A good morning on Twitter

Over breakfast I usually catch up on the overnight Twitter and read the (online) paper. This often isn’t a cheery way to start the day but it was a good Twitter morning today, so I thought I’d share.

At the end of one conversation Timo linked to this article about Richard Florida’s theory of the creative class, which is very interesting (as are Florida’s and Bures’ follow-ups).

Then some lighter, thoughtful, relief from Danny in fine form. (“this dates back from a socialist workers party festival when i was 10, seeing a cop and organizer jeering together at my clown facepaint / clown facepaint i had been obliged to adopt due to social pressure. I swore then enmity to the organized radical left and sulked rest of day”)

Jonty linked to this “semi-fictional” film from 1973 set in London’s Thamesmead estate (“featuring a young Veruca Salt no less”), which I’ve only watched the first few minutes of but love so far. (I find it interesting how there’s a particularly 1970s way of speaking in these things, much as people in, say, 1940s films have their own manner. The early 21st century is going to sound as equally quaint in not very long.)

A private correspondent linked to a Motor Trend video in a Citroen DS and a Tesla Model S are compared. The cars have very little in common but the number of cars that get me excited is small and here’s two in one 12 minute video. (Honestly, I wish the Tesla looked more distinctive but I guess if you’ve got to persuade petrol-car-fans that electric is worthwhile you don’t want to turn them off with something outlandish.)

And finally, a brief conversation about writing and how to indicate bits you’ll do later. (“TK” is the professional way, as Tom L says, but I usually go for the “XXX” option.)

With all that excitement I didn’t have time to read much news, so that makes the morning even cheerier!

23 Jun 2014 at Twitter

  • 08:02am: @ancient_james How do you do it? I thought I'd done it once, but…
  • 08:12am: @ancient_james Ta, fingers crossed…
  • 08:51am: Good things on Twitter this morning, well done everyone: http://t.co/vqU3jIySv3
  • 10:48am: Spent an hour moving some old email offline. Saved myself $12/year in mail hosting costs. Apparently need to rethink how I prioritise tasks.
  • 10:49am: @felix_cohen It’s just in local (“On My Mac”) folders, rather than in an IMAP account. Still in Mail.app.
  • 11:57am: @felix_cohen I have about 9GB of mail across my accounts, and Mail.app seems fine on this old MacBook. Do you have a lot more?
  • 11:58am: @felix_cohen (5GB of that is only local mailboxes, which might help - less IMAP back and forth?)
  • 12:21pm: @denisewilton They’re all being chased.
  • 12:36pm: @paulpod You should install Edblock Plus.
  • 12:41pm: Try and remember where I was with this project three weeks ago vs keep faffing until the end of the day. Tricky.
  • 12:44pm: @futurecitiescat @cityofsound Do you know that page displays two identical “Cookies on Catapult explained” warnings?
  • 02:07pm: I didn’t picture Bigend looking like ‘Only Fools and Horses’ Trigger, but he has the suit. So confused https://t.co/7NBL8pWlBW @GreatDismal
  • 04:41pm: @yoz GET OUT OF THE SHOWER!
  • 05:11pm: @danhon @yoz He could at least put a robe on.
  • 05:22pm: @yoz @danhon You’re not in the shower. So put on some clothes and behave like an Englishman! Maybe that flowery number with the scoop neck?
  • 07:54pm: @suegyford Brilliant, well done! We both enjoyed that :)

23 Jun 2014 in Links

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