Happy New Year, and welcome to twenty-fifteen. I hope the holiday break, if you had one that is, was relaxing and enjoyable. Before charging headlong however into the next twelve months, let’s pause for a minute shall we, and reflect on our place in time, fifteen percent of the way into the twenty-first century.
But enough of that, I think. The new year may not have flying cars, hover boards, ready to wear self-drying clothes, or hydratable pizzas, but I dare say there are one or two 1980s style cafes out there somewhere… not that you’d find me anywhere near them. Whatever, here’s hoping twenty-fifteen is a good one.
Pedestrians in the German city of Hildesheim can now play a variation of video game Pong, while waiting to cross the street at certain traffic signal controlled road crossings. All you need is someone on the other side of the street to take on. So, do people still get around to crossing streets in Hildesheim any more?
There is a place where the wi-fi ends
And before the tweets begin,
And there the grass grows soft and without filter,
and there the sun is viewed straight and not off-kilter,
and there the moon-bird flies around bewildered,
No faves, to his chagrin.
Research that will surely send a shiver down the spines of content producers and independent publishers such as myself… up to eighty-three percent of the content published online is unfit for human consumption:
Warning about the dangers of prolonged exposure to toxic text, graphics, and videos, a study released Thursday by the University of Florida found that 83 percent of web content is wholly unfit for human consumption. “Our data showed that the vast majority of online material proved to be fetid, noxious, or otherwise detrimental to an individual’s well-being,” said the study’s lead researcher, Jenny Pridham, who recorded hundreds of extremely adverse reactions among adults who made direct contact with one or more pieces of entertainment news, lists, advertisements, or viral content.
That has to mean you are, as you read these words, visiting one of the seventeen percent of websites that is ok.
Careful editing and cropping work prevents us from seeing the bigger picture when it comes to album cover photography… here’s a selection of covers from the likes of FatBoy Slim, Adele, Blur, and Michael Jackson, that gives an idea, maybe, of what we’re missing out on.
So what is the key, or for that matter, keys, to a long, healthy, life? To be succinct, your guess is as good as mine. One day we are told, say, coffee consumption is essential, the next day we are told that it is detrimental. So who, or what, to believe. This guide, prepared by The New York Times, may, or may not, be of assistance…
Make coffee, not war? The rise of capsule powered coffee brewing machines however is allowing us the choice… enter the Gatlino, a machine gun that uses said coffee capsules as ammunition. Capable of firing four thousand shots a minute, this gun is one formidable weapon. Or imaginary weapon, you didn’t think it actually existed, did you?