Monday, October 15, 2018

London - Somerset - London, 13-10-18 & 14-10-18

London to Somerset, 13-10-18
Joe Le Taxi - Vanessa Paradis
Wouldn't It Be Good? - Cascada
Twist And Shout - Salt-N-Pepa
Leader of the Pack - Twisted Sister
The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
Epic - Faith No More
Promise Me - Beverley Craven
Benny Hill [TV Theme] - Benny Hill
Zambesi - Piranhas
Mushaboom - Feist
Tthhee Ppaarrttyy (Radio Edit) - Justice
Burning Love - Wynonna
Prince Harry - Soho Dolls
In the Middle of Nowhere (Remix) - Dusty Springfield
I Should Have Known Better - Jim Diamond
Jaded - Aerosmith
Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (single) - We Are Scientists
I Love My Boss - Moxy Fruvous
Let's All Chant - The Michael Zager Band
Grace Kelly (single) - Mika
Toxic Milkshake - Kelis vs. Britney Spears
Foolish Little Girl - The Shirelles
Rich and Strange - Cud
Backfire At the Disco - The Wombats
A Bar In Amsterdam - Katzenjammer
Push the Button - Sugababes
We don't have to take our clothes off (ext) - Jermaine Stewart
I've Been Thinking about you - London Beat
My Sharona - Polysics
I'm a Believer (feat. Reeves & Mortimer) - EMF
Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
When Smokey Sings - ABC
Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
In For The Kill - La Roux
Fantastic Man - William Onyeabor
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - The Blues Brothers
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Torn - Ednaswap
White riot - The Clash
Rawhide - The Blues Brothers
Rabbit - Chas 'N' Dave
Ain't got a clue - The Lurkers
Video Killed The Radio Star (ext) - The Buggles
Our Lips are Sealed - The Go-Go's
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo (2005) - Tony Christie
The Land Of Make Believe - Bucks Fizz
All She Ever Wants - Spunge
Here I Go Again ('87 Remix) - Whitesnake

Somerset to London, 14-10-18
Screamager - Therapy?
I Will Survive - The Puppini Sisters
Take On Me (techno remix) - a-ha
Special - Garbage
Hippychick - SoHo
Valerie (Baby J Remix Ft Rukus, Precha, Alex Blood and Malik) - Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson
The Wire - HAIM
I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now - John Shuttleworth
I Know Something About Love - Vonda Shepard
Cynical Girl - Marshall Crenshaw
Whiskey In The Jar - Metallica
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - David Grant & Jaki Graham
I Wish I Could Fly (Orville's Song) - Keith Harris & Orville
Driving In My Car - Madness
Summer Nights - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John & Cast
Sonic Boom Boy - Westworld
The Tide Is High (Lasgo Remix) - Atomic Kitten
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha
Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) - Clean Bandit
banana splits theme - Dickies
Time To Pretend - MGMT
Hippy With a Banjo - Those Darn Accordions
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor/I Predict A Riot - Arctic Monkeys vs Kaiser Chiefs
Familiar - Liam Payne & J. Balvin
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues - Eels
Diana - Paul Anka
Rent Boys - Kick Down The Door
Go Wild In The Country - Bow Wow Wow
Daydream In Blue (alt) - I Monster
Shiver - Natalie Imbruglia
Red Lipstick (Radio Edit) - Skint & Demoralised
Kiss Kiss - Holly Valance
Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas
You Can't Fool Me Dennis - Mystery Jets
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star - Bill Wyman
Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz
Just Dance - Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis
Moonlight Shadow - Nightcore
The Ugly Bug Ball - Burl Ives
Dignity - Deacon Blue
Hi Lilli Hi Lo - Alan Price
Dizzy - Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas
What Hurts The Most - Nightcore
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sans Forgetica

news.com.au reports: [edited]

A group of Australian scientists claim to have unlocked the secret to improving human memory retention. And it’s hidden in the words you read on your computer.

Scientists from Melbourne’s RMIT University say conventional fonts make it too easy for your brain to skim over the important stuff. They have developed a font, called Sans Forgetica, which they claim will improve your ability to retain written information.

Sans Forgetica was developed by typographers, designers and psychologists all connected to the RMIT Behavioural Business Lab. The trick behind this font is that it forces our brains to slow down and work harder to process the words in front of us. When that happens, our brains are more likely to remember the information we have read.

