Just another brick in the wall, the life cycle of a song

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

The average pop song goes through no fewer than fourteen phases from conception, right on through to the time it somehow ends up a karaoke favourite.

Shamelessness Phase: Take the album out again for a good listen, wonder why you don’t listen to it more often. You relive old memories of five years ago. When the album is over, you file the CD back into the closet and don’t touch it again for years, maybe a decade.

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A DIY guide, apparently, to having an out of body experience

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

If, no pun intended, you put your mind to it, you too can partake of an out of body experience. The first thing to do though is establish where your inner-self, your consciousness, or your essence, is located in your body. Most people go for the brain, and that may well be the case, but you have to be sure before continuing

Lie on the floor and close your eyes. Try to do so where it’s quiet, so you are not distracted by sound, either. While you are lying on the ground, let your mind wander to different parts of your body: Focus on the way the floor feels against the back of your neck, against your shoulders, against your backside. Rub your hands against the floor, and feel the texture. While you are focused on the way things feel, all of your attention is focused on a part of your body other than your head. Keep your attention completely focused on the sensation that you are getting from your hands, and that becomes your world. The center of your awareness will travel to the part of your body that you are focused on.

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Tiny Sydney, long disassociated

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Tiny Sydney, by Filippo Rivetti, not a bad old town really, is it?

If you’re reading this right now, disassociated has just ticked through a rather pivotal milestone – well I think so anyway – and given the… significance of the moment I’m taking the next four days off. Actually that’s more on account of the Easter long weekend, but regardless, I’ll be back on Tuesday to say more about it.

Have a great Easter break.

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The restaurant that Googles its diners

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Certain fine dining establishments are taking customer service, and attention to detail, to a new level. Having taken a booking, staff then turn to search engines to see what they can learn about their customers, all in the name of personalising, or enhancing, the dining experience:

If, for example, Roller discovers it’s a couple’s anniversary, he’ll then try to figure out which anniversary. If it’s a birthday, he’ll welcome a guest, as they walk in the door, with a “Happy Birthday.” (Or, if it seems to Roller that a guest prefers to keep a low profile, “I’ll let them introduce themselves to me,” he says.) Even small details are useful: “If I find out a guest is from Montana, and I know we have a server from there, we’ll put them together.” Same goes for guests who own jazz clubs, who can be paired with a sommelier that happens to be into jazz. In other words, before customers even step through the door, the restaurant’s staff has a pretty good idea of the things it can do to specifically blow their minds.

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Réalta Tráthnóna

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Dublin. 1999. There’s a photo of us, that would tell no lie, taken unawares, by a friend we were waiting for in a crowded cafe. We might as well have been glued together, so close we were, so packed was the shop, sitting on the bench seat lining the wall. Oblivious we were though, lost in a world of our own.

We’d left home looking for something that could never be found. It stared us square in the face, but not all of us could see it. Clandestine. Serpentine. Byzantine. Pristine. Destine. Intine. Tine. You called it fate, I called it chance, but what’s the difference, they’re two sides of the same card don’t you know?

If that same moment were photographed now it’d almost look the same. That’s what happens when you live in a world of your own. We might be in a cafe in Ireland, or the Irish centre of Bondi Junction, Sydney. It’d be coffee for me, tea for you, but there we’d be, together, lost in another of our imaginary gardens.

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A photo collection that takes us into the twilight zone

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Photo by Julien Mauve

After Lights Out, a photo collection by Paris based artist and photographer Julien Mauve, is both captivating and mildly chilling.

Via Design is Kinky.

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The city and its light signature

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Can you name the city, based only on an aerial photo of its night time glow as emanating from street, building, and other lighting? Being a frequent visitor to these centres, by way of flights that arrive after dark, would be a distinct advantage.

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” photos set between the scenes

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey set photo

I’ve seen some of these, while others are new to me, another collection of set, or behind the scenes, photos from the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the above image, Stanley Kubrick (right), chats with Margaret Tyzack and Leonard Rossiter between takes.

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For a love that will endure… date thyself

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

Sifting through data collected by online dating, or matchmaking sites, appears to pour cold water on the notion that opposites ultimately attract. To be sure, opposites do attract, but eventually opposites… attack, or repel.

The data reveals a clear pattern: People are interested in people like themselves. Women on eHarmony favor men who are similar not just in obvious ways – age, attractiveness, education, income – but also in less apparent ones, such as creativity. Even when eHarmony includes a quirky data point – like how many pictures are included in a user’s profile – women are more likely to message men similar to themselves. In fact, of the 102 traits in the data set, there was not one for which women were more likely to contact men with opposite traits.

When playing the dating game it seems you’re effectively looking for yourself to date. If you take my meaning. See you tonight then?

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Album covers that can be found on Google Street View

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

Pink Floyd's Animals on Street View

Iconic album covers, by the likes of Oasis, PJ Harvey, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd (above), that feature an actual outdoors location, or streetscape, are superimposed over their more recent Google Street View images.

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