Cool Stuff Sunday: bumper edition

So for the first time in months, I haven’t posted for two Sundays in a row ūüė¶ I AM SORRY LOYAL HUMANS, I was very very not alive after a major work project/event and several uni deadlines happened in the space of ten days. My gift to you is a GIGANTIC edition of Cool Stuff Sunday today, so enjoy many ridiculous things that I’ve found over the last fortnight. You’re welcome.

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I am a very annoying, affectionate person. My friends both love and hate me if we haven’t seen each other in a while, because one of the ways I express emotional reactions is by touching another human being, i.e. I will hug them for a very long time and smoosh their beautiful faces. Anyway, Mental_Floss has put together some “rules” (i really don’t know why they’re calling them rules but ok M_F, you do you) about touch, and how important it¬†can be in alleviating some symptoms of depression.

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Speaking of it, a¬†new study has found that depression may actually originate–at least for some people–in our immune systems. Take a look at this article over at the Sydney Morning Herald for one of the most interesting reads on neuroscience this week.

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The TOM HANKS TAKEDOWN over on Buzzfeed was amazingly gripping for a roasting of one of my faves??? Charting the rise and fall of Hanx is pretty spectacular, and so insanely in-depth that I’m left wondering if, in fact, the author has done their entire PhD on him. (Nice one if so).

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It’s November so as is my body’s wont, I’m getting itchy feet again. I’ve seen some berserk travel deals in the last month, and finally investigated what the heck an error fare is thanks to my buddy Tofu Traveler, who has some excellent tips for getting your cheap on when planning your next trip.

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R U INTROVERT? Have some tips about doing life.

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Who loves Beyonce?¬†Me! Most of the time. If you do too, take a look at these mash-ups of Bey tunes with other excellent tunes. I’m particularly stoked with the Partition/Bitch Better Have My Money track, and the Halo/Fire Meet Gasoline¬†mash-up is scratching at my insides, but¬†basically these are all magnificent.

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Not part of the Beyhive?

Head over to the NME for a collection of Bowie’s isolated vocals on some of his most masterful pieces. What magic we have lost this year ūüė¶

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An important discussion on what we need to talk about with our children when we talk about consent and body autonomy. 

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Pete Souza, the man behind the lens over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency has shared some of his favourite ever photographs of the outgoing President (jesus that’s hard to write). Wonderful, funny, heartwarming and poignant. I’m gonna miss this guy.

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Am absolutely loving my rewatch of Sailor Moon currently, and stumbled across these 15 things you might not know about good old meatball head. GET IT TOGETHER, TUXEDO MASK!

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And to take us out, here’s a thing. I saw A Monster Calls earlier in the week, and it annihilated what was left of me after a pretty huge fortnight. It was an absolutely beautiful retelling of Patrick Ness’ work, but¬†make sure you take someone who’s going to hold your hand while you heave wracking sobs next to them.

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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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As a person who often suffers motion sickness when travelling (don’t put me on a bus longer than 20 minutes, seriously), this sciencey article on the reasons why it occurs¬†is truly awesome. And I mean the real kind of awesome where I’m a little bit terrified. Seriously, human biology is nuts.

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Cherie Currie played Rebel Rebel at her gig at The Triffid earlier this year and it was so emotional. But this one has absolutely killed me with feels: 1000 musicians paying tribute to David Bowie. Does it get better than this?

MY HEART.

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As we get older (my birthday is in just over a week, how does this keep happening) more and more of our friends and family experience illness and trauma. For those not going through it, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to say to someone you love who is dealing with something you can’t understand. If you’re in that boat, take a look at this near-perfect article over at The Cusp that will help clear things up a bit.

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The assumption that people who do things to express their identity are morally superior to people who buy things to express their identity obscures the fact that the experiences our culture celebrates require access to time, money and resources.

Neha Kale has written a fucking amazing piece over at Daily Life on the fetish of experience over material items. (Do yourself a favour and don’t read the article by the douchebag who makes $130k and refuses to buy anything other than ~experiences~. I yelled “fuck off” very loudly after reading two sentences. Don’t hurt yourself.)

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Spent a bunch of time this week belting out two of four of my final assessments for this semester, and discovered that Mr David Bowie’s discography is a fucking excellent way to distract your ears from the boredom/stress. (See, told you I’d do the Bowie Adventure in time!) Came across a particularly excellent playlist on YouTube, featuring a similarly excellent cover of¬†Friday on My Mind. It’s originally an EasyBeats track, which is bloody sad considering Stevie Wright died just two weeks before Bowie. 2016 has been a shocker for dead artists, so super done with it ūüė¶ In any case, enjoy this piece of musical magic and don’t be sad, friend ‚̧

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One of my fave¬†earthly beings¬†and all-round great human, Chuck Wendig, finally fucking listened to Hamilton. This email hit my inbox as I was a third of the way through a rotation of Hamilton so everything really lined up bigtime for me on the lovin’-it scale. I don’t need Chuck to tell you about Hamilton, because it is amazing and that’s the only opinion that matters, but what he says about the exclusivity of pop culture references, and the necessity for some art to be absorbed in a distraction-free zone, really hit home for me. And basically I just wanted to share the convergence of two brilliant things. So shuddup and go read.

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I’m a big fan of leggings (who the fuck isn’t?) and my dance instructor recently gifted our group with a link to¬†her secret supplier. She frequently wears insane leggings, like, just,¬†wild designs. And now we all can too, for a handy $75 (ehhhhh). However, I’m particularly obsessed with #CMYK, #DutchFloral, #StrawberryThief, and #FreeStyleScales¬†*hearteyes*

Review: My Bowie adventure – part I

Credit: exshoesme.comLike just about everyone on the planet, I was devastated by the news that David Bowie had passed away yesterday, just days after the release of his (now final) album Blackstar, and his 69th birthday. Three days ago, I had saved Blackstar in my Spotify app to review. While there were key Bowie songs I knew and loved, I had never heard an album in full, and I wanted to experience that magic that I knew touched everyone who listened to his music.

The first time I heard of David Bowie (that I can remember), I was a kid watching Rage with my Dad, back when he was newly divorced from my mum and lived in a bachelor pad. We shared his double bed in the corner of the lounge room and watched cartoons on Saturday mornings before he made cheese soldiers and switched to Rage to watch music videos. One day, in this one video, a weird guy with shaggy mullet hair was jumping and dancing about like a loon, and I loved the trumpets that opened the song. Though I can’t remember it specifically, I would bet a trillion dollars that Dad and I got up and danced around like Mick Jagger, because we still do shit like that 25¬†years later. Continue reading