The life of the late Jamie Livingston in daily polaroid photos

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Jamie Livingston was a New York based photographer and filmmaker, who died in 1997. During the last eighteen years of his life though, he a took a photo daily, with a polaroid camera.

Needless to say, these images record various ups and downs, including his wedding, and later, treatment for the brain tumour that eventually ended his life.

What’s also poignant are the stories people viewing his photos tell, with many making the comment a particular photo was taken on the day they, or a loved one, was born.

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Lena Macka, Lyon based illustrator and tattoo designer

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Illustration by Lena Macka

Lena Macka is an illustrator and designer of minimal tattoos, who is based in the French city of Lyon. She seems to work mainly in black and white, and shades of grey, but look through her illustrations, and you will some colour works.

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Jordan Debney, Wellington based illustrator, artist, and painter

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Artwork by Jordan Debney

Jordan Debney is an illustrator, artist, and painter, based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also a muralist, and an apparel designer. Be sure to check out more of his psyche-delicious work via his website, or on Instagram.

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How complacent are you? Possibly more than you believe

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

US economist and writer Tyler Cowen contends Americans are becoming ever more settled, and impervious to change. Are you one of them? Or, if you reside outside the US, are you likewise becoming complacent? Take the quiz, and find out.

To score any better than comfortable, which is one step better than a complacent rating, you need, I think, to follow the example of Jordan Peterson:

He’s been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labourer and railway line worker. He’s taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen, consulted for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an advisor to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, identified thousands of promising entrepreneurs on six different continents, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe.

In case you end up with the worst possible rating, complacent, Cowen offers a number of suggestions for helping to break out of the mould at the conclusion of the quiz.

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A scale model of an Airbus A310, by Martin Müller, in flight

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Now here’s a hobby, building large scale models of commercial airliners, which perfectly mimic the actual aircraft. That’s what Martin Müller does, and here’s one of his models, an Airbus A310, being put through its paces, indoors no less.

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Ko Byung Jun, Seoul based illustrator, painter, and fine artist

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Artwork by Ko Byung Jun

Ko Byung Jun is an illustrator, painter, and fine artist based in Seoul, South Korea. This work is from a collection of painting in his Stranger Series.

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Chuck Berry, he could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell

Monday, 20 March, 2017

US musician and guitar legend, Chuck Berry died over the weekend, aged 90. Here is a live rendition of Johnny B. Goode, recorded in 1958. His signature tune?

And he is, in 1987, live again, singing Nadine. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is performing with him. You may have to look twice, but you’ll eventually recognise Richards.

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Luke Reichle, Los Angeles based fine artist and costume designer

Monday, 20 March, 2017

Artwork by Luke Reichle

Luke Reichle is a Los Angeles based fine artist and costume designer. If you’ve seen TV shows such as Castle, Without a Trace, and CSI Miami, chances are you’ve seen his work.

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Tea and coffee, and why their brewing methods vary and differ

Monday, 20 March, 2017

Why are there so many ways to brew coffee, yet hardly any for tea? It’s not something I’d really thought about, especially when it comes to coffee. A different beverage, such as cappuccino, requires its own method, right?

Jesse Raub, writing for Serious Eats, decided to investigate. It gets a little scientific, but what he found makes for engrossing reading.

Coffee ground particles are porous; their structure looks a bit like that of a sponge, with little tunnels running through it. The soluble material that’s extracted is embedded throughout the walls of those little tunnels. In some ways, the extraction process sort of looks like the mine cart scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when the water starts chasing them through the tunnels. The bigger the coffee particle, the longer the mine cart tunnel system inside that coffee particle, and the more time it will take the water to travel through it, extracting solubles as it goes. If it helps to imagine tiny versions of Indy, Willie, and Short Round being chased by the brewing water inside the coffee particle, feel free.

Fascinating, or what. But here’s what often happens when you make a cup of tea:

Polyphenols comprise a grouping of different plant compounds, like flavanols (and specifically catechins), that contribute body and structure as well as the general blueprint for a tea’s flavor profile. They’re also responsible for a tea’s bitterness. Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, contribute texture and savory qualities, and essential oils produce aromas and more delicate, complex flavors. Polyphenols dissolve and are extracted fairly quickly, while amino acids take more time, but essential oils are the ringer here: They don’t actually dissolve into a tea, because oils aren’t soluble in liquid. We need enough time during the steeping process for the water to break down the cellular structure of the leaf. This is what allows the essential oils to be released into the brewed tea, where they’ll exist as an integral part of the tasting experience – even though they’re mostly just floating on the surface.

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Olly Howe, Cornwall based artist and illustrator

Monday, 20 March, 2017

illustration by Olly Howe

Olly Howe is an illustrator based in the English town of Cornwall, who uses pen, ink, paint, paper, and Photoshop, to craft his multi layered works.

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