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The world by market cap

August 14, 2015 - 09:49 -- Admin

Bank of America has been releasing a series of data visualisations this week, including what the world would look like if countries were measured by market cap.

Some surprising match ups: Singapore vs Indonesia. Hong Kong vs China.

Missing in action: New Zealand.

Shrinkage due to cold weather: Russia.

Fanfic update Aug 11

August 11, 2015 - 14:26 -- Admin

I've finished the first edit of all your stories, and will write a couple of my own eye witness accounts over the rest of the week. My contributions:

Dave Killed it Good, by Vince Martinelli.

The Sumateem Chainsaw Massacre by Pastor Nancy Kemp, and...

As Your Attorney I Advise You To Take This Deal With The Devil, by X Boylan Esq.

The Fall of the House of Felafel

August 11, 2015 - 07:28 -- Admin

Some thoughts on Girlclumsy's report of last week, about another relic of my sharehouse past meeting the wrecker's ball:

A great city will always be wreathed –if only slightly– in sadness. Why? Because loss and nostalgia are part of the price cities pay for their greatness. Great cities draw in so many people and generate such contrary and intense energies that they are forever destroying and remaking themselves in the process.

Sense8: Renewed and Reviewed

August 10, 2015 - 12:19 -- Admin

Netflix has renewed Sense8 for a second season, and this is a great thing. S1 encompassed a comprehensive origin story with a satisfying climax and denouement, but as with all great stories peopled with interesting characters, it left me wanting to know What Happened Next.

The Lazy Dog Roll

August 8, 2015 - 07:28 -- Admin

My irregular commute, a morning run across the city just ahead of peak hour, takes me within striking distance of The Brown Dog Cafe in the back streets of the Gabba.

But I just bought new running shoes…

August 7, 2015 - 15:01 -- Admin

Really expensive new running shoes. But when were they ever cheap?

Actually, I have a history of buying the cheapest running shoes I can find. Not the worst ones, usually just the ugliest most unsaleable items from the back of the sports store. They might have started out at two or $300, but I generally refuse to pay more than fifty.