Sunday, June 30, 2013

London - Lincoln - Nottingham - London, 29-06-13

London to Lincoln
Under Dubwood - The Dubwood Allstars
V.E.N.O.M. - Pulled Apart By Horses
Comedy - Shack
Ladykillers - Lush
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
Beaten Up In Love Again (Album Version) - The Doves
3 AM Eternal - KLF
The American - Simple Minds
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Let Your Shoulder Fall - Matthew Jay
There She Goes, My Beautiful World - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Something There - Beauty and the Beast
Telephone - Lady GaGa & Beyoncé
Do It Again - Camera Obscura
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Ruby, don't take your love to town - Kenny Rogers
19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones
Give It Up - Talk Talk
Judy Teen - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Feel Good Inc (Single Edit) - Gorillaz
How It All Went Wrong - Les Incompetents
Baby's coming back - Jellyfish
I Will Never Love You More - Soko
Caught Out There - Kelis
Same Jeans - The View
Mulder And Scully - Catatonia
Indiana Wants Me - R Dean Taylor
Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit - The Wurzels
Pinball - Brian Protheroe
Take Me With U - Prince And The Revolution
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
It's Getting Better - Mama Cass Elliot
Purple Rain - Prince
Float On - Modest Mouse
Bottle Rocket - The Go! Team
This World Of Water - New Musik
I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star - Prince And The Revolution
Watching Xanadu - Mull Historical Society

Lincoln to Nottingham
Young Love (Ft Laura Marling) - Mystery Jets
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (bootleg?) - Frank Wilson
Feel The Need In Me - Detroit Emeralds
Want You In My Soul (daft punk mix) - Stee Downes
She Is Beautiful - Andrew W.K.
I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor - Sugababes
Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National
Gepetto - Belly
Cars And Girls - Prefab Sprout
Crimson and Clover - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Up The Junction - Squeeze
Golden Skans - Klaxons
25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
Burst - The Darling Buds
Hounds Of Love - The Futureheads
Too Young - Phoenix

Nottingham to London
Trash - Suede
Trying To Be Cool - Phoenix
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 - The Flaming Lips
Wake Up - Arcade Fire
Dawn Chorus - Beth Orton
Animal Nitrate - Suede
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
The Soul City Walk - Archie Bell & the Drells
Evolution of Get Lucky - PV Nova
In A Broken Dream - Python Lee Jackson
Excerpt From A Teenage Opera - Keith West
It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Them
I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Lou Christie
Beautiful Ones - Suede
Dashboard - Modest Mouse
Respect - Otis Redding
Love Machine (live) - Arctic Monkeys
Have I The Right - The Honeycombs
Appetite (2007) - Prefab Sprout
Paris sous la neige - Mellow
I Think We're Alone Now (techno) - Tiffany
Jungle Love - Steve Miller Band
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
Do You Believe In Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
Swamp Thing - Chameleons
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) - The Offspring
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - Cake
The most beautiful girl in the world - Charlie Rich
Half Moon Street - Pete and the Pirates
I'll Kill Her - Soko
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
Banquet - Bloc Party
Stay With Me - The Faces

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Digital Photography Review has a hands-on preview of Sony's upgrade of its premium compact zoom camera.

Improvements include:
- Hot shoe
- Tilting LCD
- WiFi capability
- Backlit 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
- Claimed 40% higher sensitivity in low light

My son, Brook, owns a RX100, and I am very impressed with the quality of the images it produces (comparable to those captured with my Olympus OM-D E-M5) so it will be interesting to see if this new model is a significant improvement on the original.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

AutoRip in the UK

The Verge reports: [edited]

Amazon is bringing its AutoRip track matching service to the UK, giving its people access to MP3 copies of the CD and vinyl releases they’ve purchased over the past 14 years.

Digital copies of the tracks will be automatically added to your Cloud Player library to stream or download without counting against your storage limit.

The company says that it has AutoRip support for more than 350,000 albums.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


iTunes reports: [edited]

Skitch lets you communicate your feedback and important ideas in an instant. Use Skitch to mark up a PDF, snap your screen, annotate a photo, or draw something new. Share your thoughts with friends or co-workers. Annotate images and PDFs with arrows, stamps, text, shapes, and more. Getting everything done just right has never been easier.

Free. System requirements: OS X 10.7.4 or later, 64-bit processor.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Samsung Galaxy NX

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Samsung has announced the Galaxy NX: the world's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera running the Android operating system.

