Category Archives: culture

The Heart of London

The London Stone, Cannon Street: For hundreds of years the small limestone block was recognised as the heart of the City of London and became a traditional site to pass laws, reclaim debts, swear oaths and make official proclamations. WalkLondon … Continue reading

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Gryphiusstrasse, Hamburg – Google Maps

This is pretty hilarious: after oodles of meetings and debates, Germany’s largest cities have conceded to allow Google Maps street-views … sort of … almost … kinda. For example, here you can just see the window of my old home … Continue reading

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Costa Rica Creates Department of Peace

IMAGINE PEACE: “Costa Rica’s justice ministry was created to oversee the country’s penitentiary systems and supervise research on criminal behavior, but had no responsibility for crime prevention. A 1998 executive decree addressed this lapse by creating the National Directorate for … Continue reading

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East isn’t East and West isn’t West

The cognitive fallacy of East is East and West is West: MindHacks review of Ed Yong’s article in New Scientist which suggests that Kipling’s twains of East vs West never existed in the first place “Even more surprisingly, the article … Continue reading

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Working long hours?

Working long hours ‘puts us at higher risk of dementia’: “Middle-age workers doing more than 55 hours a week have poorer mental skills, including short-term memory and ability to recall words, than those clocking up fewer than 41 hours, a … Continue reading

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Moonship Journeys

Buying experiences, not possessions, leads to greater happiness: “experiential purchases, such as a meal out or theater tickets, result in increased well-being because they satisfy higher order needs, specifically the need for social connectedness and vitality — a feeling of … Continue reading

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The Want/Need Glass

Want/Need Glass designed by Inna Alesina, dishwasher-safe. The small hole divides the volume of the glass into two parts: “need” (below the hole) and “want” (above the hole). “Alesina Design, Inc. shall not be held responsible for ruined clothes as … Continue reading

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