Arts & Culture

When It’s Cool To Have Nothing

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Ditching your possessions is hip right now. The “tiny house” is popular enough that it has its own conference — the next one, in Portland, Ore., promises to be “the biggest Tiny House Conference yet.” An environmental science professor recently gained Internet fame (and some ridicule) for his decision to sell most of his belongings andlive in a Dumpster. And Joshua Fields ... Read More »

Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran’s Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri

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Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. Middle Eastern architecture is often recognized by its elegantly curved arches and spiraling columns, which feature heavily throughout Domiri’s photos. Many of the historic sites Domiri shoots are decorated with colorful stained-glass windows, geometric decorations and painstakingly detailed mosaics, so ... Read More »

Alan Missen Oration: Michael Kirby at the Melbourne Writers Festival

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Liberty Victoria is proud to announce the Alan Missen Oration with Michael Kirby Dear MembersThe Melbourne Writers Festival program has been released and tickets are now on sale.Liberty Victoria, with the support of the Alan Missen Foundation, is the proud sponsor of the Alan Missen Oration to be delivered this year by Michael Kirby AC CMG on Friday 22 August at 5.30 pm at ... Read More »

A humbling man, Julian Burnside.

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Julian Burnside walks his talk. In other words, anything he believes in, he does something about. As a QC, he has represented the richest of rich and poorest of poor. He has opened his home to asylum seekers. He commissions classical music. He is an incredible humble and humbling man. James Lush talks with Julian Burnside about his passions. Read More »

Automattic’s Planned Gravatar App Morphs Into a Selfies App for Android

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Earlier this year, Automattic’s Toni Schneider asked Gravatar users what platform should be first to receive the Gravatar mobile app. No details on the purpose of the Gravatar app were revealed at the time but it turns out that the team has been busy developing a photo app. While working on the Gravatar app, they realized that people don’t want to change their gravatars ... Read More »

Back in the Paleolithic Era: The First Mariners

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As a breakthrough of experimental archeology can be viewed the team project “First Mariners,” who built a raft by using only organic materials and copies of Paleolithic tools, and travelled on it from Kythira to Crete island, thus confirming archaeologists’ assumptions that Paleolithic populations were able to cross large shipping distances with their own makeshift boats. The First Mariners’ team started its journey with the ... Read More »

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

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June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »