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Weekend read: Apocalyptic shopping malls

My recommended read for this weekend is really more of a recommended 'gawp' than something to read… but I like to do that sometimes.

It's a photo article from Slate, written by Jordan G Tiecher and feautring the photography of Seph Lawless. It features a number of arresting photographs of abandoned US shopping malls, taken from Seph's latest book. The photos that wonderful artistic haunting post-apocalyptic quality of urban exploration.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Photographer Seph Lawless had been traveling the country photographing a variety of “abandoned and broken” buildings for his book, Autopsy of America, when he came across two buildings from his past: Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio and Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio. Growing up in nearby Cleveland, Lawless spent lots of…

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This is a great article from Daniel Cressey in Nature. I sometimes think there’s a lot of heat in the e-cigarette debate, but not a lot of light… this seems a pretty balanced look at the debate. Though it doesn’t touch much on the economic arguments for and against regulation, which is a bit of a shame.

In the haze of incomplete data, scientists are divided over the risks, and benefits of it..

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I see that many people are mocking Ryanair for their 'admission' that "Premium seats will be the same standard seats". Seems a bit of a cheap shot, considering that the same is true of EasyJet, BMI, BA domestic flights, and many others besides…!

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to offer a “business class” service on all of its flights as it tries to gain a bigger share of the European corporate travel market. Branded “Business Plus”, tickets start from €69.99 and allow unlimited flight changes,

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Weekend read: Death by PowerPoint

The people in this stock photo, like most people in stock photos, look happy. How many times in your life have you sat through a PowerPoint presentation – particularly one on an inadequately size TV – and been that happy? Not terribly often, I suspect.

And so my recommended read for this weekend is a wonderfully sweary post on Medium, written by Robin Hardwick. It’s a guide to writing a PowerPoint presentation that won’t cause people to want to commit suicide. Here’s a sample:

I don’t need a slide that says HOUSEKEEPING to tell me that I can get up and go to the bathroom whenever I need to. It’s not like I was going to stay in my seat at all costs and soil my drawers so I won’t miss a precious moment of your Screen Beans describing what teamwork means.

Well, quite. Writing as somebody whose heart sinks when PowerPoint is fired up, I’d say that this article shouldn’t just be a recommended read, it should be compulsory for everyone who might ever have to give a presentation. It’s excellent.



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