Things of note for the week ending December 14th, 2012
1. The Atlantic’s photographic review of 2012 (Part 1)
Heart-wrenching and beautiful; some made me laugh out loud, others caught my breath and made me cry – take some time of your day, and scroll your way through. I honestly can’t recommend this enough.
(Parts 2 and 3 ain’t bad either – there, that’s your lunchtime sorted)
2. Catfish now eat pigeons. PIGEONS.
In Southwestern France, a group of fish have learned how to kill birds. As theÂ River TarnÂ winds through the city of Albi, it contains a small gravel island where pigeons gather to clean and bathe. And patrolling the island areÂ European catfishâ€”1 to 1.5 metres long, and the largest freshwater fish on the continent. These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds.
3. A New York Love Story
4. How to fix your soul
I’ve been stuck on something of late. A thought. A bugbear. An itch in my brain telling me that something is wrong. Something that sits between the impact of technology on our social interactions and the blind dependence/obsession we have developed withÂ screens, big and small.
This past week, a dear friend (whom I shall miss) highlighted to me the above titled piece on Harvard Business Review. I read it. I read it again. It spoke to me. And so I read it once more.Â In short: I’m going to try and read it every single day for the rest of my life.
Perhaps you should read it too.
5. A whole bunch of bad-ass trailers
- Big mad robots vs monsters in Pacific Rim
- The reinvention of Superman in Man of Steel
- Futuristic Father/Son craziness in After Earth
I would’ve done separate posts for each of them but in a week where we’ve alreadyÂ seen Star Trek Into Darkness and OBLIVION both make their respective trailer debuts, I really didn’t want to drown you all in two minute videos (orÂ moreÂ moaning about the over-use of HOOOONK as a large scale drama trailer device).
Bonuses this week – Facebook really should do something about its Zombie problem. Joking aside, dead people are genuinely liking things on Facebook and it’s actually quite upsetting and offensive; next, ‘Hey Hetero, when did you realise you weren’t gay?’ – is quite the moving/hilarious Reddit thread; and finally, this City/United video from ESPN is a lot better than it should be.