Can You Solve My Problems? — Alex Bellos

You have a handful of coins spread out on the table in front of you. You put on a blindfold, and someone flips over some of the coins, then tells you how many are showing heads. You can now move the coins around and turn them over.

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“plz” #peeve

“plz” #peeve

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“I’m trying to stave off loneliness,…

“I’m trying to stave off loneliness, stop runaway climate change, and make bran muffins.” This Is How Borrowing Things From Our Neighbors Strengthens Society www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/community-relation… via @yesmagazine #fb

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The phrase “virtue signalling” #peeve

The phrase “virtue signalling” #peeve

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Next time someone talks to you about…

Next time someone talks to you about “millennials”, remind them gently that they don’t know what they’re talking about. Read this article and despair, until the voice of sanity at the end. newrepublic.com/article/153400/search-generation-z #fb

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Shopping online. Entered credit card…


Shopping online. Entered credit card details, then got hit with an obvious phishing attempt (nonsensical URL, distorted logos, amateurish layout, asking for way too much info). Is this for real @anz_nz? twitter.com/bnnt/status/1106137865778421762/photo/…

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Electric cars won’t save us. We need to…

Electric cars won’t save us. We need to stop being so dependent on cars.
Cars are killing us. Within 10 years, we must phase them out | George Monbiot www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/07/cars…

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.@AklTransport “Please allow other…

.@AklTransport “Please allow other customers to disembark before boarding the service” is confusing. Passengers, not”customers”. Trains, not “services”. Plain English makes things easier for everyone, especially tourists etc.

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“This concern for children’s…

“This concern for children’s whereabouts—physical and psychological—isn’t just warding off some kind of catastrophic danger; it’s about an aversion to any kind of risk, to even the smallest mistake or setback.”
How to Grant Your Child an Inner Life: www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-to-gran… #fb

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The Soul of the Marionette — John Gray

“Provocative and freewheeling” reads the blurb on this book. That’s a fair description, though “freewheeling” could just as well be “unfocused” or “rambling”. Gray claims that modern culture, especially western culture, pretends to be rationalistic and scientific but is actually … Continue reading

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