My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.

The world’s most popular spirit. See ’52 Things’, #5. Image: Wikipedia.

It’s almost the holiday season, so here’s some lists:

Some links that have nothing to do with politics:

  • Just do nothing. It’s good for you.
  • Photos of science open up whole new worlds. The Royal Society’s annual science photography competition takes you to another plane.
  • 40 years since The Clash released London Calling. It still sounds surprisingly fresh.

If you do want some politics: My extended take on the UK General Election.

“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)