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Five Things #172

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

  1. This was a really great conversation with music writer Ted Gioia on all things music. Tyler Cowen is an excellent interviewer — Ted Gioia on Music as Cultural Cloud Storage

  2. Think you know the best way to lower your personal CO2 footprint? You are probably wrong! — What reduces our personal CO2 footprint? We have no clue!

  3. A hilarious Twitter thread of reimagined Bond film posters — Bond Film Anagrams

  4. I highly recommend David Attenborough's new BBC series "Seven Worlds, One Planet". I've watched the episodes on Antartica and Asia, and both were unsurprisingly excellent. This Attenborough fella is pretty good at this TV and nature stuff! — Seven Worlds, One Planet

  5. TeamTrees are trying to raise 20 million dollars to plant 20 million trees across the planet. At the time of writing they've raised enough to plant 14,886,124 trees. If you fancy donating a tree or two, you can do so here — #TeamTrees

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Five Things #171

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

  1. The TV adaption of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is out now on the BBC. I've been looking forward to this for quite some time — His Dark Materials on iPlayer

  2. More entertainment for your eyeballs, The Good Place on Netflix. We've blasted through the first three and a bit series, though we're now held up by the weekly release schedule... yawn! Why is that a thing again? — The Good Place

  3. If you like stupid quizzes, this is for you. I scored 12/20 (with a number of dumb mistakes) and I'm well under 40... So yeah, it's a stupid quiz — Sorry, If You’re Under 40 There’s No Way You’ll Pass This Quiz

  4. This piece has damped my enthusiasm for AirBnb. Why can't we have nice things? — I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb

  5. The final episode of The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast was released yesterday. Yet another excellent podcast series from the BBC. Well worth a listen — The Missing Cryptoqueen

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Five Things #170

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

  1. If you're looking for a binge-worthy podcast series, look no further than the BBC's Tunnel 29 podcast. It tells the story of an attempt to build a tunnel into East Berlin to free friends and family trapped behind the wall. It's an incredible story, that's very well told. — Intrigue: Tunnel 29

  2. If you have some spare cash gained by ill-gotten means under your mattress, you might find this video helpful — Talking Politics: How To Launder A Trillion Dollars - In Five Steps

  3. A fascinating episode of the Pessimists Archive podcast on the history of mirrors, vanity and what it can tell us about our obsession with selfies. I'd been meaning to listen to the Pessimists Archive podcasts for ages, and I'm glad I finally got round to it. — Mirrors

  4. Could you eat crickets? Two billion people regularly eat insects and they'll probably be coming to a supermarket near you very soon. For the record, I think I could and I'm curious to give them a try! — Verge Science: Why companies are mass-producing edible insects

  5. Nils Frahm has a new album combining a number of recent EPs. As per usual, it's very good — All Encores

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Five Things #169

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

  1. I'll be very happy when electric cars like this are in my price range! — Honda e First Drive on Fully Charged

  2. Related reading on developments in how and where electric cars are charged. The lamp-post charging station idea makes a lot of sense — Powering ahead: six new ways to charge an electric car

  3. A great TED talk by Megan Phelps-Roper, formerly of the Westboro Baptist Church (America's most controversial church). There is a lot to be learned from her in how we talk with people with contrasting beliefs to our own. — I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

  4. I love this thread of photos of 19th Century England — 19th Century photos

  5. If you haven't watched any of NPR's Tiny Desk concerts, you've been missing out. This set by Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals is my new favourite, so much groove! I could watch them play for hours. However, a warning, the video contains quite a lot of explicit language! — Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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ps. There will be no Five Things next week, but fear not, usual service will resume the following week.

Five Things #168

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

  1. If you're planning on writing a hit song, Charli XCX has some advice — How to write a hit song in the year 2019

  2. And some related listening... The Switched On Pop podcast goes into the weeds explaining how popular music is made. This episode explaining how mastering works was particularly interesting — The Master

  3. An interesting video on the science of persuasion, based on Robert Cialdini's book InfluenceScience Of Persuasion

  4. I'm really enjoying this new podcast from the BBC: "Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness."The Missing Cryptoqueen

  5. I'm not entirely convinced I'd want to read a book on Instagram, but I quite like the idea. I'm also highly skeptical that they will be "the future" as the headline suggests — Hundreds of thousands of people read novels on Instagram. They may be the future

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