- Speedtest result on the train. Vodafone 4G. I’m impressed. #speedtest http://t.co/ZbcLAYsbZs
- UK tops European heroin league table (Sunday Times ©). Funding terror groups and UK gang lords. Policy working well. http://t.co/DwLQnlL14b
- Cameron’s solution to drugs and legalisation debate? A classic conservative one: make even more drugs (legal highs) and drug users criminal.
- Can’t afford a Maserati (well I don’t even have a driver’s licence), so I got the iPhone 6+. Deep pockets required, but a different scale.
Listened to Kala - Yann Tiersen.
Listened to 76: Cut Chemist - Stones Throw.
Listened to 77: The Lions - Stones Throw.
Listened to 78: Chrome Canyon - Stones Throw.
Listened to 79: Dam-Funk - Stones Throw.
Listened to 86: The Lions - Stones Throw.
- Happidrome - Part One http://t.co/ikVvdZ7JAq Adam Curtis is at it again. Worth reading. The video on surveillance from the 60s is spooky
This month, it’s 40 years since McDonald’s opened its Woolwich branch – the UK’s first Maccy D’s. You know what that means, right? Yep: means that menu’s getting a bit old. So we decided to take to London’s Big Mac merchants to test out the largely US-based practice of menu hacking – where you tinker with an eaterie’s de rigeur dishes to devise cheaper, (sometimes) more delicious versions. Here, using modified versions of US classics and the odd one we’ve made up ourselves, is London’s first hacked McDonald’s menu.
‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’ director Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure ’Interstellar’ is the most anticipated film of the autumn, and a hot tip for Oscar glory next year. The film takes audiences on a spectacular journey through time and space, as Matthew McConaughey’s rugged spaceship pilot searches for a new home for humanity, to replace the dying Earth. It’s got scope, scale, special effects and a cast to die for (McConaughey is joined by Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Matt Damon), but is it actually any good?
You’re dressing as a beefeater for Halloween? BIG WOW. Here are seven far more original ideas based on modern London horror stories. Read the full post…
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- Quite impressed by the material used in the tarp/netting in building on fire at London Bridge. Some sort of fire resistance built-in.
- BBC News - Fire at London Bridge building site http://t.co/hDIPXjPWf3
- Contrary to some tweets #LondonBridge is NOT burning but scaffolding on a building nearby is alight. 20 firefighters are at…
- I win. Fire at London Bridge, a special display put on to make life a bit more exciting for the half-term kids and commuters.
- are just out of their teens, the band turns 20 this year. Celebrations take place at 29 Nov. Gift will cost £21.
- Jaga Jazzist live at the Union Chapel 29. November. Tickets and more info at http://t.co/3ifg2BwgNP http://t.co/2LpP8snmE9
- All Routes serving London Bridge are subject to diversions and delays due to a building fire.
- London Bridge is fully closed because of a fire in a building next to it. Long queues around the City already and many …
- Fire by London Bridge at Monument. already there. My bus delayed. Hundreds watching. http://t.co/KDfZXF3QlY
- According to National Rail my train has left (4 minutes) ago. It’s still on the platform.
- Sunday Times uses swarm or bloom of jellyfish in piece of nuclear power plants today. I prefer ‘smuck of jellyfish’ http://t.co/9GcEjtPBdQ
- #nowplaying ♫ Compilation 1991 - 2004 – Biosphere http://t.co/95wQOQ3XzQ
The New York Times writes: “Ever since [we] published the Scientific 7-Minute Workout in May last year, readers have been writing and tweeting their requests for an updated, more advanced version. For them, the workout became too easy or humdrum, as tends to happen when exercises are repeated without variation. So here […]
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Cette cabine a été pensée par Olson Kundig Architects afin d’incarner le cottage idéal pour un écrivain en quête d’inspiration. Ses intentions étant d’être à proximité de la nature et de sécuriser la maison pendant son absence, le studio d’architecte a conçu un habitat structuré par des murs vitrés et reliés à trois facades de […]
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- “I will not pay this bill! Outrageous deadline!” Slams hands on desk. The PM behaving like an angry consumer getting a large utility bill.
- Back in the day Twitter did not have its own photo service, so Twitpic was the one. I’ve downloaded all my pics. To do: tag, move to Flickr.
