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Sunday 5 June 2011


The last few months of my life have been dominated by looming, impending, miserable final university exams. They are now done, and I am now free to turn my attention to the future and more cheerful things.

What will life post-Oxford hold for me? I'm not sure, but maybe I should move to Switzerland for my health, Luxembourg to earn a lot of money, or Denmark for the best "life satisfaction". Go check out the beautifully designed and really interesting OECD better life index. Interactive, informative, fun.

In a similar vein is the 2011 Global Peace Index. The video below runs through some of the big trends in global peace. Quantifying peace is a little like quantifying happiness - you can be happy in the worst place in the world and at war in your own home in the most peaceful country, but there's some nice stats here. You can go and take a more detailed look at each country here.

2011 Global Peace Index from Vision of Humanity on Vimeo.

Want some facts about the internet in 2015? Check out this video. In truth the presentation of this fails to really highlight the most important changes and tell the stories of the predictions, which is a shame considering how pretty the design is & how carefully it has been animated. Some nice stuff, regardless:

Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow from Neo Labels on Vimeo.

And two sciencey videos to finish, because they are both a few minutes of visual loveliness.

First take a few minutes, hit full screen and marvel at this compilation of NASA images, beautifully compiled by a fan:

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.

And sometimes it's nice to sit back and admire nature's beauty. There's No Such Thing as a Jellyfish. Pretty AND educational. "Are jellyfish rare and elusive or poised to take over the world?":

So should I move to Iceland in search of national peace or sit around and think about jellyfish in space? Time will tell, while my single ambition remains to spend my life doing things that I want to do. I want to be interested and entertained by what I do. That's possible, right? Soon I'll be rebuilding my personal website and looking at working on some personal projects, but for right now I'm pretty happy to sit in the sun drinking beers.


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