Five Things #165

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

  1. Yet another great episode of the Reply All podcast. The story is far more interesting than the title will have you believe! — The Woman in the Air Conditioner

  2. I'd never really appreciated how great the bass line is in Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's version of Ain't No Mountain High Enough. The visualisations really bring it to life — Watch Animated Visualisations of the Bass Lines for Motown Classics

  3. I'm firmly in the second camp on this — Should we take a few long holidays, or lots of short ones?

  4. A really interesting piece on how language evolves and the pointlessness of trying to stop it doing so — Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language

  5. The Verge's Future of Music series is back with an episode on sampling in pop music — How the Despacito producers use online sample stores to create hits

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Five Things #164

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

  1. I'm a big fan of short books, and this is a particularly good one — My Face for the World to See by Alfred Hayes

  2. I don't think I've ever used the word "whom" but should the situation arise I now know how to use it! — Who or Whom? It’s Not As Hard As You Think

  3. What a voice that man had — Marvin Gaye with the music and backing vocals removed is astonishing

  4. Clever interactive demo — How does a computer ‘see’ gender?

  5. My quest to discover new music continues, here's my latest discovery — Crawl Space by Tei Shi 🎧

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Five Things #163

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

  1. A great episode of the Planet Money podcast — The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

  2. Such a wonderful project: "All of our servers are people living with dementia. They may, or may not, get your order right. However, rest assured that even if your order is mistaken, everything on our menu is delicious and one of a kind. This, we guarantee." I'd recommend watching the video — The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

  3. This is quite a bookstore! — X+Living Completes Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore In China With Escher-Like Stairs

  4. I'm really enjoying Wired's Tech Support series on Youtube where famous sports people, scientists (etc!) answer user questions submitted on Twitter. I particularly enjoyed Alex Honnold on rock climbing and Penn Jillette on magicTech Support

  5. Lana Del Rey has a new album and it's very good. A heads up, the album's title contains a swear word, you've been warned! — NFR 🎧

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Five Things #162

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

  1. You should probably read this if you're a regular users of earbud style headphones. Loud noises directly piped into your ear canal = bad! — Something You Don’t Want to Hear About Earbuds

  2. You may have heard of the 10,000 hour rule, which suggests that it takes 10,000 hours to master a given subject. Well, it turns out it's not that straight forward. — Blow to 10,000-hour rule as study finds practice doesn't always make perfect

  3. A wonderful thread on Twitter of smiling Victorians.

  4. One for the grammar fans. For the record I'm a big fan of the em dash. — The Em Dash Divides

  5. I've been on a bit of a musical quest this last week. I'd got into a bit of a rut only listening to a select few albums and pretty much nothing else. So I started exploring similar artists to those I like thanks to Spotify and Last.fm's related artist features. It's a great way to discover new music. I'm adding my favourite discoveries to my 2019 playlist which you can check out here.

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Five Things #161

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

  1. A great profile of Teenage Engineering. Very cool company! — The $60 Gadget That’s Changing Electronic Music

  2. Surely you’d remember this! “Five per cent don’t know whether they’ve been attacked by a seagull or not.”Why I'm obsessed with people who respond ‘don’t know’ to really obvious YouGov questions

  3. Duolingo (the language learning app) has started rolling out a Stories feature to a number of languages. I'm really enjoying them, just what I needed to level up my German! — Duolingo Stories

  4. I love these — Blocky Abstract Oil Paintings

  5. What a wonderful idea — Hey From The Future

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