YouTube hosts videos that are, on average, popular. This translates into high numbers of views and “I like this” clicks.
Usually there is a small number of “I dislike this”.
easyJet Hold Luggage Allowances Explained
On Feb 8th 2015 it had been viewed 84373 times, liked 12 times and disliked 26 on YouTube, that is more than 2 times as many!
The reason is simple: the video is featured on an Easyjet support page. Instead of containing instructions of travel planning, the video is a piece of corporate propaganda.
I can emphasize with Tom Wolfe’s anti-intelectuallism and criticism of the art world. I tolerate his white suits too. I do hate however his inventing the use of present tense in profile articles (upon Ben Yagoda).
Police and emargency services in the field use the present tense to report an accident or an arrest for instance. Their descriptions read strained and clumsy. Poorly educated journalists resort to present tense when, in their minds, past tense sounds old fashioned.
Bronx County Building / Gibraltar in the book
I read The Bonfire of the Vanities with the hope of remembering the 80′s. The noughties explain better what is going on nowadays that probably the 90′s do. For instance, the inability of Sherman McCoy to explain his job is bizarrely contemporary. Trading with in the bond markets anticipated the antics of the Credit Default Swap dealers two decades later. The CDS fuelled the subprime mortgage crisis that in turn is still ravaging the public finances of US and Europe nowadays.
Life-inspired elements of the novel
Pierce & Pierce are Lehman Brothers
Tommy Killian is Eddie Hayes
Reverend Bacon is Reverend Al Sharpton
Judge Kovitsky is Burton Roberts
Mind map of the book
- Sherman McCoy – bond trader
- Judy – wife
- Maria – lover
- Arthur Ruskin – millionaire
- Gene Lopwitz / boss
- Killian – lawyer
- Larry Kramer – assistant district attorney
- Henry Lamb – victim accident
- Kovitsky – judge
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- Peter Fallow – social life reporter
- Gerald Steiner / boss at the The City Life
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Rev. Bacon – swindler Harlem
- Ronald Reagan in office
- Black Monday: Stock market crashes
- Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
- Pierce&Pierce Wall Street
- 800 Park Avenue Co-op apartment
- Bronx County Building
- Leicester’s restaurant
Mind map of the Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
Find about the film locations here and here
Compare the Bronx and New York of the early century with the same places in the 80′s
Read about the bickering between Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe
A nestling swift (Apus apus) was lying in the ruins of a house at one meter over street level. It didn´t look injured. We did not touch it.
The pictures were taken in the first week of August in Luarca, a seaside village in the north of Spain.
Swift chick Luarca
Detail frontal closed eyes
Detail of head of swift chick
We spent as little time as possible taking the photos. We did not see the parents coming in to feed the chick in the 5 minutes that we stood waiting at a safe distance.
The first fledgings show up around July 27th in Asturias, Spain, upon the phenology records. There is a great guide to take care of fallen chicks: Swift First Aid.
First arrival dates of swifts are a popular phenology record. Swifts in London arrive in April and May. I think that the duration of stay for Common Swift presence on the nest is a more interesting metric than the first arrival. Surprisingly, this metrics is still poorly studied in Europe (Tigges, U., 2007, The Phenology of the Common Swift Apus apus in Eurasia and the Problem of Defining the Duration of their Stay).