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July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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July 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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A window to the world

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On a recent trip to Amsterdam I took in the World Press Photo exhibition at the Oude Kerk. The building itself is a beautiful old church in the heart of the red light district, the cavernous interior creates a solemn atmosphere which makes the images resonate even deeper. The images themselves are equally beautiful and harrowing. Photos from round the world fight for your attention with the best photos telling a complete story. They offer a window in that part of the world at that exact time.

The exhibition is on a world tour and if you have the chance to visit I would highly recommend it. If you can’t make it to an exhibition all the images are available on a dedicated website HERE. As well as the images there is also a multimedia catergory. The winner of this called ‘the home front’ is a video that follows two young boys as their father goes to war in Afghanistan. It is quite possibly the most moving piece of footage I have seen, it can be watched by going HERE.

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May 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

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Reping Rap

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I have literally and by literally I mean that the dust hasn’t even settled yet, got back from a fascinating lecture about the open source reprap project. The project revolves around a rapid prototyper that is able to squirt glorious gunks of plastic, ceramic, metal or any other paste like substance into forms that you have cooked in up in your CAD world. Reprap takes it one step further though, 50% of the components needed to make the machine can be made by the machine itself (not actually the machine being built of course but by a ‘parent’ machine). Using this technique any reprap machine can churn out component parts for others and this way they can take over the world.

The results are at the moment not quite up to professional standards as the resolution isn’t fine enough but given time the father of the project Adrian Bowyer sees scope for improvements. Check out the project HERE. There could well be a time in the near future where every home has a reprap based device and is able to produce all the products they need at the push of a button.

Some complicated looking gears produced by a reprap machine

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May 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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That hot hot heat

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Oh the extremes of it all, yesterday I was in the sea just off Cape Cornwall bobbing in the sea with good friends with out a care in the world and today at 15:34 I found myself shoe horned into a seat onboard a rail replacement bus from Southampton Parkway to Bournemouth. The injustice! After a glorious couple of days in Cornwall taking photos for the book and generally larking about it all had to come to an end as I have come back to Bournemouth to finish an essay and finalise my plan for the workshop. All this learning is really getting in the way of enjoying these precious sunny days. Seeing as there are tropical thunder clouds forecast for Sunday I intend to sit on my computer outside tomorrow with a towel over my head and screen to maximise the sun hours.

Speaking of all things sunny and cheerful the world famous Queensday is coming in Holland, next weekend everything will be covered Orange and the streets will come alive to the sound of merrymaking. If you’ve never been I have to recommend that you go it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

If you can’t make it I suggest that you pay hommage to the weekend event by picking one of these ‘mixtapes’ put together by Strangelove, grabbing a Heineken, Grolsch or Amstel and talking like a Dutch person for the afternoon. So all together now Sccchhtop.

In case of any confusion I have included some videos which should bring you up to speed for the weekend

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April 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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A couple of observations

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The first would be that after several listens of ‘The English Riviera’ by Metronomy and can now safely say it is one of my favourite releases of the year. I am so happy that I actually bought the album which is quite something as I don’t think I bought music for about 3 years. Well done Metronomy and good solid work Totnes and the south west coast for influencing the band to produce this master stroke. If you haven’t already, go and have a listen and if like me you have your world rocked give them some money.

 

The second is my ongoing puzzlement with the Dyson airblade and it’s various clones. It seems that most museums, galleries and even public transport terminal toilets now reverberate to the sound of hells own banshees courtesy of the airblade. If you’ve ever used one you will most probably have marveled at how dry your hands are after you’ve used it and how baggy the skin on your hands is . I’m always slightly concerned that the skin from my hands will end up in a neat pile in the drip tray such is the force they use. The airblade is undoubtedly a leap forward in hand drying technology so it’s no surprise to see numerous copies. I was however surprised to see shortly after the airblades initial release a close copy made by Mitsubishi in the central library in Amsterdam. A blatant case of patent violation I thought in my head as I glowered at the unit, I grudgingly let my hands be dried by the imposter although it has to be said that it did it’s task admirably . However after some more research it appears that this Mitsubishi unit has been sold in Japan for the best part of 10 years. So what is going on here? and who is copying who. Well it appears that the Dyson unit is an improvement on the Mitsubishi unit, I couldn’t find any details on patents or lawsuits but a patent attorney friend of mine assures me that there were behind the scenes dealings. In future I won’t be so quick to judge. That being said the dryer on the right which I encountered in Bristol was shit and should be ashamed of itself,  tepid air with probably all manner of e.coli and other sturdy antibiotics resistant bacteria was coughed on to my hands. Not good. A note to manufacturers, unless it is a marked improvement please don’t copy something.

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Trevor

 

 

 

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April 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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