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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sans Forgetica 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.

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

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.”

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.

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