Saturday, October 31, 2009

London-Lincoln-London 31-10-09

London to Lincoln
Band Of Gold - Freda Payne
Don't Be Sad - Whiskeytown
Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Miss World - Hole
Dime - Cake
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) - Garbage
My Favourite Girl - King Creosote
Wonderful Land - The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
California Girls - David Lee Roth
I'm Drinking Again - Ry Cooder
135 - Two Cow Garage
M!ssundaztood - P!nk (Pink)
One Hundred Punks - Generation X
Prettiest Train - Fred Neil
Swansea - Joanna Newsom
What Goes On - The Beatles
For So Long - Cast
Go On Then - Gunilla Thorn
Payback - Lisa Loeb
The Things That I Used To Do - G. Love & Special Sauce
Wedding Song No. 3 - Papa M
Romulus - Sufjan Stevens
She's Not There - The Zombies
Honest Mans Blues - The Broken Family Band
Sea And The Rhythm - Iron & Wine
Futurama Theme (techno mix) - Danny Elfman
Asleep In The Back - Brent Palmer
Nashville Cats - Lovin' Spoonful
Twenty Four Hour Garage People - Half Man Half Biscuit
Smoke In Her Eyes - Ty England
If Not For You - George Harrison
Dancing In The Rain - The Rubettes
Rest Awhile - They Might Be Giants (TMBG)
Northbound 35 - Jeffrey Foucault
Stupid Girl - Garrison Starr
Life In A Day - I Am Kloot
Pacific Street - Hem
Two Left Feet - Richard Thompson
Happy Hippy - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Failures - Joy Division
Richard Cory - version 1 - Them
It'll Be Easier In The Morning - Hothouse Flowers
Grass - XTC
Your Southern Can Is Mine - The White Stripes
It's Looking Good - The Rutles
Alternative To Love - Brendan Benson
Serenade - Emiliana Torrini

Lincoln to London
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Earrings/Sneezes - Demetri Martin
I Cut Like A Buffalo - The Dead Weather
Squirrel/Can - Demetri Martin
Checkers - Demetri Martin
Automatic Lover - Jay-Jay Johanson
It's Hard To Be Humble - Mac Davis
Batteries - Demetri Martin
Dictionary - Demetri Martin
Mary's Place - Bruce Springsteen
Pirates - Demetri Martin
Sharks - Demetri Martin
Wild Young Hearts (Edit) - Noisettes
Laydeez - Demetri Martin
Ex-girlfriend/Movie - Demetri Martin
Watch for Children - Demetri Martin
Oranges and Carrots - Demetri Martin
The Sweetest Thing - Camera Obscura
Mowgli's Road - Marina And The Diamonds
Naming the Animals - Demetri Martin
Blood Sugar - Pendulum
Tell That Girl To Shut Up - Transvision Vamp
Futon World - Demetri Martin
Peeing In/Into the Pool - Demetri Martin
Readers & Writers - Idlewild
Some More Jokes - Demetri Martin
Gigolo - The Crash
Cactus/Chair - Demetri Martin
Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
Digital Cameras - Demetri Martin
Higher Than the Stars - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Song Away - Hockey
Sports Trophies - Demetri Martin
Lisztomania (Radio Edit) - Phoenix
Sort Of - Demetri Martin
Girls Aint Nothing But Trouble - Fresh Prince (Will Smith)
Can You Give It - The Maccabees
Islands - The XX
The Captain - Biffy Clyro
Drunk Back-seat Drivers - Demitri Martin
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Other Jokes - Demetri Martin
Ponchos - Demetri Martin
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Finger Puppets - Demetri Martin
Apologise/Sorry - Demetri Martin
Thanks/Thanks A Million - Demetri Martin
Video Games Hospital - Demetri Martin
Fire at a Trick Birthday Candle Factory - Demetri Martin
Adultery - Little Comets
Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
Cereal - Demetri Martin
You and Me Song - Wannadies
Pinata - Demitri Martin
Bathroom Graffiti - Demetri Martin
Untouched - The Veronicas
I Love Kids - Demetri Martin
Fortnight - Demetri Martin
Cowboy - Kid Rock
Clothing Store - Demetri Martin
Heart Attack - Demetri Martin
Beach, Metal Detectors - Demetri Martin
Benny Hill [TV Theme] - Benny Hill
Crafts/Glitter - Demetri Martin
Street Performer in a Cul-de-Sac - Demetri Martin
Wheels - Foo Fighters
Statues - Demetri Martin
Wrong Number - Demetri Martin
That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro
Nostalgia - Demetri Martin
Think I Need It Too - Echo & The Bunnymen
Ransom Note Paper Clip - Demetri Martin
Dance Wiv Me (feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome) - Dizzee Rascal
Washing Machine - Demetri Martin
Cheese Emporium - Monty Python
Swimming - Demetri Martin
Bears and Worms - Demetri Martin
Graffiti - Demetri Martin
Are You Ticklish - Demetri Martin
I Want You To - Weezer
Waking Up - Demetri Martin
Vests - Demetri Martin
cash-point - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Underdog - Kasabian
My Turn - Basement Jaxx (feat Lightspeed Champion)
To Kingdom Come - Passion Pit
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Spare Change - Demetri Martin
You Can Be Wrong About Boys - Mally Page

