Sound and Vision

I meant to do some kind of review catch-up round-up before switching off the lights, but suspect my chance has passed. Still, there’s always time for a quick run-through. My reading has been too sparse and unfinished to mention, but here are some albums worth a plug—recent obsessions only: Badly Drawn Boy’s Born in the U.K. and the Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible (already mentioned); Charlotte Gainsbourg’s 5:55 and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (a year late to both); Laidback’s Frequency Delinquency (even older, but it’s great); and the Manic Street Preachers’ Send Away the Tigers, the Chemical Brothers’ We Are the Night, Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Interpol’s Our Love to Admire and Midnight Juggernauts’ Dystopia.

Read More · 15 September 2007

Whizz for Atomms

This is posibly the best page on the internett or at leest the geekiest, hem hem: the BLAKES 7 carakters in the stile of NIGEL MOLESWORTH:

AVON sho off his noble profile. He is an uter swot and was topp of his skool and also in the chess and debatting clubs. I also hapen to kno that everyone there cal him Avon Minimus, a fakt that always get up his nose, not a hard feet considering it rivle the size of one of the LIBERATORs prongs. Avon like to pla the hard man with studs on but look at his heels, i mean to sa.

18 May 2007

Possibly the best “how things work” television series ever, The Secret Life of Machines (as seen on Britain’s Channel 4 and Australia’s SBS), is available in its entirety on Google video—and for those with qualms about copyright, this distribution is sanctioned by creator Tim Hunkin himself. Hunkin’s personal site has a wealth of information about the series, including some updates on the state of the various technologies featured. There’s also his Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopaedia, which I missed first time round (living in Australia, where his Observer cartoons had never appeared). Tim and Rex were a favourite in our household, so it’s great to be watching these again. Check Wikipedia for the episode listing so that you can watch all eighteen in the right order. [Via Ben Werdmuller.]

20 January 2007 ·

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