Earth community. 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.
Covid Variants: What’s In a Name?
Little more than 15 months ago I exchanged emails halfway round the world with a Facebook friend who’s a renowned geneticist. He had moved from a (reasonably) comfortable life in the mainland US to a small island somewhere in Indonesia, an island nation of 17,508 islands, of which roughly 6,000 are inhabited.
- Top Story - May 2021
At Long, Long Last, the Champions League FinalTop Story - May 2021
The Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea to crown the best soccer team in Europe — even though the two sides both hail from the UK — was always going to be hyped as one of those games where both sides overthink things.
Cinemas are open again, and the early signs are promising. One of the biggest theater chains, Cineworld, has reported the best box office takings since theaters were forced to close some 15 months ago. Results from the first weekend audiences were allowed back were “beyond expectations,” according to Cineworld, thanks to movies like Godzilla v. Kong and the Peter Rabbit sequel, with Cruella and a Quiet Place follow-up just round the corner.
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.
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.