THE FUTURE EDITION
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Contents Editorial note
Geta Writers’ Award
The future is coming
Leo and the penguins
Bitcoin for dummies
Travel five minutes into the future
Here and now
Australia’s music future is…
Dystopian futures on film
Snapped on campus
Feature artist – Kajewski-MIller
Get the hell outta here
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Welcome to our third edition for 2018. The year is rolling by faster than a tumbleweed through a non-compulsory tute, and we have finally arrived at the Future (edition). This edition we’re all about looking forward - with Angel getting you prepped for fashion trends that are just around the corner, Monique providing a must-watch list of films to warn you of what might be to come, and Vedad helping you to understand how time travel might become a reality. Speaking of the future, exams are just around the corner so why don’t you take the opportunity to relax while you can and check out ‘Get the hell outta here’ for some hot tips on where to spend your Sundays. But before you do that, check out Fruzsi’s reflection ‘Here and now’ on stopping to enjoy the present and stop ‘nexting’ your precious time away. You might be reading the mag and
thinking ‘Hey, where are the robots?’ or ‘Where is the full length feature on life on Mars?’ Or perhaps you are disappointed that we didn’t chart the history of the fortune cookie or give you a glimpse into future with your academic horoscope. If you feel that something is missing from the Future Edition, it’s not too late – because you can write it yourself! The Getamungstit Writing Award is a chance for students to submit pieces based on past edition themes for the chance to be published and win Campus Cash. If that’s not enough to help you procrastinate your way through exam prep, then you can also check out past editions of Getamungstit online at gugcstudentguild.com.au/getamungstit/ past-editions Good luck through the end of trimester, enjoy the holidays and we can’t wait to see you back in Trimester 2 for even more great editions of Getamungstit.
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THE FUTURE IS COMING Current workplace trends suggest that you will have 17 jobs and five careers in your lifetime.
While climate change is often framed as a hotly debated topic, 97% of scientific researchers agree that
it is happening.
There are 76 animals currently on Queenslandâ€™s endangered animal list including a range of bilbies, turtles, wallabies, turtles, frogs, and the Southern Cassowary.
According to the CSIRO, there were 15 billion devices connected online in 2016. This is a big increase from 6 billion in 2006, and the 200 billion expected by 2020.
The future is coming
The IoT or Internet of Things (household appliances, wearable tech, toys and items that are connected to the internet) is an increasingly contentious issue with consumers finding that their devices can be used to spy on them, may be easily hackable or not 100% owned by them due to embedded software. Currently the Australian Consumer Law offers limited protection so buyer beware.
RMIT University was responsible for creating the worldâ€™s thinnest hologram in 2017. This technology is setting the stage for pop-up holograms from everyday devices such as smartphones to become a long awaited reality. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi.
There are more than 600 self-driving vehicles on the road in the state of Arizona, due to its accommodating legislation designed to entice tech developers to the area.
NASA is working to send the first humans to Mars by the 2030s. That is as little as 12 years away. 7
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Leo and the penguins Fruzsi Gál In 2016, six words were uttered that most of us had been awaiting for years, yet never thought would actually hear: the Oscar goes to Leonardo DiCaprio! As if the whole world had been holding its breath until that moment, we watched as he climbed those stairs, took the award, and gave one of the most controversial acceptance speeches in Oscar history. In it, he stressed the burden of climate change and urged the audience to take action by all means necessary. And with that, a door was opened. This is not a singular phenomenon. Celebrities have shown willingness time and time again to take on righteous causes, whether leading revolutions or simply supporting them. In recent years, popularity among famous people has been based not only on professional accomplishments, but also on personal involvement in political, social, and economic topics. Positive influence – and even more so, proactivity – has become a massive selling point in the past few years. We no longer want movies, songs, plays or art made by people who do not meet a certain level of productive participation in current affairs. We have reached a point where what we consume on a regular basis needs to meet a standard of human decency – better late than never, I guess. Unlike us mortals, celebrities have the ability and the privilege to be able to advocate for issues to more than just their parents and best friends. When done right, they can play a crucial role in implementing
Leo and the penguins
the right kind of change. As the once great Peter Parker put it, with great power there must also come great responsibility. And while not every celeb view is worthy of the audience number it may reach, celebrities still have an un-official obligation when it comes to the influence they practise. Leonardo DiCaprio is one who cannot be said to take that responsibility lightly. To wait decades to be able to get up on that stage, and to then dedicate half of the allocated acceptance speech time to an important cause, is quite something. Climate change, and as a part of that, global warming, are increasingly pressing issues our planet faces. In his subsequent documentary Before the Flood, DiCaprio takes an active part in presenting and emphasising various natural tragedies caused by humans. The emotionally as well as visually astounding doco is a clear message from the actor to those watching – he wants change to be done, and he’s willing to lead the way. His influence is also more far reaching than it would appear at first glance – his views retain a political edge, advocate for indigenous and underprivileged people, and put up a fight for humanity as a whole. In an interview, DiCaprio has advised that ‘this utter lack of leadership by officials who prefer to preserve their short-term political power rather than ensuring the liveable future on our planet, means that we all must do more now than any other time in human history,’ (meaning the Trump administration in the US). Of course, he is not the only
feminism, intersectionality, homo and transphobia, and so on.
