Hello. I'm back. The last few months have been hard. Let us never discuss them again.
We're still going to stay pretty much COVID-19 free here. Where we do touch on it, it'll be thinking forwards, not about the current moment.
We all need to stop doomscrolling for a while.
Just a reminder, this is my irregular "interesting and rather arbitrary things to read" newsletter. If you're here for my deep and compelling thoughts on journalism (*cough*) you might want to hit "unsubscribe" and head over here instead.
Let's get on with some random interesting reading!
Building the James Bond iPod
This is a fascinating story of a very special, and quite genuinely unique iPod built by the Department of Energy in the US, with assistance from Apple. Only a handful of Apple staff ever knew. And even they didn't know what it was for…
Paging Drs Dunning and Kruger…
The ignorant pundit is absolutely certain; the true expert understands their own limits and how to ask the right questions. Or, to quote Yeats: "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."
Read Twitter through the lens of this article - and it will open your eyes.
Why the hordes are heading for the sea
Blue mind sounds a bit like a condition acquired by someone who has spent far, far too long on PornHub, but it's actually much more lovely than that suggests…
This does, though, imply a more complex explanation for some of the worrying scenes we've seen on our beaches in recent months than just "substitute holidays".
Ultimate Play The Game
I am honestly baffled by the political and media response to gaming. It's a huge industry, with as much economic and social clout as Hollywood (and Bollywood and…). And yet, discussion of it still seems to be regarded as a niche issue.
When does this change?
(If you get the Ultimate… reference above, you're old. But then, so am I. 😉)
File under "nope"
Nope. Nope. Nope. nopenopenope.
Oh, and nope.
Could the pandemic birth a green revolution?
The author on this one feels familiar. Can't quite place the name. Hmm. 🤔😇