Tuesday, April 24, 2018

16,000+ Sound Effects Available Free From BBC

NME reports: [edited]

Over 16,000 sound effects have been made available for free from the BBC library. The archive includes effects that have been used on the corporation’s radio output since the 1920s.

Now, the general public can download them for free for the first time. The libary includes the likes of a South American parrot talking and screeching, an 11 month old baby boy playing with toys, and a 16-foot speedboat with a 40hp outboard pulling up to stop.

Files can be used for “personal, educational, or research purposes” as per the RemArc licence. The archive is tagged and searchable.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

iPod playlist, 21/04/18 - 22/04/18

Well It's True That We Love One Another - The White Stripes
Dreamtime - Daryl Hall
You're Unbelievable - EMF
Wicked Game - Loni Rose
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
I'll Be Around - Joan Osborne
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Paper Planes - M.I.A. (XL)
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (single) - The Temptations
Rocks - Primal Scream
I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
Strong Enough - Cher
I Want To Be Your Boyfriend - Rubinoos
Waiting for a train - Flash & The Pan
Valerie - Steve Winwood
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
Telephone Man - Meri Wilson
All The Roadrunning - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Flying High - Jem
Free (single edit) - Deniece Williams
Nothing To Be Afraid Of - Lazyboy
Beauty - David Mead
Certain Surprise - John Martyn
Nikita - Elton John
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Katie Melua
Security Joan - Donald Fagen
Stop - Lizz Wright
Spanish Nights - Chuck Loeb
After All This Time - Darden Smith
Misguided Angel - Cowboy Junkies
The Game of Love - Daft Punk
Up In Fire - Andreya Triana
Munich (live, editors cover) - Corinne Bailey Rae
Dying all young - Chuck Prophet
Rise - Gabrielle
Under My Wing - John Martyn
The Runaway - Gallagher & Lyle
Right Now - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Holding Out For Love - Daryl Hall
Elodie - David Mead
Post - Cowboy Junkies
Heart Of Mine - Maria Muldaur
Oneplusone - David Mead
Safi - Idrissa Soumaoro
The Great Pagoda Of Funn - Donald Fagen
Love For Sale - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) - Dean Martin
For Crying Out Loud - Lloyd Cole
Call Me When You Get This - Corinne Bailey Rae
Chocolate Girl - Deacon Blue
Easy - Lionel Richie
Tropical - Chuck Loeb
Tell Me You'll Wait For Me - Cassandra Wilson
Astronaut - David Mead
Anyway The Wind Blows - J.J. Cale
Dreaming Wide Awake - Lizz Wright
Sensitive Kind - Eric Clapton Feat. Don White
Miss DJ - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Flake - Jack Johnson
Hey Sweet Man - Madeleine Peyroux
I'll Have to Say I Love You In A Song - Jim Croce
Don't it make my brown eyes blue - Crystal Gayle
The Last Train - Josh Rouse
What I Do - Donald Fagen
Man On A Mission - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Neighbor-Hoods - Josh Rouse
Bucket Of Girls - David Mead
Walkin' After Midnight - Cowboy Junkies
Just Like Heaven - Katie Melua
Thankyou, Stars - Katie Melua
Talkin' In Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
Chutes And Ladders (Bonus Track) - David Mead
Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Bringing It Back - J.J. Cale
Serenade - Emiliana Torrini
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - Diana Krall
Someday We'll Know - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Making It Up Again - David Mead
Secret Symphony - Katie Melua
Some Things Don't Come Easy - England Dan & John Ford Coley
Dream Dancing - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Night Life - The Little Willies
The Trouble With Henry - David Mead
Snowbound - Donald Fagen
Fools Rush In - Daryl Hall
What I Want To Do - David Mead
Make You Stay - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Always A Use - Madeleine Peyroux
Enchantment - Corinne Bailey Rae
Body And Soul - Diana Krall
Never Let Me Go - Daryl Hall
Anniversary Song - Cowboy Junkies
99 Miles From L.A. - Art Garfunkel
What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix) - The Corrs
La Javanaise - Madeleine Peyroux
I'd Really Love To See You Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley
The Road Is A Lover - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Was I? - Madeleine Peyroux
In Between - Josh Rouse
Sensitive Kind - J.J. Cale
The Frozen Man - James Taylor
Heartbreak Time - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Adrift - Jack Johnson
I Found Out - The Pigeon Detectives
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Hush - AM Radio
My coo ca choo - Alvin Stardust
Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Top Of The Pops - The Rezillos
Video Games - Lana Del Rey
Ready for the Weekend - Calvin Harris
Over and Over and Over - Jack White
Punka - Kenickie
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
Ukulele Anthem - Amanda Palmer
when you look at me - Christina Milian
Jilted John [LP Version] - Jilted John
Johnny reggae - The Piglets
It Feels So Good (Dance Mix) - Sonique
Get Dancin' - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Telepathy - Lene Lovich
House Of The Rising Sun (Live At Abbey Road) - John Otway
88 Lines About 44 Women - Nails
Too Young (Zoot Woman remix) - Phoenix
Jeans on - David Dundas

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Casino Hacked Via Fish Tank Thermostat

The Hacker News reports: [edited]

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, told attendees at an event in London how cybercriminals hacked a casino through a internet-connected thermostat in an aquarium in the lobby.

The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the thermostat to get a foothold in the network. Once there, they managed to access the high-roller database of gamblers and then pulled it back across the network, via the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Thanks to Brook for the link
Image: Delbert Pagayona

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Type Like The Songwriters Wrote

Songwriters Fonts reports: [edited]

The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration.

Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative... but that's precisely the point.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Flying Whale Airship

Bloomberg reports: [edited]

France has entered the global race to develop a viable cargo airship with a 500-foot model design that will lift lumber from deep woodland.

Flying Whale is joining a contest that includes defence giant Lockheed Martin Corp. and a clutch of smaller players. What’s different about the latest project is the combined benefit of being able to lift an industry-leading 60 tons, without any requirement for mooring pylons.

The Flying Whale will be twice as long as a Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jet and have a rigid structure with individual pockets of helium. It will be powered by small diesel or electric engines.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Happens To Fat Cells When You Lose Weight?

The Independent reports: [edited]

It’s commonly believed that when you lose weight, the fat that you burn is converted into energy. The truth is that fat is converted into carbon dioxide and water.

Meerman and Brown surveyed 150 doctors, dieticians and personal trainers to find out what they believe happens to fat when an individual loses weight. Only three of those surveyed answered correctly.

“You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine and sweat,” stated Meerman and Brown. “If you lose 10kg of fat, precisely 8.4kg comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6kg turns into water.”

With the exception of dietary fibre, everything that you consume is absorbed into your bloodstream and organs, which is why it’s important to increase the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces with physical activity.

“It’s not going anywhere until you’ve vaporised it,” Meerman and Brown explained.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Prefab Home That Can Withstand A Category 3 Hurricane

Business Insider reports: [edited]

Tropical storms are becoming more common along the Dutch Coast When winds are particularly strong, they can wreak havoc on homes and other structures.

In preparation for future storms, Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bna has designed a house that can resist Category 3 hurricanes. The home's rounded roof and sturdy materials help it withstand powerful wind speeds. The house was constructed above sea level as well, helping it avoid the risk of flooding.

A construction crew assembled the prefab house in just two days in Vlieland, Netherlands.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Google Release Bristlecone Quantum Processor

TechCrunch reports: [edited]

Teams at Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and various startups and academic labs are racing to become the first to achieve quantum supremacy – the point where a quantum computer can run certain algorithms faster than a conventional version.

The purpose of Bristlecone, Google says, it to provide its researchers with a testbed “for research into system error rates and scalability of our qubit technology, as well as applications in quantum simulation, optimisation, and machine learning.”

One of the issues that quantum computers have to contend with is error rates. Quantum computers typically run at extremely low temperatures and are shielded from the environment because quantum bits are highly unstable and any 'noise' can lead to errors.

Because of this, the qubits in modern quantum processors (the quantum computing versions of 'bits') are often a combination of numerous bits to help account for potential errors. Another limiting factor is that most of these systems can only preserve their state for microseconds.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Future Fonts

medium.com reports: [edited]

Future Fonts is a new marketplace for typefaces in progress, as well as a community of designers who create and use typefaces. It’s a way to gain access to interesting typographic styles sooner, and help fund the long process type designers undertake.

Future Fonts is a collection of brand new typefaces that designers are working on, and will be continuing to update. This platform encourages designers to release workable versions of their typeface throughout the process, similar to how software versions are released. This makes new styles available sooner and helps fund the long and expensive, creative process.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

