Cats Love Species-Specific Music

Cats Love Species-Specific Meowsic

Cats can hear weird things that are beyond our comprehension. Yet what makes their feline eyes narrow in a gesture of sublime enjoyment? Scientists have discovered the catnip track that makes cats contented. The Applied Animal Behaviour Science Journal published a paper in February 2015 which sought to "design sound for the auditory enrichment of nonhuman…

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Technobiophilia and why our digital lives don’t need to be frantic

According to Author Sue Thomas who wrote the book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace there's an intimate relationship between the language we use online: clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs and the way that we use our devices to reconnect with nature. According to Thomas, technobiophilia is the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear…

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand's new flag)

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand’s new flag)

While New Zealand looks to the general public for suggestions for our country's new flag, the entire world got a taster for a proposed Entire Earth Flag at the same time. Twitter was all aflurry (a word? it is now) with people's helpful and dodgy suggestions. So before I show you an aesthetically-pleasing design for…

The Bridge in Wynyard Quarter in Auckland CBD. Looks lovely during the night and the day time too

A Full Moon in Scorpio: Culinary Adventures and Moonlit Walks Around Auckland Harbour

The Boy and I went to one of our favourite haunts in Auckland, the endearingly named Miss Clawdys. A southern American style tapas joint nestled within a group of vibrant dockside restaurants and bars in Auckland CBD. After the meal we basked in the wavering neon lights and the large full moon (in Scorpio) that…

On embracing restlessness

One of the dumbest things you can do is sit in one space and let the world pass you by. — Bob Propst, inventor of the office cubicle. It's important to not be boxed in, for all its literal and metaphorical senses. We need to be careful that we aren't going to work in a…

How do you define happiness?

I was speaking to a friend on the wordpress site the other day, Maia who mentioned that she was fortunate in that she could work and earn a living doing what she loves. Which made me ponder, what are the defining characteristics of happiness? Is happiness some mythological pot of gold at the end of…

How Jazz Up An Itty Bitty Apartment On An Itty Bitty Budget

How To Jazz Up An Itty Bitty Flat On An Itty Bitty Budget (Part 2)

Following on from my previous article the other week about home decorating for tired old rental flats, this article focuses on how to decorate to maximise floor space in a small flat. Even if you live in a spacious unit or home, it's always handy to know how to make the most out of a…

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat (Part 1)

Here are a couple of cheap and easy ways to bring the funky into a rented flat (a.k.a apartment. Flat is what we call it in New Zealand). These simple tips will allow you to create a bright, funky and comfortable living space while also being able to get your bond back. Ideal for Uni students…

January 1st: An Auspicious Day...For a Hang Over

Winning Life’s Trifecta

It's 2015 baby! Is it time to dust away the cobwebs and start on that new regimen of lifestyle changes? Is it? I don't put much stock in new year's resolutions. Any day is a good day to begin the rest of your life. Without getting all Dr. Phil on your ass, here are some…

Iceland’s Powerful Wilderness + Indigenous Wisdom From Around the World

Black Elk: Oglala Sioux (1863 - 1950) The first peace, which is the most important is that which comes within the souls of men when they realise their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all of its powers. When they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this centre is…

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,…

Dangerous Ideas: Russell Brand's Revolution

Dangerous Ideas: Russell Brand’s Revolution

Give yourself ten minutes and watch Russell Brand. Now his haters will jump on him and say he's an ex-junkie, a this, a that. But he is talking complete sense here and he's not being egotistical at all. What the world needs is a revolution of love and this is a revolution that comes from…

Living With Sonder: Life Above the Clouds

Taken in the San Francisco Bay area over a period of a few years by talented man Simon Christen, these exquisite time lapse films track the earth on its diurnal and nocturnal turnings, normally so ineffable and unknowable because they occur so slowly. It's a macrocosm and a microcosm of pure thriving, living magic. It's…

This Photoshopped Image Is Ridiculously Powerful

This Photoshopped Image Is Red Hot Provocative and Powerful

A cheap shot? Maybe. Provocative? Without a doubt. Here's what somebody on the internet photoshopped into a image of Holocaust survivors. This comes from the deepest part of the internet, via 4CHAN directly to you. What are your thoughts? Now whether or not the curator of this image intended it to have a feminist reading, it's…

What's on your cosmic to-do list?

What’s on your cosmic to-do list?

What's on your cosmic to do list? There are a lot of people who call it a bucket list but I prefer cosmic to-do list. This is because when you put this out into the world, then it tends to come back to you like a boomerang. It may take some time but it will…