“I hoped that she was not yet dreaming of death, but of gardeners wrapping strands of their own hair around dirt clotted roots, and fascist sheep, and a life carved from a single block of wood, and a man trying to wash the shame from his feet.”Laura van den Berg, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears
Issue 28 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Four-day work weeks, a Literary Clock, and an illustrated history of the climate crisis denial adverts created by big oil companies.Read more "Feelings, Boundaries & Feelings About Boundaries"
“A cellphone is a little like a watch.
If you need it, someone else has got it.”Christopher Walken, Guardian Interview
Issue 27 of Manufacturing Serendipity, part two of this retrospective thinger.Read more "A Year of Manufacturing Serendipity – Part Two"
Issue 26 of Manufacturing Serendipity. What have I learned from a years’ worth of loosely connected stuff? What were my best bits? Too much to squeeze into one newsletter friends, here’s part one.Read more "A Year of Manufacturing Serendipity – Part One"
…the world is an experiment in inventing validity, and conviction is its only proof.~Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Issue 25 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Weird language rules we follow, but aren’t aware of; the label releasing rain tracks on Spotify and out-earning Lady Gaga; how Netflix optimise thumbnails; and more.Read more "Great Green Dragons and the Big Bad Wolf"
Because I can’t stick a completed puzzle on the fridge, I’m sticking it here instead.Read more "The pink bits"
Issue 24 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Some things I’ve learned about sharks, William Gibson’s apocalyptic retweets, human etch-a-sketch Strava art, and thoughts on the BBC drama Vigil.Read more "Fine Young Cannibals"
“Knowing the outcome infects us. We’re rational beings that think things are supposed to make sense.It’s very hard for us to wrap our heads around a bad outcome when we didn’t do anything wrong.
Or that there’s a good outcome that’s just random.
We’re really uncomfortable with randomness in that way. It’s just the way we’re built: to recognize patterns.”Annie Duke on resulting fallacy