Sunday, February 28, 2010

Harrow-Ammanford-Harrow, 27/28-02-2010

London to Ammanford
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now - The Smiths
Out All Night - Riptones
Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Big Joe Turner
She Fills The Spaces - Misty's Big Adventure
The Curse of Hook Mountain - Laura Cantrell
Bird On A Wire - Willie Nelson
What's A Simple Man To Do - Steve Earle
Cellar Door - Laura Cantrell
Love Makes the World Go Around - Odds & Ends
(I Want To Build A) Jumbo Ark - Nick Lowe
Man I Hate Your Band - Little Man Tate
That Is All - Slobberbone
Get Rhythm - Jawbone
Gold - Prince
Cold Water Music - AiM
What I Get Paid For - Shawn Colvin
Ask - Kevin Prosch
We don't play guitars - Chicks On Speed
I'm Moving On - Hank Snow
Wednesday - Drive-By Truckers
Agave - Daniel Lanois
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
The Special Two - Missy Higgins
Will She Just Fall Down - 'Til Tuesday
Ugly Side - Blue October
Goin' Out Of My Head - Little Anthony & The Imperials
The Dresses Song - Lisa Germano
Whispers And Moans - Crowded House
Gypsy In My Soul - Van Morrison
Beautiful (accordion solo) - Martin White
Me And Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
The Emigrant's Farewell - Cara Dillon
Burying Song - Hem
Something Old, Something New - Fantastics
It's Gonna Work Out Fine - Ike & Tina Turner
Underdog - Lisa Loeb
Love Is Best - World Party
Desert Cloudburst - Jeff Bjorck
Jersey Clowns - Josh Rouse
You Can't Stop A Tattler - Part 1 - Washington Phillips
Paperfaces - Feeder
Twist And Shake - Van Morrison
Remember Russia - Fischer-Z
Truly Wise (Buddah Radio Edit) - Delerium
Midnight Rambler - The Rolling Stones
Miss Teen Wordpower - The New Pornographers
Rhyme For The Summertime - G. Love & Special Sauce
Once I Was - Tim Buckley
Big Head - The Darling Buds
Empires - The Snake The Cross The Crown
Saint Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison
Veronica (Rare, Acoustic) - Elvis Costello & Paul McCartney
Every little bit - Patty Griffin
The Scientist - Coldplay
Steppin' out - Joe Jackson

Ammanford to Harrow
Ruby, My Dear - Thelonius Monk
Only You - Flying Pickets
It's Not - Aimee Mann
Open Arms - Amy Grant
Driving Sideways - Aimee Mann
Gotta Serve Somebody - Shirley Caesar
Words - The Monkees
Fame - Van Morrison
Ruination Day (Part 2) - Gillian Welch
Everything's so Different Now - Kevn Kinney
The Loneliest Man In The World - The Tourists
Heat - Abstraq The Grindologist
Mr. Jones - Talking Heads
Angel At My Table - The Frames
Call Wolf - Martina Sorbara
Long Tall Sally - Gene Vincent
Aye, Me - Living Better Electrically
White Love (Radio Mix) - One Dove
Circus - Lenny Kravitz
Solitary Man - H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty)
6 X 6 - Earl Van Dyke
Like It Or Not - Madonna
Kangaroo - This Mortal Coil
Oh Groundhog - Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell
The Old Main Drag - The Pogues
Something's Burning - Marvellos
Indian Wars - Bruce Cockburn
Weekend - Ladytron
Brother Ray - Chuck Loeb
Closer Than Yesterday - Renaissance
Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett
Black Cowboys on the Beach - Yazbek
Rumors - Timex Social Club
Wise Up - Amy Grant
Miss Sarajevo - Passengers (U2)
Happy People - Yazoo
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Swingtown - Steve Miller Band
Extra Sauce - Riptones
Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
Modern Love - David Bowie
None Of Us Are Free - Solomon Burke
Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
Oops! The Genie isn't in the bottle - Britney vs Christina Aguilera
Parisian Dream - Laura Veirs
Nightmare Part II - The Zutons
Hope In A Hopeless World - Phil Roy
Music Kills Me - ‹‹Rinôçérôse››
This Girl Is Taking Bets - Thea Gilmore

Friday, February 26, 2010


MacStories reports on the latest free Mac OSX video player: [edited]

Movist features a simple and minimal UI. From the control panel you can adjust video brightness, saturation, contrast and hue, change the play speed, adjust subtitles settings and sync. Simple and straighforward.

