Sunday, December 26, 2010

Xmas Powell Peralta deck!

It'll be interesting to see how these limited run decks go down with the collecting fraternity. Anything limited tends to be highly sought after, so that's a plus - but the flipside of that is that Xmas tends to be.....well, a bit niche, I guess.

Dig the nose though (and that's the graphic AND the deck!)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Retro Argos Catalogue from 1985.

This is just brilliant - I had the cassette racks, my girlfriend had the alarm clock AND the music centre, my mate had the calculator......

Sometimes, a little nostalgia can be a very, very good thing.

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Take a blast into the past of retro
goodness with this wonderful scan
photostream of the entire 1985 Argos
Catalog. From vintage toys, to vintage
duvets, cooking tools ... It is all
great and all fun ...

Take a look back to a more funky time.

Vintage British Argos 1985 Catalogue by trippyglitters
Vintage British Argos 1985 Catalogue by trippyglitters
Vintage British Argos 1985 Catalogue by trippyglitters
Vintage British Argos 1985 Catalogue by trippyglitters
Vintage British Argos 1985 Catalogue by trippyglitters
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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Onion Vs. Skateboarding

The Onion is utterly amazing, we all know that - but when it takes on skating, it moves up to a hitherto undiscovered level of AWESOME.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Chrissie Hynde, as honest as ever....

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Chrissie Hynde and JP Jones

"I found my perfect lover, but he's only half my age," sings Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde on her new album.

She is referring to Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones, her current recording partner, who is 31 years old to Hynde's 59.

The couple met at a party in 2008 and travelled to Cuba together on a whim. There, they wrote a collection of songs that charted the course of their ill-fated May to December affair.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Where have all the guitar bands gone?

Something that's been coming for quite some time.....this happened to dance music 10 years ago, and it took quite some time for it to recover.....

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From The Beatles to the Arctic Monkeys, Britain's great rock bands have belted out the soundtracks to our lives and carved a place at the heart of our culture.

So why have so few new bands broken through in the past couple of years? And what are new acts doing to keep guitar music alive?

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and The Kings of Leon are the only such acts to have cracked the top 10 so far this year.

Two years ago, more than a dozen guitar-wielding bands - including Coldplay, Oasis, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs and The Kooks - reached the same heights.

But then the world seemed to get bored of the conventional guitar sound and the term "landfill indie" was enthusiastically wielded to beat down bands that sounded safe and stale - The Pigeon Detectives, The Fratellis, The Enemy, The View, Editors and The Courteeners among them.

The disillusionment can be traced back to record labels chasing quick hits rather than acts with longevity, according to BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq.

"In this current climate, people are signing bands who have got one or two good tracks, hoping they can make one good album," he says. "And inevitably a lot of these bands are going to come and go.

"You end up ruining the sense of trust between tastemaker and audience, or record label and audience, or even musical genre and audience.

"If you stop believing in a certain sort of music, it's going to take a lot for you to come back."

If Radiohead emerged with their debut album today, it would be "unthinkable" that their long-term prospects would be recognised, he believes.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pink Floyd reforming?

It's not the same without Richard Wright :(

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Pink Floyd at Live 8

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has said the legendary rock band may get back together to play concerts for charity.

The group, who have sold 200 million albums, last performed at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005.

He said the group could do "something that's not necessarily for us, but do something for the right reasons and enjoy doing it."

His bandmates Roger Waters and David Gilmour famously fell out in the 1980s but charity recently brought the pair back together for the first time since Live 8.

The band's keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Any Ashton back to Xfm as PD!

Welcome back mate, the station was at its best when you were in charge before, and it will be again.

As some of you may know, Andy and me go way back - not just from Xfm days, but also when we worked together on setting up Shadowglobe: one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I'm so chuffed that he's back.

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Andy Ashton is returning to Xfm as Programme Director, replacing Australia-bound Paul Jackson.

In addition, Head of Music Mike Walsh has been appointed Deputy Programme Director at the Global Radio station, covering both London and Manchester on FM.

