Ten Stories From This Week

10th January 2022

From MIT. The way many of us will initially experience climate change will be through water—either too much of it or not enough. We will flood. Or burn. Or both. The latest issue of MIT Technology Review brings you stories of the way changes to the water cycle are playing out all over the world as we begin to experience climate change (reg needed but free for limited number of stories).

This controversial commercial, uses fear as tool to motivate and sell. Difficult to forget though. The New Apple 911 Watch Advert.

Tim Harford, on the lifesaving magic of playing games, and how this can help with pandemic resilience. This study asked how people had best coped during strict lockdowns in China early in 2020. “Two promising candidates for effective coping,” they wrote, “are flow and mindfulness.” “Flow is a state in which people become absorbed in an enjoyable activity, such that they become blind to their external environment,” explained the researchers. In contrast, “mindfulness is a state of being aware of and attentive to one’s current internal and external experience.”

Extraordinary. An Italian mafia fugitive arrested in Spain after Google Street View sighting. 

In the first newsletter of the year, I would normally do quite large piece on on CES. This year, picked up on one big story was about BMW’s app that changes the colour of your car; but little else. Looks like not that many people attended.

From The Economist. 2021, the year as told through illustration (reg may be necessary).

From @storythings. Brief and amusing piece on setting targets and a reminder of why we need to pay close attention to what we measure.  The Three Musketeers and the Danger of Poorly Set Targets

What San Francisco’s skyline reveals about the city. A visual essay.

Lifts the spirits. The special relationship between The Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu (video – 2’03”)..and if this is of interest, there is also the book they co-authored in 2016 – The Book Of Joy. Finally, I came across this quote from Archbishop Tutu last night, which struck a cord… “Giving an emotion a name, is the way we come to understand how what happened affected us…..

This ad from Macmillan Cancer support, Whatever It Takes is more than two minutes long but you won’t notice. A rollercoaster but worth taking the ride.