Movist has an excellent support for keyboard shortcuts (you can take a look at them in the menubar menus) but unfortunately there’s no support for adjusting audio on-the-fly in 50ms like VLC does with the F and G keys.

Where Movist really outstands the competition is in file support. It’s the only app that plays .mkv files perfectly, even when VLC was crashing. Moreover, Movist plays .wmw files faster than Quicktime, and you can also switch from FFmpeg to Quicktime playback with a single click on a toolbar button.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

SXSW 2010, March 12-21 reports: [edited]

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.

New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound.

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Brett's 2p'orth: One of the highlights of SXSW for me is that the majority of featured bands make a track available for free download. This provides me with the opportunity to audition hundreds of songs, often from artists I have never heard of before.

For a link to (unofficial) bittorrents of the songs click here.

For cover art click here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The ubiquity of mobile phones

cnet reports: [edited]

On a planet with around 6.8 billion people, we're likely to see 5 billion cell phone subscriptions this year.

Reaching 4.6 billion at the end of 2009, the number of cell phone subscriptions across the globe will hit 5 billion sometime in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The explosion in cell phone use has been driven not only by developed countries, but by developing nations hungry for services like mobile banking and health care.

"Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services," said ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Toure at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, "and I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the Internet."

Along with the surge in cell phones, demand for mobile access to the Internet has skyrocketed. The ITU expects the number of mobile broadband subscriptions to surpass 1 billion around the world this year, a leap from 600 million at the end of 2009. The organization predicts that within the next five years, more people will hop onto the Web from laptops and mobile gadgets than from desktop computers.

People in developing countries are increasingly using their cell phones for mobile banking, even those who have no bank accounts. But it's in the area of health care that cell phones have made a difference in developing regions, believes the ITU.

"Even the simplest, low-end mobile phone can do so much to improve health care in the developing world," said Toure. "Good examples include sending reminder messages to patients' phones when they have a medical appointment, or need a prenatal check-up.

Or using SMS messages to deliver instructions on when and how to take complex medication such as anti-retrovirals or vaccines. It's such a simple thing to do, and yet it saves millions of dollars - and can help improve and even save the lives of millions of people."

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Brett's 2p'orth: I was initially cynical at the numbers quoted... but a browse through the comments has tempered my skeptisism, and bolstered my conviction that the future of personal computing lies in powerful, lightweight, wirelessly connected devices.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Learn Na'vi reports: [edited]

Na'vi is a constructed language spoken by the fictional indigenous race (the Na'vi) on Pandora in James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar. The language was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at USC with a doctorate in linguistics. This website exists to share this beautiful language with all who want to learn.

This informational website, like the Na'vi language itself, is still in its infancy. So far, we have a 500 word Na'vi-to-English dictionary, the basics of speaking/pronouncing Na'vi, and an in-progress grammar and syntax section. Check back often for updates!

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Brett's 2p'orth: I wonder whether this will supplant Klingon as the geek language of choice.

Thanks to Brook for the link.

Sony to launch ultra-compact dslr range

Digital Camera Review reports: [edited]

Sony kicked off PMA 2010 by launching a new ultra-compact interchangeable lens concept. They showed a trio of mock-up cameras and revealed very limited preliminary specs about the system and a new Exmor APS HD MOS sensor.

