Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Free Font - Public Sans

Public Sans is ‘A strong, neutral typeface for interfaces, text, and headings’ designed by U.S. Web Design System, based on Libre Franklin. Available in 9 weights, with corresponding italics.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

London - Wigan - London, 18 & 19-05-19

Dusty In Memphis - Dusty Springfield
Just One Smile
No Easy Way Down
I Can't Make It Alone
Son Of A Preacher Man (mono)
Just A Little Lovin' (mono)
Don't Forget About Me (mono)
Breakfast In Bed (mono)
I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore (mono)
The Windmills Of Your Mind (mono)
In The Land Of Make Believe (mono)
So Much Love (mono)

Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones
Rocks Off
Rip This Joint
Shake Your Hips
Casino Boogie
Tumbling Dice
Sweet Virginia
Torn And Frayed
Sweet Black Angel
Loving Cup
Turd On The Run
Ventilator Blues
I Just Want To See His Face
Let It Loose
All Down The Line
Stop Breaking Down
Shine A Light
Soul Survivor

Young Americans - David Bowie
Young Americans
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Across The Universe
Can You Hear Me

Speak & Spell - Depeche Mode
New Life
I Sometime Wish I Was Dead
Boys Say Go!
What's Your Name?
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Big Muff
Any Second Now (Voices)
Just Can't Get Enough
Dreaming Of Me
Ice Machine
Any Second Now (Instrumental)
Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)

Doolittle - Pixies
Wave of Mutilation
I Bleed
Here Comes Your Man
Mr. Grieves
Crackity Jones
La La Love You
No. 13 Baby
There Goes My Gun
Gouge Away

The Best Of - Green on Red
Time Ain't Nothing
Born To Fight
Hair Of The Dog
Keith Can't Read
Morning Blue
This Time Around
Little Things In Life
You Couldn't Get Arrested
That's What Dreams
Zombie For Love
Baby Loves Her Gun
The Man I Used To Be

Bellybutton - Jellyfish
That Is Why
The King Is Half Undressed
I Wanna Stay Home
She Still Loves Him
All I Want Is Everything
Now She Knows She's Wrong
Bedspring Kiss
Baby's Coming Back
Calling Sarah
No Matter What [Live]
That Is Why (Live)
The King Is Half Undressed [Live]
Jet [Live]
Now She Knows She's Wrong (Live)

Zooropa - U2
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
Some Days Are Better Than Others
The First Time
Dirty Day
The Wanderer

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Project Blue

Wired reports: [edited]

Research on robots has been hamstrung by extravagant costs — the popular research robot PR2, a pair of arms not dissimilar from Blue, will set a lab back $400,000. Blue’s reliance on 3D-printed components puts its price tag much lower, at just $3,000 in materials per arm, and the goal is to get the total cost, with manufacturing at scale, to $5,000 per arm.

Historically, if you wanted to operate a robot arm, you had to keep humans far, far away, lest the machine fling them across the room. That’s why industrial robots have been kept in cages. But robots have been getting a lot better at sensing their world, in particular reacting to human contact by stopping before they hurt us. This has led to a boom in collaborative robotics, where humans work right alongside machines.

Blue, on the other hand, isn’t particularly sensitive to human touch. The arms give way a bit instead of shutting down. This is because the robot’s relatively cheap motors are 'backdrivable', meaning a human can grab the arms and move them around even when the machine is powered off.

“This robot is designed on the assumption that in the future, robots will be controlled much more intelligently by AI systems that use visual and force feedback, much like how humans control their own arms,” says UC Berkeley's Pieter Abbeel, a robotics researcher who's overseeing the project.

Say you want Blue to learn to fold a towel. For a sensitive collaborative robot, that is a tough task, because bumping into the surface of the table might trigger it to stop. But Blue can put force on the table when reaching for the towel without freaking out.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Free Font – Simplifica

Created by KAIWA, Simplifica is a single-weight, condensed sans-serif. It is pleasingly balanced, and legible in large and small point sizes.

Available here

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

X-ray Records

NPR reports: [edited]

Western music may have been changing the world in the 1950s, but if you happened to be in Russia you were out of luck. State censorship was in full effect in the Soviet Union, and purchasing a western recording was close to impossible. But a few industrious music fans invented a way.

Stephen Coates, the leader of a British band called The Real Tuesday Weld, happened on this secret history by accident. Several years ago on a tour stop in St. Petersburg, he was strolling through a flea market when a strange item caught his eye.

"I thought, is that a record? Or is it an X-ray? I picked it up, and it seemed to be both," he recounts. "I brought it back to London, and I was fascinated by it. So I started to dig, and that has led me on a very strange journey."

Coates is now an obsessive of what is nicknamed 'bone music' — makeshift LPs etched into used X-rays, providing a disguise for their contraband contents. He's collected his findings in a new book, X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone.

