“Apocalypse Now”… starring Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, 18 September, 2014

A re-mix of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now featuring characters from the “Winnie the Pooh” stories. It’s not like Apocalypse Pooh is new either, it was made by Todd Graham in 1987, and was re-mastered a few years ago. The things you learn…

Via Kottke.

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Miss-mixing, the hallmark of the discerning DJ

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

Whose to know if the dance mix you’re listening to is the product of a bot, or a real, live, human DJ? A technique known as miss-mixing, and one that is increasingly being employed by DJs, will help listeners make the distinction. In short, miss-mixing is the practice of deliberately making a mistake while re-mixing music.

Michael Briscoe, aka DJ Whopper, explains how it works:

“I like to drop in on the second or third beat, leave it play for a couple of bars and then quickly correct myself,” explained Mr. Briscoe. “It’s subtle yet affective, I call it The Perplexer. People who don’t know what they’re listening to won’t even notice it while other DJs will be thinking ‘that’s a great mistake, who is this DJ Whopper lad anyway?’ d’ya know what I mean?”

Get it, DJ Whopper? I suppose the… practice is a little like a writer purposely adding errors to their text, and seeing how many times the work is republished by people claiming they wrote the piece themselves, before the fault is noticed.

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The Boring Conference… you sure can’t beat some great boredom

Thursday, 11 September, 2014

I first heard about the Boring Conference – “a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked” – more than three and a half years ago. From all accounts boring sells, as the event has taken place every year since then, and from all indications will return again in 2015.

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Could time travel save you from a bad relationship? Maybe…

Friday, 29 August, 2014

Time Travel Lover, a short film by Elisha Yaffe. If time travel were possible, this may be how many of us might want to take advantage of it… to stop a hook up that should not have been, in its tracks. Problem is though, these sorts of things are never quite as simple as they appear to be.

Includes some NSFW language and themes.

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Life is less of roller coaster ride when you walk instead

Monday, 25 August, 2014

A roller coaster like art installation, created by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, located in Duisburg, allows revellers to partake of its ups and down at their own pace… walking, rather than hurtling along the tracks, strapped into a car.

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Chocolate LEGO bricks… is this really a good idea though?

Monday, 18 August, 2014

Chocolate LEGO brick

Chocolate LEGO by Akihiro Mizuuchi… actually I’m surprised they didn’t come along sooner. Maybe they have, but just didn’t last very long?

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If we can’t go to the stars maybe they can come to us

Friday, 15 August, 2014

Even the Stars screen cap

Wandering through space without a purpose. Getting old and getting lost. That’s what interstellar space exploration might actually be like, given the time it’ll take to get anywhere… a game by Pol Clarissou.

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Don’t stand so close to me, and other elevator etiquette

Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

There are ten points of etiquette that those who use lifts, or elevators, should know and understand… actually I was surprised by how extensive these protocols are:

Most people can deal with standing way too close to someone for a few seconds, if that someone’s face is pointed in a neutral, parallel direction. If you turn around and put your back to the door, it creates an awkwardly confrontational standing situation. Or, your fellow riders might think you’re from another planet.

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Gustave H awaits your glowing review of the Grand Budapest Hotel

Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel lobby

The Grand Budapest Hotel, the same establishment featured in Wes Anderson’s most recent film, now has its own page on TripAdvisor. It’s already collected a number of glowing reviews, making it the top rated hotel in The Republic of Zubrowka:

When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl’s bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy – that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we’ll certainly go back!

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Surviving a night in the woods… what horror films can teach us

Friday, 18 July, 2014

Enough horror movies, set in cabins, in isolated forest areas, have been made by now for the rest of us to know the right and wrong things to do when partaking of such getaways ourselves. There’s over a dozen points you need to take into account, and even though there’s no guarantee of survival, at least you’ll know what to expect…

It doesn’t matter how many rooms the cabin has; tonight everyone’s sleeping together. Set up your sleeping bags or whatever in the cabin’s largest room, preferably in a circle allowing you all to face each other and past each other to all entrances to the room. The idea is to be able to see a threat coming from all directions simultaneously, while also keeping your fellow campers in sight.

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