Behind the new concept is a new APS sized sensor, named appropriately enough, the Exmor APS HD MOS sensor. It will outsize its Micro Four Thirds competitors and offer 1080p HD AVCHD video recording. Along with the new sensor, Sony has committed to developing three types of new compact lenses to match the small form factor of the new system.

Sony was very tight-lipped about the details of the new system. We weren't given a megapixel count for the new sensor or details about the new lenses on the line. They did promise that the system would launch in 2010 and instructed us all to "stay tuned."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Zero Rupee Note

Boing Boing reports: [edited]

An Indian U of Maryland physics prof came up with these zero rupee notes that Indians can slip to officials who demand bribes. They've been wildly successful, with a total run over over 1,000,000 notes, and the reports from the field suggest that they shock grafters into honesty. Fifth Pillar is the NGO that produces the notes, and they're available for download in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Friday, February 19, 2010

'Liquid glass' reports: [edited]

Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products.

The liquid glass spray (technically termed 'SiO2 ultra-thin layering') consists of almost pure silicon dioxide (silica, the normal compound in glass) extracted from quartz sand. Water or ethanol is added, depending on the type of surface to be coated. There are no additives, and the nano-scale glass coating bonds to the surface because of the quantum forces involved. According to the manufacturers, liquid glass has a long-lasting antibacterial effect because microbes landing on the surface cannot divide or replicate easily.

The liquid glass spray produces a water-resistant coating around 100 nanometers (15-30 molecules) thick. On this nanoscale the glass is highly flexible and breathable. The coating is environmentally harmless and non-toxic, and easy to clean using only water or a simple wipe with a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, and resists heat, UV light and even acids.

UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.

Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials of the spray, and found sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. The levels of sterility were higher for the glass-coated surfaces, and the surfaces remained sterile for months.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Porthole Bath

The Water Monopoly reports: [edited]

An original French double-ended bath with two portholes cut into the side.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sony thinking inside the box for wireless

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

Sony has developed a wireless communications technology designed to replace the cabling within gadgets rather than connections between devices.

The technology operates within the 30-300GHz band. It's called the 'millimetre wave' zone, thanks to a wavelength of 1-10mm, but it's the frequency that matters since it's high enough to permit very high speed data transfer.

Using a 1mm antenna, Sony was able to get a 11Gb/s transmission speed over a distance of 14mm. Better, more directional aerials can be used to get the distance up to 50mm, Sony said.

Why replace wires inside, say, a TV set? Because it means fewer materials are used to produce the device, Sony claimed, and it "enhances the reliability of movable and detachable parts within the product".

In short, it allows companies to make truly modular products whose component parts don't need to be wired together.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stunning letterpress

Yee-haw Industries reports: [edited]

Yee-Haw Industries specializes in original art-like products - from letterpress posters promoting special events, music acts and theatre shows to handmade, woodcut, fine art prints. Our work is custom-to-order, designed, set, and pressed by hand. Visit our blog for current updates. Feel free to browse & buy through our Etsy store for a great gift.

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Brett's 2p'orth: The creativity and technical accomplishment of this company's work is astonishing. Visit their Flickr pages for even more examples, including the header picture for this blog article.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Domestic hydrogen generator

Boing Boing reports: [edited]

The Hydrofill uses electricity from the outlet (as well as solar panels if you're particularly green), and produces hydrogen that can then be stored in refillable cartridges. The system can pump out 2.5 watts of power.

No word yet on the cost. Online chatter puts it at about $200 for the whole kit, but Taras himself is mum on giving an exact number because he's still in talks with retailers. He expects to have it on shelves at the end of the year.

