Internet highlights – w/c 24th May 2015

30 05 2015

Anxiety & Depression – “the truth of the Gospel is not dependent on how you feel at any given time”

A guide on donating to food banks, by foodbanks

Life as an overthinker

Jobs you never heard about at school

TV show theories

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Girl In The Mirror – by Cecelia Ahern

27 05 2015

I’ve always prided myself on having read every novel Cecelia Ahern has written, but I hadn’t ever gotten around to the two short stories she released about four years ago.

These definitely were a step away from her usual light chick lit, here’s a brief bit of blurb for each story.

Girl in the mirror
This was a lot darker than the usual, a story about a grandma who has all the mirrors in her house covered in dark fabric, and finding out the reasoning behind that. It got pretty creepy, probably best not read before bed!

The Memory Maker
Another experimental thing going on here in that the main character was only ever referred to as “he”, and the story jumped all around in time, so got pretty confusing in places. It was about a guy who had created a machine able to put memories into peoples heads. I think of the two I preferred this one, but they were definitely both a bit odd!

girl in the mirror





Internet highlights – w/c 17th May 2015

25 05 2015

A bit late ‘cos I’ve been in a field all weekend, but here you go:

Some brilliant maps of London

Fun House is coming back!

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The Rosie Effect – By Graeme Simsion

17 05 2015

It was so good to spend some more time in the world of Don Tillman after reading The Rosie Project last summer.

Don and Rosie are now married and living together in New York City. Don is still as socially awkward as ever, although he’s learnt a few things about what is cultural behaviour and so can sometimes see how he is meant to act. He’s even taken a slight break from the Standardised Meal System, but he hasn’t stopped introducing even the most insignificant of characters by their estimated age and BMI!

I hadn’t remembered a couple of the sub characters so it took me a while to get up to speed with what was going on, but it’s just so enjoyable hearing things from Don’s perspective as his life approaches a pretty major change.

Definitely a worthy sequel, and just as good as the original.

the rosie effect





Internet highlights – w/c 10th May 2015

16 05 2015

Maps that show the election results in a different light

Taiwan election coverage

Glitches in the matrix

Things you’re not allowed to do in Parliament

Americans trying to understand the concept of “a cheeky Nandos”

A lecturer who lets his students bring their babies to class

Clothing range raising awareness for mental health disorders

The improvement in Formula 1 pitstops

I officially live somewhere more expensive than London

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Internet highlights – w/c 3rd May 2015

9 05 2015

Gross news about beards

UKIP failures at Scotland manifesto launch

A better way to eat apples

Beautifully thoughtful greetings cards for people with serious illnesses

Photos of politicians – improved with quotes from Friends

A load of election facts and stats which you may not have heard

90s trends trying to make a “less welcome” comeback – they say less welcome – I was wearing dungarees as I read this!

Words to remove from your vocabulary

Signs that you’re addicted to sleep!

Some of the most difficult Friends quizzes ever

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Too Much Information – by Dave Gorman

8 05 2015

Or to give it its full title:

“Too Much Information …or can everyone just shut up for a moment, some of us are trying to think.” – by Dave Gorman

This book doesn’t follow a journey like America Unchained, Are You Dave Gorman, or Googlewhack Adventure, but instead takes all sorts of bits and pieces as bitesize chapters. There’s a lot of overlap with some of his stand up work, I’ve seen him live a couple of times and watched his show ‘Modern Life is Goodish‘ on Dave (the TV channel, not him!) and so some of it was familiar, and yet it was still just as funny to go through again!

This definitely covers some of the same material of the said TV show as the main gripe that he deals with in this book, is the fact that wherever we go these days we are bombarded with information everywhere. He shares anecdotes and geeky bits of information from all aspects of life. There’s a relatively hefty focus on social media and technology, which is to be expected, and advertising creeps in a lot as well.

One little detail which really lifts the book is that each time he references a story, a video, a website, or anything like that, he puts a little custom url in the footnotes so that you can type something nice and short into your web browser and find what he’s talking about!

Some of my favourite chapters would be:

  • If It Isn’t One of Your Greatest Hits Don’t Put It on a Greatest Hits Album
  • I Know They Make Make-Up But I Wonder How They Make Up the Things They Say Their Make-Up Can Do?
  • Why Do The Tweets You See in Smartphone Adverts Look Nothing Like the Tweets You See in Real Life?
  • If I Was a Shopkeeper and Someone Asked Me for a Badger Glove Puppet I Wouldn’t Come Back Offering Them a Book
  • Does Jesus Have an IMDb Page?
  • If the Third and Fourth Words of Your Advert Are Lies, What Are We Supposed to Think of the Rest of It?
  • Nobody Can Explain How They Know What a Trumpet Is. They Just Know
  • What Is the ‘Next Customer Please’ Sign Really a Sign of, Other Than Our Desire to Never Speak to One Another?
  • Kids Will Be Kids Will Be Spammers
  • Why Do the Phones In HTC’s Adverts All Show The Same Time?

I know that seems like a lot, but the book has 40 chapters, some only one page, some much longer – as I say, it’s relatively bitesize. A couple of them fit together, but if you really wanted it would probably work as a dip in and out book as well as a cover to cover read.

Hilarious, entertaining and insightful most definitely.

too much information