A few years ago I worked for a digital design agency, and that was the first place I learned that a website never launches on time. Back then I used to get angry calls from clients frustrated by a the speed of developer-progress, but as I sit here in my intern chair, with The Edge's website relaunch going through similar cycles, all I can do is breathe a sigh of relief. I have a personal history of biting-off-more-than-I-can-chew, and this internship is yet another example of my modus operandi. Two weeks ago I could barely make it in because of a wave of Law School assignments being due, and now I'm behind schedule again because two public holidays in a row fall on Fridays, which is the day I'm supposed to come in. Luckily the people here are awesome. On a more positive note though, I have been working on some pretty exciting social media action to accompany the core site launch. I won't spill too many beans about it here, but if it goes according to plan it's going to involve all of you and some of you can win some things and basically we all swim in an inflatable pool of coolness for a while. The clue is show us #youredge - stay tuned about that! More specifically, I spent most of today finalising the communications strategy document that I'll be relying on for the rest of the time I'm here. As I type this post Beck is checking through it for me, and I'm sweating a little bit because I can see her writing on it and crossing things out and looking serious. I'm also sweating because I've had too much coffee. These things are related. If everything (well, most things) in that document are correct, then next week I'll be starting the serious work of plotting out a full editorial calendar, starting to draft copy about the new site, and contacting contacts to contact contact contact. This will mark the second phase of my internship where I get to move away from the textbooks and more towards the hands-on stuff. It means sending emails and writing out words and making calls and getting things printed (getting things printed is exciting!). One final thing I'd like to mention (longer post with more pics next week) is that every time I come into The Edge I get really charged up with a creative and ambitious vibe that makes me want to read every magazine ever written, and then intern at all of them, and have a non-stuffy day-job when i graduate and do things I love and be really cool. That's a stream of consciousness (like this whole post, I suppose) but you get the idea. Maybe it's the beautiful view of the Brisbane city and river through the gigantic glass windows to my left, maybe it's all the design-related posters stuck up on the big blackboard walls, maybe it's the free coffee, maybe it's the friendly co-workers who are happy doing things they actually like. Probably it's all of the above.  It combines to create an awesome experience that I'd highly recommend to anyone. They'll be looking for a new intern later in the year too... I like it here and I think you would too. :)  
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Day 1 - Communications in The Cage
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Great blog post, well written, envious (writing and event attendance). One day...... SXSW...... one day.
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D-Day is almost upon us with both a Clever Convention (11th March) and the first Hack-Your-Head (12 March) workshop approaching fast. Clever Convention promises to be very exciting as we have Dr. Sophie Billa coming in to talk about Neuroscience, brain structure and how disease and drugs effect the brain, while I'll be rambling on about memory and demonstrating some mental memory gymnastics. The Hack Your Head workshop will introduce some basic memory systems and the theories behind how we remember things. From this workshop the participants will come away with two great systems for memorising things and a better understanding how memories are stored (hopefully!). On another more personal note, I have just started a full time degree in Industrial Design and have discovered that my brain leaks. It's not a physical thing, but it turns out that when you try and ram information into your head without suitable ordering, bits leak out and become less defined, which is very frustrating. Currently I am working on a way to do some mental housekeeping every evening before bed just to have a tidy up, store away the non-immediate items and list and prioritise everything for the next day. I guess this is essentially a form of pre-meditation to prepare yourself for a spotless mind. I'll just add that to the to do list (memory image: on my sofa next to a fat little Buddha who is polishing a brain...)  
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Interview with Bullhorn
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While doing a little research on the origins of the 'Method of Loci' I cam across some articles on caffeine versus brain performance, that I though were worth a read, seeing how the staff at the Edge (with a few exceptions) are all caffeine junkies.... Apparently there are optimal levels of caffeine intake which promote learning and work levels, while decreasing fatigue, BUT.... it turns out that caffeine promotes more frontal cortex functions for simple tasks and can actually inhibit some other learning functions. One of the favorite quotes on the topic was ' Caffeine is like putting a block of wood under your brains brake peddle'. Here's some links to the articles: Caffeine: A User’s Guide to Getting Optimally Wired What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain More about Caffeine and Memory Must be time for a coffee....
