<3 The Internet: Fuglefjellet a remote island in Norway in 3D

In this unique and captivating 3D immersive storytelling tool, you can learn about the lives and habitat of birds living on the remote island of Fuglefjellet off the coast of Norway. Initially in Norwegian, the app has thankfully for us been translated into English. It's a scroll through wet-dream of beautiful animation. I couldn't think…

Amazing Human-Crustacean Architectural Collaborations

Amazing Human-Crustacean Architectural Collaborations

If you thought that the Auckland or NYC property market was hot right now, spare a thought for the tiny and unpredictable housing market of the hermit crab. They have a complex and sometimes cooperative and sometimes aggressive strategies for occupying shells aka homes for their fragile little bodies. Some of these strategies involve hostile…

<3 The Internet: Dolphin Voices in the Sea

Dolphin Voices in the Sea is one for all the lovers of marine life. This lovely web based app is a bit dated but still delivers the goods with intriguing tidbits on different species of dolphins and spectograms of dolphins communicating with each other in the wild. The website features videos and scientists talking about their research efforts and…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

Asmrion the online generator of positive feelings

Asmrion is an elegant and beautiful ambient sound simulator that's best enjoyed with headphones. It's completely interactive and has a very natural, organic and soothing user experience with subtle buttons to shift up and down volume. It's possible to attune yourself with these app tools to varying states of consciousness, all pleasant, reassuring and relaxing…

<3 The Internet: eSkeletons of primates, monkeys and homo sapiens

eSkeletons is an ingenious online resource that compares the skeletons of primates and including the most notorious of the bipeds homo sapiens. Created by the Department of Anthropology at the Univrsity of Texas in Austin, eSkeletons provides an interactive environment where visitors can examine skeletal anatomy through an osteology database. It's a very engaging and…

Film Review: Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Terrence Malick

Film Review: Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016) Terrence Malick

The other night Terrence Malick's new film Voyage of Time: Life's Journey screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival Autumn events in Auckland. Although I've found Malick's films a little too long and ponderous, this one I enjoyed more than his others because of its sparseness and its lack of human narrative and human characters.…

How you can help save the Critically Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

How you can help save the Orangutans of Borneo

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates the number of orangutans living in Borneo dropped by 60 percent between 1950 and 2010 alone. This is because of the extensive land clearings that have taken place over the past 4 decades in Indonesia. Between 1989 and 2000 the area covered by oil palms in…

Knitting with Dog’s Wool (1966)

Instead of allowing your pesky pooch to malt all over your sofa, put your pet to work in a novel way. The most luxuriant of dog breeds can be put to practical use as producers of dog wool for your next knitting expedition. Some of the best breeds for yarn include the Collie, Old English…

A piano reverberates over collapsing glaciers

A piano reverberates over collapsing glaciers

Earlier this year, renowned Italian composer Ludovico Eindaudi performed his 'Elegy for the Arctic' on a small floating platform in Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Around him glaciers crumbled and collapsed into the pearlescent water and the pristine quiet was pierced with the deafening sound of a fragile environment on the verge of implosion. His…

Book Review: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Book Review: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey is a master craftswoman and her sentences are smooth and flowing like treacle. Her debut the Snow Child was one of my favourite novels. It told the magical tale of a child that emerges out of the icy Alaskan tundra and provides an ageing couple yearning for a baby, with the promise of…

Microscopic treasures: Abstract art discovered under the microscope

Microscopic treasures: Abstract art discovered under the microscope

Sometimes the most unimaginable beauty comes from the world cannot be seen with the human eye, but yet still exists in the invisible netherworld of the microscope. Here are some artistic treasures, spied on the Reddit Microporn page, have a look and you will become hooked. Crystalline acetylsalicylic acid viewed under polarised light at 10X…

Say hello to the slimy end of cute: the Californian Sea Hare

Say hello to the slimy end of cute: the Californian Sea Hare

The California sea hare is also known as the California sea slug. It's a gigantic marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk and is cute in a slimey, sluggish way.   Found around the Gulf of California and Mexico these adorable slime-balls chomp on algae and live in intertidial zones usually not deeper than 18–20 m.[ Creepy and adorable sea hares  They…

DIY dog hair knitting: why it's not such a crazy idea

Arctic foxes are the artisans of their own vibrant gardens

Beyond cutely frolicking through meadows in Iceland and Scandinavia, arctic foxes are also aiding the local ecological balance in the way they keep house underground. Their dens are often a century old and topped with lush gardens and dune grass. The domains of arctic foxes are a splash of colour in an otherwise dull brown…

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…

Dürer, Replicants and Flying Cars: Exploring Impressive Imaginary Cities with @Oniropolis

Dürer, Replicants and Flying Cars: Exploring Impressive Imaginary Cities with @Oniropolis

If you haven't already followed Imaginary Cities on Twitter @Oniropolis then you should right away! This is a curated treasure trove of architectural meanderings and inspiring cityscapes which have never existed other than in creative people's minds. Imaginary Cities are where the imagined possibilities of tech, science fiction, futurism and 80's pop culture are smashed…

Welcome to the English Countryside - that's so English it's Japanese

Welcome to the English Countryside – that’s so English it’s Japanese

In Kyushu, Japan you can step into a quaint, cinematic vision of the English Lake District or Cotswalds region parked right in the centre of mountainous Japan. Although all is not as it seems. This place has a distinctly enchanted Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter vibe that will delight and bewilder you. There's a petting zoo,…

How you can fight against the palm oil industry and help orangutans

How you can fight against the palm oil industry and help orangutans

Orangutans are highly intelligent and share 97% of their DNA with humans. When they cry they sound like a human crying and as fully grown adults they have the intelligence level of a 5 year old. Mothers only have one baby at a time and spend at least eight years nurturing their child, one of…