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Drums: Let's Go Surfing are offering The Drums' catchy, '50s-flavoured synthpop 'Let's Go Surfing' (along with a batch of remixes) for free download.

China celebrates 60 years of communist rule

The Big Picture reports: [edited]

China formally kicked off its mass celebrations of 60 years of communist rule with a 60-gun salute that rang out across Beijing's historic Tiananmen Square.

Hundreds of thousands of participants marched past Tiananmen Square in costume or uniform, with floats and dancers mingling with soldiers and military hardware. Collected here are photographs of the once-in-a-decade National Day parade in Beijing, and of others commemorating the anniversary elsewhere. (39 photos total)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Terminator moves one step closer

Wired reports: [edited]

Boston Dynamics is building the “Petman” prototype for the U.S. Army, to test out protective clothing.

“Petman will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents,” the company promises. “Petman will also simulate human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary, all to provide realistic test conditions.”

Like Boston Dynamics’ BigDog robo-mule, Petman stays upright, even when it’s shoved. And the thing walks heel-to-toe at 3.2 miles per hour, just like a flesh-and-blood person.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Freerange Stock Images

Freerange Stock...

"was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. We feel that free stock photos can be good photos."

"Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community - photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions."

Monday, October 26, 2009

LIFE archived and online

LIFE Magazine began in 1936, chronicling history using the medium of photography.

Google Books has now made every copy from its first issue to 1972 available online in browseable & searchable format. And the images are free to share, print and post for personal use.

Warning: browsing this stuff can absorb HOURS of your time!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Archos 9 Netbook PC Tablet

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

First seen late last month, the Windows 7-based device is available to buy now in the UK for £450. The PC tablet can be bought from PC resellers and direct from Archos, although the manufacturer hasn’t yet updated its website to include the model.

The Archos 9 has an 8.9in, 1024 x 600 touchscreen and is powered by Intel’s 1.2GHz Atom Z515 processor. It has 1GB of DDR 2 memory, a 60GB HDD and access to 25GB of online storage.

The Archos 9 supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connections – but not 3G – and data can be transferred over Bluetooth 2.1 or USB 2.0.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dam Busters

First shown in 1955, Dam Busters is the story of Barnes Wallis' 'bouncing bomb', its development, the politics surrounding it and the Lancaster crews whose job it was to drop it onto the German hydro-electric dams.

It must be over 30 years since I last saw this film, and I was struck by just how fresh it has remained. Yes, the special effects are laughable. Yes, they picked an unfortunate name for the black labrador. And yes, there is little attention given to the German casualties that resulted from the breaching of the dams.

But for all this, it manages to portray a very human side to the war, the frustrations suffered by Wallis as he struggles to make his invention work, and get funding approved by the authorities. The ingenuity and bravery of the air crews. And the efforts of the hard-working 'ordinary people' who fed and watered them.

I rented it in Blu-ray format, but the (monochrome) image-quality is average, and the picture sits in the middle of a large black surrounding border. Despite this, it is a very watchable film, the music is as stirring as I remembered, and some of the scenes had me doing the 'I've got something in my eye' routine.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Macintosh gear

Apple have announced a bucketload of new stuff, including:

- Faster iMacs, including a monster 27" version

- Redesigned faster MacBook

- Faster Mac mini

- New 'no-moving-parts', multi-touch Magic Mouse

for more information, visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sand painting awesomeness

Kseniya Simonova won 'Ukraine's Got Talent 2009'. Using a light box, music and sand painting, she movingly interprets Germany's World War II invasion and occupation of the Ukraine.

via Kottke

Monday, October 19, 2009

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Zak, Brook and Coel played this from start to finish over the weekend. I watched, and can say that it is the next step towards the convergence of videogames and movies. The characters are well drawn, and the physics of the character's body-movements is at a Pixar level of sophistication. The backgrounds are jaw-droppingly beautiful. And the story/dialogue/acting is clever and engaging.