All we need is the will to make it happen. one who is active when it comes to social issues. Angelina Jolie has been the unofficial face of diplomacy for many a year now. As a fully-fledged United Nations diplomat, she has used her fame, resources, and an incredible level of compassion to appeal to big crowds of people on issues close to her heart. And while there are many UN diplomats, perhaps even more passionate about certain topics, she is Angelina Jolie, and by virtue of her star power, she has contributed significantly to subjects of human rights, sexual violence, health, and war. Similarly, a variety of other celebrities have shown incentive in relation to social issues such as racism,
Recently, the Time’s Up movement has gained significant popularity following the #MeToo campaign speaking out against sexual harassment. Endorsed by hundreds of celebrities, Hollywood has taken the issue further than it would have ever gone without the assistance of well-known individuals. And although the movement certainly enjoyed some controversial backing from celebrities whose choices differ vastly from what their black outfits seemed to suggest at this year’s Golden Globes, it has been effective in directing the attention to a very real, very serious issue. Once again, driven by the power of the few. So what do all of these instances (and many others) have in common? It would seem that celebrities have a bigger role in societal change than they, or we, might realise. Do these subjects only become important once they’re backed by a relatively well-known person? If it wasn’t for
DiCaprio’s name in front of it, a lot less people would have watched a climate change documentary. If it wasn’t for Hollywood, a lot less people would have acknowledged the violence faced by many in the workforce and the significance of feminism. If it wasn’t for an ever-growing group of politically and socially aware celebs, these topics and many more would undoubtedly receive a fraction of the attention they get now. It is evident that the responsibility that these people hold when it comes to influencing the masses is incredible, and should be treated accordingly. It is great to see and experience a shift in how we respond to change based on the increasing amount of people speaking up about the injustices they suffer or are passionate about. But it is also crucial to remember: these issues are not important because a celebrity says so. Even if not backed by A-list stars, these social matters affecting all of us should always deserve our attention and action. All we need is the will to make it happen.
BITCOIN FOR DUMMIES Tom Bevan
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of all the instant riches people have made with Bitcoin. And if you weren’t one of those people, then you’re probably wondering what the hell Bitcoin is and why you didn’t buy one before it was worth as much as a small car? What is Bitcoin? To put it simply: Bitcoin is the first of a new type of digital currency called ‘cryptocurrency’ and it’s basically the opposite of fiat money (the ‘normal’ money that you are used to carrying around in your wallet). Both types of currencies are intrinsically worthless but there are some important differences. Cryptocurrency is decentralised and open-source, meaning that there is no central authority and all of the information regarding transactions, creation of new units of currency, programming, rate of production, and so on is all publicly available for free. On the contrary, fiat money is controlled by banks,
corporations, and governments who have total control over the production and transferal of money. Therein lies the motivation for creating cryptocurrency in the first place. How does it work? Bitcoin is very easy to use and requires no personal information to get started. You simply download any Bitcoin wallet app to your phone or tablet and you can immediately start generating ‘addresses’ that other people can send money to or receive money from. This is very similar to how emailing works, but you only use each address once and it is impossible to trace this address back to your personal identity unless you actively provide it to the person you are trading with. To get bitcoins into your Bitcoin wallet, you need to find someone who has bitcoins to sell. There are various Bitcoin exchange websites – both commercial and peer to peer – that allow you to exchange Bitcoin for dummies
physical money for digital Bitcoin transfers. There is a lot of risk involved with this step but there are plenty of reputable traders to go through – even Bitcoin ATMs in some major cities (including one in Brisbane). These transactions are then recorded on a public ledger that is referred to as a block chain. The Bitcoin wallet keeps a piece of data that provides mathematical proof that money has been transferred and essentially locks the transaction from being modified by anyone else. The integrity and order of these transactions are then protected with cryptography, the namesake of the currency. Finally, the transactions are confirmed by a process called mining. This is a highly
It’s financial freedom, bro.
complicated procedure but in essence it involves any member of the community (called miners) with a computer system that is powerful enough to run extremely advanced calculations who pack the transaction into a block, which is then verified by the network of miners and added to the ledger. This process serves two purposes. The first is to make sure that nobody is trying to cheat the system by reversing transactions or spending bitcoins that they don’t have or own – and the second is that miners are rewarded with transaction fees and brand new bitcoins as an incentive for dedicating their computer systems to mining. Once a maximum of 21 million new bitcoins have been generated in this way, there will be no new bitcoins. Should I invest? Due to this open-source structure, Bitcoin is arguably just as safe as normal currency. However,
it is highly volatile and should be considered as more of a high risk investment than a currency to exchange for goods and services. Since Bitcoin hasn’t been around for very long, very small events and even pure speculation can cause drastic fluctuation to its value. Certain governments (like the US) are now actively making attempts to regulate cryptocurrency – so it’s important to consider all of this before committing to it. It’s very difficult to say what the future of Bitcoin– or the thousands of other cryptocurrency that are starting to pop-up around the web - will be. There are certainly safer ways to invest, but if you’re happy to take the risk, you could make a lot of money with Bitcoin, especially as it rapidly approaches the cap of 21 million units. Only time will tell.
TRAVEL FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE (SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ THIS…) Vedad Dzanic
Since the birth of science fiction, people have continually fantasised about time travelling. Whether it is travelling into the near or distant future, the willingness to know the unknowable has continually sparked the interest of many. However, what may have once seemed an imaginative source of pure fiction has now become an all but too real phenomenon in the scientific community.
were to travel through spacetime in a spacecraft (Tesla Model S) especially close to the speed of light, time would go by slower for you relative to others held stationary on Earth. If you got bored and eventually returned back to Earth after a period of time you would have aged less than your fellow peers who were stuck on Earth. Sounds promising, right? Now, all we need is to develop a Tesla Model S that can travel close to the speed of light….
Firstly, it is important to note that we are all currently time travellers. Every form of matter within our knowable universe travels in time. That is to say that every person on Earth travels with time linearly. For instance, last year everyone travelled one year in time. Pretty cool, right? No? Not really? Well, fortunately, the birth of Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory has sparked belief in the possibility of time travel at some point in human existence. The theory contends that if, for example, you
So how farfetched is the possibility of time travel based on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? Well, to start off, Einstein had a very different view of time compared to the traditional belief that time is constant. He believed that time is but an illusion; it does not scale linearly but varies relative to the observer’s speed through space. To Einstein, time is, in fact, the ‘fourth dimension’. To understand the significance of this statement, let’s first look at the importance of a threeTravel five minutes into the future
dimensional system. For example, if you wanted to share your position on top of Mount Warning on Snapchat, your phone’s GPS system would take into account your x, y, and z coordinates to describe your position (i.e. length, width, and height). Therefore, your phone would be using all three known dimensions to describe your position in space. If Einstein is correct in his assumption that time is, in fact, the fourth dimension, then it could be used as an additional coordinate tool to describe one’s position in space, thus making jumping through space-time a possibility. However, what really causes the masses to be so intrigued by the prospect of travelling into the future? The desire, for some, is based purely on curiosity. What will the world look like? What cool inventions will there be? How far would society have developed? If possible, I imagine most clever and cunning people (definitely not me!) would travel into the future until
medical technology has developed so much so, that immortality is the new norm. There is just an ineffable sense of intrigue associated with the future. Although time travelling back into the past is said to be just as equally desired, the unpredictable and unknowable nature of the future often holds greater intrigue. People may yawn at the current present state in time, as they may believe all of the imagination and unknown left in our world has perished. However, we don’t even know half of the mysteries of this word – we may have progressed, but we are still wanderers in the darkness.
breaks the laws of physics, as it will require an object to move close to the speed of light in order to travel into the future. Funnily enough, a few years ago it was said that a bee’s flight also broke the laws of physics, which we now know not to be the case. Though progress is being made and society is continually developing, time travelling into the distant future is still far beyond our knowledge and capabilities. For now, I guess we can only continue experiencing the familiar feeling of imagining and fantasising about what awaits us in the distant future…
Time travelling into the future sure does look like a possibility at some point in human existence when compared to the ‘fictional idea’ a couple of decades ago. Einstein’s breakthrough on relativity has shaped the way for future research. However, critics will contend that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity 15
HERE AND NOW Fruzsi Gál
I have an epiphany one Sunday afternoon. It could be any other day of the week, people have epiphanies all the time – but this one feels like a Sunday. It’s the calm before the storm. The kind of afternoon that could be enjoyed, but is instead spent worrying about the next day already. Responsibilities I’ll have, things I’ll have to do, emails I’ll have to reply to, jobs I’ll need to work. I sit and stare at my laptop hopefully, as the glow of the day subsides. ‘I should get started on those essays. Be proactive and finish a reading or two. At the very least, answer this one simple email.’
Instead I scroll through my social media a hundred times, stalk people on the other side of the world, and eventually end up engrossed in a shame-fuelled marathon of Buzzfeed quizzes. Just what kind of a potato dish am I, I wonder. The big questions of life. Just as I’m about to find out, my laptop dies, and I have my epiphany. It’s a small one, and not very particular either. It goes something like this. From a very early age, we live our lives in the future. As soon as we can form individual thoughts, we’re continually harassed about our plans and goals – what do you want to be when you grow up,
Here and now
what high school do you want to go to, what university, what degree, what majors, when will you be in a relationship, when will you get out of a relationship, marriage, kids, houses, mortgages, supers. We are ushered through life with one foot always in that mysterious future. It’s necessary, of course, to an extent. We need goals to aspire towards, dreams to keep us sane, and an idea of how we want to reach a sustainable, long-term contentment. All of that is important. But the present – there’s really nothing to plan or worry about in there. Things are as they are, whether good or bad, and although planning ahead may help us pass time, we’re missing out on a lot of the now.
There’s this idea that has somehow fought its way into our view of the world, that we should have things completely figured out by now. That this part of our lives should have been planned out long ago. And in a way, it has been. But the thing about both the past and the present is that they’re malleable concepts, susceptible to the whims of logic and fantasy and imagination and a dubious sense of memory. Points A and B are definitely imperative – you need to start from somewhere to get somewhere else, and you need plans to do that. But if we don’t pause every once in a while, then we’ll miss out on the now. It is important to allow ourselves the space to just be – to accept and appreciate what is ours right now,
to understand the significance of each emotional connection, to enjoy the fruits of the path we have taken here. It may be increasingly hard to take time out of our busy schedules and ground ourselves in the present, but it is essential that we don’t forget about what is happening right at Sometimes a Sunday afternoon can be just a Sunday afternoon – with its orange tint and lazy idleness and a slow, unimportant pace. It doesn’t always have to be a preMonday. The present can still be enjoyed. All big things are actually small things. The moment is gone – I’m back to my room, and my laptop is on charge. We stare at each other for a minute as it comes back
to life. ‘I should really get those essays started,’ I insist. ‘You are a hash brown,’ my laptop exclaims enthusiastically. Right then. I don’t even like hash browns.
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AUSTRALIA’S music FUTURE is... l ge
Now, listen here – I don’t use the word ‘disgusting’ in any context very often, so I would like to make a point that there is a disgusting amount of male overrepresentation in the Australian music industry. According to research conducted by the University of Sydney’s Women, Work and Leadership Research Group, women still earn less than men in the industry, earn significantly less industry awards, and hold less than 30 percent of top jobs as board of directors of top music publishing companies in Australia. Get this – the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have zero females on the board. Yes, zero.
But rather than merely complaining about the internal workings of the Australian music scene, I would much rather talk about my favourite women in the industry and encourage you to buy and stream their music, grab tickets to their live shows, and catch their live sets at festivals. So, without further ado, here are my favourite Australian female artists leading the way*. *A caveat that all past, present, and future female Australian artists deserve recognition!
Photo credit: Cole Benetts
By now, Sia is a household name. You may know her as the lyrical mastermind of pop (think ‘Titanium’, ‘Chandelier’, and most recently, ‘Flames’ with David Guetta), or you may know her by being the artist who always covers her face with a wig and featured a half-naked Shia LaBeouf in a cage in that music video that one time. Either way, Sia Furler has an incredibly dynamic voice, with enigmatic live performances and outstanding stylised album concepts.
Thelma Plum took my heart when I heard her track ‘Around Here’ for the first time in 2013. She is an Indigenous Australian woman who has accumulated many musical accolades throughout her time as an artist, and manages to find the perfect balance between singing about her Indigenous roots and contemporary Australian culture. Her music exudes warmth, vulnerability, capability, and relatability; a vibe I struggle to find in any other artist as unique as Thelma Plum.
Sia has made an enormous contribution to pop music – not just in Australia, but around the world.
Australia’s music future is...
Tkay Maidza burst onto everyone’s radio with her first EP Switch Tape in 2014, introducing Australia to her energetic pop-electro delivery on tracks such as ‘Brontosaurus’, ‘Switch Lanes’, and ‘M.O.B’.
Photo credit: Dan Segal and Myles Pritchard
By the end of 2017, Tkay had collaborated with massive names such as Basenji, Martin Solveig and Troye Sivan – all while releasing her first fulllength record, TKAY. What Maidza has achieved is a powerful mash of dance, hip-hop and electronic music that fits seamlessly with her voice and style, producing a series of playful, bouncy tracks. She is a force with a unique voice and a formidable presence on stage who absolutely deserves all your attention and energy.
Ngaire Joseph is a Papua New Guinea-born singer who grew up in Sydney and produces neo-soul like no other. Diagnosed with cancer at an early age, Ngaire had learned to live her life with no regrets, which was the driving force for her most recent record, Blastoma. Ngaire’s entire discography exhibits her powerful, soulful voice mixed with electronic motifs and otherworldly imagery in her music. She champions for more people of colour representation in the Australian music industry, and regularly collaborates with local fashion designers to design her outfits to wear during her live performances. Overall, she is an astonishing act, and an amazing woman.
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DYSTOPIAN FUTURES ON FILM Keeping with this editionâ€™s theme of future, this collection of films is heading into the near and dystopian future. From gritty neon cityscapes to corrupt societies and humans living on giant space ships, these flicks have it all and will leave you wondering about the future of humanity.
Watchmen (2009) While not actually set in the future, Watchmen takes place in a dystopian and alternative 1985 timeline and harbours elements from the dystopian genre as well as the superhero genre. Also based on a limited comic series and directed by Zack Snyder, the film is beautifully dark and always worth the watch. The story follows masked vigilante, Rorschach, as he uncovers an elaborate plot to kill superheroes after one of his former comrades is murdered. And of course, like any superhero movie, the band must reunite to save the world.
V for Vendetta (2006)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Based on a comic series, V for Vendetta is set in an alternative future where the United Kingdom is under the control of a Nordic supremacist and neo-fascist. But a revolution is shimmering in London, fuelled by elaborate terrorist acts led by a masked vigilante called V (Hugo Weaving). The revolution spears forward as a young, workingclass woman (Natalie Portman) takes on the mission of freeing humanity from oppression. The film rebels against conventional Hollywood standards and tackles bigger ideas about societies in a compelling way.
While widely known as a monster movie, Pacific Rim is a stand out among the trope of massive monsters surfacing to kill humans. And this is no surprise as it comes from the wonderful filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro, who blends stunning cinematography with strong characters that are well-crafted right alongside the fistpumping action. While the film revolves around giant humancreated monsters smashing sea monsters, the film has an incredible depth that speaks to the courage of humanity.
The Netflix film was not well received, but there are elements that make Mute a perfect addition to this collection of films. Set in a gritty and neon-infused dystopian Berlin, the film is centred around a mute bartender who, while searching for his missing girlfriend, gets mixed up with the cityâ€™s criminal underbelly. Starstudded with the likes of Paul Rudd, Alexander SkarsgĂĽrd, Sam Rockwell and Justin Theroux, the film has flawed and raw characters but does feel way longer than the already lengthy running time.