The move for Andy sees him return to the station after spending the last few years working for Communicorp as Programme Director of Dublin station SPIN 103.8.

Andy said: "After three years working internationally, I'm really looking forward to bringing that experience back to the UK and home to Xfm. I'm delighted to be joining Global Radio for the challenge ahead, building on one of the world’s great music brands in London, Manchester, across the UK on digital and around the world online. It's an exciting new chapter for me and for Xfm - I can't wait to start!"

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “Andy’s knowledge and experience in music and broadcasting is widely respected. His appointment will bring fresh dimensions to the Xfm team, driving what is already a nationally-recognised and iconic radio brand to new heights.”


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Always Autumn, never Fall.

That's partially because I'm on this side of the Atlantic, but mainly it's because I can use the word "autumnal". That's exactly the weather I woke up to this morning - low, misty cloud, a dampness to the air, the trees heavy with leaves, a luminescent greyness hanging over the streets of West London. The air is still warm, but you can feel Summer's warmth slowly starting to dissipate.

No-one does this turning of the seasons better than we do: sometimes people decry the dank, rainy British seasons, but I always welcome them with open (and fully clothed) arms.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

How to replace earworms!

Inspired stuff - get that annoying song out of your head by replacing it with another random tune.

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We created this site for those of you that have a song stuck in your head and you can't get it out no matter what you do. Using the latest techniques in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology, we've been able to allow our users to "unhear" songs by hearing equally catchy songs. So all we're doing is making you forget your old song by replacing it with another one... sorry.

Listen to this random song instead


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Star Wars briefing - As a Powerpoint presentation

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A long time ago — before PowerPoint was invented — in a galaxy far, far away, leaders gave presentations backed by large electronic wall displays. Below, for example, is a photo of General Dodonna (from Star Wars IV) briefing a packed room full of starpilots, navigators, and droids. Notice how he uses the entire wide screen to display only visual information, a digital vector animation of the inner workings of the death star. Notice too how he has gathered the troops close to the front, how he himself stands close to the back-lit screen (even slightly in front of it at times), and maintains eye-contact with the audience, occasionally pointing to key areas of the animation on screen.

A New Hope for clear communication
Let's embrace the spirit of the Rebel
Alliance and push back against Imperial template propaganda and the scourge of habit and conventional wisdom. If you have a large screen, use it to show visuals, not lines
of text that remind you what to say.
You do not have to use a screen, but if you do, use it to display visual information that illustrates or amplifies your message in the clearest way possible. Stand with your visuals, becoming a clear part of the visual experience from your audience's point of view. Do not stand meekly in the corner or behind a lectern, removed from both the audience and the bright screen. May the Force be with you in your next presentation and beyond.Read more at

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Old Skool Skaters rejoice - the latest ebay watch is here!

That Ty Page complete in a box is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. A Total timewarp back to the late 70's.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Turn an iPhone into a Pinball Machine! Awesome....

Right, this actually makes me want an iphone. If they make a Defender App, i'm sold.

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Pinball Magic turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a tiny pinball machine

still haven't seen an actual iPad arcade cabinet for sale (all the ones we've seen so far have been made by hobbyists for themselves), but here's a pretty cool case/accessory for your iPhone or iPod touch. Pinball Magic is a little device that you can slide your handheld into, and with the help of a free app, you can play a full pinball game live on a little miniature table. There's a real ball plunger, flipper buttons, a full LED backlit display, and even a Tilt detector, so you can hit all the usual lights and gadgets (albeit in an extremely small form factor) without throwing quarters in at the local arcade. Assuming they still have those local arcades -- I haven't seen one around in a while nowRead more at

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Old Skaters will be the only ones to get this....

And Craig Stecyk will be laughing too (I hope)......

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Aspects of the downhill slide

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Reviving defunct musical info....

From a number of formats - floppy disks, iomega Zip disks....and more besides. The reasons for all of this will hopefully soon become clear.

