I’ve read a lot about how (informational) graphics are just so important to have in newspapers because they grab reader’s attention and most of them will never read the article, they’ll just look at the graphs and headlines. But I personally always ignore the graphics, especially if they’re about statistics or explain how something is formed. I just want them to tell me...
I’ve got a new weird habit: every time I pay with a bankcard I stand and wait for the cheque or whatever it is that shows what I’ve bought. And as I wait for it at some point I realize that I do not need this and I’m going to throw it away anyways. But by then it’s too late to go away. Sooo I try to make a face that would say “I need this because I bought something...
Question people’s judgment, not their motives.
Less than 8 percent of the Chinese population are college-educated compared with...– http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/educated-and-fearing-the-future-in-china/?partner=rss&emc=rss
The fire alarm went off in my house. Nothing was on fire, but it still kept irritating my eardrums for about 10 minutes. Oh the joy. It made me think though - if there was a real fire, could I stay calm and take along just the right stuff? What is the right stuff? Thank god this false alarm didn’t happen last week, when I didn’t have clean stay-at-home clothes and wore pyjamas.
Probably most modern people have had the conversation about what kind of computer feature they would like to add to their body. My answer has always been “I’d like to be able to Google my brain”. I don’t mean remembering everything, but a way to just avoid thinking “ugh! why didn’t I come up with this 5 minutes again!”. My Mum says she wants to have the...
Hollywood’s Political Fictions →
“The narrative of the Iraq invasion, properly told, resembles a story out of Shakespeare. You had a nation reeling from a terrorist attack and hungry for a response that would be righteous, bold and comprehensive. You had an inexperienced president trying to tackle a problem that his predecessors (one of them his own father) had left to fester since the first gulf war. You had a cause ...
Yes, I am the person laughing by myself by the traffic lights. Don’t mock happy people.
Guilt trip part I
I made a real effort to get everything done in only 50 minutes, so everything came out sloppy. Then I found out I actually do have another hour to spend. But I can’t be bothered to do things nice and decently now. So I’m doing nothing and feeling guilty. Not enough to do anything, though.
iTunes tells me I could spend exactly 2 full days listening to songs on my playlist that I’ve never played. Score!
Letter from Mongolia: Planning to Manage Riches... →
Heard someone who’s been to Mongolia talk on Tuesday. He said the politicians are corrupt and mostly still communists and that the “support” they give to the people is a joke - you can buy 10 loafs of bread with the money you get for having children, for examaple - enough to say “we are doing something”, but not enough to really be something worth mentioning. Did the...
Second week in a row the person sitting in front of me (diffrent people in different weeks) in news sociology has something in their hair. WTF, it’s distracting. I know it’s early - 8 o’clock -, but didn’t you comb your hair? One of them had tons of make up on, so obviously they do pay attention to their appearance. If they had little men in their hair like in...
I know what my neighbour looks like now. He’s a drunk. That explains why he’s got that horrible cough.
Oscarnacht is coming. I don’t even care if I fall asleep at political philosophy because of it. I won’t be able to see all the movies in time, but I’m doing my best.
not @ a library
but I have been spending too much time at libraries. It’s all uni’s fault.
America's debt spiral resembles Greece's crisis →
Some of Greece’s economic problems are highly specific. The country has an unusually old-fashioned legal system, a bureaucracy straight out of a Kafka novel and a byzantine system of regulation, worse even than our own. The Wall Street Journal points out that Greece, practically alone among developed economies, does not have a centralized and computerized land registry, which means, for...