Dystopian futures on film
The Fifth Element (1997)
Blade Runner (1982)
Although it is ten years old, WALL-E is still a highly entertaining and thoughtprovoking animation film from Pixar and Walt Disney. WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is a tiny square robot that spends his days collecting rubbish on an abandoned Earth. After 700 lonesome years, WALL-E meets EVE, a slender and sleek robot sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Completely smitten with the female robot, WALL-E ventures into space to get his girl and ends up saving the human race.
The Fifth Element opened with split reviews and was labelled the best and the worst summer movie of 1997 but remains a wonderful sci-fi film from the mind of Luc Besson. The fate of the world falls upon a 23rd century cab driver (Bruce Willis) when a girl named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his New York City cab. Under the pressure of time, the two join forces to recover stones that have the power to defend the world. Interestingly, Besson started writing the script when he was a teenager, but the film didn’t launch until he was in his thirties.
Leading the pack of dystopian futures and neo-noir science fiction is Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. The film is the epitome of low-life and high-tech, which is a staple of both genres. Set against a dark and near future, the film revolves around a hard-boiled former police officer (Harrison Ford) working as ‘blade runner’ who retries or kills bioengineered beings called Replicants. But Rick Deckard’s life grows evercomplicated as he falls in love with a Replicant girl. The film became a cult classic and even generated a sequel decades later.
Ready Player One (2018)
The Island (2005)
Ready Player One is the brandspanking new sci-fi from the legendary filmmaker, Steven Spielberg. Based on a novel of the same name, the film is set in a grimy world that’s the seamless balance of low-life surrounded by high-tech. While only being released this year, the film is considered ‘stunning’ and ‘a perfect blend of sugar-rush nostalgia and a cinematic ride’. Set in 2045, the story focuses on an underdog called Wyatt Wade, who embarks on a virtual reality treasure hunt which escalates rapidly into something much larger.
Michael Bay’s The Island is an action thriller set in 2019 and follows the notion of escapefrom-dystopia. On an isolated island is a research facility that creates biological clones used to help keep rich and famous people live longer through organ harvesting and surrogate body parts. Except the clones don’t know they’re clones. Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) uncovers the truth and with Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson) he escapes the island and attempts to expose the truth. The film is fastpaced and filled to the brim with Bay’s signature action.
The last film to join this collection is another one starring Milla Jovovich in a futuristic dystopian set in 2078 where anyone infected with a vampire-like disease called hemoglophagia is sentenced to death. Violet Song (Jovovich) becomes infected, but instead of accepting her fate, she rebels and aims to overthrow the government behind the death sentences with the help of a ragtag team and a boy with the cure in his blood. The video-gameinspired film may not be that original or highly sophisticated, but the outlandish and borderline ridiculous nature makes it somewhat entertaining.
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FUTURE FASHION Trends of 2018 Angel Nikijuluw Yes, us Australians have it hard when it comes to fashion trends. You’re never sure when a trend starts and ends because you don’t know if you should follow the S/S trends while it’s winter in Australia, or follow the A/W trends from the previous year when they are supposed to be enjoyed. I’ve always pondered this (and I would love for someone to break it down for me): are we ahead of trends because we are in summer when the northern hemisphere is in winter, or are we lagging behind?
Glassons Frill Detail Cami in Champagne Shower / $29.99 glassons.com or in-store
But, uh, nonetheless, I really dig these upcoming trends regardless of what season this wretched hemisphere is transitioning into. I love adopting a trend when it fits my style, so I’ll be wearing lavender when everyone else is wearing mustard during winter, and then I’ll keep wearing it until spring when people start catching on with the lavender trend. Hold on… does that mean I’ll be extremely stylishly ahead of everyone else in Australia for a good three months, then? If you want to catch the trend train early (toot toot!), try wearing these during the autumn/ winter festival circuit.
WOMEN Romantic silhouettes Think frills and flowing dresses and skirts paired with soft textiles like silk and chiffon. Glassons Frill Waist Pant in Port Royale / $49.99 glassons.com or in-store
Lavender Continuing from the resurgence of pastel hues last year, lavender has been popping up on runways since late 2017, with Tom Ford, Novis, and MaxMara. Pretty Little Thing Lilac Boyfriend Blazer / $68 prettylittlething.com.au
Fruits & florals While florals have always been trendy in some capacity, pairing the classic pattern with various fruits? Thatâ€™s really cute, if you ask me. Imagine smaller, daintier flower imagery and watercolour prints. ASOS Open Back Halter Maxi Dress in Fruit Print / $64 asos.com
Assembly Label Isolation Shirt Long Sleeve Blue Stripe / $90 assemblylabel.com
Vertical stripes Horizontal stripes are a staple, but what happens when you turn them 90 degrees? An extremely versatile pattern you can dress up or down depending on how you style it.
ASOS DESIGN Oversized Pin Stripe Shirt / $44 asos.com
Wide leg pants Rather than the classic chino, opt for some wide leg pants instead. Honestly, theyâ€™re probably more comfortable too.
Dickies Original 874 Menâ€™s Work Pants in White / $79.99 dickiesaustralia.com
ASOS Wide Leg Smart Pants in Black / $40 asos.com
MEN Checks Checks have always been in fashion, but repurposing it to make it more street-style appropriate has appeared during various fashion weeks since last year.
ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Overcoat in Tanned Check / $149 asos.com
ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Overcoat in Tanned Check / $149 asos.com
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Feature artist –Kajewski-Miller Fruzsi Gál
The future is part of design on the Gold Coast. In a city so new in terms of post-colonial existence, there is very little to look back upon, and so we constantly move forwards. We build high rises and skyscrapers, all glass and shiny metal; we reimagine public spaces with some added concrete here and there; we take more and more of the old and rusty and dented and turn it into something perfect and new It would seem that design, whether it is product, architecture, or graphic design, is a steadfast shift forward in time. Or is it?
Kajewski-Miller is a multidisciplinary brand born of art, wonder, and a determination to reshape the future of design on the Coast. As the brainchild of product design graduate Chris Miller and architecture post-grad student Lisa Kajewski it is very well on its way to achieving this goal. As a result of their diverse focuses, the two often think very differently and this is admittedly what makes their work great – as Chris points out, ‘To work in tandem, to have someone you can always bump off of makes generating ideas a lot easier’. At the moment, primarily concerned with products, it is a concept that has far-reaching aspirations in the field of design. Sometimes industrial, often simple and minimalistic, yet always full of charm and character, the products created by the KajewskiMiller duo are a configuration of both the then and the now. Although some of their products undoubtedly hold a modern edge in their minimalism, it is their
uniqueness that lifts this design brand above and beyond. ‘Our brand is a counter-reaction to everything having to look so new and perfect all the time. We love things that develop a character with age. We want a story behind the pieces that people buy – we want to create a human connection with these products. The things that we surround ourselves with define us and we don’t want that defining element of who you are to define someone else the same way. It is about imperfection, about character, about individual connections’. In a world so accustomed to internationally manufactured, 13-a-dozen products, KajewskiMiller is a breath of fresh air. Not only do they turn imperfections to their own advantage, but they are also ardent believers of locally made, supported, and bought products and designs. As Lisa points out, ‘We as a society have gone from local to international, and now we’re slowly gravitating back to local again’. This shows not only in the Gold Coast’s product
scene, but also in arts, in music, in culture and architecture. The Coast as a community is growing an appreciation and support for the concepts originating not internationally, but from here. As Chris says, the Gold Coast is starting to gain a cultural identity, especially in the field of design; something that was lacking only a few years ago. ‘We have gone through this massive evolution of technological change and now we are able to utilise those at a local scale. This means we can now compete with the international market as well. It is also important to accept that there is going be changes and new machineries and new technologies all the time – they can be beneficial but they shouldn’t be the epitome of what a business is. The robot is a tool, just like a hammer, used to make, create, and generate wonder through the products and the projects we do’. But at the heart of it all, Kajewski-Miller still retains a handmade, locally sourced uniqueness.
As a brand leading the future of design on the Coast, the pair are also extremely conscious about the importance of sustainability. For example, left-over concrete or brass and copper plates are used to make earrings, which are then sold as well. By consciously taking these proactive steps, Lisa and Chris hope to initiate a shift in the mindset of others. When asked about it, Chris seems disturbed that eco-friendliness isn’t more of a core value for brands such as theirs. ‘Sustainability should be inherent in every business. In a lot of ways, most of the stuff that needs to change isn’t that hard – it’s just a mindset’. Surrounded by brands – whether design or otherwise – like theirs, the pair hopes to enact these changes in all aspects of their future endeavours. Although at this point they are primarily focusing on furniture, they hope to branch out and have a variety in their design studio. While they concentrate on bringing things back to
their organic, local, raw origins, they also admit that it’s important not to deny the future. As detailed on their website, ‘the studio utilises new advancements in manufacturing combined with the traditional hand crafted fabrication techniques of the past’, thus blending the then and the now. ‘We will have a machine cutting out the parts for us, but then we add the finalising touches to it by hand. It is this that makes our work different’. And what awaits the Gold Coast in the future? ‘We are seen as a city that doesn’t really have much but hotels, bars, and the beach. Everyone is starting to see that there is a lot more to it. Now we are beginning to appreciate our own cultural products a lot more’. Although those characteristics are inherent to an understanding of a place we call home, the ever-changing
cultural landscape of it is becoming more local, more perfectly imperfect, and more sustainable. Through the products we choose to buy and the businesses we choose to support, we have the chance to actively aid these changes. Kajewski-Miller is undoubtedly a building block in this progress. ‘We still have a long way to go, but we are still very young as a city. Because we don’t have that longevity of history, our work is a reaction to the fact that everything seems so shiny and new. I think a lot of people crave a sense of history in things – and that’s what we’re trying to give’.
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Creepers and cupcakes
Creepers and Cupcakes is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that has a beautiful, sophisticated look and has won many awards including Cosmopolitan’s ‘Best Beauty Influencer’ and UK Blog Awards’ ‘Best Photography Blog’. Although the overall look is very up market, the products and looks are all very recreatable on a student budget and the lifestyle blogs contain a good dose of reality and humour.
Imagine if you could turn all of the random, harebrained stuff you do with your mates into videos… and people would actually watch them. This is essentially what happened to Dude Perfect, a YouTube phenomenon that was allegedly born out of a half-hearted bet – a free lunch for a trick shot. Since then the quintuplet has produced video after video of trick shots on steroids.
