Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Kill me now - the clothes!!!

My gosh I have a lot of feelings about this show. Inspired by the experience and book of the same name by Sophia MarloweGirlboss depicts the early development of the Nasty Gal online store and the start of Sophia's girlboss philosophy.

The writing is great, pacing strong, dialogue glorious and the relationship between Sophia and Annie is beautiful, but - and there is always a but - Sophia is a dick. I used to have a friend like that. We are no longer friends for a reason. The sense of fucking privilege is just ridiculous. This is a chick who travels cross country and demands that a buyer give her back the first jacket she sold cause she thinks selling it was bad luck. She expects her friend to dedicate all her free time to helping her business, but when said friend asks to be paid for her work, loses her shit. She is utterly consumed with what other people and circumstances can offer her, with no thought to what she has to offer them (or if they want it). Sophia is not only tonedeaf to the world around her, she's mean. But in between the complete self-absorption are bouts of awareness and surprising sensitivity, enough to keep you invested and enough to feel for her when the inevitable wheels come off. She's a terrible businesswoman and the fact that the real Sophia managed to create an empire is genuinely surprising. That the business went into bankruptcy is not.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Top Picks for Gold Coast Film Festival

Get your year in gear and down to the Gold Coast for 10 days of film, ideas and story at the Gold Coast Film Festival. It's such an honour to work with GCFF in 2017, and I'm ridiculously excited to share my top picks for this years festival.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Hadron Collider Exhibit (Queensland Museum)
Image courtesy of The Day
If you’ve ever read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown or watched The Big Bang Theory you’ve probably heard mention of a small* project called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and a small** theory about the Higgs boson.
The Large Hadron Collider is the largest scientific experiment in the world and is the creation of the largest scientific collaboration in the world – aka CERN aka European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The British Science Museum has been touring an exhibition that explores the LHC and CERN through the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Combining theatre, displays, interviews and technology, it’s a really interesting walk through one of the most challenging concepts in physics and the most challenging devices I’ve ever seen.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Birthday musings and end of year thunkings

cause I couldn't not share this
Today is my birthday.
And each birthday I take a moment to reflects on what I've leant that year (yep, it's one of those posts).

That my birthday is also the eve of a new year adds a level of gravitas to the proceeding, while also being a handy marker of time. Some years they are small lessons, with gentle instruction or subtle meaning. Other years, it's a punch in the nuts.

2016 was a punch in the nuts year. After the big year that was 2015, to have another year of big, well, let's just say, I'm looking forward to a year of dull in 2017. If the past two years were a novel, the editor would have told me to cut the number of plot points because damn. Yeah, big. The past few years have been pretty full on, both professionally and personally, but it wasn't all bad. There's been a lot of good this year too. Just big.

So as 2016 comes to a close, and I celebrate another year of existence, here's what I have taken away from the year that was and will take into the year that will be.

    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Aurealis #96

    Over the past two and a half years I've been fortunate to be a book reviewer for Australia's SF literary Aurealis. It's a great gig, allowing me to 1. read, 2. write, 3. publish and 4. work with some awesome editors. Aurealis is filled to the brim with fantastic (and fantastical!) content - editorials, opinion pieces, new fiction, illustrations, and book reviews.

    This year's final edition of Aurealis (#96) is available now for free from Smashwords. Just click on the hyperlink and enter the code LP55Y (not case sensitive).
    Included in this issue is reviewer's picks for the year, that might inspire your Christmas shopping list!!

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Friday Fix

    It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

    The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly (Pan MacMillan)
    Matthew Reilly has been a big part of the Lindorff library for years. From Ice Station to the more recent The Great Zoo of China, Reilly's books are a fast-paced run at history, mythology, politics, and action, and they are a lot of fun to read. More than that, they were the antidote for a very reluctant reader and a healthy discussion point for a family with very diverse interests. Mixing puzzles with explosions, character with technology, Reilly's books are a shock of adrenaline in words.

    The Four Legendary Kingdoms is Reilly's latest release, book four of the Jack West Jr series. Kidnapped and forced to participate in the very secret Great Games, West finds himself at the centre of an international and intergalactic conspiracy to save the world and learn all the things (that will make much more sense when you read it!!).

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Lady Parts Episode 2.03: The Girl on The Train

    A trailer has the capacity to make or break a film. A good trailer entices, it draws you in and makes you want to know more. All trailers are designed to speak to a target market, so are designed around specific emotions and themes.
    Ghostbusters is a really interesting example. Already controversial in its conception (holy shit, female Ghostbusters?! Are you mad?! #childhoodruined) the trailer had a lot of work to do. It needed to appeal to a new audience, an old audience, and a skeptical audience - a tricky balance of nostalgia, action, and comedy.