the Wheat and the Chaff

Category: Lists

The End


Source: Matt Baron, Cargo Collective

Time to say goodbye.

This blog has formed part of an important personal journey for me over the last couple of years. I’ve treated The Wheat and the Chaff as a repository for interesting stuff from culture to collect and share amongst a handful of friends – the only people I ever expected to read it other than myself. For years that has been pretty much been the case. This week changed that and made me personally aware for the first time just how quickly things can escalate and spread nowadays.

A post from last year, credited to, but reproduced without permission from another site and author, suddenly generated a shit load of buzz and attention. The buzz and attention was completely warranted – it’s a brilliantly written labour of love on an emotive subject that has struck a chord with many. The recipient of it was not. Interestingly, despite the article being posted nearly a year ago, its sudden second-life illustrates that ‘stock & flow‘ aren’t necessarily exclusive in the internet age.

The author was credited upfront and the site was linked at the end of the piece, but this completely failed to recognise the way that people consume information in the age of the internet. As a result, my blog was credited with the piece rather than the original site. I don’t know how it was discovered on my blog with zero visibility rather than on the original site which has a far bigger readership, but it wouldn’t have happened had I directed people to the original source upfront. For that I’m sorry.

My blog has always been a hobby. But for many others, the content they create on their sites is their livelihood, and it’s unfair when that is potentially impinged upon through the thoughtless behaviour of others.

The content on this blog could only be described as ‘eclectic’, from plenty of bolshy strategic thinking and ad land oddities, to Houston Rap, random tumblrs and British Suburban decay, and for that I’m proud. It’s always been about the stuff that I want to read, which has meant I’ve sometimes played fast and loose with copy and pasting. And I forgot along the way that I’m not just collecting a scrapbook for an audience of one.

So for me, this hobby has run its course.


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(and go here, it’s great)


A list of reasons why our brains love lists


By Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker. 

The Wired World in 2014: speed summary


Digital Intelligence Today have produced a handy speed summary of Wired magazine’s latest need-to-know tech trends for 2014: The Wired World in 2014.

Jay Z’s Scoreboard


The newly vegan Jay Z has taken to his Life + Times blog with a post entitled “The Scoreboard.” Check out how Hova ranks his albums below, with his parenthetical notes.

Say what you will about the man, but at least he’s honest — just check out his defence of the super-forgettable Kingdom Come (“First game back, don’t shoot me”). Although ranking the steaming turd that was Magna Carta as middle of the pile is surely a joke.

1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)

The 20 most common men’s style mistakes


1. Believing that tight clothes will suck everything in

If you’re a man over a certain age, the likelihood is that you’ve got a few wobbly bits starting to appear in unwanted places. The way to tackle this is not to treat your new shirt in the same way that women treat Spanx – you’ll end up looking like an un-pricked Richmond sausage. Rather, invest in properly tailored pieces that will make the best of your assets.


2. Buying shoes designed for elves, not humans

An epidemic, this. Cheap shoes with plastic soles and pointy toes that turn up at the end do not look stylish. They don’t even look marginally acceptable. So awful are these shoes that even their ubiquity hasn’t diluted their utter ridiculousness. One, they won’t last longer than a few weeks before the soles burn through (keep a nostril out for the smell of burning rubber, if you don’t feel the crunch of tarmac on your feet first). Two, they make their wearers look like medieval peasants. Or elves. Three, no one will respect you if you wear these shoes. Not even other people that wear them. No one.


3. Mistaking pleather for leather

Pleather is a cheap substitute for leather, most commonly made from polyurethane. Unless you’re allergic to the real thing or are a vegan, you should not be wearing pleather. The most common things to be made from this fabric are knock-off man bags and the shoes from point two. Aside from anything else, they’re extremely flammable, which should put you off, if being a style pariah doesn’t.


4. Allowing your trousers to puddle over your laces

There are many ways to make a statement with your clothes. Wearing a nice patterned shirt with a smartly cut blue suit is one. Donning a chestnut brown monk strap with a pair of slim bottle green trousers, another. Allowing your un-hemmed, loosely flowing suit trousers to puddle over the tops over your shoes like molten rubber, on the other hand, is not one. Your trousers (whatever the style) should only ever touch the tops of your shoes, and there should be no bunching of fabric. At all.


5. Confusing the wearing of an ill-fitting suit with “power dressing”

If the pads of your jacket hang over the brink of your shoulders and the body has the shape of a muumuu, don’t fool yourself into thinking you look like Patrick Bateman. On the contrary, you look like Rosanne Barr. Get a tailor, or a better suit.


