Do Football Kits Matter?

8th November 2020 PERMALINK • 1 min read

Over on the Tifo Football channel on YouTube, Ben Jacobs investigated whether different football kits can have an affect on the game.

It's just a short video, at just over 7 minutes, but he certainly goes into a lot more detail than I imagined. I thought it would just be statistics from the top performing football teams over the years, and then trying to spot a pattern with the kit colours.

He does touch on stats like red being the best performing shirt colour in the Premier League, but that's most likely due to the fact that the three biggest clubs in the UK wear red (Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal). But the section that interested me the most was the goalkeeper shirt colour, and that apparently red is also the best colour in that regard. But in that case it seems to be backed up information, rather than just consequential statistics.


A Better Computer

5th June 2020 PERMALINK • 1 min read

Matt Birchler, introducing his new YouTube channel:

Today I’m excited to introduce my new YouTube channel, A Better Computer. This channel will be devoted to helping you make the computer in front of you, whether it be an iPhone, and iPad, or PC, better than it was before; we want to make it a better computer.

It’s not just another tech YouTube channel though, the idea is that the videos will be short, but highly produced, and have a very limited scope. For example, alongside the trailer for the channel, there are already three great videos to watch:

My favourite so far has to be the most recent one, about making tasks smaller in order to get more done. Since this is something I’ve been doing myself for a while, and I’ve always found it to be a very effective way to get big chunks of work done. Because for me personally, while I want to complete big tasks, the idea of them usually puts me off. But if I split the one big task into various small tasks that can be individually actioned, then it’s so much easier to make progress, and eventually complete it.

As you can tell, A Better Computer is going to be one great YouTube channel, so I definitely recommend subscribing.


The Miracle Sudoku

28th May 2020 PERMALINK • 1 min read

A few days ago, I kept seeing a tweet regarding some kind of impressive sudoku puzzle. I was mildly interested, but not enough to trigger me to watch a 25 minute video. Then I saw Jason Kottke write about it, and that was then linked to by John Gruber. And as I had some free time tonight, I decided to give it a watch.

As soon as I saw that minimal sudoku board, I was intrigued. It had a single 1, and a single 2. And from that, somehow you could complete it.

It’s not just a normal sudoku puzzle though, there are two extra rules:

  1. Any two cells separated by a knight’s move or a king’s move (in chess) cannot contain the same digit.
  2. Any two orthogonally adjacent cells cannot contain consecutive digits.

After about 4 minutes into the video, the rules were explained, and I just had to try this myself. So I paused the video, and found the link to the puzzle. And after around 45 minutes (A rough estimate as I was doing other things at the same time), I finally did it. It truly is a fantastic sudoku.

I still had to watch the rest of the video though, and it was totally worth it. You watch him start with a seemingly impossible puzzle, which he starts to make progress on, and then suddenly it clicks. A fascinating thing to watch.

Watch the video on YouTube, and if you want, try the puzzle for yourself.

I’m now going to see if I can find some more puzzles I can do!


Simulating the Spread of Infections

20th May 2020 PERMALINK • 1 min read

One of my favourite YouTube Channels, Primer, has a new simulation video. This time it focusses on simulating the different phases of infections, and tracking how various factors such as population size, infection rate, and infected duration affect the simulation.

I found it rather fascinating, and I would definitely recommend watching the video. Although, it’s not specifically a COVID-19 simulation, or even meant to exactly represent real-life. So don’t look at the results and expect a perfect with the current COVID-19 situation.

High ‘N’ Dry

High ‘N’ Dry

1st August 2019 PERMALINK • 1 min read

Thrasher Magazine have came out with a 10 minute video of some of the best skateboarders skating around a water park.

Keys to a drained water park and free rein to skate everything in sight?! Yes please! There are a lot of Epic Spots out there but this is truly Insane Terrain. And apparently upside-down ollies are a thing now…

It features skateboarders like Tony Hawk, Daewon Song, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, and so many more! They truly make use of the use slides.

They also shared an article, where they go through the story of how they happened to actually be allowed to do this:

What started as some light trespassing turned into a week-long permission session. The powers that be rolled out the red carpet for a week of slams, jams and NBDs. Some of the gnarliest transition skaters of our time ventured out to the desert to try their luck at the Pacific Sun—a 300-foot funnel complete with a mini-mega roll in. The park is being renovated and the Sun will soon be torn out, so this was a for real Holy Grail quest with the timer ticking. No excuses—get some!

And it also contains some pretty cool photos


Day in the Life of an Average Japanese Salaryman in Tokyo →

12th July 2019 PERMALINK • 1 min read

I stumbled upon this video just now, and it immediately grabbed my attention. As for some reason, the working life of others is interesting to me, and the Japanese culture, even more so.

So watch the video, and follow Makoto through a day in his life:

Japanese work day at a Japanese office for an average Japanese salaryman in a Tokyo office.
Living in Japan and working in Japan is quite a unique experience. This is a day in the life of Japanese worker, Makoto, 27 years old who lives in a Tokyo 3-story house with his family.
This Tokyo salaryman works in a small Tokyo office, but spends many of his Japan working hours traveling from client to client on the Tokyo trains.
Makoto works for a company called Mobal and as many Japanese salarymen, he entered the company straight from a Japanese University and he plans to spend his entire salaryman career at the same company.
That is the life in Japan for a salaryman. We take a look inside what it’s like to work in a small Tokyo office as well as to visit clients throughout Tokyo city area.
His job experiences maybe unique to his company, but fundamentally he is very much an average salaryman.

He commutes by train everyday to get to work and has to ride his mama-chari bike to get to the train station from his home.
This Tokyo salaryman life has him arriving to work early and working late. As a salaryman, Makoto receives a standard salary every month for all the long work hours.
The Japanese office is also configured so his boss’ desk is right in front of him, quite a Japanese style office working environment. This very average Japanese work day and work lifestyle showcases a true day in Japan work life.


Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years →

10th May 2019 PERMALINK • 1 min read

As part of National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase, they released a short film about how forests are now starting to be grown in Iceland:

The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest. Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification.

Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. With the help of forestry societies and forest farmers, Iceland’s trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback.

It’s only a short video, around 5 minutes. But it’s fascinating to see the effect that farming has had on Iceland’s forests.


BBC Earth - Dynasties Trailer

6th October 2018 PERMALINK • 1 min read

David Attenborough is back, and he’s going to be taking us through five separate journeys. Each one featuring intense stories, where the future of a dynasty is hanging in the balance, at crucial points of their lives.

The animals we will be following will be the Chimpanzee, African wild dog, Lion, Penguin, and Tiger families.

Watch on YouTube.


Neil deGrasse Tyson: iPhone or Android? →

2nd August 2018 PERMALINK • 1 min read

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with Brian Tong about his new series Cosmos: Possible Worlds and settles the world’s greatest debates! iPhone or Android? Kirk or Picard? Millennium Falcon or Enterprise? BB-8 or R2-D2?

A few things about Neil deGrasse Tyson you probably didn’t know before.

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