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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Just another brick in the wall, the life cycle of a song

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

The average pop song goes through no fewer than fourteen phases from conception, right on through to the time it somehow ends up a karaoke favourite.

Shamelessness Phase: Take the album out again for a good listen, wonder why you don’t listen to it more often. You relive old memories of five years ago. When the album is over, you file the CD back into the closet and don’t touch it again for years, maybe a decade.

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Yo Leonardo, how many IG likes did the “Mona Lisa” collect?

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

Remix by Nastya Ptichek

Ukrainian designer and artist Nastya Ptichek superimposes Facebook and Instagram “like” symbols, or familiar computer error warnings, over well known works of art.

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The secret life, and work, of a dictionary’s lexicographer

Friday, 4 April, 2014

Working as a lexicographer might seem like the ideal role for a wordsmith, or writer. Make no mistake, it’s not an easy task, but the work has an aspect to it that I hadn’t quite anticipated

Most of the time, the definition is pretty easy to deduce from the context, but sometimes it’s not. The hardest words to define are the smallest: “but,” “as,” “be,” “go,” “run” – words like that. You can spend months on one of those words, and you get so deep into in that you begin to look a little Uncanny Valleyish by the end of it: real people encounter you, and while you can have a conversation, they are put off by your empty, dead eyes which only stare inward at the diminishing point that was once your humanity.

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