May 2018 in retrospect
I don't really know why, but I've started binge-watching all of Seinfeld (which streams on Amazon Prime Video). It's a lot of fun ("No soup for you!"). It's also a bit of time-travel given all the Nineties pop-culture references (like "Home Alone"). To counter-balance all the sofa-sitting, I ran my first 10k. Also this month:
- GDPR - and as far as I can tell, civilisation hasn't ended yet. How about some GDPR jokes?
- One of the most moving things I've listend to - fittingly, I remember listening to this at the railway station - was an episode of NPR's All Songs Considered. "Swan Songs: Music For Your Final Exit" is a collection of songs and stories that listeners said they'd like to have played at their funeral. Do listen in! (And check out the Spotify playlist of all the songs.)
- Journalist (and ESC geek) Dave Keating had a great article about the language politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. (Or should I say "Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson"?) And speaking of ESC: machine translation had another epic fail when trying to translate a congratulatory tweet from Benjamin Netanyahu.
- I really love the images from Gaping Void. (A friend of mine even has one on her business card.) Here's one of the best ones in a long time: