The situation regarding Greece's economy is, to put it mildly, perilous. Given the phenomenon over recent years of crowdfunding, a well-meaning soul has decided to create his own Greek bailout fund.
We know through classic ad campaigns such as the one for Yakult that good and bad bacteria live all around and inside us. It's something which friend of Imperica Anna Dumitriu has spent much of her artistic career investigating, with works now on permanent exhibition at Cornwall's Eden Project.
Wow, holidays are GREAT! I went here, in case any of you care and want a top-quality airbnb recommendation. Now, though, the beach and the heat are but fading memories, and I'm once again confronted with the harsh reality of my glaring insignificance in the grand scheme of things, a reality only amplified at this time of year when once again I am unaccountably not on Marty's yacht in Southern France or backstage in Somerset.
Yes, that's right, it's late June which means that even fewer of you than usual will be failing to get to the end - or, let's be honest, even the beginning - of Web Curios, what with you variously being septum-deep in glassine bags of lignocaine and baby laxative in either Glastonbury or Cannes. To those of you who remain, though, I offer a salute and a tribute - the following rubbish is ALL FOR YOU! Huddle round, you few remaining wretches, and attach yourselves to my withered webdugs - SUCK THE SUSTENANCE FROM MY INFOTEATS!
This is Web Curios.
The Design Museum has announced its winners of the 2015 Designs of the Year, with a rather extraordinary piece of work scooping the ultimate prize.
New York-based street artist Katsu has launched Icarus One, an open source spraypainting drone, and given it a test spin by painting over a huge Calvin Klein poster ad featuring Kendall Jenner.
Glaswegian football club Partick Thistle has unveiled its main sponsor for the 2015/16 season, and with it, its new mascot, designed by Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley.
The recent court ruling in Germany that determined AdBlock Plus is legal is part of a long-running war of wits between advertisers and the established websites that use them and software developers who’d rather see an ad-free internet.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest film about robots or artificial intelligence (AI) trying to take over the world. It’s not a new conceit, with the likes of The Terminator, War Games and The Matrix coming before it, but perhaps it’s a theme that rings more resonantly with us these days as intelligent software becomes more widespread.
Perhaps this explains the nagging fears about the potential impact on humanity of artificial super-intelligences – such as Ultron in this film, an AI accidentally created by the Avengers. But what relation do the evil AIs of science fiction have with scientific reality? Could AI take over the world? How would it do so, and why would it bother?
Stuff may well have been happening this week, webmongs, but I get on a plane to go and visit the mothercountry in about 3 hours and so frankly I am about as inclined to comment on it as you are to read my eventual comment. So it goes, we'll save the pithy analysis for next time (or, perhaps, never).
So while I bash this top bit out with even less care and attention than I normally lavish on it (clue: literally none at all, even on a good day), let me simultaneously bid you adieu until 26 June, at which point I will return refreshed and renewed and probably all cheerful and stuff. As of the now, though, the newsletter is done, the 'comedy' out of office message is troubling my temporary paymasters' HR department, and I am OFF - make yourselves at home in my absence webmongs, mi casa es su casa...ignore the strange noises and the troubling smells, and don't, whatever you do, open that door...this is WEB CURIOS!
A report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reveals some very depressing statistics for what it calls the "digital and creative sector" in the UK: its proportion of black and ethnic minority workers is below the national average, and its proportion of women is way below the national average and getting worse.