Category: Stuff

My portfolio

By , August 7, 2010

My Kiva portfolio is looking pretty balanced. Possibly a little skewed towards Tajikistan retail.

Car of tomorrow

By , July 17, 2010

Just look at this car. It looks like it belongs in the Jetsons or one of those ‘world of tomorrow’ articles in a 1950’s edition of Popular Mechanics. There is also something unmistakeably French about it.

In fact it is a Panhard CD from 1964 and it was designed to take on the Ferraris, Cobras and Fords at Le Mans. It was one of the most technically advanced cars ever built, employing aerodynamics that were years ahead of its time. Unfortunately it failed to finish the race. Panhard now makes military vehicles.

This was just one of the fabulous cars I saw at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the other week. It was the first time I had been but if you have even the slightest interest in racing cars I thoroughly recommend it.

I made a little video of some of the pictures I took. If you want to see more, check out the gallery.


What does the monkey know?

By , May 19, 2010

Ok this freaked me out a bit.

After just getting my hair cut I log in to MailChimp and I see this:

What does that monkey know?

So you think you can dance?

By , February 13, 2010

Tonight is the final of So You Think You Can Dance, billed as the search for Britain’s favourite dancer.

The contestants aren’t bad I guess but for one of the most amazing dance routines ever filmed take a look at this clip from the finale of the 1943 musical Stormy Weather.

This film featured, among others, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Lena Horne, but just wait until 4:46 when Fayard and Harold Nicholas make their appearance.

Neither of the Nicholas brothers had any formal dance training but you can see from this clip why many considered them the greatest tap dancers of the time. Janet and Michael Jackson studied with them and Mikhail Baryshnikov called them the most amazing dancers he had ever seen in his life.

Fred Astaire said this “Jumpin’ Jive” dance number from Stormy Weather was the greatest movie musical sequence he had ever seen.

TalkTalk declares email bankruptcy

By , January 14, 2010

Looks like TalkTalk just declared email bankruptcy:

Dear customer,

Thank you for getting in touch with TalkTalk Customer Relations.

We have received an unprecedented amount of email enquiries and unfortunately are unable to respond to your email.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to returning to our normal level of service as soon as possible.

TalkTalk Customer Relations.

I’ve had companies completely ignore me in the past but I have never received a reply to an email saying they have received too many emails to reply…

OMG Whale Sharks!

By , November 21, 2009

Holy crap. I need a flight to Japan immediately.

This beautiful video was shot by Jon Rawlinson at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium — the second largest aquarium in the world.

According to the Wiki:

The main tank called the ‘Kuroshio Sea’ holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world’s second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.

The music is “Please don’t go” by Barcelona.

Red Bull BC One

By , November 16, 2009

On Wednesday, the 2009 Red Bull BC One international breakdancing competition will be held at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

This is the first time I have heard of this competition but it’s been running since 2004 and apparently tickets for this year’s competition sold out in 30 minutes.

It is a knockout tournament of one-on-one battles and based on the video below, the main event is all kinds of awesome.

As they say, “Sixteen will enter, but there can be only one…”

Kind of like Highlander. But with headspins.


By , September 14, 2009

Cool.  Just received notification my new t-shirts have shipped from Last Exit to Nowhere.  Can you recognise them without clicking through to the site?


By , March 18, 2009

Isn’t she sweeeeet!


Death of traditional media?

By , January 7, 2009

Another year, another forecast of the death of traditional media. “Digital guru” Clay Shirky says:

If you pick a magazine at random, it will not interest you. For people who care about quality, it’s easier to find it online. If it’s a highly qualified niche magazine, something aimed at surgeons or firefighters, it’s going online. There’s no reason those things should exist.

I don’t disagree that readership of newspapers is likely to decline further and like most people I certainly get most of my news online now. But there is one magazine that I really, really hope doesn’t go online only. Wired magazine has a website with a lot of the same content as the magazine (as well as extra stuff not suited to the magazine format) but I almost never visit the site. It’s not even in my feed reader. I always buy the magazine, though and not just because it is nicer to read long articles on paper than a screen. The graphic design of Wired provides almost as much pleasure as the articles themselves. The brilliant use of typography and graphics, the way the page numbers are styled in a way that relates to the article. All this stuff makes reading the physical object much more pleasurable than reading text on a screen.

As long as a magazine provides a compelling reason to buy the dead tree version there will still be a market for traditional media.

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