Donkey kidnapping outfit and VPN provider HideMyAss has revealed that in showing members of the public parts of the forthcoming UK Investigatory Powers Bill, they assume it to be a work of dystopian fiction.

In a week in which British politics has proven conclusively that we have little right to laugh at anyone else’s political goings on, and Syria continues to quietly, almost bashfully, get evermore banjaxed by the minute (BUT WE WON’T TAKE THE CHILDREN!), console yourselves with the fact that all of the UK’s media have been gifted the best week in living memory for the HOT TAKE (Ken! Beyonce! Nazis! Toilets!). The media is saved! Oh, no, hang on, it isn’t saved after all.

You don’t care about any of that though - or, if you do, you’ve read proper journalism about it rather than relying on this appallingly written heap of crap for your information. No, what you come here for is the seemingly neverending stream of links and webdistractions - a potentially toxic stream, admittedly, one thick with bobbing chunks of matter and viscous with the leavings of past culture; one practically coagulated and barely-flowing, so gloopily non-Newtonian that you could beat a man to death with it given a wide enough swinging arc...YES, THAT’S RIGHT, THIS IS WEB CURIOS!

Piers Roberts is perhaps best known for Designersblock, a producer of annual international design shows. Designersblock has featured over 2500 designers and businesses in its 60+ events in almost 20 years, and now, Piers has turned his attention to business modelling. Riskkit is a model which is designed to encourage designers and businesses to think creatively about opportunities, to justify market potential, and determine best routes to market.

We asked Piers about Riskkit and its application in a world which is seemingly full of new business models and theories.

2016 has been described as the year of VR. I’m not sure that’s quite true, but it does feel like a critical year for virtual reality. A year in which the platform will spark massive public interest, and opportunities will arise for smart brands to take the lead.

Why? Because, as with any new technology launch, there’s a lack of well-crafted content. Tech people rarely make the best storytellers, so those brands who weave emotion and creativity into their experiences will really stand out.

As anyone who has visited the London Science Museum’s current exhibition will know, Leonardo da Vinci is famed as an artist, mathematician, inventor, writer … the list goes on. He was a figure who did not see disciplines as a chequerboard of independent black and white tiles, but a vibrant palette of colour ready to be combined harmoniously and gracefully. Today, the polymath may seem like a relic of the past. But with an emerging drive towards interdisciplinarity in research and across the tech and creative sectors, the Renaissance man – and woman – is making a comeback.

Communication at work is notoriously hard to get right. Fred Brooks identified it as a key aspect of any team’s success in the software engineering bible The Mythical Man Month, when he found that the more people you have inputting or communicating, the more problems you may encounter in actually getting projects done. The same sentiment was echoed in a recent article by Basecamp founder Jason Fried on the pros and more notably, cons, of chat platforms on employee productivity and well-being.

WPP subsidiary Cohn & Wolfe has launched Authentic 100, its first in an annual study of brands ranked by consumer perception of authenticity.

Jesus, would everybody please STOP DYING? What’s that? There is no divine power that either cares or listens to your pleas, and even if there were do you actually think that the answer to any of your selfish demands would be ‘yes’? Oh, ok, as you were then.

So as another load of talented people shuffle off this mortal coil, and we’re all forced to contemplate some pretty bleak truths, let’s console ourselves with the thought that at least HRH Elizabeth II, one of the great creative and artistic minds of the age, was spared 2016’s strange and unsettling artistic genocide. PHEW-EEE!

Anyway. This is all too bleak for words, and it’s important to remember that all this maungeing is not what THEY would have wanted. No, THEY would have wanted you to dry your eyes, grit your teeth, strap on the protective goggles and once again prepare to take a full-force jet of internet right in the kisser, courtesy Web Curios - and so that’s exactly what you’re going to do, right? RIGHT?!?!

As ever, this is Web Curios. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Or enemies. Or anyone, really, I don’t really care, it’s all just numbers to me, frankly.

Where do good ideas come from? It's a question which might be discussed until the proverbial cows come home, but Irish agency The Public House know where rejected ideas go to: eBay.

A group of "friends and cat lovers" in London are aiming to replace every single display ad in one tube station, with pictures of cats.

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