Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Kickstarter reports: [edited]

We made the Cyclotron the most versatile and technically advanced bike available today.

The Cyclotron is equipped with

– Spokeless wheels
– Airless tires (solid polymer, last +6,000 miles)
– Internal E-Gear Box & Encapsulated Drive Train
– Integrated Smart Lights & Li-Ion Battery

[Ed. Cautionary note, this was due to be shipping in June, which has left some backers questioning whether this will every be produced.]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Essential Phone

The Verge has published a generally positive review of Android creator Andy Rubin's smartphone.

Snippets follow:

"Although it runs standard Android, it's meant to act as a vanguard for Essential's new ecosystem of smart home devices and services connected by the mysterious Ambient OS."

"Available unlocked or at Sprint, the $699 Essential Phone is an ambitious device. It has a unique way to connect modular accessories, starting with a 360-degree camera. It has a bold take on how to make a big, edge-to-edge screen paired with top-flight materials such as ceramic and titanium."

"The 5.7-inch screen on the Essential Phone is bigger than what you'll get on an iPhone 7 Plus or a Pixel XL, yet the phone itself is much smaller. It’s much closer in size to the smaller counterparts of those phones, the iPhone 7 and Pixel."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Great 78 Project

kottke reports: [edited]

Through the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive has been digitising 78rpm records produced from 1898 to the 1950s. Over 25,000 recordings are currently available from artists like Edith Piaf, Irving Berlin, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington.

Click here to browse/listen to the songs.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

London - Somerset - London, 05 & 06-08-17

London to Somerset
Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (feat. MNEK) - Stormzy
Teenager In Love - Marty Wilde
Fancy Pants - Kenny
Wonderful - Angel
Klapp Klapp - Little Dragon
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin
Ma Baker - Boney M
Pinball Wizard - The Who
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
Don't Look Back - Matrix & Futurebound Feat. Tanya Lacey
One Week - Barenaked Ladies
Red Eyes - The War On Drugs
Plug In Baby - Muse
Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey Vs. Cedric Gervais
Summer Paradise - Simple Plan ft. Sean Paul
This Town (feat. Tippa Irie & Horseman) - The Skints
I Will Dance (When I Walk Away) - Katzenjammer
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Gertcha (live) - Chas 'N' Dave
Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men
Rope - Foo Fighters
Youth - Foxes
C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips - OK Go
Love Action (I Believe In Love) - The Human League
My Lover Cindy - Marika Hackman
Little Sister - Ry Cooder
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
I Touch Myself - m*a*s*h feat. Stacie D
Music to Watch Girls By - Andy Williams
Mister Sandman - Emmylou Harris
I Wanna Be the Only One - BeBe Winans/Eternal
Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club
Standing In The Way Of Control - The Gossip
#Thatpower (Feat. Justin Bieber) - Will.I.Am
Fantasy - Appleton
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - P!nk
I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo
Good Times (remix) - Chic
Come & Get It - Selena Gomez
Jeepers creepers - Louis Armstrong
I Keep Forgettin' - Michael McDonald
Hash Pipe - Weezer
I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
I Got U - Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
There She Goes - Taio Cruz
Only The Horses - Scissor Sisters
Scribble (Radio Edit) - Underworld
Day By Day - Godspell
Supernature - Cerrone
Snoopy vs The Red Baron - Royal Guardsmen
Tell Me When - The Human League
Boogie Oogie Oogie - Taste Of Honey
Don't Stop - 5 Seconds Of Summer

Somerset to London
Jubel - Klingande
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys
If I had Words - Keali'i Reichel
Classic - MKTO
King Of The Kerb - Echobelly
Into the Groove - Madonna
Love Machine (Girls Aloud cover) - Arctic Monkeys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Pompeii - Bastille
Gecko (Overdrive) - Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill
Say Nothing - Example
Any Way You Want It - Journey
I Need Your Love (Ft. Ellie Goulding) - Calvin Harris
Amateur Hour - Sparks
Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7
Jesus walks - Kanye West
The Way - Fastball
Turn Me On - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
Cracklin Rose - Neil Diamond
I Won't Change You - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Brokenhearted - Karmin
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way - Blow Monkeys
Love It When You Call - The Feeling
Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Always The Sun - Stranglers
Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) - Wiley ft. Skepta, JME & Ms D
Supersonic - Oasis
Dibby Dibby Sound - DJ Fresh vs. Jay Fay feat. Ms Dynamite
Lazy Day - Spanky & Our Gang
So Right, So Wrong - Linda Ronstadt
Let It Whip - Dazz Band
What A Way To End It All - Deaf School
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon & The Animals
Airhead (single) - Thomas Dolby
Dance With Me - Le Youth feat. Dominique Young Unique
Heaven Is A Halfpipe - OPM
Goodbye To Love (Remix) - The Carpenters
Tell That Girl To Shut Up - Transvision Vamp
Live While We're Young - One Direction
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
Bubblegum - Mystery Jets
Battleship Chains (Kick 'n' Lick Remix) - The Georgia Satellites
Saturday Night - Whigfield
3 Little Words - Frankmusik
Slung-lo - Erin McKeown
All Night Long - Alexandra Burke Ft Pitbull
Emotion (remake) - Destiny's Child

Gran Turismo Sport To Feature Virtual Photo Shoots

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Players of the next version of PlayStation’s Gran Turismo Sport will be able to create professional looking photographs of their cars using a new feature that offers a surprising amount of ‘photographic’ control over the way the images turn out.

Called 'Scapes', it lets players place cars in a wide range of scenes—from landscapes to city streets and interiors. A control panel down the side of the screen has software-like sliders for exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed and focus. The car can be turned and parked where you like, the lights switched between beam settings, and the colour temperature of the whole scene can be adjusted.

Users can alter the color balance of shadows, mid-tones and highlights using RGB sliders, while grain effects can be added along with vignetting and distortion corrections. And you blur the background using a panning effect, to deliver a race day atmosphere in one of around 1000 scenes.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Evolution Of Trust

If you feel so inclined, and have 20-30 minutes to spare click here to see how Nicky Case uses game theory to answer the question "Why, even in peacetime, do friends become enemies? And why, even in wartime, do enemies become friends?"

Thanks to Brook for the link.