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The world’s largest record collection looks for a home


The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

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Video: Food Court, the Musical, from Improv Anywhere

I don’t know, from the looks on some people’s faces improv might be too much to deal with in real life. Brought to you by the good people at Improve Anywhere. Not nearly as mindbending as Human Mirror project below:

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Surviving an Anaconda Bite

Watch it. Because if you didn’t watch it, in all probability you will get bitten by an Anaconda and then wouldn’t know what to do. Because it happens all the time…


Bitten By An AnacondaFunny blooper videos are here

National Geographic via what else, Boing Boing.

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Thomas Crapper would be proud…

“The box pops up from its convenient 14” flat pack to a rigid reusable box, you pop in a degradable poo bag, do your business, seal and then dispose.”

Ah to be the designer tasked with creating the happy little poo peeking out at us on the cover… from the Creative Review blog.

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DNA Art

Josh Spear lays the Genepak x DNA-11 on us, artwork based on your own DNA from DNA-11.

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Radiohead’s Nude, Remixed

The Radiohead version, on Youtube.

A remix made, through the influence of some dark conjurer’s sorcery no doubt, from antiquated computer hardware.


Big Ideas (Don’t get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.

via Engadget, and all the more amazing if you have some experience with the “instruments” – who knew a hard drive could sing?

Video by James Houston
jim@1030.co.uk
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Radiohead held an online contest to remix “Nude” from their album – “In Rainbows” This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that’s played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It’s near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from “Nude” thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition “for a laugh” and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX

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ManBabies – Creepy and Captivating

First lolcats, now this. Lo, the Internet has seen fit to bestow another …. dare I even dignify it as a “trend”? The premise is all too simple – (1) take a photograph of a man and child (2) swap the heads in photoshop (3) publish.

Photo: Roidrage Manbaby


Horrifying, isn’t it. Somehow the most disturbing aspect of this is how well a manbaby hangs together, visually and cognitively. The notion of a woman-baby is silly and ridiculous, scarcely worth entertaining. A manbaby, however, is somehow plausible and frightening.


The maniacal expression, the visible lack of self-control, the joy of idiocy. We have not grown up we have merely gotten bigger.


Here in as much as the composite image is vaguely disturbing, deciphering the underlying image is appalling. But unexpected? No. This is you, this is me. We are all manbabies. Via BoingBoing.

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Charlie Rose Interviews Charlie Rose, My Head Explodes

Via Boing Boing, Andrew Filippone Jr.‘s video “‘Charlie Rose’ by Samuel Beckett”. If you’re a Charlie Rose junkie like I am this is funny on an existential level.

google…………. google…………..

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Oliver Sacks, Music and Amnesia

Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist who authored Awakenings, about a group of patients he treated in the late 60′s, has continued to produce some of the most fascinating and intelligible books on the mysteries of the human mind. His most recent book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Sacks previews his work in The New Yorker, The Abyss: Music and amnesia, chronicling the chilling tale of Clive Wearing, a prominent musician reduced by encephalitis to a terrifying state of amnesia that has robbed him even of short term memory.

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Cow Chip Bingo

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Jefferson County West Virginia: 4th Annual Cow Chip Bingo. The event is, I presume, self-explanatory, but the picture is worth a thousand words. God Bless America.

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