Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK to…

Orkestra Obsolete’s magical and nostalgic rendition of New Order’s Blue Monday

New Order's Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983 and changed the face of pop music, and rode triumphantly on the tide of synth, new wave an electro. But have you ever considered what synth music would sound like if it was made in the 1930's before the synthesiser was in common use? The…

100 film classics of the new century selected by 177 film critics

100 film classics of the new century selected by 177 film critics

Many people lament the death of 'real cinema' and 'real films' because of the number of people now downloading films illegally.  This means that the investment into film is jeopardised by piracy. Although the same was said about cinema being dead when Television first came out as well, right? Could streaming TV and films be…

Documentary: Australia in the year 2020 (as envisaged in 1990)

This documentary from the late 80's/early 90's Australia offers fascinating insights into what the pre-internet world thought the new century i.e. right now would be like. As a child I remember watching this TV show and pondering about what 202o would be like. It felt like a pipedream to me, as inconceivable as driving a moon rocket…

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Explore and classify galaxies and planets for real scientific studies

Nowadays, it's possible to become not just a participant in scientific studies, but one of the researchers. The internet and crowd-sharing knowledge has made this possible. We are now swimming in data, so rather than wade through everything themselves, scientists are asking the ''hive mind'' of the internet to help them to resolve challenges, and…

Walter Kronkite: The Promise of the 21st Century’s Bounty (1967)

Quaint, hopeful and at times creepily accurate. This story with Walter Kronkite is just fascinating, as a historical artifact, and also to see just how many of these ideas actually came to fruition and how far beyond these simple ways of living we have come. "The domestication of the computer is upon us". And what a…

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Space dreams by astronaut Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman was the first Briton in space. Now that she's back down on Earth, she recounts a beautiful, evocative space dream and how she longs to be back up there orbiting around the pale blue dot. It turns out that astronauts looking at the vastness of continents from space see where the people they love reside,…

The Vintage Restart Page

The Vintage Restart Page

Are you lonely and nostalgic for all of the crappy, interminably slow and dull-as-dishwater computers that you have possessed in the past. If you answered yes then enter into the timewarp that is the Vintage Restart Page. This features all of the crappy clip art graphics and quaintly exaggerated shadowing on buttons that you have…

This is When Everything Changes: How Kiwi Innovation Will Change the World

This is When Everything Changes: How Kiwi Innovation Will Change the World

Hello World is a new series by Bloomberg that provides a glimpse into New Zealand technological and scientific innovation by game-changing inventors, engineers and scientists who are going to shape our world in the future. Something about Kiwis mean that we aspire to the impossible. As a nation, we are not afraid of cooking up…

I’m doing work: why the cult of productivity can cause mediocrity

The working world is over-saturated with terms like productivity, life hacking and multi-tasking which are all designed to supposedly optimise your professional and personal life. If you aren't getting the most out of 24 hours a day you can call on the services of a life coach to put your A into G. Cloud based…

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Stock photos from hell

Prepare to enter a truly surreal and fantastical realm. These stock photos were created by people who had the most noble intentions of using these images in a myriad of situations. Although just how many people purchased these stock photos I wonder? I'd mortgage my house and sell my family to bet that nobody has…

Finally! A tongue-in-cheek game that pokes fun of working in a crap job

Finally! A tongue-in-cheek game that pokes fun of working in a crap job

Melbourne artist and game developer Andrew Brophy has developed a wonderfully therapeutic game to play when you come home in a huff needing to bitch about your job. Knuckle Sandwich is a role playing game/adventure game that follows a male protagonist on his move into the Big Smoke to realise his dreams. Pretty soon said…

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to a circuitboard of a theremin

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to the circuitboard of a theremin

This pictorial history of electronic music adapted and mapped on the circuit board of a theremin was created by the quirky folk at Dorothy. The theremin is thought to be one of the world's first electronic musical instruments along with the Moog synthesizer. Our Electric Love Blueprint celebrates over 200 inventors, innovators, artists, composers and musicians…

Spend 2016 with these little guys in a miniature world

Spend 2016 with these little guys in a miniature world

Artist and Creative Director Tanaka Tatsuya has created a larger than life selection of vignettes for every day of the year. The Miniature Calendar features tiny people in amusing and whimsical settings for a feature calendar that has been amusing the Japanese speaking world for the past few years and has only hit critical mass…

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

The impish and magical Björk talks about the analogue wonders of TV in 1988. In her typical bewitching and charming way she manages to lull me into strange sort of melodious half-sleep. What she is actually saying is quite profound, about us being the audience to a medium so absolute it orders us to leave behind our…

The strange streetscapes in a Tokyo without ads

The strange streetscapes in a Tokyo without ads

Nicolas Damiens is a French Graphic Designer who has worked for the past eight years in agencies all over the world. This collection of gifs that he made highlights an unkowable world without ads. It's undoubtedly more peaceful and slightly unnerving, something is definitely missing from this picture. Source: Nicholas Damiens Source: Nicholas Damiens  …

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Interactive History Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Histography is a visually stunning interactive online timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015. Taking data from Wikipedia, the site updates automatically and orders events using an algorithm. It's like Wikipedia just with more engaging and interactive audiovisual specs and beautiful typography. The interface allows for users…

Intricate paper cross sections of human bodies by Lisa Nilsson

Intricate paper cross sections of human bodies by Lisa Nillson

These true-to-life, anatomical cross-sections are entitled the Tissue Series by artist Lisa Nilsson. She uses a technique called paper 'quilling' that turns MRI and CT scans into something altogether more artistic and strangely pleasing to the eye. Nilsson painstakingly quills using narrow pieces of paper that are coiled together to fill up space. Quilling has…

Weavesilk Is a Great Way to Spend a Few Pleasurable Hours Making Art

Weavesilk Is a Great Way to Spend a Few Pleasurable Hours Making Art

Weavesilk is a unique platform that allows you to use your device as a drawing board for digital experimentation. Choose from a variety of fractal drawing combinations with different anchor points. The combinations are broad and you can combine colours creating a myriad of explosive and creative experiences. From rorschach ink blots, to interstellar explosions, ethereal…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

I love my music fast, furious and energetic. Electronic music of all kinds certainly rocks my boat. It's been a long term companion soundtrack to my life from the late 90's until today and for the foreseeable future. So I happened upon an amazing channel on YouTube the other day, called MA Lite, or Most…