A tribute to thirty years of Coen Brothers’ films

Friday, 12 February, 2016

US film directors Joel and Ethan Coen, often referred to as the Coen Brothers, have been making movies for over thirty years now, and their latest feature, film number seventeen, Hail, Caesar!, opens later this month.

To mark this milestone in their directing partnership, a Vimeo member, known as somersetVII, has produced this tribute, that includes snippets from their work released to date.

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Heavy metal music, the secret of many people’s success

Friday, 12 February, 2016

Despite concerns, and what would be ingrained perceptions to the contrary, an interest in, or even a devotion to, heavy metal music could well be beneficial, writes Ryan Holiday:

A few years ago a study found that kids with the highest IQs are disproportionately attracted to heavy metal. The reason is that the themes of alienation, frustration, and even pain, match the experience of a smart young person struggling to fit in and make sense of the world. So yes, most parents might think that metal songs are about drugs, violence, suicide, the devil and whatever other ridiculous stereotypes scared people project onto it. More directly, the assumption is that they somehow advocate these things to impressionable young people. Of course, the opposite is true.

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How seriously should you take the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator?

Friday, 12 February, 2016

My Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is INFJ. If you’re curious as to your type, you could try this test. While what you learn may be interesting, it may not be entirely scientific or accurate, and this has the potential to be a problem, given the number of recruiters who swear by it.

For my part, I’ve always taken issue to the idea that there are only sixteen personality types. According to MBTI creators Isabel Briggs Myers, and Katharine Cook Briggs, there can be no fewer, there can be no more. Human nature is somewhat more complicated than that though.

As Carl Jung himself said, every individual is an exception to the rule. And it was his work that the MBTI was built upon. Still, I think MBTI probably does a reasonable job of identifying certain aspects of someone’s personality, such as introversion, extroversion, and whether people’s thinking is based on say intuition, sensing, or judging.

I said before that my MBTI was INFJ, yet I do end up with other results from time to time. How do you account for that? Maybe the MBTI is better viewed as entertainment, than anything else?

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The LEGO brick artworks of Toshiya Masuda

Friday, 12 February, 2016

Artwork by Toshiya Masuda

Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda creates his artworks – or should I say, sculptures – using LEGO bricks, that renders each creation with a pleasing pixelated look.

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Anomalisa, a stop motion film by Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

Thursday, 11 February, 2016

Anomalisa, here’s the trailer, is a stop motion animation feature about an unadventourous author, voiced by David Thewlis, whose life changes when he meets a woman, voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, while on a business trip. If the stars align, I should be seeing this in the next few days.

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What’s your favourite web browser, a trick job interview question?

Thursday, 11 February, 2016

A job applicant’s choice of web browser can say a lot about how they work, and even the potential tenure of their employment, and it might be worth sneaking a question on the subject into an interview, the next time you’re recruiting.

People who download an alternative to the browser that shipped with their personal computer, Internet Explorer in the case of a Windows device, or Safari for an Apple computer, tend to think a little more outside the box, as it were, as they don’t always accept what is offered as the default option:

What browser you use signals something about the way that you tend to live your life. If you use Firefox or Chrome, you have to download those browsers; whereas Safari and Internet Explorer – they come pre-installed on your computer, they’re the default. And if you’re the kind of person who just accepts the default, you tend not to take as many original steps as the rest of us. If you’re somebody who had that instinct to say, you know, “I wonder if there’s a better browser out there,” that’s just a tiny clue that you might be the kind of person who’s willing to reject other defaults in your life too.

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A new album, soon, from Jinja Safari, before they leave

Thursday, 11 February, 2016

Sydney based indie pop group Jinja Safari recently decided to call it a day, but a final album is on the way, and may be released in the next month or two. If their music is new to you though, Find My Way, which they released last year, will give you a taste of their style.

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Sure you can Snapchat, but can you Snapchat like a teenager?

Thursday, 11 February, 2016

A BuzzFeed writer who isn’t au fait with Snapchat, the messaging app whose name is mentioned in conversation at least once every five minutes, by the under-twenty set?

Actually, that’s not quite the situation, Ben Rosen does snapchat, but when he saw his younger sister, Brooke, in action, he decided he needed to up his game, so asked her for some tips. And now, as a result of his research, we can all Snapchat Like The Teens:

We live in different states, so I rarely get a chance to hang out with her. That’s what made Thanksgiving so eye-opening. I would watch in awe as she flipped through her snaps, opening and responding to each one in less than a second with a quick selfie face. She answered all 40 of her friends’ snaps in under a minute. How was this even possible? Is she a freak of nature, or is this just how things are done when you’re young? I had to find out what I was missing. What do these “teens” know that I don’t? I decided to investigate further…

I’m not a user myself… I have enough social media channels to deal with as it is. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. For now, anyway.

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End Of Time, new music by Melbourne based musician Ecca Vandal

Wednesday, 10 February, 2016

Ecca Vandal is a Melbourne based electronic, punk, and rock musician, whose influences include, but are not limited to Bjork, Miles Davis, Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah, and Mr Bungle. See if you can pick some of them out from her recently released single, End Of Time.

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The New York Public Library Digital Collections, images for everyone

Wednesday, 10 February, 2016

Hall of Fame for Great Americans, Bronx, NY

I always love it when things like this happen… the New York Public Library has recently made many, many, thousands of digitised images – including maps, postcards, photographs, and illustrations – freely available for anyone to use.

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