Comforting Thought: In adversity, we show our true colours

“If you want to get an idea of a friend’s temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

10 Cool Things I found on the Internet #23

Does your brain need to be plunged into icy-cold water? Consider this weeks picks to be a refreshing and brief dunk into a frozen arctic pool…when you know that a sauna will be waiting for you afterwards. Where the river begins A look at how linguistics, word origins and paleo-climatology are linked. “If you pauseContinue reading “10 Cool Things I found on the Internet #23”

Amazingly intricate surreal art about lockdown by Marija Tiurina

When the covid-related quarantine began back in March I had this idea to start a big watercolor piece that would be constructed out of people’s submissions. Imagine a large painting that is like a weird salad where everyone’s thoughts, memories, dreams and ideas are mixed in a bowl and dressed with my imagination – well,Continue reading “Amazingly intricate surreal art about lockdown by Marija Tiurina”

10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #1

The world has become rather scary lately. So with this in mind I have found some odd but tasty memes and strange oddities to get you through the next week… 1. The map of procrastination 2. A serenade to Director General of Health in NZ Dr Ashley Bloomfield Dr Ashley has become a much-loved partContinue reading “10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #1”

The odds in favour of you being born were slim

“Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of the earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favor of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff.”

Laid back self-isolation mix #1

Hi my friends. I am going to start doing semi-regular playlists of music that are laid back, joyful, soul warming. Music that will help you to get through hard times in self-isolation, particularly if you are separated from those you love, or if you are feeling lonely. These mixes will be eclectic styles – house,Continue reading “Laid back self-isolation mix #1”

Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet

“That’s the dream of replication: infinite attention, infinite regard. The machinery of the internet has made it a democratic possibility, as television never could, since the audience in their living rooms necessarily far outnumbered the people who could be squeezed into the box. Not so with the internet, where anyone with access to a computerContinue reading “Infinite attention, infinite regard and the minor deities of the internet”

The Black Swan Model: the domesticated chicken and what it never expected

Writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls the phenomenon of people being unable to predict the future based on the past the Black Swan principle. This name is inspired by the the 17th Century early explorers. People in Europe had always assumed that all swans were white. Imagine their surprise when they found that black swans thatContinue reading “The Black Swan Model: the domesticated chicken and what it never expected”

Being in isolation brings out people’s sense of humour

Just keep laughing…that’s all we can do… Teach me Senpai 21st Century Masters: Still Life with Bog Roll & Hand Sanitiser Feline Powered Gravity Hungry Hungry Sock Puppets Have you seen any other funny things out there on the wilds of the internet lately? I am finding the more serious this shit gets, the moreContinue reading “Being in isolation brings out people’s sense of humour”