10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet this Week #11

Natalie Wong's exquisite and strange coral murals made from paper

1. Natalie Wong’s exquisite and strange fantasy coral murals made from paper

Natalie Wong's exquisite and strange coral murals made from paper

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2. This guy who really wanted McDonalds but could only go through the Drive-Thru


3. How to break free of the stimulation nation

Some advice from the always relevant Dr Eric Perry

Here are some steps that I use with my clients to help them become accustomed to less stimulation and learn to enjoy S. I. L. E. N. C. E.:

1. Start slowly
Do not rush into this without realizing that it may be challenging. You will need to acclimate to the “noise” of silence. Accept that you may not be able to be away from stimulation for long periods of time, but with patience and dedication, you can learn to wean yourself from the urge of constantly being on your phone.

2. Intent
The most essential ingredient to accomplishing any goal is to start. Set the intention to sit quietly for 10 minutes then gradually increase this time by 10-minute increments. The ultimate goal is for you to be able to spend time away from your phone without feeling that you have to check your phone. The phone should be an accessory in your life, not a necessity.

3. Listen
Listen to the world around you as well as the world within you. At first, the sounds of silence may be a bit distracting. You may experience a quiet buzzing or other noises in your ears or perhaps you will hear your heartbeat. Enjoy the quiet time for self-reflection. If you are taking a walk outdoors, enjoy the different sounds that nature has to offer.

Walthamstow Neon Art Sculpture. About Neon Art and Loneliness http://wp.me/p41CQf-aU
Walthamstow Neon Art Sculpture. About Neon Art and Loneliness http://wp.me/p41CQf-aU

4. Endure
Don’t give up. Be patient with yourself. Many times we are our own worst critique and this causes us to give up. Remember no one is judging you. Focus on the reason why you are trying to wean yourself off your phone. Life away from your phone and other electronic distractions can be more meaningful if you dedicate the time to building healthy bonds and surrounding yourself with positivity.

5. Nurture
Nurture your relationships with your loved ones. Perhaps being constantly on your phone has caused some disconnect in your relationship. Take the time to communicate and acknowledge that you have a problem. Together, you can create a system where there is accountability for over using your phone.

6. Create
Not having your life dictated by your phone or other electronic distraction will free up your time. Why not use your mind to create something beautiful. I believe that everyone has the ability to write and touch at least one person. Just imagine if you used all the time you spend on distractions on honing your writing skills. Perhaps if you unchained your brain from the internet you could write a beautiful poem or even a novel.

7. Enjoy
Once you have stopped the cycle of having to be constantly stimulated and are ready to exit the Stimulation Nation, put away your phone. Start enjoying your life while interacting and connecting with friends and family without having to disconnect to check your phone.


4. Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe make a macaroni cheese in the Victorian way

In case you are wondering. Mrs Avis Crocombe was a real woman who lived and worked in Audley End estate in Essex during the Victorian era. She passed down to her descendants a book of recipes, which the family passed on to English Heritage. These form the basis of many of the videos on the channel as well as in the cookbook. A fascinating story if you want to delve deeper is available on the podcast.

5. Pride of Wellington City, Mittens aka His Floofness

wins the coveted Keys to the City for his work, following in the paw-steps of Sir Peter Jackson (of LOTR fame)

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6. Portguese words that became Japanese by Kanariya Eishi

Talented Rakugo performer Kanariya Eishi who performs the timeless art of Japanese Rakugo explores the quirky and little known aspects of Japanese culture as well as Rakugo performances.

Here are other Portuguese words that have become Japanese, which we still use today:

Buranko (ブランコ; from balanço) = swing

Furasuko (フラスコ; from frasco) = flask (for experiment)

Jouro (じょうろ; from jarro) = watering can

Kappa (かっぱ; from capa) = rain jacket

Read more on his blog

7. Director General of Health Dr Ashleigh Bloomfield has a chill-wave channel

Director General of Health in New Zealand Dr Ashleigh Bloomfield recommends that if you feel stressed, just listen to this laid back mix with his voice in it

8. A recipe for erotic dreams by Surrealist artist Remedios Vardos

Spanish Surrealist Remedios Vardos

One kilo black radishes; three white hens; one head of garlic; four kilos honey; one mirror; two calf’s livers; one brick; two clothespins; one whalebone corset; two false moustaches; two hats of your choice.

Via { feuilleton } the blog of artist John Coulthard

9. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary people

On Sam Cardy’s extraordinary blog Patchwork, he discusses what we can all take from the philosophy of great author Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Where the first category represents “ordinary people” and the second, “extraordinary people”:

The first category are always the lords of the present, while those of the second category are the lords of the future.

The first conserve the world and increase its population; the second move the world and lead it towards its goal.

10. Interesting and relaxing chillout beats by Phlocalyst

Any cool stuff you have seen this week? Let me know!

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

10 thoughts on “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet this Week #11

  1. Wonderful post – I love your selection! I read an article recently titled something like “Japanese words which you think came from Portuguese but which in fact did not” and the prime example, of course, is arigato (thank you)/obrigado (thank you). It is interesting now to know that so many did. I guess there will be many more such examples from the English language including hoteru (hotel) and beddo (bed), etc. etc. – it never stops to amaze me. Phlocalyst music is really relaxing – I am becoming a big fan of your taste in music/unusual sounds 🙂


    1. That is so delightful that you like my taste in music I think I would like your music then too hehe. How are you going with learning Japanese? Yes a very amazing language and such an interesting history. Kabariya Ishi is my friend another blogger on here Japanese Kiwi, he is a rakugo performer and librarian, a very interesting guy to follow. 😁


      1. It seems I cannot find his blog, do you have the link? 🙂 My “official” Japanese lessons stopped because of the Covid situation, but there is plenty of material online – so I am keeping myself busy. NHK World-Japan is a good TV resource too. I hope you are keeping well!


      2. Here is his blog, he does some performances of his rakugo and also some quirky posts about the history of Japanese words.

        Also he is on Twitter too 🙂 https://twitter.com/rakugonz

        I found this beginner course on EDX for Japanese so you may like this one seeing as your course has now finished, although you may already be well past this beginner phase with your Japanese 🙂


        Things have been going OK here in New Zealand, we came out of the lockdown several months ago, other than the border being closed things seem to have returned to normal here. I hope you are doing well over there too Diana, you are in the UK right? Take care my friend 🙂


      3. Thank you for these links! 🙂 I am in the UK, yes (though of course, like everyone here who has been living here for far too long I wish I was somewhere else – like in sunlit prairies of wonderful New Zealand hehe) – you guys have been an example for the world on how to deal with Coronavirus – so big admiration from across the seas!


      4. You are welcome to visit Diana I think you would like it here, yes plenty of green prairies to frolick in here hehe.


    1. Hey Sam no worries at all, that was a long time ago I shared this I am glad you enjoyed this and good to see you back on here, hope you post onto your blog again soon, take care!


      1. No need to apologise. Yes I enjoy your philosophical musings so would be great to see you back but no pressure!


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