Finnish-designer and co-founder of Aimo Design, Timo Niskanen has created the beautifully minimal Loop table lamp. The efficient loop shaped LED lamp is designed to stand the test of time by remaining classic and stately in its form. Although currently a prototype, the production of this lamp is surely imminent.
“It should be the man, not his balls, that decides the outcome.”—Lou Ditte, regarding new UCI regulations requiring the bearings of World Tour bikes to have a co-efficient of friction of at least .005µ.
Got nothing to post at the moment so I’ll just say that I am really really enjoying listening to the copy of Locrian’s Territories which came through the door yesterday. I am also reading David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten at the moment, which is superb.
“The €2.5m (£2.2m) project would see the mosque in Norderstedt, near Hamburg, become one of the first to turn the minaret, the place from which the muezzin called the faithful to prayer, into a wind-fuelled power source.”
“In spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement.”—Aldous Huxley (via earlyfrost)
Docfest 2011 has given me no time to relax after my final exam on Friday and left me absolutely shattered so I’ve given up on the last film I had planned to see this weekend (Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest) and come home for an epic chill session. I managed to squeeze in 7 free documentaries over the last two days, though, so I think I’ve done well enough.
Saw Lavotchkin/Crocus/Run, Walk! on Tuesday night at The Earl and it was rad. It was my first time at the The Earl. I had heard that it was the standard hardcore venue before closing down or changing ownership or something, but it seems to be back up and running again and is apparently still hosting hardcore. People complain that it’s a bit out of the way, but if it continues to put on gigs like this it is worth the walk. It’s not even that far and after all, the exercise is good for us!
The three headliners were all great. I had actually never heard Lavotchkin and Crocus before but really enjoyed their sets and picked up their split EP. If I had more than £1 on me at the time I’m sure I’d have bought more, but maybe I’m sure my bank account would be glad glad that I didn’t! I had heard the Run, Walk! tracks on the New Roars on the Block split 7” from Holy Roar and enjoyed those tracks but hadn’t really enjoyed their newer material that I listened to on streams on the Holy Roar website. I liked the chaos of the New Roars tracks and I think the production was too clean on the newer stuff. Live, however, the new stuff has all the same chaos and grit that I enjoyed on New Roars so that went down a treat.
I had originally intended to arrive late and miss the local support. With one exam still to go on Friday, I didn’t have all the time in the world to spare. As it happened, the gig was running behind schedule and I ended up seeing all the local support anyway. And I’m glad I did. All of the bands suffered a little from the lack of amplification that resulted the DIY set-up and in particular Nai Harvest and ANIC’s drumming was too quiet. I enjoyed all of their sets nonetheless but We’ll Die Smiling definitely stood out. They’ve got a lot of potential.
The audience was a bit small, which was disappointing. There was certainly a lack of atmosphere and energy in the room despite the bands going full throttle.
After spending much of my teenage years going to hardcore gigs in Norwich (and walking further to get to them), I have not been to anywhere near enough while at uni in Sheffield and I had forgotten how much fun they could be. I still regret not seeing Maths when they were last at the Harley and missing Throats when they played with Rolo Tomassi and Trash Talk at Corporation. Rumour is someone is already putting together a Jackals gig for Sheffield in July for which I am totally psyched. There is still the possibility of Keruoac later in July too, again with Crocus. Tasty.
I have tranferred all the music from my laptop onto an external hard drive to free up space on the laptop. The music was previously taking up over 100GB of my 120GB hard drive, which was hardly an optimal solution. Eventually I will get around to recalibrating iTunes so that I can listen to music and sync my iPod while connected to the hard drive at home but for the mean time I’m enjoying the self-imposed restriction to my vinyl and CDs. The sound quality better anyway and I’m lucky enough to have a large enough collection not to get bored. Sure, I can’t listen to whatever I want but there is enough here to keep me going. The convenience of a 100GB music library at my fingertips isn’t that much of a loss.
EDIT: this is the extent of my procrastination right now. fml.
“Hello, I’m Leonard Nemoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. And by true, I mean false. It’s all lies, but they’re entertaining lies and in the end, isn’t that the real truth? The answer… is no.”—
In an age where business dominates our governments and writes our laws, every technological advance offers business an opportunity to impose new restrictions on the public. Technologies that could have empowered us are used to chain us instead.
With printed books,
You can buy one with cash, anonymously.
Then you own it.
You are not required to sign a license that restricts your use of it.
The format is known, and no proprietary technology is needed to read the book.
You can, physically, scan and copy the book, and it’s sometimes lawful under copyright.
Nobody has the power to destroy your book.
Contrast that with Amazon ebooks (fairly typical):
Amazon requires users to identify themselves to get an ebook.
In some countries, Amazon says the user does not own the ebook.
Amazon requires the user to accept a restrictive license on use of the ebook.
The format is secret, and only proprietary user-restricting software can read it at all.
To copy the ebook is impossible due to Digital Restrictions Management in the player, and prohibited by the license, which is more restrictive than copyright law.
Amazon can remotely delete the ebook using a back door. It used this back door in 2009 to delete thousands of copies of George Orwell’s 1984.
Even one of these infringements makes ebooks a step backward from printed books. We must reject ebooks until they respect our freedom.