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Project24
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John from Project24 took some time to chat to Old Fashion, who were performing as part of project24 for the month. Read a little more about the band and take a look at their beautiful live performance, captured by John and the Project24 team. Take a moment to introduce your band – who are your members, how did you meet, how long have you been a band? Who are your influences? We are a 4 piece Brisbane band that strives ourselves on being a ‘live’ band. We have JJ Cole on vocals and guitar, Dave Cole on guitars, Dan Cowley on bass and Sam Johnston on drums. We draw influence by those making ‘real’ music. We all have slightly altered perceptions of this, but mainly: The Darkness, Biffy Clyro, Guns N Roses, Band of Skulls, The Raconteurs and Karnivool (quite the shamozal). How do we know each other? Well, the two Cole boys are cousins and have played with each other in different bands for many years. We also all went to school together and now ¾ of us live together. Old Fashion has had a pulse for about 2 years now. How did you get involved in Project24? We met John from Blueroom Productions/Project24 at a mutual friend's wedding. JJ and Dave were doing the ceremony music and John ‘liked’ what he saw (apparently) and we liked John’s ‘get-up’, so basically it was love at first sight. We had a lot of trust in what John had planned for Project24 and we were happy to be the first cab off the ranks. What's the best show you have played? This is difficult to answer as it differs between each member. Probably one we can settle on was at the Byron Bay Brewery recently in August ’13 - we had to entertain the crowd for 2 hrs and the response was unexpected and humbling. We drew so much energy from that crowd, despite it being outside our hometown. Recommend one band or artist from the local music scene? Guards of May. They draw you in with their ‘tightness’ and musicianship. When you watch them, you kind of forget where you are for a moment. Great tunes. Where else about town can we find you? Our next gig is at Tempo bar on Saturday 8th March. Planned new single release tour coming soon. You can also find us in all your favourite places on the internet: WEBSITE: thebandoldfashion.com FACEBOOK: facebook.com/oldfashionmusic TRIPLE J UNEARTHED: triplejunearthed.com/oldfashion YOUTUBE: youtube.com/thebandoldfashion Watch Old Fashion's performance as part of Project24.
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Last week I posted the challenges set by my coworkers, namely, remember a big shopping list and remember pi to 78 places. Well, to get a nice round number I went Pi to a 100 places and using the SEM3 system explained on my blog, came up with the following story. Be warned that this story makes almost no sense! Words in bold are the number images. My. Turtle on a Bench pulled in a loom and picked off a leaf that it put in a box next to it's backup minim that it then threw far. it then change(d) into a ram that was part of the mafia, that then pulled on a mink stole and took it's pulse. The pulse then became the throb of navy engines as a boat sailed past and gave a 21 bum salute and made a fart sound while throwing packets onto the ground. The packets unfolded in to a shop selling a map and Bemac, where a group of lads were hanging around including one with a flamethrower called Livens (invented the flame thrower). He then passed the flamethrower to Kerry Packer who put it in a barrel and melted it in a pan that was actually a mask. He then drank the liquid and got really fat. He poured the liquid into jars but as he did his chin swelled up and out popped Vishnu who said 'everything is safe', at which point a giant safe fell on Packer. The safe opened and a baby walks out on a catwalk showing off baby fashion, but phase(ing) in and out of reality and so takes morphia, but inside the syringe is brazillian footballer, Nilmar who needed a case but gets a shock when he opens it and is the court in a beef net. Yes, I know I sound insane, but this all locks into a great system for memorising anything. Imagine being able to memorise every phone number of everyone you know?
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Memory Test
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We had a tough time choosing Hack Residents this time around. We ended up picking not one, but three, so you can only imagine how amazing each of them must be. The first introduction we need to make is to poet, writer, and storyteller, Kaitlyn Plyley. Everyone, meet Kaitlyn. What was your role before you came to The Edge? And before that? And before that? I like to group everything I do under “freelance creative work” (AKA “where’s my next pay coming from, aargh”) but I suppose my main role before I came to The Edge was “Artist in Creative Development” at Metro Arts. I’m a poet and I teach storytelling workshops for Yarn: Stories Spun in Brisbane. I’ve done a bunch of different jobs, including boarding house assistant and student magazine editor. When I first moved to Brisbane I was selling gummy bears while wearing canary-yellow overalls (I have destroyed all the photos). Have you ever lived overseas? What were you doing? When I was nineteen, I spent seven months travelling around the world. For a good part of that trip I worked as a lifeguard on a Jewish summer camp in Massachussetts. I got a deep tan and learned the Motzi off by heart. I also worked as a film intern in Colorado; in exchange, the film company let me live in their attic. It was pretty great, except for the ghosts. I lived in London for a semester abroad while I was at university, which was one of the best things I’ve ever done. After the semester finished, I couch-surfed around Europe until my student visa ran out. Sometimes, when I’m at home in my poorly-ventilated Queenslander and very bored, I remember that I once ice-skated across a frozen lake in