Five Things #151

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

  1. The kakapo is a flightless parrot described as “a mix between owl and muppet”. Unfortunately there are only 143 adults left. Can technology save them?

  2. Great interview on mastery and specialisation with David Epstein on Russ Roberts' EconTalk podcast. Russ is a great interviewer and asks a lot of tough questions. Took a lot away from their conversation.

  3. Elisabeth Heidinga is an artist that makes paintings out of cut up strips of other paintings. I really like the results!

  4. IKEA has recreated famous living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends and Stranger Things for a recent ad campaign. Genius!

  5. In the 70s the Dutch city of Utrecht filled in its moat and replaced it with a huge 11 lane motorway. In 2015 the work to replace the motorway with a new canal was completed. Nice to see they corrected the original mistake! This video succinctly explains the whole thing.

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Five Things #150

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

  1. This is both amazing and a bit creepy. Machine learning is bringing photos and paintings to life!

  2. A great episode of the Crazy/Genius podcast on the far right and the internet.

  3. A bird that can sew? Birds are awesome.

  4. This looks like a really cool little handheld games console. It even has a crank!

  5. I've been on a roll with reading good fiction books. After finishing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles a couple of weeks ago I decided to read his other book Rules of Civility.

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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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