Top researching in the BMJ.
The story of one of the worst record covers of all time.
“During the photo shoot, Ted kept telling her to look serious, like her dad is talking to her,” Bult said. “But she just kept looking sad to me.”
When the final album was pressed, and Bult saw the finished product, he was livid.
After years of dilly-dallying, I have finally bought myself a new record player. But I’m still not convinced vinyl provides the superior sound quality.
A delicious article by Robin Lustig. It recounts the time BBC Radio 4 newsreader Neil Sleat met “the ultimate challenge to his professional skills” with relish. His task? To pronounce the name Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.
A brilliant thread about why society’s attitute to children and toys causes long-term damage to men.
Rachel Whiteread exhibition at Tate Britain
While commuting I normally listen to podcasts at 1.5× speed. Alex thinks I’m crazy for doing that. But my behaviour pales in comparison to some of what’s described here.
[Rachel Kenny] estimates that she listens to five to seven hours of podcasts a day (which equals 15 to 21 hours at normal speed), “so maybe 20 to 40 episodes a day or 100 to 250 a week,” she said. She tracks her listening habits on a spreadsheet.
I have never tried going faster than 1.5×, because I doubt I would find it enjoyable. For me, 1.5× sounds very normal. I have no trouble understanding and following anything (though music is jarring). In fact, when I find myself listening to familiar podcasts at 1× speed, it always sounds too slow.
This is revelatory. It all makes much more sense than I realised.
Many of the podcasts I listen to are currently running ads from Bose imploring me to buy their headphones “to enjoy podcasts in even better sound quality”.
I have to say, when listening to a heavily compressed MP3 that has usually been recorded in a spare room by a semi-professional using budget domestic microphones, with their friend connected via a shaky Skype connection, while I am walking along a busy city street or riding a noisy bus… sound quality isn’t my top priority.
This article uses kids’ video content as an example, but really it is about how we all consume all types of content. The same effects that are causing these weird YouTube videos to be created are driving clickbait culture generally.
The direction the internet is taking seems to be taking us down a disturbing path.
The Netflix v Blockbuster case study is familiar to most by now. Even so, this article contains some interesting insights.
It’s always great to hear new music from the Focus Group. Stop-Motion Happening has more wronged-up sound collages of mis-remembered pasts. Here’s a clip.
Everyone on Twitter is changing their names to be Halloween themed. This is the best I can come up with.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 🎥
It’s something we want to believe. But if work was meant to help you follow your passion, you wouldn’t have to be paid for it.
…if you’re going to optimize for attention, not trust or results or contribution, then you’re on a very dangerous road.
The departing executive editor, audience at the Guardian shares these pieces of advice, many of which would be applicable beyond journalism.
Murray Walker’s reaction is priceless!
Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers.
Until 1935, Disney had the monopoly on technicolor. Other studios, like Fleischer and Iwerks, settled for a two-color system. pic.twitter.com/ImfNHNovFI
— Chappell👻Ellison (@ChappellTracker) October 11, 2017
In fairness, those screenshots don’t look too different to many films these days.
I took the opportunity to see Radiohead when they played at Glasgow Green this summer as part of the Trnsmt festival. Even though they have been one of my favourite bands for over 15 years, I had never actually gone to see them before.
It’s great to see Iain Lee winning a big radio award for best (non-breakfast) speech presenter. I’ve written before about how brilliant Iain Lee’s radio work is. His TalkRadio show is, by some margin, the most interesting on radio today.
Every time TV and social media become significant time sinks in a household, pleasure goes up and happiness goes down.
Can publishers just please stop it with all this video? I just declared bankruptcy on the long list of videos I told myself I was going to watch.
Probably only about 20% of links I click are worth my time. With videos, there is no good way of scanning to find out. You just have to sit through it to find out — by which time it’s too late.
This article is spot-on. It didn’t necessarily feel like it at the time, but In Rainbows is one of Radiohead’s best albums. I keep coming back to it and it is a joy to listen to.
For an insight into just how much of a mess publishers find themselves in, look no further than this article.
In effect, the user experience is almost too good, with content loading so fast that people scroll past the ads before they’ve been able to load, resulting in ads that aren’t deemed viewable…
“There are a variety of issues around AMP with ads, and the fact that AMP [editorial content] loads ‘too fast’ is definitely among them,” said a publishing exec.
For too many years, publishers have been actively making the user experience bad. When your business model is to make things harder for your customers, it’s time to radically rethink.
Pleased to have got my hands on the new Autechre EP (for charidee). For some reason my Autechre release detection radar was switched off, and by the time I discovered it, it had sold out. I eventually tracked down some copies on Juno Records. One of 1,000 copies.
The Las Vegas shootings highlighted a nasty flaw in Google’s Top Stories algorithm. It’s one that could be exploited.
There were always so many questions you could ask about Damon Hill. His autobiography provides insight into some of those mysteries. But it deepens others.
This month’s digital design digest features a couple of articles about getting the most out of job stories. Plus, promising news from the world of CSS, how the Guardian is increasing its subscriber numbers, and where government goes wrong with digital transformation.
I was sad to hear this afternoon about the death of Steve Hewlett. His regular interviews with Eddie Mair about his cancer journey made for incredible radio.
Because when you react the way you do, you are giving them exactly what they want.
Why people are losing trust in the media and advertisers, why ugly websites succeed, and why it’s time to ditch PDFs.
I probably wasn’t the target audience for this book introducing UX design concepts. But there are some good reasons for me to keep this on my bookshelf.
In ten years, Twitter has transformed from a geek enclave to a mainstream form of communication. But I find it difficult to imagine signing up to Twitter today.
In an era where TV viewership is declining as a whole, TV-centric sports like football, NFL and F1 are at risk of becoming irrelevant.
The free versus paywall debate was a red herring. What matters is the quality of the product.
Excellent radio with a passion for the unusual: Steve Davis and Stewart Lee discussing their love of experimental music on the BBC, and the triumphant return of Iain Lee to late nights.
After weeks of rumours, it was today announced that the BBC will be exiting its F1 contract three years early. The move is a blow to fans of the sport, who have benefited from a golden era of coverage. But if anyone can breathe new life into F1 it is Channel 4.
Waterstones say their sales of Kindles are pitiful. But why did they ever expect to sell lots of them in the first place?
The Formula 1 season starts this weekend. And whether you choose to watch the race on Sky or the BBC, there is one thing we can all agree on: thank goodness we don’t have to watch it on ITV any more.
20 years on, the work of Chris Morris still feels far more relevant and valuable than any satire of today.
The leaders’ debate format is a bad fit for the UK’s multi-party parliamentary system and risks undermining the integrity of the whole election debate.
Just when it seemed as though podcasts would never break into the mainstream, 2014 seems to be the year they made it. Here are some of the podcasts that are currently floating my boat.
For years the debate has raged on. Which image file format is better: PNG or SVG? The Commonwealth Games gave us the chance to find out.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula 1 coverage may lack the pictures, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I used to be riveted to snooker, as did 18.5 million viewers in 1985. Today I am indifferent and TV ratings are much reduced. What is behind snooker’s slump?
The BBC’s rolling news and sport station is now 20 years old. It has provided a lot of great memories. But it needs to sharpen up to safeguard its future.
As a web designer with an interest in brutalist architecture, I was fascinated to read an article about what web designers can learn from brutalism. But perhaps instead of taking inspiration, perhaps the lessons are in what web designers should avoid.