Taras' company, Singapore-based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, is also pushing out a range of products which can use the cartridges to power up smartphones, lights and other devices including a zippy RC hydrogen fuel cell car.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

London-Lincoln-London 13 & 14-02-10

London to Lincoln
Summer Job - Art Brut
Instinct To Survive - Dr. Feelgood
DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake - Art Brut
Horror Stories - Duncan Maitland
Held Tightly In Your Fist - Liam Frost
Slap Dash for No Cash - Art Brut
Roadrunner - Dr. Feelgood
Skylark Avenue - Liam Frost
One Step Forward - Dr. Feelgood
End Times - Eels
Adagio For Strings - Tiesto
Henry The Van - Danny & The Champions Of The World
Someone To Watch Over Me - Victoria Williams
Into The Heart - U2
What a Rush - Art Brut
Orchestra Of Love - Liam Frost
I'm In The House (feat. [[[zuper blahq]]]) (Grandtheft Remix) - Steve Aoki
Hubbards Hill - Tindersticks
Dead Man (Carry Me) - Jars Of Clay
I'm Not Giving Up Yet - Newton Faulkner
Love's On Its Way - Corinne Bailey Rae
I Am Not A Robot (Penguin Prison Remix) - Marina & The Diamonds
See You Later Alligator - Dr. Feelgood
I Need A Mother - Eels
Won't Let Go - Newton Faulkner
Good Morning John - Kris Kristofferson
Once Was Love - Ingrid Michaelson
highway junkie - Chris Knight
Little Bird - Eels
Keep Sweeping Cobwebs Off The Moon - Victoria Williams
Winter Dies - Midlake
Alcoholics Unanimous - Art Brut
oil patch town - Chris Knight
He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - North Sea Radio Orchestra
Feel Alive - ATB
The Courage Of Others - Midlake
I Will Follow [Previously Unreleased Mix] - U2
Demons Out! - Art Brut
A Pretty Good Guy - Chris Knight
I Surrender, Dear - Thelonious Monk
Ordinary - Deana Carter
Ignorance - Paramore
Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are - Thelonious Monk
Mad Man Blues - Dr. Feelgood
Falling Down A Mountain - Tindersticks
Dimples - Dr. Feelgood
Paper Dolls - Corinne Bailey Rae
Sister Sinead - Kris Kristofferson
Feel So Bad - John Martyn
Children Of The Grounds - Midlake
Bill's March - North Sea Radio Orchestra
Nowadays - Eels
Shotgun Down The Avalanche (live) - Shawn Colvin
IRM - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Nyana - Tiesto
Blue Skies - Victoria Williams
Badman - Newton Faulkner
Disconnected (Ocelot Remix) - Shy Child
Castles And Tassels - Adam Green

Lincoln to London
Your Hand In Mine - Liam Frost & Martha Wainwright
Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Dub Mix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
North Platte - Gretchen Peters
Violent Love - Dr. Feelgood
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans - Victoria Williams
Made Of Glass - ATB
Diamonds In The Rough (live) - Shawn Colvin
What Does It Take - Nell Bryden
The Black Roses - Codeine Velvet Club
Billy 4 - Gretchen Peters
Over The Rainbow - Victoria Williams
U Can Dance (Feat. Bryan Ferry) (Peter Kruder Edit) - DJ Hell
Apple Trees - Eels
Helsinki - White Rose Movement
The Girl You Left Me For - Deana Carter
Two Hearts - Liam Frost
My Last Go Round - Gretchen Peters
I Can Tell - Dr. Feelgood
My Funny Valentine - Victoria Williams
Allergies - Barenaked Ladies
Keep You Beautiful - Tindersticks
Night Time - Dr. Feelgood
In the Na - The Hidden Cameras
I'm Old Fashioned - Victoria Williams
Little Deschutes - Laura Veirs
Am I Normal? - Art Brut
Mongoose - Victoria Williams
Seven - Chew Lips
Everybody - Ingrid Michaelson
Another Day - U2
July Flame - Laura Veirs
Only Life I Know (alt) - Nell Bryden
Europe Endless - Kraftwerk
Alien Tongue - Hellwood
becky's bible - Chris Knight
Stories For Boys [Version From Three] - U2
Take It In - Hot Chip
High And Lonesome - Eels
Death Don't Have No Mercy - John Martyn
Eighth Wonder - Tommy T

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Crash Blossoms

The New York Times reports: [viciously edited, the entire piece makes a great read]

In their quest for concision, writers of newspaper headlines are inveterate sweepers away of little words, and the dust they kick up can lead to some amusing ambiguities. Legendary headlines from years past include “Giant Waves Down Queen Mary’s Funnel,” “MacArthur Flies Back to Front” and “Eighth Army Push Bottles Up Germans.”

