Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pebble Time

The Register reports: [edited]

Pebble put its first colour screen smartwatch on sale on Kickstarter – and raised $5.4m from 26,000 backers in just a few hours.

The wrist-puter will eventually go on sale in shops at $199, and is due to ship in May.

The 9.5mm-thick Pebble Time has a back-lit colour e-paper Gorilla Glass screen that's apparently readable in daylight, has up to seven days of battery life, comes in one of three casing colours (black, white and red), and has full compatibility with all previous Pebble apps.

It can use any standard 22mm wristband, is water resistant, has three control buttons, a microphone, and silent vibrating alarms. It needs to talk to an iOS 8 iPhone 4s or newer, or an Android 4.0+ phone, to get messages, email and other information from the internet over Bluetooth.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Free Font - Blenda

Behance reports: [edited]

Blenda Script is a free experimental font inspired by Lobster Font with a number of alternative letters and swashes.

License: Free for personal and commercial use.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

House that prouduces more energy than it consumes

inhabitat reports: [edited]

Fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed facade, the 'Carbon Positive House' was designed to maximise solar gain and passive design strategies. The naturally ventilated home uses in-ground tubes to pull in cool air from the south side. The building is topped by a green roof for added insulation as well as a set of sliding vertical garden walls that shade and cool the building in the summer.

The north-facing home is divided into two main areas: the double-glazed sunroom that serves as a buffer zone and spans the width of the structure; and the living quarters tucked behind the sunroom on the southern side.

The compact living space comprises an open-plan dining area and kitchen on one end, and a bathroom and bedroom on the other; the private area is separated from the common space by a modular cabinetry wall.

The bright and airy wood-paneled interior is made up of sustainably sourced and non-toxic materials, and the home’s energy-efficient appliances make use of rainwater recycling.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

London-Somerset-London 21 & 22-02-15

London to Somerset
Dancehall Domine - The New Pornographers
Live It Up - Mental As Anything
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Jake Summers - Fight Like Apes
I'm in the mood for dancing - The Nolans
Whiteboy (Radio Edit) - James
Blood Sugar - Pendulum
You're Not Alone - Olive
Dominos - The Big Pink
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
Get Your Feet Out Of My Shoes - The Boothill Foot-Tappers
Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
I Saw The Sign - Ace of Base
Poison - Alice Cooper
Tragedy - Bee Gees
The Lone Ranger - Quantum Jump
Cinnamon - The Long Winters
Twistin’ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Folds
Get Ready for This - 2 Unlimited
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) - deadmau5
If You Can't Give Me Love - Suzi Quatro
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us (Fnm Remix) - Sparks
Don't You Want Me - Human League
Goldyloppers And The Three Bearloaders - Stanley Unwin
Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
Time To Pretend - MGMT
To Be Or Not To Be - B.A. Robertson
Wouldn't It Be Good? - Cascada
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
You Spin Me Round (like a record) - Dead Or Alive
You're My Best Friend [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Maxine Nightingale - Right Back Where We Started From
Tattva - Kula Shaker
Every Day Should Be a Holiday - The Dandy Warhols
Regulate - Warren G
Forever Lost - The Magic Numbers
If You're Happy and You Know It - Disney
Clocks (PsyClone remix) - Coldplay
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Strange Magic - Electric Light Orchestra
Don't Stop Me Now [2011 Remaster] - Queen
The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun) - The Polyphonic Spree
Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
Girl All the Bad Guys Want - Bowling for Soup
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
January - Pilot
Every Other Time (Radio Edit) - LFO
Last Night - Vitamin C
Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations

