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HELLO LOOK WEB CURIOS IS BACK!

Yes, look, fine, I know that noone really reads this and therefore noone really cares, but I care, OK, and I need to do something ease the frankly terrifying buildup of internetpressure inside my skull in order to avoid painting my kitchen an unpleasantly bloody shade of grey matter like something out of Scanners.

Anyway, HOW HAVE YOU ALL BEEN?! 2015 seems like AGES ago, now that we’re all living under the pseudo-benign dictatorship of a stick-figure arbiter of acceptable behaviour. We’ve already birthed and killed a brand new social network, and it’s not even February - trul, this year promises to be full of excitement and VIM!

What it actually promises to be full of, if the first few weeks are anything to go by, is a continuation of the pathetic bleating about everything in the world ever which characterised much of 2015, along with an added and unwanted sprinkling of famous artist death. GREAT. Although it will ALSO be full of BRAND NEW IMPERICA - that’s right, the site’s getting a redesign and a relaunch in the next few weeks, which you can read about here.

In any case, I won’t be around for it as I am going on HOLIDAY next week. Yes, I know that I am basically unemployed at the moment and as such the idea of a holiday is sort of redundant, and I know that Christmas was only a few weeks ago, but frankly I need one and I don’t care. So consider this a stopgap, a snack, an appetiser, an amuse bouche before the full 46-week tasting menu of Curios kicks off in earnest in mid-February (even typing that made me feel a touch sick if I’m honest); tie on your napkin, hold your nose and trust the chef’s intuition and judgment as he prepares to stuff a full 6 weeks’ worth of internet RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. This, as ever, is Web Curios.

We're going offline for a while. Until then, this site exists an archive.

There's more about our hiatus here.

Thanks for visiting, and see you around sometime.

Roland Hughes, a senior producer at BBC News, pointed out the rather beautiful, if accidental, staging of the above photo of Manchester at new year.

Images and information have crept out regarding what is purported to be the next version of Google Glass.

Even after an imprisonment for piracy, founder of The Pirate Bay Peter Sunde has not lessened his mission to bring down the music industry. His new invention creates 100 copies of a song every second.

Boston Dynamics' Christmas card video has been doing the rounds in recent hours, complete with all of the usual reactions about it being some sort of dystopian vision of our robot-powered future.

A piece of web content or a whole website blocked by an authority now has its own HTTP status code. And, with perfect synchronicity, that status code references one of Ray Bradbury's most famous works, Farenheit 451.

Julian Oliver and team have formally launched their anti-surveillance "privacy appliance", called Cyborg Unplug.

With the Internet of Things, are we not looking hard enough at the DRM of Things? Philips faced criticism this week when it announced a volte face on its frankly disastrous earlier decision to ban third-party bulbs from its Hue lighting range.

A British team has developed a wearable wireless transmitter with a twist: it runs off urine, driven from a foot pump hidden in a sock. And, there's much more to it than one might expect.

How do you solve a problem like Korea? Simple: go where politics - and people - fear to tread. North Korean defector Jung Gwang II's company No Chain handles 2000 drone deliveries from the south back to his homeland per month.

To help me take stock of Assemble’s Turner Prize win I revisited a lecture by 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, delivered in Liverpool in 2013. In it, Grayson offers guidance for discerning the boundaries of contemporary art. These include: Is it in a gallery? Is it made by an artist? And the “themepark + suduko” test; does it shock and make us think?

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