For years, there was no good name for these double-take headlines. Last August, however, one emerged in the Testy Copy Editors online discussion forum. Mike O’Connell, an American editor based in Sapporo, Japan, spotted the headline “Violinist Linked to JAL Crash Blossoms” and wondered, “What’s a crash blossom?”

Another participant in the forum, Dan Bloom, suggested that “crash blossoms” could be used as a label for such infelicitous headlines that encourage alternate readings, and news of the neologism quickly spread.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Iron Snail

Collision Detection reports: [edited]

This snail lives in hydrothermal vent fields two miles deep in the Indian ocean, and is surrounded by vicious predators.

There’s the 'cone snail', which stabs at its victims with a harpoon-style tooth before injecting them with paralyzing venom.

Then there’s the Brachyuran crab, which has been known to squeeze its prey for three days to make sure it is well-and-truly dead.

The Scaly-foot Gastropod (L. Crysomallon squamiferum) takes the grains of iron sulfide floating in the water around it and incorporates it into the outer layer of its shell.

The shell is 'unlike any other known natural or synthetic engineered armour.' Part of its ability to resist damage seems to be the way the shell deforms when it’s struck: It produces cracks that dissipate the force of the blow, and nanoparticles that injure whatever is attacking it.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Boing Boing recently published a Fun with punctuation article. The comments revealed a feast of punctuation-related trivia, my favourite being:

'A cat has claws at the end of its paws.
A comma is a pause at the end of a clause.'

For a larger version of the 'Commas' quote, click here.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Origami excellence

If you enjoy looking at beautifully created origami creations, Roman Diaz's Flickr site is worth a browse.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

London-Lincoln-London, 07-02-10

London to Lincoln
No Social - The Shortwave Set
Oh My God - Ida Maria
My Girl - Madness
Whole New Way - The Horrors
The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - Prefab Sprout
Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
This Beat Is Technotronic - Technotronic
Doing All Right - Queen
To Be Or Not To Be - B.A. Robertson
we are your friends - never be alone again (exclusive track) - Justice vs simian
Milk And Alcohol - Dr. Feelgood
Joy Division Oven Gloves - Half Man Half Biscuit
A Groovy Kind Of Love - Mindbenders
He's So Fine - The Chiffons
Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches
Death (single) - White Lies
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney & Wings
Let Go - Frou Frou (Imogen Heap vocals)
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals
Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Do Wah Diddy - Manfred Mann
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers - Melanie
Cosmic Castaway - Electrasy
Cheryl (come and take a ride) - Waltham
Sometimes - Erasure
How You Remind Me - Nickelback
Uncle Sam - Madness
What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys
Mono - Courtney Love
Mockingbird (clean) - Eminem
Your Hand In Mine (single) - Liam Frost & Martha Wainwright
The Final Countdown - Europe
You Got Me - Dr. Feelgood
Get-A-Way (Airplay Mix) - Maxx
Sh-Boom - Del Vikings
U Got The Look - Gary Numan
Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) - Stylistics
She Needs Me (Single Version) - Fyfe Dangerfield
Deborah - T.Rex
I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Jason Weaver
Hippy With a Banjo - Those Darn Accordions
Paper Romance - Groove Armada
Suzie (Fierce Panda Version) - Boy Kill Boy

