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  • http://t.co/R2WDevMn1V Just in case you haven’t seen it ‘Podcasting industry starts to fulfil its financial potential’ (Guardian)
  • a non-waterproof fitness-tracker cum smartwatch like the Apple Watch is just a bad concept. Dieter Rams would not approve.
  • http://t.co/qLQsLdUarN Partners Pebble For Swimming’s First Smartwatch http://t.co/HTy1iRc3Aw not to coming to an Apple Watch anytime soon
  • ghosts taking selfies, next zombies doing instagram
  • Ghost of black-eyed girl seen for first time in 30 years http://t.co/VACX4IKm1M http://t.co/z83I6RbBx3
  • 16 Sep. Order placed with Apple for new laptop. Still not received it, “may arrive later than expected”. I would say.
  • proving that most people are often wrong. Habitat 67 looks to be a stunning piece of brutalist architecture.
  • http://t.co/KzFy4DTTFV Habitat 67 - “bloggers have reported it as one of the top 10 ugliest buildings in North America and the world”
  • Having said that, for a couple of hundred quid you can pick up a few nice items for autumn in that GapxGQ collection.
  • although Newman’s jacket is the better one, as one side of the zip itself is red and the other white.
  • + GQ M.Nii nylon jacket at http://t.co/RiTszgd1fW Nice, looks much like this Paul Newman’s jacket from the 70s interview.

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Small firms and open-source software put Spine back into NHS after IT fiasco

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Necessity is the mother of invention, or in this case, authorship. We at Core77 believe that everyone who loves design, regardless of experience or background, shares a bond of appreciation and curiosity that leads them to seek out what’s new, different and surprising. Too often, however, we find "design books" that cater exclusively to one view of practice or theory, ignoring the global perspective, and, more unfortunately, the common spark of excitement that drives us all to bring creative projects to life. With this in mind, we created Designing Here/Now, a powerfully inspirational anthology of the most interesting projects happening today, rendered with insight and depth that makes it simultaneously a perfect snapshot of contemporary design trends and a permanent reference of their impact. It is a singular resource that honors the intention behind great design and presents it in a manner that everyone can appreciate.

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Like the Core77 Design Awards competition from which the book originated, Designing Here/Now documents the contemporary practice of design providing a reference point to both casual observer and seasoned pro. It documents an organic and shifting profession by showcasing a broad range of the application of design; by including projects by the next generation of designers, students; and by distributing the editorial process of inclusion across independently organized groups of professionals from around the globe.

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ART NEWS: GalleriesNow.net Launches: A revolutionary guide to the international world of contemporary art.

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Today (September 30th, 2014) is the launch of GalleriesNow.net, "A revolutionary guide to the international world of contemporary art."

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Top 10 essays since 1950

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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil

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Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all walls found on the site were removed, and the existing concrete beams exposed. Windows were replaced and new millwork installed. Parts of the existing parquet […]

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  • Grand Designs: County Derry 2014 from Channel4 http://t.co/CEt06C8m3z £100K house inspired by Fallingwater using shipping containers? Sure.
  • Episode 4, The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade - BBC Two http://t.co/inFNtUdKbM I do like this, second series better than first.
  • The Great Beauty (2013) - http://t.co/jytqfKEexB The rather poor intro might have done with some editing, be patient though - it is great 4*

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Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkins: Delightful Dottiness

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Super squashes by the Japanese artist.

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Anselm Kiefer: The German artist looking history’s horrors in the eye

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The greatest of our gallery spaces are a challenge to fill, but the canvases of Anselm Kiefer, in the exhibition that opens at the Royal Academy on Saturday, make light work of it. Created with colossal labour over a period of many years in his successive huge studios – one a former silk factory in the south of France, the next an abandoned supermarket warehouse on the outskirts of Paris – these are paintings and multimedia works to dwarf the greatest that Titian or Michelangelo could manage, and that throb with the same mythological passions that produced Wagner’s great operas.

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  • http://t.co/FZvDGN8w1l Coupland QR Codes Google image search. Beautifully coloured QR-code and the couple I tried scans right from screen.
  • and while we are at it Fiona Banner’s wp wp wp to a place somewhat closer to London than Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • and a well-designed designed website to boot. Would love to see at a London art gallery
  • http://t.co/LIQAzAazHD Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work
  • maybe the only case where I would prefer Coca-Cola in a plastic bottle over the superior glass one.
  • If there’s a word that describes warmth, humility & class then was the definition of it tonight http://t.…
  • Gen X selfie. Old copy of Generation X with two new cousins. All kindly signed by patient this evening http://t.co/zN2LUhFPNo
  • Kate Bush -> #latebush tonight. All songs to be played and danced at 45rpm.
  • Kate Bush gig delayed for over an hour due to power failure http://t.co/8prmfOXyvI
  • same gig I reckon? I was there on Sep 3.
    Just a 20 min delay, tonight sounds a lot worse. Gig starting at around 21:00.
  • I seem to always turn into some sort of unintelligible wreck at literary events. My imaginary self is suave, smart&witty.
  • cursed or rather my better half as she’s the lucky one (?) to see Kate Bush twice. I was talk. #middleclassprobs
  • Didn’t know had such extensive art practice. Excellent talk/interview , Thx for being patient signing books and selfies
  • Late Bush. I had 2 sets of tickets for Kate Bush, 3 weeks ago tech problems causing a 20-min delay early in the show. Tonight it’s just late
  • #katebush due on an hour and 20 minutes late. I’ve waited 35 years so 80 minutes don’t matter.
  • Apple’s new phones too slim and flexible. Like their tax bills and accounting practices.
  • iOS 8.0.1 patched quickly, hopefully patch for bash in OS X within days. Linux and Solaris patches already out, what’s taking so long AAPL?

