New Zealand scientists have found a treatment for the fungal infection which has been wiping out populations of amphibians all over the world. Read all about it here on the BBC.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
I'd never heard of this witty New Zealand surrealist painter before I stumbled upon his I Dream of Fish Too, at Ferner Galleries. Other favourites of mine include 4 Cows and a Sheep, 3 White Coats and an Un-ion, and Another Day Closer to Death.
I really like the way his landscapes are both so recognisable and so altered.
I didn't know Sam Mahon was a painter as well as a sculptor, but the Christchurch City Art Galley has this amazing example, and this too. I'm sure his upcoming show at CoCA's Mair Gallery will be well worth seeing.
And kudos to the City Gallery for putting their permanent collection online. It's a great resource, and it's part of what public galleries are for.
I picked up this book partly because it was by the always-interesting Stephen Fry, but mostly because of its sublimely apposite title. Turns out Fry has a passion for writing formal poetry, and he thinks we should all give it a go; I haven't worked my way through the whole book yet (there are lots of funny exercises along the way), but he has convinced me that there might be something in it. It's a fascinating and addictive book for anyone interested in writing or better appreciating poetry.
Incidentally, Stephen Fry has a brilliant blog.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
After spending time in beta, Ponoko.com is open for business. It's a great concept: designers upload designs which are offered for sale; when a customer wants to buy an item, Ponoko cuts out the raw materials and sends them to the designer for assembly; the designer assembles the product and sends it to the customer. It's the kind of business that wouldn't work anywhere except the web.
I really liked this Scientific American article on food: "basic dietary principles are not in dispute: eat less; move more; eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and avoid too much junk food.". The article goes on to examine some of the complex issues in diet research, and the reasons why food fads so often make the headlines.
"New Zealand's fourth-most-popular folk-parody duo"!
To anyone who wasn't watching the Flight of the Conchords on Prime at 10pm Monday, make sure you watch next week! It's the best thing on telly since The Office. You can read some background here on Stuff, on BBC Radio 2 here (some music clips at the bottom of the page), or BBC Four here. And if that's not enough there's always YouTube.