Lincoln to London

Flying Feeling - Crash Test Dummies
Dont You Want Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
It's Too Late - Streets
The Sun Never Shone That Day - a-ha
Morning Train - The Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama
Hung My Head - Johnny Cash
Birdie Song - Tweets
Time Will Tell - Iain Gregory
Contrary Mary - Thee Unstrung
Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine - Laura Cantrell
America Is Not The World - Morrissey
You'll Still Love Me - Yazbek
Lincoln's Eyes - Mercury Rev
Holy Are You - The Electric Prunes
We Are Sleepyheads - Belle & Sebastian
Candy Perfume Girl - Madonna
1980 (Radio) - Estelle
Leaving Here - The Bird
amTV - Ladytron
Those Good Old Dreams - The Carpenters
I'm Gonna Pick Up My Toys - Devonnes
Maybe I'm Wrong - Blues Traveler
Whenever God Shines His Lights - Van Morrison & Cliff Richard
A Joy - Four Tet
The Lady Don't Mind - Talking Heads
Blow You Away - Robert Earl Keen
My Little Baby - Them
Free Money - Penetration
To Daddy (original) - Dolly Parton
It's Here The Answer Lies - Malcolm And Alwyn
You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles
Louisa On A Horse - John Otway
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Elevator Escalator Stairs - Misty's Big Adventure
Inside the Tornado - Amanda Marshall
Stranger In The Sheets - Vernis Rucker
Legs - ZZ Top
Dark Matter NO.2 - Misty's Big Adventure
Make Way Baby - Ricky Wayne & Off-Beats
Hard Livin' - Martha Redbone
Bare - Lari White
Cold Ground - Vigilantes Of Love
False Alarm - KT Tunstall
Evil Man - Shelby Lynne
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Magic Numbers

Saturday, February 06, 2010

London-Lincoln-London 06-02-10

London to Lincoln
(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me? - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
The Border - Chris Knight
Cheapskates - The Clash
The Company Man - a-ha
Family Affair - Abra Moore
Caleb Meyer - The Greencards
Apache - Fatboy Slim
Always You [Dance version] - Jennifer Paige
French Kissin' In The USA - Debbie Harry
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Dusty Springfield
Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
Who Killed Davey Moore? - Bob Dylan
What I'm Trying To Say - Stars
Baby What a Big Surprise - Chicago
If You Build It, They Will Come - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Trade Places - Matthew Sweet
Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney & Wings
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Road House Blues - Buck 65
Pretty Boy Floyd - Bob Dylan
The First Cut is The Deepest - Sheryl Crow
The Vowel Family - They Might Be Giants (TMBG)
In The Jailhouse Now - Jimmie Rodgers
Alive In 85 - Broken Social Scene
Tumble And Fall (Acoustic) - Feeder
Christie Road - Green Day
U Never Know - Goldfrapp
Vigerton 2 - King Stitt
Like Water - Mary Lee's Corvette
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - Black Uhuru
Remember Me - The Zutons
Tighten Up - Electronic
Touch Me In The Morning - Diana Ross
One Too Many Mornings (live) - Bob Dylan
Looking At The Sun - Matthew Sweet
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Eloisia
Mountains O' Things - Tracy Chapman
Say You Love Me - Rodney Crowell
Do You Love Me Baby - The Masqueraders
If You See Natalie - Eels
The Judgement - Solomon Burke
Happiness Writes White - Harvey Danger
Bossa Cubana - Los Zafiros
Dizzy - Amanda Marshall
The Next One - Caitlin Cary
Harlem Shuffle - Marvin Meets Banda Du Sul
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
I'll Do Anything - Doris Troy
United We Stand - Claude Denjean
Soulfully - Catie Curtis
Lisa Says - The Velvet Underground

