Myles Braithwaite




The Telephone on Downton Abbey

One reason why I like the show’s depiction of the telephone is that it’s not portrayed as some piece of magic that everyone is in awe of. Instead, they’re downright skeptical of the thing. And they can’t imagine a use case.

The Torturous Telephone of Downton Abbey from ParisLemon by MG Siegler.


FTP’s Bright Sunset and Frozen Night

And when I say over, I don’t mean obsolete. And I certainly don’t mean unused in the present day. Many things still use FTP as a method of transferring files, and providing access to all sorts of material.

But it’s quite obvious this isn’t the way of the future. Companies and individuals that utilize constantly changing data, or data that needs to be distributed, utilize a whole other variety of technologies. Many of these are web-based, while others are special protocols that blow out over the web into devices and phones. If it’s starting up, and it needs to get you some data, it is probably not using FTP. If it is using FTP, it’s probably not telling you it’s using FTP. And people who need to get things done don’t reach out for FTP.

From ASCII by Jason Scott.

If HTTP was how we viewed information FTP was how we gathered and stored information. It was an important technology for the time but sadly some things have to end.




What’s wrong with TED talks?

Benjamin Bratton, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, give an excluent talk on the failure of TED talks.


From their upcoming album Give The People What They Want out 14th January, 2014.

I see you coming from a mile away
And you lookin' real cocky
You think that you can keep the sea at bay
But it's about to get choppy

Play with me and you'll play with fire
I can make you pay
I'll burn you up if it's my desire
Do you hear what I say?

Boy, you don't know what I'm all about
I'll chew you up and then I'll spit you out
So if you know what's good for you

Retreat!
Hey, hey, hey
Retreat, yeah, step back boy because you can't fix crazy
Retreat!
Retreat, retreat, yeah, raise your white flag high 'cause I'm comin' in blazin'
Retreat!
Retreat, 'cause it's my way baby and I don't care none about the rest of you
Retreat!
Retreat, that's what I say baby and I don't care if it makes sense to you

Taking you apart is my kind of fun
Count to three and then you better run
1, 2, 3, here I come!

Retreat!
Retreat, yeah, retreat, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn
Retreat!
Retreat, retreat, I'll make you wish that you was never ever born
Retreat!
Retreat, retreat, what a fool you'd be to take me on
Retreat!
Retreat, oh come on, oh come on

(HORNS)

Retreat!
Retreat, yeah, retreat, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn
Retreat!
Retreat, retreat, I'll make you wish that you was never ever born
Retreat!
Retreat, retreat, what a fool you'd be to take me on
Retreat!
Retreat!
Fly high, I'm comin' in blazin'

Retreat! by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Steve Murray looks at why Thor (Thor: The Dark World) beat Superman (The Man of Steel) at the box office last year.

It's kind of interesting that D.C. Comics heroes are based off Judeo-Christian‎ archetypes, while Thor is from the Norse mythology (many of Marvel's characters are based (or come from) pre-Christian mythology).

If you interested in seeing superheroes from Islamic archetypes checkout The 99 (if you don't know where to start checkout there crossover with the Justice League on Comixology).