With Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, Masterpiece Contemporary's mini series The Last Enemy was chilling and suspenseful. When Steven Ezard's NGO activist brother dies, the aloof mathematician returns to London for the funeral. For years he's been working in China where no one can bother him.* He doesn't recognize this "new" London with its national id's and tight, high tech security.
My two cents on the buzz around the American French Fry Brother. I think it’s great that this young man was so generous. Yet I don’t think it’s necessary to use this incident to shame people into acting with more generosity. I do think that connecting with the marginalized is the best way to help.
Just telling the story will spur some people to open their eyes and give when they feel the time is right. It’s good to see some foreigners getting credit for doing good.
This week we’ve been a bit under siege I feel since the school has installed cameras outside the foreign teachers apartment building and motion detectors by the new patio. The motion detectors don’t turn on lights so they have no use. I suppose they would detect a skirmish or intruder.
The Hot Waitress Index is an index that indicates the state of the economy by measuring the number of attractive people working as waiters/waitresses. According to the hot waitress index, the higher the number of good looking servers, the weaker the current state of the economy. It is assumed that attractive individuals do not tend to have trouble finding high-paying jobs during good economics times. During poor economic times, these jobs will be more difficult to find and therefore more attractive people will be forced to work in lower paying jobs such as being waiters/waitresses.
When I read this in my inbox, I thought “you’ve got to be kidding.” It does make sense though.