Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

7th December 2019

In the wake of some further, significant, data breaches ( Quora and Marriott ) it is both interesting and sobering to look at Information Is Beautiful’s, visual take on the world’s biggest data breaches and hacks.

From The New Yorker. ‘Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet – this is the friendship that made Google huge.’ And…in the UK, Google is no longer the best company to work for (according to Glassdoor), having been overtaken by Anglian Water. 

A couple of nice pieces, from the always engaging Aeon : ‘Rules in space. If we don’t invent a legal framework for space colonisation the consequences could be catastrophic’….and ‘ At once tiny and huge: what is this feeling we call ‘sublime’?

The Turner Prize winning film Bridgit, captures many of the themes of contemporary life. ‘In the artists thoughtful, poetic meditation, she explores identity, gender, nationhood and how our subjective views can change. All of which is encapsulated in one film, shot rough and ready in fragments on an iPhone. It would have been impossible to make when the Turner Prize was first awarded in 1984. But it’s now within the grasp of anybody with a smartphone and a story to tell.’ 

Ariana Grande’s latest hit thank u, next has become the most viewed Youtube and Vevo video ever in its first 24 hours online. The music video parodies 00s female-led films such as Mean GirlsBring it On and Legally Blonde, recreating iconic moments from the movies with some recognisable faces that featured in the original flicks. 

Here are some rules for your online sanity.

YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers. One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. …and separately, here is You Tube’s highest earner. He is making £17.3 million a year and he is seven years old.

A couple of informative and stimulating pieces from National Geographic. Best Trips for 2019 – the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead …and some awe-inspiring architecture from around the world.

‘Friendly tower cranes, grinning street signs, and other adventures in augmented reality. In Sketches, the Russian graphic illustrator and motion designer Vladimir Tomin stitches together a series of short, reality (and mind) warping vignettes.

Love this stunning video of single track bike riding in Norway. ‘With newly built mountain bike trails and a strong historic culture of moving through the mountains, the Nordfjord region has endless opportunities for adventure.