Archive for August, 2009

Futuristic Dancehall

Posted in Digital on August 13, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Major Lazer - Pon de Floor

“Ball-achingly cool” UK producers Diplo and Switch have launched a futuristic dancehall record with a cartoon pop star called Major Lazer. They describe him as, ‘a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984. The US military rescued him and repurposed experimental lazers as prosthetic limbs.’ The David LaChappelle-esque animated video for track Pon de Floor was an instant viral and has just as quickly been banned (naughty dancing). Accompanying the release is a nice app that allows you to mash up the record or use it for sampling, which we expect to become a music industry standard.

I like Major Lazer

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Thanks to Morgan Clement for this story.

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Future Ethics

Posted in One to Ponder on August 7, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Future Ethics

A user forum on Reddit asked the following question about future ethics: Which of our closely held beliefs will our grandchildren by appalled by? Here’s a pick of the most interesting responses.

  • That drugs were illegal
  • Eating meat
  • Privacy
  • Our lack of racism
  • Religious over-tolerance
  • Monogamy (or anti-polygamy)
  • Nationalism
  • Nudity and Pornography taboos
  • Charging money for information
  • Representative democracy over direct democracy
  • Our aversion to eugenics or designer babies
  • Imprisonment vs. rehabilitation

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Thanks to Josh Engmann for this story.

Colourscape Party

Posted in Miscellaneous on August 7, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Colourscape Party

We love the sound of the upcoming Colourscape party, a collaboration between vintage events company Time for Tea and the Dhillon Hotel Group. Rooms at the Stoke Place Hotel will be transformed into installations dedicated to a particular colour of the rainbow. The Blue Room becomes a giant balloon pit, the Indigo room a Technicolour cinema, with the night culminating in a midnight kaleidoscopic jelly feast.

This is a nice partnership designed to entice Londoners out of London by creating one-off spectacular events and effortless travel arrangements.

Previous events have included a 1940s pyjama party and a Futurist food banquet.

Want to come along?

Conspicuous Abstention

Posted in Culture on August 7, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

What Katie Wore

New Yorker Sheena Matheiken has pledged to wear the same dress for a whole year in the name of ethical fashion. She posts a photo of herself daily on her blog The Uniform Project, and adds a dollar to the charity she’s raising money for, inviting her followers to do the same.

The dress (actually seven carbon copies) has been designed to be worn in multiple ways, which along with Sheena’s zealous accessorising, offers longevity.

This taps into the rise of ‘Slow Fashion’, transeasonality, and conspicuous abstention. H&M’s concept store COS and Filippa K Second Hand are really nice examples of how to tap into these trends.

Meanwhile, our Katie has been doing her own version of The Uniform Project, except she’s wearing a different outfit every day in the name of love.

Source: Read the science bit on why we consume.

Anti-Knife Gaming

Posted in Branding on August 7, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Anti-Knife Gaming

Rather than lecture youths, the Metropolitan Police’s anti-knife online campaign Choose A Different Ending, is designed as an interactive game. The user dictates the action but has to face the real-life consequences if they take the violent option presented. A nice touch is that, if they make the non-violent decision, they’re rewarded with music content. Though we’re not sure the Chip Diddy Dip music video is much of a reward.

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Touchable Holograms

Posted in Digital on August 7, 2009 by Something for the Weekend
Highlights of this week’s tech conference SIGGRAPH, which brings together some of the world’s best digital creatives and inventions, include holograms you can touch; augmented reality to recycle old toys; and a mobile device that turns any surface into a musical interface.
Full story here.

Touchable Holography

Highlights of this week’s tech conference SIGGRAPH, which brings together some of the world’s best digital creatives and inventions, include holograms you can touch; augmented reality to recycle old toys; and a mobile device that turns any surface into a musical interface.

Full story here.