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Amazing Vintage Star Wars Art

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012) was an American conceptual designer and illustrator. He had a keen sense of aesthetics and imagination that set him apart from other illustrators. So he was a natural choice for George Lucas, who looked to him for inspiration for the Star Wars trilogy. McQuarrie was responsible for designing many of the film’s…

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Introducing the Sky Bastard who terrified the shit out of my Maori ancestors in New Zealand... Common Name: Haast's Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (Discovered and named by Julius von Haast in the 1870s) Traditional Name: Te Pouakai or Te Hokioi (Meaning the 'Old Glutton' in Maori) My Name for him: Sky Bastard (Why? Because he was…

Australia and New Zealand's Coolest Gardens

Australia and New Zealand’s Coolest Gardens

Here in the southern hemisphere, we have a spectacular variety of ecological conditions, mammals and birds. From tropical and sweaty to arid and tinder dry. From swampy and sea level to sky-skimming and alpine. Aussie and Kiwi gardens are just blooming wonderful at any time of year. Here's some award-winning and well-loved private gardens in…

Historic Jukebox: Henry David Thoreau & Fleet Foxes

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.  Blue…

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…

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Historic Jukebox: Jamie XX & Edgar Allan Poe

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. In any case they are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text.…

Stunningly Beautiful Meteorite Section Looks Like An Email From Space

This striking and odd meteorite section looks like an email from space or a painting sent to earth by an alien race. For those who are curious (all of you!) these mystical, geometric markings are formed by post-atmospheric cooling. Although these striations and patterns are made by nature, they are reminiscent of a flyer for…

Five Creepy Islands in Sydney Harbour http://wp.me/p41CQf-97

Five Creepy Islands in Sydney Harbour

Sydney has some nefarious and idiosyncratic history. Nowadays it's presented with a shiny, modern patina of progress. Although little more than a century ago the story was less chirpy and cheerful and more like a bad episode of Survivor. 1. Cockatoo Island This island has a somewhat grim intriguing history, matched by its demeanor –…

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New Zealand: An Ode To Young Volcanic Countries

Do you think that volcanic places make the most beautiful and dramatic destinations? I believe they do. Volcanic places are the crossroads of the earth's crust! Where the techtonic plates of the earth combine and form mountains, volcanic activity, thermal lakes and more. Think of Iceland and New Zealand, two of the most remote and…

Six Tips For Tailoring Your Blog To Local Search http://wp.me/p41CQf-8J

Six Tips For Tailoring Your Blog To Local Search

  In a global landscape, many smaller businesses get lost amongst all of the competing voices. Rather than focus on the gargantuan global picture, in many cases it's a lot more effective to focus on the local. Here's a couple of ways to target the local community in your posts. 1. Create A Geo-Location Strategy…

Historic Jukebox: Sigur Rós Óðin’s Raven Magic & Viking Epics

Be transported to a different time. With these floating, untethered words and music that I've curated or stumbled upon accidentally. In any case they are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text.…

Unseen Art from Australia’s First Fleet http://wp.me/p41CQf-8h

Unseen Art from Australia’s First Fleet

This gorgeous selection of detailed drawings will be shown at the State Library of New South Wales' TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection. The drawings come from the private collection of Australian art collector Kerry Stokes, among other collectors. Some of these treasures haven't ever been seen before by the public! Anybody with an interest…

Periodic table of content marketing

The Periodic Table of Content Marketing

How to put together all of the elements of content marketing in order to build something magical. This elegant visual is courtesy of Chris Lake of eConsultancy. Click on the image to make it bigger.. Image Source The Elements Strategy: Map your strategy to long term business goals, plan and focus everything from the outset. Format: It's…

Ten Lessons To Learn About Pinterest From Top Storytellers http://wp.me/p41CQf-7a

Ten Lessons To Learn About Pinterest From Top Storytellers

Pinterest is the third largest social media network in the world. It's where quirky, unusual or weird images flirt, cavort and eventually make babies. If you have images that convey a story in a spectacular or unique way – these images will do well on Pinterest. Here are ten tips for getting the most out…

Four Great Immersive Story-telling Tools For Writers and Designers

Four Great Immersive Storytelling Tools For Writers and Designers

Sharing stories is a ritual as old as time itself. Now immersive storytelling is set to radically change how we produce and consume stories, with the addition of images, video, audio in clever new ways. 2014 will usher in a brave new world of storytelling for those offering copywriting services or any other creative field. The technology…

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…

Surprise is the mother of humour. How To Ferret Out Funny Things In Your Content Writing http://wp.me/p41CQf-6h

How To Ferret Out Funny Things In Your Content Writing

Funny Things are furry, bouncy little concepts that occasionally jump into your peripheral vision and then go jumping away again. They have shrill and gleeful little voices and mumble incoherent things like toddlers drunk on milk. If you're too gung-ho with writing, you may miss the sylvan cadences of Funny Things sweeping past. You may…

Six Ways to Ramp Up Your Social Media Presence

Given that around 1.4 billion people are using social media as of 2012 (eMarketer), it no longer makes any sense for businesses to ignore the importance of social media. No matter what part of the social media journey you’re on, just starting out or a veteran – there’s always room for improvement. With that in…

Four Concerning Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014

Trend 1: A Lack of Direction From Ad Agencies According to online marketing gurus eConsultancy, there's a big yawning gap between a coordinated marketing efforts and results. A report recently issued by the Australian Cross Channel Marketing Report showed of 200 businesses surveyed, 57% felt that ad agencies lacked a clear online marketing strategy. According…

Book Review: The Sense of An Ending

Julian Barnes Jonathan Cape Publishing (2011). This book is about Tony Webster and his friends; who get a privileged academic education in 50's London. However, they get their real education from a series of devastating events. The truth about these is slowly revealed over the course of time. Fiction writing often takes this tack, however…