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.


Image of British beetles, 1866, from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Flickr account. Public domain.

Designing for non-human animals. Because it’s not all about us.

Just wonderful. The Biodiversity Heritage Library has put 150,000 historic drawings and sketches of plants into the public domain.

Doctors for divestment. The British Medical Journal says it’s time to divest from industries that are harming human health.

Grandparents at work. Traditional ideas about work and the workplace are getting undermined one generation at a time.

Catching up on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. From a tech point of view: dull, dull, dull. Except for Sonos deciding it was time to call out Google for anti-competitive behaviour.

One for (or maybe against) Valentine’s Day. From 1974, Marie Edwards ‘ Singles Manifesto.

Okay, maybe one more. Banksy does Banksy in Bristol. But it’s a headache for the building’s owners.

“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)