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Comforting Thought

Bite-sized comfort and spirituality in a turmultuous world


Turangawaewae Te Kuri a Paoa

Comforting Thought: Destiny doesn’t create success, determination does

Kua rongo aku au.. Ētahi ka tau ki tōna taumata Nā te whai rawa rānei Kō te tini maha ka ū tonu nā te kaha rawa O tē whawhai manawapū I have learned that… Some succeed Because they are destined to But most succeed Because they’re determined to ~ Haare Williams, Words of a Kaumātua

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone cosy

Comforting Thought: The three forms of respect @jhalifax

Respect for others “When we respect someone, we understand our interconnectedness with them. My friends in Nepal ritualise mutual respect and interconnectedness by putting their hands together and bowing to each other while saying ‘Namaste’, which means ‘ I bow to the divine within you’. This is an expression of the interconnectedness of self andContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The three forms of respect @jhalifax”

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Ancient Word of the Day

Words dredged up from the pelagic zone of language


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10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet

A weekly palate cleanser of quirky wonder


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10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #62

Welcome to edition number 62 of unleashed oddities from the far reaches of the internet. I hope you enjoy these, let me know your thoughts on them below…. A baby and a cat encounter some window cleaners, smiles and curiosity ensues Learning to live with a haemophilia Perhaps she lived happily ever after? This isContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #62”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #60

Roll up roll up to another big top bonanza of circus acts and strange phenomena… A Day in Roaring 20’s Berlin | 1927 AI Enhanced Film The mythical Boobrie of Ayrshire in Scotland This is a gigantic aquatic bird is fabled to inhabit the lochs and open water around the west coast of Scotland. TheyContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #60”

Dinosaurier auf der Autobahn, 1980 by Giuseppe Reichmuth

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #59

I hope you enjoy this magic carpet ride into the apricot sunset of your impossible dreams… A mysterious and erudite scribe named Thoth Thoth is the ancient Egyptian god of the moon. He also represented reckoning, learning and writing. He was held to be the inventor of writing, the creator of languages, the scribe andContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #59”

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Book Reviews

Mind-expanding fantasy, quirky history books and more


Book Review: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax

Book Review: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax @jhalifax

Standing At the Edge is a once in a lifetime kind of book. I don’t say that lightly either. It’s a life-changing and life-affirming book that combines philosophy, Zen Buddhism, psychology, and much more and manages to be both personal and relevant for individuals as well as being vastly relevant to the entire human race.Continue reading “Book Review: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax @jhalifax”

Book Review: The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed by Amber Butchard

Book Review: The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed by Amber Butchard

Amber Butchard is the charismatic TV host of the BBC’s ‘A Stitch in Time’, a fantastic show about the history of fashion told in several outfits. She is also a fashion historian and author. She has blazing red hair in a chic bob, wears interesting hats and bright red lipstick. She has a real panacheContinue reading “Book Review: The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed by Amber Butchard”

odd quirky emotion Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Book Review: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 1/2 stars *Contains no spoilers In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and soContinue reading “Book Review: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte”

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Artists, Writers & Musicians In Their Own Words

Unique and inspiring art by interesting people


Boplicity # 2 Collage by Wayne HW Wolfson

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Wayne Wolfson

Northern Californian artist and writer Wayne H.W. Wolfson is completely self-taught and has had an expansive career. He has amassed a large body of work in a riot of colours and eclectic styles. This makes him one of the most striking, interesting and chameleon-like artists around. I have written and compulsively doodled since my earliestContinue reading “Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Wayne Wolfson”

"Valley flowers" 50 cm by Monica Olivia

Artists & Writers in their Own Words: Monica Olivia

Introducing my poetic, spiritual, wise and beautiful friend from Norwegian Lapland Monica Olivia. She is a self-taught Sámi artist who makes art of mind-blowing beauty using a palette of vivid hues found in the most northerly regions of the earth. Monica also has a spiritually nourishing and beautiful blog ‘Ask the Mountains‘ where she writesContinue reading “Artists & Writers in their Own Words: Monica Olivia”

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The Natural World

Organisms, real, imagined, extinct and extant.


