Deduct a point from the effort gauge

Another strange week. Food appears to be a pretty strong theme this time around, with a spattering of news, music, science and art to round it out.

We’ll start with a thermometer tattoo, and move onto vinyl records and death games; search engine privacy, WHOIS lookup privacy, butterflies and wasps, hysterical photos, phones, the art of observation, repurposed coastal defences, insects and umami, why people are leaving Facebook, Grand Theft Auto V is released, lolita costuming, horoscopes and flying drones, something called a ‘swarm economy’, the internet of things and machines of death, the generation gap, and finishing up with the favoured burger of Hemingway. Emjoy:

Pay attention

You will always feel like your work isn’t good enough. As a salve, or simply as a way to stay sane, be in the world. Ride the train. Listen to strangers. Occasionally, if you’re brave, speak to them. Walk in the city you live. Pay attention. Don’t bother with taking notes, or buying fancy notepads. Try to remember as much as you can. Have just enough confidence in yourself to not be an asshole. Then, get up and go to work and try again.
— Stuart Nedler, author of Wise Men

You really are the world’s worst accountant

Let’s get this posted before it’s too late.

Not too much happening of note to put in here. So there’s lots of art and music for a change, and some tech thrown in for good measure. From personal environment monitors to a new family console, wallpapers to walkways, whales to ants, interstellar space to food delivery, photoshops to Shakespeare, parodies to film scores, photoshops to fingerprints, Kim Dotcom to Jason Vorhees, and finishing up with a bit of hipster killing. But first, some really really abbreviated core rules for GURPS:

Requesting permission to engage, over

It has been a strange week on the home front. So rather than delving into that, we’re going to jump right into what’s collected here. Hopefully it’s not too heavy.

There’s loads about the NSA, which up until now has been avoided as a topic of discussion, but it’s everywhere of late, so the smarter side of it is here also. A couple of music videos, some things about games — virtual and tabletop, horoscopes, a couple of anomalies in the natural world, how glass measures up in nature, something about translators, the questions a slave gets asked by modern people, Monty Python Lego sets, ornithopters that actually work, optical illusions, a Lord of the Flies scenario, the rush to create secure email, a video about a fox, and a nice little finisher with job applications with a twist. First up though is an artist’s collaboration with her daughter:

You know Ollie, I have a song about that

This group is out of sorts again – far more comics and humour than other stuff. Perhaps that means there’s been nothing worth noting. Or maybeit’s a frame of mind issue. Whichever the cause, this is how we are doing it.

Scattered through this post are the gamification of edumafication, K-pop and animals, bookface and typeface, candid snaps and computer-aided surgery, abandoned homes in middle-class America, pop singers mixing with fascist dictators, coffee – not even once, remote identification and peaks of crazy, philosophy and icecream, paperclips and pickup lines, artistic towers and swimming pools. And some other stuff. Wade in and enjoy: