Prattle & Jaw

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Ze Internet! Page 17

Hello and welcome to another week of the internet. Not too much to prattle on about this week, so let's just jump right in. 

It's been really cold on the east coast of the US right now, so cold in fact, that NYC is surrounded by ice. Very pretty. 

Speaking of New York, take a look at these maps of the world's biggest cities according to tourist photos. Data artist Eric Fischer used geotagging information to map where tourists and locals take photographs of cities around the world.

Areas marked red on the maps show the places where tourists take photos, blue designates locals and yellow is where it’s too hard to determine which is which. It's pretty interesting to see the differences - especially if you know the city well. You can see a lot more over on Flickr

I often find myself missing London, but know that I'm missing a London that just doesn't exist anymore. I'm actually quite glad I left when I did. I think it'd be heartbreaking to witness the changes firsthand. I read about a shop called 'Champagne and Cheese' that now exists in Brixton Market. How is that even possible? Anyway, London is Changing, "is intended to facilitate discussion about the impact of economic and policy changes on the culture and diversity of London. Via a web form, we are asking a series of questions intended to capture a variety of personal stories and circumstances that will enhance understanding of broader demographic trends concerning migration into, out of, and around London. An edited selection of responses from the web form is currently on display on digital billboards in Central London and new responses are being added daily." The responses are sad, but true. I've watched as my London friends have been forced further and further out into the suburbs as their old homes were either bulldozed to create new, generic blocks of flats for the super-rich (none of whom actually live in London), or their rents grew astronomically high - again, only in reach of the super-rich. What will become of London

To cheer you up, have a read of these FML (f*** my life), moments in Greek mythology. Here's a taster. 

If you're going to die soon, you should sort out your online stuff, like Facebook, and online storage. Here's a guide to how to make sure someone else can access your profiles after you've gone to the big playground in the sky. 

If you live in the US, you can get anything you want via one text. You lucky people. I'm not sure what 'anything' actually encompasses, but there you go. 

If you're a Chrome user, chances are you'll find something useful or cool as Chrome Experiments celebrates 1000 experiments.

Ever wonder how your favourite drink is made? Wonder no more. 

I spent most of today (Friday), annoyed about a picture of a dress. When I actually read about it, it was interesting. Here's a video that sums it all up. 

Obligatory space bit in the form of " catalogs the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy. For each space probe, we've affectionately crafted a short-and-sweet summary as well as handpicked geeky hyperlinks we think are worth exploring." The site is really worth digging around in. It's a goldmine of spacey information. 

I think I'll leave you with this.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Qatar - Reflect Your Respect

Qatar have launched a social media campaign encouraging tourists to cover up and abide by their Islamic values when visiting. This includes dressing respectfully (i.e. covering up shoulders and knees, and avoiding tight clothing), and a few other things, including 'obscene acts' (and muffin tops apparently). Along with a Twitter and Instagram account, leaflets are being handed out.

So far, the campaign has drawn a mixed response. Some agree, but some argue that respect means accepting and including what is different, not alienating them. This might be true, but it's not respect itself that's being promoted, the campaign is simply asking people to respect a country's values and culture, and while I might not agree with some of their values, I do believe that tourists should show respect. 

I'm willing to bet that the same people who think this campaign is wrong, are the same people who think Islamic people should wear something else other than their traditional Islamic clothing when abroad. I wonder if they see the irony. Probably not. 

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