The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Here is another rough diamond plucked from the caverns of Content Catnip’s vault, this post from 2014 and resuscitated for your enjoyment. I still love megafauna just as much, even now. Introducing the Sky Bastard who once sparked universal terror in the hearts of my Māori ancestors. Common Name: Haast’s Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (DiscoveredContinue reading “The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand”

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Te Ao Māori

All about the indigenous culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand


A roadtrip through the Bay of Plenty and Eastern Cape of the North Island

He Waiata Pepeha

Tere mai taku waka Tākitimu e Tū ana te maunga Haumia e Rere ana taku awa Waipaoa e Tau ana te whenua Rāwhiti e Tere mai taku waka Tākitimu e Tū ana te maunga Haumia e Rere ana taku awa Waipaoa e Tau ana te whenua Tūranganui a Kiwa e Tākitimu Haumia Waipaoa e MāhakiContinue reading “He Waiata Pepeha”

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Content Catnip TV

Transportative videos made by Content Catnip


Content Catnip TV: Team Lab Borderless, Tokyo

Content Catnip TV: Team Lab Borderless, Tokyo

TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo is a remarkable audio-visual attraction in Tokyo and a must-see in the city if you ever visit. It’s on expansive, harbour-facing area of Odaiba which is encircled by the very scenic train ride, along with excellent shopping centre Diver City, which features a showcase level of award-winning ramen restaurants from throughoutContinue reading “Content Catnip TV: Team Lab Borderless, Tokyo”

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Travel Tales

Nostalgic travel from the time before ‘you know whathappened


The terrace houses of Sevilla, Spain

Travel: The Beautiful Terrace Windows of Triana, Sevilla

Back in 2010 during a particularly sweltering summer, I visited Andalucia and soaked in the beautiful architecture in Sevilla. The best way to see all of the charming neighbourhoods and historic monuments was going the tourist routes with an open-top bus. This also afforded me excellent views onto all of the terrace houses with theirContinue reading “Travel: The Beautiful Terrace Windows of Triana, Sevilla”

A fat guy wears a T shirt saying - 'There are rumours floating around that I may be divine' - Chodza pogloski ze jestem boski

Travel: Kolejcowo is a cute and creepy version of Poland in miniature

When I was in Poland in 2019, I didn’t hesitate to visit the Kolejcowo in Świebodzki Station in Wrocław. This is the largest model railway in Poland, but also a rather amazing depiction of how life in Poland actually looks. Everything, right down to the petrol stations, graffiti, and the shops actually exists in realContinue reading “Travel: Kolejcowo is a cute and creepy version of Poland in miniature”

Cuba Dupa Wellington 2021

Each year at the end of March there is a street festival in Wellington. Cuba Dupa is always vibrant, vibrational and brings out the wild and vivacious side of the little city. Even though I’m a total introvert, strangely enough I really like loud concerts and street festivals where I can dance and have aContinue reading “Cuba Dupa Wellington 2021”

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Obscure Music

Unusual little-heard music to inspire creativity


The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

Kulning is an ancient, sweet and sorrowful form of Scandinavian music used to herd cows and goats back down from their high mountain pastures in parts of Norway and in certain provinces of Sweden, Jämtland and Härjedalen. In practical use since medieval times, the mysterious tones were also thought to be a deterrent to potential predators like wolvesContinue reading “The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening”

An awesome playlist low-fi / house / ambient / psychedelic artists from New Zealand

Awesome low-fi / house / ambient / psychedelic artists from New Zealand

Skip to the end for an amazing playlist of these artists on Youtube Aldous Harding From Christchurch, Aldous Harding is known throughout the world for her strange, unnerving stage presence and her delicate and yet raw brand of folk. She’s quite enigmatic and unlike any other artist. You may take a while to warm toContinue reading “Awesome low-fi / house / ambient / psychedelic artists from New Zealand”

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Quirky History

Lesser-known morsels of olden day stuff


Ancient word of the day: Twankle

Ancient word of the day: Twankle

Twankle To twang your fingers on a musical instrument or absent-mindedly strum or play an instrument without thought. Other concatenations include: Twiddling, twandling, tootling, plunking, noodling, thrummling or tudeling. Tudeling (origin) German dudeln – to perform badly. The crappiest song that almost everyone can play on the piano Chopsticks was invented in 1877 by composerContinue reading “Ancient word of the day: Twankle”

The Most Beautiful Maps on Earth

Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth

Where Art Meets Science Scientific visualisations often can look just like objects of visual art. The previous installation of this series, there were topographical surveys visualised on both our moon and Jupiter’s moon. This time, we are focusing on our own Pale Blue Dot. These maps are not only utilitarian and functional, they are worksContinue reading “Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth”

Try out these scintillating, interactive Gustav Klimt paintings

This is one from the dusty vaults of Content Catnip and overdue for a revival. I created an interactive slider using a free tool involving Klimt’s classic paintings and a modern-day interpretation/re-enactment by photographer Inge Prader. I hope you like it! Push the slider from left to right to see the Klimt paintings come alive…Continue reading “Try out these scintillating, interactive Gustav Klimt paintings”

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