London - Somerset - London, 25 & 26-02-18

London to Somerset
My Beloved Monster - Eels
You'll Never Again Be Mine - Levon Helm
Wham Bam Thank You Mam - The Small Faces
Halloween On The Barbary Coast - The Flaming Lips
Videotheque - Dollar
Pop Musik - M
Who's Stopping You? - Semisonic
As The Years Go Passing By - Otis Rush
Dweller By A Dark Stream - Bruce Cockburn
The Mayor of Candor Lied - Martyn Joseph
Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
Caterwaul (Non-Album Version) - Ryan Adams
Nothing Matters When We're Dancing - The Magnetic Fields
The Little Shoemaker - The Michael Twins
Responsibility (live) - Steve Forbert
Elijah - Rich Mullins
Chimes - North Sea Radio Orchestra
Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
If You Just Keep Still - Mahalia Jackson
Hostage-O - Warren Zevon
Here Today - The Beach Boys
Chinese Bakery - The Auteurs
Evergreen - Matthew Sweet
Sacrifice - Elton John
Michelangelo - Emmylou Harris
Bricks & Mortar [John Peel Session - 19/07/1977] - The Jam
The Last Time - Talk Talk
Tonight, I'll Be Staying Here With You - Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue
The Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys
Brompton Oratory - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Guns & Dolls - Chris Whitley
Standing On Tiptoe - Martyn Joseph
After the Glow - Bill Mallonee
Me Encontraras - Pedro Conga
Union Sundown - Bob Dylan
Whole New You - Shawn Colvin
Brontosaurus - The Move
Burned By The Sun - Beulah
I'll Say I'm Sorry Now - Shawn Colvin
Working Girls (BBC Session) - Deaf School
Cherry-Coloured Funk - Cocteau Twins
Round Of Blues - Shawn Colvin

Somerset to London
Summer And Lighting - Electric Light Orchestra
La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) - Manic Street Preachers
Gone Again - Indigo Girls
Tug Of War - Paul McCartney
Electro-Shock Blues - Eels
Rush Hour (Fonzerelli Hot & Sexy Remix) - SJB Feat. Jane Wiedlin
El Pussy Cat - Roland Alphonso
Blue Moon - Mud
Anyone For Tennis - Cream
Spin Around - Josie & The Pussycats
Strangelanguage - Charlie Peacock
Jump Up And Down - Helen Love
Haunting Me - Mary Lee's Corvette
Venus And Mars / Rockshow (Single Edit) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Brooklyn Roads - Neil Diamond
The Denial Twist - The White Stripes
Honestly OK - Dido
Touch Me, Touch Me - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Sweetheart Come - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Feed The Enemy - Magazine
Hang Onto The Night - XTC
I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
Sprout & The Bean - Joanna Newsom
Röyksopp's Night Out - Royksopp
Distant Smile - Ultravox
Rachael - Buffalo Tom
Standin In The Rain - Electric Light Orchestra
Elizabeth My Dear - The Stone Roses
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
What'd I Say - Ray Charles
Storybook Children - Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
(Nothing But) Blood - This Mortal Coil
Janine - David Bowie
Touch Me - The Doors
Capaldi's Cafe - Deaf School
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials Featuring Rico
Pontiac to Home Girl - Thea Gilmore
Mama Look Deh - The Pioneers
Hard Times - Syd Straw
More Than You'll Ever Know - Wheat
The Long Division - Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
Bring It Down To Jelly Roll - John Fogerty
Got Me Under Pressure - ZZ Top
If You Want Me To Stay - Ronny

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Free Font - D-Din

Font Squirrel reports: [edited]

DIN 1451 is a sans-serif typeface that is widely used for traffic, administrative and technical applications.

Datto commissioned Monotype to create D-Din and has allowed it to be open sourced under a SIL OFL v1.1 license.

It is available in 8 different styles, including italic and condensed versions.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oxford Comma Worth $5 Million

New York Times reports: [edited]

Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, Oakhurst Dairy settled a $5 million overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law.

The case began in 2014, when three truck drivers sued the dairy for what they said was four years’ worth of overtime pay they had been denied. Maine law requires time-and-a-half pay for each hour worked after 40 hours, but it carved out exemptions for:

‘The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.’

What followed the last comma in the first sentence was the crux of the matter: ‘packing for shipment or distribution of’. The court ruled that it was not clear whether the law exempted the distribution of the three categories that followed, or if it exempted packing for the shipment or distribution of them.

Had there been a comma after ‘shipment’ the meaning would have been clear.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Over 40s Should Lift Weights, Eat More Protein

New York Times reports: [edited]

People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a recent scientific review.

The review finds that eating more protein than the amounts currently recommended can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for the over 40s.

The sweet spot for protein intake turned out to be about 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Historical Movie Posters Available Online

Harry Ransom Center reports: [edited]

The Movie Poster Collection at the Harry Ransom Center encompasses over 10,000 posters and spans from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. The sizes range from that of a small window card to that of a billboard.

The movie posters collection is currently part of an ambitious digitisation project. Each of the 10,000 posters is being photographed, with the resulting image linked to searchable metadata, and the image made available to download.

To browse the growing collection click here