52 interesting things Tom Whitwell learned in 2022

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Very interesting. I wondered if it was the same Tom Whitwell with whom I attended journalism college. And indeed it is. He may be a “reformed journalist”, as his profile states, but he still can’t resist the urge to categorise things and write about them.

  1. Using ellipsis in writing signifes the writer is Gen-X or Boomer and can read as confusing, passive-aggressive or even weirdly flirtatious to digital natives. [Kaye Whitehead, from Gretchen McCulloch]

uh oh…


Great Scott!



Heavenbanning is a hypothetical way to moderate social networks. Instead of being thrown off the platform, bad actors have all their followers replaced with sycophantic AI models that constantly agree and praise them. Real humans never interact with them.

What’s the point of that? Wouldn’t that just encourage them to keep behaving badly?

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The creators of Sim City had a problem with car parking: “We realised there were way too many parking lots in the real world. Our game was going to be really boring if it was proportional in terms of parking lots.” [Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley]

which makes real life into a game nobody actually wants to play.

private parking lots are bad enough, but consider street parking. free civic real estate to car owners is possibly the largest single subsidy in the West. we need the Japanese model of requiring proof of ownership of a parking space before you can apply for plates. use the street parking for something useful like subsidized housing for homeless or refugees, tiny homes, tiny retail, more outdoor dining, designated multi-use paths, greenbelts, literally anything but parking.


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