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2014: A Year of Epic Fail

18th December 2014 by James Bareham @happicamp

THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE EPIC FAIL

Last Sunday, Aaron Sorkin, the script writer behind ‘The West Wing’ penned a dramatic op-ed piece in The New York Times. In it, he railed against the media for publishing content from some of the thousands of stolen documents hacked from Sony’s servers by a shadowy group calling itself (rather bizarrely) the ‘Guardians of Peace’.

Mr Sorkin was subject and sometimes author of a number of hacked emails between Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin; he comes off rather better than Ms Pascal and Mr Rudin, whose comments have widely been reported as insulting, racist and sexist. Read more...

An Extraordinary Gentleman. Photo illustration ©James Bareham

Our Steampunk World

5th December 2014 by Graham Scott @grahamfellow

WHY WE ARE ALL STEAMPUNK NOW

MacBook Air run by a steam engine. Ancient, very long hunting rifle with the latest electronic telescopic sights. A futuristic car with the driver in brass goggles and long gauntlets. Welcome to the world of Steampunk. The relevance to FHQ? Because this is how the world in the West is rapidly going. A mix of manly Victorian and uber-tech. Think those heroic Victorian moustaches blending into Hipster facial topiary. Read more...

Four years training for two minutes. Then what?  Photo © James Bareham

Goals Are For Losers

19th November 2014 by Graham Scott @grahamfellow

GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!

It’s that moment of release in a football match, the culmination of the rising tension and expectation, the final shot. The moment the player throws his arms into the air and screams, the crowd explodes, the commentator takes leave of his senses. It’s the money shot.

But goals are for losers.

Which is strange because we’re taught that goals are important. Goals for losing weight, getting a promotion, learning Tagalog. How are you going to move forward if you don’t have goals? Read more...

Photo @Francesco Tonelli

Francesco Tonelli – From Chef to Photographer

13th November 2014 by James Bareham @happicamp

Describing Francesco Tonelli as a food photographer is rather like saying Pavarotti was a singer. Both statements are perfectly true, but don’t come close to expressing the depth of their talent; nor do they do justice to just how hard they worked at it.

Like Pavarotti, Francesco is from Northern Italy. From early childhood he had a deep passion for cooking and, by the time he was 14, he was already working in the kitchen with his brother who was a chef. Read more...

Sink, swim...or float. Photo @James Bareham

The Rising Tide of Technology: This is FHQ

11th November 2014 by James Bareham @happicamp

The ‘Great Recession’, which began in 2008, wiped around 14 trillion dollars off the face of the financial world. This first major crash of the 21st Century destroyed national economies, companies, and the careers of literally millions of people; over eight million people lost their jobs in the US alone. It’s safe to say that 2008 was a pretty bad year for an awful lot of people.

2014 has seen the banking sector return to near record levels of growth and the US economy  recover all of the jobs it lost. Read more...

©Henry Hargreaves - No Seconds

‘No Seconds’ on Death Row

5th November 2014 by James Bareham @happicamp

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has scheduled the last execution of this year to fall on December 3rd. This is the date chosen for Scott Panetti—a man who is widely regarded as mentally ill—to die.

Scott Panetti will not be given a choice for his last meal. He’ll get what he’s given and like it or lump it. The option for Texas death row inmates to order anything they wanted to eat prior to their execution was ended back in 2011. Read more...

This gives new meaning to 'My computer's fried.' Photo: @Henry Hargreaves

Technology Killed My Career. And Saved My Life

3rd November 2014 by Graham Scott @grahamfellow

In the first of a series, we show how technology can not only be the destroyer of worlds but make your digital phoenix rise again.

YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS IS TWO WAYS: VIEW ONE

My career went down the tubes when I was approaching my half century. The publishing and creative industries have not been decimated, since that’s a Roman phrase that means one in ten men were killed. What happened to the creative industries was more like a massacre. Read more...

Chic Childs - Seven Sins Tattoo

Chic Child – Paint, Draw, Design. Tattoo?

3rd November 2014 by Graham Scott @grahamfellow

When Chic Child was coming up 40, he rang some friends. Could he come and stay for a bit? A father, designer and coming up to middle age, he turned up at his friends with his entire set of possessions – a motorbike and a rucksack.

He stayed with friends for over a month which, he points out, ‘was nice of them since I was sleeping on a camp bed in their dining room, and they were in the middle of a divorce.’

Behind him he left a wrecked marriage. Read more...