The new touchscreen coke machine: Coca-Cola Freestyle. The ‘ipod of drinks machines’ (quite a cool menu, lots of previously unavailable flavours) – producing excitable teenage stoners without the aid of drugs. Ace.

Enjoying this video quite a lot.
via litman

Sundae on Saturday

July 26, 2009

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Today was Ben and Jerry’s Summer Sundae on Clapham Common. I may be interning for Cake, the company behind the B&J PR but this report shall be wildly unbiased.

There was free ice cream.

I ate six. I may mean seven.

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Here is Mr Super Furry Animals* holding a sign. This made me happy.

There was also band Marina and the Diamonds. Everyone raved about how Florence + the Machine played this slot the year before. (And before this, Lilly Allen) Maybe they will be big next year. She was skinny and had an 80s jacket and some silly but slightly staged dance moves – people seemed pleased by them.

I was with the photographers in the pit at the front of the stage so couldn’t take photos. Not a bad place to stand though.

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*Gruff Rhys

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A blog in which I make obvious my like of the word hyperbole.

At some point a few weeks ago (can be ratified) Central St Martin’s college of the illustrious University of the Arts London held a design show (University of the Arts; a place my father frowned at and said in a very father-like voice that it was not somewhere he had heard of) . I went because design shows I figure are better than reading prospectuses, and I’m quite interested in the digital design course.

Ground floor was art which I chiefly ignored and took a few photos of bright things and of some knitted food.

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Digital media was downstairs. It was very nice, but didn’t hold attention and I was mildly disappointed. There were some nice uses of technology; A video with hanging strips of blue and red in front of it which produced a slightly different video depending on where you stood. It might have stretched the suggestion that each video gave a different viewpoint when they were really quite similar, but It got the audience to jump around between screens which was nice to play with. There was also a podium which displayed different ‘layers of lives’ (video fragments) which played depending on which sensor hand hovered over. Someone had a play making an augmented reality shopping assistant which was good for a wave around.

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Upstairs, after some nicely rickety wooden staircase was photography. A guy [Fen Yu Jen] had done some photo adventuring around the UK taking photos of people who serve tourists as their job. I liked the photos. Using a button trigger, the photos are nice; really serene in a simple sort of way.

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I found some illustration work by Kelly Joy Sandall. Blurb:

“Anxious by the passing of time compounded by a personal sense of loss and absence, I set out to capture illusive moments. The personal became a vehicle in which to express this loss. The balloon can be used to celebrate, mask, burst of reveal. It can hide a moment, it can create a fleeting moment, it can be erased completely in an attempt to peel back time.”

Sure I like pictures of balloons. I wondered if in finding a dissertations theme whether this just creates philosophical hyperbole. Work should impress first and be supported by words – and if there’s art and philosophy behind it that then wonderful, lovely. But when it seems as thought short paragraph of art hyperbole is what drives it then the product seems to take a dive. I overheard a girl telling her mother how a friend had made an awesome book where as you turned the pages, the overlapping of pages moved from predominantly light to predominantly dark, not only representing the light changes during a single day, but also through a year. Very clever, thought I, viewing the book in a new light.

Maybe that’s my problem. I want to see digital design that uses new technology, makes sense and is interesting, and doesn’t set out a hyperbole alarm off.

Sidenote: I like the first photo a lot because it reminds me of photos by my friend Bob.

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This was my afternoon.  It may be star wars lego which everyone’s seen but I don’t think I’ve seen better. Apparently the guy has a thing for lighting, which might explain why. My next thrilling plans involve continuing the argument with my yahoo log-in details (it’s a short fight that lasts about 10 minutes. I inevitably loose). From balakov on flickr.

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New things

June 6, 2009

Last Saturday, after cursing my tiny car and dumping half my belongings in a charity shop, I moved from Brighton to London.  I’ve learnt a few things (such as East London pick-up lines are crap) and seen a few things that made me smile.

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The best was the exploding water main on the first day.  I had to get out of my car to excitedly photo it.  For some reason it suddenly felt like 1980s San Francisco (this could be explained by my not living much in the 80s, and never having visited America).  I couldn’t help but notice a distinct lack of small children running amok.

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Having moved in, logic dictated I head to the pub.  Apparently Bow is (or seems intent on becoming) a trendy little place..  Not only a little bit chic with big lights and a Habitat bookshelf, but they also have Balderdash and Monopoly.  The barstools seemed to be made of itchy cow fluff, and the bartender didn’t have a facial function that wasn’t extreme grin.  These appear to be the only down-sides.

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Halfway through the week Kingston College got renamed by way of a paper sign.  I liked it.

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I had an exciting venture with a Chinese pancake thing in the park.  It involved me eating it and taking photos of this unusual object. It was a good venture.

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I discovered graffiti with my name.

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I located the largest chip in the world (Centrepage by St Paul’s)

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I discovered the pickled mud fish.

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And lastly I found a particularly unfortunate photo of Lorraine from the Apprentice in the Metro.

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More food to look like this please.