According to Stephen, around 1946 the Second World War was over and a guy retunred to the Soviet Union with a war trophy, a recording lathe. It's like a gramophone in reverse, which you can use to write the grooves of music onto plastic. People who came into his shop observed what he was doing, and made their own machines.

They would start off with a regular X-ray, put a plate on it, draw around it with a pen and cut it out.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

London - Somerset - London, 23 & 24-03-19

Berlin - Lou Reed
Lady Day
Men of Good Fortune
Caroline Says I
How Do You Think It Feels
Oh Jim
Caroline Says II
The Kids
The Bed
Sad Song

Pink Flag (1995 Remaster) - Wire
Field Day For The Sundays
Three Girl Rhumba
Ex Lion Tamer
Start To Move
It's So Obvious
Pink Flag
Straight Line
106 Beats That
Mr. Suit
Different To Me
Feeling Called Love
1 2 X U
Dot Dash
Options R
Love Ain't Polite
Oh No Not So
It's The Motive
Practice Makes Perfect
Sand In My Joints
I Feel Mysterious Today
Underwater Experiences
Mary Is A Dyke
Too True
Just Don't Care
New York City
After Midnight
Pink Flag (alt)

Sea Monsters - The Wedding Present
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Corduroy [Single Version]
She's My Best Friend
Dan Dare

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Prove My Love
To the Kill
Gone Daddy Gone
Good Feeling
Gimme the Car

Wavelength - Van Morrison
Kingdom Hall
Checkin' It Out
Venice U.S.A.
Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession
Hungry For Your Love
Take It Where You Find It

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
Don't Look Back in Anger
Hey Now!
The Swamp Song
Some Might Say
Cast No Shadow
She's Electric
Morning Glory
The Swamp Song (alt)
Champagne Supernova

You Gotta Sin to Get Saved - Maria McKee
I'm Gonna Soothe You
My Lonely Sad Eyes
My Girlhood Among the Outlaws
Only Once
I Forgive You
I Can't Make It Alone
Precious Time
The Way Young Lovers Do
Why Wasn't I More Grateful (When Life Was Sweet)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book of Kells Available Online

Open Culture reports: [edited]

“One of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures” comments, “it is set apart from other manuscripts of the same period by the quality of its artwork and the sheer number of illustrations that run throughout the 680 pages of the book.” The work attracts almost a million visitors to Dublin every year.

The ancient masterpiece is a stunning example of Hiberno-Saxon style, thought to have been composed on the Scottish island of Iona in 806, then transferred to the monastery of Kells in County Meath after a Viking raid. Consisting mainly of copies of the four gospels, as well as indexes called 'canon tables', the manuscript is believed to have been made primarily for display, not reading aloud, which is why the images are elaborate and detailed while the text is carelessly copied with entire words missing or long passages being repeated.

The pages, originally captured in 1990, have recently been rescanned using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high resolution images to date.

To view, click here.

Friday, March 08, 2019

James Potter

Reddit reports: [edited]

For people interested in a sequel to the Harry Potter series, the James Potter fan fiction series by G. Norman Lippert might be worth a look.

The series itself features a plot line related to but not dependent on Harry's adventures at Hogwarts. The protagonist is Harry's son, James Potter, starting his first year at Hogwarts. The characters are a mix of those you'll know, their descendants, and new introductions.

The conflicts are more multidimensional, morally ambiguous and complex, without straying from the originals' adventurous tone. The books also delve more fully into the theory and origin of magic, the international wizarding community, the history of magic, and the founding of Hogwarts.

The writing style is evocative of JK Rowling without attempting to copy it, with a good mix of humour, classes, and childhood antics to complement the main conflicts. JK Rowling gave the author permission to distribute the books for free, but did not endorse the series as Harry Potter 'canon'.

The series spans five full length books, all available free of charge. To find out more, visit the official website.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Winners of Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone Challenge’

A reminder of how smartphone cameras and imaging software continue to improve and that ‘the best camera in the world is the one you have with you when you want to capture an image’.

To view the rest of the winners, click here

Sunday, February 17, 2019

London - Wigan - London, 16 & 17-02-19

The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Into My Arms
Lime-Tree Arbour
People Ain't No Good
Brompton Oratory
There Is A Kingdom
(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?
West Country Girl
Black Hair
Idiot Prayer
Far From Me
Green Eyes

The Future - Leonard Cohen
The Future
Waiting For The Miracle
Be For Real
Closing Time
Light As The Breeze
Tacoma Trailer

Marquee Moon - Television
See No Evil
Marquee Moon
Guiding Light
Prove It
Torn Curtain

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism - Aretha Franklin
Walk In The Light
Prayer Invocation By Rev. Cecil Franklin
Introduction Of Aretha And The Franklin Sisters By Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesus Hears Every Prayer
Surely God Is Able
The Lord's Prayer
Introduction Of Aretha And Mavis Staples By Rev. Jesse Jackson
Oh Happy Day
We Need Power
Ave Maria
Introduction To Higher Ground By Rev. Jaspar Wiliams
Higher Ground
I've Been In The Storm Too Long
Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go

