I really don’t like generational claims to exceptionalism, but if there’s an aspect of life that is unique to our age it is the scope and speed of change in society. Here’s a video about the locations of video rental change Blockbuster in the US between 1986 and 2019. If your attention span doesn’t extend …

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In Australia take-home sales of alcohol from liquor retailers are up 27% (though places at which alcohol is consumed are closed, so those sales, of course, are down). Part of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Talking To Strangers deals with the effects of alcohol. Given what seems to be an increased domestic consumption of alcohol in frequency, …

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It just feels like this story pretty much sums up life during the current Covid-19 shutdown. A surprise outing in a fighter jet unnerved one defence company executive so much he accidentally ejected himself while flying at over 500km/h (320mph), an investigation into the debacle in France has found. The 64-year-old civilian got the most …

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An interesting slice of life series of articles at the Songfacts webpage focuses on the changes to their lives that writers of famous songs have experienced. In most cases these are not the people who sang the songs that became hits. Some of the names are familiar, lots aren’t. But each story demonstrates that one …

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