Map to the Stars review David Cronenberg at his Jacobean best

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An ensemble comedy of cruelty that satirises the Hollywood film factory and echoes the excesses of Sunset Blvd

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Julianne Moore on Maps to the Stars: The longer you live the Hollywood lifestyle, the more empty you become

David Cronenbergs Maps to the Stars is a macabre ensemble comedy of cruelty, insecurity and self-hate, written for the screen by Bruce Wagner and premiered at Cannes. It looks even more exquisitely horrible on a second viewing: a satire of contemporary Hollywood, with echoes of Sunset Boulevard and Postcards from the Edge, depicting a communal nervous breakdown in a town so enclosed and incestuous that everyone is part of the same symbolic sibling-hood of fear. This is one, big, unhappy dysfunctional family, in which guilty souls are afraid of failure and haunted by the return of the repressed. Every surface has a sickly sheen of anxiety; every face is a mask of suppressed pain. It is a further refinement of this directors gifts for body horror and satire. Julianne Moore plays Havana Segrand, a neurotic failing movie star in a permanent toxic state of career panic. Taking her self-esteem to a new low, she is auditioning for a remake of a 50s melodrama starring her late movie-star mother whom she now believes abused her, thanks to sessions with a creepy new-age therapist (John Cusack). Clarices film is, evidently, a melodrama in the style of Suddenly, Last Summer, with Elizabeth Taylor. Staffords 13-year-old son, Benjie (Evan Bird), is a bratty child star with a secret connection to Havanas troubled chore whore, or personal assistant, Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), who has befriended limo driver Jerome (Robert Pattinson). The assistant is the ultimate Hollywood figure, part of the emotional sewerage they are the untrusted servants who must masochistically absorb all the toxic abuse dumped on them in return for an unspoken promise that maybe, one day, they will get an audition, or their screenplay will be picked up. It is a brilliant Jacobean nightmare; the kind of thing John Webster might write if he was living in the 21st century.

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Ida review an eerily beautiful road movie | Peter Bradshaw

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A novice nun journeys through her familys secret past in Pawe Pawlikowskis outstanding black-and-white drama

This eerily beautiful black-and-white film from Pawe Pawlikowski is, along with Maps to the Stars, one of two outstanding movies now on general release after festival play that seem even fresher and clearer on a repeat viewing. Ida, which pulls off the remarkable trick of looking as if it was made when it was set the early 60s feels more like a restored and rediscovered classic than a new movie. I first saw it at last years London film festival; revisited, Ida delivers its anger and pain with a new intensity, while turning down the ambient temperature even further. There really is a bitter, wintry cold here: it is illuminated by the stark, daylit whiteness of snow, and you can feel the chill in those barnyards and draughty churches. This film has its own kind of freezer burn.

Agata Trzebuchowska is tremendously mysterious as a 17-year-old novitiate in a remote convent: she has the impassivity and inscrutability of youth. This is someone to whom literally nothing has happened in her life, and now we will watch her react, or try to conceal her reaction, to an onslaught of momentous events. Ida has something of the classic Polish film school, along with touches of Béla Tarr and Aki Kaurismäki. The cinematography shows a fondness for alienated compositions, in which faces are low down in the frame with an oppressive blankness overhead although the images in the convent often resemble something by Vermeer. The biggest influence is probably François Truffaut and his 400 Blows; in fact, its final shot might represent a subtle commentary or variation on the last moments of Truffauts film.

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The restaurants that have gained, and lost.

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Barbican Constructing Worlds exhibition is a photographic tour de force

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  • Was going to discuss that booking w better 1/2, but seeing that it’s on second page of today’s (electronic) Times, then no hanging around.
  • ‘Pop-up’ opening of Balfron Tower (Goldfinger) http://t.co/3iirwGGKLw via Booked. Saturdays pretty full already, tickets £12
  • BBC News - ‘Night Tube’ weekend service to launch in September 2015 http://t.co/WP9BuqJjpx 1 One year wait on platform one.

