More Tabs, Please #13: Tsunami Ghosts, Tyrannical Design and Birds
By Joshua Boyd on March 2nd 2018Read this article on our full site
Another collection of interesting reads, watches, and listens. This edition has ghosts, architecture oppression, and long-distance birds. Enjoy.
Spooky times. It’s Friday and the 13th More Tabs, Please. Watch out for that ghost standing behind you! Ha. Only kidding. They’re waiting for you at home.
Anyway, time for some interesting stuff to read. This week’s musical accompaniment is
The Original Monster Mash by The Crypt-Kickers Virgo Blaktro and the Movie Disco by Felix Da Housecat:
From bile to nothing to stress
Everyone is pretty familiar with stress. It’s that feeling you get when you try to pay someone back and they decline out of politeness because they know you’re skint but you know they definitely want it back because they mentioned they were skint yesterday and that’s exactly why you’ve scraped the money together so quickly and then you have to spend 15 minutes pushing it until they finally take it on the agreement they also buy you a pint with it.
So ‘The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease‘ gives us a decent intro into the range of biological effects of that on our bodies and minds and how we’ve looked at this throughout history.
Kind of terrifying considering how stress filled most of our lives are. Stresses me out a bit to be honest.
Ghosts from the waves
Most of us saw the devastation that the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami caused to Japan. But when the cameras go, we often miss the after-effects of disasters beyond the clean up and burying of the dead.
‘The Ghost of the Tsunami‘ is a fascinating and heartbreaking look at the endless stories of ghosts of the tsunami’s victims appearing to their loved ones or possessing complete strangers.
An incredible read that will give you a new look at disasters and what they leave behind.
Hire This Person: Amisi
— Nina ? (@amisidraws) October 28, 2017
This week we’re featuring Amisi, an illustrator from Toronto-ish (it’s what their Twitter says). Check out that ghost cafe. I would go there 100%.
Amisi’s work is fantastic. There’s a ton of character in her work, and her own unique takes come through even when drawing things from other sources (all the Pokemon stuff is getting extra plus points from me). Her color schemes are always spot on as well.
Taken From the Timeline
We’ve got a whole account to suggest this time: One Perfect Shot. A film-based Twitter page, it shares single ‘perfect’ frames from a range of movies. It does a great job at showing how important scene composition is in films, and highlights aspects we may miss when we see them in motion.
Here’s an excellent example of this:
THE EXORCIST (1973)
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) March 1, 2018
Has feathers, will travel
Birds are amazing. Birds are dinosaurs. Birds can fly while us Neanderthals care barely jump. GO BIRDS! GO BIRDS! GO BIRDS!
‘Billions of Birds Migrate. Where Do They Go?‘ shows off another great skill of certain birds: the ability to fly intercontinentally for free. No six hour stopovers in obscure and remote airports for them.
The piece is also visually-stunning and interactive, and I’m a sucker for anything that makes me feel like I’m walking through a museum exhibit.
So this is how democracy dies, to oppressive design
Apologies for the Star Wars prequels reference. Moving on, this piece explores the idea of architecture and design being used as a tool to control people.
‘Handbook of Tyranny: highlighting modern day cruelties through infographics‘ introduces us to a book by Theo Deutinger, a designer and architect. Including an interview and samples from the book, it shines a light on something we rarely think about.
It will also give you some concerns the next time your flatmate suggests moving the furniture around.
Watch And Listen
Another movie account this week as we recommend the YouTube series No Small Parts. The premise is simple: a whole video dedicated to the smaller stars of the screen. They are often people who never made it big, or did and their fame has faded away.
Generally though, a lot of faces will probably make you say “ohhhh, that guy, I remember them.”
To start you off, here’s one on Pete Postlethwaite who you’ll definitely know and is, for me, best known for playing one of the most horrible characters in Sharpe ever:
Want more? Check out our previous editions of More Tabs, Please:
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