Creepers and Cupcakes is written by Kristina Maggiora and makes the Online cut this edition thanks in no small part to the fact that she started writing the blog while she was a student. So whether you are into fashion or not, Creepers and Cupcakes is a great place to stop by for some inspiration if you are looking to get your own passion project off the ground and into blog form.
If you think a blind shot from the three-point line is insane, prepare to have your mind blown. Dude Perfect deliver must-be-seen-to-be-believed tricks shots with basketballs, crossbows, fidget spinners, ping-pong, bottle flips and more. They’ll also throw in some comedy sketches to boot. With almost 30 million subscribers on YouTube, Due Perfect is worth checking out.
youtube.com/dudeperfect Goodreads Website Bibliophiles unite! Goodreads is a word-nerd paradise. The website allows you to set up your own account to create a virtual bookshelf where you can rate and, if you wish review every book you have ever read (or add books you would like to read). You can set yourself a reading goal for the year with the 2018 Reading Challenge and the site will let you know if you are ahead or behind schedule. In addition to being able to read others’ reviews and ratings, Goodreads has an infinite number of lists to help you locate your next book. Want to find great sci-fi, books about trains, or a book published in 1975? Too easy with Goodreads. The site often holds online events and Q&As with authors, and will let you know when your favourite authors will be online. goodreads.com Online
If you ever venture out of the Gold Coast at night to somewhere that isn’t a permanent glow of high-rise, you might be impressed to spot a few shiny things up in the sky. SkyView is a nifty app that lets you point your phone at the sky to tell you exactly what it is you are looking at. It not only names the stars above you but also lets you know which constellation they are a part of. The app can tell you everything you need to know about the night sky and helps you locate and learn about the stars, satellites, constellations, planets and galaxies swirling above you. One of the best features of this app is that you don’t need to have WiFi or GPS enabled to use it. Whether you are a star-junkie or your astronomy knowledge is limited to your Southern Cross tattoo, SkyView is an exciting and fun app to play with. terminaleleven.skyview
Moment App How many minutes do you spend on your phone every day? How often do you pick your phone up just to check it? Moment can tell you all this and more, and you may be surprised at the results. While we all know that we probably spend too much time checking our phones, Moment gives you an uncomfortable reality check and is the app equivalent of passive-aggressive emotional blackmail in the very best way. Moment’s basic features are free (and these functions are certainly enough to give you a realistic picture of your screen time usage) or you can pay a small once-off subscription for more in-depth analysis and access to digital detox style boot camps. The app allows you to set a daily limit based on your own expectations of reasonable usage. If you exceed your limit the app will send you reminders to let you know how many minutes you have clocked for the day. Even if you are pretty happy with your overall screen usage, Moment can help you be more deliberate with your usage and make you aware if you are just picking up your phone out of habit. Many of us have a long list of big and small goals that we’d love to pursue ‘if we had time’ – Moment will definitely blow that excuse right out of the water. inthemoment.io 51
A Quiet Place Bec Marshallsay
2018 Running time: 90 minutes Genre: Horror, thriller Director: John Krasinski With a relatively modest promotion, you may not have heard of A Quiet Place. But the softly spoken thrill-fest has been quietly generating a buzz. Directed by John Krasinksi (Jim from the U.S. version of The Office), A Quiet Place is horror movies done right. A Quiet Place centres on Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) who, with their three children, have carved out a low decibel existence to escape the notice of mysterious predatory creatures who hunt by sound. One of the beauties of this film is that little time is spent on unnecessary plot exposition, and the origin of the monsters remains unexplained. The approach is much along the lines of a need to know basis – and what you need to know as an audience is that some big, mean and very bitey creatures have appeared and decimated society,
pushing survivors like the Abbots into a hushed, fend-for-yourself existence. Much like the underappreciated Signs, the film is disinterested in the bigger picture and stays tightly and intimately focused in on the experiences of the Abbotts. The experience is a tense one, as the audience learns early on that all but the most minor sounds will bring swift and brutal retaliation. What makes A Quiet Place work so well is that it strikes the right balance of old and familiar horror tropes with interesting new angles or unexpected twists. The biggest stake-raiser for A Quiet Place is the late-stage pregnancy of Evelyn. While the audience marvels at the cleverly crafted life the Abbots have created to escape the creatures’ notice, this is undercut by an anticipatory dread of what’s to come. There is the pressing question, how to you give birth and raise a newborn baby in complete silence? The film is well cast, with Krasinski, Blunt and Krasinski’s impressive beard (it basically emotes on its
own) heading up the family. Their film children are no less impressive with Millicent Simmonds all but stealing the show as the oldest child, Regan. Regan, like Simmonds herself, is deaf. This creates an engaging storyline as Regan’s family, and the audience is forced to confront its knee-jerk assumption that her deafness will be an inherent risk or set-back for the family. This is despite significant advantages that this immediately affords them such as the ability to communicate in silence via American Sign Language. Although the film is touted as a horror movie, and comes complete with the requisite big bad monsters, most of its impact comes from tense thrills and edgeof-your-seat anticipation. If you are one of those people who can cope with a thriller but steers away from straight horror, then A Quiet Place is just the film for you. Verdict: Tip your snacks into a rustle-proof container, suck on your popcorn, and enjoy the quiet perfection of A Quiet Place.
