(Originally sent August 2008)
I am now initiating a more nuanced system for Things, as more people get added to the mailing list. [Things was originally, and still is, an email publication – T.M. 6/11/10]
There will now be two separate mailing lists.
By default, everyone will be placed in the BCC mailing list. With all email addresses in BCC, this means your email address remains private, and you do not get involved in any ‘reply to all’ discussion.
Anyone can ask to be put on the CC list instead. It’s redundant but I’ll say it anyway: the only other people on this list are other people that chose to be on the CC list. They can see each other’s email addresses and can reply-to-all at will.
So, if you want to be moved onto the reply-to-all see-each-others-addresses list, just let me know.
This week’s film
I saw Dark Knight for the second time at the IMAX, which I recommend. Seeing it for the second time there that is, not the first time. A lot of the action does not read well on such a big screen and would make things more confusing than they already are.
Next Week’s film
All the films out now are rubbish or I’ve already seen them enough times.
Last week’s Puzzle
Last week I asked why Olympic records keep getting broken. I had my own theories about this, but I asked John Broughton who gave me a very thorough response:
- Better drugs. Drugs an athlete took to enhance their performance six years ago will still enhance their performance now due to long lasting body improvements, but will not show up in a test.
- Better drugs. There is always an arms race between the drug tests and those developing new drugs that won’t show up.
- Better incentives. More money in more countries is being shifted to support sporting activity.
- Bigger potential population. Globally the middle class is expanding, meaning more people are able to take the time to obsess about something. Given a bigger pool, better contenders will tend to emerge.
This week’s Puzzle
Now in an experimental new format!
There is a plate in this office that reads “Shoes are like friends… you can never have too many!!” Since I disagreed with both halves of this comparison, I wondered if the fundamental tenet might still hold true. Are shoes like friends?
So, here is the challenge: complete the phrase “Shoes are like friends…” so it fits your own view of shoes and friends, and I’ll report on what people sent in next week!
My favourite Michel Gondry music video, mixing his penchant for in-camera effects with music, dance and mental disturbance:
One of the things I love about the paranormal is how easy it is for it to exist. Confirmation bias is such a powerful effect that even – in fact, especially – the most rational people will happily ignore or explain away anything that does not agree with their world-view. So things like this can happen, and nobody really bats an eyelid:
’40 die after deliverance prayer – Family of 3 dies of food poisoning’
http://www.tribune.com.ng/16072008/news/news2.html [Link is dead, luckily the article was copied wholesale here – T.M. 4/11/10]
Interestingly, this news story has the more exciting headline and is actually much more plausible:
‘Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found in Mexico’
I was looking back on my life notes for the past 15 years to try and come up with a name for my forthcoming blog. I found that I once said this:
“You have to identify the things that will never happen, and avoid them.”
Food as art: