Generation Snowflake (is older than you may think)

The two most important things to know about the snowflakes of popular journalism are that they are a) easily offended and b) young. They are po-faced undergraduates at Sussex and SOAS, the new Red Guards who live to tear down statues of the Good Chaps of the last century and replace them with Brutalist Menstrual Art or similar nonsense. They are the spiritual descendants of the Loony Left, the Wimmin of Greenham Common and the soft-headed teachers who banned “Baa Baa Black Sheep” for fear it was racist… More here.

Some of the biggest snowflakes I know are baby boomers. They seem to get upset over everything.

The obscene moral spectacle of Theresa May’s resignation

What an abominable circus. It’s hard to know where the greater blame should be put. On the prime minister who has made her own eradication a bribe to force through the product of her failure? Or the great defenders of British sovereignty who have suddenly decided none of their principles mean anything if there is a chance to finish off a political rival?

These figures have spent the last two and a half years saying that a second referendum could not be allowed because it would damage trust in the British political system. But somehow they are unable to comprehend that their cosmic level of hypocrisy might do the same thing to anyone unlucky enough to observe it… More here.

This is a superb article that sums up a lot of what us Brits are going through at the moment. There is a small selection of powerful people in the UK who have zero morals and who do not care who they hurt, a bit like in the US at the moment.

Inside the big, twisted industry of neighborhood data collection

It was late spring in Buffalo, New York, in 2015 — a season that was unusually hot that year, and heated. The wood-paneled meeting room at Gethsemane Grape Street Baptist Church hummed with anxious homeowners from Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood, where a burgeoning, billion-dollar medical complex threatened to displace them.

Poor folks had called the Fruit Belt home for more than 150 years — first German immigrants, then African-Americans. Lott’s parents bought their pale turquoise two-story house in 1955, moving north from Bluefield, West Virginia, to help build up a community that would become the heart of Buffalo’s black working class… More here.

Well worth a read.

What Google knows about you

In addition to everything Google collects via its services, Google search aims to be a repository for all the world’s information. That means there’s a mountain of information accessible on Google because someone, somewhere in the world has put it online… More here.

You may know a lot of this, but it is a lot of things.

A child who wasn’t vaccinated

The boy did survive. But after a weeks-long, gut-wrenching medical marathon — which cost well over $800,000 — his parents refused to allow the hospital to give him a full course of vaccines to protect him against tetanus. Nor would they allow doctors to vaccinate their son against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, polio, and a range of other diseases that are dangerous for and can be lethal to young children, despite the fact the team spent a great deal of time trying to persuade them of their benefits… More here.

Some people don’t deserve to have children.

They Ruined The App

The app used to be perfect. It had the old icons! The old interface! The old font! Also, it had no ads besides that big one. But now the app is different and ruined, and I’m never going to use it again after this one last time.

How can they expect us to pay zero dollars for this app? It’s so ruined. If you still don’t understand why it’s ruined, peep that longread I app-stickied (new feature)… More here.

Worth a read.

Will we ever have a Concorde again?

This remarkable achievement, however, almost never got off the ground. Its origins stretch back to 1956 when Sir Morien Morgan of the Royal Aircraft Establishment started work on “supersonic transports” with a view to taking on America in aerospace innovation. At the same time, France was working on a similar project, but both countries’ efforts came under threat as objections were raised about costs and noise pollution. To salvage their schemes, the two nations signed a treaty: the British Aircraft Corporation and France’s Aérospatiale would work together to make supersonic dreams a reality… More here.

The world really did get bigger when Concorde stopped flying.

Infatuation

Limerence is a term the author invented for overwhelming romantic feeling that many people seem prone to – but many aren’t. The nearest synonym might be “infatuation”, but Tennov is trying to describe something less adolescent and more beautiful than that – the lovely neologism “limerence” certainly has echoes of “luminous” or “liminal”… More here.

Excellent article which explores a lot of feelings and different emotions. Infatuation can be as strong or even stronger than what we perceive as true love. I suspect that infatuation is not real, but is instead a collection of thoughts that come together to create the perfect person in your mind. It starts with someone you believe to be attractive and then you build them up to be someone who could not possibly exist. But it does start with someone who can be visually perfect to you…

Spot the difference

A colleague at work bought a new watch for £13. It is the one on the left in the above photo.

The one on the right costs £2,780 and to anyone who does not like watches a purchase of the more expensive one must seem crazy.

It is at times like this when I do wonder about the folly of making such a purchase because in many regards they are the same.

I don’t wear a watch to impress others, but the fact is that 99% of people would not be able to tell the difference when they see either on someone’s wrist.

The finishing on the Tudor will be much finer, but how many people can actually see that without a magnifier of some kind?

The movements inside are night and day, and of course the Tudor one will last for many years with an occasional service whereas the other one may last for two years at most. Even if that were the case, however, you could buy 214 of the cheaper watch and get 428 years of time telling for the same money, and that’s without the need to pay for expensive servicing.

So, as I said it is at moments like this that I question the sanity of buying such an expensive watch and if the feeling it gives me is really worth the financial cost.


And on the subject of expensive watches, how about a $70,000 G-Shock? Read on…

The Full Metal gold watch is solid stainless steel with ion gold-colored plating, and the general consensus at the office was that this was an enormously entertaining watch (several people ended up buying one and they seem to be having just as much fun with them as they were the days they bought them). However, this watch naturally led to a lot of speculation around the water cooler about how much more fun a real solid gold version of the G-Shock would be, and while we all knew about the Dream Project, nobody had any notion in particular that Casio would ever go so far as to produce one. Well, how wrong we were… More here.

What Remains

Arequipa is bathed in sunlight. In front of a rust-red building, a poster shows a gold statuette adorned with red and yellow patterned textiles. A bright tuft of feather protrudes from his shiny head. “This is where we will see a mummy,” Raul tells us. He is our Peruvian guide. Stout and wry, he has gained popularity with our class by stopping at the cheapest liquor depots on our many bus trips, sharing pieces of history, and offering pertinent advice. Drink water constantly. Nap. Eat enough food… More here.

Wow.