miscellaneous

What we learned this week

  • This week I added a Google+ button to the blog. I don’t really know what Google+ is, and I suspect Googling it isn’t the best way to get an honest answer. Can anyone point me to a useful introduction?
  • The week that a Scottish couple won a record Euro lottery win, Life Squared has an insightful interview about what it’s like to make millions, and the positives and negatives of the freedom wealth brings.
  • Researchers at CERN think they may have spotted the elusive Higgs-Bosun ‘God Particle’, because they’ve seen some ‘tantalising fluctuations’ in their data. Sorry? For all the billions poured into the colider, I was hoping for a little more than that. Come back when you’ve caught one in a matchbox.
  • “Of all the secrets of war, there is one that is so well kept that it exists mostly as a rumour”. The fact that I find this truly harrowing article hard to recommend proves its point – nobody wants to talk about male rape.

4 comments

  1. jennygoth says:

    i once saw a male rape on tv in a western film i was shocked and really annoyed so male rape is just as upsetting as a female rape both are unacceptable xxjen

  2. Jeremy says:

    Yes, and as the article shows, it is used as a weapon of war just as much as female rape, but because it is taboo it is never mentioned, even as far as some charities leaving it out of their definitions of rape.

  3. LisaK says:

    Regarding your inquiry on the Google + button, my own initial assumption is that it’s a clever stratagem from Google in an attempt to capture marketshare from Facebook. Here is a great short story from American Public Media on some user reactions to Google +:
    http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/13/tech-report-google-plus-what-are-we-supposed-to-do-with-it/

    1. Jeremy says:

      Good title, “Google+ what are we supposed to do with it exactly?” – that’s pretty much my question. Thanks for the link.

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