Staying at Tamara’s George Ezra Angel Nikijuluw Im going to be honest – I’ve never listened to George Ezra before. Except for those few isolated times where I’ve had to (sitting in the lounge room while his track ‘Blame It on Me’ plays in the background of a car ad). So, when I decided to listen to his new record, Staying at Tamara’s, I wasn’t expecting what I actually heard.
wildly successful record, Wanted on Voyage, in 2014. George Ezra sings about solitude and escapism in ‘Don’t Matter Now’, a little bit about love in ‘The Beautiful Dream’ (which is my favourite), and a lot about letting go in ‘Shotgun’. Staying at Tamara’s sounds like the type to grace the top of a summer playlist
– and although I don’t mind it, I’m probably just going to stick to my fifteenth Kpop playlist. So, if you’re into a little bit of Ed Sheeran mixed with Jake Bugg mixed with The Lumineers, Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra is for you.
At face value, he doesn’t look like the type to belt out a charming chorus with a rich baritone. However, his deep voice sits nicely with the light guitar and the faint tambourines, and he manages to carry the feel-good, open-air live shows with sing-along choruses for a full 37 minutes. After listening to Staying at Tamara’s, I couldn’t imagine Ezra’s voice fitting into any genre other than the folk-pop he been working in since his first
Salt Creek Lucy Treloar Bec Marshallsay Salt Creek is the debut novel from Melbourne-based writer, Lucy Treloar. It is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction that captures the hope, sadness and brutality of life in rural Australia during the nineteenth century. Treloar balances poetic and sophisticated writing with clear and engaging storytelling. Starting in 1855, Salt Creek is the story of the Finch family from the point of view of their oldest daughter, the teenaged Hester. Financial misfortune forces the Finches out of their comfortable life in Adelaide to try their luck as graziers on the untested land at the remote edge of South Australia. Their new life at Salt Creek is tough and isolated however they are not alone. The region is home
to the Ngarrindjeri people whose lives will never be the same after the arrival of the Finch family. The new residents are bent on taming the land and reshaping the local people to meet their own standards of civilised, and the results are predictably tragic. Treloar captures the majesty of the salt swept Coorong region, 130 kilometres of coastline that is both barren and brimming. The landscape manages to seep itself into the very fibres of the Finch family in a way that will transform them into the best and worst versions of themselves. Salt Creek is a wonderful read for anyone with even the slightest interest in Australian history or historical fiction as a genre. While there are notes of the serious and the sombre, it is lively and engaging enough to keep you turning over the pages with ease and enjoyment.
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GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE Sunday sessions Bec Marshallsay
Having a free Sunday to spend as you please might be one of the greatest pleasures known to humankind. This edition Geta is helping you plan the perfect Sunday session to make the most of those beautiful gems when they come along. Whether you like a traditional Sunday session that includes an afternoon of lazy beers or you are looking for something sans booze, these Sunday sesh ideas are built on a foundation of good times with good friends, and will help you take relaxing to the next level.
If you like to keep it traditional then you can’t go past a cheeky cold one to finish off the week (or start it, depending on your calendar). On the Gold Coast we are lucky to be part of a growing craft beer industry that is throwing up boutique watering holes almost as fast as high-rise.
We might have talked it up before but you really haven’t done the Gold Coast until you’ve had a picnic on Burleigh Hill. Pack your own picnic or pick up takeaway from one of the dozens of eateries around James Street. Snag a spot high on the hill if scenic views are your priority or pitch your rug down on the flat if you want to pop out onto the sand for a bit of beach cricket or something a bit more active.
If you’ve never tried barefoot bowls then you are missing out on an absolute treat of a way to spend Sunday. Barefoot bowls is the type of ‘getting active’ that most of us can get behind – a little bit of sunshine, a relaxed pace, some friendly competition, and an optional beverage in hand.
Our current favourite is the relatively new player, Lost Palms Brewing Co, who have set up a very pink and very funky brew house on Oak Avenue, Miami. Roll in from 12 pm on Sundays to enjoy some great locally brewed beers. If you need an added incentive, Lost Palms is running $2 Tacos Sundays every Sunday till the end of June. You might also like to check out the well-established, Burleigh Brewing Co., whose regular line-up includes live music and tempting food trucks. At Currumbin, Balter (co-founded by surf legends Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson) also offers a mean Sunday sesh, while Stone & Wood is a great option if you are down Byron way.
Despite recent pressure from the Gold Coast City Council to limit their activities, Sundays at Burleigh usually involve an impressive display from Bong Beats and other impromptu performers. From around 5 pm the park comes alive with bongo drummers, slackliners, and fire twirlers. In March the Council erected signs to ban drumming, slacklining and fire twirling in the park, but under public pressure they have changed their approach from an outright ban to a requirement that participants have appropriate insurance in place. You don’t want to miss this lively display. Get the hell outta here
Most of the bowls clubs offer barefoot bowls sessions from around $5 per person as well as the option to hang around for a well-priced feed afterwards. Southport Bowls Club is your best option close to campus and includes free BBQ facilities so you can BYO snags. However there are no shortage of greens with clubs at Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads and Tugun all offering a Sunday session. Make sure you contact your local club to see if bookings are required.
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