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Norway’s forgotten master Peder Balke rediscovered

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adidas Originals Consortium Fall/Winter 2014 Jackets • Selectism

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SRAM 1X Case Study: Reinventing the Bicycle Drivetrain for a Lighter, Simpler, Better Performing Mountain Bike

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Founded in 1987 by three engineers, SRAM became known in the cycling world for Grip Shift road bike shifters, the first ergonomic, indexing shift levers that easily allowed a rider to change gears without removing their hands from the handlebars. Easy-to-use and ultra-simple (they were made of just three parts where a typical shifter from Shimano was composed of nearly 30 pieces), Grip Shift established SRAM as a company that could innovate unique solutions to complex engineering design problems. Acquiring 100 year-old German manufacturer Sachs in 1990s allowed SRAM to broaden its immediate offerings to chains, derailleurs and ultra-complex internal hubs. It also gave SRAM the ability to develop and iterate new drivetrain products at a level that was not previously possible.

The Problem

Multi-gear bicycle drivetrains have been around for over 125 years and, while there have been a steady stream of incremental improvements, there hadn’t been major steps forward in decades. With gearing systems becoming more complicated as riders searched for more gears to tackle varied terrain, a simpler solution was needed.

SRAM’s acquisition of Sachs and their massive development center in Schweinfurt, Germany, set the stage for drivetrain innovation, with Sachs’ history of making simple and intuitive drivetrains for urban consumers. In fact, Sachs had some existing products that would prove instrumental in the development of a mountain bike drivetrain with just one ring. In 2010, working out of the old Sachs factory in Schweinfurt, Germany, a team of engineers led by American Chris Hilton began to develop the 1X system, inspired by modifications made by top professional cross-country racers.

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SRAM-XX1-mountedDetail1.jpgAn integral part of the 1x system, the 11-speed X-DOME™ 10-42 tooth cassette delivers an incredibly wide gear range while maintaining even, optimized steps

The Inspiration

SRAM’s two-chainring system (2X10) was becoming wildly popular by 2010, replacing the established three-ring set up. Most component companies were offering a 10-speed rear cassette instead of a 9-speed which allowed a comparable gear range to the three-ring set up. However, elite cross-country professionals, always in search of the lightest solution possible, took things further by using only one ring in front. SRAM quickly took notice and set out to design a mountain bike component system like nothing the market had seen before. By assessing the needs of the athlete and building the new system from the ground up, the German engineering team wanted to design a dedicated 1X system that made vast improvements to what existed at the time.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dive Index

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Dive Index, started by songwriter/producer Will Thomas, is an electro-acoustic outfit incorporating piano, cello and guitar, as well as live and electronic percussion. Its latest album, Lost In The Pressure, was recorded in both L.A. and NYC. “Pattern Pieces” is a beautifully laid-back track from the LP. The female vocals are soothing and comforting, and […]

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Book Recommendation Direct from David Allen

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Introduction Received book advice from David Allen Friday: BTW, if you haven’t got it yet, absolutely get the new book out – The Organized Mind - by Daniel Levitin. A tome of research validating GTD principles (amongst a lot of … Continue reading

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Pitsou Kedem uses raw materials to renovate Y Duplex Penthouse

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Israeli office Pitsou Kedem demolished and rebuilt the inside of this Tel Aviv penthouse apartment to create a pared-back interior featuring raw concrete, steel and wood (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Manuel Birnbacher’s weird and wonderful look for a German house festival

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  • That’s one hell of a political move from FIFA. Tell everyone to wait for the Garcia-report and then make sure no-one can actually read it.
  • World Cup corruption report kept secret http://t.co/tIRUA4NCVs “350-page dossier and 200,000 pages of evidence would remain secret” (Mirror)
  • Only God Forgives (2013) - http://t.co/Eg7QGQLHIX Weird. Arthouse (Kaurismäki and RW Fassbinder moods) meets Oedipus bathed in violence. 3*

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  • Better together, that will be the case for my duvet and me within minutes.
  • Scotland has rejected independence, #indyref results confirm http://t.co/5lUtzo4G5Y http://t.co/fxjXNDBkAW
  • Fife votes NO in Scotland’s #indyref:

    Yes 114,148 (45.0%)
    No 139,788 (55.0%)
    Turnout 84.1%

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  • Fife in and it’s a big no. It’s all over now, officially a NO vote for Scotland.
  • Split screen on Fife declaration podium. Good idea, but should have done that for Edinburgh dear BBC News producers.
  • Edinburgh Edinburgh - No 61.1%, 38.9% http://t.co/FJ2eZXUYEY
  • OK wait for Fife then, Gordon Brown’s home ground (who seemed like a live wire during these last few days, why no such engagement as PM?)
  • Edinburgh result in with big No vote and BBC News manages to not show the actual announcement. The UK lives another day. Off to bed.
  • Main #indyref points:

    - BBC predicts “No” campaign wins
    - No 54.3%, Yes 45.7% so far
    - 26 of 32 areas declared

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  • Edinburgh, I need to go to bed.

MP3 At 3PM: Guided By Voices

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It’s gonna be all GBV, all day, kids. This is from 2011. It’s no secret that MAGNET is a big fan of Guided By Voices (they were just on the cover of issue #82)—from their early beginnings to their recent classic-lineup reunion. Their self-released Let’s Go Eat The Factory (out January 17) is a homemade, homegrown record […]

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