More pictures of that woman from outside Slough who is marrying her horse. Something about the world’s most incompetent terrorists in Sweden (which is saying something when you remember pants guy and the Saudi who exploded a bomb in his own ass).
Nothing there to get the ol’ neurons firing.
If you are in the same boat and would like some media to make sure all the red bits get to the purple thing in the blue sack (see image. I know science good.) then wrap your mind mouth (?) around these.
Recording of a BBC debate in Canada. The atheists get the brilliant and relentless Christopher Hitchens. God -for reasons only He can explain- gets former British Prime Minister, George Bush bumboy-and-fellow-war-criminal, Tony Blair. Victoria Coren wrote a recent piece for the Guardian bemoaning the lack of clever people stumping for God. At the moment the atheists have all the sexy grey matter. Coren’s piece is also worth a read. She’s always brilliant.
So something light, then? It’s a tech piece but I am always on the lookout for new info on scenario planning due to its multiple magical applications.
The impact of bullying was the topic du jour some weeks back which is why coverage of this research is included. I particularly like it from the point of view of magical target selection. If you know a kid that’s getting bullied then don’t just go Martian/protective, be sure to combo it with Mercurial/social observational skills.
Another Gladwell piece for the New Yorker. The man is a god. Buy everything he ever writes. I do. Christmas gift suggestions if you’re looking for a book to give to the voracious know-it-all in your family: Either Outliers or What The Dog Saw. (Blink wasn’t his best.)
Oh my, it’s unlikely this is going to make any sense if you live outside the UK/the Commonwealth. But it really is so, so good. Just trust me on that. And yes, I’m aware this has been out for a little while but I just watched the final episode of The Trip which has to be the most thoughtful meditation on post-40 maleness ever filmed and I suddenly remembered that there’s more Steve Coogan stuff legally floating around the internet, just gagging to be shared.
On a related matter, if you’re in the UK and you haven’t yet seen The Trip then nothing in this post is for you because you have a date with BBC iPlayer:
What about anyone else? Any brain food worth sharing?