19th January 2016

The world’s richest 67 people now have as much wealth as the bottom 50%.That is a remarkably sad statistic and one which makes no sense no matter how it is spun. There will always be rich and poor, and some will accumulate wealth at a far greater rate than the majority, but this is crazy. More at Forbes.

The number of super-tall skyscrapers around the world has doubled in just the last 5 years. And there are already 100 more in the pipeline so it looks like the trend is not slowing any time soon. There could, however be a sting in the tail as noted at Citylab– “Surely this is the beginning of the end? As Architect’s Caroline Massie points out, some people certainly think so: Andrew Lawrence, an economist and director for Asia at Barclays, has posited a “skyscraper index” linking up global economic catastrophe with pushes to build the world’s new tallest building. It might just be a broader manifestation of Asia’s industrialization, but if these linkages are indeed robust and predictive, then let’s call this phenomenon Babel’s Law and start panicking.”

Nintendo will soon release a true mobile game, thus ending years of speculation as to where the company will go next. The Wii U has been somewhat of a disaster and many have feared for the company, but we must remember that Nintendo has a huge amount of cash on hand and brands that money just cannot buy. If Nintendo can recreate the magic of its best games on phones and tablets, the entire mobile gaming industry will change for the better overnight. More at Android Authority.

A father had rejected his 6 year old son’s request for an allowance increasewith a official looking loan-rejection letter. Here you go- “We regret to inform you at this time that we are unable to provide a loan in the amount requested of $20.00. After reviewing your account, we have find you have insufficient funds, and a history of not doing your chores. Furthermore, over $80.00 has been spent on discretionary entertainment expenses since Christmas. This is an unsustainable amount of expenditure, and we cannot further compound the problem by financially assisting with occurring further debt at this point. If you would like to refute this decision, you can contact our complaint department at (Mom’s number.) Our dispute manager at this number may be able to persuade us to reverse our decision. Thank you for choosing DAD Savings and Loan, we appreciate the chance to serve your financial needs.” I like that the title on the letter is ‘DAD Savings and Loans, Because apparently I look like I’m made of money.’

Can a video of starlings flying really be worth a click? Well, yes it is. You can view it at The Washington Post.

Shawn De Cesari at Android Police has detailed six major things iOS devices do better than Androids. It’s an unusual article to see on an Android-centric publication, but only die hards would argue with the majority of the topics he chooses.

Clive James has written six books since being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia in 2010, and has now released Sentenced to Life which is a new collection of poems. He has a unique style and will be sorely missed when the end finally comes.

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