Five Things #149

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. This 8 year old is scarily good at drums! 🤯

  2. Last week I finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It's an incredible book. The writing is incredible, the story is incredible, the characters are incredible! My new favourite book, I can't wait to read it again.

  3. A school trip unlike any other: "In December 1984, a group of teenagers on a school trip from West Germany crossed the border into East Germany. When they returned, an East German defector was hiding under a seat on their bus."

  4. I have just discovered Jiemba Sands and his highly amusing videos. He's clearly a talented acrobat/ gymnast but also a funny one!

  5. I like to think of myself as a fairly open minded person, but there is no way you could convince me a $270 toaster is worth the money.

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Five Things #148

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An interesting article from the New York Times on food and climate change: "Meat and dairy, particularly from cows, have an outsize impact, with livestock accounting for around 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases each year. That’s roughly the same amount as the emissions from all the cars, trucks, airplanes and ships combined in the world today."

  2. A great episode of the Science Vs podcast on Placebos.

  3. You might be surprised to know that there is a growing community of people that believe the Earth is flat. Behind The Curve (currently available on Netflix) is a documentary that takes an empathetic look at the flat-earther community, its ringleaders and their beliefs. It's a really great documentary. This episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast with the creators of the documentary makes for good follow up listening.

  4. A quote I've been pondering: "You come home, make some tea, sit down in your armchair and all around there's silence. Everyone decides for themselves whether that’s loneliness or freedom."

  5. I've been making a valiant and concerted effort to re-listen to music that I haven't listened to in a number of years. This week's highlight had been Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut album. Give it a listen if you haven't done so recently!

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Five Things #147

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I recently finished reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Even as a person that really loves sleeping I totally underestimated just how important it is. Read the book, and make sure you get 8 hours sleep!

  2. Talking of books, I totally relate to this.

  3. The UK went 122 hours without using coal power over weekend. A small step in the right direction towards a coal-free future! — "It is the first time the nation has been powered for so long without the fossil fuel since the world’s first coal-fired power station for public use was opened in London in 1882."

  4. This chart shows just how drastically and quickly music consumption habits have changed over the past 30 years. I'm young/old enough to have lived through cassettes, CDs, downloads and streaming! I wonder, what will be next?

  5. I've listened to this album, Charcoal by Brambles, a lot in the last few weeks. It's great music for reading or working to.

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Five Things #146

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I regularly experience 1 and 3...

  2. I'm a big fan of listening to smart people talk about pretty much anything and this conversation about climate repair with Sir David King (former Chief Scientific Advisor to the government) on the Talking Politics podcast was particularly good. Action on climate change is very urgent indeed...

  3. Can 3D printing be used to help rebuild Notre Dame?

  4. 220 minimalist maps of metro systems from across the world. Very cool!

  5. A couple of weeks ago I was sat in a cafe in Edinburgh and I heard a song I really liked the sound of. The song after that was great too, and so was the one after that. Turns out all the songs were from Nilüfer Yanya's amazing album Miss Universe.

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Five Things #145

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. The perfect blog post for 2019: "I was wrong"

  2. A clever comparison of old public transport systems in the USA vs their modern counterparts. Would love to see something similar for the UK.

  3. An interesting piece on recent efforts to combat The Royal Albert Hall's echo problem.

  4. I recently bought Apple's updated AirPods. I mainly use them for listening to podcasts and audiobooks, a task they are perfect for. One annoyance that I've stumbled upon is that connecting them to a Mac is a little cumbersome. Fortunately a little app called AirBuddy has come to the rescue. It lets you connect with just a click just like on iOS devices. It's $5 but in my opinion well worth it!

  5. Another entry in the "albums Ross really likes but forgot existed" series: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix.

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Five Things #144

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. How do we know a kilogram always weighs a kilogram? The answer to that recently changed: The kilogram has changed forever. Here’s why.

  2. It's hard to believe that the scene in this video was generated by a video game engine and isn't real life footage. Madness!

  3. I thought this was rather interesting, this animation compares the timelines for married couples in the 1970s vs 2010s. Nowadays people move in together sooner and wait longer before getting married. The difference 40 years makes!

  4. I absolutely loved this two part podcast interview with Questlove (drummer of the Roots) on the Broken Record podcast hosted by Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin. Questlove is an incredible drummer and an all round fascinating guy.

  5. Unfortunately I don't have any invaluable works of art to transport but nonetheless I found this interesting: How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks.

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PS. There will be no Five Things for the next two weeks! Fear not, usual service will resume on the 23rd April.

Five Things #143

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. More moving, less sitting.

  2. An interesting piece on Garageband and it's influence on modern music.

  3. I just finished reading Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill. It's an interesting book on effective altruism and how to guard against good intentions leading to bad outcomes when giving to charity (etc!). I highly recommend it.

  4. What a clever and helpful little mouse. I wish he'd come around and tidy up my office.

  5. I think I've shared this here before but I'm sharing it again. Nils Frahm's Encores 2 EP is really great.

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Five Things #142

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. You've probably heard the BBC news theme before. Here's a short glimpse of the musicians behind the music! And here's another video explaining how the theme was made.

  2. A great video from Kurzgesagt explaining the origins of consciousness. Is there anything they can't explain?

  3. Seth Godin on the trap of early feedback.

  4. This is very cool and clever. Scroll down to see the photos. Technology these days! — Bringing black and white photos to life using Colourise.sg

  5. I'd forgotten how much I love this song, The Grass by the Roses by Girls in Airports. I could listen to it on a loop all day.

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