Katja van der Kamp

112 Added | 6 Magazines | 1 Like | 5 Following | 5 Followers | @KatjavanderKamp | Keep up with Katja van der Kamp on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Katja van der Kamp”

Three shirts, four pairs of trousers: meet Japan's 'hardcore' minimalists

Fumio Sasaki gave away the majority of his possessions and now lives with just the bare essentials<p>Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meagre scattering of various other …

Minimalism

The New "Thor" Movie Has The Hulk And A New Villainess

I need an adult.

South America

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

Social Sciences

Baltimore psychologist pioneers team using psychedelics as ‘sacred’ medicine

William Richards, who began studying psychedelics in Germany in 1963, is convinced LSD and psilocybin drugs can transform people’s lives for the better<p>Baltimore is known to many as the heroin capital of the US. If William Richards has anything to do with it, it may also become the nation’s most …

Psychedelia

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

9 Inspiring Bedrooms Styled by IKEA Stylists

With autumn upon us, it's always nice to focus on the cozy things in life and a little refresh in the bedroom is a nice way to start. Ikea stylists …

Interior Design

10 Tipsy Houses That Should Have Called It a Night

Go home, houses, you're drunk.<p>Sure, there's a good reason why these homes are tilted, wobbly, or crooked. But we like to think they just had a little too much to drink.

Afternoon Tea

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

11 Things People With Spotless Houses Do Every Day

A few good habits can keep your home looking — and smelling — like new.<p>Let's face it: No one wants to — or has time to — make a second job out of cleaning their home. And that's okay. We polled home bloggers and other busy folks to find out what little things they do daily to keep their places …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

'The Usual Suspects': 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About This Modern Classic

Who is Keyser Soze?<p>20 years ago this week (August 16, 1995), audiences uncovered the answer to that question -- and they're still reeling from it two decades later.<p>"The Usual Suspects" is an intricately plotted crime thriller that, despite the big twist at the end, never feels convoluted but rather …

Movies

The Full Trailer For Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Is Here And It’s Glorious

We’ve gotten a few brief looks at Quentin Tarantino’s <i>The Hateful Eight</i>, including a brief teaser back in April and word of a full trailer out of Comic-Con, but now we’ve got the real deal, from The Weinstein Company. Almost two and a half full minutes! Jeez, way to make me look bad.<p>The eight in …

Fish

Here’s Your First Look at Anthony Hopkins’s Demonic Robot Cowboy TV Show

Just before the super-sized <i>True Detective</i> finale Sunday night, HBO premiered the first look at <i>Westwood</i>, the sci-fi western drama that should help usher in a whole new age for the channel. The series is an updated version of <b>Michael Crichton’s</b> directorial debut film, <i>Westworld</i>, a cowboy-centric …

TV

Science’s under-discussed problem with confirmation bias

We are all subject to confirmation bias — a cherry picked selection of the information we receive — in our choices of media, often without even …

Quentin Tarantino is 'retrofitting 50 theaters in the world' with special projectors so they can show his new film properly

In anticipation of his new film "The Hateful Eight," which was shot entirely in 70mm, Tarantino will reportedly take it upon himself to install 70mm projectors in 50 theaters worldwide.<p>The frames on a 70mm film are nearly the same height as standard 35mm film, but about twice as wide (and cost …

Star Wars

Blunt Talk Sneak Peek: Sir Patrick Stewart Channels His Inner Bad Boy

Cocaine, pills and cop cars, oh my!<p>In an exclusive sneak peek at Starz’s upcoming new series <i>Blunt Talk</i>, Sir Patrick Stewart appears to be attempting …

Dragon Quest 8 Artwork Showcases New Characters for 3DS

Still only confirmed for Japan.<p>A poster for the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King has surfaced, showcasing the two new …

Enix

Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society

Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek and the X-Files in the run up to the millennium amid security concerns<p>For years Star Trek fans – known as Trekkies – have been the butt of jokes about their penchant for wearing pointy ears and attending science fiction conventions.<p>But the police …

Science Fiction
Gaming

20 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener

All of these beauties are easy to keep alive.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn't mean you can't flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a <i>must</i> when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for …

'Space Pirate Captain Harlock' Finally Receives A Western Domestic Release

The 2013 CG adaptation of one of manga and anime’s most revered and loved series, that of Space Pirate Captain Harlock, will finally be receiving a domestic release on March 31st.<p>Captain Harlock was originally the creation of Leiji Matsumoto and was adored by fans across the world for his stoic …

Anime

13 Super Scary Staircases

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.<p>The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

Skyrim's subway map makes the Morthal-Solitude commute so much easier

Now, <i>this</i> is how to fast travel in <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.</i><p>From Reddit's Imaginary Maps subreddit (fascinating in its own right) comes this original work by user sylpheed — Skyrim imagined as a network of metro tubes. Gaze upon it full size here:<p>Like all good subway maps, this is schematic and …

How your face betrays your personality and health

We are more than just a pretty face. It turns out the shape, size and even colour of our looks can relay some very important information about our personalities, health and sexuality. David Robson investigates.<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul …

Psychology

Sansa’s Badass Plot Confirmed and 6 Other Things You Might Have Missed in the Game of Thrones Trailer

What follows is an (over)analysis of the new <i>Game of Thrones</i> trailer based on production information and book knowledge. In other words, there are a few speculative spoilers here, so you might want to proceed with caution if you haven’t read the books.<p>First of all, here’s a refresher on the …

TV Series

A Season 2 Game of Thrones Favorite Will Make a Surprise Return This Year

As we get closer to the <i>Game of Thrones</i> premiere on April 12, HBO has started releasing more and more info. We now have episode titles for the first four episodes and vague plot synopses for the first three. But even more exciting is a little nugget of info buried among the cast listing. Spoilers …

TV Series

The Solitude of 'Skyrim' Remains The Remedy For An Overly-Connected Age

The first thing I did when I got my new gaming PC set up was to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. The second? I downloaded Steam and installed Skyrim straight away.<p>I did it as a test of sorts. I’d never played Skyrim on PC before, because my past computers have always been too …

The Elder Scrolls

Atheism’s shocking woman problem: What’s behind the misogyny of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris?

As a movement, New Atheism seems like it would be so compatible with feminism — and yet that hasn’t been the case<p>At first blush, it would seem that an atheist movement would be exactly the sort of thing that would attract many women. After all, much of the oppression of women—from forced veiling to …