Monthly Archives: November 2012

Recommended articles, 30 November 2012

It’s been awhile since the last recommended articles post which was back on 5 October. The main reason for the delay is that i have not been reading that many articles lately as i’ve concentrated on my book reading.

Anyway, here are the most noteworthy articles i’ve managed to read.

The Drugs Don’t Work A Modern Medical Scandal – Unfortunately this fascinating (and disturbing) article by Ben Goldacre is no longer available at the Guardian newspaper website. But you can have a look at his TED talk.

Lonelinesswritten by James Harris

“What do we want from each other?  What do you want from another person that will make you happy?  I’ve asked my friends experimenting with computer dating what they are looking for in a good match.  Surprisingly, or not, they don’t know.  Usually they can specify things they don’t want.  I think their loneliness is a general sense of unease and they don’t specifically know what will make them happy, but they often know the details about other people that make them unhappy.”

Man or machine – can robots really write novels?BBC

“Professor Philip Parker, of Insead business school, created software that has generated over 200,000 books, on as varied topics as the 60 milligrams of fat in fromage frais to a Romanian crossword guide.

Amazon currently lists over 100,000 titles under his name.”

Sony (Dubious Quality) and The Ghosts of Sony (Japan Subculture)

Sony’s bonds have been rated as junk.

“Sony’s in big trouble. They’re not alone–so is Sharp and Panasonic–but Sony is the most suprising, given their place in the history of consumer electronics, and their position as apex predator only a decade ago.”

We might be living in the least disruptive age in historyWired (courtesy of Loud O)

“My grandmother would have folded her arms and frowned. She was born in Belfast in 1900. Horse drawn carts clopped up and down her cobbled street. Life expectancy was 57, Britain was a superpower with the naval equivalent of the Death Star and her house was lit with gas and candles. By the time she was 20, cars were rattling and hooting down her road and they were enjoying electric lights, outrageous women’s clothing and jazz. Russia had convulsed into a radical new kind of government, airships were crossing the Atlantic and many of her male relatives had been slaughtered in the First World War.”

Gary Neville’s punditry is the best, but others need to raise their gameGuardian

“Second, Neville is thorough; his Monday Night Football offerings are clearly the result of meticulous research. Putting together a 15-minute sequence on the art of diving, as he did towards the end of last season, takes dedication and commitment others lack. One Sky colleague comments on how Neville treats punditry the same way he treated professional football, where he succeeded primarily through hard work and intense preparation, rather than natural talent.”

Matchday 2012 and Billionaires toy with the beautiful gameFinancial Times

“Manchester City already displays live Twitter feeds on screens inside and outside the stadium. And with 2.5m Weibo followers, they are doing a good job of tapping into the Chinese football market. “Today, we’ve gained 17,000 new Weibo followers in the past six hours,” Stopford says proudly.”


“As he contemplates becoming No 10, Guardiola may reflect on the differences between working for a proper football club and a Tudor dictatorship. Barcelona is what it says on the wall: a club, owned by its 180,000 members. Its main rival, Real Madrid, has a similar structure. Most German clubs are also majority-owned by their members.”

Why does coffee never taste as good as it smellsDaily Telegraph

“We have got two senses of smell.”

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Recommended articles


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Board games for sale

I am selling a few board games which never find table time either because someone else close to me owns a copy making mine basically a duplicate or because i simply don’t have the time to play them.

The proceeds i receive for these games will be donated to a charity by January and i will post about it on the blog.

The games (all in english) being sold are:

1. Power Grid (EUR25) – Very good condition, played 2-3 times.

2. Dominion (EUR25) – box is damaged, cards in excellent condition.

3. Here I Stand (EUR40) – Like new, never been played. Cards are sleeved.

4. Forbidden Island (EUR10) – Like new.

5. Castle Ravenloft (EUR40) – Very good condition. Cards are sleeved.

6. Carcassone: Inns & Cathedrals (EUR5) – Very good condition (expansion – still need the base game)

7. Carcassone: Traders & Builders (EUR5) – Very good condition (expansion – still need the base game)

I am only looking for buyers living in Cyprus, preferably Nicosia, and the prices (which are non-negotiable) don’t include any shipping costs.


Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Board games, Declutter diary


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“Maybe i’m sad – about wanting you. I’m not too comfortable with wanting someone.”

Craig Thompson

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Books, Quotes


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“You know, sometimes you look at me with longing….even though i’m here with you.”


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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Books, Quotes


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Man’s Search for Meaning

Anyone who’s been following my posts this past couple of weeks will have noticed the flood of quotes from Viktor E. Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. I am usually very selective when it comes to posting quotes but this book left a big impression on me.

If you have not heard of Viktor E.Frankl don’t worry because i only found out about him when i started reading his book. All the quotes i’ve posted so far mean something to me but none more so than the one below which will be the last.

“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now! It seems to me that there is nothing which would stimulate a man’s sense of responsibleness more than this maxim, which invites him to imagine first that the present is past and, second that the past may yet be changed and amended. Such a precept confronts him with life’s finiteness as well as the finality of what he makes out of both his life and himself.”

Viktor E.Frankl

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Antidote, Books, Quotes


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Man’s Search for Meaning

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and in meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

Viktor E.Frankl

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Antidote, Books, Quotes


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Cypriot Tourist in Cyprus (2)

When travelling by car, great music is critical as it makes the journey from just a chore to being a pleasure instead. Sometimes i wished i could drive a while longer just so that i could finish the track.

Dire Straits ‘ first album kept me company most of the time on the road.

Every single song in this album is magical but my favourites are Down To The Waterline, Water for Love, Sultans of Swing and Wild West End.

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Antidote, Music, Travel


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