Comment | The Adelaide City Council’s message to certain innovative South Australian small businesses couldn’t be clearer – go away and don’t come back.
Despite our community’s anguish over worsening business conditions and increasing unemployment, the council appears to be attempting to re-regulate parts of the city economy that were only recently freed up.
I’m not sure what economic hypothesis it’s following in all this – let’s call it “Bugger-off Theory”.
A few years ago a zephyr of fresh air wafted through Adelaide’s culturally stale streets – and it was driven by deregulation.
The council, under former Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, wanted to bring life to the city’s dead corners. Among other measures, it fostered a mobile food vendor Full Story »
DESIGN | “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” stated science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke.
That magic was evident the moment Voxiebox co-inventors Will Tamblyn and Gavin Smith first laid eyes on their creation – a holographic volume of light, floating in the darkness.
“It really was magical,” Smith says. “One of the first things we displayed was a little T-Rex dinosaur. It wasn’t an image of a dinosaur; it was an actual dinosaur. You could walk around it and see it from every angle. It was a model made out of light.”
Smith and Tamblyn are two parts of VOXON, a company that reaches from South Australia to Silicon Valley. Their invention is the Voxiebox – a swept-surface volumetric display.
In other wo Full Story »
RESTAURANT REVIEW | Following the recent sale of The Stag Hotel on East Terrace, one of its new owners, Phil Speakman, was quoted as saying he wanted to model it on his much-loved local, The Lion.
The report made one error, saying that, like The Lion, The Stag would have no pokies. Well, The Lion does have pokies, but they’re so out of sight and so financially insignificant that anyone could be excused for thinking they didn’t exist.
In fact, Lion co-owner Tim Gregg, who bought the hotel with partner Andrew Svencis in 1998, says though they inherited a handful of pokies they didn’t use them for two years, and then only because they risked losing their pokie licence. Even now he reckons they’d have made more money keeping the space for functions.
So let’s think of both the new St Full Story »
WEEKEND PICKS | The 2015 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival opens this weekend, bringing an explosion of visual art at 550 venues across the state.
Other weekend picks include the State Theatre Company’s production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a stunning showcase of nature photography at the South Australian Museum, an Adelaide Symphony Orchestra tribute to great Russian composers, Australian pioneer of Indian spiritual music Dya Singh at Nexus Live, and a concert of songs from The Beatles’ Rubber Soul and Revolver albums.
More than 5000 artists will be exhibiting their work during the 2015 SALA Festival. SALA features a wide range of art exhibitions – including sculpture, painting, jewellery and multi-medi Full Story »
One of the world’s leading mathematicians, Flinders University alumnus Terry Tao, will return to Adelaide to give a public lecture in September.
The research professor in math at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1999, will speak on one of his areas of expertise, Large and Small Gaps in the Primes, at Adelaide Town Hall on 28 September.
The presentation, looking at “many questions about the gaps between consecutive prime numbers which are not completely solved after decades of effort”, will mark the start of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, hosted by Flinders University, from 28 September to 1 October.
Other keynote speakers include other professors from the University of California, Princeton and New York Universities, Oxford Univers Full Story »