The social media marketing biz is booming

 Running your social media profiles with a razor-sharp focus has proven to be a viable way to keep your brand above the ever-increasing noise of the internet. If you are looking to drive more traffic to your freelance hustle, almost-famous dog, meme account, or score a job as a social media manager, take a look…

Ethiopia’s Parliament Speaker Resigns Over ‘Disrespect’ to Oromo People. Is the Balance of Power Shifting?

Final EPRDF rally in Addis Ababa in 2010. Photo by BBC World Service (Uduak Amimo) via Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0 Recent events indicate that Ethiopia’s multi-ethnic governing coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), is at war with itself, and some fear the power struggle could destabilize the country. Others, however, hope that it could…

The Tories replaced benefits with “universal credit” and left a town to starve

In 2013, the Scottish city of Inverness had the unfortunate fate of being picked as the trial site for a pilot of "universal credit," one of the UK Conservative government's big ideas, in which the various benefits paid to low-income people were replaced with a single payment, centrally administered. (more…) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative…

Dying 59-year-old chimpanzee recognizes old friend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INa-oOAexno&feature=youtu.be Mama was 59 years old, the oldest among Amsterdam's Royal Burgers Zoo chimpanzee colony. Jan van Hooff (emeritus professor behavioural biology at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Burgers colony) who has known Mama since 1972, visited her in the week before she died of old age in april 2016. It took a while…

Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary

My Swedish-born (former Rubik's Cube champion) pal Lars Petrus has created a Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary. He writes: Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name means something, often in a funny or ambigious way. When IKEA went international, they decided to use the same Swedish names everywhere. This makes…

More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=J-gf_bxV00s The Week catches up on a few years' worth of "minor to major" edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about…