Consumption Weeks 52

My notes from some of the media I consumed this week.

  • “I’ll try anything once except incest and folk dancing.”
  • “To whom do you award the right to decide which speech is harmful or who is the harmful speaker? To whom would you delegate the task of deciding for you what you could read?”
  • “I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.”
  • “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
  • “If someone tells me that I’ve hurt their feelings, I say, ‘I’m still waiting to hear what your point is.’
  • I’m very depressed how in this country you can be told, ‘That’s offensive!’ as if those two words constitute an argument.”
  • “Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.”
  • “I have one consistency, which is being against the totalitarian – on the left and on the right. The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy; the one that’s absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes.”
  • “When you hear people demanding that the Ten Commandments be displayed in courtrooms and schoolrooms, always be sure to ask which set. It works every time.”
  • “The four most overrated things in the world are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.”
  • “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”

Tags: Quotes, Attitude, Offense, Debate, Cats, Dogs

  • Starting on a Monday, at the end of each weekday, color code the events from that day according to this key: Management (Red), Creation (Green), Consumption (Blue), Ideation (Yellow).

Tags: Time Management, Consumption, Creation

  • Typically the best is tit-for-tat: start nice, and retaliate once
  • Keys: nice (don’t attack first), forgiving, retaliatory, clear

Tags: Game Theory, Argument, Persuasion, Negotiation

  • Wireless millirobots have achieved a groundbreaking feat by navigating through a narrow blood vessel in both directions, against and along the arterial flow.
  • Globally, one in four individuals succumbs to conditions stemming from blood clots annually. These clots obstruct blood vessels, impeding the delivery of oxygen to specific parts of the body. Millirobots present a promising solution [for] effectively eliminating blood clots from hard-to-reach blood vessels.

Tags: Medicine, Robotics

  • When intense light and controlled temperature are applied precisely to solar cells, they excite and cause the material molecules to move quickly, thereby changing their arrangement and patching up the ‘holes’ caused by light and heat damage.

Tags: Solar, Sustainability, Innovation

  • Very cool tech - from the 1800s!

Tags: Trains, Transport, Innovation, Balance, Engineering

  • 1000!

Tags: Roads, Transport, Cars, Infrastructure

Tags: Illusions

  • Apple made Ireland into the tax haven it is today by inventing the Dutch Sandwich. It’s all moving falsely-valued IP boosting Ireland’s artificial GDP figures.

Tags: Tax, Corporate Greed, Business

Tags: USA, Democracy, Dictatorships, Authoritarianism, Politics

Tags: London, Funny


Tags: Stocks, Stock Market, Investing