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‘In praise of a big-brained Paul’..(+ op-ed..)

It has been a long time since anything happened to make us think fears for the future of free-to-air TV were misplaced. Then: Judy Bailey. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to have felt a frisson at … Continue reading

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‘Tesla’s New ‘Ludicrous Mode’ Makes the Model S a Supercar’.. 

‘Ludicrous Mode’ will send the Model S from 0 to 60 mph in a supercar-quick 2.8 seconds. Insane is now quotidian. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced today that the all-electric Model S sedan now comes with ‘Ludicrous Mode’ which … Continue reading

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‘Lena Dunham launches feminist e-newsletter called ‘Lenny’ for fellow-millenials’.. 

She’s already dished out more advice than Dear Deidre but Lena Dunham seems to think that she has plenty more pearls of wisdom to dispatch. It was announced this week that the actress and writer – together with Girls’ executive … Continue reading

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‘Warhammer – a beginner’s guide to the legendary battle game’.. 

It’s brought chaos to kitchen tables for over 30 years. With new update Age of Sigmar on the way – here’s what you need to know about the fantasy wargame. If you’re remotely interested in strategy gaming you’ve probably heard … Continue reading

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‘The short life and mysterious death of Bobby Fuller – rock’n’roll king of Texas’.. 

If the I Fought the Law singer hadn’t died in strange circumstances just as his band was taking off – he might have altered the history of pop as we know it. Imagine that the British Invasion of the US … Continue reading

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‘The end of capitalism has begun’.. 

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology – new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear but … Continue reading

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‘What went wrong at Reddit?’..

Sarah Jeong reports on the bizarre and public wrangling over Reddit, whose free-for-all atmosphere blew up just in time to singe new investors expecting rapid growth. A labor problem, hidden in free speech posturing… To outsiders, it looks like a … Continue reading

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‘Watch Stewart Brand’s 6-Part Series How Buildings Learn’.. 

In 1995 Stewart Brand – founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (described by Steve Jobs as ‘Google in paperback form 35 years before Google came along’ wrote a book about how buildings adapt to the changing world around them called … Continue reading

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‘First Phone by Amp-Maker Marshall Is Made for Music Junkies’.. 

The phone has a few features that could show up in future iterations of the iPhone and Galaxy. Marshall’s first foray into the smartphone world won’t have Apple and Samsung sweating their stake in the market. But the guitar-amp company’s … Continue reading

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‘Tame Impala: Currents review – takes psychedelic music into unknown territory’.. 

The Australian musical polymath Kevin Parker is back with a luscious new album that looks back – even as it moves psychedelic rock forward. In a few weeks’ time the book Psychedelia and Other Colours is due to be published. … Continue reading

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‘Britain’s first ‘energy positive’ house opens in Wales’.. 

Powered by the sun – this low cost three-bedroom house is the first in the country to produce and sell more energy than it uses. Britain’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house – which can generate more electricity than its … Continue reading

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‘Dave Grohl is a back-aching – coffee-guzzling – minivan-driving classic rocker’..

The fact that the Foo Fighters hit the rock-and-roll lottery in time to preside over the waning of the genre as the country’s dominant commercial music form gives a certain poignancy to their discussion of what rock should be. Grohl … Continue reading

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‘The Missing History of Ravensbrück – The Nazi Concentration Camp for Women’..

The story of the Nazis’ only concentration camp for women has long been obscured—partly by chance but also by historians’ apathy towards women’s history. Sarah Helm writes about the camp – where the ‘cream of Europe’s women’ were interned alongside … Continue reading

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‘Stop Everything: You Might Actually Want a New iPod Touch’.. 

Surprise! The iPod Touch is getting a compelling refresh. It’s easy enough to picture a customer then or rather a combination of customers who want one or more of the following: A smaller iOS device that’s less cumbersome to use … Continue reading

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‘Go Set a Watchman: panel review’.. 

The release of Harper Lee’s follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird has been the literary event of the year. A day after it hit shelves we asked four cultural critics to give their verdict on the book that has been … Continue reading

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‘Fabio: confessions of the original male supermodel’.. 

Before Zoolander – David Gandy and Insta-fame there was only one male model worth knowing: Fabio Lanzoni – a man with flowing blond locks and a jaw as square as a packet of ham. Now 56 he talks about setting … Continue reading

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‘Indie magazine sales are proving print is not dead’..

So at a time when the internet was supposed to kill off publishing why are independent magazines flourishing? ‘One reason is that it’s really easy to publish your own magazine now’ Jamieson says. ‘If you have the idea then there … Continue reading

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‘After ‘Year of Pot,’ Cannabis Industry Is Worth Serious Cash’..

A look at the latest in potrepreneurship. (cont..) Source: After ‘Year of Pot,’ Cannabis Industry Is Worth Serious Cash | Alternet

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‘The unseen Charles Dickens: read the excoriating essay on Victorian poverty that no-one knew he had written’.. 

As The Independent revealed on Monday a bound collection of the 19th century magazine ‘All the Year Round’ annotated by its editor Charles Dickens has yielded the names of the articles’ anonymous authors; among them Lewis Carrol – Elizabeth Gaskell … Continue reading

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‘Arianna Huffington’s Improbable Insatiable Content Machine’.. 

She did more than anyone else to invent the Internet news business. After a decade – despite setbacks – she is still setting the pace. To work at The Huffington Post is to run a race without a finish line … Continue reading

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‘Are You a Deadhead?’.. 

