Hallelujah Money, new music from British virtual act, the Gorillaz

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

The Gorillaz, being Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual band that was created in 1998, have released a new single, Hallelujah Money. It’s been six years since we last heard from them. What do you think?

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People who prefer time alone may be highly intelligent. Really?

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

I’m more introvert that extrovert, and as a result enjoy time by myself. Now I read that people who prefer to spend time alone, tend to have higher IQs than those who would rather socialise more. There must be some mistake. In my case, anyway.

Researchers recently published a study in The British Journal of Psychology that looked into how intelligence, population density, and friendship affect modern happiness. While the conventional results showed that the more social interaction people have, the happier they feel, it wasn’t true for all people. They surveyed 15,000 people between the ages of 15 and 28 and noticed a surprising pattern – People at the higher end of the I.Q. spectrum reported being less satisfied with social interaction including just hanging out with friends.

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Jeff Huang, Sydney based painter of vivid portraits

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

Sophie, artwork by Jeff Huang

Jeff Huang, also known as yellowjeff, is a Sydney based portrait artist. I think it’s fair to say that he really knows how to bring out the colours in his subjects. This work, titled “Sophie”, is a vivid example of the way he works.

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You’re never too old to be of racing age, so say athletes aged 60 plus

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

A selection of photos by US photographer Angela Jimenez, taken from her book, Racing Age, of athletes, and runners, some of who are well into their eighties, or older even.

Many of the people featured in Jimenez’s work aren’t just in for fun either, some are very competitive. Never let them tell you that you’re too old.

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Graffiti, on Earth, and to the outer reaches of space, by Josh Keyes

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

Artwork by Josh Keyes

Portland based painter Josh Keyes may not be a graffiti artist, but he can imagine a world where graffiti is to be seen no matter where you look, or where you are.

The likes of whales and icebergs are fair game for this highly resourceful would-be tagger, and not even leaving the planet helps either, as this work-in-progress image of a Space Shuttle, titled “Tin Can”, shows.

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How do you edit an animated film? Why would you even need to?

Monday, 23 January, 2017

Editing an animated film. An interesting process, in that the film editor starts their job before any scenes have been created, and is often involved in its writing.

Unlike with the making of live action features, wouldn’t you get the shots and scenes required for animation, right the first time? No, not necessarily.

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Cake culture, the next threat to workplace well being?

Monday, 23 January, 2017

Medical professionals are urging workplaces in the United Kingdom to cut back on the amount of sugary food that is available to employees, as concerns regarding obesity rise.

While quite a proportion of people are overweight as a result of an increase in the consumption of sweet foods, what’s alarming is the number of people being admitted to hospitals on account of tooth decay. Was their situation so dire, that a dentist couldn’t help them?

In 2015-16 around 63% of adults in England were classified as either obese or overweight and nearly 64,000 over-18s were admitted to hospital because of tooth decay. Last year, 40% of people made a resolution to lose weight, and 24% said they wanted to eat more healthily.

In the past, I’ve worked at companies that have, how shall we say, offered well-stocked lunch rooms. It was interesting though, talking to others who were partaking of the available foodstuffs, with many saying they never ate this sort of food at home, and indeed did not even keep such items in the house.

Comfort food, perhaps? It seems like there may be other issues at play here, and restricting the availability of sugary snacks may not be the whole solution.

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Still life miniature dioramas by Tatsuya Tanaka

Monday, 23 January, 2017

Diorama by Tatsuya Tanaka

Tatsuya Tanaka, a Japanese art director, artist, and photographer, has spent the last several years creating miniature dioramas from whatever objects that he can find. The finished works all make their way to his Miniature Calendar project, that can be seen here.

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The most dangerous creature in Australia is? Spider? Snake? No…

Monday, 23 January, 2017

I think just about anyone travelling to Australia for the first time, knows of the danger posed by certain of its snakes and spiders, well before they arrive. Probably sharks and box jellyfish, also.

Yet it is stings or bites from bees and wasps that result in the most deaths in Australia, according to a study of thirteen years of data on the topic, by the University of Melbourne.

The reason the number may be so high, says Dr Ronelle Welton, who authored the report, is that people are more complacent when it comes to the danger that bees and wasps can pose, as opposed to spiders and snakes.

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Natural world porcelain sculptures by Zemer Peled

Monday, 23 January, 2017

Porcelain sculpture by Zemer Peled

Israeli artist Zemer Peled works with shards of porcelain to craft her sculptures, that examine the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Incredible, or what?

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