Book And Bed is not so much a bookshop, as it is a library where you stay overnight. With a tariff of about A$40, or US$30, per night for a “compact” room, cost would be no excuse for not partaking of the experience, for at least one night, while visiting Tokyo.
The debate as to whether it is better to be an early bird, or a night owl, is bound to take plenty more twists and turns, until, who knows, people finally tire of the subject all together. I’m more night owl, and am pleased to have never subscribed to the various schools of thought that say we’re all early birds, or larks, and that there is no room for variance.
Whatever happened to each to their own? Some more thought on the topic though suggests that those who are early to rise tend to be more productive (so, that’s why I achieve so little), while night owls tend to be more creative. Seems to me the world needs a combination of both.
It’s all about what you’re doing with the time you have. Yes, early birds might be more productive, but late risers are more creative. Early risers take advantage of those morning hours to do mundane activities like go to the gym, make coffee and get to work early, but it’s the late sleepers who really take advantage of the night – the special time to create and invent something new.
As someone who is sitting down at ten o’clock most evenings to work on a writing project – no, it’s nothing to do with NaNoWriMo – this is a sentiment that makes a lot of sense.
Unseen Art is an initiative that plans to make artworks more accessible to blind and visually impaired people, by producing three-dimensional print-outs of well known paintings such as the Mona Lisa, thus allowing these works to be appreciated through touch and feel.
A great idea, and I think many people, whether visually impaired or not, will stand to gain from being able to appreciate 3-D representations of familiar artworks.
When it comes to visiting places away from home, what’s your style? Are you more the tourist, wandering along the well beaten path, or the traveller who takes the road less travelled?
Personal circumstances, and the purpose of the trip, probably determines which it is to be, and while no one can really what’s right or wrong, everyone should try the traveller option at least once during their life.
Whenever I board a train or bus during the morning or evening peak commute, I can’t help but be fascinated by the way just about everyone in my view has their head down, tapping ceaselessly on their smartphone. It leads me to wonder how commuters of decades past must have whiled away the journey to, or from, work.
This isn’t some joke. They’ve made a film, called 100 Years, which is being placed in a special time-locked safe that won’t open again until November 18, 2115. Why? Well, because it’s promotion for Louis XIII Cognac, an ultra-luxury liquor that is aged 100 years. Bottles currently on shelves were made in 1915 so they decided a piece of art that speaks to their commitment to quality was something worth doing.
If you don’t possess a time machine take solace in the fact that one of your descendants may be among the lucky one thousand people to sent – somehow – a ticket for the screening in a century’s time.
I was going along Crown street, in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills the other week, when I noticed that the only DVD hire shop that I was aware of in the area, was having a closing down sale. Another one bites the dust, sadly.
The odds are pretty much stacked against movie rental shops now, but I started wondering how long its stakeholders had spent trying to avert the store’s closure before finally deciding to cease trading. I suspect it would have been an uphill battle though, if the experience of former Portland DVD/video shop worker Dennis Perkins, is anything to go by:
I started a weekly blog/newsletter for the store. I intended it to be a place for customers and staff to continue the ongoing movie conversation through movie reviews, debates, and think pieces about the store and movies in general. In theory it was, apart from being a chance for me to exercise my brain and writing skills, a way to bind customers to the store by giving them a sense of ownership in the place. In practice, as the customers drifted away, it became more like a running, increasingly desperate 10-year argument as to why our video store deserved to exist, written by me.
Los Angeles based artist j.frede trawls flea markets looking for old photos, typically of landscapes featuring hills or mountains, and later matches up the disparate images to produce what appears to be a single panorama, based on the ridges of the hills and mountains, that form a collection he has titled The Fiction Landscapes.
The Croatian city of Zadar is home to a sea organ, an experimental musical instrument, made up of polyethylene tubes and a resonating cavity, whose sounds are generated through the motion of the coastal waters that it is situated above.