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February 28, 2005

More Magic Numbers

Another video from The Magic Numbers' gig I attended at the Borderline in London. This time the song is Mule.
Windows Media Player: Hi| Lo

February 25, 2005

Past playlists from radio stations

Yes.net provides listings of songs played on radio stations, with times when they were broadcast. This page, for example, gives the list of songs played on KEXP in Seattle, this morning from 6:32am. I looked this up at about 11:30am Seattle time, so I guess there's a litsings lag of about 5 hours.

More heliport fun

Following on from Tiger Woods' hitting a golf ball from the same location, here's the heliport at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai being used for the Dubai Men's Open. Wild.

Shuffle art

The age of Shuffle Personalization has begun.

Wi-fi amplification

The Wi-fi coverage in our home sucks. Too many walls, and too inconvenient a location for our transmitter. Call me a geek, but I might try this solution.

February 23, 2005

Spirals

Thanks to Caterina for including a photo of mine in her brief blog entry on Flickr about the spiral tag.

Top 100 gadgets

Mobile PC's list of The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time. Not sure I agree with their number 1, but it's a good list.

My sister-in-laws album

Stephanie, my sister in law, has got her CD, "Home", available online. She writes beautiful, personal folk songs performed simply with vocals and a guitar.
Oh, and to add to that, I did the CD art, the cover of which is a sunset shot from my old house in Kirkland.

February 22, 2005

Ario's mixes

Ario is always pointing the way to new music. Here's a list of the mixes he's put together over the last few years. Doesn't cover all the stuff he's posted about on his blog, but there's some awesome stuff in here.

February 21, 2005

My Konstructor attempt

This is pretty funny. Within a few hours they'd already posted my Konstructor attempt (have a look under 21.2.2005).

Build your own city stencil

Konstructor, from m-city.org, is a tool that lets you build your own cities to use as stencils.

February 17, 2005

Photoshop plug-in

I was looking at this cool photo on Flickr by Orbital Joe called Fells Point ShiftyG filter, and was curious what a ShiftyG filter was. Through Google I found this great plug-in tool for Photoshop , which I assume is what Joe has been using, called virtualPhotographer. It has a whole bunch of great color and black & white effects, and costs zero dollars.

February 16, 2005

An iMix

I tried creating a playlist in Apple's iTunes music software and sharing it through the iMix feature, which posts it online so other people can sample it. I was a little dissappointed with the results though, since iTunes just drops off the songs that it doesn't have available for purchase. What began as a playlist of about 20 songs has dwindled to one of about 12 songs, and of course it's all the more obscure stuff that disappeared.
Here's a link to my iMix (which opens in iTunes itself, so you have to have that installed to see it).

February 15, 2005

World of Warcraft

I'm just starting to get into my first ever online game, now that the "newbie" friendly World of Warcraft has finally been released in Europe.
This game is huge, and seeing as I'm only a level 5 after a few hours of play I have a long way to go. I'm not actually sure where I'm going, since this world is persistent and pretty much endless. I guess I go until I'm bored.
The World of War fan site includes some good Cartography that should help me get around.

February 11, 2005

Small World

Can anyone guess the process behind the beautiful shots in the Small World series?

February 10, 2005

February 09, 2005

iPod lego

This must be at the extreme end of "customer love", although Apple customers seem to go to these extremes pretty regularly.
This lego figure is designed to mimic Apples sihouette iPod ads.

Tsunami scans

Navy releases tsunami images - BBC News.

Collage

I saw this cover for the book The Island Walkers when I was at Third Place Books over the weekend. For some reason it struck a chord with me as inspiration for doing collages, particularly of macro photos mixed with architecture. Just want to remember to try something like this out with my own photos.

February 08, 2005

Google maps

Google have another great service in Beta release. This time it's a map that you can use to show local services, get directions ets.
Here's all the Starbucks around Redmond town center, for example. Click on the tags that appear and they show the address and links to related websites.

February 07, 2005

Folding a t-shirt

I've tried this, and it's excellent. Like performing a magic trick. It makes laundry fun.

How to fold a shirt. "Stop wasting time folding shirts the normal way! How to Fold a Shirt shows you the latest techniques and tricks to fold t-shirts, sweaters, dress shirts and more; the RIGHT way!"

iPod stereoscope

Simultaneously stupid and admirable.
The iPod photo stereoscope

February 06, 2005

Stephen King on writing

I enjoyed the bluntness in this article by Stephen King on Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully. Try going through it and replacing the career of "writing" with whatever it is you do for a living. I found the advice still worked for what I do. Might be the same for you.

February 05, 2005

Icons for your website

Sometimes when you visit a website you see a small, customized icon appear next to the URL in the address bar.
Here are instructions and a tool for making your own.

Evolution of portable audio

Great article from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the evolution of portable audio. From the Transistor 8 to the Burton iPod Jacket, through boomboxes, the walkman and so on.

Worldprocessor

Don't know why, but Worldprocessor is just a cool site with over 200 shots of globes, each of which has a different take on the world.

February 02, 2005

Katamari Damacy

I'd like to make an official plea to the powers that be to release Katamari Damacy in the UK. Why should the Americans and Japanese get all the fun?

Banksy

I was on the Banksy site when I noticed this bit of graffiti that he's claiming. Shannon and I saw it the other night, on our drive into London. Then again, with 2500 "visitors" per hour, I guess a lot of people saw it too.

Bloc Party

Quite liked Bloc Party. Have a listen to Tulips, particularly, in their downloads section.
Thanks to Josh Rubin

Books by my bed

Books by my bed

My friend Sarah has created a new Flickr Group called Reading List, for photos and descriptions of books that people are currently reading. Here's mine. Mostly design-ish books at the moment. I should look for more novels, although this photo doesn't show the stack of magazines I'm also usually working my way through.