Gustave H awaits your glowing review of the Grand Budapest Hotel

Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel lobby

The Grand Budapest Hotel, the same establishment featured in Wes Anderson’s most recent film, now has its own page on TripAdvisor. It’s already collected a number of glowing reviews, making it the top rated hotel in The Republic of Zubrowka:

When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl’s bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy – that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we’ll certainly go back!

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Surviving a night in the woods… what horror films can teach us

Friday, 18 July, 2014

Enough horror movies, set in cabins, in isolated forest areas, have been made by now for the rest of us to know the right and wrong things to do when partaking of such getaways ourselves. There’s over a dozen points you need to take into account, and even though there’s no guarantee of survival, at least you’ll know what to expect…

It doesn’t matter how many rooms the cabin has; tonight everyone’s sleeping together. Set up your sleeping bags or whatever in the cabin’s largest room, preferably in a circle allowing you all to face each other and past each other to all entrances to the room. The idea is to be able to see a threat coming from all directions simultaneously, while also keeping your fellow campers in sight.

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The camera never lies, this is what agency life is really like

Friday, 27 June, 2014

Photo by Derrick Lin

Ohio based brand strategist Derrick Lin’s camera seems to capture moments the eye misses… I somehow get the feeling that you’d see – were it possible of course – scenes such as these in many workplaces though, not just a digital agency.

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Even time travel doesn’t appear to be what it is made out to be…

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

You’d think people would be ecstatic if they had the opportunity to travel through time, but going by these online reviews of a time travel company, written by their customers, it seems the experience leaves much to be desired:

“I got back from my trip and my grandmother never existed. I was pretty upset. I went back to their offices and asked how come the split future thing didn’t happen, and who gave birth to my dad, and how was I still alive? They just shrugged and said ‘time is really complicated.’ Then they showed me my waiver again and handed me a pamphlet on the butterfly effect and another on paradoxes. Not amused. Apart from that it was pretty cool, but I think I’d only do it again if they did a Groupon.”

If anyone could put problems right though, surely it would be a time travel company?

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If you’re meant to be a writer the signals will soon begin arriving

Monday, 16 June, 2014

How does someone know that they will one day become a writer? They’ll eventually begin receiving… signals telling them that writing is to be their path in life. By the way, it should be said this sort of thing only happens to writers…

Throughout your life, there are signals telling you you are a writer. Unless you are not a writer. In which case, there are no signals whatever. At least not signals telling you you are a writer.

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What does your country win a world cup for?

Monday, 16 June, 2014

Newsflash, the FIFA World Cup is underway. If your country isn’t competing, or perhaps is not the red hot favourite if it is, you may be able to derive a little consolation from The World Cup of Everything Else, that ranks nations according to other criteria.

Most forests? Most water? Most airports? Highest elevation? Most McDonald’s restaurants per capita? Most internet users? Longest life expectancy? Your country is bound to the world cup holder in something…

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Earth’s designers now invite client feedback, for better or worse…

Tuesday, 10 June, 2014

As a product I always thought Earth was pretty good, but trying to please everyone was always going to be a big task, just ask the person who wrote the design brief for the planet, or more the point, the builder, or forces of the universe, that brought this rock we call home into existence:

Right now we’re only seeing two great lights in the sky… a greater one for day and a lesser one for night? Thinking that maybe we weren’t clear in the original briefing. Definitely need more than just two great lights. Need to make this a memorable, high-value experience for our users. Please revisit slides thirteen and fourteen in the deck. Shout with questions.

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Signs of the times to come

Friday, 30 May, 2014

Driverless car lane

Signs or notices advising us that over-sharing presents a risk, that certain vehicles are driverless, and that drones are in the vicinity, may become prevalent sooner then we imagine

Via MetaFilter.

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If “Star Wars” had been made by Quentin Tarantino

Thursday, 22 May, 2014

I can’t say I have a problem with the first three “Star Wars” films, as in episodes four, five, and six, but who knows, they might have been something else again had Quentin Tarantino helmed them, at least if this imagined trailer for “A New Hope” is anything to go by.

Maybe Tarantino could turn his talents to the prequel film series though, perhaps in the same way that US actor Topher Grace, who condensed episodes one through three into a single, 83 minute feature, did.

I get the feeling I ought to duck for cover now…

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Photos of the bizarre and the illegal by Olivia Locher

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014

Photo by Olivia Locher

We’ve probably all heard of a place where a seemingly bizarre law exists, something like “it is illegal to play a guitar after sunset on the day of a Blue Moon”, or some such. You’ll probably then never have had the chance to see these transgressions happening, because, you know, such activity is illegal.

New York City based photographer Olivia Locher is changing that though, and possibly putting her neck on the line at the same time, through her photo collection I Fought The Law, where she depicts such misdemeanours taking place.

You do have to wonder why some these of laws were ever enacted in the first instance though.

Via Visual News.

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