A Mind @ Play

random thoughts to oil the mind


North America 4K

Gorgeous time-lapse movie from across North America.


Daily Links

20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are – An asinine list, as described by one commenter, but a welcome reminder of how good most of us have it.

Translating Seinfeld – Or why Rowan Atkinson will always be Mr Bean rather than Mr Blackadder abroad.

The Internet in Real-Time – Watch the internet grow (and the giants skim off the cream).

Hemingway Editor – Write like Hemingway. Or gradually be nudged into being written like Hemingway?

The Colors We Eat – Tasting colours is for more than just synaesthetes.

The Mysterious Origins of Punctuation – An often overlooked side-effect of Gutenberg’s moveable type: stagnation in writing systems.

Watering CanBack during my school years, one popular run of jokes revolved around the failed inventions that Ireland had attempted to contribute to modern society, things like concrete dinghies, chocolate teapots, fluorescent black paint. Architect Katerina Kamprani has produced a wonderful selection of objects reminding me of those old jokes, the kind of objects which immediately invoke the kind of frustration experienced by anyone trying to use a wrong-handed tin opener. Listed together in a collection which she calls The Uncomfortable, I can definitely see there being a market for these as a kind of novelty gift.


RIP Ozzy

You soldiered on when the others were gradually taken from us, you persevered after an accident left you crippled. Now it was your turn to leave us. Farewell Ozzy.


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