Hallelujah Money, new music from British virtual act, the Gorillaz

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

The Gorillaz, being Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual band that was created in 1998, have released a new single, Hallelujah Money. It’s been six years since we last heard from them. What do you think?

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So yes, what exactly is GitHub?

Friday, 20 January, 2017

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service. Git was created in 2005 by Linus Torvalds, the Finnish software engineer behind the Linux operating system. That much makes sense. If GitHub still confuses you, as it does me, this short video may help you understand it.

It’s good. It explains GitHub. But what about the links to GitHub pages, that I’m sometimes sent? This is an example of what I mean. What’s the deal there?

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Hot Thoughts, oh yes, hot new music by Texas rockers, Spoon

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

You never know what to expect when you listen into the new release selections that digital music player Spotify offers, so it’s always satisfying to happen upon a gem.

Today I’m talking about Hot Thoughts, new music from Austin, Texas, based rock act Spoon. It’s also the title track of their new EP, which is due for release in March.

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The Trolley Problem, illustrated and animated

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

British philosopher Philippa Foot’s ethical dilemma, the Trolley Problem, presents us with quite the conundrum.

A runaway train threatens the lives of five people further along a rail line. For whatever reason, the five are unaware the train is approaching, or they’re unable to get themselves off the line.

You, however, could switch the train onto another line, sparing the five. However, a sole person is on this other line. Do you sacrifice one person for the sake of the five? Or not?

While the dilemma may seem like an academic exercise, it has real life ramifications. The advent of driver-less cars is a case in point. In an emergency situation, an autonomous vehicle may find itself needing to choose between the apparent lesser of two unpleasant outcomes.

I wonder what will happen there?

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Epoch, a journey of epic proportions through the solar system

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Dim the lights, turn up the volume, and go into full screen mode for Epoch, a journey to the far reaches of the solar system.

By Ash Thorp, whose video NONE I linked to last October, and San Francisco based Danish art director and motion designer, Chris Bjerre.

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The best film ending credit sequences of all time

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

Quite a few films feature a coda, or a scene, during or after the credit roll, that continues the story in someway, or perhaps features a blooper scene or two. In that regard, 1979’s Being There, that shows star Peter Sellers stumbling through one of his scenes, is a classic example.

CineFix takes a look at several dozen, and whittles the list down to what they think are the best five instances.

Might this start something though? An ending scene fad? Film directors trying to out do each other to make the best one? And looking further ahead, who knows, an Oscar for the best one each year?

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To become a happier, less angry person, embrace pessimism

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

Pessimism as a cure for anger? How does that work? If you can accept that optimism is a trigger for anger though, it makes sense. So hopeful are we that most things, if not everything, will go our way, we become upset when that doesn’t happen.

Your flight is delayed. The bus doesn’t turn up. You can’t book movie tickets because the cinema website is down. The supermarket has run out of something you needed. The list goes on.

In short though, we are usually so hopeful, so expectant, so optimistic, that when something doesn’t go according to plan, we can lose our temper.

While we can’t go expecting every endeavour to fail, no one would strive otherwise, allowing for the possibly of something going wrong might help us keep our cool.

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The sound of classical music composers collaborating

Monday, 16 January, 2017

The work of a veritable whose who of classical music composers including Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, and Chopin, feature on a mashup of classical compositions. Put together by California based YouTube video producer, and classical pianist, Grant Woolard.

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Tell me why I don’t like Mondays. Tell me why I hate Blue Mondays

Monday, 16 January, 2017

Welcome to the third Monday of January. The day most people who have been holidaying since Christmas, return to work. While the occasion tends to leave most of us feeling a little blue, it’s the millennials, those born after about the mid-nineties, who feel the pinch the most.

Michael Leiter, an organisational psychology professor at Deakin University, attributes this lack of motivation to the less than plum jobs that younger people usually hold. In contrast, only one in five workers aged in their sixties are reluctant to go back to the workplace.

It’s also the day that the few remaining New Year’s resolutions many of us still have in play go out the window, according to the Mirror. That’s news to me, as in my experience I found that to have already happened by the second business day of January.

So, welcome to Blue Monday. I hope today’s not too rough. At least it makes my decision to wade back in last Wednesday look sensible. As a consolation, let me offer you some music. Blue Monday, by New Order. What else? It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Play it loud, and play it long.

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Trailer for Live by Night, the new Ben Affleck feature

Friday, 13 January, 2017

Live by Night is a gangster flick set in 1920s Boston, directed by Ben Affleck. Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Brendan Gleeson, have leading roles. See the trailer here. Opens in Australian cinemas on 26 January. If the stars align, I’ll post a review.

Affleck is certainly someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Not only is he directing, he also wrote the screenplay, and has a starring role. I’d like to know what time management system he has going there.

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