I constantly find myself on such ends of the internet as Things Organised Neatly, r/Battlestations and The Setup lusting over gear and it’s organisation. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to love this. Whilst Casey’s studio might make aesthetic minimalists have an heart attack, it’s organisation is really damn cool. In the end I think you’ve got to be that organised to make videos of Casey’s caliber.
Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn offers six reasons why tipping, particularly at restaurants, should be eliminated.
Whilst tipping culture here in the UK isn’t quite as prevalent as it is in the US — I back these sentiments strongly. I think it’s hard for me to express my distaste for externalising the true cost of goods/services in any form, whether that be admission/credit card fee’s, unlisted taxes or tipping. Though the ambiguous nature of tipping makes it just that much worse.
Optimistically with some companies adopting more transparent and simplistic pricing models such as Über (Who are abolishing taxi tipping!), Unbranded and Square we’ll see a reduction of pricing asymmetry in the future. Though what’s more worrying is that some of us prefer the model of shitstorm pricing.
In the advent of BadBadNotGood; an instrumental experimental hip-hop jazz trio, releasing a new single for free download today — I thought it’d be an appropriate time for a quick post about the band which got me through my recent exams.
In 2010 three members of BBNG formed over their shared love of both Jazz and Hip-Hop Artists such as DOOM, Odd Future and JDilla — and their debut Bandcamp album certainly reflects that. This self titled album and a lot of their newer work consists mostly of familiar Hip-Hop track covers — making a genre I’d previously been excluded from by purists entirely accessible. I think Sputnikmusic’s Dante Alighieri put the way BBNG are transcribing the two genres best: “A welcome reinterpretation of modern jazz without the pretense of snotty wine parties and thick rimmed hipster dinosaurs”.
Everything about BBNG I’ve heard and seen seems so fresh, not only because of the interesting fusion of two sounds — but also their ascend to relative popularity through embracing the internet way of distribution and promotion enabled by sites such as Bandcamp, Tumblr and Twitter. Their disclaimer on their second album is also particularly interesting:
No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of this album. This album was recorded in one 10 hour session. Thanks to our friends, family, loved ones and anyone who fucks with us.
I tend to listen to instrumental music whilst working as lyrics tend to muck up my flow when writing essays. In the past I’d been largely restricted to pure electronic/hip-hop though I’ve now been introduced to a new ambient sound to work to — I’m loving it.
I have the feeling a lot of people are also like me with an aversion to lyrical ambient work music, so if you want to give BBNG a chance their extensive YouTube channel is a good free place to start —following that with the free BBNG2 LP.
Though whilst doing pure maths I can listen to lyrical content Wu-Tang, Deltron3030 and more recently JCole are particular favourites. ↩
An interesting and provocative 20 minute documentary on Cody Wilson — the founder of Defence Distributed.
Not only does the 3D-printing of weapons bring up interesting questions regarding the law and morality of the practise — but also the engineering of these parts. The current receivers are direct clones of the metal counterparts so naturally with 3D-Printed plastic being weaker than the metal, the printed parts are failing. Though with practises like topology optimisation enabled by 3D printing and new printing materials — I’m confident that these printed receivers could be more durable, lighter and cheaper than their official metal equivalents in the near future.
The open source publishing platform DefCAD used for hosting the files for receivers, extended magazines and other controversial items without censorship is operational but needs funding. Luckily it accepts Bitcoin.
Whatever you may think about Mythbusters, there’s no denying the great passion and gripping storytelling of Savage.
There’s a whole section on Tested.com dedicated to Adam talking through his prop making expertise, tutorials on doing it yourself and even a tour of his replica filled home office. I picked out the bullwhip video to embed over some of the technically impressive builds as the whip story makes the finished product that much cooler. I also may or may not have just watched them all back to back.
See r/smyths to avoid the cringeworthy advertisement based structure much like this. ↩
Chris Armstrong on Microsoft Windows RT and Surface:
Considering Microsoft is a software company, this turn of events surprises me. I’d expect the software coming out of Microsoft to be great, and the hardware to be questionable. But it’s the other way around.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. I can imagine if Microsoft didn’t subscribe to the ‘No Compromises’ mantra and axed the limited Office only desktop functionality in Windows RT, they might be able to shed a few Gigabytes. Though a part of me believes that the Office functionality is the only way they’re going to see success with the Surface.
All this said though, the Surface does have me intrigued. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and use Windows 8 on something other than a mouse and keyboard in a virtual machine.
Cannon led me down into the basement, which he and Sarver have converted into a laboratory. A long work space was covered with Arduino motherboards, soldering irons, and electrodes. Cannon had recently captured a garter snake, which eyed us from inside a plastic jar. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot,” said Cannon. “These days, that doesn’t seem so impossible anymore.” The pair call themselves grinders — homebrew biohackers obsessed with the idea of human enhancement — who are looking for new ways to put machines into their bodies. They are joined by hundreds of aspiring biohackers who populate the movement’s online forums and a growing number, now several dozen, who have gotten the magnetic implants in real life.
A stunning report. I have nothing to add besides paying compliments to The Verge’s writers & article layout/video team - who make this caliber of journalism possible. Now, where can I get some magnet implants in the UK?
Fascinating read. I had never realised how complex the 30 pin connector is, especially in comparison to USB. This post definitely answers the common ‘Why not just use Micro-USB?’ query regarding the next generation iPhone.
John Siracusa of Hypercritical often points out the main design flaws in the current 30 pin dock connector. Firstly, the orientation is so easy to get wrong. Secondly, its removal by users is not exactly linear - as most people erratically tug half way up the cable from an angle. Hopefully the next dock connector has blunted off corners on one side much like Firewire 400 - which would for the most part solve these two problems.
Though if I had to wager, I’d say that the 30 pin is here to stay. With the recent focus on iCloud and Wi-Fi sync, it’s hard to justify revamping such a commonplace connector for such a minute gain in space.