The Galaxy NX takes a 20.3 megapixel, SLR-style mirrorless camera and adds 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, connectivity and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It sports a gigantic 4.8" HD LCD touchscreen - with which you'll control nearly all camera functions.

The Galaxy NX will be available sometime this summer for an undisclosed price.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Stealth Bomber Electric Bike

Electric Bike has a full review.

Edited conclusion:

"The Stealth Bomber is definitely among the highest quality, fastest ebikes offered as a turn key ready to ride machine. The Stealth Bomber is fast, agile, quiet, long range, and cool looking. What’s not to like?"

"This bike has 2 major drawbacks. One is the $12,000 price. Second is the weight. 116lbs (63kg) is considered super heavy even by electric bicycle standards, and a lot of that weight is in the unsprung back wheel."

Their promotional video is extremely entertaining.


Friday, June 21, 2013

LG 84LM960V 3D Ultra HD 84" LED TV

Currys reports: [edited]

This 84" TV has a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

With a resolution 4 times higher than Full HD, you'll be treated to amazingly immersive, vivid and crisp picture quality. It offers an Ultra HD Upscaler feature, upgrading standard and HD pictures to appear significantly enhanced.

The big screen is ideal for 2 player split-screen gaming thanks to the Dual Play feature, giving each player their own perspective – there are 2 pairs of Dual Play glasses included.

Price: £16,999

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Charge as you drive

Business Insider reports: [edited]

One of the biggest complaints around electric cars is that their batteries aren't good enough for long trips.

The Volvo Group and Swedish power company Alstom have a solution in mind. Last year, they built a quarter-mile long track with two power lines at Volvo's testing facility in Sweden that charges vehicles as they drive over it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moby music free for non-profit filmmakers

nino film reports: [edited]

Moby has released a set of 150 songs to be used for by filmmakers in their non-profit projects. Proceeds from commercial projects go directly to the Humane Society. The dedicated website mobygratis has been online since 2008.

All the videos need to be checked by Moby’s team, but according to him, they haven't said no to any production so far – and their feedback comes within 24 hours. They also encourage users to upload their videos to the site, so everyone can see them.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Secret Life of the Cat

BBC has published a fascinating mini-site which allows you to track a group of GPS-tagged cats studied in the village of Shamley Green, Surrey, for Horizon's programme The Secret Life of the Cat.

The Horizon team - aided by the Royal Veterinary College and Lincoln and Bristol Universities - tracked dozens of cats over several 24-hour periods using specially-designed collar GPS devices and tiny "cat cams".

The result? Scientists discovered the cats appeared to timeshare territory to avoid confrontation with neighbouring felines and visit each others houses. However, the cat cam footage also revealed squabbles over territory remained. There was also an incident with a fox and with a nest of fledglings.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Windowseat Lounge

dornob reports: [edited]

A seat that loops over the head of the sitter provides a sense of enclosure and privacy in busy public environments like airports and hotel lobbies, or simply reduces distractions at home. ‘Windowseat Lounge’ by San Francisco design studio Mike & Maaike simply extends three ‘walls’ to create a room within a room.

Incorporating these architectural elements makes it easier for the sitter to shut out the hustle and bustle of the room just beyond their safe little refuge. The back is left open so you can easily lean back and peek out, maintaining a connection.

This unusual chair design would also fit right into offices with open plans, where it’s easy to feel very exposed. Closing yourself off in a private space to think or make a phone call is as easy as sitting down. The walls of the Windowseat Lounge muffle ambient noise.

Made of a steel frame upholstered in wool, Windowseat Lounge is available in four colors from the Haworth Collection.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Cheetahs not as fast as we thought

New Scientist reports: [edited]

"Everyone thinks cheetahs run at incredibly high top speeds, over 60mph, but these measurements were made with imprecise speedometers," says Alan Wilson of The Royal Veterinary College at the University of London.

In the quest for better data, Wilson designed solar-powered collars with GPS trackers, accelerometers, gyroscopes and other bits of kit to get a snapshot of life on the savannah, and fitted them on three females and two males.

The fastest speed recorded was 58mph, but the team was surprised to find their cheetahs tended to run at a more moderate 34mph. What made them such good hunters was their ability to accelerate up to 3 metres per second and decelerate by 4 mps in a single stride. The muscle power required to generate this acceleration was four times what Usain Bolt used for his 100-metre world record.

