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Life, death and what’s important

It’s interesting that the way we think about death at different times in our history is a useful expression of our broader cultural and social praxis. In visual art, in music, and even in family homes, up until the 20th … Continue reading

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Not so cashed up

In early May, 2015, news services reported that Denmark, one of those wacky Scandinavian countries that just seems to be obsessed with being progressive, would allow retailers to only offer card payment, and allow them to ban cash as a means of … Continue reading

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With Google Glass back in the labs, Sony’s SmartEyeglass is not so smart

By Hannah Francis from smh.com.au — According to the ANZ Oxford English Dictionary, “smart” means — variously — “clever”, “ingenious”, “quick to take advantage”, “stylish”, “fashionable”, and/or “prominent in society”. So we think it’s about time electronics manufacturers ditched the … Continue reading

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Falling for scams again…

Never wanted to What am I to do? Can’t help it. Scams. They’re everywhere. They tap into our emotions, our desires, our needs and our wants. The recent story of the Sydney grandmother who is facing the death penalty in … Continue reading

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WA bans Carmen because of smoking. Killing women for love still okay.

It is a strange state of affairs when a major state opera company refuses to program a piece because of its references to cigarettes, but doesn’t really acknowledge the fact that the opera (and many others) seems to support the idea … Continue reading

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Be afraid, be very afraid

So much of our buying behaviour is about insuring ourselves against a scary world and a frightening future. Continue reading

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Beware the confirmation bias

Working on the ABC Radio National program, Talking Shop, has reminded me how important it is to not just look for evidence that supports your position. Knowing that you are broadcasting to a diverse, highly intelligent, and sometimes strongly opinionated … Continue reading

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