the most common questions my student writers wish they could ask their writing heroes.
Not just for those wot does righting…
Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read
Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, who reads, it is fair to say, a lot of books.
As the internet kids say, ‘It me!’
When internet trolls told this record-breaking teen explorer to ‘make a sandwich,’ she did just that
She’s only 16 but, Jade Hameister has accomplished way more than people twice her age. She’s skied to the North Pole. She’s skated across Greenland’s largest icecap. But there are always those who’d rather focus on her appearance than her achievements.
It’s a long way to go to do it but ULTIMATE MIC DROP!! Amaze!
End of Watch
Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok, in meetings, at brunch.
File under: Curmudgeonly behaviour #487
Mark E. Smith Was An Uncompromising And Essential Voice From Music’s Fringe
It is safe to say that there was no one else like Mark E. Smith. The irascible leader of the legendary Manchester post-punk group The Fall — who died yesterday at the age of 60 — was a true artist and eccentric.
Was never a fan, but it was never really about the music anyway.
A Simple Phrase to Help You Stop Buying Stuff You Don’t Need
Confession: I am a longtime lover of things. Cute things, shiny things, sparkly things. Things that smell good, things that look pretty on an end table, things that make entertaining more fun, things that remind me of happy memories.
Lessons for me, I STILL buy too much ‘stuff’.
Harry Potter Finally Gets Translated Into Scots: Hear & Read Passages from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane
In something of a landmark, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone has just been translated into its 80th language–Scots, a language spoken by 1.5 million people in Scotland.
Did ye, aye?
My problem with Spotify – even though I’m a subscriber
In the last 20 or so years of technological revolution, has any artform been as transformed as music? Film and literature may still be adjusting to new platforms and business ideas, but they cling to the same basic rules. Art and theatre seem largely unchanged.
Nailed it. I have the same problem with Spotify.
Infamous Atari Player Disqualified From World Record After 35 Years
In 1982, video game score-chaser Todd Rogers supposedly set a world record time of 5.51 seconds in the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster. Last year, speedrunners called that score into question.
I love that this happened, that people are STILL passionate about this stuff. Humans are ace.
The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s
In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet.
Earths Magnetic Poles are overdue a switch
Yeah. Just gonna leave that one there.
Michael Mosley: ‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’
These days it is hard to walk the streets without running into someone who is anxiously looking at their wrist to see if they are on target to reach the magic 10,000 steps. Is it really a goal worth striving for, or might there be something better?
I’ve not given two (or 10,000) hoots about my step count for ages. Turns out, I wasn’t just being lazy!
Japanese farmers created a new kind of banana with an edible peel
Most of the world’s bananas are grown in tropical temperatures that consistently hover around 80°F (27°C), but D&T Farms in southern Japan keeps its banana trees at a frigid -76°F (-60°C). Then, the farmers replant the trees in an 80°F environment.
Security measures at the Winter Olympics include drones that catch drones
Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea have plenty to deal with, including the late addition of North Korea as a participant. But it’s not just events on the ground they have to worry about. Security personnel will be looking skyward, as well—for suspicious drones.
Breaking News! Drone drama likely to be more exciting than people sliding down a hill!!
It’s Surprisingly Easy To Plant False Memories
The 1990s were a scary time for psychology. Many therapists were touting the idea that traumatic experiences could produce repressed memories, ones that could only resurface through therapy.
I’ll be right back, just going to check the memories of MY ENTIRE LIFE! Sheesh.
It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the newspaper, pressure the broadcast chief, install an official censor at the publishing house.
This is the real reason I’ve not posted anything all week, I’m trying to dial back on the noise… (seriously though, this is some fucked up scary shit).
Think defamation law is boring? You won’t if you find yourself in court
So, now we can get on to why it all matters. If you use social media or blog online, you are now a publisher just the same as any journalist.
Yikes *scours ALL blog posts*
Google Memory Loss
I think Google has stopped indexing the older parts of the Web. I think I can prove it. Google’s competition is doing better. Evidence · This isn’t just a proof, it’s a rock-n-roll proof.
Duck Duck Go (a better search engine). Do it people!
The hidden beauty spots within driving distance of Glasgow you have to visit
Now the snow is beginning to thaw we can go back to spending our weekends exploring the great outdoors. With Glasgow aptly named the Dear Green Place the city is not short of beautiful parks and view points offering stunning scenery.
Mostly bookmarked for myself but a nice way to show how lucky I am to live in this wonderful area of the world.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Up
Are you hydrated? When did you last glut your thirst with a handful of spring? languishing on your butter shelf? Are you dressed? If so, does your skirt strike matches alight as you walk by? Can you melt it a little around your waist and ribcage?
Because sometimes just getting out of bed is the achievement.
Will There Ever Be an Anglerfish Emoji?
Consider the anglerfish. It’s a type of bony fish that has been around since the early Cretaceous. It is best known for the fleshy protrusion on its head, which it uses to entice prey, and which sometimes is inhabited by glowing bacteria, for extra luring power.