Monday, August 23, 2010

World's coolest exercise bike (warning: will cost you a fortune)

But, I still think you'd actually look uncool whilst using it, so what's the point?

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Ciclotte might just be the first designy exercise bike. Designed by one of Milan’s leading designers, Luca Schieppati and made by the Italian Lamiflex Group, Ciclotte is like another piece of contemporary furniture in your home. Complementing your existing modern space, the gym-standard training machine is only 121 lbs, so it is easily movable from room to room.

Don’t be embarrassed by ugly fitness equipment in your room anymore!

Ciclotte will likely retail for £6,800 (read: not cheap) and is available in Carbon, Silver, and Purple. The bike will be launched in the UK at 100% Design from September 23-26, 2010 at Earls Court, London.

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Photos of things which are the same distance away from Ground Zero as the planned Mosque

A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the “Ground Zero Mosque”:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I would LOVE one of these....

Who fancies getting me one as a wedding gift, huh?

Just kidding.

Mind you, I'd have to work out which colour sleeve I'd want......either yellow or green, I think....

Supersize 'White Man...' Single Print

Morgan's large original painting of the single is photographed in super high resolution and printed directly onto a canvas sleeve, measuring 68cm square, then a big black disc with a printed label goes inside. The slots are hand-cut and the centre is drilled so the art can be mounted on a chrome central spindle which doubles as a wall fitting. All prints are lovingly hand finished – complete with crinkled edges and small tears – to resemble a giant 3D single ready to hang on your wall.

Singles on wall
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Desperate Pandora Employees Scrambling To Find Song Area Man Likes

The Onion does it yet again.

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OAKLAND, CA—The headquarters of personalized online music provider Pandora remained in a state of chaos Thursday as frantic workers struggled to find a song that 32-year-old Boston subscriber Dave Lipton would enjoy.

"It's called 'Steely Dan Radio,' for Christ's sake—why does he keep skipping over Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly'?" song-selection associate Lincoln Foster said as he rifled through a laundry cart full of CDs labeled "'70s Jazz Fusion." "We've already thrown three-decades-worth of Doobie Brothers at him. What the hell does this guy want?"

"At this point, I think he's just fucking with us," Davis continued before scaling a 30-foot ladder to retrieve a vinyl-only release by obscure Illinois ska-core group the Blue Meanies.

Pandora executives acknowledged that the periodic Heineken and Ford Sales Event advertisements in Lipton's music stream are the only thing currently keeping the company from shutting down, declaring bankruptcy, and abandoning its manual music upload process.

Desperate Pandora Employees Scrambling To Find Song Area Man Likes


Google warning about social use of media

And on a personal note - it's good to see the contribution of @suw to this article!

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Young people may one day have to change their names in order to escape their previous online activity, Google boss Eric Schmidt has warned.

Google has acquired Slide and Jambool, two firms specialising in providing services for social networks.

Many believe the acquisitions are a sign that the search giant is about to launch another social network. Some commentators have already given the rumoured product a name:

It already owns two other social networks; Google Buzz, launched in February 2010 and its first foray known as Orkut.

Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal he feared they did not understand the consequences of having so much personal information about them online.

The firm has been busy bolstering its social networking presence recently.

On his prediction that people may change their names, Mr Schmidt said: "I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time... I mean we really have to think about these things as a society."

But, according to some experts, his concerns about the future are "overstated".

"The idea that everything is stored online is not true," social media consultant Suw Charman-Anderson told BBC News.

"It will be quite some time before that can become true because of the enormity of the internet."

Archives such as Google Cache, which store older versions of websites, are selective, she added.

"Google Cache is a snapshot taken periodically of some of the internet. It's very hit and miss at the moment."

While companies specialising in "cleaning up" internet profiles already exist, Ms Charman-Anderson argued that social attitudes towards personal content on the web needed to change instead.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Interesting - service which acts like Pandora for music blogs...

Turns blogs into music radio - select your chosen genre, and away you go. Checking this out now.....

Visitors to london - You have been warned, eat somewhere else.

