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In Other News…

It’s the end of Semester guys! Yay! And more ‘yay’ for me as I don’t have exams! (#artstudentlyf #winwin)

So I thought, in the spirit of nostalgia at the conclusion of another year, I would throw-back to some of my favourite news pieces from this Sem-though it was kind of like choosing between my children #writerlyf #life*

Well, here goes – and thanks for reading!

(Semi)Serious Stuff

Week 2: SCIENTISTS FEAR WHAT MOVIES HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR DECADES: AI = NOT GOOD

Buenos Aires hosted the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence last week, which saw the release of a letter signed by over 1,000 scientific experts–including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak– calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. It seems that the world’s smartest people aren’t too keen on the development of AI technology which could inspire a ‘third revolution in warfare’ and the possible destruction of the entire human race. With research drawing from the most reliable sources including The Matrix, I, Robot, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s clear these guys know what they’re on about. AI? More like AYE, I SAID NO.

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Week 11: ‘NO ES-CAP-EY’ SAYS DORY

A Perth man made headlines last week for the wild and totally irrational ending to his two-hour police chase across sand dunes near Two Rocks in Western Australia. It wasn’t an expected ending, like the man’s car getting sanded-in, or police actually catching up to him–no, it was much, much more entertaining.

He drove into the ocean.

“HAHA CAN’T CATCH ME NOW!”

Well, Perth man, it turns out the ocean contains water in which–surprise, surprise–humans cannot breathe. It appears this amazing revelation washed over the Perth man as waves battered his 4WD; alas, a little too late.

Shout out to the @Yanchep_Police twitter page for their tweet:

‘Think you can escape us in your stolen 4WD at #Wilbinga? We have 4WDs too, and air support #youlose #seacruiser’

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In Entertainment

Week 9: THE RETURN OF CHILDHOOD IS (ALMOST) HERE

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED. THIS IS NOT A DRILL–I REPEAT, NOT. A. DRILL.

Nickelodeon is creating a new TV channel dedicated ENTIRELY to the old 90’s/noughties cartoons we all know and love. Think CatDog, Hey Arnold, Rugrats, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. I can barely contain my excitement, guys. We’ve only been asking for this on Tumblr for YEARS. See, peer pressure can (sometimes) achieve great things. Not always, but sometimes. Rarely. Actually, barely ever.

Anyway, The Splat is ‘coming soon’–better yet, #TheSplatIsComing is already a thing. Yay! Best prepare now for all those assessments you’re not going to finish. Everyone knows watching CatDog is waaaay more important.

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Week 12: DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS, NYC?

Ron Burgundy fans, unite! And then flock to the States, ‘cause New York City is about to welcome one of THE COOLEST themed bars in the history of ever. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:

Stay Classy New York

It’s a WILL FERRELL themed bar! With Will Ferrell trivia, Will Ferrel pin-up bartenders, and (Will Ferrel themed?) food! Themed drinks include the ‘Milk Was a Bad Choice’ and my personal favourite, the ‘Glass Case of Emotion’. YAS. WILL FERRELL. GLORIOUS.

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What in the World…

Week 3: DANCE THE ARACHNOPHOBIA AWAY

It’s official, guys; Australia is home to not only the most dangerous spiders in the world, like the Sydney funnel-web, but the cutest spider. I present to you, the Maratus personatus, aka the ‘Blueface’. The Blueface is a peacock spider, recently discovered in Western Australia, with a bright blue mask and white-banded legs (in the males). This impressive costume, coupled with the spiders dance moves–described by CBS News as ‘kind of like a sexy arachnid Hokey Pokey’–is used in mating rituals, and quite possibly the most adorable spider-related activity you will ever witness.

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Week 6: THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

It’s every parents’ worst nightmare:children in the vicinity of expensive objects. ‘DON’T touch that!’; ‘Hold my hand AT ALL TIMES!’; ‘DO NOT trip and punch a hole into that 17th Century Italian painting!’

It appears as though a Taiwanese mother forgot that last one when taking her 12-year-old son to The Face of Leonardo; Images of a Genius exhibition at the Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. The young boy tragically, hilariously, tripped over his own feet and proceeded to shove his fist through a Paolo Porpora artwork valued at approximately $2.09 MILLION…that’s one expensive trip, son.

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By Erin Middleton

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Erin Middleton

I’m an 18-year-old Arts student with a passionate love of writing and theatre/performance; don’t even get me started on writing ABOUT performance! In other news, I also enjoy discussing politics, watching TV shows to an unhealthy excess, and buying stationary.

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