Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

In Part 1, we discussed the exceptional documentary about the fashion industry The True Cost, and also the catastrophe at Rana Plaza which killed 1,100 workers in a sweat shop in Bangladesh. In this part, we will analyse the report which exposes brands for their ethical or unethical practices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78 I will most definitely be…

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Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

What is the true cost of the clothes we wear? This is a question posed in the much-needed expose documentary about fashion and textile production in the Third World - True Cost, watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaGp5_Sfbss Watching this documentary about fast fashion, it got me thinking about where I source my clothing from. I…

What's cool and new on the Internet in 1994

What’s cool and new on the Internet in 1994

Unsure about this new thing called The Internet that all of your friends are using right now? Well cowabunga dude, don't have a cow! Just login and take a look at what's new right now in 1994 on The Internet. The long-ago defunct dotcom start-up Netscape has a live and working website that still allows you…

A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse

The story of a mysterious mermaid in Milford Haven 1795 A.D.

The 18th century was a time of British exploration, rapidly growing technology and restless souls wanting to travel. Many people from the well-to-do class including a woman called Mrs. Morgan wrote of her adventures and then had it all conveniently bundled, printed and distributed as Mrs. Morgan's Tour of Milford Haven, published in 1795 and then…

An operatic journey through our solar system at the speed of light

Join me for an operatic journey at the speed of light

If you're like me and tend to gaze up at the night sky and wonder about life and the meaning of it all then you can't help but be swept up in the events of the past few weeks. NASA estimates that 1 billion earth-like planets in our galaxy alone NASA New Horizons Crew find…

What's Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one - out of necessity in  Australia no doubt. Polymer banknotes was another, and so was WiFi. But probably their most esoteric and weird invention was a word to describe a smell. Petrichor.…

Menswear Dog Is Dripping With Badassery

Menswear Dog Is Dripping With Badassery

Menswear Dog is very quietly becoming a thing. This dog is sauve as f%&* and a real hit with the ladies. If you've become tired of seeing male humans in perfectly coordinated and well tailored outfits, then you're in for a real treat. See below...I have hijacked the popular Tumblr blog with my own captions.…

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder is that ruthless app that allows users to swipe left on their device to move to the next potential lover. How simple and yet malevolent! Although around 50 million people are using it worldwide so that's telling. This is a collection of true dating experiences on Tinder, demonstrated by some amazing puppets. Tales from…

What The Heck is Electronic Mail? Asks Ad From 1977

What The Heck is Electronic Mail? Asks Ad From 1977

Global technology company Honeywell is still alive and kicking in 2015 but in 1977 the idea of electronic mail was certainly novel and almost unfathomable. It's so fascinating to see how previous decades, what's unimaginable in our daily lives becomes commonplace. And everyday objects that were commonplace fade to black and become pieces of quaint…

Vincent Van Gogh In 3D Occulus Rift

Vincent Van Gogh In 3D Occulus Rift

Famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh 'The Night Cafe' gets the Occulus Rift treatment with a 3 dimensional view into Van Gogh's hidden world. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888 and joked that he planned on painting the Café de la Gare as revenge for husband and wife proprietors Joseph-Michel and Marie…

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

*Contains no spoilers* This was a true sky-scraper of a novel. A sweeping epic in the grandest sense that could be compared to Swann's Way by Proust or even a Dickensian tale like Oliver Twist. The Goldfinch has all of the hallmarks of one of these epic novels because it involves a believable modern-day premise,…

Samuel Beckett and Cats Talk About The Pointlessness of Existence

Push It To The Limit: Failure Is Not An Option!

Each evening between 6 and 7 pm, I hear the same battle-cry echoing out of the gym next door to my apartment building. It's the crazed militant scream of a male gym instructor to his charges. Every day this man lets loose a bitter tirade of abuse on people who come to the gym. People…

The USA along with 23 other countries say “Yes” to Love

Today is a monumental day for people in the USA, with the supreme court ruling in favour of same sex marriage. The battle was long and at times filled with frustrations. But with the world such an overall shitty place lately, I think it's so important that we embrace events like this that give a…

The class-based tyranny of accents

The class-based tyranny of accents

Accents give away so much about a person’s origins, and yet there seems to be a stumbling block here. Accents are viewed in much the same way as a person’s standard of dress and the way they hold themselves. And yet, the world is large and filled with people from all over the place. Surely…

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

In the magazine publishing world nowadays, it takes a good deal of creativity and originality to be able to stand out and make revenue.  This Australian magazine is built upon solid foundations of authenticity. From cover to cover it's high quality. What makes it so great is there is a subtle harmony of beautiful design…

Debunking Myths And Fascinating Facts About Animal Eyesight

Debunking Myths And Fascinating Facts About Animal Eyesight

Throughout history people have always speculated about what animals see. This resulted in some giant myths and half truths. Luckily, nowadays technology and science has caught up and can reveal the truth about seeing through the eyes of other animals, giving us a fascinating glimpse into their private lives. Snakes Have specially adapted sensors in…

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

This poster is absolutely priceless, I found it on Reddit.  While there's much to be said for going on an epic journey into the unknown, or gearing up for a massive weekend festival, we are often champing at the bit when we see a line-up for a festival. Yet the reality is, we end up…

Geological Marvel, Art or Book? You Be The Judge!

Ancient Mineral, Art or Book?

San Fran based artist Alexis Arnold has managed to reimagine National Geographic magazines with the use of Borax crystals for a strange geological marvel of colourful striations. Glittering crystals are alive and growing on the gradients of colour, turning them from mere functional books to something akin to living art and also uncannily like a…