By MARIE BORAN
David Mitchell Soap Box
The season of cold weather, damp socks and hot soup is upon us. Naturally, this brings out the inner whinger. If youre too apoplectic with anger to actually verbalise your autumnal woes watch a bit of David Mitchells Soapbox for inspiration. Hes the thinking mans taxi driver so you get plenty of carping and moaning but within the confines of intellectual rigour and logic. Watch recent podcasts to suck any last remaining joy out of Downton Abbey, or as my Twitter pal Conor O Neill calls it: Dallas in frocks.
The amazing iOS 6 Maps
Sarcasm alert: this blog is actually about how non-amazing Apples new Maps iPhone app is. Yeah, we know Tim has apologised for how god-awful it is and has even urged us to use Google or Bing maps instead but lets rub some salt in the wound, shall we? This Tumblr blog documents plenty of gaffes, such as plopping New Orleans famous Huey Long Bridge inside a Home Depot or trying to convince us that much of the east side of Portland, Oregon is, in fact, a nature park. *Face palm*.
Stanford online course
Amongst others, this free online course sells itself on the basis that you have a couple of thousand quid saved (chance would be a fine thing!) and would like to make it work for you . . . but how? This is certainly a good premise. Wouldnt it be lovely to take that precious rainy day money and double or triple it? Savings aside, this ten week course seems genuinely useful and involves: understanding basic interest rates, fixed income markets, measuring risk. Perhaps this is a course we should all take.
Social networking habits
According to Ipsos MRBI, as of August 2012 56 per cent of Irish (over the age of 15) have a Facebook account. The number joining the social network grew by 3 per cent in the last quarter, which means that growth hasnt levelled off yet but has slowed (a good or bad thing depending on your views of such sites). And if youre sick of hearing Twitter this and Twitter that in the news youll be surprised to know that a mere 22 per cent of Irish people actually use it but at least its doing better than poor old Google+ (16 per cent).