Here’s some things that I’m into at the moment, or that caught my eye while whiling away my time on the web.
I was late to the party but the series ‘The Checkout’ that the ABC recently aired was fantastic. I love shows like this that educate consumers and let us into the sneaky tricks that some marketers and companies employ to sell their products.
Check it out. Luckily they’re doing another season and the website has heaps of video too.
While we’re on the subject of consumerism. Palm Oil. Do you know about it? It’s used in many food products, cosmetics, and household products and the manufacture of it is causing massive destruction in the orangutans habitat to clear rainforests for oil palm plantations. I’ve been doing some research but it’s really hard to find out exactly what it’s used in because there’s so many names for it. So as a consumer I’m trying to educate myself on what it is in, and find alternatives. There’s many websites about palm oil, and this is just one.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? I am and the most recent episode has had people talking on social media and elsewhere. It’s a bit gory but I love the story and I love the acting. I have started reading the books but am very happy that I didn’t know what was going to happen in episode 9 of season 3. Wow. Just wow.
I don’t live that far from the city where I work and I have thought about riding into work but competing with cars scares the crap out of me. If there was a dedicated stand-alone bike lane to my workplace I reckon I’d do it, but there’s not so I don’t. Alan Davies writes:
It’s time to acknowledge that cars should no longer get priority in the city centre
As I wait for my bus or tram in the morning I see plenty of cars drive past with mostly one person in them and I’ll bet that most are going into the city. I know that somedays it’s more convenient to drive in and I know that public transport can be woeful but wouldn’t the city be a much better place, and easier to get to if everyone wasn’t driving there? Alan Davies reckons that most people could ride to work.
I came across a gorgeous photography project by James Mollison. He says:
It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.
So he’s photographed children and their bedrooms from all around the world. It’s amazing to see where some of these children sleep.