- RIP TwitPic, shot to fame with “Photo of Hudson River plane crash downs TwitPic” http://t.co/C1T6wijPQ6 via
- A reminder that TwitPic is deleting 800M photos tomorrow for no good reason. Go grab your backup while you can. http://t.co…
- saying that, The Fall (Gillian Anderson. not Mark E Smith) is back on BBC on Sunday.
- #nowplaying ♫ July – Marissa Nadler http://t.co/KOt72HNka6
- Homeland: Trylon and Perisphere S04E02 http://t.co/fQEY5Wpfw6 Still worth it? Well there’s nothing else on in terms of series is there?
- Malevich | Tate http://t.co/1cLRe7725B Last couple of days, went today (not busy). Surprised many simply walked past “Black Square”.
- http://t.co/GxHN1YToNQ The Art of Gothic S01, Andrew Graham-Dixon.Thumbs up. Bought The Monk years ago, this is the season to read it.
Listened to The Ballad of a Ladyman - Sleater-Kinney.
Listened to Ironclad - Sleater-Kinney.
Listened to All Hands on the Bad One - Sleater-Kinney.
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CROYDON COMMENTARY: The honeymoon is over for Tony Newman’s Labour council which was elected in May, says DAVID CALLAM Labour has settled back into power in Croydon Town Hall and many of the same old problems are as intractable as ever. There’s a housing crisis across the borough. Labour, like its Tory predecessors, keeps repeating […]
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Afraid of the dark? It’s time to overcome that fear. One of the secrets to a better night’s sleep is a pitch-black setting. Here’s why, plus a guide to making your bedroom a nighttime light-free zone.
How does darkness effect sleep?
Darkness is the primary cue that tells our bodies it’s time to slumber. Chief controller? The internal clock tucked in our hypothalmus that keeps us on a 24-hour wake/sleep schedule. Light triggers all kinds of internal chemical events, including the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "As evening approaches and the light in our environment dwindles, the hormone melatonin begins to rise and body temperature falls—both of which help us to become less alert and more likely to welcome sleep. With the help of morning light, melatonin levels are low, body temperature begins to rise, and other chemical shifts, such as an uptick in the activating hormone cortisol, occur to help us feel alert and ready for the day."
Does artificial light count?
Our internal clocks aren’t sensitive only to the rising and setting of the sun. Research shows that artificial light has a major impact on circadian rhythm—our body’s natural 24-hour wake/sleep cycle—and the production of sleep hormones. The thinking part of our brain that differentiates fake light from natural light isn’t able to pass that tip along to the hypothalamus. Scientists at Tulane University studied melatonin production and found that sleeping in rooms with even dim lights caused melatonin levels to drop, affecting not only the ability to fall asleep but also to stay asleep. "In total darkness," they note, "even if you can’t sleep, your melatonin levels will increase normally."
A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism concludes that exposure to room light before bedtime "exerts a profound suppressive effect on melatonin levels and shortens the body’s internal representation of night duration. Hence, chronically exposing oneself to electrical lighting in the late evening disrupts melatonin signaling and could therefore potentially impact sleep, thermoregulation, blood pressure, and glucose homeostasis." Convinced?
Above: A bedroom with a blackout roller blind and soothing dark wall. Photograph via Mrs. Jones blog.
How to achieve total darkness in the bedroom
The first step is to survey your room for interior and exterior sources of artificial and natural light. You may be surprised. Keep a list and take action. Here are some ideas.
1. Dim the lights before bedtime.
Above: Consider using low-wattage incandescent lamps at your bedside (and turn off overhead lights as you get ready for bed). The key is to wind down with lighting at a lower level than normal, signaling to your body that darkness is setting in. Learn about this bedside light in Design Sleuth: Le Klint Wooden Accordion Lamp. Photograph via Kitka Design.
2. Eliminate electronics.
Researchers have found that the circadian rhythm is especially sensitive to light with short wavelengths, in particular the blue light given off by electronics, such as computers and cell phones, and also by energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. “Blue light preferentially alerts the brain, suppresses the melatonin, and shifts your body clock all at the same time. Your brain is more alert now and thinks it’s daytime because we have evolved to only see bright light during the day,” says Harvard sleep researcher Steven Lockely (via the Chicago Tribune).
