License Plate

April 29th, 2008 § 4 comments § permalink

This must be the “Bobby Tables” of license plates:

Best License Plate Ever!

(Via Bruce Schneier)

The Frustrations of Pandora

April 27th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Pandora, the free online radio service in which you can create a custom ‘radio station’ that plays music for you based on the musical characteristics of an artist or song of your choosing. I’ve recently managed to fine-tune a Pandora station that’s right where I want it, full of funky, jazzy, electronic tracks, with the right combination of obscure and mainstream. One of the biggest frustrations I have with Pandora is the occasional inability to purchase or otherwise obtain some of the tunes that I hear. Of late, I’ve been searching for a song by a group called Ortophonk that’s been coming up fairly frequently. The track’s called “Hau da oh Nena!!!”, at least according to the Pandora track listing. Repeated Google searching only turns up a MySpace page that purports to belong to the band, but nothing else. I can’t find their music on Amazon or iTunes. The only places that I can see that claim to sell their records are shady Russian MP3 sites who promise a whole album for a nickel.

So I’m posting this in the off chance this will show up in a google search for “Ortophonk”: anyone got a copy of this record?

RIP Humph

April 27th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink

The chairman of one of my very favourite radio shows, the BBC’s “I’m Sorry, I haven’t A Clue“, the self-styled “Antidote to Panel Games”, died last Friday. Most of my Amerian friends will never have heard of ISIHAC, home of such classic games as “Cheddar Gorge” and “Mornington Crescent“. It’s impossible to explain it: the BBC has posted a tribute episode of the show online. You should really listen to it.

New Mobile Number

April 25th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Since this post will be syndicated to Facebook and other such places, this is a reasonably good spot to post this. I have a new mobile number that completely replaces the old one. If I haven’t sent it to you and you’d like it, drop me a note.

NYU in the Bronx?

April 25th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

via Gothamist

Designer of the 1970s subway map, Maximo Vignelli, has updated his creation for an article in Men’s Vogue. I’m a big fan of geometric rail maps similar to the original iconic London Underground map, originally from the 1930s. In London, it works fabulously, since you generally don’t care about what’s above ground, you only care about the station you’re going to and the changes you need to make in order to arrive there. The Underground Map assumes that you’ve got an A-Z to handle the above-ground stuff, and just gives you the information you need. The current NYC subway map tries to cram somewhat-accurate geographical data onto the map in addition to the subway lines. The result is that neither the subway lines nor the geography are easy to read, and the map is cluttered and difficult to navigate. It’s quite hard to know the difference between the local and the express by looking at the map, for example. Vignelli’s map makes the difference clear by having a distinct colored line for each train, so everything is separate.

I did notice a few gaffes in the updated version, though. Most of them are relatively trivial; for example, it does not note that the Cortlandt St. station is closed for renovations. This one is by far my favorite, though:

Wait a minute: NYU is still in the Bronx? This map is definitely a child of the seventies!