Here is this week's postcard which was sent to me from Belgium.
It shows the front page of the comic Tintin. I remember reading these whan i was a kid. They were created by the Belgian cartoonist George Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé. Tintin was very popular in Europe. He is a courageous young newspaper reporter assisted by his dog Milou. Ah the memories.
The card had a lovely Christmas stamp:
Now what can I tell you about my week... I have finished the book I was reading. It is called The Circle:
This is what Goodreads writes about the book:
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.
Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
I had the impression the story was modelled on Google, who are known for their amazing offices:
Or perhaps Apple, who have a new HQ in the shape of a perfect circle:
Although I thouroughly recommend it, I found the book scary, as I can see this happening in reality. Issues such as privacy and limits and freedom are being touched on here.
I hope I have made you smile a bit. Come and join us at Annie's, and perhaps you'd also like to say hello to Virginia.
Have a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead. Keep smiling,
Finally a few amusing (street) art images I found recently: