Recovering journalist. Visual storyteller. Digital nomad. Natural history + current events. Raconteur. Cultural anthropology.
I hope that somewhere in here I will talk about a creator who will intrigue + inspire you.
How Lockdown Ate My Brain
I lost my keys. Again. Hey, you say, I do it all the time. Happens to everyone. Then I lost my wallet. And not for the first time.
What happend to Liverpool FC?
There are six weeks to go yet in the English Premier League, but while no one will say so openly, this strangest of strange seasons is more-or-less decided. Machester City will win the title, likely followed by Manchester United, while Fulham, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion will be relegated to the second division.
Make Room! Make Room! ‘Soylent Green’ Revisited
Det. Thorn (Charlton Heston) to his roommate Sol (Edward G. Robinson) in Soylent Green: “I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.”
In Praise of ‘El Loco’
The stories are legion. Here’s the funny thing, though. Most of them are true! There was the time when Marcelo Bielsa, 65, took over a struggling football club in the UK’s second division and the first question through his mind was: How long does the average fan have to work to be able to pay for a ticket to watch what was then a distinctly ordinary team of under-performers? How many hours does that supporter have to put in on their job to be able to buy that ticket? Using a weird, eccentric, unscientific calculation of metrics, he came up with the answer three.
Twitter Features You Didn’t Know
I have a confession to make. I rather like Twitter. Actually, I like it a whole lot. I’m not an obsessive about it mind. I’m not naive. I know what’s going on in the world. There are rogue states in the world that shape and manipulate social media platforms to suit their own ends. There are hate groups that find like-minded idiots online, and then use those same social-media platforms to coax and goad those same idiots into doing idiotic things. I know all this.
Hey! College Admissions Don’t Come Cheap!
There’s a throwaway line midway through the scary-good Netflix exposé Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal that sums everything you ever wanted to know about college entrance scams but were afraid to ask. Somebody someone behind-the-scenes says a prominent Hollywood actress’ daughter had grades good enough to get into the college of her choice on her own merit, without her well-to-do mom intervening on her behalf by paying a scammy college admissions facilitator to game the system on her behalf.
Saying ‘No’ to Racism: Talk is Cheap
Racism in English football is the controversy that just won’t go away, it seems. Even as players throughout the English Premier League take the knee before every kick-off — as they’ve been doing for months now — online abuse keeps being heaped on players-of-color, regardless of how good they are at their chosen calling, no matter how much pride they bring to their adoptive city, or how much joy they bring to followers of their home team.
Every so often — once in a blue moon, literally — a handbook comes along that is Absolut-ly 100% indispensable to any self-respecting bird watcher.