Birmingham based designer and creative Jenny Green’s greentings project is a visual representation of well known, day to day, expressions. The trick, when you go the greentings Instagram page, is to guess what the image means before you click on it, to see the title. A fun idea, if ever there were one. See more of her work on Behance.
Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Friday, 9 September, 2016
How about Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen? I’ve had difficulty picking it up again since Sir Thomas returned from Antigua, and spoiled everyone’s fun.
Monday, 5 September, 2016
Being a human skateboard. That’s got to be a tough gig. Take a look, and see what I mean.
This is in fact an advert, dating from 2007 – that I’ve only seen for the first time now, I think – made by PES, a film production company that specialises in stop motion work.
Thursday, 18 August, 2016
What if planet Earth had become part of the Star Wars Galactic Empire? What would be the impact on our day to day lives? Would we be better off, or worse, that we are now?
And what about the arts? And music? How would being an actual part of the Star Wars universe, have influenced our favourite musicians? This is the way Superfi thinks it may have been…
Thursday, 11 August, 2016
Tabby’s Star, or KIC 8462852, to use its Kepler Input Catalog title, has been making headlines in recent months, on account of mysterious fluctuations in its brightness. Explanations have varied. Some astronomers think a swarm of comets orbit the star, dimming its light.
Others have suggested a Dyson Sphere, a large, artificial, structure that harnesses a star’s energy, may be present. Something that would point to the presence of extraterrestrial life. Further recent research into the star’s unusual behaviour, concludes that yes, the star is acting strangely, but still no reason is forthcoming.
Michael Byrne, writing for Motherboard, may have stumbled upon the answer, though. An alien intelligence is, you see, trying to extinguish the star:
Knowing that aliens are succeeding in quenching KIC 8462852 at a rate of approximately .34 percent per year, we have to ask why they are shutting down a primary energy source. The obvious answer is that they’ve realized that we Earthlings are on to them and are reentering this dimension via a sort of astroengineered “death star” portal-vessel to deal with the perceived threat (us!), but given that KIC 12557548’s distance from Earth is over 2,000 light-years, we have to ask how they would even know? How aliens determined that they were being observed by humans before humans even had telescopes or cars will without a doubt be the astrophysical mystery of the coming decades.
Remember, you heard it here first.
Tuesday, 9 August, 2016
Getting those likes on Instagram posts can be a challenge for many of us. But spare a thought for people living in the eighteenth century, trying to use the then version of the photo sharing and social networking service.
A picture of a meal someone was about to eat, for instance, first needed first to be painted. By a painter. Then servants would have to haul the finished work around the town and its environs, soliciting likes. How cumbersome.
Ok, so it’s actually an IKEA advert, but it’s still fun.
Friday, 29 July, 2016
In my final years at high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do for work, or a career. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever known, I just somehow ended up where I am now.
There’s a bit of strong language here, in case that might be an issue where ever you are.
Friday, 8 July, 2016
Should you stay in a cinema to watch the credit roll of a film all the way to the end, or not? Some people believe it is polite to do so, and see it as a way of acknowledging the work put in by everyone involved in its production.
Fair point. There’s also the chance you might be treated to an Easter egg, or a short post-credit roll scene from the movie, if you stay back.
Tuesday, 31 May, 2016
It’s one thing to lose your job, but to lose your job in a place you cannot possibly leave, is another matter all together. This is the predicament that an explorer of Mars – who was sent to the red planet on a one way, no return trip ever, sort of undertaking – finds himself in. Thus you have the premise for Fired on Mars, a short film by Nick Vokey and Nate Sherman.
Friday, 27 May, 2016
People don’t care how their food tastes, as long as it looks amazing when it is photographed, that’s “sight” for you, a recently opened restaurant in New York City, that specialises in the presentation of its dishes, especially for their Instagram loving diners. I’m unable to find the address though. Isn’t that strange?