Quick Links 19th July 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


Pokemon Go. I’d not heard of those two words until this week, but it seems to be the latest craze sweeping the world. Only just launched in the UK, I think that’s a pretty savy move just before the school summer holidays which start at the end of this week. Anyway I reserve judgement about whether or not it’s a good thing, although I do like the aspect portrayed here, in terms of getting outdoors, and discovering new places, and also on the opportunity to develop peoples fitness, and just being outside, which I think is a good thing. It does however seem to have an all consuming effect on some (now that’s never been used in science fiction before, has it!!), and there are some obvious concerns about being too immersed in the game, and not paying attention to your surroundings or those who are nearby, with warnings from NSPCC and Police.


Currently Reading:

I realise that as I work on this post in the week leading up to when it is posted that sometimes by the time the post goes live, I’ve actually finished some of the books I list, which means that some are “read this week” rather than currently reading. Anyway:

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman [GoodReads]


DECC Abolished in Government Re-shuffle / Leadsom new Environment Minister. Slightly concerned that DECC has been abolished and the functions now sit in an expanded Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. At the moment though I’d say the proof of the pudding etc. Let’s wait and see what happens when the dust has settled. Similarly having Andrea Leadsom as the new SoS for Environment is another one to watch, although I have to say that one worries me more in some ways. Who knows?


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


 

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2 Responses to Quick Links 19th July 2016

  1. David says:

    On the surface, the whole Pokemon Go thing sounds harmless, and if we weren’t surrounded by people who did things in moderation, it wouldn’t be an issue. But, much of our society has been trained and programmed for over indulgence and a lack of respect for others.
    The problem I’m hearing about, for us out here in Saskatchewan, Canada, is people illegally trespassing on private property, hunting their virtual monsters. I’ve even seen signs, posted by cattle farmers, warning people not to wander into their pastures, as the cows are coming into their mating season and bulls will run down intruders.
    Things like this really seems to cause people to lose their common senses and logical thinking.

    • Hi David, Yes you are quite right. I’ve seen a number of “players” now, who seem to have suspended their common sense when playing and aren’t even paying attention to small details, like looking both ways before crossing the road (head down looking at phone). I’ve also seen videos and reports of all sorts of mishaps because people weren’t paying attention at a critical moment. It does however seem that it will be here to stay for a while, and it certainly seems popular.

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