It is a Sunday and I have just finished the most stressful game of Dota I’ve played in a long time. I might need a second weekend to properly recover. But while I munch coffee from the jar and attempt to refrain from napping, here are some links to interesting things from this week:
Here’s one from Unicode Garden:
— unicode_garden (@unicode_garden) May 29, 2015
And one from the Abhorrent Erotica bot
As he petted my globes, my inner Xenu moaned like a corgi.
— Abhorrent Erotica (@AbhorrentSexBot) May 30, 2015
And Miniature Mazes
╔═══╦═════╦╦═══╗ ║══╦╝╔╦═╦╔╠║═╣═╣ ║╩╗╣╔╩═╗╚══╣╠╦╦║ ╠╣╠═╩═╝╚╦═╗╔╩║╬╣ ║╬╩╦╣╔╦╦╠╬╚╦═╬╩║ ╠═╗║╔╝║╝╝╔═╝╝║╣║ ║╠╝║║╩╩═╠║╚╦╝╬║║ ╚═══╩════╩═╩══╩╝
— miniaturemazes (@miniaturemazes) May 28, 2015
But Infinite Deserts it my favourite:
. ☾ __ψ___________ψ_______ __ψ___ . ° · ⋰ ∴ ∴
— infinite deserts_ψ__ (@infinitedeserts) May 31, 2015
People are getting older on average, but the oldest are still dying around the same age as ever. Thus, when one of them does take over as the oldest, she doesn’t have much time left. The average age of the oldest-ever people has increased over the past 40 years from around 112 to around 114.
“She had a shot so hard she once broke the arm of a professional male goalkeeper. She also earned the distinction of being the first woman to be sent off in an official football match for fighting.
“At 6ft tall (1.83m), Lily Parr was remarkable in many ways. She scored more than 1,000 goals during her 31-year-playing career, according to the National Football Museum. Of those, 34 were in her first season when she was aged just 14.”
As a personal aside, “studies” and “surveys” crop up in my inbox all the time and I do try to pick into the results when I can. Some are obviously bullshit marketing nonsense, others are a little more covert – sometimes, if it looks promising, I’ll send them a reply asking about the methodology or numbers of participants or sampling if it’s not clear. Some are press releases for scientific journals but they’re not above scrutiny either. If it’s interesting enough I’ll email for access or simply buy it if it’s paywalled [UGH THAT STUFF IS NOT CHEAP] because I hate relying on the abstract. But then, I now work in an industry where I have a bit more wiggle room on that front. I don’t have to deal with the HEFTY page-view-carrot or the HEFTY missed-page-view-stick which comes with pre-packaged diet science or any listicles with a celebrity name attached. I also have more time as I’m not a slave to that 24 hour news cycle in the same way.