Disaster Area

Johnson bulldozes Britain deeper into chaos. The trade remedies problem. Do Conservative MPs really think they can cope with the consequences of No Deal? Brexit’s circles of self interest. What Johnson and co. are trying to teach us with their performative prorogation.

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today. It’s the end of the world as we know it. At least the Earth has plenty of oxygen.

Creativity has no age. On creativity and rest. What drives our addiction to social media.

BMW has painted an X6 with Vantablack, the world’s blackest black.

It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it. “It’s so... black!” said Ford Prefect. “You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!” The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

“It’s the wild colour scheme that freaks me out,” said Zaphod, whose love affair with the ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight. “Every time you try and operate these weird black controls that are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up in black to let you know you’ve done it.”

—Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

6 September 2019 · Weblog