Gah, I am LATE. I made a fatal (not obviously fatal at all, sorry) error last night in going to my part-time employer's summer party last night after a trip to the theatre (to see this, which if you're at a loose end tonight or tomorrow I can heartily recommend FWIW) and I got a slightly later night than planned and now I'm all late and I am meant to be meeting someone for lunch and OH GOD IT'S HARD SOMETIMES, WEBMONGS.
Anyway, you don't care about that (and readership figures suggest you don't care about this either, so screw the lot of you) - you only tolerate me for my links. So plug your noses and plaster the scented handkerchief over your faces, webmongs, as we prepare once more to take a tour through the slightly less well-lit corners of the internet, where you're never more than three clicks away from something genuinely disturbing and the stuff you can half-see moving in the shadows just looks broken - THIS IS WEB CURIOS!
Many of you will remember Ceefax, the BBC's hugely popular teletext service which lasted from 1974 until 2012. In particular, many will recall Pages from Ceefax, the schedule filler where the BBC ran an output of Ceefax pages with light music. Well, it's back.
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?