If you've got a PS3 and enjoy platforming adventure games, this should be on your list of 'ones to try'.

For more information, visit's full review.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

London-Lincoln-London 18-10-09

London to Lincoln
Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex
Who's Johnny - El DeBarge
welsh-sheep - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
The Walls Are Coming Down - Fanfarlo
Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun
pregnant russian skydiver - It's Been A Bad Week, 29-1-05
stone age joke - Tommy Cooper
Suspicious Character - The Blood Arm
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
It's In His Kiss - Linda Lewis
Fruit Baskets - Demitri Martin
Pancakes - Demitri Martin
Rock n Roll Psychosis - The Jim Jones Revue
Children of the Sandstorm - Robert Miles
Lollypops - Demitri Martin
Employee of the Month - Demitri Martin
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Stella - Ida Maria
Sink or Swim - Bad Lieutenant
Meet Me On the Equinox - Death Cab for Cutie
This Must Be It - Röyksopp
French Taunter - Holy Grail - parts 1&2 - Monty Python
Electricity - Apoptygma Berzerk
welsh-potato - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Restaurant - Emo Philips
Downtown - Mrs Miller
Back of The Van - Ladyhawke
Bring It Back - McAlmont & Butler
I'm Not Alone / Smells Like Teen Spirit (Mighty Mike Mashup) - Calvin Harris vs. Nirvana
Don't You Want Me - Human League
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Mulder And Scully - Catatonia
The Fear (clean version) - Lily Allen
Just Like Paradise - David Lee Roth
Sedated Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne/Ramones (Arty Fufkin)
Happy Days - Pratt & McClain with Brother Love
first-dry-dream - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Mythical Creatures - Demitri Martin
Toop Toop - Cassius
Every Beat of my heart - Railway Children
Never Leave You (Single Version) - Tinchy Stryder & Amelle
I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Black & Blue - Miike Snow
Barbados - Typically Tropical
Australian Table Wine - Monty Python
The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix) - Passion Pit
3 Little Words (single) - FrankMusik
Professional Football - Demitri Martin
bum-look-big - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Dust On The Ground - Bombay Bicycle Club
Heart - Pet Shop Boys
my other car's a... - Rhod Gilbert, Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Papillon - Editors
You Might Think - The Cars
Ralph Mellish - Monty Python
The Fixer - Pearl Jam
Take Me Back to Your House (feat. martina sorbara) - Basement Jaxx

Lincoln to London
Let There Be Rock - Drive-By Truckers
Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts) - Sir Mix-a-Lot
Love And Affection (Remix) - Joan Armatrading
Seventeen (Soulwax Mix) - Ladytron
Walking With A Ghost - Tegan and Sara
All I Really Want - Alanis Morissette
It's You - Michelle Branch
It's No Good (Speedy J Mix) - Depeche Mode
White Ladder - David Gray
The Other Side Of This Life [Unreleased Take] - Fred Neil
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Chantal Kreviazuk
The Air Near My Fingers - The White Stripes
Something Vague - Bright Eyes
My Will - dc Talk
Big Sky Country - Chris Whitley
Lost at Seaflower Cove - Laura Veirs
I'm Leavin' Now - Johnny Cash
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Dionne Warwick
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Mystic Eyes - Them
A To B - The Futureheads
White Boys Brown Girl (andrew innes remix) - Kill City
I Tried To Rock You But You Only Roll - Leona Naess
Scooby Doo - Mystery Mix
Slug - Passengers (U2)
Victim To The Tomb - The Greencards
Burning Down The House - The Cardigans & Tom Jones
Ring Them Bells - Bob Dylan
Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft - The Wedding Present
Your Secret's Save With Me - Dan Colehour
Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Some Of Them Are Old - Brian Eno
Any guy - Melanie
London - The Smiths
Last Time We Spoke - Eels
Swollen Summer - The Bravery
Don't Come Running - hal
The Long Goodbye - Paul Brady
Chick-A-Boom - Van Morrison
Meditation - Baptism - Michael Card
How I Wanted To - Richard Thompson
Barbed Wire Love - Stiff Little Fingers
(I Don't Know Why I Love You) But I Do - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
Pain In My Heart (Alt. Take) - Otis Redding
Suicide Life - Eels

Saturday, October 17, 2009

London-Lincoln-London 17-10-09

London to Lincoln
Can Blue Men Sing the Whites? - The Bonzo Dog Band
I Had Something - Lucy Kaplansky
Golden Brown - Stranglers
I Do (Feat. Sonny of P.O.D.) - Anastacia
Coming Back To You - Martin Gore
Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
My Back Pages - Bob Dylan
Starfish - Horse
Happy End - Tahiti 80
Speedway - Counting Crows
Soaring - Sydney Forest
Never There - Cake
Positively 4th street - Simply Red
Mi Tierra - Guitarra De Pasión
16 Days - Whiskeytown
New England - Kirsty MacColl
Joy Will Find A Way - Bruce Cockburn
Addictive Love - BeBe & CeCe Winans
Right Here, Right Now - Luka Bloom
Bear With Me - Malcolm Middleton
Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough - Them
Dear Exception - Charlie Peacock
I Must Be In Love - The Rutles
Okie Dokie Stomp - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Leaning Against The Wall (Evil Tordivel Upbeat Remake) - Kings Of Convenience
Brother Louie - Hot Chocolate
Sea Of Heartbreak - Johnny Cash
Big Sur - The Thrills
3 small words - Josie and the Pussycats
See Another Side - Juliet Turner
Fool To Cry - Scubba feat. Moana
Rat Patrol - They Might Be Giants (TMBG)
What I Am - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
More Than Words - Extreme
Exile - Yngwie Malmsteen
This Land Is Your Land - Pete Seeger with Sweet Honey in the Rock, Doc Watson & The Little Red School House Chorus
Take Me Away - Lifehouse
Dress - PJ Harvey
Meanwhile, Rick James... - Cake
My Last Tango - Nerina Pallot

Lincoln to London
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
The Leader of the Laundromat - The Detergents
One Week of Danger - The Virgins
Too good to be forgotten - Amazulu
Solid Gold Easy Action - T.Rex
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
So Human - Lady Sovereign
Dominos - The Big Pink
An Honest Mistake - The Bravery
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter - Demitri Martin
In For The Kill - La Roux
Valerie - Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse
Word Association - Monty Python
Are You Embarressed Easily? - Monty Python
Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine - The White Stripes
Girls Lie Too - Terri Clark
Beat of My Heart - Hilary Duff
Mrs Niggerbaiter - Monty Python
Umbrella (The Lindbergh Palace Remix) - Rihanna
Trouble - Shampoo
She Is Beautiful - Andrew W.K.
Cactus - Demitri Martin
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
Flip-flops - Demitri Martin
8-bit Trip - Rymdreglage
Banana - Demitri Martin
Do You Know (I Go Crazy) - Angel City Ft. Lara McAllen
Girlfriend (Radio Edit) - Avril Lavigne
Angry White Boy Polka - Weird Al Yankovic
Crush (1980 Me) - Darren Hayes
Travel Agent - Monty Python
What Do You Do Quiz - Monty Python
Flying Fox Of The Yard [Bonus track] - Monty Python
Pirouette - Stickboy (UK)
Potential Breakup Song - Aly & A.J.
Invaders Must Die - The Prodigy
It's My Life - The Amplifetes
Arrows of Eros (Single Version) - Golden Silvers
Hello, This Is Joannie (The Telephone Answering Machine Song - Paul Evans
Grapes - Demitri Martin
The Diary Of Horace Wimp - Electric Light Orchestra
An Elk Sketch - Monty Python
Daniel - Bat For Lashes
Raised by Wolves - Demitri Martin
I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - Hercules
More Than A Feeling - Boston
Reasons to be cheerful (part 3) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Leather - Demitri Martin
Thou shalt always kill - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada
Americanos - Holly Johnson
Emily Kane - Art Brut
There's No Secrets This Year - Silversun Pickups
The Most Beautiful Girl [In The Room] - Flight Of The Conchords
Camouflage - Demitri Martin
Does Your Heart Go Booooooomm - Helen Love
Swimming - Demitri Martin
Joke Medley - Demitri Martin
Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles

Friday, October 16, 2009

Autumn in pictures

The Big Picture reports: [edited]

It's that time of year again, the Earth's northern hemisphere is tipping away from the warmth of the Sun. Days in the north are getting cooler and shorter, leaves are changing, animals migrating and many harvests are underway. Collected here are 32 photographs of scenes from around the northern hemisphere.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Panasonic Lumix GF1

Digital Photography Review have published an extensive review of Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds 'almost-a-compact' camera. The review is generally favourable but, to my eyes, it still isn't compact enough to be genuinely 'pocketable' and it doesn't have a suitable form factor to be used with larger zoom lenses.

