Cool Stuff Sunday

Further to last week’s NatGeo list, take a gander at AWOL’s top 15 places to visit in 2017 and get booking!

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Some absolutely beautiful photos from the opening day of Disneyland in 1955 over at Buzzfeed! (omg can we just take a moment for the PERFECT Debbie Reynolds tho?! *crying*)

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The session made it clear just how much of a marathon the filmmaking process is, especially at the high end. Seven months of negotiating with Universal. Half a year waiting for Winslet. Two years of convincing a private investor to pony up part of the $2 million gap, to go along with the negotiations for facilities deals and producer contribution that made up the rest of it. Five years to get rights. A year of waiting because Winslet got pregnant, which added two million to the budget and forced Maslin to have to rejig the financing (money doesn’t wait around). Seven years to get from option to screen.

The Dressmaker is one of my favourite films from 2015, and recently, producer Sarah Maslin broke down the details for financing the project. Some great insights into the depths she researched and planned for, and some actual numbers for all you budding filmmakers out there.

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Instead of an interjection of “I’m not racist, but…”, or “I have Asian friends and they make jokes like this all the time”, perhaps the next phrase to come out of your mouth should be, “tell me more about this, I’m listening”. We all have much to learn from one another, and it can be difficult to make progress when all you can hear is a cacophony of voices, shouting over each other, and unwilling to make compromises.

My pal, Yen-Rong Wong is an amazing human, and also wrote this excellent piece for Catalogue on Australia’s rampant casual racism.

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The Australian Romance Readers Association recently collated responses from their annual readers survey which has delivered some super interesting results in terms of genres and ages of the romance reading demographic. You can read the findings, and a link to the full list of results at the link above.

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Since being diagnosed with PCOS two years ago, I’ve been trying to figure out how to manage my symptoms without resorting to the Pill, and having decided not to approach with hormonal supplements, I’ve been at a loss as to how to go about finding the right alternative. Today, a friend posted a link to this excellent piece over at MindBodyGreen on natural things you can do right now to manage symptoms of PCOS. Generally speaking I’m not the world’s biggest natural medicine advocate, but Mum’s a naturopath so I’ve always been surrounded by it, and I’m so thrilled to have found a place that’s encouraging PCOS-ers to approach it with natural solutions.

Cool Stuff Sunday

Normally I get a bit huffy seeing articles about travelling as a single female, but there are quite a few places in this AWOL list that I’m keen to head to, so thought I’d share for the babes flying solo ❤

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It’s been a bit of a rough week this week after Lionel Shriver opened Brisbane Writer’s Festival with a divisive address on identity, cultural appropriation and the right to write last Thursday. There was a lot of hurt caused, and words exchanged, and a ‘right of reply’ pop-up session held at the festival. So it’s been intense. This article on Medium written by Ana Thomas is an incredible exploration of cultural appropriation in the fashion industry, but the points carry over to general life.

That blind entitlement is the foundation in which a person’s defense can begin to grow and also find a distorted justification, when confronted. Oftentimes when someone is called out for appropriation by the community from which they’re stealing — they take offense and go on the defense. Responding aggressively or decidedly taking an uninvolved stance through passive language.

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So apparently scientists have been researching fertilisation and KABLAMMO we may be able to fertilise pseudo-embryos if this experiment on mice is anything to go by… ~weird science~

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I can’t say I’m the world’s biggest South Park fan. I’ve seen a handful of episodes over the years and–for the most part–enjoyed them. But I’ve never been swayed enough to sit down purposefully and watch it, unless you count those times when my mother watched it religiously every week (100% not a lie). Anyway. There’s a really great oral history of South Park making the rounds on The Hollywood Reporter, and I read it gleefully. So you probs should too.

