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.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

Yo Leonardo, how many IG likes did the “Mona Lisa” collect?

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

Remix by Nastya Ptichek

Ukrainian designer and artist Nastya Ptichek superimposes Facebook and Instagram “like” symbols, or familiar computer error warnings, over well known works of art.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

The secret life, and work, of a dictionary’s lexicographer

Friday, 4 April, 2014

Working as a lexicographer might seem like the ideal role for a wordsmith, or writer. Make no mistake, it’s not an easy task, but the work has an aspect to it that I hadn’t quite anticipated

Most of the time, the definition is pretty easy to deduce from the context, but sometimes it’s not. The hardest words to define are the smallest: “but,” “as,” “be,” “go,” “run” – words like that. You can spend months on one of those words, and you get so deep into in that you begin to look a little Uncanny Valleyish by the end of it: real people encounter you, and while you can have a conversation, they are put off by your empty, dead eyes which only stare inward at the diminishing point that was once your humanity.

Read more posts on related topics

, , ,

I can’t wait to see what Superman sees when he looks at the world

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014

I don’t think the Superman films have, so far anyway, quite shown us the man of steel’s perspective while he is flying.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

Maybe I invented Bitcoin… here’s how to find out

Monday, 17 March, 2014

Maybe the Bitcoin inventor has been unmasked, maybe not. It could well be anyone though. Maybe even you. That’s right, you. If you’re (somehow) uncertain as to whether or not you are the Bitcoin creator, you could try taking this quiz to find out for sure.

You never know, we may meet in the media scrum that ends up forming outside your home…

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

I was a 1990s web designer, I have the tags to prove it

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014

Blink tags, spacer GIFs, and DHTML… if those terms make sense then chances are you were web designing in the 1990s, and possibly, therefore, deserved the rock-star status the job title way of life conferred upon you.

You were a web developer in the 1990s. With that status, you knew you were hot shit. And you brought with you a score of the most fearsome technological innovations, the likes of which we haven’t come close to replicating ever since.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

Have time travel machine console, yet I’m still stuck in the present

Monday, 3 March, 2014

time machine console

You may not get too far, but there might be a little fun, at least, to be had from setting dates in the future, and I guess, the past, to travel to, using this virtual replica of the time machine console, as seen in the “Back to the Future” movies.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

If everyone from “Star Wars” had been at high school in the 1980s…

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

Illustration by Denis Medri

If “Star Wars” had been set in a high school, during the 1980s, it may have looked something like this collection of images by Italian comic artist, and illustrator, Denis Medri.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

If Instagram were a child of the 1980s…

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

How much fun would smartphone photo sharing app Instagram have been, had it have come along during the 1980s? With the monochrome monitors of the period though, I’d say it wouldn’t really have held up a candle to Polaroid cameras.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,

Going by what I see around me, I must be in a Hemingway novel

Friday, 7 February, 2014

Ever felt as if you were in a time and place other than the time and place you thought you were occupying? If so, it’s possible you’re, somehow, in a Ernest Hemingway novel. If you are in doubt as to this state of affairs though, there’s a number of ways to ascertain what’s actually happening:

You are standing on top of a mountain. The mountain admires you for climbing it. You do not care what the mountain thinks of you, and you light a cigar. The cigar admires you for smoking it. You sneer casually at the sun. Somewhere there is a white door.

Read more posts on related topics

, ,