A number of eschatological beliefs predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012 — the last day of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar. In preparation for the apocalypse, survivalists turned to YouTube to learn how to best live off-grid, while conspiracy theorists flocked to the French village of Bugarach to access a mountain thought to be the landing site of a UFO that would rescue them from disaster. In Taipei, art student Pin Chun Kuo was far more accepting of her fate, and settled on photography as the medium for her salvation. 

“People kept telling me that artists are never recognized until after they’re dead,” she says. So on January 1, 2012, Pin — an installation artist whose work explores the relationship between pop culture, contemporary society and modern technology — picked up a polaroid camera and took her first self-portrait. It was an ominous shot, lit by

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It was negative 13 degrees Celsius (8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) when Lorelou Desjardins took a break from her workday to take a walk on the frozen lake near her home in Oslo, Norway. She was accompanied by her husband, who had recently been on four months of paternity leave, and their infant son.

a group of people standing next to a body of water: A youth prepares to jump into cold water at the Oslo harbor.

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A youth prepares to jump into cold water at the Oslo harbor.

a man riding a snow board on a body of water: Two men skate on an icy lake in Trondheim, Norway.

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Two men skate on an icy lake in Trondheim, Norway.

Not only was she encouraged by her employer to take this walk — she is paid one hour per week to exercise or spend time outdoors. It’s one of the several times she goes outdoors during the workday.


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Other times are to put her 1-year-old out for a nap, wrapped up in blankets outdoors, like they do with him and the other babies in day care,

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Over the holidays, ASUS Philippines sent over the massive ROG Swift PG43UQ display for us to tinker and hook our PlayStation 5 to. They claimed, at that time, that it was the best monitor they have for consoles. Granted that I was already using a console gaming-specific monitor from ASUS prior to the upgrade–the ASUS CG34uq, I was quite curious how this new one would fare.

So, after weeks of usage, here are our thoughts on this 43-inch massive monitor.


There were several design changes done to the ROG Swift PG43UQ versus previous versions. Whereas ROG gaming monitors of yesteryears sport loud, burly and somewhat bulky design aesthetics that scream gaming, we’ve seen a more minimalist approach for this display. Compared to previous models, the ROG Swift PG43UQ features a sleeker design overall. In fact, aside from the ASUS ROG logo centered at the bottom bezel, there’s

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The news may have come a couple of weeks too late for Australian Open tennis players’ liking, but W Hotels has just unveiled its second hotel in Australia – the much anticipated W Melbourne. W Melbourne aims to add to Melbourne’s buzzing cultural, fashion and foodie scene and has today, the 4th of February 2021, opened its doors to the public.

Part of Marriott International, the hotel is Melbourne’s first luxury lifestyle hotel. Located at 408 Flinders Lane – in the heart of an eclectic dining and edgy fashion district – W-Melbourne intends to bring the community’s “iconic laneway culture and emerging music scene” to life.

Though time (and Instagram hashtags) will tell if that will happen, the hotel certainly has the amenities to back up that claim (or at least help guests have a luxurious experience, regardless of what they find outside the establishment’s walls).

W Hotels worked with

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