Cool Stuff Sunday

Firstly, sorry for last week’s sad one-link post! I started collating my weekly finds and then conveniently just… didn’t. So anyway, enjoy this make-up post ❤

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I find prison an incredibly interesting environment from an outside perspective, and recently, Buzzfeed partnered with the Howard League for Penal Reform to publish inmate diaries from one day in September this year. Interesting to read just how boring it can be.

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Thinking of packing up shop and moving overseas? I know I am. Check out these handy tips over at The Cusp on doing it without fucking up!

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My cousin Mal recently took a trip back to Tanna Island to discover more about our ancestor, Tommy, and his trip from Tanna to Queensland back in the 1800s. He found some incredible things out, including the fact Tommy wasn’t blackbirded as we had long suspected, but in fact desperately wanted to get off the island. #themoreyouknow

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How is this even real? *cries*

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Okay so apparently there are people who can’t visualise things in their mind. These people are called aphantasiacs, and one of them has written this amazing insight into discovering he had it. Humans are so weird and I absolutely love it.

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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.

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The Hamilton Mixtape is gonna drop real soon, and I’m dying with anticipation, but in the meantime, I’m spending every available moment on Lin-Manuel’s soundcloud account. It’s an incredible insight into his writing process. One of the most mind-blowing tracks (aside from the haunting demo of Satisfied) is this early draft of My Shot, complete with extended HERCULES MULLIGANNNNNNN (soz had to) verse:

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Looking to travel somewhere there are fewer crowds or less tourists to combat in queues at beautiful landmarks? NatGeo have put out a great list of 10 places that need more travellers. A couple of spots out of left field, but Armenia looks pretty freaking lovely, and I’ve always wanted to see Nepal.

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Continuing with the travel thing, now that I’m itching to get on a plane again now, here are some practical tips to saving your hard-earned cash for your next trip, thanks to my pal Tofu Traveler. I really am going to have to say goodbye to Apple Music, aren’t I?

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Silverchair is one of the best bands to come out of Australia probably ever, and I was stoked to find Triple J have done a huge retrospective on the J Files podcast. Catch the episode–featuring a pretty in-depth chat between The Doctor and Daniel Johns, and the accompanying four-chapter breakdown. Epic.

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As a lifelong Potterhead, it’s been interesting to watch the growth and expansion of the Potterverse since part two of The Deathly Hallows was released. This wonderful piece over on Buzzfeed really gets to the heart of how strange it feels to not be excited by more of something I have loved since I was 11. (FYI, I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally want a TV series about the Hogwarts Founders, so if someone at Netflix can run with this, that’d be super.)

With the Harry Potter franchise, it’s not an issue of quantity — it’s one of quality. The community around Harry Potter is used to being overwhelmed by material. They were revolutionary in that field, innovating what it meant to be a fan in the age of the internet, and serving as a gateway to many of what we consider the major fandoms and pop-cultural phenomena of the past decade.

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And to round off the day, here is my pal Simon Groth with the only response to Dylan’s Nobel Prize I care about. Absolutely spot on. A+. Five stars. Etc.

Cool Stuff Sunday: bumper edition

So for the first time in months, I haven’t posted for two Sundays in a row 😦 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 😦

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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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Holy christ, I have like 8 days until all my final assessment is due and all I’ve been doing is reading this amazing #longread on Buzzfeed about the History of The Cool Girl. *hearteyes*

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Yooooooooooo, so Teyana Taylor (of Fade/amazing rig fame) is doing a new dance workout program called Fade2Fit, and yes I have already signed the fuck up. Details on the program are pretty sketchy at the moment, but I have unmanageably high hopes.

If you need a reminder of who Teyana is, or just want another glimpse of the kind of body actual real life humans can have (I’m still not convinced, it’s too good), check the clip for Fade below:

As one of my friends said “Thanks for reminding me of this video clip, now I have to go to confession again.”

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Last week, I was lucky enough to see one of my absolute favourite humans of all time, Glen Hansard, perform with his incredible band for his Didn’t He Ramble tour. Aside from being another feather in the ‘I Love You Glen’ cap, there was a buzz of joy pulsing through the room from the first second the musicians stepped on stage that I haven’t felt at a gig in a long time. Anyway, Glen is a fucking magical human being, and his interview on Radio National while he was here is worth a listen if you’ve any mind for musical genius.

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Girl in Pieces has been on my To Read list for a little while. Recently, the author penned a wonderful open letter about self-harm, both to self-harmers and those who love them. It’s pretty important, so go have a read.

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Ending today’s post on a slightly lighter note: cute AF bridesmaid dress mismatching!