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We are nearing the close of Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over for another year! Yesterday I had the chance to interview the bloody marvellous Kirsty Eagar, who’s written probably my fave New Adult romance of 2016, Summer Skin. Set in Brisbane at The University of Queensland, Kirsty’s written a sexy, fun novel that takes a look at hookup culture, and the perverse ways social media dictates out interactions. Clementine Ford called it “the feminist love story girls have been waiting for” so you know it’s gonna be a fab read. Anyway, two feminist water babies talking romance? Yeah, I had a pretty excellent time at our session. Today I wanted to spruik Kirsty and her works (Summer Skin is her fourth novel), because she is awesome and you should definitely be reading her books. The end.

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Wanna see some awesome historical photographs taken in Paris? Head over to The Local and feast your eyes on these 15 magnificent images. I am completely in love with the bizarre leg heater (number 10), and why would you not do swimming training in a pool (7)?

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Continuing my Hamobsession, I am eagerly awaiting The Hamilton Mixtape (as are many!). To get you pumped up for its release, take a quick look behind the scenes with Tariq Trotter in this interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

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I’m all about people being happy, feeling good and loving themselves. It’s sometimes such a tough gig, but it matters so much to be able to look in a mirror and feel more than apathy. Over at the Greatist, Susie Moore gives us 13 things to ditch for happiness. Gotta say that a lot of these are primo joy-inducers, so get on it, babes.

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Ever heard of Teleport? This berserk website (link goes to AWOL for instructions etc) takes your financial situation, your travel preferences, and ideal rental requirements to magic an algorithm into telling you the best cities in the whole world for you to live. My top 3 were Prague, Vienna and Berlin so apparently I’m off to Europe, but secretly I’m gunning for my fifth best match, Edinburgh 😀 Take a look at the site and tell me your Top 3 cities in the comments!

Cool Stuff Sunday

Because I love AWOL, I’m basically just going to link everything they ever do. BUT, for today only, I’ma just post one: 10 mistakes we ALL make when travelling (and how to avoid them).

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No explanation for the following needed:

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My friend posted this beautiful comic on happiness from The Oatmeal the other day, and I was so completely winded by its truth that I have to share with you.

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It’s three days until Donald Glover’s Atlanta premieres on our TV screens (idk where I’m gonna watch it or how but it’s GONNA HAPPEN). Anyway, he’s been doing some press in the lead-up, including this major piece for Vulture. Go read some goooooooood shit.

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The folks over at Film School Rejects have popped together a cool list of great soundtracks of “the summer”. I use quotation marks because we’ve just finished winter here is Australia, but I’ll let it slide I guess because THIS LIST IS SO GREAT. I’m very biased about the Swiss Army Man soundtrack because the two guys who wrote it are from one of my fave bands–Manchester Orchestra–and their excitement for the project is one of the reasons I was so bloody psyched to see the film (which I really, really enjoyed btw).

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I really needed this laugh today. Thank you everyone.

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Over at AWOL, Kate McCabe has put together an hilarious and hugely accurate list about the differences between long- and short-term travellers. Laughed so hard at the references to Excel, of which I am 100% guilty. I can’t say I agree about TripAdvisor though…

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As if I was capable of not dying over this news: DID YOU SONSABITCHES KNOW LESLIE ODOM JR (aka the OG Aaron Burr on Broadway’s Hamilton) WAS IN AN EPISODE OF GILMORE GIRLS? I didn’t because I hate GG, but I’ve been forced to watch it by friends who love it and I literally just watched the episode where he was Rory’s journo adversary and basically has he always been A. Burr or have I passed out and hallucinated too much I CAN’T BREEEEEEEEEATHE RIGHT NOW *dies*

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I really dig what the guys over at The Cusp do. Sometimes, I get a nice surprise by seeing my friend’s name in a byline. On Thursday night I clicked through to this awesome article on switching out items in different areas of your life when budgeting is a priority, and lo, there is my buddy and primo human, Lauren, sparkling as usual. Go and get some finance tips!

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Been obsessed with this powerhouse tune for a few weeks now after seeing Demi perform on Ellen. Dayum, man. Those pipes.