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Five Things #110

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

  1. How the psychology of the England team can be used to improve your day to day life. Lots of useful advice on how to deal with pressure.

  2. An interesting piece on Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter and the rise of contemporary instrumental music. (If you hit a paywall, use this link. The top search result should grant you access)

  3. Ever wondered how many people have ever lived on Earth? I have. Here's your answer!

  4. Food for thought from Oliver Burkeman: Hate where you live? So does everyone else

  5. I can't sit still whilst listening to this song. 🎶 Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

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ps. There won't be a Five Things next week. Usual service will resume the following week.

Five Things #109

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

  1. An Instagram account where album art meets classical art.

  2. The worrying effects of social media on our mental health. My takeaway: Using social media for real conversations, building communities and sharing your work is a positive thing, whilst using social media too much and to compare yourself to others is not good.

  3. A wonderful project detailing the hidden treasures found along the banks of the river Amstel in Amsterdam during recent excavations for a new metro line. Here's an introduction to the project and here's what they found.

  4. Better ways to learn. Space out your learning sessions, take notes, test yourself and get plenty of sleep!

  5. What a tune. 🎶 Tame Impala - Let It Happen

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Five Things #108
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Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A very interesting article titled Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds. This quote jumped out to me: “Presented with someone else’s argument, we’re quite adept at spotting the weaknesses. Almost invariably, the positions we’re blind about are our own.”

  2. “'Spite buildings' are constructions specifically intended to irritate or protest: our smallest human pettiness made manifest in bricks, mortar and a reckless disregard for planning laws.” What a strange species we are.

  3. And continuing the architectural theme: How to hurricane-proof your house

  4. I’ve just finished series 2 of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast. It’s really good. He’s a masterful storyteller. I would recommend an episode but I think I’d end up listing them all, so just start at the beginning.

  5. Here’s a song I hadn’t listened to in a while: In The Clouds by Under The Influence of Giants (GREAT band name). If you like that, definitely check out their album, It’s very good.

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Five Things #107

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

  1. Fun interview with Flight of the Conchords. Very much looking forward to seeing them play the O2 tomorrow.

  2. Following the World Cup? Here's what FiveThirtyEight thinks of your team's chances.

  3. These are great: Clever Street Artist Transforms Ordinary Public Places Into Funny Installations

  4. Interesting long read on the world's top art forgery detective. The fact that some people will pay millions of pounds for a painting never ceases to blow my mind.

  5. 🎵 Flight of the Conchords - The Humans Are Dead

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Five Things #106

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

  1. Great episode of the After-On podcast with the endlessly fascinating Stewart Brand.
  2. Derek Sivers on unlearning. I love the John Cage quote at the end of the piece: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

  3. When a podcast has the title Where are the aliens? Three new resolutions to the Fermi Paradox. And how we could easily colonise the whole universe you know it’s going to be an interesting conversation!

  4. The musical sophistication of… Ringtones?

  5. A new single from Ólafur Arnalds. Looking forward to the release of his new album later this year.

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Five Things #105
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Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An interesting piece on the idea of a growth vs fixed mindset — "You can tell kids that they’ve done something fantastic, but don’t label them as smart"

  2. I have a new favourite iOS game, Pocket Run Pool. It really helped me through my recent 2-hour stint of being stuck on the runway on the way home from Berlin!

  3. A great Youtube series from Holistic Songwriting analysing the writing styles of various artists. I'm only partway through but have learnt a lot.

  4. This Twitter thread of neural net-generated jokes is rather amusing. The jokes are only funny because they are terrible, but I did enjoy them all the same.

  5. I've been really enjoying Jonas Bonnetta's album All This Here. I really like his use of field recordings.

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Five Things #104
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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 video explaining the "hidden" syncopation in one of my favourite Radiohead songs. I forget just how good Radiohead are at times.

  2. The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense.

  3. What a world we've created: "Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans, only 4% are wild mammals"

  4. Austin Kleon asks "What do you want to learn?"

  5. As it's above, here's a wonderful live version of that Radiohead song.

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ps. There'll be no Five Things next week, but normal service will resume the following the week!

Five Things #103

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

  1. If you find yourself in London with some time to kill I recommend visiting the Hope To Nope exhibition at the Design Museum. It's one of the best I've been to in ages. (The photo above is one I took at the exhibition).

  2. A great video from Vox on Why More Pop Songs Should End With A Fade Out. I was initially a fade out skeptic, but I think I've now been convinced of their merit.

  3. What do you hear, Yanny or Laurel? I'm firmly in the "Laurel" camp and the fact that others are hearing "Yanny" is leaving me questioning reality. 🤨

  4. Boston Public Library have put high resolution scans of their collection of Escher prints online. The quality of the scans is really something. You can zoom and zoom and zoom.

  5. Watching the video for Childish Gambino's new song This Is America left me a little speechless. It's powerful and dark — you've been warned! There is a lot going on in the video so it's worth watching a few times.

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