The rise of Google

What do we mean? Google announced this week the release of its Chrome operating system, paired with two new Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. A "completely new model of computing", Chrome OS is a cleverly extrapolated version of the existing Google Docs idea, with users accessing all basic computing applications online, together with their stored... Continue Reading →

Mile high tower in Jeddah

(The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, currently the world's tallest building) What is it? Seen in an article on The Age online yesterday, here, the proposed 1.6km tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is set to surpass the Burj Khalifa by almost 800m. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the tower... Continue Reading →

Richard Branson: lunatic or genius?

Who is he? 212th richest person in the world and founder of the Virgin Group that combines a dazzling and unlikely array of over 400 individual companies including radio stations, financial services consultancies, airlines, wine stores, telecommunications providers, animation studios and a spaceport. His most recent presence in the international media has come thanks to... Continue Reading →

Gaming censorship

What is it? Gaming censorship in Australia currently offers no equivalent of the R18+ rating that exists for film and television, meaning that computer games containing high levels of violence like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Left 4 Dead II and Grand Theft Auto IV have been awarded an MA15+ rating and others, like... Continue Reading →

The heritage B-list

What is it? A recent article in the Saturday Age by Julie Szego on the proposed demolition of Ampol House, "Stripping the glitter from architecture's 'golden' oldies", offers an insightful observation into the nature of heritage and the planning policies that protect it. Ampol House, a kooky old gasoline company headquarters on the corners of... Continue Reading →

Creepy Back to the Future kid

What is it? Seen in Craig Platt's column on The Age website recently, someone has noticed a disturbing detail in the final scene of Back to the Future III and posted it up on YouTube. Check it out here. What do we think? There are two good reasons why we should not be drawing your attention... Continue Reading →

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