Note — Nov 22, 2020

No.151 Asides

Seen in → No.151

  • 🤩 If Wes Anderson Designed The Simpsons. “Created for HomeAdvisor, these scenes and locations from the long running animated series have been transformed into real life places, but with careful style and design that make them seem at home in Anderson’s quirky but deeply lovable movies.”
  • Oh my! 🧱 🎥 Behold: LEGO Unveils the 9,036 Piece Roman Colosseum, Its Biggest Brick Set Ever. “The Colosseum features an oval base to see it from all angles and display it any way you want. You can leave the crumbled section of the Colosseum facing out or turn the complete North Walls outward instead.”
  • 🕵🏼‍♂️ 🦠 The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield. “The results show that only 47 of that subset of 359 apps use Google and Apple’s more privacy-friendly exposure-notification system … Albright found that 44 percent of Covid apps on iOS asked for access to the phone’s camera, 22 percent of apps asked for access to the user’s microphone, 32 percent asked for access to their photos, and 11 percent asked for access to their contacts.”
  • 🇹🇼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 🦠 Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic Covid-19 infection. “Extensive economic and cultural ties to mainland China, and a large volume of travel, meant it was particularly vulnerable at the start of the epidemic. Instead it has recorded 553 cases of Covid-19 and only seven deaths since the pandemic began, making it even more successful than other countries with an exemplary record for containing the disease, including New Zealand and Vietnam.”
  • On the Authenticity of the Chess in The Queen’s Gambit. “Most of the games, it was not difficult, but the biggest challenge was the last game, because the last game is just, it’s a full game. And the problem is that the last game had to be played by the Queen’s Gambit.”
  • ☀️ Dawn of the Heliocene. “Like Copernicus’ heliocentric model of the solar system, sometimes revolutions occur by a simple shift in the axis of rotation. I propose we call our new epoch the ‘Heliocene,’ meaning ‘new sun.’ Heliocene represents the moment when another life form figured out a way to tap into the potential of the sun, and adopts a name for our epoch that better centers humans within the spheres that hold us.” (Via Future Crunch)
  • 🌑 Jupiter’s Glow-in-the-Dark Moon. “Jupiter’s magnetic field is the largest of any other planet in the solar system, and the radiation within its boundaries is many millions of times more intense than the radiation near Earth. The high-energy particles constantly bombard Europa, a world slightly smaller than our moon, with a wispy atmosphere. And when those particles strike the moon’s ice-covered surface, a quirk of chemistry could make it glow in the dark.”
  • 🏢 Op-ed: With Masterplanet, Bjarke Ingels’s architecture has become universal—and incapable of admitting difference. “…resemble one another not because they were derived from the same aesthetic rulebook, or because they share in profligacy for size, but because in each one of them design is only a machine for corporate valorization.”