Acid Washed – Snake (feat. Barbara Panther)

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Acid Washed – Snake (feat. Barbara Panther) from Record Makers on Vimeo.

Snake is the latest from Acid Washed, a collaboration between by Anthony Burrill, Jack Featherstone and Paul Plowman.

Simple and a little bit hypnotic. I’m into it.

Unlink Your Feeds – A Manifesto

Listen.

You need to unlink your feeds.

I understand why you did it. I’ve made the same mistake myself. But it’s hurting your friends, it’s hurting you, and it’s hurting the Internet. You need to stop.

You need to stop automatically dumping your feeds from one account into another.

Look, I know it’s tempting. New service, not sure how you’ll keep up with the ever demanding maw and there’s the “import your content” button, right there in the sign-up process. A quick trip through a login screen or an OAuth link and there you are: All your stuff automatically aggregated into a new one-stop-shop of the genius things that pop out of your head.

No muss, no fuss, right?

This is an illusory solution. It’s a false idol. It’s contributing to noise pollution on the Internet and the only people it helps are company execs who want to make spurious claims about “user engagement”. It’s diminishing the quality of your output and of others’ experiences.

You need to unlink your feeds and put a tiny bit more effort into using each service for what it is.

Umbro Speciali Competition

I wrote a blog post about the Customise your Speciali for Umbro – which I entered but didn’t win.

No surprise there to be honest.

Anyway I thought people might be interested in seeing the results the competition produced. I know Umbro are really happy with the outcome, and I think they look pretty cool. The dressed shoe bottom is designed by David Smith. The lion made up of Umbro logos is by Marko Govorusa. The mouth is made by Tom Fournier.

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Really nice work – and props to Anomaly and Enjoy This.

Their new work for the England Away kit it here – http://www.umbro.com/#/away

Sonic Boom vs Sun Dog

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/SsDEfu8s1Lw&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1

via youtube.com

Perched on top of an Atlas V rocket, on February 11 the Solar Dynamics Observatory launched into space. About a minute after leaving the Earth, the rocket did two things: it passed the speed of sound, and screamed past a sundog, a rainbow-colored optical effect in the sky caused by ice crystals. And when it did it was incredible.

Open in YouTube. Go full screen. Click the “720” button.

Pay close attention around the 1min 50sec mark.

Those ripples were caused by the shockwave of the rocket going through the cloud, which quickly dispersed. Since the cloud had ice crystals in it, the sundog got literally blown away.

Copy + paste via:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/02/17/rocket-launch-blows-away-the-sky/

Vimeo Goes Mobile. Adds HTML5 and 1080p

Vimeo have rolled out a shiny new mobile site – and yes it looks at gorgeous as website. All videos are served in H.264 goodness. I like the little touches, like the fact Vimeo removes the Safari “browser” shell. You’ll have to see what I mean for yourself.

Point your mobile to http://www.vimeo.com/m

The choice of H.264 encoding is significant because it means another prominent site is making video available in a non-Flash format. In a similar vein Vimeo also launched a beta of their new HTML5 player, and Google is now testing an HTML5 version of YouTube.

See and download the full gallery on posterous