‘Human etch-a sketch’: GPS art, burbing and my attempt to recreate the Guardian masthead | Technology

Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” More than 150 years later, a new generation of artists tracing their movements via GPS to create sketches are proving Thoreau’s words remarkably prescient. That’s what Strava art is at its core. Named after the fitness Continue Reading

Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture | Culture

It would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever before. In part, this is due to desperate marketers hunting for eyeballs in a Continue Reading

Helen Keller: why is a TikTok conspiracy theory undermining her story? | Books

When the internet is riddled with conspiracy theories, it can be difficult to decide which to worry about. While QAnon and Pizzagate are proving themselves to have radicalising potential with real-world repercussions, others are flourishing beneath the radar, or certainly going unnoticed by anyone over the age of 25. What Continue Reading

Guardian readers: the 10 funniest things (on the internet) this past year – according to you! | Culture

1. Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs by Todrick Hall Todrick Hall’s Covid cover of his own song, Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels comes front of mind. – ChrisR22 Dance now. 2. This song about feelings This music teacher, coping with online learning by writing a song about her thoughts. – helenholmes So Continue Reading

Events horizon: the films, music, art and more to get excited about in 2021 | Culture

Music Massive albums by massive artists… From Drake (due late December) to Foo Fighters (5 February). We may also hear from Adele, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Cardi B and Kanye West. Plus Beyoncé, that shock album-drop pioneer might join the party, too. Tour o’clockFrom Dua Lipa to Stormzy to the Pet Continue Reading

The Picture of Dorian Gray: the ‘magic tricks’ and technical feats behind STC’s smash hit – in pictures | Stage

When the curtains close on each performance of Sydney Theatre Company’s one-woman show, the most common phrase you’ll hear is, ‘How did they do that?’. Kip Williams’ five-star adaptation stars Erin Jean ‘EJ’ Norvill in 26 roles – but it’s more than just a triumph for the actor; it’s a Continue Reading

Texts, tweets and posts have replaced letters. Is our history becoming transitory? | Culture- Tempemail

In the process of removing the final vestiges of my things from my parents’ house this year I find a letter from my nana – Big Nana (because she was tall), not Little Nana (who wasn’t) – written in her familiar curly script. “Last Sunday I went to D’s 80th Continue Reading

Substack: five of the best from the niche newsletter platform | Culture

Substack is best known as the newsletter platform that lured several well-known writers and journalists away from established news outlets this year. Glenn Greenwald, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Sullivan, formerly of the Intercept, Vox Media and New York Magazine respectively, have all jumped ship to sell their work directly to Continue Reading

Cyberpunk 2077: how 2020’s biggest video game launch turned into a shambles | Games

Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most-anticipated video games of the year was released last week. A dystopian romp around a Blade Runner-inspired city, it had all the ingredients for a perfect storm of hype: it’s been nearly a decade in the making; its creator, Warsaw’s CD Projekt Red, was behind Continue Reading

Codemasters bidding war looms after £945m Electronic Arts bid | Games

British video games maker Codemasters has become the focus of a £1bn bidding war after accepting an offer from California-based Electronic Arts, scuppering a previously planned deal with US rival Take-Two Interactive, maker of franchises including Grand Theft Auto. EA, the maker of titles including Battlefield and The Sims, has Continue Reading