Friday, February 29, 2008

Ships Abandoned In Freezing Russian Waters

You'd really think they'd take some anti-freeze with them when they left the house, wouldn't you? More here

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The best football fanzine since What's The Score

It's Boss. It really is. Get yours here.

Wartime Pictures of Liverpool

Love these, more from here. The Anglican Cathedral never ceases to amaze me, despite the fact we always went in Paddy's Wigwam.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Headline: iPhone Etiquette (Originally in Arena magazine)

It seems that everyone got an iPhone for Christmas, but possession of the gadget can cause smugness. So, if you want to enjoy your new toy without the risk of getting a smack in the mouth I recommend you follow these procedures.

Answering the phone

Do: Take the phone out of your pocket/bag with minimal fuss and answer it with a simple ‘hello’
Don’t: Imagine yourself as the star of some horrendous mobile phone advert (obscure folk song as background music), in which you wander the streets of your town telling everybody how wonderful “the Google Maps app is on this baby”

Text messaging
Do: Use the touch screen keyboard, quietly appreciating its QWERTY convenience
Don’t: Programme your phone to make the sound of a typewriter whenever you use the keypad so everyone stares at you

Taking a picture

Do: Get the device out and take a photo. Simple as that
Don’t: Pretend to be David Bailey circa 1965, take your girlfriend to Hyde Park and make like it’s swinging London, shouting, “I’ll upload these onto Flickr later using my wi-fi connection on my new – though not that new, mine was bought in the States – iPhone”.

Using the media player

Do: Have a quick laugh at YouTube videos while waiting for the bus to come
Don’t: Project a film of yourself using the scroll bar tool on your iPhone (title: Me. My Phone. My Life) onto a 60’ x 30’ screen in the middle of Spaghetti Junction, making sure that your performance is captured by every major news agency

Ringing your friends:
Do: Find them in Contacts. Press ‘ring’
Don’t: Stop in the middle of Oxford St, get out and your phone and then shout into the mouthpiece: “Steve! It’s me, yeah, how are you guys at Apple? What? You want me to ‘sound design’ some new drill ‘n’ bass/dubstep themes for your next US-only ad campaign. Sure! Let’s do sushi. Must dash, got to get some face time with Gatesy. Boy, will he be pissed when I tell him I’m going to swerve that new consultation gig on the Zune. Peace.”

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Seventies blokes find the best reason ever to ditch the slide projector

This is it, the arrival of the first commercially available video camera in 1971. No more grainy Super 8, no more messing about with spools – just crystal clear video. Thank you AKAI. Next time though can you tell David Soul to sort his clobber out. He may think he looks boss in his porno dressing gown, but I don't want to see the scruffy bastard's hairy legs. The woman can stay as she is, mind.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Oldest Accurate Map of Britain

Made in 1360, the Gough Map is the first map of Britain that actually looks halfway realistic – the ones before this were the shape of lizards or whales and looked like they'd been made by Stevie Wonder. According to Boing Boing:
"We don't know whether they did the coastline first then filled in the interior, or whether it was done by word of mouth – a verbal map – so they put in London then worked outwards, adding places they knew."

Whatever, it looks ace. No GPS, mind.