February 5, 2017 / by James Whatley">James Whatley / 5things / No Comments

Five things on SUNDAY [FToF #212]

Things of note for the week ending Sunday February 5th, 2017.

1. USING TINDER TO FIND YOUR (PRI-)MATE

Park this one under ‘First thing here is probably going to make you smile’.

This is amazing:

Samboja, an 11-year-old orangutan at a Dutch zoo, is looking for love. Samboja and a team of scientists are foregoing the traditional approach of finding a mate and instead opting for the application many singles are currently using to find love: Tinder.

Scientists hope that by showing Samboja images of potential mates on a touchscreen device they can observe what effect appearance has on a primate’s love life. The program, dubbed ‘Tinder for Orangutans,’ is part of on-going research in the field that maps the role of emotions on animal relationships.

More here, via TNW.

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2. BRASS EYE AT 20

I’m just writing this and I’ve seen an ad saying ‘BRASS EYE – WHEN FAKE NEWS WAS FUNNY’ – on Channel 4. It seems they’re running a week dedicated to the modern-day phenomena currently gripping the western world. It should make for interesting viewing.

That aside, BRASS EYE turns 20 this month.

It was an incredible show.

Never heard of it? Go hunting on YouTube.

Feel about it the same way I do? Go revisit it anyway.

Also: the Guardian did an ace write-up/retrospective.

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3. HORIZON ZERO DAWN

I don’t indulge my love of gaming too much in this here newsletter/blog/thing of mine. At least, I don’t think I do. There’s a new game on the horizon (no pun intended) that I’m quite excited about, called ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’.

If you’re into your gaming, you might enjoy this hands-on preview that Polygon published last week. I’m quite excited about it; and it’s out at the end of Feb.

There’s a 4K trailer too.

Enjoy.

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4. PEOPLE WATCHING

This is the best thing in this entire post. ‘Ten Meter Tower‘ is a little over 16mins of pure people-watching bliss. Find the time to watch it.

Even if you just start.

It’s compelling viewing.

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5. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

I enjoyed this. Much.

Bruce Springsteen is asked to cover ‘You Never Can Tell’ (you’ll know it from Pulp Fiction).

And, being The Boss, he smashed it.

But to watch the band come together and figure it out along the way is brilliant.

I grinned. A lot.

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Bonuses this week are as follows:

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Thanks again for reading.

Have a great week x

 

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