number cruncher

OK Cupid is a very large online dating site in the States.  Apart from an admirable devotion to the process of helping people scthupp each other they are also fascinated with the massive amounts of data the process throws up.  After all, this is data that really counts for something, like what music you like, [...]

Bad for someone’s health

From  Gourmet
The Ivory Coast provides more than 40 percent of the world’s cocoa—Ghana supplies much of the rest—and this summer’s operation, run by the international police organization Interpol, suggests that child labor in both countries remains widespread. The U.S. State Department has estimated that more than 109,000 children in the Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry [...]

bullseye

Jacob Dahlgren | Interactive dart board installation

revealing the true genius

now I understand how great the song is….

underdog

From The Guardian
The Fifa Under-20 World Cup, which gets under way this week in Egypt, likes to present itself as a discoverer of future international superstars. The likes of Diego Maradona, Luís Figo, Ronaldinho, Michael Essien and Lionel Messi all came to global prominence in this competition.
It is against this lustrous backdrop that a group [...]

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legless

standing ovation

From The BBC
One factor that drives moderately long speeches into the realms of eternity is the amount of time taken for applause.
Soviet leaders, for example, gave long speeches with orchestrated applause and ovations, “because particularly in the 1930s those listening didn’t want to get arrested”, says Prof Service.
In the book Gulag Archipelago, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [...]

Ozymandias

From The Guardian
Its advocates describe it as Africa’s long-overdue answer to the Eiffel tower or Statue of Liberty. Its detractors call it an ugly £17m monument to hubris in a country that can ill afford grandiose gestures.
The 49 metre bronze statue, on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic in Dakar, Senegal, has provoked debate about the [...]

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