Missed your favourite band play live? You could try the Music Vault

Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

If you can’t get to the gig, it could be the gig can come to you… the Music Vault contains more than thirteen thousand video clips of live performances, including concerts in their entirety. So, where to start?

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All work and no play makes you far worse than just dull

Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

A degree of playfulness, as opposed to playing the fool, and we are talking about in adults here by the way, is far from a bad thing, in fact being possessed of a… spirited nature may have health and well being benefits.

What Proyer and the other researchers who have recently moved to fill that gap are discovering is that playfulness, as a personality trait, is not only complex but consequential. People who exhibit high levels of playfulness – those who are predisposed to being spontaneous, outgoing, creative, fun-loving, and lighthearted – appear to be better at coping with stress, more likely to report leading active lifestyles, and more likely to succeed academically. According to a group of researchers at Pennsylvania State University, playfulness makes both men and women more attractive to the opposite sex.

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The mixed media artworks of Liz Brizzi

Monday, 28 July, 2014

Artwork by Liz Brizzi

Los Angeles based artist Liz Brizzi creates a captivating range of mixed media works.

Via Design is Kinky.

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Have hipsters and the cashless society put paid to pick pockets?

Monday, 28 July, 2014

Pickpockets may soon be a thing of the past, as changes in fashion, that sees men wearing tighter fitting trousers, and a reduced reliance on cash, that results in people carrying less money generally, says Wilfred Rose, a former New York City wallet lifter, who spent the best part of forty years pilfering the pockets of its residents.

Then there was the time, he claims, that he decided to show off after spotting an off-duty sergeant, a renowned chaser of pickpockets, on his way to Yankee Stadium. Mr. Rose sidled up to him in the crowded train, plucked a roll of $300 from the man’s pocket and slipped $30 or $35 of his own money, in smaller denominations, into the sergeant’s pants. When the sergeant recognized Mr. Rose one stop later, he patted his pocket, reassured to feel money there. (In an interview, the sergeant, now retired, denied ever being bested by Mr. Rose.) But that was a long time ago. These are lean years for pickpockets. People carry more credit cards and less cash; men wear suits less, and tightfitting pants more. The young thieves of today have turned to high-tech methods, like skimming A.T.M.s.

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The list of the greatest blog posts ever isn’t the greatest quite yet

Monday, 28 July, 2014

It’s still a small list – six items at the time of my writing this – and I expect it takes time to ascertain what should feature, the greatest blog posts ever.

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After hot desking is finished with, we’re going to chill in the lounge

Monday, 28 July, 2014

Offices, even those in corporate workplaces, are set to become more like lounge rooms, where workers can sit on sofas with their laptops, while they work, as the hot desking concept, that sees employees share desks rather rather than have their own, evolves further…

Instead of hot-desking it becomes simply a “hot” environment, or “living room” environment is a term that a lot of people now use, where you can choose your own way of working and are not locked to a desk any more. You see more and more very informal spaces that are full of couches and soft furniture where people work a full day because they are used to lounging and lying around when they work with their computers.

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Auto Aerobics, they’re cars, but not cars as we know them

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Image by Chris LaBrooy

They’re actually 3D graphics, but these images – created by British designer and artist Chris LaBrooy – easily look as if they could be experimental vehicles of some sort.

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These toys appear to be perfect working order, or so say their x-rays

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Sydney based photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick casts toys in a new light through his collection of x-ray images of mechanical and motorised playthings.

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The Wikipedia writer whose said to pen ten thousand articles a day

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Sverker Johansson, a Swedish physicist versed in economics, linguistics, and civil engineering, is also a prolific writer, who has penned well over two million articles for Wikipedia, and it is said that on a good day he can publish ten thousand pieces.

An incredible feat I imagine, even if he has a little help from a bot, an algorithm powered application that does much of his drafting, and the likes of which will probably take over disassociated one day…

His contribution to Wikipedia’s knowledge database of 30 million articles in 287 languages makes up 8.5 per cent of all the content on the site. His claims to authorship are contested however, as they were created by a computer generated software algorithm, otherwise known as a bot Johansson has named his Lsjbot.

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Yes, we have different blood types, but why?

Friday, 25 July, 2014

People have different blood types. That much we all know. What’s not so certain is exactly why there are varied types of blood in the first place:

Being type A is not a legacy of my proto-farmer ancestors, in other words. It’s a legacy of my monkey-like ancestors. Surely, if my blood type has endured for millions of years, it must be providing me with some obvious biological benefit. Otherwise, why do my blood cells bother building such complicated molecular structures?

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