In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store. That is because online shoppers search for what they need, usually sticking close to their shopping lists. They don’t spontaneously buy magazines they opened while waiting to pay, or chocolate to eat on the go.
To improve quickly you need to play often. If you are (or aspire to be) a competitive player, play as many over-the-board (OTB) tournaments as possible. In my heyday I played 3-4 tournaments per month. Online is not enough! Use online games (15 minutes per side or slower) to practice openings or for practice if there is no tournament for a while. If you’re a casual players, play OTB chess with your friends as much as you can, and play online if nobody wants to play with you.
Last week I linked to a gallery consisting of impressions of what rock and pop stars, who died before their time, might look like today, were they still alive.
Now The DJ Rio Blog has put together a collection of recent photos of musicians from the 1970s and 80s, including Debbie Harry, Nena, The Human League, Culture Club, Squeeze, and Billy Idol, who are still with us. This, I think, is especially for fans of eighties music.
On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned. This year, for or the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies didn’t come, at least not on the Day of the Dead. They began to straggle in a week later than usual, in record-low numbers. Last year’s low of 60 million now seems great compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year.
Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and a region in central Russia, are where you’d expect to encounter more people with red hair than anywhere else. At least according to a variety of maps that were doing the rounds earlier this year, that is.
British researcher Mona Chalabi, unable to track down the data these maps were based on, is currently conducting a survey, that you can take part in, of redheaded people in an effort to determine where they are located, and, I dare say, to ascertain the veracity or otherwise, of these maps.
Rather than believing that… concentrations of redheaded people can be found in specific places though, I instead think their presence can be attributed to the Redhead Cluster Phenomenon, which, long story short, suggests we all start showing up in the same places, where ever that might be.
No sooner does the word “selfie” earn itself title of the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, than someone digs up what is thought to be the world’s first such photograph, a picture Robert Cornelius, a US chemist, took of himself in 1839.
I get the feeling though this claim may be challenged, but let’s see what happens.
US readers may have experienced this over the weekend… a barrage of questions relating to matters of technology and social media. After all, a page on Facebook makes one an expert in all such matters, does it not?
With year end holidays fast approaching, many more of us will doubtless be faced with IT related queries as friends and families get together for the break. How do I take better smartphone photos? Why is my computer slow? How do I fix my printer? How do I reset my password?