I Collect Images of Paintings Like Others Collect Treasures

I Collect Images of Paintings Like Others Collect Treasures

Does anybody else reserve images that they find online that are compelling or inspiring? Perhaps I am the only one, let me know if you do too. Here are some poached by my boyfriend and delivered to me like a treasure. Each inspire wonder and inspiration, although disparate in subject matter they all have the…

Life in a Doughnut-Shaped World: NASA Artwork From the 70’s

In the 1970's NASA and Stanford University held three space colony studies. Attendants of the course produced artistic renderings that showed what could theoretically be possible in a future inter-planetary world. This doughnut-shaped world was a pristine, insular and remarkably beautiful space sanctuary called the Stanford Torus. Click on the images below to magnify and view…

The Strangely Hypnotic World of Norwegian Slow TV

The Hypnotic, Droll and Funny World of Norwegian Slow TV

Thomas Hellum of production company NRK in Norway has created new form of documentary that pushes the boundaries of what is and what isn't entertainment. This means filming quirky drawn out events such as real-time, live journeys in ferries and trains; along with knitting and wood-chopping events. Sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry, right?…

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About The World in the 21st Century

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About the World in the 21st Century

Albert Robida was born in 1848 and died in 1926. A French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist, he came up with some creepily accurate predictions about World War II and also how our world would look like in the 21st Century. He wrote a futuristic trilogy in the same vein as Jules Verne Of…

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

After a few months of living in New Zealand, I've found the selection of bricks and mortar clothing stores, book shops and electronics outlets very wanting. Particularly when it comes to men's clothing. My boyfriend, although incredibly fussy – was pretty much unable to locate a plain black, classic fit shirt or plain black t-shirt…

Inter-Planetary Topography and Splashes of Colour

Map Porn Part 1: Inter-Planetary Topography

Have you ever pondered about the topography of the moon's surface? Well I have. My brain works in weird and wacky ways. So naturally before we expose what the moon's surface actually looks like, you need to see what the moon would look if you were on acid. courtesy of The Mighty Boosh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qxQRKAI2o Previously,…

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How to find the right music for coding, writing or any other absorbing activity

A playlist can have magical import upon your creative output. Here's some music styles that have helped me for writing, creating, sorting and doing the more mundane but necessary tasks in daily life. A few tips on selection 1. Seek out music that's unobtrusive and doesn't command all of your attention. It should overall be…

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have galvanised hundreds of thousands of people all over the world into action in 2,000 locations worldwide.In NYC, the People's Climate Change March took place on the streets ahead of the UN climate change summit in New York.  Image Source Image Source   In Manhattan, organisers that around…

What Makes a GIF into Something Great

There's no cut and dry answer to this question. Infact, typing  'What makes a GIF into something great' into Google gives almost no search results, only instructional guides about how to make GIFs. We've already discussed Scorpion Daggers' great work. This has led me to writing something on what constitutes a great GIF. They visibly skip:…

The Secret Back Door to the Entire World

The Secret Back Door to the Entire World

This is just perfect for armchair travelers and people with incurable wanderlust. Take a step through this virtual door and be transported to some of the most curious, random and exotic locations in the world, all courtesy of Google Maps/ Google Earth. What a clever idea by this British door replacement company. Surely the marketing…

MSG: What Australian and New Zealand Consumers Should Know

Mono Sodium Glutamate was a buzz word from the 80's and 90's. It seemed that everyone had a story to tell about the after-effects of this flavour enhancing food additive. MSG used to be a dirty word, but it seems that in the past decade, the tide of scientific evidence has turned the other way.…

Sleaford Mods: The Gobbiest Rock Band in the World

Sleaford Mods: The Gobbiest Rock Band in the World

The best punk comes from pissed off lads who are burning for making the personal political. By their own description Sleafod Mods are electronic munt minimalist punk-hop group. Their music is souped up and infused with rage. A veritable cornucopia of verbal onslaughts. Intricately woven into this piss and venom speech is the hammer of low paid…

Future Moto Retro: Imaginary Auckland

There's a strange nostalgia that happens when we view the future through a wonky, circus mirror of the past. This is where romanticism and nostalgia explode into a glitter bomb of exciting possibility. Welcome to Auckland in the year 2000, as imagined in 1956 by iconic New Zealand ad designer Bernard Roundhill. Roundhill loved the possibilities…

The robot with the face only a roboticist could love

The robot with the face only a roboticist could love

Telenoid is a genderless, limbless android that was birthed into the world by Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro a couple of years ago. He (or she) looks uncannily like a talking, moving Caspar the friendly ghost, but with a far more unnervingly human face. His truncated limbs wiggle and gesture as he sits on his custom-made…

DreamWorks Wizard Gives Kid Magical Powers

DreamWorks Wizard Gives Lucky Kid Magical Powers

Daniel Hashimoto is probably the coolest dad who ever lived. Why? He placed his young son into a rocket that blasted off from the McDonald's playground into outer-space. He temporarily opened up the worm hole between The Matrix and boring reality, while his kids jumped around bemused on the couch. Daniel is responsible for after-effects wizardry…

Are Smart Solutions Making Us Dumber?

As the problem-solving ability of technology becomes ever more sophisticated, are we losing our ability to discern between vital and trivial problems? Seemingly insignificant problems are elevated in importance, while more serious problems down-played or ignored. This modern day conundrum is lampooned well in a meme floating around about First World Problems. It's Not A…