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.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Ancient Redwoods Cloned

Yale Environment 360 reports: [edited]

A team of arborists has successfully cloned and grown saplings from the stumps of some of the world’s oldest and largest coast redwoods, some of which were 3,000 years old and measured 35 feet in diameter when they were cut down in the 19th and 20th centuries. Earlier this month, 75 of the cloned saplings were planted at the Presidio national park in San Francisco.

Today, giant stumps of ancient redwoods dot the landscape from Oregon to northern California, reminders of the old-growth forest that used to stretch across the Pacific Northwest. Many arborists assumed these stumps were dead, but Milarch and his son, Jake, discovered living tissue growing from the trees’ roots, material known as baseless or stump sprouts. The Milarchs collected DNA from stumps of five giant coast redwoods, all larger than the largest tree living today. These included a giant sequoia known as General Sherman with a 25-foot diameter.

They then used this genetic material to grow dozens of saplings, clones of the ancient trees, a process that takes approximately two-and-a-half-years. The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has already planted nearly 100 of these saplings in the Eden Project garden in Cornwall, England, a couple hundred in Oregon, and is organising further groves of saplings in nine other countries.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

London - Somerset - London, 25-12-18 & 26-12-18

London to Somerset
Marie - David Guetta feat. Anne
Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
Bernadette - The Four Tops
All I Am - Jess Glynne
Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
Nutrocker - B. Bumble And The Stingers
I can't control myself - The Troggs
Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie
Hold On (single) - Wilson Phillips
Fast Food song - Fast Food Rockers
(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & The Comets
Le Freak - Chic
Give Yourself A Stereo Check Out - The Bran Flakes
Only You Can - Fox
Oh Boy! - The Crickets With Buddy Holly
Electricity (feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson) - Silk City, Dua Lipa
Jump To The Beat - Stacy Lattisaw
I Opened a Bar - Sophie Hunger
Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
The Staunton Lick - Lemon Jelly
Silence (DJ Tiesto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix) - Sarah McLachlan
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Lovefool - The Cardigans
The Story Of Love - Misty's Big Adventure
Little Miss S. - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Tide Is High - Atomic Kitten
Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) - The Darkness
Don't Say Oh Well - Grouplove
She's Got That Vibe - R. Kelly
You're Unbelievable - EMF
We All Stand Together (Frog Chorus) - Paul McCartney
Doctor Pressure - Mylo Vs. Miami Sound Machine
Funny Little Frog (single) - Belle and Sebastian
Independent Love Song - Scarlet
Centerfold - J. Geils Band
Colonel Hathi's March (with voiceovers) - Disney Studio Chorus & J Pat O'Malley
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? - Paula Cole
Romance (Edit) - Ex:Re
Summer Fun - The Barracudas

Somerset to London
What I Am (single) - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Boyfriend (Repeat) - Confidence Man
Suck The Blood From My Wound - Ezra Furman
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
Promise Me - Beverley Craven
Won't Go Quietly (Radio Edit) - Example
Kiss Me Deadly - Reel Big Fish
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Cher
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
Walking On The Milky Way - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
My Lovin' (never gonna get it) - En Vogue
Sweet Sixteen - Billy Idol
Yoda (parody of Lola, kinks) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
Back To You - Selena Gomez
Wild Tiger Woman - Giuda
Strut Your Funky Stuff - Frantique
Ready to Go (Dance Mix) - Republica
Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean
S Club Party - S Club 7
My Little Red Book - Love
Laid - James
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Crystals
Someone To Call My Lover - Janet Jackson
Buddy Stay Off That Wine - Betty Hall Jones
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Touch The Sky (feat. Lupe Fiasco) - Kanye West
Sense - The Lightning Seeds
Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells
The Mummy - Rod McKuen
Slip In Mules (No High Heel Sneakers) - Sugar Pie DeSanto
Teddy Bear - Conor Molloy
Call Me - Spagna
The Look - Roxette
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
In The Name Of The Father - Black Grape
Roxanne - The Police
Lay All Your Love On Me - A-Teens
Time Warp - Damien
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The Monkeys Are Breaking Out Of The Zoo - Belle & Sebastian
Lollipop (Candyman) - Aqua
Wipeout - Fat Boys
Road Rage - Catatonia
I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters
All around my hat - Steeleye Span

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Flight to Egypt

Lonely travellers from the stable
Out beneath the hard blue sky
Journeying, wandering, hoping, praying
For the safety of their child
While our mother Rachel’s weeping
Fills the streets of Bethlehem.

Warned by angels moved to save him
Who was born our kind to save
Joseph leads his holy family
Far from Herod and harm’s way
Mary shielding and consoling
Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Fleeing from the land of promise
They in Egypt find a home
Strange the workings of God’s mercy
House of bondage now God’s throne
But for sons who all were murdered
Sorrow breaks the House of Bread.

True the tale of flight and exile
Out of Egypt comes God’s Son
Angels tell of Herod’s dying
All is ended, all begun
Jesus will grow up in Nazareth
And the world will all be stunned.

Vincent Uher

Image: The Flight Into Egypt – Jean François Millet

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Free Font - Potra

Potra is an intriguing and surprisingly legible display font designed by Alejo Bergmann.

Available from Font Squirrel.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Waymo One 'Driverless' Taxis

Foxnews Tech reports: [edited]

Waymo One autonomous taxis are now on the roads of Phoenix USA for a beta test. So far users are reporting good service with no major mistakes or accidents. Only Phoenix residents who have already been using Waymo can request a self-driving car. And for the first few months of the program, there will still be a driver behind the wheel to ensure passenger safety.

The new Waymo One service will be available around the clock and works in a similar way to other ride-sharing apps: you input your destination, the app tells you the fare, and contacts nearby cars for availability. While the beta test continues, Waymo is encouraging customers to bring their friends along for the ride, to help expose more of the general public to self-driving cars.