The 10 highest-paid DJs in the world (darn I’m still stuck on 11):
With the increasing popularity and resurgenceof electronic dance music, better known as EDM, DJ paydays have also seen a record high.
The top ten “Electronic Cash Kings,” as Forbes calls them, earned anywhere from $7 million to $22 million in the past year alone.
As Forbes points out:
One need only look at the recent activities of the genre’s most prominent practitioners: Last year, Skrillex was one of the main attractions at Coachella; last month, Deadmau5 ended up on the cover of Rolling Stone; last week, Kaskade became the first electronic act to sell out the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The proof is in the hundred-dollar ticket prices, EDM is officially mainstream. And the top earners who hide behind computers with headphones on, all of whom are male, are reaping the benefits.
And unlike rock bands and pop stars who take home just one-third of gross ticket sales, DJ’s production costs are often extremely minor as they simply require a USB stick, headphones and a laptop.
Oh! I almost forgot! Tonight I’ll (number 11 on the list) be DJ-ing HERE (Pump, in the Amsterdam Sugar Factory).
Turns out there’s scientific truth to the proclamation “Music is my drug:”
Is music humanity’s drug of choice? What is the mysterious power behind it’s ability to captivate, stimulate and keep us coming back for more? Find out the scientific explanation of how a simple mixture of sound frequencies can affect your brain and body, and why it’s not all that different than a drug like cocaine.Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE
The state of our planet?
In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.
The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.
It is also part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by anthropocene.info
What’s your Pantone skin colour?
Humanae is a lovely art work by Angelica Dass, who matches people with their pantone colour:
Entire home made from 1 billion decommissioned € notes:
Ever wonder what happens to misprinted currency? In the case of decommissioned Euro notes, the money gets shredded and formed into a papery brick. The blocks hold no monetary value and are likely viewed as useless hunks of paper by the masses, but not to Irish artist, Frank Buckley.
Buckley collected the pulped bricks totalling over 1 billion euro’s worth of paper shredded to build his art installation:
The Dublin-based artist was unemployed thanks to Ireland’s economic crisis and as he watched friends and family lose their possessions and homes over nothing more than a lack of paper currency to call their own, he decided to channel his frustration until, the house made of shredded currency was born. Buckley built the house, which he dubbed the Billion Euro House, with the help of a local hardware store that donated some basic building materials to get Buckley started. At this point, the house serves as Buckley’s residence during weekdays, and he lives in the garden shed of his family homes (that he is no longer able to live in) on weekends. After having opened the house to the public, Buckley received more than 300 visitors in just a couple of days. His goal to make something out of nothing has been reached as far as he is concerned, and thankfully, the mint who gave him the money bricks in the first place has decided to let Buckley treat his allotment of shredded bills as a loan that will be disposed of when he is finished with them. Buckley plans to add a kitchen to his Billion Euro House in the near future.
How an engineering student designed the Recycling Logo (for $2,500):
In 1970, Gary Anderson was a 23-year-old college student at the University of Southern California, when a Chicago container company held a design contest to raise awareness about the environment. Anderson’s submission won, and it became the internationally recognized recycling logo — and a design classic that ranks with the Coca-Cola and Nike marks.
Despite a clear talent for the medium, Anderson actually became an architect rather than a graphic designer… Check out the full account on the Financial Times. Then remind yourself; you may become most well known for the work by which you’d prefer not to define your career. (And you may make all of $2,500 for it.)
Henrik Vibskov is on another level. Artist, musician, fashion and stage designer, he is an endless source of inspiration:
To describe Henrik Vibskov as merely a fashion designer would be a vast understatement. As an artist, passionate musician, innovative stage designer, and head of his trendsetting eponymous fashion label he is at the vanguard of a new generation of creative multi-taskers. Gestalten.tv visited him in his Copenhagen studio for a chat about music, colors, the first comprehensive monograph of his remarkably versatile creative vision and (not) being your typical Scandinavian designer:
The Best And Worst Places In The World To Be A Woman:
This infographic crunches data on maternal health, economic status, education, contraception use, and other factors to show where women are doing well and where their lives can be exceptionally hard.
It’s not particularly easy being a woman in most countries; even in areas where women are presumably seen as equal to men, their pay is often lacking. But that’s just one part of the problem. In some places, women receive minimal education, have a short life expectancy, are likely to lose a child at some point, and don’t have easy access to medical treatment.