Somerset to London
Some Kind Of Wonderful - Paul Young & The Q Tips
I Ain't Mad At Cha - Tupac (2pac)
If I Had You - The Korgis
How Do You Do It? - Gerry & the Pacemakers
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Fader - The Temper Trap
Girls Aint Nothing But Trouble - Fresh Prince (Will Smith)
Hey Ya (mightyjust remix) - Outkast feat. Sean Paul
Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
Tequila (Mint Royale Shot) - Terrorvision
A Bar In Amsterdam - Katzenjammer
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That - Dolly Parton
Wild West Hero - Electric Light Orchestra
Theres a ghost in my house - R Dean Taylor
Torn - Ednaswap
Baby Loves Me - Eels
Little Secrets - Passion Pit
Hippychick - SoHo
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Disco Inferno - Trammps
Creep - Radiohead
Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
Let your love flow - Bellamy Brothers
Way Down Now - World Party
In The Key Of C - Jim Noir
Smile (Radio Edit) - Lily Allen
All The Things She Said (DJ Gollum feat. Scarlet) - Nightcore
There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis - Kirsty MacColl
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
Windy - The Association
I'm Shakin' - Jack White
Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
River Deep, Mountain High - Tina Turner
Galaxies - Owl City
Out Of Space - The Prodigy
Animaniacs theme - Animaniacs
Doctorin' The Tardis (Dr. Who) - KLF (The Timelords)
I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses
Untouched - The Veronicas
My Keys, Your Boyfriend - Everything Everything
The Father Of A Boy Named Sue - Tom 2.0
ABC - Jackson 5
Charlton Heston - stump
New Dorp. New York (feat. Ezra Koenig) - SBTRKT

Friday, February 20, 2015

SXSW 2015 Bittorrent

The (unofficial) SXSW Torrents reports: [edited]

These torrents include tracks that can be previewed on the SXSW website for SXSW 2015. The first torrent includes 844 files totalling 5.41GB. Note that the filenames and ID3 tags were updated to properly reflect the artist names and song titles.

[Cover art image available here, Ed.]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free Font - Cabin

Impallari reports: [edited]

The Cabin Font is a humanist sans inspired by Edward Johnston's and Eric Gill's typefaces, with a touch of modernism.

It incorporates modern proportions, optical adjustments, and some elements of the geometric sans.

Cabin comes in 8 styles: Regular, Medium, Semibold & Bold, with their corresponding italics.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Uncrate reports: [edited]

An unusual cross between a lowrider bike and a Vespa, this scooter amplifies the force you generate by pushing off with a small, rechargeable electronic motor in its wheel hub. The fat tires let you carve the streets and sidewalks, cruising at speeds of up to 15 mph. Thanks to an aluminum body, it only weights 61 pounds, so it's also easy to move and store.

Price: $3,950

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ampersand Table

Behance reports: [edited]

In homage to the fabulous curves & dynamic line weights of the great American type designer, Herb Lubalin (and his unsung genius letterer Tom Carnase), this table for two is modelled on one of his voluptuous 1970s ampersands for U&lc Magazine.

Construction was inspired by the simplicity of surfboard fins – the legs are attached with a precision-fit slot and tab technique. No nails or screws.

Designed by Matt Innes & Saori Kajiwara. CNC router cut, hand glued & finished in Danish oil & beeswax. 1100 x 1000 x 350mm, hardwood ply, food-safe glue. 45mm 3-ply surface.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Cellulon PicoPro

9to5Mac reports: [edited]

PicoPro ($349-$399) packs a high-definition video projector, a battery pack, and wireless capabilities into a 0.55″ thick enclosure with the same footprint as an iPhone 6 Plus. Overall, it’s the best small projector I’ve tested: much easier to use, quiet, and capable of delivering a better complete viewing experience.

PicoPro’s performance is impressive given its size. PicoPro projects a true widescreen image with an actual detail level that’s several times greater than both smaller and larger but similarly-priced projectors I’ve used. Even high-definition iTunes-protected videos played through connected iPads and iPhones without complaint.

An even more intriguing component of PicoPro’s performance is its utter lack of configuration. There is no focus dial nor the need for a focus dial: the laser-projected image starts and remains impressively sharp, unlike typical projectors. For better or worse, there also aren’t contrast, colour balance, or keystone configurations to figure out. There are volume up and down buttons on the top, a battery life indicator button on the back, a power button, and a mode button. That’s it.

PicoPro isn’t a perfect little video projector, but given its size and the realities of pico projection, it does a lot better than I would have expected. Nearly three hours of run time with the battery, cool and quiet operation, and 720p HD video support are all welcome steps forward over prior units I’ve tested.