The font is free to download here.
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Monday, October 08, 2018

London-Marlborough-London, 06-10-18

Move On Up - The Jam
Buildings and Bridges (live) - Ani DiFranco
Seven Curses - Bob Dylan
Red Rover - Fleetwood Mac
Absolutely Cuckoo - The Magnetic Fields
Sheep - The Housemartins
You Win Again - Bee Gees
Don't Burst My Bubble - The Small Faces
Does Your Heart Go Booooooomm - Helen Love
Sky Fits Heaven - Madonna
Stood Up - John Hiatt
Love Will Tear Us Apart (12" Mix) - Joy Division
Virgo Clowns - Van Morrison
Stronger - Kasey Chambers
Nobody Home - Amy Grant
To Be Counted Among Men - Villagers
Power To All Our Friends - Cliff Richard
Nothing Is Beyond You [Demo] - Rich Mullins
The Things We Did And Didn't Do - The Magnetic Fields
Swamp Thing [Radio Mix] - The Grid
Down Here Tonight - Bruce Cockburn
Writing - Elton John
She's Like The Swallow - Cara Dillon
Stage Fright - The Band
Hello Again - Neil Diamond
J'ai Fait Tout - Emmylou Harris
Crazy Dreams - Paul Brady
Wish I Were You - Alisha's Attic
Anna Pera - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
Love Like You And Me - Gary Glitter
Going Underground - The Jam
Bryter Layter - Nick Drake
The Church Of The Holy Spook - Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Maybe An Angel - Heather Nova
Theme From Inspector Morse - Barrington Pheloung
Piano Music - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
The Scattering - Cutting Crew
Beautiful Stranger (William Orbit Radio Edit) - Madonna
Beacon - Lone Justice
Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman
These Hands Small But Mighty - Bobby "Blue" Bland
Sometimes (12" Mix) - Erasure
Not Alone Any More - Traveling Wilburys
Her - Tindersticks
Woman In Me - Sophie Zelmani
Opelousas - Victoria Williams
So Bay - Frank Black & The Catholics
Fitting In With The Misfits - E!E
Break Up (Cascada Remix) - Kim Sozzi
X Files [Theme] - DJ Dado
O Marie (live) - Daniel Lanois
You Tore Me Down - The Flamin' Groovies
Standing On the Water - Andy Fairweather Low
Kindhearted Woman Blues - Bob Dylan
King Harvest Has Surely Come (Alternate Performance) - The Band
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

iPhone XS Camera

Austin Mann has posted an excellent piece taking a look at iPhone XS’ camera abilities, comparing and contrasting it with the iPhone X.

If you are interested in photography, especially the way that AI has allowed the tiny sensors/lenses on smartphones to produce increasingly high quality images, the post makes fascinating reading.

To quote Austin’s ‘Bottom Line’...

”Most of the time my expectations for camera upgrades on “S” years aren’t so high, but after shooting with the iPhone XS for a week, I can confidently say it’s a huge camera upgrade. There’s a lot of little improvements, but Smart HDR definitely takes the cake. This is a feature and technology that improves virtually everything you capture with your iPhone camera. I think you’ll be really thrilled when you experience the results yourself.”
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Clearmotion AI Suspension Enhancer

Wired reports: [edited]

Clearmotion’s aim is to build an intelligent suspension system that can do away with jolts, and let drivers change the feel of their car's ride at will.

The key component is an electro-hydraulic system that clips on to a car’s suspension and shifts the wheels as the car moves over bumps in the road. As the wheels move up and down, left and right, the car – and the people within it – stay perfectly still in the centre.

The other items are a network of eight accelerometers on – one behind each wheel and another four on the vehicle body. Five milliseconds after an accelerometer detects a wheel starting to dip into a pothole, it sends a signal to an electric motor that injects a fluid into the relevant units, forcing the wheel to extend downwards.

With every journey, ClearMotion’s sensors generate reams of data, which, over time, allow ClearMotion to build up a detailed image of every lump and bump on a given road. The the system can draw on this data the next time it encounters the same stretch. “As you're doing the same commute every day, the car is going to know what it's going over, and it's just going to get better and better with every ride,” says ClearMotion’s founder and CEO, Shakeel Avadhany. This information could be shared between cars, allowing them to alert each other about upcoming road features. For example, if a car were warned that it is approaching a speedbump, the suspension could adapt at just the right moment so that passengers would barely feel the bump.

