Why take the tube when you can sprint between the stations?

Friday, 26 September, 2014

Is it possible to jump off the tube at Mansion House station, along the Circle and District lines of the London Underground, and rejoin the same train at Cannon Street station, by sprinting, at street level, between the two stations, that are a couple of hundred metres apart? Assuming there are no delays and the like, that is.

Find out for yourself.

We used to talk about this sort of thing, given some of the Underground stations are pretty close to each other, but they were always thought experiment sort of discussions.

Via Digg Video.

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This is what synchronised traffic chaos look like

Monday, 22 September, 2014

You may not want to drive in a city centre, or try to walk across a street, after watching Fernando Livschitz’s Rush Hour

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Stuck in the present? You could try asking the past what to do…

Monday, 22 September, 2014

Stumped by a present day problem? Contemporary advice for a contemporary issue not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to take a leaf from our forebears’ books, and try out ideas from the past.

So to get you started, some old school advice, from 1595, for doing well at school:

Make no noyse nor use any meane, whereby thou maiest disturbe thy schoolefellowes: much lesse thy schoolemaster. Be a patterne of good manners, industry, curtesie, and obeying thy Master unto all in the Shoole. So shall thy praise be great, and thy profit greater.

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“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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