What to do with those annoying LED indicator lights on gadgets that can’t leave your room (such as the wireless port plugged into an outlet in my own bedroom)? Discover LED dimming sheets; made by LightDims and others, these plastic dots and strips stick (without adhesive) on top of the indicator light to either black it out or dim it.
3. Avoid fluorescent lights in the bedroom.
Caught in a lightbulb conundrum? See our earlier post The Great Lightbulb Debate.
4. Forget night lights.
Even dim lighting can suppress melatonin production. If you need a light to guide you for middle-of-the-night peramubulations, consider a motion-activated night light.
Above: A motion-activated night-light. "Getting to the bathroom at night is important for some of us. Haven’t we all staggered out of bed, one eye closed, the other cracked open just enough to find our way?" says lighting designer Thomas Paterson, founder of London- and Mexico City-based Lux Populi. "New technologies make it easy to hide a soft light under a bed, a table, or a skirting, softly lighting the floor—and then, thanks to a motion sensor directed away from the bed (so it doesn’t turn on when you move in bed), you have soft light to find your way whenever you get up."
5. Ditch the digital clock.
The first thing I do when entering a hotel room is unplug or hide the bedside digital clock. At home, consider the good old analog clock. (And if you need to check the time while it’s still dark, consider a clock with an illumination button rather than one that stays lit all night long.)
Above: An analog classic, the Big Ben Alarm Clock, originally designed in 1931, has a push-button back light for nighttime viewing; $39.95 at LL Bean.
6. Use blackout shades
Light-blocking shades, blinds, and curtain liners used solo or in tandem keep street lights and car lights out of your bedroom. They also keep early morning light from waking you. It’s best to have window coverings that block the light at night, but can be drawn to bathe the room in sunlight during the day.
Above: Window covering averse like me? I use simple blackout roller blinds that blend with white window frames—much like the ones shown here in designer Jane Cumberbatch’s London Home. Photograph via Light Locations.
Above: On a double roller blind, two rollers can accommodate two different fabrics, allowing sheer and blackout options: During the day, sheer blinds filter and diffuse the light coming in; at night, blackout blinds cloak the room in darkness. Photograph via Sunlight.
For all you need to know about roller blinds, see Christine’s Remodeling 101: Simple Roller Blinds.
Above: Blackout Curtain Liner Fabric can be used as backing on drapes and fabric blinds.
Above: Consider solid-panel shutters, like the ones shown here in designer Martin Raffone’s Marrakech Escape that shut out light and wind at night and fold open during the day.
7. Use an eye mask
Above: Take a tip from Holly Golightly—to fully vanquish nighttime light, an eye mask may be the answer (and it’s ideal for travel too). Consider the Muji Eye Mask ($7.50), which comes with its own pouch.
Other sleep-inducing ideas?
Get some sun during the day. Exposing your body to sunlight not only helps alert the brain to produce the activating hormone cortisol but also helps you sleep better at night because it keeps your circadian rhythm on schedule.
Read: 10 Secrets for a Better Night’s Sleep from our wellness expert Jackie Ashton.
Does all this talk of sleep have you thinking about bedrooms? Get inspired by our posts:
Serenity Now: A No-Drama Bedroom in Berkeley (hint: two famous authors involved)
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Gerhard Richter Solo Exhibition
Marian Goodman Gallery
An exhibition of new and recent works by Gerhard Richter. This will be Richter’s first gallery exhibition of this nature in London for nearly two decades. Consisting of over 40 works, with important bodies of new ‘Strip’, ‘Flow’ and ‘Doppelgrau’ paintings, the show will also include a large glass sculpture and a selection of key earlier pieces.
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- http://t.co/NRmfeylK2K “I’m not against movement at shows, I just don’t like when it feels forced.” Iceage interview, Stereogum.
- Sleater-Kinney - Roundhouse - March 2015: http://t.co/egD1Ib4eCq
- Sleater-Kinney playing Roundhouse next year. Wonder if I still got this CD in the shelf? #nowplaying http://t.co/Ql3U2exjIo
- thanks for the letter Kate. #nowplaying ♫ Kate Bush - Before the Dawn setlist acecast http://t.co/3g94nlBdK9
- I don’t see a problem with swapping shirts at half-time, neither does Ancelloti. Rodgers does see a problem. Just a difference of opinion.
