<strong>'Science' </strong>is just one of the 5 things that<strong> <span style="color: #800000;">caught my eyes and ears</span> </strong>this past week that I wanted to share with you.
Sometimes things just come together in my feed. First I saw this cartoon from Gaping Void …
For 18- to 29-year-olds, real wages are down and living expenses are up, but fresh batches of transplants keep coming here anyway.
Art replicating society – or the other way round?
.. at least according to 'The Economist'.
And though it is sometimes necessary to use nouns as adjectives, there is no need to call an attempted coup a coup attempt, a suspected terrorist a terrorist suspect or the Californian legislature the California legislature. Vilest of all is the habit of throwing together several nouns into one ghastly adjectival reticule: Texas millionaire real-estate developer and failed thrift entrepreneur Hiram Turnipseed…
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I seem to have a lot of grids, spreadsheets and charts in my life at the moment … nice to see that they can be fun. Click through to Kottke for the full 411.
Would you change your behavior if it was for the better good of all ?
The British are as conservative as cats – like most people – and dislike innovation.
Who am I to take issue with Stowe Boyd – but on this one I do. He references a study by the TFL that suggests that the unwritten rule of London’s underground – ‘stand on the right – walk on the left of an escalator’, is flawed and that (according to the TFL) it would actually be more efficient to have everyone stand still on elevators – which in turn would remove congestion that we all know so well.
It makes sense – logically, I would argue that the rule fails not because of the British people’s inability to change, but rather people generally, not just the ‘Brits’, will not put the greater good before themselves.
Updated 19th January, 2016 : Today Kottke published this related report – and guess what – it seems people are just as selfish as I surmised.
<blockquote>When people drive cars, collisions often happen so quickly that they are entirely accidental. When self-driving cars eliminate driver error in these cases, decisions on how to crash can become pre-meditated.</blockquote>
I love these kinds of videos. All you need to know about William and Kate's ancestors, though it might take a couple of watches before you can take the test.
I have long felt that Noel Gallagher is simply a massive self publicist, with little talent. He did some good songs. Once. But I never really cared for him as a person, social commentator or role model - to name just three things that leap to mind as I type, which is all I seem to read about these days - his music simply #FAILS.
This popped into my inbox over the weekend …
Growing up - I was a big fan of Ambrose Bierce. Looks like I wasn't the only one ...
Kottke links off to a couple of new ones. Great reads.