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Must-read blog

If you’re looking for a fun, low-traffic post that is both thought-provoking, funny and simply a must-read, try Ironic Sans.

I’ve talked before about the plugin he’s made to “uncensor the Internet”, but he also posts random cool ideas like the Bulbdial clock here:

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Another very cool recent post was on courtroom artists, of all things. He showed the pictures they’ve drawn and also the things they draw and paint outside the courtroom.

I’m a huge fan, and hope you check it out yourself!

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Today was the UK’s Unofficial “Workout after Work” Day

The UK “Workout after Work” Day is celebrated on the Monday evening after shifting to Daylight Savings Time. Here in the UK, that day was today.

As expected, thousands of people that likely haven’t done any real working out in the past few months went running, cycling, walking or managed a similar workout this evening. When I got home at 7 tonight and it was still both light and beautiful out, and my run was completely reinvigorating! It didn’t really get dark out until about 8pm, which was just about perfect.

My wife and I live right around the corner from the Thames, and there’s a path that goes right along the banks that’s makes for a great walk or run. Tonight there were about 20 times more people out and about than any other night recently, likely helped by the beautiful weather. The recent high tides had made it a little muddy in parts, but overall it wasn’t too bad.

But tomorrow is back to the gym for regularly scheduled training…

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Somewhat weekly-ish round-up of cool stuff

  • First of all, get a load of this woman (Amy Walker). Talk about a talent!

  • This site should be your only source for your hamsters in a 12-pack (Ready to Eat), your koala bears and your baby seals:

    PetsOrFood

  • If you want to have a better university educational experience, encourage your professor to lie. Huh?

    Well, read this post on the Overcoming Bias blog. Essentially an economics professor would lie to his students at least once a lecture, and they were responsible for discovering it. He started out with easy lies, but they got harder and harder as the term went on. Because students were looking out for errors, they were MUCH more engaged than they would have been otherwise, and had a much better experience.

  • Earlier this week I caught a documentary on Richard Rogers, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect. His famous buildings include the Lloyd’s of London building, the Millenium Dome, and Heathrow’s new Terminal 5. He’s a fascinating person, and strangely enough I’m just two degrees of separation from him. (Friend of a friend/colleague.) Plus, I row past his practice’s headquarters every time I’m out on the river; it’s on the riverbank near Hammersmith Bridge.

    Anyway, I found one particular project of his that I had never seen before: the Bordeaux Law Courts. The building looks completely and totally unsuited for a courthouse, yet when they dug into it, the building really did make sense. Take a look at it here:

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    Check out more photos in this article and more on the project at the firm’s website. Very cool!

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How to survive an earthquake in London

Step 1 – Stare curiously at the couch, trying to figure out if it’s moving because the neighbor downstairs is doing something strange.

Step 2 – Realise that it’s rather late at night, so neither your neighbor downstairs nor the empty flat next door is responsible.

Step 3 – Remember that it feels strangely like an earthquake you felt in Hawaii on holiday about ten years ago.

Step 4 – Go to bed.

Step 5 – Wake up to news from the BBC saying there was a earthquake (5.2 on the Richter scale) in Lincolnshire.

Easy!