If you like this, listen to this episode from 99% Invisible.
A comparison of the visual similarities between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 takes place in the same location 30 years after the events in the original Blade Runner film, so it’s natural that the two movies share a visual style.
Sandi Toksvig and Humanists UK launch a free massive open online course on humanism aimed at UK’s non-religious majority
Writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig is the face of a new introductory ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) on humanism from Humanists UK, the national charity representing the non-religious in the UK.
Because we didn’t love Sandi enough already?
Own Your Content
“We are in the “Internet Two” phase as Steven Johnson called it. Internet One was an open network, open protocols, open systems. Internet Two is closed platforms that increasingly dominate the market and own and control our content and us.
Welcome to blogging y’all, it’s great! I remember when it were nowt but fields round here….
A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made
Two months ago I was standing in a pub in south London on a Saturday afternoon, having a conversation with a photographer. While desperately dredging my mind for a half-decent anecdote, I decided to re-tell a story I’d read on the internet the day before.
It’s good to talk. Those pink elephants on parade… not so much…
Mary Lee Berners-Lee obituary
The computer scientist Mary Lee Berners-Lee, who has died aged 93, was on the programming team for the computer that in 1951 became the first in the world to be sold commercially: the Ferranti Mark I.
You would not be reading this without this amazing person.
Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?
Humanity has 30 years to find out. All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.
Yikes. STOCKPILE!! ohhh wait no, the opposite of that
When Your Eyes Move, So Do Your Eardrums
Without moving your head, look to your left. Now look to your right. Keep flicking your eyes back and forth, left and right. Even if you managed to keep the rest of your body completely still, your eyeballs were not the only parts of your head that just moved. Your ears did, too.
What the… like an article on fleas I’m pretty sure I’m now aware of this happening… *looks left* *looks right*
Learn How to Do Nothing With the Dutch Concept of Niksen
Between hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, and Sweden’s lagom, which encourages living a balanced life, there are plenty of buzzy Nordic lifestyle methods that proponents claim will make you a better person.
Finally a trend I can get with.
The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home
Suppose you’re looking for a single person, somewhere in the world. (We’ll call him Waldo.) You know who he is, nearly everything about him, but you don’t know where he’s hiding. How do you find him? The scale is just too great for anything but a computerized scan.
Articles like this make the (expensive but secure) Apple HomePod more appealing.
“Eggcorns” Are Language Mistakes That Somehow Still …
Not to get nitpicky and accusatory, but you’ve probably used a whole bunch of words incorrectly throughout your life.
Ain’t the English language great.
Why Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is my style – and everything – icon
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County.
Not had much coverage in the UK but throughout this brutal trial, this Judge has been inspirationally uncompromising.
Germany was once the witch-burning capital of the world. Here’s why
In 1572, the killings began. That year, authorities in the tiny settlement of St Maximin, in present-day Germany, charged a woman named Eva with using witchcraft to murder a child. Eva confessed under torture; she, along with two women she implicated, were burned at the stake.
Wow. Humanity really is a shit show.
A Review of the Delirious New Diet Coke Flavors
Caity Weaver taste tests the newest flavors in the pantheon of diet cola.
Not yet coming to the UK but…
Watch Animated Scores to Music by Radiohead, Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Photek & Other Electronic/Post-Punk/Avant-Garde Musicians
A few weeks ago, we told you about Stephen Malinowski and the Music Animation Machine, a popular and pretty expansive YouTube channel that features scrolling, color-coordinated animated “scores” for classical works from Debussy to Bach and Stravinsky.
No comment needed.
All Good Magazines Go to Heaven
When James Hyman was a scriptwriter at MTV Europe, in the 1990s, before the rise of the internet, there was a practical — as well as compulsive — reason he amassed an enormous collection of magazines.
Read for the first paragraph mention of Bowie, stay for the fascinating geekdom on display.
Robert Burns: was the beloved poet a ‘Weinsteinian sex pest’?
Ahead of this year’s Burns Night, the 18th-century bard has come under harsh scrutiny from Liz Lochhead over his treatment of women.
Ugh. I knew some of this yet still ‘celebrated’ (I posted an Instagram pic, that was about it) our ‘beloved Bard’. Such a part of Scottish culture but a lot of this is true. Ugh. MEN!
The female price of male pleasure
The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears.
(Unfortunately) Eye opening article.
Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?
The mass death of 200,000 saiga provides a dark omen for what might happen to wildlife in a changing world. It took just three weeks for two-thirds of all the world’s saiga to die. It took much longer to work out why.
FAKE NEWS! Climate Change isn’t real! They all actually had a pact and… nope I can’t do this conspiracy stuff.. this is terrible.
Jennifer Tilly: The gay interview
Queer-film icon dishes on Chucky’s LGBT identity, the franchise’s groundbreaking trans doll and her legendary lesbian neo-noir ‘Bound’ Chucky, with his fiery red hair and frighteningly loyal pledge to be “your friend till the end,” was never gay by design.
Because who doesn’t love Jennifer Tilly, right?