26 Sep 2014
In many ways, the kind of Twitter diet that you should follow depends on what kind of Twitter person you want to be. There’s isn’t a one-size-fits-diet, and you should determine your priorities on Twitter before choosing the right diet for you. No amount of introspection in these matters is too much; your self-esteem is directly linked to the image you want to project on social media after all.
A vegetarian diet deprives people of vital proteins and makes eating more of a chore than an enjoyable experience, making people both lethargic and grumpy all the time. This is ideal for Twitter, grumpiness can contribute to effective rants which are valued highly on Twitter. Being lethargic also means that you are more likely to spend more time on Twitter, and less inclined to get up and do something else like cleaning the house or getting a job. This will ensure that you will dedicate whatever little energy you have to cultivating a Twitter following and interacting with them regularly.
20 Sep 2014
Abu Abdullah suddenly prods his companion and points to the sky. A disc-shaped object appears to be hovering in the distance, flashing its lights directly beneath. (It’s best not to stray too much from cinematic convention.) The hovering object is unlike any helicopter they had seen. They watch in awe as the object comes closer and begins its descent to the ground.
12 Sep 2014
On Thursday the 18th of September, Scottish voters will be asked to vote in a referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The question they must answer is "Should Scotland be an independent country?" They must answer either ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’, in accordance with one of the central tenets of Western culture known as ‘binary oppositions’. This handy guide will give you all the information you need to know about the referendum and what’s it likely to mean for you. (Not much really, aside from maybe needing to get an extra visa.)
8 Sep 2014
|Julius Caesar at Place de l'Etoile, Beirut|
I wasn't going to make the story public but the appearance of this similar story in the press (A lost Lebanon caught on camera) recently convinced me that people are much more willing to believe fantastic stories, especially if they are accompanied by old photographs. Obtaining the permission of the reluctant Abdeshmun, I convinced him to share this unprecedented trove of archival photographs which he clung onto throughout his travels in the ancient and modern worlds.
3 Sep 2014
In short, we decided to boil down the listicle to is Platonic ideal. How? By choosing and ranking the top-ten single-digit numbers of all time in collaboration with a panel of experts on the genre. The results are published below, in no particular order.
6 Aug 2014
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12 Jun 2014
In 1978 I was seven and I knew very little about football. But hearing the adults and my older cousins talk about the World Cup that summer made me curious. I remember trying to match their enthusiasm but it wasn’t easy, not least because we didn’t have a television in those days. My father, a military man both by profession and disposition, regarded them as unnecessary distractions.