The South China Morning Post has a fun, animated visualisation of the Zhu Rong rover’s seven month journey to Mars and the three months spent orbiting the planet before finally landing. It makes it all look very simple, but it’s such a long way away.
Another striking data visualisation from Mona Chalabi, this time a simple bar chart showing what happens to US police officers after they have killed someone.
Last year I shared a link to someone recreating Windows start up sounds. Here’s perhaps the opposite, the sounds Macs made when they didn’t boot up properly.
I enjoyed the serendipity of hearing about Adam Curtis’s new documentary series on (amongst many other things) our fascination with conspiracy theories at the same time as being sent a Kindle discount voucher for Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. I haven’t re-read that in years, perhaps now would be a perfect time.
Every now and then my stats jump inexplicably, this time due to this tweet about Van Gogh, I think.
I almost forgot to wish Mozart happy 265th birthday.
It’s great to see Metallica dueting with Huey Lewis and The News thanks, once again, to the amazing video editing skills of Bill McClintock.
Waterstones has uploaded a lengthy, introductory extract from Jenny Odell’s excellent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Vital reading.
Timur Zagirov has converted another famous face, Marilyn’s this time, into a 3D, pixellated sculpture painting thing. An interesting partner to his re-worked Van Gogh, and much nicer to look at than that sculpture of her in Palm Springs.
Noah Kalina puts up a Biden/Harris yard sign … with possibly predictable results. A concise illustration of how polarising politics has become.
You can now get bedding complete with side pockets for your phones/tv remotes/fags. Something tells me that keeping these things so close might not be promoting a positive attitude to sleep.
So there’s to be a three-week delay for ‘most’ GCSE and A-level exams in England next summer. The main set of exams will start on 7 June and run until 2 July, apart from the English and Maths GCSEs, which will be held before the May half-term. Here’s the press release from the government.