Sensor data could even be used to improve the roads themselves. Avadhany plans to collaborate with governments – sharing data from ClearMotion to flag up roads in need of maintenance. He says that his system can identify a crack in the road long before it develops into a pothole, and passing that data on to city authorities could save huge sums in road repairs.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Desiknio Pinion Urban Electric Bicycle

Desiknio reports: [edited]

- 13.5kg

- 80km Range

- Battery in Frame

- Rear Hub Motor

- Carbon Belt Drive System

- Ebikemotion App for Smartphones/Smartwatches

Price: from £4,495

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The Web Design Museum

Kottke reports: [edited]

If you started using the web 15-25 years ago, prepare yourself for the nostalgic blast of the Web Design Museum.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Square Off Chess Board

Digital Trends reports: [edited]

Square Off is a smart chess board. You move your own pieces, but the 'opponent's' pieces move automatically. Think Wizard’s Chess in Harry Potter, where the pieces magically slide across the board to their designated tiles. Pieces aren’t destroyed when captured, but they are dragged off.

Inside the board are mechanised arms and magnets that move the chess pieces, and when playing 'against the board' there are various levels of difficulty to choose from.

Alternatively, you can play online via the Bluetooth-connected iOS and Android apps. Square Off is linked to over 21 million users playing on Chess.com, so you should not have problems finding an opponent.

Challengers do not need a Square Off board to play against you. Make your moves on the board, and the board will listen to the remote player’s instructions and move pieces to the desired place, whether they’re using an app or the Chess.com website.

Price: $330
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Origami Simulator

Amanda Ghassaei has built a site that allows you to simulate how an origami crease pattern will fold. Fascinating.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Naked Labs 3-D Body Scanner

Wired reports: [edited]

Naked Labs's scanner is a full-length mirror lined with 3-D cameras that capture a 360-degree image of your body. There’s also a turntable/weighing scale.

Three Intel RealSense 410 series cameras line the left side of the mirror frame, along with a laser pointer and a round indicator light.

To obtain a scan, you stand on the turntable which, erm, turns while the cameras scan your body.

The scan takes 15 seconds. Crunching the 2 gigabytes of visual data into a 2-megabyte file takes a few minutes. The processed image files are then transferred to remote servers, and then to the Naked Labs app.

The scans appear in grayscale, the goal being 'to make the body model as objective as possible'.


Your body fat percentage is shown, along with your weight, your lean mass, and your fat mass. You can swipe through different parts of your body and get measurements for your waist, chest, thighs and calves. You can look at comparative charts illustrating the changes to your body over time.

Body fat and bone density is calculated using a database of body shapes and DEXA scan data (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry).

Price: $1,395
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Naked Mole-Rat

Wikipedia reports: [edited]

Naked mole-rats are rodents, native to East Africa.

— They can survive up to 5 hours in only 5% oxygen.

— They can live in 80% carbon dioxide and 20% oxygen.

— They lack an insulating layer in their skin.

— Their body temperature tracks the ambient temperature.

— Their skin does not register pain.

— They have a high resistance to cancer.

— They live 10-times longer than similar size rodents.

— Only one female and up to three males in each colony reproduce.

— The other colony members function as workers.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CeramicSpeed Bicycle Drivetrain

dezeen reports: [edited]

Danish company CeramicSpeed has developed what could be the world's most efficient bicycle drivetrain.

The Driven drivetrain has no chain or derailleurs, making it more than 99 per cent efficient. The prior drivetrain to beat was a Shimano Dura-Ace at 97.8 per cent efficiency — or 98.37 per cent when upgraded with CeramicSpeed parts.

The Shimano Dura-Ace, like the drivetrains on most bikes, is driven by a chain. While there are many advantages to chains, they eventually stretch and wear.

