Category Archives: entertainment

Exercise = subway ticket

To promote exercise and the 2014 Olympics, a very special ticket machine has been installed at the Moscow subway station.

Instead of accepting money as payment, the high-tech ticket machine only accepted exercise. Riders could receive a free ticket by standing in front of the machine’s camera, and performing 30 squats. The idea is to get people active and amped for the games.

If you could do a little bit of exercise in exchange for a train ticket, would you?

Take the stairs!

On any normal day, due to complete laziness I would probably take the escalator. If you presented me with the opportunity to have ‘fun’ whilst climbing a set of stairs, I’d definitely consider it.

The Fun Project – Piano Staircase was an initiative of Volkswagen to see if by making the daily chore of climbing the stairs to be ‘fun’, would increase the number of people to actually use them. See the results here.

 

Yours in laziness,

Justine

Emerging local artists

The IMA: Institute of Modern Art is inviting artists who are 6 years out of art school, who have not yet exhibited at IMA and who were born or are living in Queensland to submit their portfolios to be considered for showcasing at the 2012 Fresh Cut exhibit at the IMA. All you need to do is submit your portfolio by 28 March via:
• email [robert@ima.org.au]
• post [IMA, PO Box 2176, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
• or drop it off at the IMA office [420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
Note: They will not be returned.

This annual exhibition has been running since 1997 and is a great platform for emerging artists to mingle and share their work and views.

Are you ready to put yourself out there? Hurry as you only have 7 days to enter!

Yours with Art Exhibitions,
Amber van Sloten

Matisse ‘Up Late’

Up late is back at GOMA with the current Matisse: Drawing Life exhibit, running from 20 January-2 March 2012 on Fridays 5.30-10pm.

With an exciting line-up planned….

This Friday 3 February 8.30pm Tyrone Noonan (AUS/USA) – originally from Brisbane :)
10 February Brous (AUS)
17 February Jason Lytle (USA)
24 February Halfway (AUS)
2 March Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (USA) – Tickets selling fast!!!

Catch up with friends for a drink and a bite to eat, check out the extensive Matisse exhibit, experience ‘The Drawing Room’ come to life and enjoy the sweet sounds of live acoustic music performances.

Want to read more on Matisse, check out Angie’s blog >

So yr dilemma is you’re spoilt for choice, Which night will you go? I’ve locked in this Friday, so might see you there!

Yours on the Brisbane Nightlife,
Amber van Sloten

The power of Apple iBooks

Imagine a classroom where all the books are located on the one device and reading them is a total interactive experience. We have come so far with technology in the last 10 years. Feeling a little old, I remember back to the days when I had to cart text books around, reading and then writing out notes on paper. At the time, I could never have imagined anything so different. The new Apple iBooks allows students to interact with what they are learning. Tapping into more of our senses, making learning, fun, interactive and most of all memorable.

Apple iBooks is also a great tool for writers, making laying out and publishing books incredibly easy with a very professional outcome.

I challenge you to view this video and not feel a little bit jealous of the experience we never got to experience in our school days.

Yours in exploring Apple iBooks.

Belinda

The Shared Experience of Absurdity

 

Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, “ghostbusters” running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. At TEDxBloomington he showed how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together and as I see it make people smile and laugh.

One of the many things I took away from his talk is how as kids we are encouraged to play and nothing is thought of it, but as adults we don’t play as much. I hope this shared experience will not only make you smile, but remind you to put some play into your life.

I also encourage you to check out the Improv Everywhere website. It has videos of all of their missions (as they are described) and all are worth a look. So sit back on this Friday and share a laugh.

Yours in sharing absurdity
Dawn

Lose your licence and you’re screwed

Recently I was researching design ideas on the internet for a project. As you can imagine seeing some awesome ideas from someone else can spark off an inspiration in you, which translates into an awesome concept for the project you work on. One of the things that is so great about the internet is that inspiration is so easily accessible and in global sense as well. You discover gems that you would probably never have seen.

So in my researching I came across this great campaign for the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in South Australia. The campaign is aimed at young drivers and just how ‘screwed’ they’d be, if they lost their licence.

 

mac campaign

 

I am inspired by the quirky humour in this advert. After all as a teenager I couldn’t think of anything worse then being embarrassed by your mum or any of the other situations the adverts play on (eg. trying to pick up girls on bikes, or making out in an expensive taxi). I for one had to laugh at the situations. Even the website is well executed in it’s humour, informing young drivers of the many other ways they’d be ‘screwed’, as well as what actions may cause them to get ‘screwed’. I also like the fact that this isn’t a shock tactics campaign and shows a new approach to target a particular audience. You can check out more about this campaign at www.mac.sa.gov.au/young_drivers/home.

What do you think of this campaign? If you were a young driver do you think you’d stop and take notice?

Yours in inspiring advertising
Dawn

 

Christmas Apple iPhone advertising

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5qcmCUsw4EQ

I love my iPhone 4 and couldn’t imagine life without it, but after watching this ad, I found myself thinking should I upgrade to the new iPhone 4S. That is the power of this soft sell ad from Apple. It doesn’t mention Siri or iPhone at all in the ad but yet the messages about the new features was so strong. Watch it yourself and let me know what you think.

Yours in soft selling

Belinda

Christmas Stress Relief

It’s called the silly season for a reason, right?

How many times have you been pushed out of the way at the shops this year for some other greedy person to get to the bargains (which you didn’t even want anyway!)?

Is all the stress of thinking about the family getting together on Christmas day causing you to bite your nails back to your knuckles?

If so, here is a nice little site that can bring some relief to you this silly season and make you smile again this Christmas!

www.youbetternotstress.com

Check out some of the ugly holiday sweaters and be glad you don’t have one!

Preview the best holiday movies for people who don’t like holiday movies!

And check out the best predictions for 2012!

It’s all in good fun… enjoy!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,

Paul.