Best Of the Web: Richest Celebrities of 2018, Elon Musk Space Movie, and Slow Chewing

In my last “best of” list of 2018, I’ve picked a lighter selection of articles. All of them will give you  a smile. You’ll discover that the Scandis may be not so perfect after all as they are not that generous. We find out which books have featured most in end-year lists. There are some funny videos including one with Home Alone’s Macaulay Culkin. And Ever wondered what a terrible map  looks like? You’ll find out. Enjoy!

Lives Of Others

America’s Wealthiest Celebrities 2018: George Lucas Leads Kylie Jenner, Jay-Z With $5.4 Billion Net Worth Lucas is worth $5.4bn, Spielberg is worth $3.7bn, Oprah is worth $2.8bn, Michael Jordan is worth $1.7bn, then 21-yr old Kylie Jenner and Jay-Z are tied at $900mn.

The Most Generous Countries in the World Gallup looks at giving for charity, volunteering and helping strangers and finds that Indonesia, Australia, NZ, US and Ireland top the table, while Yemen, Greece, China, Palestine and Cambodia come at the bottom. The UK is #6 (out of 146), while Japan is #130. Sweden is #41

American Ghostwriter Great read about the transition of a journalist to ghostwriter for the rich and famous. “ [the] ghostwriter take[s] the raw audio tapes, ninety minutes or more, and spend[s] no more than two business days to turn them into biographical prose.” Fun

Best Essays of 2018 includes “Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry”, “Trapped by the Walmart of Heroin” and “Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection”

The GQ 20 Men and Women We Needed in 2018 Includes musician Travis Scott, heart-throb Timothee Chalamet and Serena Williams.

Online Video Store

Macaulay Culkin is Home Alone again in this fantastic Google Assistant ad Imagine Home Alone with internet-connected devices and Google Assistant. Fun.

This Elon Musk Interstellar parody is the weirdest thing you’ll see all day Someone made a space movie trailer of Elon Musk spliced with Nolan’s Interstellar!

Take a Trip Through Paris in the Late 1890s I love these vintage images

The Best News Bloopers of 2018 Funny

Photo Gallery

Into Hyuro’s intimate street paintings I didn’t know this Argentinian artist

Are These Photographers Cheating? Removing the mystique from some classic photos

Spoon & Tamago’s Most Popular Posts of 2018 Japan art blog. List includes “Japanese back-alley bookends”, “truck gardens” and “eerie photos of an evacuated Tokyo”

Department Of Entertainment

Six of the best docs you might have missed this year From the dark world of digital scrubbing to the psychology of nature vs. nurture, they round up the best documentaries from 2018.

The VERGE’s best of 2018 in entertainment and pop culture Includes 11 favorite new podcasts of 2018, “The year in Fortnite” and The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018

This site will show you the highest-rated movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime It’s called Flickmetrix. I use it, it’s good.

Finally, a Karl Marx anime The one we’ve all been waiting for. Now China’s (no relation to me) will release one.

Ministry Of Distractions

Guess Who! Match the Brand to the Email Subject Line I failed the quiz

Sleeping Rough in the Mattress Economy  “Even casual podcast listeners, particularly those between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five, can recite with minimal prompting the key design features of a Casper mattress!” Makes the case that this demographic is impoverished, so their new indulgence are mattresses! “One thousand dollars and a decent night of sleep is about as extravagantly as any of the people down at the Co-Working Space fighting for freelance checks dare to dream”

Terrible Maps Embarrassing


The Ultimate Best Books of 2018 List Collates all the best of 2018 lists to arrive at the best of the best. Most featured books were Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation
and Tommy Orange’s  There There.

Farnam Street’s RECOMMENDED READING 2018 Lifestyle management expert recommends his books with short summaries. Includes The Book of Why (an amazing exploration of cause and effect, allowing us to understand how we know things), The Country Under My Skin ( An unbelievable memoir. Gioconda Belli was born into an upper middle class family in Nicaragua, and ended up joining the Sandinista movement in the 70s in their efforts to overthrow the government) andMistakes Were Made (but not by me) ( The book shakes the foundations of our long cherished beliefs.)

The Loveliest Children’s Books of 2018 Nice selection

GQ’s The 17 Best Books of 2018 Good selection

Department Of Health

Lacking This Common Nutrient Could Actually Increase Your Risk of Depression Vitamin D. Good to know as it’s one of the supplements I take every day.

Sleepless Night Could Make Pastries Hard to Resist  A new study suggests that even one night of lost slumber increases the desirability of junk foods.

Slow Your Roll and Chew Your Food Eating more slowly is an under-appreciated way to be a little healthier. As one proponent of slow munching from the Victorian era said: “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate” 

Aromatherapy: Can You Smell Relief? Research is patchy on whether it works, but the small set of available studies suggest it could help with temporary pain.

Surgery Of Self-Development

A Network Theorist Seeks “Universal Laws” of Success “A scientist leverages big data to pin down precepts that extend beyond the self-help aisle”. His findings have been turned into a new book, which I’m gonna buy. Some punchlines are: “in the world of fine art, research found that an individual’s success depends on a specific network of galleries and museums” and “[in science] productivity, not age, is the critical factor”

What ‘social class transitioners’ bring to the workplace A new study argues that “social class transitioners” – people who move between different socioeconomic classes through their lifetime – bring a unique and valuable skillset to the workplace.

Should you be investing your money in sneakers? Sneaker resale is growing in popularity and, with pairs going for as much as $40,000, there’s serious money to be made.

Ministry of Tech

The 25 best new apps of 2018 Includes Otter which uses speech recognition to transcribe meetings, Ryze which helps manage personal relationships by setting up reminders to get in touch and attaching notes to help remember past conversations, and TikTok which features funny and silly short-form videos plus no need to sign in. Very big in China.

Google Chrome could soon block back-button hijacks No more frantically clicking ‘back’ five times to outfox it

10 exciting web design trends you can’t hide from in 2019 For the design-minded amongst you. Latest trends include broken grids (items that are pushed around on this plane in a way that makes the grid feel less rigid), fluid/organic design (no more squares and circles, but squiggly shapes), and retro designs

3 game-changing phone trends we can expect in 2019 5G-ready phones, foldable phones and in-screen fingerprint scanners

Self-driving car drove me from California to New York, claims ex-Uber engineer Trip by Anthony Levandowski, controversial engineer involved in Uber-Waymo lawsuit, would be longest without human taking over. You can watch the time-lapse video here

Toy Store

The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Your Favorite Hip-Hop Head Includes Beastie Boys merch, Kanye sneakers and Notorious B.I.G Brooklyn Nets jerseys

The Beer Lover’s Gift Guide For 2018 Not my cup of tea, but those that drink…

It’s time to go retro with these steampunk-style Nixie tube watches Pretty cool


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