Humanity’s broken risk perception is reversing global progress in a ‘spiral of self-destruction’


“The good news is that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, so we have the power to substantially reduce the threats posed to humanity”

🎵 Since my recent purchase of a Bansuri, I like to study Indian classical music from time to time. The melodic framework of the raga is often deceptively simple, but can become pretty complex while performing. The flute music of Hariprasad Chaurasia is a perfect example of this.

Clean up the web!

Due to mounting pressure, Google announced it will eventually block third-party tracking in its Chrome browser. Sounds good, right? And it is, until you hear that their proposed alternative is to have Chrome itself track people on every site they visit…

Bartosz Ciechanowski creates interactive articles about physics, math, and engineering, and his latest one on mechanical watches is so astonishingly well made!

Mechanical Watch

🗞 Another great photo-essay in the World Through a Lens series from the New York Times. This time by @craigmod, who happens to be a registered user on Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be very active over here. I’m considering becoming a member of his special projects

photo by Craig Mod

🇬🇷 Enjoying a much-needed holiday in beautiful Greece with the family! Friendly people everywhere, great food, lots of olive trees and most importantly: very pleasant weather!! 🙏

To those worrying about data ownership now Twitter just became a privately owned company, there is a pretty easy answer: own your data! Get a domain name and start blogging. Then, syndicate everything from your website to whatever social media platform you want. #TwitterTakeover

Yotam Ottolenghi is definitely one of my favourite chefs. I tried two new recipes tonight: potato gratin with coconut, chilli and lime. And Broccoli ‘two ways’ (quick-pickled raw stems, roasted florets) with chilli, cumin and basil. Amazing combination of flavours!

❤️ Adidas usa 84 sneakers.

Currently reading: In de huid van de Boeddha by Paul van der Velde 📚

🌱 Record amount of apple pies in the making 🥧

Just made my first Pissaladière, a pretty simple dish of flatbread / pizza dough with caramelised onions and olives, apparently from the cuisine of Nice. Very tasty!

🎵🥾Made some beautiful field recordings of this morning’s dawn chorus. This spot is one of the last breeding grounds of the grutto (black tailed godwit), and luckily they were very boisterous today. It’s our National Bird, but unfortunately they’re also a near-threatened species

🗞I love the World through a Lens series in the New York Times.

The Transfixing Beauty of Starling Murmurations. Great photography and beautifully written by Søren Solkær.

“That was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life,” she said. I had to agree with her.

Finished reading: Het Achterhuis by Anne Frank 📚

🎵 Fat Freddy’s Drop - Boondigga

Love this song, one of their best songs. Still have to see them live sometime…

🎥 “Better Call Saul Remains One of TV’s Best in Tense, Exhilarating Final Season”

Most critics agree that the final season is going to be great!

And so the waiting begins…

🥾 During a short walk with my daughter (while watching out for the just returned black-tailed godwit from Senegal and Guinea-Bissau!), we were treated with this beautiful view of distant rain showers on the horizon.

🎥 Seinfeld - The Soup Nazi (1995) ★★★★½

Best episode of Seinfeld, period.

🎵 Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) ★★★★

To me, Japan is one of the best New Wave bands that ever existed. Calling them a New Wave band doesn’t do them enough justice though, because of their sophisticated sound and of course David Sylvian’s great voice.

🎥 Marriage Story (2019) ★★★★½

Poignant film about love, with great acting (and even great singing) by both Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. The neoclassical soundtrack sounded a bit off to me though.

🌱 Plane crossing the blue sky behind our blooming almond tree.

🎥 Philomena (2013) ★★★½

Based on true events, this film shows in an excellent way two different perspectives on the evil crimes of Irish catholic nuns in the 1950s. Judi Bench in one of her best roles I’ve seen.

🎥 A Serious Man (2009) ★★★½

Beautiful art direction and of course brilliant dialogues, but that’s ‘just’ something you’ve come to expect from the Coen Brothers.

🎥 Zulu Dawn (1979) ★★½ & Shaka Zulu (1986) ★★★½

I expected Zulu Dawn to be a less problematic celebration of colonialism, but the triumphant music still made it painful to watch. Shaka Zulu on the other hand was a great rewatch of one of my favourite childhood TV series!