The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)
Frankly Mr Shankly
I Know It's Over
Never Had No One Ever
Cemetry Gates
Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Vicar In A Tutu
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

Revolver - The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
Love You To
Here, There And Everywhere
Yellow Submarine
She Said She Said
Good Day Sunshine
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
Doctor Robert
I Want To Tell You
Got To Get You Into My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows

Solid Air - John Martyn
Solid Air
Over The Hill
Don't Want To Know
I'd Rather Be The Devil
Go Down Easy
Dreams By The Sea
May You Never
The Man In The Station
The Easy Blues
Gentle Blues

Veedon Fleece - Van Morrison
Fair Play
Linden Arden Stole The Highlights
Who Was That Masked Man
Streets Of Arklow
You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River
Cul De Sac
Comfort You
Come Here My Love
Country Fair

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Blister in the Sun
Kiss Off
Please Do Not Go
Add It Up
Prove My Love
To the Kill
Gone Daddy Gone
Good Feeling

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ONYX Electric Mopeds

Electrek reports: [edited]

The ONYX electric mopeds come in two models: the entry-level ONYX CTY and the flagship ONYX RCR.

The CTY is closer in performance to the original 50cc mopeds of the 80s. Its 2.5 kW (3.35 hp) rear hub motor provides a 30 mph (48 km/h) top speed. The removable 48 V and 768 Wh battery is sufficient for up to 40 miles (64 km) of range at 20 mph (32 km/h) and closer to 25 miles (40 km) at full speed.

The RCR is more in line with 125cc motorbikes and pushes the boundaries of the word 'moped' with a 60 mph (96 km/h) top speed thanks to its more powerful 5.4 kW (7.2 hp) rear hub motor. Its 72 V and 1.66 kWh battery provide up to 75 miles (121 km) of range at 20 mph (32 km/h).

Both mopeds feature removable batteries, hydraulic brakes, full suspension and integrated LED halo headlight and LED bar tail light.

Price: CTY: Sold out for 2019, RCR: $3,250

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Gocycle GX

Cycling Weekly reports: [edited]

Whereas the Gocycle GS and G3 e-bikes have removable wheels and a single-sided chainstay to allow you to fold them into a compact package, the Gocycle GX has a hinge in the middle of its frame. The 17.8kg Gocycle GX features 20 inch wheels and a rear shock. Geometry mirrors a standard bike.

Opening the hinge folds the bike in half. The two wheels end up aligned, making it easy to wheel the folded bike around. Leaving the saddle up provides a handle to push it with. The folded bike sits on the integrated kickstand.

Like Gocycle’s other models, the Gocycle GX is powered by a 250 watt front hub motor, with a 300Wh battery enclosed in the frame. There’s a battery level gauge integrated in the bar and Gocycle says range is up to 60 miles on a charge. The three speed gearing and chainline for the back wheel are completely enclosed and maintenance-free.

It can be fitted with Gocycle’s exiting accessory range, which includes lights, mudguards, and luggage. It pairs via Bluetooth with Gocycle’s Connect app, which lets you customise power modes as well as providing ride and battery stats.

Price: £2899

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waymo CEO says, "Self-Driving Cars Will Always Be Limited"

Medium reports: [edited]

Waymo, a division of Alphabet, has long been acknowledged as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology. Based on the limited data that’s been released, its vehicles are acknowledged as having driven the most miles in self-driving mode and have the lowest rate of 'disengagements' (when humans have to take over).

However, even Waymo's CEO, John Krafcik, now admits that the self-driving car that can drive in any condition, on any road, without ever needing a human to take control – what’s usually called a 'Level 5' autonomous vehicle – will never exist.

At the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference on November 13, Krafcik said that “autonomy will always have constraints.” It will take decades for self-driving cars to become common on roads, and even then they will not be able to drive in certain conditions, at certain times of the year, or in any weather.

In short, sensors on autonomous vehicles don’t work well in snow or rain – and that may never change.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

LG to produce 'roll-up' Television

Ars Technica reports: [edited]

LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9), which has a display that can retract into its base. LG says to expect picture quality on par with its just-announced 2019 4K OLED lineup. That means 120Hz and AI image processing using LG's new Alpha 9 Gen 2 CPU. The TV's base houses a 4.2-channel, 100-watt soundbar with Dolby Atmos support.

The TV doesn't have to scroll all the way in, it can fold down to what LG calls 'Line View'. This has five modes: music, clock, frame, mood, and home dashboard. Music offers an interface for playing music from the base. Clock shows the time, date, and weather. Frame displays a scrolling line of photos streamed from your smartphone. The mood mode is for aesthetics, and home dashboard will allow access to some of LG's usual TV software features.

Cost: TBA. Available for purchase second half of 2019.