July 16, 2014
"In a world where we are running out of fresh water, making artificial fertilizer from fossil fuels and approaching peak phosphorus, it is idiotic and almost criminal that we pay huge amounts in taxes to use drinking water to flush away our personal fertilizer and phosphorus and dump it in the ocean. In the future, they should be paying us."

Now there’s an idea: literally getting paid for our shit. 

Lloyd Alter on rethinking the design of our bathrooms, for The Guardian

July 12, 2014
Barcelona, Here I Come

The last time I was in Barcelona, I didn’t enjoy the city. That was mainly because I couldn’t get my mind off Madrid! But this video makes me want to go back to the Catalan capital.

Barcelona GO! from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

July 2, 2014
The Orijins of Emoji

Apparently, these are important in modern communication. But just exactly where do emoji come from? Appropriately enough, we can thank the Japanese! 

Where do emoji come from?

June 28, 2014
Anne Coulter: Soccer Leads To Moral Decay

This is why I love reading about US politics, the unending supply of light entertainment courtesy of all their nutters from basically across the entire spectrum of left to right. But the right side definitely outdo the left in the outrageous as well as the bizarre. I mean, how to top this latest from one Anne Coulter?

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.

You can read the whole incoherent rant here.

June 19, 2014
Robbie Savage calls Tim Cahill’s cracker

They may have lost the game and exited the World Cup, but the Socceroos have electrified world football today thanks to Tim Cahill’s incredible strike to level the game with the Netherlands at 1-1. Now you can watch numerous video replays of that volley, or you can listen to this audio recording of former Welsh international Robbie Savage calling Tim Cahill’s “cracker”.

June 11, 2014
"We used to look at magazines and see the pictures of great photographers who took incredible images that stuck in our minds forever. Now we are seeing average nothingness. I mean it is true that anyone can take a picture, and some make good pictures, but it is very hard to make great pictures, very hard and I don’t think people know the difference anymore. I think people are becoming numb."

— Photographer, Mary Ellen Mark interviewed by Alison Stieven-Taylor in L’Oeil de la Photographie

June 8, 2014
This is “Pepper”, the humanoid robot that can supposedly read emotions. It will be sold by Japan’s Softbank for about US$2,000. Seen here being demoed at the Softbank store in Ginza. 

This is “Pepper”, the humanoid robot that can supposedly read emotions. It will be sold by Japan’s Softbank for about US$2,000. Seen here being demoed at the Softbank store in Ginza. 

June 7, 2014
"My parents gave me a world without smallpox – I wanted to give my children a world without polio but, beyond the borders of our little country, polio is back."

It is incredible that there is such a thing as a global anti-vaccine movement, one that imperils the next generation. 

The quote is by Keren Landsman writing in Aeon magazine

May 29, 2014
"This is all about music, and we’ve always viewed that music was key to society and culture. Music’s always been at the heart of Apple. It’s deep in our DNA. We’ve sold Macs to musicians since the beginning of Macs. And we accelerated the music industry with the digital music revolution with the iPod and the iTunes music store."

— Tim Cook, CEO of Apple on their acquisition of Beats, in rec/code

May 26, 2014
Humour Prolongs Life

Well, just as long as you’re the one laughing and not being laughed at apparently.

"Unfortunately, there’s a not-so-funny footnote to all this: the people who are best at telling jokes tend to have more health problems than the people laughing at them. A study of Finnish police officers found that those who were seen as funniest smoked more, weighed more, and were at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than their peers".

Source: "Funny Or Die", by Julie Beck in The Atlantic.

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