The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay 

Now that people are actually being vaccinated against coronavirus, what sort of impact can we expect and, possibly more importantly, how soon?  Fortunately, the actuaries are on the case. [4 min read]

Missing the ability to attend mass events like live music gigs?  A US band has come up with a creative solution with up to three members of the crowd occupying their own (literal) bubble.  [2 min read]

Although trees are a valuable part of the world’s ecosystem, it turns out that just randomly planting them is not necessarily the answer.  As well as the location, the types matter too.  On the basis of what I spend the year pulling up in my garden, ash seems to be a species capable of growing pretty well anywhere on its own without much assistance too.  Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting.  [4 min read]

When on a visit to Libya a few years ago (fortunately before the civil war started), it was amusing to see our secret police escort busily filming us on smartphones while we photographed seemingly empty expanses of desert.  While the smartphone has democratised photography, has it also reduced the quality of the average image?  Why iPhone is today’s Kodak Brownie Camera.  [11 min read]

From time to time, the man in the street gets one over on the professionals who are supposed to know the market.  Even if it doesn’t necessarily make much sense, it’s good to be reminded that market prices are ultimately set by human beings and so are influenced by factors which are not necessarily all that logical.  How GameStop found itself at the center of a groundbreaking battle between Wall Street and small investors. [6 min read]

Can you think of a single statement that would guide someone to making the right financial decisions throughout their life?  One Question to Improve Your Money Habits.  [6 min read]

By way of a postscript to last week’s skateboarding duck, Herbie, here is the hero’s obituary.  The legendary professionalism of BBC presenters is tested as they manage to keep straight faces throughout…   [3.04 video]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob