You know what really grinds my gears? Most major cities across the globe have enclaves for collective groups. China town, or the Indian (and broader South Asian) areas are commonplace, yet you rarely get a Muslim quarter, and if you did, you know they'd be in trouble. The Chinese quarter of Sydney is huge, yet there's no national crisis about it. Similarly, the Brick Lane / Whitechapel area of London's majorly Indian / Bengali population live happily with no problems. A.g.e.n.d.a.

Grind my gears, proudly brought to you by Peter Griffin.

For new subscribers, hello and welcome to Milk, No Sugar. I want to remove small talk, by giving you interesting and debatable subjects to bring up with your friends / colleagues / parents / neighbours / enemies.

Sorry, I'm not listening 
Since 2000, our attention span has fallen from 12 to 8 seconds - less than goldfish. All that Snapchatting, gramming and tweeting has killed our ability to sit still and appreciate. What's worse, is that 60% of our consumption is owned by two companies - Google and Facebook. This isn't a problem just the punters, but for news publishers too. How do they keep us entertained, without writing false stories?

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We've all been there, at a party and struggling to think of anything interesting to say. Turns out there's no such thing as an inherently boring person, just someone who is struggling to articulate what makes them, them. This little video from the people's favourite School of Life will explain it better than I can, because I'm boring.

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Damn commies. 
Yes, I do read philosophical novels, but that's okay. What I didn't know, however, was that Sartre and Camus were good friends, that used to spend long night in Parisian bars arguing the world. Imagine how fun that'd be. Anyway, this was until 1952, when they fell out over Simone de Beauvoir. Watch this great animation explaining the feud, and keep an eye out for the rest in the series of famous philosophical feuds by Aeon.

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I was clearing my bookmarks this week, and alongside junk like links to Lost fan theories and graphic design tools, I found an essay written by Einstein that I must've saved about ten years ago but never read. In it, he discusses how he has always felt a disconnect from human interaction, and defines himself a 'lone traveller'. He goes on to write, ironically, about his disdain for celebrity, how he doesn't believe in force as a method of political success. Ahem.

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Elon Musk is everywhere at the moment. From stories about him digging his own tunnel to cut out traffic, to space exploration, to his relationship with the President, he is over every news network. He is a fascinating guy, with a great story. His father gave an interview, in which he discussed Elon and his siblings (also millionaires). Prepare your jealousy.

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Turn me up!
With the Grammys tonight, it's probably time you brushed up on some of the lesser-known acts, so that you can pretend you were listening to them like soooo long before they were big. Also, MySpace is still a thing and they've written this article about 8 Grammy-nominated acts you should check out. Get Spotifying.

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With my relocation to Australia, it does free me up for freelance design work. If you, or a peer, is in need of some graphic design work, get in touch. 


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