Favourite Videos: Brexit

A truly great thing about having a blog that isn’t monetised (#notonepenny) is this: I can say whatever the hell I please without having to worry about losing revenue by alienating some readers.

If one of my sixteen readers decides to ditch me because of what I have to say about Britain’s recent geopolitical suicide, well, then I suppose I’ll still have fifteen readers left ūüėČ Which may be fifteen more than I deserve, but let’s not go there.

My views on Brexit are no secret. I think it is the worst idea since that idiot at that ski resort in Italy stole a protective mat from a metal barrier at the bottom of the slope to use as a makeshift sledge, and then got brained when his DYI sledge slammed into the very same barrier that he’d stolen the protective matting from.

I can’t see any non-humiliating ways out of this.

Exit, reason
Enter, Brexit
Take my hand
We’re off to never-never land

–¬†James Hetfield

Oh well.

Favourite Videos: The Unknown Known

I’ve been an admirer of Errol Morris’s particular brand of storytelling for a long time.

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is one of my favourite films, and so is Thin Blue Line.

The Unknown Known is what I’d call non-essential Errol Morris. Nonetheless, it is a great film, in equal parts fascinating and disturbing, and a good reminder that our villains often¬†lack cloven hoofs and¬†come in shades of grey.

Favourite Videos: AC72

The teams of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place now¬†in Bermuda,¬†are¬†racing ACC (America‚Äôs Cup Class) catamarans.¬†Although the¬†top speed of the ACCs is in the 45-50 knot range (about 80-90 km/hr), which is roughly¬†the same as what the AC72s hit in 2013 in San Francisco, what they lack is a massive 72ft wing: the ACCs are limited to just under 50ft.

Oh well. It’s still a spectacular sight, and if you have a chance to catch¬†any of the races on BT Sport, I defy anyone¬†to not get hooked. Here’s the race schedule.¬†In the meantime, below is a tribute to the world’s fastest (and scariest) boat to date – the AS72 class.