Well that was a uniquely crap week, wasn't it? Except it wasn't actually unique at all, what with it simply being an extension of exactly what's been happening for much of 2015 and indeed before that too. I'm sure you're all nice people, you lot reading this, people who understand that it's not a question of logistics so much as it is a question of morals and responsibilities - you don't need some generic media wanker telling you what to do or think, so I shan't. 

Except to say that, on an unrelated note, I would really appreciate it if you could perhaps this weekend take a moment to do or say something nice to anyone you know who you think is a little bit sad or lost or alone - mainly because you never know whether if you don't you will find yourself regretting it five years down the line when they're dead. 

WOW, THAT WAS CHEERY! Sorry guys, don't know WHAT came over me there - the bonhomie will resume forthwith! Come now, follow the man in the red frock coat and the top hat as he pulls back the tarpaulin and ushers you inside the gaudily-striped big top for this week's exhibition of freaks and oddities and exhibitionists, and don't, whatever you do, look too closely at the tear tracks on the clowns' faces, or the gentle scarring on the contortionists' inner arms, or any of it really. Don't look closely AT ALL. This is WEB CURIOS!!!!!!

New UN Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Cannataci has said that the governance of surveillance in the UK is a "joke" and worse than anything that George Orwell could ever have forseen.

Going to the pub with a dead German philosopher and literary critic is one way to spend a Tuesday night. For Londoners priced out of continuing education and night classes, or with limited time to access traditional higher education, a central London pub can be a place to start a new kind of learning. 

Refrigerators. For the majority of their time on this planet, they have simply kept things cool. At the turn of the century, the task "become the leading guinea pig for communications experiments" was added. The end result is the Internet Fridge, and Samsung's variant has been in the news for its ability to permeate hack attacks through to a user's Gmail account.

Throughout human history, superstition has been found in almost every culture in different forms and methods and has played various roles in people’s daily lives. Even though we are living in the 21st Century, enjoying advanced technologies more than ever before, many of us still often engage in superstitious practices to relieve anxiety from uncertainty of our lives and the future. For example, a four-leaf clover bringing good luck and the fear of Friday the 13th are common myths widely believed in many cultures. In addition, superstition is now successfully adapting its form to new media technologies, so you can easily find numerous Web and smartphone applications regarding fortune-telling such as the Tarot, the I Ching, and the horoscope.

Spurred by advances in digital technology, an on-demand workforce has been growing steadily for well over a decade, creating a new “gig” economy. This is an economy in which more and more people either choose to, or are forced to, earn their livelihood working on lots of small “gigs” rather than being employed full- or part-time.

While the gig economy can offer greater flexibility and economic efficiencies, it also spells the rise of an anxious, disenfranchised workforce glued to their smartphones or laptops, waiting for the next gig to materialise.

I'm back! But only briefly! Yeah, sorry about this, turns out August's a bit of a sketchy month when it comes to my ability to imbibe straight from the frothing torrent of the web. I promise you, though, that normal service will be resumed again as of September where I promise to have AT MOST a week off between then and Christmas. 

Sadly, though, this is your last Curios of the month, and probably of the Summer because we all know that September's basically winter and all the fun is OVER. Have you had good Summers? Have you achieved a tan, found love, lost yourself in a field with a whole host of people who are all expressing their unique and creative natures in EXACTLY THE SAME FCUKING WAY AS EVERYONE ELSE ("oh, you're wearing glitter on your face? What a uniquely liberated and free soul YOU must be! What, you work in advertising too? How FUNNY!")? Great, well done, I'm happy for you.

As you may have guessed, I'm not really feeling the cheery preamble bit. Let's get this 'show' on the 'road' - make yourselves comfortable in the back of the Curios charabanc, my lovelies, and please don't try and talk to the driver; you wouldn't want to distract him where we're going, and we're already late, too late, so late, far too late...THIS IS WEB CURIOS!

Online display advertising is coming to a critical point in its relentless, if bumpy, evolution. It boils down to this question: do people like ad blocking software more than they can tolerate banner ads?

The Stick House by Bristol collective Raucous is a new and unique piece of theatre that fuses live performance, film, music, and creative technology. Taking place in tunnels under Temple Meads railway station (not used in over 70 years), this is just the next step in how Raucous brings a diverse mix of media together for the benefit of the inquisitive minds of its audience.

We caught up with Creative Director Sharon Clark to talk about The Stick House and the opportunities – and challenges – of this particular style of digitally-enhanced interactive theatre.

Poplar, in the east of London, is home to two blocks of housing that are providing a symbolic battleground for lovers and haters of modernist, brutalist architecture.

It was recently announced that Robin Hood Gardens – a 1970s housing estate – has not been listed for heritage protection by the UK government. This means that it is now, once again, threatened with demolition. The Twentieth Century Society, the national amenity society of which I am deputy chairman, has been in the vanguard of a long-running campaign to protect this building for posterity.

James Bridle's first solo show in Germany is now open at NOME, the nice new arts/tech gallery venue in Berlin. Entitled The Glomar Response, it's a collection of documents and work presented in typical Bridle style.

A recent and well-linked-to article in The Atlantic argued as to why there aren't more female futurists. It's a great piece and entirely justifies the interest and focus that it has attracted. However, we'd like to go a little further.

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