In contrast, CeramicSpeed's system is connected by a carbon-fibre shaft, which turns 90 degrees from the rear wheel and pedals. On either end of the shaft are 21 low-friction ceramic bearings, which transfer torque from the rider's pedalling through the drive shaft and onto the rear cog.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

London - Somerset - London, 14-07-18 & 15-07-18

London to Somerset
Daybreak (GoPro HERO3 Edit) - OVERWERK
Chillout Tent - The Hold Steady
Mambo italiano - Alma Cogan
Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill
I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss
Love Hurts - Nazareth
I Can Only Give You Everything - Them
Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama
Did You Ever? - Nancy Sinatra
The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Rapper's Delight (single) - Sugarhill Gang
The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix) - Passion Pit
Here Is A Song - Go Kart Mozart
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
Bulletproof - La Roux
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat) - Paul Evans
My Doorbell - The White Stripes
Confusion Girl (single) - Frankmusik
Feels Like I'm In Love - Kelli Marie
Chewing Gum (mylo remix) - Annie
In A Broken Dream - Python Lee Jackson
Black Betty - Spiderbait
Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
Jealous (I Ain't With It) - Chromeo
Planet Earth - Duran Duran
Let It Go - Idina Menzel
Dreamer - Supertramp
Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Magic - Pilot
Feel Good Inc (Single Edit) - Gorillaz
You Spin Me Round (like a record) - Dead Or Alive
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions
Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear - Alan Price
Living On Video - Trans-X
C'est la vie (radio edit) - B*Witched
We Bros - WU LYF
Might Be Stars - The Wannadies
Missing (Todd Terry Club Remix) - Everything But The Girl
Shine A Little Love - Electric Light Orchestra
Pump Up the Volume - M&A&R&R&S (Marrs)
Gangnam Style (강남스타일) - PSY

Somerset to London
Just A Girl - No Doubt
Bodys - Car Seat Headrest
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
Moonlighting - Leo Sayer
Finest Dreams (feat. Kelis) - Richard X
Steal My Sunshine - Len
Astounded (feat. Curtis Mayfield) - Bran Van 3000
Xpander (7" Version) - Sasha
Wedding Bell Blues (Marry Me, Bill) - Fifth Dimension
John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie
Girls On Film - Duran Duran
The Boy From New York City - The Darts
Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
Creepin Up the Backstairs - The Fratellis
Dancing in the moonlight - King Harvest
Chain Reaction - Diana Ross
Macarena - Los Del Rio
Camouflage - Stan Ridgeway
The Diary Of Horace Wimp - Electric Light Orchestra
6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps
Whip It! (feat. Chloe Angelides) - LunchMoney Lewis
Skin Deep - The Stranglers
Informer [Radio Edit] - Snow
Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry
My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains
Ready to Go - Republica
Bang Bang - B.A. Robertson
Everyday I Love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs
Show Me the Wonder - Manic Street Preachers
Faith - George Michael
All Star - Smash Mouth
Blue Moon - Showaddywaddy
He Said He Loved Me - Reverend and the Makers
Hole In My Shoe - Traffic
Come back and stay for good this time - Paul Young
Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Misirlou (Theme From Pulp Fiction) - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
My Give A Damn's Busted - Jo Dee Messina
Hungry Like The Wolf - Reel Big Fish
Hotel California - SkaDaddyZ
Hot Pink - Let's Eat Grandma
Your Woman - White Town
The Distance - Cake
I'm a Believer (radio version) - Smash Mouth
Holiday - Madonna
What I Am - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Ray Of Light - Madonna
Carey - Joni Mitchell
Django Jane - Janelle Monáe
Tonight's The Kind Of Night - Noah and the Whale
Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit - Gina G
Devil's Haircut - Beck
Call On Me - Eric Prydz
Dr Fell - Juliet Turner
Umbrella (Radio Edit) - Rihanna
Memphis In The Meantime - John Hiatt
Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
Superstar - Jamelia
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Icon Construct 3D Printed House In One Day

Wired reports: [edited]

A typical family home in the US takes an average of six and a half months to build. An Austin-based startup called Icon can produce a house nearly 200 times faster. In a day.

To be fair, the company is building houses that max out at 800 square feet. The fabrication is the work of a huge 3-D printer called Vulcan. Engineers run digital blueprints for the home through so-called slicer software, which translates the design into the programming language G-code. That code determines where the printer moves along its track, extruding 3⁄4-inch-thick layers of concrete like icing on a cake. The base material — a finely calibrated mix of cement, sand, plasticisers, and other aggregates — gets poured into a hopper at the top of the printer and flows onto the rising walls below.

The resulting abodes, which will cost $4,000 to build, are the latest addition in the tiny-house movement. In 2019, Icon intends to ship the Vulcan to El Salvador, where it’s slated to print 100 homes for disadvantaged families.

The startup’s next excursion may be even farther afield: Icon is participating in a NASA competition to develop printable space habitats using “indigenous materials,” the planetary soil available onsite.
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