Duxford Flying Legends 2010

July 11th, 2010 by Ian
The Joker - Bearcat

The Joker - Bearcat

Duxford, Cambridgeshire has for a long time been ‘plane nerd mecca to me. It’s been ages since I went to a proper airshow, so it was great to once again attend the Flying Legends show. Many of the airframes are now over 70 years old and it’s amazing how many they get into the air at once. They don’t exactly fling them round (well, with the exception of the superbly demonstrated Grumman Bearcat), but they put them through some pretty tight turns and rolls. It’s great to see how gracefully the Spitfires are handled and for me, I think that was the highlight: A formation of various marks of Spitfire playfully soaring over the length of the runway. I’ve uploaded a bunch of shots to Flickr. I only own a compact, so a lot of the shots are from the museums.

The business end of the A10

The business end of the A10

The whole set from Saturday is available in my Flickr stream.

BBC nail Beardyman caption

June 23rd, 2010 by Ian
Beardyman: King of Sound and Ruler of Beats

Beardyman: King of Sound and Ruler of Beats

Any idea why the esteemed beat-boxer was on the news?

Via Dailyrnail.co.uk (read that again)

Dodge Challenger Commerical makes me proud to be an American

June 20th, 2010 by Ian

Admittedly I’m not an American, but then neither is the car (it’s made it Canada). Still, I don’t think it matters, this advert is pretty stirring stuff:

Via GeekOSystem

BP Oil Exec portrait by Mike Mitchell

June 13th, 2010 by Ian
BP exec by Mike Mitchell

BP exec by Mike Mitchell

A well timed portrait by the talented Sir Mitchell.

Gluaaaghhhh! building

June 8th, 2010 by Ian
Tom Hine contextual-face

Tom Hine - Contextual-face, Bristol

Ekosystem, via Wooster Collective

How to Destroy Angels

June 1st, 2010 by Ian

It was sad when Nine Inch Nails stopped work. Trent Reznor announced he was getting married and touring stopped. Girls. Ruin. Everything. Understandable after 22 years, but a shame all the same. As NiN wound-down, some of the side projects were a little lacking, but there is always something of interest in each one. I had high hopes for the Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! Reznor and Saul Williams sounded like a match made in heaven, but the result was nothing special, with the U2 cover, Sunday Bloody Sunday, perhaps being the most embarrassing low point of the project. However, this project, How to Destroy Angels, with his new wife Mariqueen Maandig is fortunately a much stronger attempt and one with a lot of potential. Maandigs vocals are well used and this isn’t a straight extension of the NiN catalogue (and nor is that what I’m after, personally), but it should be reasonably familiar to NiN fans (play the intro to With Teeth’s ‘Only’ and then new track Fur… told you so). The retail model is as generous as previous offerings and hardly worth discussion (it works, good luck to ’em). Reznor has got more money out of me this way than he ever did on Interscope.

How to Destroy Angels EP cover

How to Destroy Angels EP cover

You can listen free here and the new video to The Space Inbetween is as unnerving as you’d expect from this lot: they’re named after a Coil track for crying out loud. I’d love to get my hands on some hi-res copies of the EP artwork ‘n all. It’s reminiscent of work by Mark Weaver, which I’ve blogged about in the past.

Listen to the new How to Destroy Angels EP

Around the world in 80 seconds

May 13th, 2010 by Ian

Whilst this is blatantly a Sony viral, it’s also very cool.

From Diana, Queen of Hearts

April 23rd, 2010 by Ian

From the Queen of Hearts

I’m a big fan of Twitter. Through it I have acquired design advice, job interviews and technical help. More importantly, it also allows me to follow the adventures of Princess Diana (aka the Queen of ‘Arrrrrts) as she enjoys her time in Heaven, amongst all the other celebrities. Just like when she was with us on earth, she is a constant source of inspiration. Her Twitter account is perfect if, like me, you have too much self respect to buy the Daily Express and read about her there. She also sent me this rather fetching badge. As it came through my door this morning i ran to the door, only to see a white Fiat Uno race away down my street. I shall wear it proudly, always.

Follow DianaInHeaven on Twitter. We miss you, Ma’am.

T-shirt war

April 6th, 2010 by Ian

Painful to think how long this took if you take the printing process into account as well as the filming. Via Adii Rock Star.

Collection of Tokyo HDR shots

March 29th, 2010 by Ian

The Yakitori-ya Fort

Many of the shots have much higher res copies available on Flickr, so be sure to click through.

80 HDR Photographs of Tokyo en at Geekiz.com (via Gruber)

A public service anouncement for Private Eye readers

March 24th, 2010 by Ian

Private Eye: Leaders Wives cover

This is the cover of this weeks magazine. Nice headline huh? Because of this you should expect, as I did, to possibly find fortnights edition to be nestled between more, erm, specialist magazines. You know the ones with nekkid ladies all over them? Yeah, there. Especially if, like me, you buy your literature from motorway service stations. At least they didn’t put them in an opaque white bag.

Rushing through a foolish Digital Economy Bill

March 21st, 2010 by Ian

This debate has raged between the music industry and pretty much everyone else for a while now. The digital economy bill that should have been about digital Britain and how we can all use the web for good, has been turned into a load of proposals that may endanger free speech and endanger creativity. I wrote the following to my local MP, Nick Clegg:

I’m writing to you regarding the rush that is planned to push through the Digital Economy Bill. I’m aware that this is a very complex bill and there are many parts of it that concern me. I think that there is a lot in there that many people should be concerned about and without the time to debate it properly, we’ll be making mistakes that we will soon regret.

I moved to Sheffield because of our strong design community which is doing great things with the web. In this industry I have seen how creative solutions can provide services to those who need them most. Solutions that are an asset to the design community and to Sheffield and that can save the government a great deal of money. I am worried that this creativity will be stifled by this new bill. We are already at a disadvantage compared with many European countries who long ago woke up and realised how important unrestricted internet access is.

As a constituent I am writing to you today to ask you to do all you can to ensure the Government doesn’t just rush the bill through and deny us our democratic right to scrutiny and debate.

I recommend you have your own say by writing to your MP via the brilliant 38 Degrees campaign. It only took a minute (you can tell by my prose!), but to let this go through without a fight would be criminal.

Flickr flow visualises the seasons

March 14th, 2010 by Ian

An algorithm was used to calculate the colors in pictures uploaded to Flickr. The resulting diagram highlights the prevalent colors across the seasons. Pretty.

Flickr Flow

Flickr Flow (via Kottke)

Vanishing Point

March 10th, 2010 by Ian

This video by Takuya Hosogane is like a hundred Winamp Visualizations (remember them?) crammed into one 100 second video. Amazing.

More of the same at hsgn.tk