The financial times has an interesting article about the internet having 3 billion users by 2015. Even though we constantly talking about living in a connected and global world, I find it interesting that we still have less than 50% of of the world population connected to the Internet. Some say that the Internet was the biggest and most influential invention of the 20th century. If that’s the case, imagine what it would be like when the other 4 billion people start using it too. It’s all too easy when you belong to a society where the Internet is so seemingly ubiquitous, to forget that the majority of the planet are not users of the Internet.
Here are some photos I took a few weeks before the last poppy was planted on the 11th of Nov around the tower of London. When finished the display had 888,246 poppies – one poppy for every British fatality in the First World War. The display is already being dismantled, so I was glad to have seen it. More information can be found here http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/
Lest We Forget….
There is hardly a time when you look up at the sky here in Manchester and not see a vapour trail from a commercial airliner. Very different to Australia. This amazing video shows 24 hours of flights in and around Europe.
This is quite funny! Beware spammers!!!
Since the first teaser in 2013, we’ve been in countdown mode for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new outer-space epic that promises to blast us through space and time. It opened today in limited release; if you’re as excited as we are but can’t clear three hours until the weekend to go see the whole movie, here are a few TED Talks that relate to the plot points we could figure out from obsessively watching trailers.
The story begins on an earth devastated by drought and climate change. Dystopian, but unless we take action, we’re heading there in reality too. In this talk, Jonathan Foley makes a case for “terrafarming” — thinking of the planet’s food systems as one big connected whole.
Meanwhile Gavin Schmidt shows us how emergent global patterns are causing our climate to get less predictable (scary, but they make hypnotizing GIFs).
And … I don’t know…
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This is such a simple idea but so incredibly powerful. Its easy to think the universe moves around us, but its only from our limited perspective. http://www.businessinsider.com/timelapse-video-shows-earth-rotating-around-you-2014-11