Holland; it reminds me what a lucky life I’m leading. Do you have a piece of advice or a motto that helps you make decisions in life? The motto that is currently helping me get past my perfectionist tendencies is “done is better than good”. I just try to get things done. When I’m making decisions about which path to take in life, I ask myself, “Would this make a good story?” It’s a pretty helpful decision-making tool, but does mean you sometimes end up sleeping in haunted attics. Do you have any hobbies or interests? Collections? Unusual ways you like to spend a Thursday evening? On Sunday afternoons, I co-host a feminist radio show on 4ZZZfm called Megaherzzz. I’m quite interested in feminism, particularly of the fourth-wave, intersectional kind. I love being on the show and take our work quite seriously, but I guess you could say my hobby is to work in as many puns as possible on-air. Also, on my first episode as co-host, I just kept saying the word “butt” to see what I could get away with. So far they’ve found my feeble antics to be mildly entertaining. I hope. When you open your web browser what are the first three tabs you open up? Facebook, Gmail, Twitter. Yeah, I’m a social media junkie. I started my Twitter account when I was an Ambassador for National Young Writers’ Month, without any clue or interest in the platform. That was three years ago, and now I’m on Twitter, er, quite a lot. The other day I had my publicist friend, who has a Master’s in social media marketing and works exclusively in that sector, say, “Wow, you spend a lot of time on Twitter”. That was worrying. Are you in the habit of keeping strange pets? I rent, so it’s difficult to keep pets, but I do try to adopt the pets of neighbours. Yesterday I held a three-month-old Alsatian puppy in my arms. It was bliss. Smartphone or snail mail? Either way, any favourite stamps or favourite apps? I don’t see why we need to choose between smartphones and snail mail – it’s all excellent. I’m a rabid communicator and will use every medium at my disposal. Except Snapchat – that is just ridiculous. In my spare time I like to watch YouTube interviews with Jennifer Lawrence. I would like to be her best friend one day. I don’t know what my endgame is here; maybe I think, if I watch every public appearance she’s ever made, this will help me befriend her? That is not how I made any of my current friends, but this is a thing that goes beyond logic. If you were to give me $10 I would spend it on music downloads. That’s right, I still pay for downloads. I’m one of the few remaining idiots. And it’s not just because I enjoy the moral high-ground - I also don’t know how to torrent. If you were to give me $1000 I would spend it on contact lenses. It’s not that I don’t love my glasses – I do. But you can’t wear frames when you’re snorkelling and I’m really tired of blurry fish. Mac or PC? Mac. Is this even a question? (I didn’t type that last part; my MacBook has an ‘autofill’ function. I must also type that I heartily endorse Apple and all its products. Damn! I don’t know how to stop this.) Dog or cat? I adore cats but have found them more likely to attack me, so I prefer dogs. It’s easier to spot an angry dog and avoid it. Cats, on the other hand, are like the Volturi of domestic pets: they seem all civilised and well-spoken, and then they’re ripping your throat out. Anything else you want to share? After seeing one of my poetry slams, ‘80s music legend Kamahl once told me I was “very good”.
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Meet Dan Cook
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Hi! So this is my first post as the new ‘Hack’ Catalyst at The Edge. For two days a week for the next six months I’ll be working on things to hack, crack,warp and modify. This is going to be great because this is pretty much what I spend my life doing anyway… So to kick off the next six months I thought I’d start investigating what we mean by hacking and how it applies to the world around us. Initial thoughts on the topic are to examine hacking consumer electronics, hacking in a sixth sense and hacking my head (not trepanning). “What? No computer hacking?” I hear you cry? Well, there will be a Clever Convention on Online security and we are trying to track down a hacker, but as for the ‘Hacking Banks 101’, well, let’s just see how we go shall we? In the ‘consumer electronics hacking’ area I will be investigating what devices are out there that can be hacked for fun and (feature) gain. We’ll also look at how to re-purpose things to provide low cost solutions to high(er?) cost problems. However, this may just turn into adding lasers to robots or making household appliances tweet… I will also be looking to augment my normal five senses with some additional ones in the ‘hacking a sixth sense’ workshops. These are likely to be senses such as magnetic awareness (built in compass like birds), EMF, ultrasonic hearing and other ‘extra-sensory’ additions that can built around a small microprocessor for wear-ability and hook up to some kind of haptic feedback system. The ‘Hack your head’ topic shall entail using various memory systems to increase my memory and fill my head with lots of (possibly useless) information. I’ll also be looking at speed reading and mental mathematics to see if the use of these techniques regularly over the next six months results into turning me into a some kind of super-brain. There is the distinct possibility that the combination of these things will cause my brain to either explode or dribble out my ears. I’ll also try and hack my behavior through Cognitive Behavior Therapy to blog regularly, but this may be one of the hardest things I do this year….
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Hans Tammen, Endangered Guitar
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'Immersed'. A work by Bundaberg artist, Christine Turner, winner of The Edge Digital Award in the 2013 Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards.
