Thursday, December 28, 2017

London - Somerset - London, 27 & 28-12-17

London to Somerset, 27-12-17
Trash - New York Dolls
Can't Do Without You - Caribou
Telegram Sam - T.Rex
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens
I'M Still Standing - Elton John
Fell In Love With A Girl - The White Stripes
Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo) - Red Box
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
Rip It Up - Orange Juice
Waiting For Superman - Nightcore
No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
Barbados - Typically Tropical
Top Of The World - The Carpenters
Are You Ready for Love - Elton John
I Kissed A Girl - Jill Sobule
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John
Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful
New Rules - Dua Lipa
Paper Romance - Groove Armada
Handsfree (If You Hold My Hand) [Radio Edit] - Sonny J
Looks, Looks, Looks - Sparks
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [Steve Angello Remix Edit] - Eurythmics
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Take Me Away - Christina Vidal
Respectable - Mel & Kim
Ridin' - Chamillionaire Feat. Krazie Bone
Play House - Afrobeta
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
Happy Together - Simple Plan
Don't Phunk With My Heart - The Black Eyed Peas
Dancing On A Saturday Night - Barry Blue
Rollin' (Ballad of Big and Rich) - Big & Rich
I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora
I Want To Break Free [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Astounded (feat. Curtis Mayfield) - Bran Van 3000
More More More - Andrea True Connection
New Sensation - INXS
No Promises - Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato
Chippy Tea (2009 Version) - The Lancashire Hotpots
Legs - ZZ Top
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
Jackie - Scott Walker
I Dare You - The xx
What A Wonderful World - Joey Ramone
Magic - Pilot
Always - Erasure
Cuddly Toy - Roachford
Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
Girl Anachronism - The Dresden Dolls
Get Over You - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Raspberry Beret (Extended 12" Version) - Prince & The Revolution
Don't Turn Around - Ace Of Base

Somerset to London, 28-12-17
Beauty Queen - Lash
Sequestered In Memphis - The Hold Steady
Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
Two Doors Down - Mystery Jets
Surburban Homeboy - Sparks
She's So Modern - The Boomtown Rats
Me No Pop I - Coati Mundi
North American Scum (Radio Edit) - LCD Soundsystem
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
Solid Gold Easy Action - T.Rex
Number One Song In Heaven - Sparks
Sailing On The Seven Seas - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper
What A Way To End It All - Deaf School
Thunder In My Heart - Leo Sayer
Three Steps To Heaven - Showaddywaddy
1-800-273-8255 - Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid
You Were Right - Badly Drawn Boy
Metal Guru - T.Rex
Shine - Aswad
Sugar - Nightcore
We Were Beautiful - Belle and Sebastian
Sweet Like Chocolate - Shanks & Bigfoot
Don't You Want Me - The Human League
Down In Mexico - The Coasters
War - Edwin Starr
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us - Sparks
Beans For Breakfast - Johnny Cash
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Ride A White Swan - T.Rex
Kiss The Bride - Elton John
Hi Jo Hi - Deaf School
Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
My Number - Foals
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Town Called Malice - The Jam
White Boy - James
Happy Talk - Captain Sensible
Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings
Funny Funny - Sweet
Crying At the Discoteque (Radio Edit) - Alcazar
Life In A Northern Town - The Dream Academy
Girls & Boys (single) - Blur
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John
C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
Little Does She Know - Kursaal Flyers

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

iMac Pro

The Verge reports: [edited]

The iMac Pro is available. But for most people, it's a better idea to covet this machine than it is to actually acquire it. It starts at £4,899 and configuring its various options will rocket the price up from there.

The iMac Pro features Intel Xeon W-class processors with 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores. You can also choose between two Radeon Pro Vega graphics options.

It comes with four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports, four USB-A ports, 10Gb Ethernet, an SDXC card slot that supports UHS-II speeds, and a headphone jack. It has the same screen as the current 27-inch iMac Retina 5K.

The iMac Pro also has the usual complement of RAM and storage options — and the opportunity to get as much as 128GB of RAM. Apple claims that the entire system has been optimised so the iMac Pro will perform better than a custom-built workstation using the same components.

Much of that integration comes thanks to new, custom silicon that Apple is calling the T2. It's an integrated system that handles a ton of the deep computer controls that are usually handled by disparate parts of the motherboard. It handles audio, the image processing for the upgraded 1080p camera, and other system management functions. It also acts as a more powerful SSD controller, handling the computing load of file encryption directly rather than having it bog down your main processor.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Soft Robot Muscles Lift 1,000 Times Their Weight

The Verge reports: [edited]

Soft robotics has been a promising field of research for years, but these squidgy and flexible creations have been held back by the absence of one important characteristic: strength. Now, scientists from MIT CSAIL and Harvard’s Wyss Institute have come up with a way to give soft robots some power — by outfitting them with rigid origami skeletons.

In a paper published today in the journal PNAS, researchers describe a new type of soft artificial muscle that could be used to build soft robots. Each muscle consists of a sealed bag filled with air or fluid, containing a folding origami structure that functions as the skeleton. When the pressure inside the bag is reduced using an electric pump, the whole structure collapses and contracts, just like the muscles in your arm or leg.

The new muscles have their drawbacks, though. The biggest being that they’re not as easily controlled or as reprogrammable as traditional robots. The direction they move in is entirely dictated by their inner structure and once created, can’t be changed.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Self-Driving Trucks Delivering Refrigerators

Wired reports: [edited]

Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California. A human driver rides in the cab to monitor the computer chauffeur for now, but the ultimate goal is to let the trucks rumble solo down the highway.

“This is the first time someone has demonstrated this end-to-end," Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says. "It showcases the way that we see self-driving playing into the logistics industry.”

Embark believes semis, not personal cars, are the smartest use of autonomous technology. They’ve got some good arguments. First off, making a robot that can drive itself on the highway, where trucks spend nearly all their time, is relatively easy. You don’t have to account for pedestrians, cyclists, traffic lights, or other variables. The big rig just has to stay in its lane and keep a safe distance from fellow travellers.

Better yet, the need for autonomous trucks is very real: Trucks carry 70 percent of goods shipped around the US, but truckers are scarce. According to the American Trucking Associations, the industry is now short 50,000 drivers. As current drivers retire or quit, that number could hit 175,000 by 2024. Cut down the need for the human, and that shortage stops being a problem. And a self-driving truck isn't subject to rules that ban humans from spending more than 11 hours at a time behind the wheel.

Indeed, make a truck that doesn’t tire (or text), the thinking goes, and you save lives: In the US, more than 4,000 people die in crashes involving trucks every year, crashes that nearly always result from human error.