Lincoln to London
All The Small Things - Blink-182
Struck Dumb - The Futureheads
Golden Skans - Klaxons
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - The Georgia Satellites
Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes
Off The Wall - Michael Jackson
I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now - John Shuttleworth
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Wonderful World - James Morrison
Highway To Hell - AC/DC
Silvia - Miike Snow
La Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
There, There, My Dear - Dexys Midnight Runners
Resistance - Muse
Concrete And Clay - Unit 4 Plus 2
I Like the Way (Radio Edit) - Bodyrockers
Zambesi - Bert Kaempfert
Percussion Gun - White Rabbits
VCR - The XX
Black Betty (ext. guitar solo) - Ram Jam
Turn To Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
Battleship Chains (Kick 'n' Lick Remix) - The Georgia Satellites
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down - Alicia Keys
Dude looks like a lady - Aerosmith
Doubt - Delphic
Ghosts 'n' Stuff (feat. Rob Swire) - Deadmau5
Anything You Can Do - Bernadette Peters & Tom Wopat
The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
Got To Get - Rob 'N' Raz feat. Leila K
Rock N Roll High School - Ramones
Caesar (feat. Robyn) - I Blame Coco
The Game Of Love - Santana Feat. Michelle Branch
Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry) - 3OH!3
One Evening - Feist
Jack and Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Justified and Ancient - KLF & Tammy Wynette
Louie (demo) - Ida Maria
the real sugar baby (slim shady parody) - Sugar Baby
Ambling Alp - Yeasayer
Kung Fu Fighting - Bus Stop Feat. Carl Douglas
Brand New Lover - Dead Or Alive
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy - Queen
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

Friday, February 05, 2010

Better Place demos battery-swap station

Wired reports: [brutally edited, read the whole article for a more balanced story]

The prototype is the first of what the Silicon Valley startup promises will be countless automated battery exchange stations that will one day dot our cities. The technology will make it possible to travel long distances in an EV without the hassle of stopping to recharge your battery, company founder and CEO Shai Agassi said.

The demonstration came six months after Better Place opened 17 EV charging stations in Tel Aviv, the first step in its plan to have 150,000 places to plug in throughout Israel by 2011.

Most of the major automakers are racing to develop electric vehicles, and the first of them are slated to arrive next year. The question many people have is just where we’re supposed to charge those cars when they aren’t in our driveways.

Better Place is but one company trying to solve that riddle, and it’s approaching it from two sides. First, it wants to blanket cities with charging stations that would be installed in public parking lots and other locations. That’s relatively straightforward; far more challenging - some would say ludicous - is its plan to establish networks of battery swap stations.

The swap technology is still a work in progress, and Better Place plans to continue refining it during trials in Japan and Israel using prototype EVs from Renault, Subaru and Mitsubishi. Once deployed, the swap stations will be used in conjunction with charging stations to keep electric cars going. Better Place will own the batteries and charging infrastructure and sell consumers “subscriptions” similar to cell phone plans.

“We’re an electrical services provider,” is how Sidney Goodman, VP of auto alliances, explained it to us recently. “We buy batteries and electricity, and we sell miles.”

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Fujifilm has introduced the FinePix HS10 advanced superzoom which combines a huge 30x (24-720mm equiv.) optical zoom lens with a 10MP back illuminated CMOS sensor.

It includes full HD 1080p video recording, RAW capture, P/A/S/M shooting modes and a Motion Remover mode that removes unwanted objects from photographs [!!?? ed.]. The HS10 also offers 10 fps full resolution continuous shooting with AF Tracking and high speed movie recording at 1000 fps.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock's first American project. Released in 1940, it is a psychological thriller starring Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter, Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as the superbly creepy housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

The filming is atmospheric, with Hitchcock's trademark usage of lighting and background music to set the (often gothic) mood. Treachery, mortality, obsession and depression are all depicted in a mystery film that visits romance, drama and comedy.

And it even has a suprisingly complex and satisfying finish. Marvellous stuff.

Thanks to Mr Gnome for the recommendation.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

iPad - best hands-on review so far...

Andy Ihnatko has published the best 'hands-on' review of the iPad so far.

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Brett's 2p'orth:
Summary: It is very, very fast... its display is excellent... it is smaller/less-heavy than it looks.

Monday, February 01, 2010

TVCatchup lets you watch over 50 TV channels, including BBC One, ITV2 and Channel 4 on your computer, iPhone or (web-connected) games console. Free, but registration required.

Thanks to Mel for the link