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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Free Font - Library 3 AM

Library 3 AM is a cleverly formed, all caps 'stencil' font designed by Igor Kosinsky. Each character is formed from a single line, making it more convincing when used as a 'neon' font.

Available from Font Squirrel in regular and 'soft' style.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

London - Wigan - London, 17 & 18-11-18

Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
Drive-In Saturday
Panic In Detroit
Cracked Actor
The Prettiest Star
Let's Spend The Night Together
The Jean Genie
Lady Grinning Soul

All This Useless Beauty - Elvis Costello
The Other End Of The Telescope
Little Atoms
All This Useless Beauty
Complicated Shadows
Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?
Distorted Angel
Shallow Grave
Poor Fractured Atlas
Starting To Come To Me
You Bowed Down
It's Time
I Want To Vanish

Automatic For The People - R.E.M.
Try Not to Breathe
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Everybody Hurts
New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
Sweetness Follows
Monty Got a Raw Deal
Star Me Kitten
Man on the Moon
Find the River

Blood - This Mortal Coil
The Lacemaker
Mr. Somewhere
With Tomorrow
Loose Joints
You And Your Sister
Nature's Way
I Come And Stand At Every Door
Baby Ray Baby
Several Times
The Lacemaker II
Late Night
Carolyn's Song
D.D. And E.
'Til I Gain Control Again
Dreams Are Like Water
I Am The Cosmos

Both Directions At Once: John Coltrane
Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1)
Nature Boy
Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1)
Vilia (Take 3)
Impressions (Take 3)
Slow Blues
One Up, One Down (Take 1)

Dream Letter: Live in London 1968 - Tim Buckley
Buzzin' Fly
Phantasmagoria In Two
Morning Glory
I've Been Out Walking
The Earth Is Broken
Who Do You Love (live)
Pleasant Street / You Keep Me Hanging On
Love From Room 109 / Strange Feelin’
Carnival Song / Hi Lily, Hi Lo
Dream Letter / Happy Time
Wayfaring Stranger / You Got Me Runnin’
Once I Was

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago puts collection online

Kottke reports: [edited]

The Art Institute of Chicago recently unveiled a new website design. They have placed more than 52,000 high-resolution images from their collection online, available to all without restriction.

Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s The Bedroom, the charcoal details on Charles White’s Harvest Talk, or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue and Green Music.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Anthony Mancinelli – World’s Oldest Working Barber

New York Times reports: [edited]

Mr. Mancinelli is 107 and still working full time, cutting hair five days a week from noon to 8 p.m. He has been working in barbershops since he was 11. Warren Harding was in the White House.

He has a trim build, a steady hand and a full head of snow white hair. He spends much of his day on his feet, in a pair of worn, cracked leather black shoes.

Asked — for the umpteenth time — about his longevity, Mr. Mancinelli offered only that he has always put in a satisfying day’s work and he has never smoked or drank heavily.

Longevity does not run in his family, and he was never big on exercise. Diet-wise, he said, “I eat thin spaghetti, so I don’t get fat.”

He has all his teeth and is on no daily medication. He has never needed glasses.

“I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” he said. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”

One reason he continues to work, he said, is that it helps him stay busy and upbeat after the death of his wife of 70 years, Carmella, 14 years ago. He visits her grave daily before work.

Mr. Mancinelli lives alone. He drives to work, cooks his own meals and is determinedly self-sufficient.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