A great time to revisit with the final Grateful Dead concerts just wrapping up. Cameron ponders this question and more in an extensive interview with the Grateful Dead for Creem magazine. This January 1974 story gives a nice back history … Continue reading

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‘Prices of Vices: How Much Will $20 U.S. Dollars Buy You Across the World – In Drugs?’.. 

the wide disparity of drug prices across the countries surveyed. (cont..) Source: Prices of Vices: How Much Will $20 U.S. Dollars Buy You Across the World, In Drugs? | Alternet

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‘How ‘The Cosby Show’ Duped America: The Sitcom That Enabled Our Ugliest Reagan-Era Fantasies’.. 

In Cosby Americans mourn the loss of an innocent part of their youths. But there’s a problem with that nostalgia. (cont..) Source: How “The Cosby Show” Duped America: The Sitcom That Enabled Our Ugliest Reagan-Era Fantasies | Alternet

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‘The 20 photographs of the week.. 

The 20 photographs of the week: The 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre – the austerity crisis in Greece – the Tour de France – the best photography in news culture and sport from around the world this week. (cont..) … Continue reading

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‘Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei’.. 

Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life. the basics of the Chinese art of wu-wei – an integral component of Taosim. Through tales filled with wit and … Continue reading

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‘A comic about what happens when a magical girl team disbands’.. 

What’s a team of cosmic high school superheroines supposed to do after they defeat the villain – go back to their normal lives and start growing apart? (cont..) Source: A comic about what happens when a magical girl team disbands … Continue reading

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‘Gorgeous Taschen book: Art of Burning Man’.. 

  NK Guy writes ‘I’ve spent the past 16 years photographing the spectacular art of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. And this book is the culmination of those years – 65,000 photos boiled down to a … Continue reading

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‘Best drone aerial photos of the year’.. 

Dronestagram and National Geographic posted the winners of their 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest. (cont..) Source: Best drone aerial photos of the year – Boing Boing

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‘Amazing photos of jazz legends’.. 

 a fantastic collection of jazz photos from the archives of Metronome, an influential music magazine that published from 1881 to 1961. Miles Davis in his autobiography said that two of the editors were the only ‘white music critics in New … Continue reading

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‘Apple Watch: Sales of much-vaunted gadget fall by 90 per cent in the US – study finds’.. 

It is the technology giant that gave us the iPhone and iPod – but some dared claim the world might not be ready for its latest supposedly ‘must-have’ gadget: the Apple Watch. Analysis by the research company Slice Intelligence suggested … Continue reading

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‘Archie cartoon characters reborn as hip millennials’.. 

If it weren’t for the flaming red hair and toothy grin – you might not recognise the new Archie Andrews. The 75-year-old comic book character has undergone a major makeover and his new hipster look debuted this week at the … Continue reading

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‘Blacklisted : the secret war between big business and union activists’ – book review.. 

Book highlights toxic allegations of covert police involvement in the blacklisting of trade unionists. Behind closed doors large firms compiled a clandestine list of workers whom they believed were “trouble-makers” of some sort. Trade unionists were denied jobs if their … Continue reading

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‘Our Favorite Films Music and TV of 2015 (So Far)’.. 

It’s been a busy six months but it’s time to recognize some of the shows movies and albums that have made a big impression on us. 2015 up until now has been a wealth of notable music – film and … Continue reading

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‘Cult heroes: Lou Christie has been a trucker – a roughneck – a carnie – and a maker of sublime pop’.. 

His musical career has spanned everything from girl group classics to state-of-America concept albums-  so why isn’t Lou Christie better known? Christie was one of the few acts in the 60s who genuinely confused people – Was he serious? Was … Continue reading

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‘Breast screening does not reduce cancer deaths – international study warns’.. 

Researchers study original Swedish trial data – which provided evidence for UK’s and other screening programmes – and claim benefits were vastly overestimated. Internationally renowned cancer experts have cast fresh doubt on the benefits of breast cancer screening programmes – … Continue reading

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‘People who look younger really are ageing slower – study shows’..  (+op-ed..)

NZ study discovers how to track who will stay looking young – and who will appear old before their time. Some lucky people look young for their age while others appear old before their time; now researchers from Dunedin can … Continue reading

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‘Greenwald: What Portugal Can Teach Us About Decriminalizing Drugs’..

None of the scenarios touted by opponents—rampant increases in drug use by the young; Lisbon becoming a ‘drug tourist’ haven—has occurred. On July 1 2001 a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs including cocaine and heroin. … Continue reading

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‘John Oliver Goes into Overdrive: Watch Him Tackle 15 Topics in One Minute Flat’.. 

Forget structure. This week’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ tackled conspiracy theories – bagels – Al Roker – orgies and more! (cont..) (ed:..this is like an espresso-shot of oliver – quite satisfying – but over fast..) Source: John Oliver Goes into Overdrive: … Continue reading

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‘Presidential Candidates Get Graded on Marijuana: Guess Who Passed and Who Failed?’.. (+ op-ed..)

Here are the positions of all the candidates on pot policy. (cont..) (ed:.i am sure a polling of our political ‘leaders’ would be in the main as depressing as the absolute drivel/twisted-logic spouted by these american politicians.. oh..!..and chris christie … Continue reading

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‘World Bodypainting festival 2015 – in pictures’..

The 18th edition of the World Bodypainting Festival saw more than 45 nations competing. The event took place between 3 and 5 July in Pörtschach am Wörthersee – Austria. (cont..) Source: World Bodypainting festival 2015 – in pictures | World … Continue reading

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