Things of note for the week ending Friday January 29th, 2016.
First off, apologies to those of you who wanted to read The London Escalator Experiment last week. Muggins forgot to link it. Well, in case you didn’t get around to JUST GOOGLING IT, you can find the article right here (and it’s still awesome reading).
Shall we crack on with the new stuff?
I like this.
“MAKING THINGS LOOK EFFORTLESS TAKES EFFORT”
As the website says:
“Itâ€™s easy to forget sometimes that social media is a collection of hand picked moments. What we see has usually gone through a few edits to look the way it does. It isnâ€™t always the full picture and it shouldnâ€™t be a benchmark we set for our own lives.
#NoFilterFeb is a challenge to detox your Instagram of all the filters that have become a default go to.
By dedicating a whole month to being filter free weâ€™re hoping to bring a bit of perspective back into news feeds and use it as a reminder that the world doesnâ€™t always need a touch up.”
There are a TON of reasons why this is an awesome idea.
Most of them stem from the whole OH MY GOD THIS FILTERED PERCEPTION OF LIFE THAT WE ALL PROJECT OUTWARDS IS A HUGE LIE AND IS CAUSING HUGE EXISTENTIAL CRISES OF DEPRESSION ALL AROUND US thing.
Y’know, this stuff:
Actual. Cultural. Impact.
This February, go properly no filter.
Oh and unlike dry January, this exercise might actually be good for you.
2. A FULL DAY OF MUSIC VOL. 3
It’s that time again.
Eight hours of fairly decent music compiled (by me and my mate Sarah) into a one hit Spotify playlist for all your aural needs.
3. THE F*** OFF FUND
This was doing the rounds a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to reading it last week. It’s painful reading. But – especially if you have children – print it off and save it somewhere.
4. CRY HAVOC
My friend (and some time film quiz enemy) Tiny Master sent me the PDF of issue one of the above comic book a couple of weeks ago and it’s pretty awesome.
So we’re clear: this is the book The Guardian called â€œa joy to readâ€, the Nerdist called â€œflawless,â€ and Alan Moore described as â€œan electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore unlike anything youâ€™ve ever seen â€“ best in show.â€
It’s about a lesbian werewolf who goes to war and to say much more about it would probably mean SPOILERS.
Looking for a new read? Go pick up CRY HAVOC.
It’s really, really quite good.
(and I’m hooked).
Side note: Tiny Master also called me an actual ‘cross-discipline connoisseur of culture’ (to be fair, it was followed by a ‘oh sod off’ but still) and that’s a WIN from me no matter what.
Read more about Cry Havoc over on its dedicated Tumblr page.
5. WORF EMAIL
A Twitter account set up for the sole purpose of sharing the entirely fictional emails from the Starship Enterprise’s Chief of Security?
OK. I AM IN.
Bonuses this week are as follows:
- Did you miss this interesting Whatsapp news? Big love to Gemma Milne for reminding me of it – Whatsapp as Facebook Messenger M? Oh, messaging is the future.
- ‘Twitter reveals insights from the best campaigns from 2015‘ – and by ‘best’, we mean ‘spent most money’.
- Why do whales explode?
Imma go hit my weekend now.