Almost anywhere else, actually.

Aberdeen Angus is a restaurant that doesn't deserve to exist. I'm guessing it has probably done more damage to our culinary reputation than the BSE crisis, foot and mouth and salmonella outbreak combined and yet there it still is, squatting on the corner of some of the most famous and well-trodden streets in the capital, luring in unsuspecting visitors and spitting them out with cynical efficiency, their opinion of British food set back another 30 years. It's infuriating that this disgraceful process is allowed to continue and that nobody has attempted to do anything about it - surely the enforced closure of all of London's Aberdeen Steakhouses would be a cheap and extremely effective method of boosting our international standing and we could recall Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver from America. Win-win.

Foul, expensive food, served incompetently in dreadful surroundings, Aberdeen Angus is a restaurant with no redeeming features. But then I imagine most of you suspected that already; the really nasty surprise on Friday was just how bad, not just passively mediocre but actively wicked their modus operandi is, and just how successful they are at exploiting naive tourists and passing trade for the maximum possible financial gain for the minimum possible effort. It is the working embodiment of everything that is shallow and cynical and just plain mean about the way that London treats its guests, and if you have a hospitable bone in your body you will do everything in your power to make sure the word reaches every corner of the globe. People of London, people of Britain, people of the world - never ever eat at Aberdeen Angus.
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Journalism Warning Stickers

This is a stroke of genius - and all you need is a blank sheet of stickers, and you can print your own. The Daily Fail, here I come.

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It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.

I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I've been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.

This article is basically just a press release, copied and pasted.
This article contains unsourced, unverified information from Wikipedia.
Journalist does not understand the subject they are writing about.
Includes content written by Richard Littlejohn.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

A Glass-bottomed hot-air balloon! *is terrified*

Learning to cook Veggie Food.

Something I'd always had trouble with - most of my veggie dishes tended to be somewhat bland, or just a melange of vegetables;everything turns to ratatouille.Yesterday though - we played host to two other families from our NCT group, and there was veggie chili on the menu. I think the real secret is texture - no great big lumps of vegetables - or the dreaded ratatouille beckons. Keeping the mire-poix small, keeping the onions minced, keeping the bean content high - all of this helped. Also, spicing it like it was a meaty chili, adding mushroom ketchup, and top of the list, making my own tomato puree with blended sun-dried tomatoes in oil (I stole this one from Jamie Oliver)

All in all, a success.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Does this work? Elevator Hack.

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Has anybody ever tried this? I'd give it a go in my apartment's elevator but it smells like an old person died in there (I suspect it was the woman that lives above me). You've got to admit, this is pretty groundbreaking if it's true. God, with all you a-holes constantly floor-skipping your coworkers are gonna have to start using the stairs! And that, dear reader, is my plan for a healthier America (don't forget to mash every button and fart before diving out).


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My first week on Amplify

Has been great. Lots of interaction, real interest and determination from the users to analyze and improve the service, the ability to auto-post all of my amps to my blog (thus making it finally look like I actually care about blogging!) and most of all, the feeling that I'm involved in a service that's going places. One of the reasons I showed so much loyalty to friendfeed was because of that exact same feeling. Any original friendfeed members will remember how it was when it first started: that same excitement is here now at Amplify.

Improved default facebook profile pictures

Love the Boba Fett, and the Reddit alien's not bad either!

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If you have changed the default Facebook profile picture and uploaded your own, it’s fine. But if not, then why not replace that boring picture of the guy with a wisp of hair sticking out of his head with something different and funny?

One nice person called David has created a bunch of alternative Facebook profile silhouettes - from Albert Einstein to Frankenstein, Batman to Darth Vader. These are free to use in your Facebook profile. Have fun!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Brilliant (if it's true!) Girl Quits Job - and PWNS her boss

There's the outside chance that this is all an elaborate viral, but if it is true, this is just priceless.

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We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl. Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) - we're working our contact for Jenny's last name. Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we're told. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details.

amazing girl quits 6 Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)
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