worldpool: Canada and Venezuela

Today, Canada decides to stand up for human rights in… (spins wheel) Venezuela

Few people, of course, are asking: “Why just Venezuela?”

Why just Maduro? Surely, Trudeau realizes that in using the terms “violation of human rights and the complete disregard of rule of law,” he’s describing a whole gang of the world’s governments, including some of the biggest ones.

worldpool: DAU

I… honestly don’t know what to think about this.

The Never-Ending Film

“And then I look at Khrzhanovsky and I see that he has a smile on his face because he understands that this also was a bit of a performance because I knew it would look great in the article to say that I’ve been conditioned. So I’ve helped him to create this self-portrait of a tyrannical genius and he finally managed to completely control me. And I’m not sure if I’m proud of the story. I love it. It’s the best magazine story I’ve ever written, but I’m not sure I’m proud of it.”

DAU | Experiment is ongoing


worldpool: “A tiny nation of people began to take shape.”

My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft

“While we are gathered here today, a candle is being lit for Mats in a classroom in the Netherlands, a candle burns in a call centre in Ireland, in a library in Sweden there is a candle lit, he is remembered in a little beauty parlour in Finland, a municipal office in Denmark, many places in England. All over Europe, Mats is remembered by many morethan those who had the opportunity to come here today.

“I met Mats in a world where it doesn’t matter a bit who you are, what kind of body you have, or how you look in reality, behind the keyboard.

“There, what does matter is who you choose to be and how you conduct yourself towards others. What does matter is what is found here,” – Kai Simon laid his hand on his temple, “and here.” Kai Simon laid his hand on his heart.

worldpool: stonehenge

I’ve been thinking about how I manage the world pool posts, and have decided to try something new. I’ve been told that people like the collected-links format, because they can settle down on the weekend and read through a batch of them. But the problem is that when I put together a weekly list the list gets longer and longer, and then it takes more time to prepare the post, and then I don’t have time and don’t do it, and the list gets longer, and…

So I’m going to try a new thing: posting as the stories come. There may still be a good number of stories over the week, of course, and I might collect some into one post if they share characteristics (e.g. “just for fun”). I’ll start every post with world pool and tag them all as “from the world pool,” so readers should be able to search the tag and find everything relevant for the week. Let me know how this works for you.

So, starting out: here’s an interesting article: The battle for the future of Stonehenge.

From the world pool: February 1, 2019

Media in the news

This was an interesting week for quite a few tech companies, and it will be even more interesting to see the fallout, if any. I noticed this because I notice anything relating to Facebook and privacy. I detest Facebook on many levels and do not use it, for reasons relating to their handling of privacy and the fact that I think they are turning into a monopoly. It is possible that I am not entirely unbiased about them (ya think?), but honestly I think that my attitude is justified by their actions. Continue reading “From the world pool: February 1, 2019”

From the world pool: just for fun edition

It’s been a while since I’ve done a world pool post, partly because the news has just been so depressing. And yes, I’ve got depressing stuff (also useful/interesting), but I’m going to save it for later and start 2019 with happier content.

Art + Design + Writing


The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver died on January 17th. I loved her writing. Rather than an obituary, have something written when she was alive.

What Mary Oliver’s Critics Don’t Understand

Nature […] with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself. Like Rumi, another of her models, Oliver seeks to combine the spiritual life with the concrete: an encounter with a deer, the kisses of a lover, even a deformed and stillborn kitten. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” she writes.


Embroidering the Earth’s Mantle, Remedios Varo, 1961 

“Sometimes the city lands right on top of you.” 

Friendly tower cranes, grinning street signs, and other adventures in augmented reality


Interview: Photographer Spends 10 Years Capturing the Visual Symphony of Waves

Just cool

Frozen in time: the miraculous gold rush movies buried under the Yukon ice 

Just for fun

Why you’re tying your shoelaces all wrong

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