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Five Things #120

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

  1. It's like a time machine for your ears "Conserve the sound is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a[n] analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life."

  2. Watch out composers of generic ad music, AI is coming for your job!

  3. I'm really enjoying the current series of the Crazy/Genius podcast (I also recommended one of their podcasts last week). In the most recent episode they explore the question Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat? I love eating meat, but given facts like "animal farming takes up 30 percent of the earth’s landmass" and "livestock causes one-sixth of global greenhouse gas emissions" it's clear something needs to change. We need to seriously cut down on how much meat we eat or get comfortable with the alternatives, like lab grown meat... or crickets?

  4. Another podcast recommendation — I listen to a lot of podcasts! BBC Radio 4's Intrigue: The Ratline investigates the disappearance of a senior Nazi who was indicted for mass murder. And if that doesn't quite sell it to you, how about this: "The Ratline is story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father". Intrigued?

  5. Tyler Cowen on how to have a good conversation. I'm not a fan of small talk so his first point "have easy outs" would also make my list!

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Five Things #119
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Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. The Crazy/Genius podcast asks Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150? If we can, my response is enthusiastically "yes please!"... Assuming that my body and brain will stay functional at that grand old age!

  2. Two more podcast recommendations for you, both with Jaron Lanier (author of Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) on The Ezra Klein Show. They talk about virtual reality, the problems with our modern internet and social networks, politics and much more. Jaron comes across as a very thoughtful, insiteful and lovely human! Here's the first episode, and here's the second.

  3. This is really interesting (well, to me anyway). Vox explains the surprising pattern behind colour names around the world.

  4. The 2018 world population in one colourful map and some background info and facts to accompany it.

  5. The problem of streaming, fake plays and the music charts. With Spotify, Apple Music and their algorithms serving up new music and relevant releases that they think you'll like, do people even pay attention to the charts any more?

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Five Things #118

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

  1. Alex Honnold has moved on from mountains to climbing skyscrapers. How he maintains his cool whilst climbing so high without ropes is really incredible. Preparation is everything!

  2. I love the idea of self-driving cars. A world where I don't need to own a car or drive myself is a world I'd love to live in! Sadly it sounds like I won't be living in that world any time soon. Solving all the problems to make self-driving cars a reality is really difficult. The latest episode of the Crazy/Genius podcast explores those problems.

  3. Talking of cars... How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

  4. Are you getting enough sleep?

  5. Ah, so it is possible to have two songs sound similar and it not result in a lawsuit! — Why Prince Asked for Journey's Blessing Before Releasing 'Purple Rain'

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ps. From next week Five Things will be published on Tuesdays and not Wednesdays! So keep your eyes peeled next Tuesday! 👀

Five Things #117

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

  1. The story behind the cover of the Strokes' album Is This It.

  2. I've often wondered how photo colourisation artists approach colourising old black and white photos. Well, now I know... Lots and lots of research!

  3. A potentially handy list of mnemonics. 1 and 6 stand out as being particularly useful... For me at least!

  4. Derek Siver's on the work needed to make a change.

  5. 🎶 NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series featuring the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Five Things #116

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

  1. I have a new hobby... Watching art restoration videos on Youtube! Don't knock it before you've watched a few of them. These videos of Julian Baumgartner are a good place to start. The care and skill he puts into his work is incredible. I could watch him work for hours!

  2. I finished reading Hans Rosling's book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World. I'll be adding my recommendation that you read it to that of Bill Gates and Barack Obama. It's a really great book that'll change how you see the world.

  3. Last night I watched Living On One Dollar, a documentary on life below the poverty line in rural Guatemala. I found it moving and humbling. The world is getting better (as Hans Rosling demonstrates in Factfulness) but there is a long way to go. It's crazy that we live in a world where there are people living in mansions whilst others are living in shacks, struggling to survive. The documentary is currently on Netflix (but might not be for much longer).

  4. We all have those things that we want to do but never get around to or start and quickly lose steam — be it running, learning a language, going to the gym... Things that are difficult and take sustained effort. Daniel Gross' advice is to fall in love with that thing you what to do. It's worth a read.

  5. Ólafur Arnalds has a new album!

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Five Things #115

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

  1. The shady world of... Rosé?

  2. I'm rather enjoying The Verge's Home of the Future series on Youtube. Episode 1 explores the construction and design of modern prefabricated modular homes and episode 2 looks at renewable energy in the home. The solar panels actually look cool, unlike many of those ugly things we see on top of houses at the moment!

  3. How what3words are translating addresses into words"London-based startup what3words has given every location on Earth a three-word English address; now, it’s working to support as many languages as possible so that users worldwide can find any destination in their native tongue."

  4. Who'd have thought snapping spaghetti would be so difficult?

  5. Everyone wants our attention and unsurprisingly it might be affecting our focus — Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault

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Five Things #114

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

  1. Well that's just cheating! — AI robot arm scans Where's Wally books to find elusive character in seconds

  2. Legendary jazz pianist Thelonius Monk's advice for playing with... Thelonius Monk.

  3. A handy little website by designer and educator Mitch Goldstein on the purpose of critique and how to critique effectively.

  4. Yet another fascinating episode of the After On podcast. This time with David Reich on ancient DNA.

  5. An interesting video on how English might sound if it was phonetically consistent.

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Five Things #113

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

  1. A great answer on Reddit to the question ”What really happened in real life that if you saw it in a movie you would say ‘that’s totally unrealistic’?”. It would make for a pretty underwhelming movie, but it’s a great story nonetheless.

  2. Food for thought, cultivate self-indifference over self-esteem — You’re simply not that big a deal: now isn’t that a relief?

  3. A fascinating longread — When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity

  4. One of my all time favourite comedies, Community, has returned from the depths of nowhere to Channel 4. A warning, it’s binge-worthy!

  5. Last week I had the pleasure of working with some super talented kids on one of Kick Music School’s Rock Schools. Check out the videos of their performances from the gig day rehearsals… You’ll be impressed!

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