Tom Chivers

Tom Chivers


"Far too nice to be a journalist": Terry Pratchett. DMs open, chiversthomas(a)gmail https://t.co/PhbHr1ieNk Order my first book, The AI Does Not Hate You, below

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I've been kind of ignoring all this sea shanty stuff, and now I have listened to a few seconds of it and I'm afraid I have to go and fight Napoleon's navy off the coast of Tripoli

MAKE A NETFLIX SERIES OF THE AUBREY-MATURIN BOOKS OR SO HELP ME GOD I WILL HOLD MY BREATH UNTIL I PASS OUT

via @PeteDeveson  @robmanuel  , a Spotify playlist of large men in beards and sweaters close-harmonising sea shanties which is currently making me 1) not do any work 2) feel oddly close to tears 3) seriously consider joining the Merchant Navy like my grandpa

Do you, when listening to music, sometimes get a physical sensation of a shiver down the spine? Is it connected to how much you *enjoy* the music, or is it some other factor?

@hugorifkind  I do wonder if it happens more as I get older, and the shortness of life becomes more inescapable, so reminders that things are *old*, that they were around long before me and will be around long after I die are more powerful. Iron-age hill forts in Dorset moved me not at all…

@hugorifkind  …when my dad pointed them out to me as a child; now I find them thrilling. Although I suppose it may also be tied to the fact that my dad pointed them out as a child, and now I am old and have kids of my own, &c. Basically, the human experience is complex and I don't want to die

I wrote the cover story in March's issue of @airspacemag , about the Saab Gripen E fighter aircraft, which was a lot of fun to do

Also, writing a cover story for a physical magazine still feels exciting; or maybe it's just novelty, because I'm so used to writing online

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This by @StuartJRitchie ⁩, on how Covid really spreads and the silliness of focusing relentlessly on handwashing instead of being outdoors, is excellent and important

It’s a common misconception. There’s also some debate over whether the Dunning-Kruger effect is real at all, as I wrote about here

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ooh, first of March! I can open the first window on my Brexit advent calendar! *opens* aww, it's a little picture of insulin shortages

Live MRI of a person talking. Incredible. Via

Sawfish look like they don't buy your bullshit excuses

A brilliant profile of Donald Trump, featuring this splendid titbit, via @mehdirhasan 

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School attendance drops on 14 December, which is "Christmas jumper day", apparently because underprivileged children's families can't afford to buy a single-use jumper this seems a good reason not to do Christmas jumper day, IMO. Via @Ed_Dorrell  @stephenkb 

this is incredible to watch. Blair actually listens to the questions and provides considered answers to them. I didn't realise you were still allowed to do that.

This is *wonderful*. Tony Abbott posts an "off on hols" Insta pic of his boarding pass; an enterprising nerd uses it to hack into the Qantas website, get Abbott's phone and passport numbers, and GO ON AN AMAZING JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY (while doing NO CRIMES)

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I feel like we've been here before

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musings on Dominic Cummings, who reads all the same blog posts I do, and who (I speculate) thinks he is playing some John von Neumannesque game theory strategy but may in fact be playing chicken with an oncoming train

it is important that you unmute this vine, via @aljwhite 

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