The picture below gives an idea of the different sizes of an LX3 (with lens) and a GF1 and G1 (both sans lens). The increased bulk is significant, especially bearing in mind that the LX3 isn't one of the slimmest compacts available.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Horchata - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend's latest single is available for free download here.


Compfight is a search engine for Flickr which allows you to type in a keyword or several keywords after which it will display a thumbnail page of relevant images.

For images with a blue bar at the bottom of an image, hovering your mouse over the image will reveal the dimensions.

You can restrict search results to Creative Common licenses, commercial images and/or original images.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dyson Air Multiplier

Dyson's latest invention works by pulling air into the base (using a small fan) then pushing it out through a slot in the ring. Air in the front and the sides is pulled into the stream as well.

Initial reviews say that its main advantage is the lack of an external blade. And with each of the three models costing £200, it is not going to be an impulse buy!

Toy Story 3

The full trailer is now available from Apple Trailers

Monday, October 12, 2009

Honda competes for 'ugliest leccy car ever' award

Register Hardware has blogged on Honda's EV-N 'battery electric vehicle'. Details are sketchy, but my guess is that it isn't aimed at the Tesla demographic.

There is one plus though, if you'd been wondering where you were going to store your Honda U3-X unicycle, here's the answer:


Friday, October 09, 2009

Mitsubishi demonstrate world's biggest telly reports: [edited]

This monster monitor consists of 720 4x4" OLED sections, placed tightly together in a near-seamless configuration to make a 155-inch screen.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Western Digital add e-ink displays

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

The PC-compatible My Book Elite and Mac-compatible My Book Studio drives have both been kitted out with high-contrast displays. The display information remains visible when the drive is unplugged.

Users can customise the display to show the storage-related information they're concerned about, whether that be the drive’s security status, remaining capacity or number of pictures on the drive.

Studio has Fire Wire 800 and USB 2.0. The Elite is USB 2.0 only.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

JJC Wireless Shutter Release

One of the least explored mysteries of modern life is why a £30 digital picture frame comes complete with a multi-featured remote control while a digital camera costing thousands of pounds doesn't.

Most of the time you can use the self-timer to fire the shutter remotely, but this limits you to one shot at a time and the focus is locked once you start the timer, so if the subject moves, the shot can be ruined.

Most camera manufacturers offer a 'wired' remote control as an optional extra. For my Panasonic G1, this will cost me £60, and means I can't move more than 2.5 metres from the camera.

For $40 you can purchase wireless controllers from eBay that allows you to operate the shutter up to 100 metres from the camera. The one I ordered arrived within a week, came complete with batteries and works just fine.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Solid state hard drive prices falling

Crucial has released a fast, 256GB SSD for £435. With conventional 250GB hard drives retailing at £60 it is not going to be an 'impulse purchase', but it does indicate how SSD prices are plummeting. Just a few months ago a similarly specced 250GB SSD would have set you back over £1,000.

For a full review click here

Monday, October 05, 2009

BumpTop reports: [edited]

BumpTop is a fun, intuitive 3D desktop that keeps you organized and makes you more productive. Like a real desk, but better. Now with awesome mouse and multi-touch gestures.

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Brett's 2p'orth:
This is an exciting looking project. Shame it is PC-only, I would like to give it a try.

Thanks to Conrad for the link

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Lego as pixels

4 minutes of stop-motion brilliance, set to a superb 8-bit tune.

For more info click here

The MP3 is available from

Friday, October 02, 2009


Carbonite reports: [edited]

Carbonite installs a small software program on your computer (PC or Mac) that works in the background looking for new and changed files to back up.

When your computer is idle, Carbonite automatically backs up new and changed files.

If you accidentally delete or otherwise lose some of your files, it takes just a few clicks from your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or dies and you lose all your files, you can restore them to a new computer.

Carbonite costs $54.95 per year but at the moment they are offering a free trial.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Helvetica or Arial? is hosting a (surprisingly difficult) multiple-choice quiz in which 20 logos employing Helvetica are juxtaposed with Arial-substituted facsimiles. Modesty forbids that I reveal my score, but if you've got a couple of minutes spare, click here.