Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands - Arkadina.com
I think I can safely say, it’s been one hell of a first half of the year! Between a global pandemic, a recession (if not depression), murders, the long overdue arrival of anti-racism and mass protests alongside all our own personal shit. I don’t think many of us are unscathed to some degree. But, for the purposes of this post I’m going to concentrate on how the world affects one just thing: goals. (For more on my anti-racist stance and commitments see this post) And now, on to the goals. I don’t know about you but I’m a little off kilter when it comes to all the things I intended to accomplish at the start of this year. There’s a feeling of helplessness in seeing all the suffering around us. Of pointlessness in the face of so much death. But the cold reality is the world keeps turning and for those of us who are lucky enough to have been so far healthy and live in circumstances where we don’t have to contend with immense death life is going on. Don’t get me wrong there have been plenty of times during the last few months where I haven’t wanted to ...


The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind

The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind
Hedy Lamarr was an incredible woman. In fact she's the reason I'm able to post this blog to my website and you're able to read it. Yes, she was an inventor and responsible for wifi. She invented the concept of packet switching during the Second World War, although I believe it had a different name then. Born in Austria, Hedy fled the Nazi occupied country in the middle of the night (or so goes the story) and wound up under contract in Hollywood. Her beauty combined with the riské content of one of her early Austrian films, Ecstasy, meant she was typecast and not given much of a chance to develop as an actress. But that didn't stop her developing her mind: she had a small silence lab on set and worked at inventions while shooting. All her life, in fact coming up with many inventions including one to help the US war effort. Unfortunately, her Austrian roots led to her being regared with suspicion by the America government and neither she, nor her collaborator, ever earnt a thing for their invention and she wasn't even recognised for it until about 50 years later! Among many other things inventor's mind ...
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