A music clip with a weird black cat, Dear John, by James

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

The video clip for Manchester rock band James’ new single Dear John, lifted from their album Girl At The End Of The World, tells a story of its own. Beware of black cats you encounter while walking in the hills?

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Would you like cockroach milk with your cereal? Your coffee?

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Would you consider drinking cockroach milk? Even if you knew it was far more nutritional than the milk of cows?

A sort of “milk” protein crystal from lactating Diploptera punctata – the only kind of roach that gives birth to live young – has more than four times the nutritional value of cow’s milk. Take a moment now to shudder at the idea of live roach young.

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Some film trailers give away too much. So stop watching them

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

It’s something I’ve been trying to do just recently, not look at trailers for films I plan to see. Not always possible, as many are played immediately before another film I am about to see, while at the cinema.

In some cases though, as Chris Ryan writes, trailers, especially when there are three or four per feature, can almost tell the whole story. And give away the best scenes as well.

Trailers are ruining comedies by including all the funny parts. Seth Rogen: Your movies are funny, and I don’t really need to pay to see them anymore because all the jokes are free in the four Neighbors 2 trailers. Trailers are ruining horror movies by revealing all the scares. Trailers are ruining great movies. Almost all of Sicario’s best scenes are In. The. Trailer. … What?

I will post, however, the trailer for Love & Friendship, a comedy based on the writings of Jane Austen. Trailers should be more like this, arousing curiosity, without revealing too much.

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The sun’s pretty big right, how hard then can it be to crash into it?

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

I’m no physicist, but I would have thought that the Sun would be the easiest object in the solar system to crash into. But what’s up with crashing stuff into the Sun, in the first place?

Well, people are interested in doing so, as they think it might help us get rid of nuclear waste that is stockpiling on Earth. If it were to be incinerated by the Sun, it would no longer be a problem, right?

Hitting the Sun, however, is far from simple, and if it were to be tried, would be easier to arrange from the outer reaches of the solar system, say where Pluto is, than from near Earth. Who’d have thought? I guess that’s exactly why I am not a physicist.

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What You Want, by Is Tropical… from where you’d rather be

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

What You Want, new music from British band Is Tropical. There is a whole other behind the video clip, directed by William Kennedy, though:

I made this film at a turning point in my life. I met someone and I dropped everything to be with her, thousands of miles from home. This was my way of coming to terms with the past and allowing myself to be happy.

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The new response to a midlife crisis? Fake your death, of course

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

Well, I’ll be. The male mid-life isn’t what it used to be. Buy a Porsche, marry someone far younger, and get a couple of earrings. That used to be the way to do it. Now faking one’s death, upon reaching a certain age, seems to be the way to go.

Why hadn’t that occurred to me? Faking my own death. An untimely end would make a far superior story for the bill collectors than simply vanishing one day. Sloughing off the past, shucking the carcass of my impoverished self, to be reborn, unblemished as a sunrise. My “death” would not be a conclusion but a renaissance – a shot at an alternative ending. The dross of life would not inflict itself upon me: I could arrange and edit to suit my specifications. Faking death could be a refusal, a way to reject the dreary facts, a way to bridge the chasm between who you are and who you want to be. From bit player in your life, you become the auteur. From being pressed up against a wall, you carve a tunnel.

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For the love of the old Australian milk bar

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

The milk bar of old, is fast fading from the suburbs. Australian artist, designer, and illustrator Eamon Donnelly, is intent on preserving their memory, and the place they held, and still hold, in Australia.

The Australian Milk Bar was quietly fading away without anyone noticing, an Australian icon was disappearing like an ice cream melting in the hot summers sun. I had still visited Milk Bars over the years but hadn’t really noticed a change until that day. I had always imagined Dave’s would still be there.

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Fear of innovation? Is that really why we don’t like new stuff?

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

We really don’t take to new things do we? Apparently when coffee and refrigerators arrived, respectively, they were met with resistance. Yet where would we be without either?

Harvard University professor, Calestous Juma, suggests the reluctance to adopt new technologies isn’t out of a fear of innovation as such though, rather it comes down to a sense of loss, in relinquishing an older something, that has been part of out lives for, possibly, quite sometime.

Among Juma’s assertions is that people don’t fear innovation simply because the technology is new, but because innovation often means losing a piece of their identity or lifestyle. Innovation can also separate people from nature or their sense of purpose – two things that Juma argues are fundamental to the human experience.

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A year in the life of planet Earth, as seen from one million miles

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Situated one million miles from Earth, permanently facing its sunlit side, the DSCOVR satellite, a weather satellite among other things, takes photos of our planet everyday. These images have been made into a timelapse video, and gives those of us on the surface, a pretty good idea of how Earth looks from space, on a day to day basis.

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Are drones the new photographers? Check these photos out and see

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Say what you will about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicle, some of their applications could, at best, be considered questionable, but when it comes to finding a good angle, or vantage point, for photographers, it could be said they come into their own. Check out some of these photos, taken with the aid of drones, and see what I mean.

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