Staring At The Lines, music by Buvette

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

Staring At The Lines, is new music by Buvette, complete with video clip animation by Paris based collaborative creative studio, Les Monstres.

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Cafe etiquette, a guide for professionals working remotely

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

The unwritten rules of cafe etiquette, by Brisbane based marketing and communications consultant, Mel Kettle. A must read for any remote worker who spends time in cafes.

Be aware of what’s on your screen. This means no porn or nudity, no violence and be aware of work confidentiality. It’s human nature to sneak a peek at what people are working on. Or is that just me?

This is a point I’m always mindful of, work confidentiality that is, and as such I try to sit at a wall seat, preferably at the back, or in a corner, of a coffee shop.

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A trailer for Juno, the Jupiter mission, not the movie

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

Having spent five years travelling to Jupiter, via the scenic route, NASA’s space probe Juno, will, next week, place itself in a polar orbit around the solar system’s largest planet, and spend the next eighteen months learning more about Jupiter’s formation, composition, and its gravitational and magnetic fields.

At the end of its mission, Juno will be sent into Jupiter’s atmosphere, to ensure its destruction, lest it end up crash landing on, and contaminating, Europa, a Jovian moon that some scientists think may host marine life of some sort.

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The Devil Wears Prada, an oral history

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

Where were you ten years ago, because that’s how long it’s been since The Devil Wears Prada, directed by David Frankel, was released. To mark the occasion, the three leads, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt, have contributed to an oral history on the making of the film.

Blunt arguably got the biggest career boost out of the project. “It was a night and day change,” says Blunt, who was living in Los Angeles after the film wrapped. She used to visit the same coffee shop in the morning. “The day the movie came out,” Blunt says, “all the people in the bakery suddenly knew who I was. It was surreal.” Hathaway could tell that her new pal was destined for Hollywood greatness. “I’ve never witnessed a star being born before,” Hathaway says. “That’s the first time I watched it happen.”

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The journey of the Voyager space probes

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016

Voyagers, a short film about the two Voyager space probes, launched in 1977, that are now in, or near, interstellar space. Theirs is a fascinating journey.

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Sometimes I love to hate not going with the flow

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016

What is it you loathe, or have no time for, that other people can’t stop raving about?

Somewhere around the 500th headline I read in praise of Hamilton, the universally acclaimed Broadway musical due in Europe next year, I was struck by a deflating thought: I’ll probably never see it. Not just because it’s virtually impossible to get a ticket, but because so many people – people whose tastes I trust – have raved about it that I now regard the prospect with annoyance.

I’m yet to see an episode of Game of Thrones, even though I stumble across at least one news article on the series each day. It makes me wonder, what can put some people off something, that just about everyone else likes though?

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Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong, and now London?

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016

The prospect of independence for Scotland and Northern Ireland seemed like reasonable propositions, in the wake of last week’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, given both had voted by a clear margin to remain part of the single market.

The remain vote was also high in London, but I didn’t think that would lead to calls for the English capital to breakaway from the United Kingdom, and become a city state, along the lines of Singapore and Hong Kong. Still, that is what has happened.

There is actually a credible case for independence. Singapore, Hong Kong and Monaco all prove that cities can exist on their own. There is historical credibility too – in feudal times free cities were outside of the control of regional barons, and were bastions cosmopolitanism and free thinking – where new idea and new inventions were born. London is like this today.

I would say the Scottish and Northern Ireland causes have the greater chance of success, despite the considerable huddles each face. I’m not sure London could go its own way though, as much as I like the idea.

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The confessions of a Craigslist seller

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016

Telling his story through Craigslist Confessional, a former security guard talks about selling disused, sometimes broken, office equipment, taken from his old workplace, so as to supplement his family’s income.

At 5:45 exactly, after I’d completed my last round and made sure that everyone was gone, I used my key card to swipe into the office. I looked at the stacks of old office machinery that lined the back wall, and thought to myself that there was no way anyone would notice one crummy broken printer was missing. So I grabbed it, put it in a recyclable grocery bag, and went home.

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Falling Tide, a short animation by Ning Cheng

Tuesday, 28 June, 2016

Falling Tide, by Ning Cheng. I knew something weird was going on, but I didn’t see that twist at the end coming.

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Are our personalities constant, or might they change over time?

Tuesday, 28 June, 2016

Does someone’s personality stay the same throughout their life, or does it change over time, on account of changing circumstances, and being exposed to different perspectives?

The beliefs, assumptions, expectations that you’ve gotten from your friends, family, culture – those things, Mischel explains, are the filter through which you see the world. Your mind stands between who you are, your personality and whatever situation you are in. It interprets the world around it, and how it feels about what it sees. And so when the stuff inside the mind changes, the person changes.

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