6. Ignoring the importance of quality fabrics

Cheap materials can be spotted a mile off. Avoid synthetics at all cost, as they’ll bring a sheen to the surface of the fabric over time, or anything uncomfortable against the skin – because you just won’t want to wear it.


7. Transition lenses

We’re sorry to say it, we know they’re expensive, but they make you look like Fritzl.


8. Wearing black shirts

Black cotton mix shirts, as a rule, must never be worn, primarily because they discolour incredibly quickly around the collar and cuffs. Equally, don’t be fooled into thinking you look like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever: you’re more likely to be accused of nicking Wayne Rooney’s “pulling shirt”.


9. Not paying attention to accessories

Steve McQueen had his Persols, Keith Richards has his scarves and Bryan Ferry has his bow tie. Clever accessorising is key to the success of any outfit. A beautiful suit is all well and good, but wear it with the wrong shoes, tie or pocket square and you’ll ruin it irreparably.

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10. Thinking that no one will ever see your underwear

Just because your pants (on the whole) remain hidden under your clothes, does not give you free reign to don the saggy boxer shorts you got in your stocking back in 1992. Two rules. One, always assume that you’re going to get lucky (even if you definitely won’t). Two, treat your underwear as you would the rest of your wardrobe – you wouldn’t wear a worn out, discoloured, slightly smelly shirt into the office now would you?


11. Mistaking a piece of string for a tie

We truly miss the days of oversized Windsor knot ties. The reign of skinny, flappy, pointless bits of neck string which look more like Scout toggles than anything an adult should be wearing are well and truly over. Want to look like a pre-pubescent Pete Doherty? No? Then throw yours in the bin. Now.


12. The deep V

Because A, you’re not a member of The Wanted, and B, no one wants to see the gaping expanse of your newly waxed chest.


13. Ostentatiously branded t-shirts

Unless you’re under 13 years of age….and even then.


14. Neon

Unless you’re Louie Spence…and even then.


15. Wearing anything designed for an actual sporting activity in public

Functional trainers (Nike and East London hipsters might have to agree to disagree on this at the moment), nylon tracksuit bottoms, indecently tight lycra t-shirts in lurid colours – unacceptable attire unless you’re on a bike, in the gym or carrying a white stick.


16. Doing up too many buttons

There are three simple rules when it comes to fastening up your suit. Two buttons? Only ever do up the top one. Three buttons? Get a new suit. Four buttons? Give Barry Gibb his jacket back.


17. Not doing up enough buttons

Remember what we said about the gaping expanse of your newly waxed chest?


18. Anything shiny (other than patent shoes)

Black patent lace-ups with a tux? Fine. A bit of shiny metal hardwear on your loafers? Absolutely. Even the slightest hint of a sheen anywhere else (especially on your suit)? Criminal.


19. Frayed jeans

The most heinous of all style crimes, this. Wearing overly long, flappy jeans which have hems that get caught under your heels will not only make you look like Avril Lavigne circa 2002, but wearing these jeans will also result in the hems becoming frayed and giant patches of empty space where denim should be. Slovenly, ugly and downright delinquent.


20. The bootcut

That’s all.

(via Esquire)


A few things Northern Planner has learned from working in agencies


The Northern Planner, or Andrew Hovell to his colleagues and friends, has learnt a few things from his time working in agencies.

Remembering Lou Reed: 10 quotes from a true Rock God


This week the world lost a true rock and roll icon.

In an industry stuffed with false prophets, sold-out-souls and media-savvy mealy-mouthes, the founder of the Velvet Underground was one of the last remaining rock stars who knew how to do it properly.

No more afraid of dismissing journalists with ascerbic asides than he was writing epics about drug addiction, prostitutes and sexuality, Reed was often irascible and always compelling.

Here, to mark his passing, Esquire has rounded up just ten of his many moments of wit and wisdom:

1. There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.

2. I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen.

3. I don’t mind a repetitive chorus; I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it’s the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?

4. I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.

5. I don’t know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.

6. Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.

7. I don’t believe in dressing up reality. I don’t believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.

8. I tried to give up drugs by drinking.

9. I’m an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.

10. One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.

…and here’s one of my personal faves:

11. My bullshit is worth more than other people’s diamonds.

RIP Lou.

10 TED talks that will make you more productive


In the final of this week’s Chris Bailey TED megapost, he lists his top 10 TED Talks to make you more productive on A Year of Productivity.

The 7 characteristics of people who give highly effective TED talks


Throughout Chris Bailey’s productivity experiment to watch 70 hours of TED talks the other week, he made some observations about the characteristics that presenters at TED conferences share, and listed them on A Year of Productivity.

100 things Chris Bailey learnt from his week of TED talks


From his brilliant blog, a Year of Productivity.