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Matt Harcourt
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With the song and music video shot for MY CELLS I just spent this morning doing one final cell extraction at The Edge with Mick our Program Officer... The great irony is that after shaving a part of my head (to increase cell growth), and then pulling out a few hundred hairs at the root in order to extract and grow the skin cells - the images from this morning's blood samples have been the most effective to document! They are really effective to document, with a lot of dynamic motion, beautiful transparency and varying density. With the MY CELLS video in the final stages of editing, keying out the green screen and working the cell footage... I am close to getting ready for the preview on Saturday at SOUND Select!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXMWmZQ3MiM&feature=share&list=UU55Bo-cMfPcxGhyTg3bcKlg  
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Sound Select
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The CCC Project: Computing, Champagne and Cockroaches
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It's been a bit of a slow week -- actually it's gone by incredibly fast. So fast in fact that I'm struggling to recall what I've gotten up to in the last few days (I think the trip to the museum has caused some permanent damage). Nevertheless, I'll try and flesh it out. The majority of this week has been dedicated to putting together the content for the case studies on the Mad Scientist Tea Parties and The Edge's Science Fair. The first of the two was the precursor to the ongoing Clever Convention series and started in the Bioscience programming period, and due to it's positive reception was extended into Cosmology. Throughout these two periods there were six events and eight guest speakers, including a Dr Tamara Davis. Google that name if you want to give your feelings of self-worth a good kick to the face or maybe a stabbing -- something violent and messy in any case. All you have to know is that she is possibly some kind of superhuman achiever and is actually an expert astrophysicist so she can locate her home planet of Krypton. I'm sorry if I come across as bitterly jealous (I am a little), but I'm definitely feeling more like 'Let me paint you'. So, Dr Tamara Davis, if you're reading this, how about it? Most of my work is underground, having been burnt in fires and since absorbed into the earth, but I'm currently experimenting with finger painting and Etcha-Sketch. Would love to hear from you... Moving on... The Science Fair was essentially the culminating event of the Bioscience programming period and was a day of workshops and fun, from making liquid nitrogen sorbet to the Science Fair classic -- the model volcano! Other activities for the day included, bio powered racing boats, making organic fashion textiles from bacterial cellulose and DIY jewellery workshops using preserved botanic samples. There was an award ceremony for each of these activities and the evening was capped off with the final Mad Scientist Tea Party for the Bioscience period. The hardest part about writing the case studies was trying to summarise them into a Tweetable (?) blurb -- I don't think I've ever really had to express myself in 140 characters or less. I was still using more characters than that when I had a Nokia 3310 and the only other time that I'm forced to be concise is when I'm talking to my dog (Mum says he has dementia). All that being said, given that I'm interested in copywriting, the ability to write concisely is essential. So it's good practice. In other news this week, I was allowed to sit in on one of the Creative Community Computing (CCC) workshops held by Andrei, The Edge's Outreach Catalyst. Essentially the program aims to address the digital divide, a problem that is growing between cultures regarding competency with technology. It was definitely an intimidating experience, being told that I had to put back together a computer. I never played Operation as a kid so I was at a natural disadvantage, besides that my hands were shaking and Andrei told me that if I touched a part of the CPU (which I felt 95% sure I would) it would break. But with the help of fellow intern, Sophie, we prevailed and managed to put it back together -- and with two screws to spare! Yay, team! All in all, a good week.  
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DIY Acoustic Treatment workshop
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Sound Extrusions: The Ambisonic Engine
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I apologise in advance for any incoherence throughout this post — today was a little bit crazy and at the time my brain matter felt like a packet of strawberry clouds, however now that I'm coming back down to dirty Earth it feels more like a box of used matches. But let me start from the top... Today I tagged along on a photo shoot for the next two Clever Conventions which saw us visit both State Library and the Queensland Museum. First up, Emily the photographer, Tegan and I took a trip up to the John Oxley Library Reading Room on the 4th floor of the State Library to take a few photos and get a sneak peak at some of their artist book collection. These art-books are fairly awesome and vary in size and age. There was one that took two people to manoeuvre and another that was 4000 years old. There was a Steam Punk E-reader and a book made from hundreds of fish. Unfortunately I don't have any photos to post here, but keep an eye on The Edge's social media or better yet book yourself a ticket to the next Clever Convention (Curated Collections), which will be held in the John Oxley Library Reading Room on Tuesday, 8th October (book here). After finishing up at the State Library we moved next door to the Queensland Museum where we got to go behind the scenes into some of their preservation rooms. It was unreal! It was probably around this point that my nasal passage begun filling up with my fizzing brain matter. While we waited for another group to finish up, we casually chatted to one of the staff there as she de-meated (for lack of a better term) a Bandicoot —  even their lab was enough to make me feel like I was on a primary school excursion. However the real awesomeness was in the next room, their catalogues of sorts, where the majority of their specimens were kept. In here we got to see all kinds of preserved animals and skeletons. Peacocks, armadillos, dry wretch-inducing rattle snakes and all other types of preserved creatures were inside. Cue childish wonder. And finally, the Pièce de résistance — none of us were prepared for this. I think I let out something between joy and terror. What do we think? An Attenborough in the making?  
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