Charles Ellingworth

13:36

Online ads

We are supposed to be being taken over by machines. AI is apparently analysing every keystroke and the tech giants are supposed to be able to direct advertising to me with laser accuracy. I will, apparently, get adverts for all the things that I want - but didn’t know I wanted. 

Maybe.

What strikes me is how crude it all is. It (the algorithm) obviously knows that I am over sixty and live near Wincanton - which is hardly a state secret. So what do I get? Funeral plans in Wincanton. Dating for pensioners in the Wincanton area (a rather more attractive proposition). Cures for arthritis and offers on mobility scooters. 

If it was smart it would send me paragliders, mountain bikes or sailing yachts. What about viagra? It obviously thinks I’m way past all of these.

But maybe it knows something I don’t.......yet.
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23:17

Stretch across the centuries

Stretch across the centuries
Great age gives a huge stretch across history - sometimes generating second hand reports that seem extraordinary. My mother-in-law, who died...
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10:21

Infant Teeth

Infant Teeth
This is a young child’s skull that shows its multiple layers of teeth. No wonder teething hurts so much. 
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06:29

(Temporary Backup) Cassettes

(Temporary Backup) Cassettes
For me, one of the unalloyed joys of the modern age is digital music. You can download anything you want and either buy it or stream it on S...
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11:36

American fundamentalism

American fundamentalism
American exceptionalism is something that was understandable in the greatest democratic experiment there has ever been. Who can deny that th...
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18:03

Brave new property world

Brave new property world
I wrote this for Property Vision in August of the Coronvirus Year “At the beginning of the plague, when there was now no more hope but that ...
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20:56

The North Face of the Eiger

 The North Face of the Eiger
When I was at prep school, I read Heinrich Harrer’s The White Spider. Harrer is famous as the author of Seven Years in Tibet, made into a fi...
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