Quirky, sometimes banal, occasionally informative… Welcome to Friday Review! Get this straight in your inbox by subscribing to my newsletter. Onto the week that was… huzzah!
- This week I started listening to the Adam Buxton podcast. It’s fun, random and occasionally thought-provoking, interspersed with little ditties like this holiday jingle:
“the holiday horn, goes ‘do-do-do’,
have a carrot, have two carrots
go to the toilet, take your time… holiday time”
- This website from Bentley allows you to do some extreme zooming in… Apparently, they used a NASA camera to take a photo with billions if pixels – see it to believe it!
- It turns out whales can speak (sort of). – via @Miller_Pancho
- Addicted to your phone? (Clue – we all are). Why not get this weird fake phone / scroller thingy to tame your habit…
- Interested in learning some basic digital skills? Digital Garage from Google might be helpful.
- Wired Magazine thinks that programming is the new blue collar job
- I wrote this book review of the slightly oddball classic sci-fi novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – and totally missed this opportunity:
- My friend and writer Jennie wrote this great post titled ‘On Surviving Your Darkest Hour‘, highlighting the importance of surrounding yourself with good people.
- Scientists are still figuring out the importance of connections between the gut and brain. For my part, if I put garbage in, my head hurts. But not enough to stop…
- February started. Good riddance, January!
- Elon Musk sold $3.5m of ‘Boring Company’ Flame Throwers overnight – it’s basically a blowtorch that looks like a gun:
All flamethrowers will ship with a complimentary boring fire extinguisher
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2018
- Tony Robinson updated us on the Maid Marian and her Merry Men stage version: it may take 18 months, but I’m still really excited:
A staggering 3.5K of you liked & commented when I tweeted that we’re going to write a stage version of Maid Marian. Ta to you all. It’ll take some time to come up with a storyline,script, producer, theatre,cast etc. So could be 18 months before we get there. Will keep you posted
— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) January 29, 2018
- Plus, I got a promotion, woohoo!
On the tweets
I secretly hope that twitter keeps extending the character limit as a social experiment, slowly conditioning our attention spans until we’re able to read actual books again
— Sweatpants Cher ⚫️ (@House_Feminist) January 27, 2018
++ PIG BREEDS YOU'D BELIEVE WERE FONTS ++
Aksai Black Pied
++ FONTS YOU'D BELIEVE WERE PIG BREEDS ++
— Rob Manuel – Follow @fesshole now! (@robmanuel) January 26, 2018
Coming up next week
- I’m excited to watch Hamilton this weekend, even if it is bloody expensive
- On Tuesday 6th Feb I’m going to an event / discussion / Q&A type thing near South Bank called ‘Can love survive the dating apocalypse‘. The event is put on by Salt.london, ‘A small collective of friends seeking to engage with thoughtful Londoners on matters of faith, philosophy, and life‘. I think it’ll be pretty interesting. If you’re in London you should come.
- I’m reading ‘Grandmother sends her regards and apologises’, which is providing some light relief after a couple of intense but enjoyable reads (Far From the Madding Crowd / Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)
Congrats to Lisa and Phil who both won Monzo Golden tickets in my prize draw last week! Thanks for subscribing everyone 🙂
This week’s interesting jobs
- Electrical Engineer at Naim in Salisbury: if you’re into audio and electrical engineering, I imagine it would be a dream job. They are a seriously impressive company.
- Senior Designer at a branding agency in London
- 3D Designer at a design agency in East London
Have you ever Starbucks’d this hard? pic.twitter.com/j6fwDYBFMI
— 𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗲 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱 😷 (@LukesBeard) January 27, 2018
Phew, that’s a lot of stuff. Happy Friday!