Commonplace Reading - Issue #13
Welcome to the Bank Holiday. For your reading delight I present:
• modern dystopias
• some historical perspectives
• the good, the bad and the trashy of social media
And some sex and rafting to finish it all off. But not at the same time. Probably.
And you've got three days to enjoy all this!
I Went on a Weeklong Cruise For Conspiracy Theorists. It Ended Poorly.
This starts off entertaining and informative. And then takes a twist towards the dark side, and becomes distinctly unsettling. Great reporting.
Ikea's 2017 Catalog Is A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Tiny Apartments Of The Future
Read this to the end - the power of it accumulates along the way.
Lost cities #10: Fordlandia – the failure of Henry Ford's utopian city in the Amazon
I love these little glimpses into fogotten corners of history. This is the tale of the 1920s motor tycoon trying to build his ideal city in South America. It does not go well.
Seldom-seen photos show what America looked like in the 1940s…in color
Stuff like this keeps cropping up - and it never fails to amaze me how much difference colour makes to our view of the past.
Social media dynamics
Man Breaks Up With 'New York Times' Crossword Puzzles on Twitter
Once in a while, as I'm despairing of Twitter, something like this comes along to remind me how great it can be.
Popular Youtuber Creates Repulsive Propaganda Music Video For North Korea
From YouTube celeb to cog in the North Korean propaganda machine. Fame does not necessarily come with discernment or political nous attached.
The student whose pictures with Usain Bolt have lit up the internet is the one who really won gold
Kiss and tell used to take time. And now it can happen wile the kissing is still in progress. Who'd be a celebrity?
Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different
This is a great, automated solution to trolling. Sure, the trolls will find ways around it - but it'll teach a few a lesson.
How to Tell Your Partner About Your Fetish
Shared as a public service. You can spank me… I mean "thank me" later.
The Klarälven River
As the summer draws to an end and work beckons, put those full screen, crank up the volume and dream of travelling for a week on a log raft. Dreamy.
See you next week - when I'll be in Asia…