Cool Stuff Sunday

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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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!

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A friend of mine recently posted a link to Every Noise At Once, a weird and awesome algorithm based on the near-1500 genres of music found on Spotify. Click on a weird one and be thrilled by the sudden realisation that you enjoy Freakbeat. ….???

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Alain de Botton has published a new work called The Course of Love, a novel (!!) set in Scotland. Over at Daily Life, Alain has also penned a meditation on the reasons Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person. It’s super interesting and highlights some of the key reasons I think marriage is for idiots.

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I think Vines are inherently dumb (I am being so negative today, I’m sorry!). But they’re everywhere, and fill up my algorithm-y Facebook feed every single day. Occasionally I’ll spy one that makes me giggle, or howl, with laughter. Like this ball of adorableness which you HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY SEEN but idc I love this stupid video the end. You’re welcome.

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Adaptations are probably my most favourite thing in the world. They combine one cool thing with another, eg books with film or television, and music underneath. There’s probably nothing better to me than a truly wondrous adaptation (some greats that spring to mind are Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility and Life of Pi, Philip Martin’s Birdsong, and of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones–read the book and then tell me the first season isn’t infinitely better). There are a billion others worthy of love, and B&P have released a list of adaptations coming in 2016 to look out for. Yaaaaaassss.

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Grammarly is one of my fave grammar resources, and recently they posted a quick bit about the phrase ‘bad rap’, which is often confused (by me and a whole bunch of you) with ‘bad wrap’. Anyway, I was v excited for the clarification, so go and get learned.

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Speaking of raps, a video is doing the rounds on my FB after the #Brexit vote of British rapper/amazing human being Akala–whom you may remember from the TedX talk I posted recently about Shakespeare & hip hop. He appeared on Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy in 2015, and gave this incredible response to the question of racism in Britain.

You can find the full segment on YouTube.

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Lastly, on this cold but kinda nice Sunday, we need to talk about M.I.L.F.$ by Fergie. Here it is if you haven’t seen/heard it. Prepare yourself.

So. I mean. Like. Just. Dang. This is the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard or seen a video for but I straight up love it. I don’t know what it is. Babes being babes? Celebrating (albeit in the strangest way possible) motherhood and still being ridic hot? Chrissy Teigen (my kween) just being in it? Hugely styled everything? Terrible choreography? Spelling out every word in the second verse? Fergie’s comeback? I don’t even know but I am so ready for this ridiculous album to drop.

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I am beyond stoked about the impending television excellence that is Cleverman. Kicking off this Thursday at 9:30pm on ABC,  the promo has been in high gear for a couple of weeks after months of tease-y clips and updates. This afternoon I caught an article in The Guardian from Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen about the genesis of his Indigenous superhero, and my god, it damn near exploded my heart. Didn’t think I could look forward to this premiere any more than I already do. I was wrong.
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