London-Somerset-London, 03 & 04-11-18

London to Somerset, 03-11-18
Week In Week Out - Dubstar
Here We Are Nowhere - Stiff Little Fingers
Furious Rose - Lisa Loeb
M5 - The Fall
Evening Train - Van Morrison
I Just Stopped By Because I Had To - Shalamar
Bad Man - The Coral
High Into The Sky - Pilot
If I Were A Carpenter [Live] - The Small Faces
John The Baptist (Holy John) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
You're My Only Home - The Magnetic Fields
Machine Gun - Anne McCue
Please Don't Touch - Motörhead
Beatbox - Roni Size Reprazent
The Real Thing [The Joy Brothers Remake] - Tony Di Bart
Wrapped In Grey - XTC
Cripple Creek - Skip Spence
Wish You Were Her - Cousteau
Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams
Where My Seed Might Find Purchase - Bill Mallonee
In My Heart - Texas
Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream
It Ain't The Wind, It's The Rain - Mary Gauthier
Half Of Everything - Lloyd Cole
Hold Me Down - Gin Blossoms
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Goodbye Cruel World - Shakespear's Sister
Bounce (Totale Controle Remix) - Steve'N King
I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
I Trawl The Megahertz - Paddy McAloon
This Is Where - Richard Buckner
Le Freak - The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
Mistress Of Storms - Bruce Cockburn
Love Factory - Eloise Laws
Stones - Neil Diamond
A Little Boogie Woogie In The Back Of My Mind - Gary Glitter
Berlin Tonight - Bruce Cockburn
Sweetheart Contract - Magazine
Broken Butterflies - Lucinda Williams
Catwoman - Shakespear's Sister

Somerset to London, 04-11-18
Try My World - Georgie Fame
Johnny's Garden - Stephen Stills & Manassas
Heard of Darkness - Syd Straw
Cyprus Avenue - Van Morrison
If Looks Could Kill - Transvision Vamp
The Monkeys Are Breaking Out Of The Zoo - Belle & Sebastian
The Maker Of Noses - Rich Mullins
Seamrider - Lowalk & DJ Loki
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Stormy Monday - Them
Once In A Blue Moon - Van Morrison
All The Right Reasons - Greg Kihn Band
It Is What It Is (And That's All) - Steve Forbert
Scarecrow - Chuck Prophet
Talkin' 'Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever) - The Flaming Lips
Deirdre - The Beach Boys
Donegal Express - Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Oh King Richard - Rodney Crowell
Satan Is My Motor - Cake
Dk 50/80 - John Otway
Mated - David Grant & Jaki Graham
Paid My Dues - Anastacia
What Do You Want From Me? - Monaco
Don't Cry Baby (Magnolias 2001) - Black Project Feat. Claude François
At Home At Work At Play - Sparks
I Need A Situation - Wreckless Eric
Choose Life - PF Project Feat. Ewan McGregor
Read About Love - Richard Thompson
She's Too Good For Me - Sting
Enola / Alone - Manic Street Preachers
Hold On - J.J. Cale
Attention To Me - The Nolans
Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
Dusk Till Dawn (Shapeshifters Remix) - Danny Howells & Dick Trevor Feat. Erire
Hometown Unicorn - Super Furry Animals
Saturday - Yo La Tengo
All Fall Down - Emmylou Harris & George Jones
Children Go - Fret Not
Live Till You Die [Album Version] - Tift Merritt
Baby Blue (Us Single Mix) - Badfinger
Simple Twist Of Fate - Bob Dylan
Twisty Bass - Neil Finn
Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest
Big Wheels Rolling - Chicory Tip

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Free Font - Spectrashell

Font Squirrel reports: [edited]

Spectrashell began as a logotype for a brand of hard-shell, waterproof passport cases. The logo was required to fit a metal stamped hexagonal 20mm wide badge. The letterforms needed clear, obvious cuts to compensate for detail lost during the stamping process.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Motiv Ring reports: [edited]

The Motiv Ring detects:

— Active Minutes
— Heart rate
— Activity Types
— Calories Burned
— Activity Intensity
— Steps
— Sleep Duration
— Distance

and communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth.

The ring is made from a durable titanium material, and it’s waterproof up to 5 ATM (165 feet).

The Motiv Ring has two days of onboard memory storage and will automatically sync your data when it detects your smartphone.

To charge the ring, you clip it onto a supplied USB key and plug it into a powered USB port. It takes about 90 minutes to fully charge. Once charged, you’ll get about three days of battery life.

Price: $199