"Cheetahs don't run particularly quickly," says Wilson. "Their success is more a matter of the manoeuvering and acceleration." The impala, gazelles and other animals they prey on are agile, and the final moments of a hunt are often played out with an intricate to-and-fro of footwork, rather than a flat-out race.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Psychology of Colour

Painters of Louisville has created a useful infographic illustrating the way colours can affect our moods.

PDF version available here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sony PS4

techradar reports: [edited]

The PS4 will cost £349 when it goes on sale later this year.

Sony announced a number of PS4 games, including the 'Sony exclusive' Final Fantasy XV.

There will be no need for an online check-in, even for authentication purposes, unlike the 'every 24 hours' requirement of the Xbox One. The PS4 has no used game restrictions, and owners can lend a game to their friends, trade it in at retail or sell it.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Apple WWDC, June 10, 2013

Apple has announced a slew of new products, including

- OS X Mavericks

- Upgraded MacBook Airs

- iOS 7

- iTunes Radio

- An all-new Mac Pro

For far more than you want/need to know, including an opportunity to watch the keynote address, click here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Nikon Coolpix A

Digital Photography Review have published a comparitive review of Nikon's £840 high-end APS-C compact against Ricoh's £600 GR

Conclusion snippets follow:

"Nikon has brought its mass-market expertise to make a camera that offers the same simplified interface and pleasant JPEGs that underpin its popular entry-level DSLRs."

"The Coolpix A JPEGs have the pleasant color response of the company's DSLRs, as well as offering the clever Active D-Lighting processing option for getting well-balance images straight out of the camera. Low light performance is also good."

"While many photographers will be very happy with it, a considerable portion of its thunder is stolen by the Ricoh GR - a camera that achieves the unusual trick of being a touch better in almost every respect while also being significantly cheaper."

Friday, June 07, 2013

Xbox One - latest news...

The Register reports: [edited]

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox fans' worst fears are at least partially true: Although the new Xbox One gaming console won't need an always-on internet connection, that connection had better be on pretty often or you can forget about gaming. And don't assume you'll be able to sell or trade your old games, either.

What that means is that while offline gaming is technically possible with the Xbox One – as an earlier leaked memo suggested it would be – it will only actually work as long as the console is able to phone home at least once per day.

While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.

Although it will be possible to trade in, resell, or give away your disc-based games in some cases, and Redmond won't charge you any fees to do so, it's up to game publishers to decide whether it's allowed for their games – and how much it might cost.

Even giving games away is subject to approval. According to Microsoft, you'll only be able to give them to people who have been on your friends list for 30 days, and each game can only be given away in this fashion once. And even then, it's up to game publishers to enable the feature for their games.

Worse still, for now all of this is hypothetical. "Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch," Microsoft writes, "but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners."

image courtesy of Forbes

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Interval Training Infographic

Greatist has published a helpful infographic illustrating a range of interval training techniques.

For a print-friendly version click here

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


New Scientist reports: [edited]

Two years ago, Antonio Melillo was in a car crash that completely severed his spinal cord. He has not been able to move or feel his legs since. And yet here I am, in a lab at the Santa Lucia Foundation hospital in Rome, Italy, watching him walk.

Melillo is one of the first people with lower limb paralysis to try out MindWalker – the world's first exoskeleton that aims to enable paralysed and locked-in people to walk using only their mind.

Five people have been involved in the clinical trial of MindWalker over the past eight weeks. The trial culminates this week with a review by the European Commission, which funded the work; the project has been carried out by a consortium of several major universities and companies.

After some tentative first steps, Melillo is looking more confident. He won't be swapping his wheelchair for a MindWalker just yet, but hopefully one day. "It's great finally being able to look people in the eye," he says.

Image courtesy of New Scientist

Monday, June 03, 2013


Core 77 reports: [edited]

The now-on-Kickstarter Musguard is a blade-like strip of polypropylene that is affixed to one's seat tube with a velcro strap, fixed in place at the seatstay bridge such that it sits almost directly above the rear wheel.

The Musguard is produced locally in Slovenia, and is not only removable and rollable but also recyclable as well:

Musguard is looking to reinvest some of their Kickstarter funding in developing a matching front fender. They surpassed the $10,000 funding goal within just a few days of launching their campaign about two weeks ago.