Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 15th of December Edition


EDITORIAL

This edition of The Procrastinator is harder better, stronger, but not faster. It's a long one. Since we are taking our Christmas holidays we wanted to make this edition special. Ideally you will have enough content to procrastinate meaningfully for the next three weeks. Additionally to the regular sections, you have nice recommendations of photography expos to visit in December/January in New York curated by Andreína in Photoautomat; an amazing Christmas Gifts Guide by La Guía del Perro and our favorite part: our predictions for 2014. Intrigued? Good. Keep reading!

Thanks for your support and hope to see you all back in 2014. If you don't follow us in twitter, go ahead, we're (kinda) fun; if you want to collaborate with us, please do so; and of course, have an awesome Christmas and a beautiful 2014!

Happy Sunday and happy reading.



NEWS

Photo via The New Yorker.

Mandela's Politics of Forgiveness. Jelani Cobb writes in The New Yorker: "it’s one thing to make forgiveness an element of a humanitarian movement; it’s quite another to enact it as public policy. King sagely and sincerely presented racial reconciliation as a function of Christian love; Mandela knew that beyond his own spiritual inclinations racial reconciliation was an imperative of national survival." Certainly, as Cobb says, Mandela emerged at a rare point in history where idealism and pragmatism were practically indistinguishable. In my humble opinion, even though is the hardest thing to do, that is the only thing a broken country can do to be healed. Read full article in The New Yorker. E.T.P. 6'

Photo via www.notonthehighstreet.com

The most successful meme. Very close to his birthday The Independent published an article about the book Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank (Cambridge University Press, 2013), that declares Jesus as the most influential person ever. The authors Steven Skiena and Charles Ward used internet-based metrics to make the claim. Jesus, the Christian Messiah, beat playwright William Shakespeare, philosopher Aristotle and Macedonian King Alexander the Great to the top spot. Notably, there are no female historical figures in the top ten." Read full article here. E.T.P. 6'


Image via Fast Company.
 
The Insanity of Bitcoin explained. Apparently the world thinks that everybody should understand Bitcoin before 2013 is over, so if you missed The Economist article we posted a couple of weeks ago, here's Fast Company's one that include a video made by Duncan Elms that promised to be "as fun as dropping a tab and hitting the planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show"... whatever that means. It is a nice video and your E.T.P. is only 3'24'' for the video, 6' if you also read the article.



Finally The Economist presents its Calendar 2014, with a seleccion of events around the world in 2014. From Greece taking over the European Union rotating presidency and the beginning of the Chinese horse year, in January, to the release of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, the third in the Tolkien film trilogy, in December. Have a look here. E.T.P 7'



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