- Of course Facebook, Google and Amazon and likes don’t have to worry about UK corp tax, so I guess that helps the pay packet for employees.
- Back in the mid-2000s paylevels in big US tech companies here in the UK where nowhere near these levels. Something has changed.
- Time to consider a perm job?
172 Facebook employees taking home £40.8m=£237K/average. Plus $228m of shares/172 = £660K in shares.
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- so my main computer is staying on Mavericks for now. It’s been a rock so far.
- OS X Yosemite quirks so far:
3. Seems to have problems syncing my eWallet (Mac <-> iPhone)
4. Sleep not working that well?
- OS X Yosemite quirks so far:
1. if you use FileVault normal users might not show up on the login screen
2. Mullvad VPN client stops working
- I just backed Rhinoshield Crash Guard: Slim impact Bumper for iPhone5/6/6+ on http://t.co/DFzomqIKwb (First Kickstarter for me)
- Americans in past year killed by…
Gun violence: 31,000.
- “Connection failed. Details: [Errno 2] No such file or directory” Mullvad 4.4 and OS X Yosemite. Hopefully fixed soon.
- VPN software Mullvad does not work with OS X Yosemite (yet). Wondered if it was just me, it’s not: https://t.co/lEySGxZN4E
Here is what the next few years (2014 to 2020) of your life will look like when it comes to..(Read…)
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Listened to It’s Hot Tonight - Alice Cooper.
Listened to Where Is Home? (Burial Remix) - Bloc Party.
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In nature, everything is connected — connected in ways you might not expect. The short video above is narrated by George Monbiot, an English writer and environmentalist, who now considers himself a “rewilding campaigner.” The concept of rewilding and how it can save ecosystems in general, and how wolves changed Yellowstone National Park […]
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Don Draper is not the best dressed man on TV. There, I said it and I meant it. Now, the FCC might kick down my door at any second for speaking ill of the holy Don Draper, but I just can’t hold my tongue any longer. Mad Men is not the most stylish show on […]
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This month, The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI), an organization committed to fostering “a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK,” launched IAI Academy — a new online educational platform that features courses in philosophy, science and politics. The initial lineup includes 12 courses covering everything from theoretical physics, the meaning of life, the future […]
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Dans cette vidéo nommée « What’s up Hong Kong ? » on peut suivre le duo russe Vitaliy Raskalov et Vadim Makhorov durant leur voyage à Hong Kong. Ce qui a l’air d’un simple documentaire se transforme vite en furieuse escapade dans le coeur de la mégalopole et sur le toit des gratte-ciels, s’achevant par le piratage […]
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Dezeen Watch Store: Scottish design studio INSTRMNT has launched its debut collection of timepieces exclusively at Dezeen Watch Store, following a successful crowfunding campaign on Kickstarter (+interview). (more…)
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- BG poaches Statoil chief Helge Lund with offer of £12m ‘golden hello’ http://t.co/gdXCpcXzi0 via
- that and a wok! jet set lifestyle
- art slashed, price not slashed.
- Never seen Tuxedomoon () live, but looks I might be in with a chance in December (London). Seen Mr Reininger live once though.
- Last Tuxedomoon album I listened to before this one was “Divine” some 30 years ago. How time flies. http://t.co/JAqr6xTpNb #NowPlaying
- You would have thought Thames Link would know their own timetables.
- wrong again. 02:05 and 03:05 from BFR (at night) normally does not stop at LBG, just done so last week or so. Look at screenshots.
- LBG to ECR at night is just for this week by the looks of it.
Spot the difference. BFR or VIC it is then. http://t.co/wEYy6t7aqU
- You are wrong for night trains. 02:05 and 03:05 from Blackfriars to ECR has just over the last week or so taken to stop at LBG.
- Thames Link has recently added London Bridge nighttime stops towards Croydon, Gatwick. Is this permanent? http://t.co/CGcBaRXhfo
Listened to Nature - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to The Storm - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Willie - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Bombay Tension - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Back to Nature - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Triumphant Procession - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Reflection - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Body Parts - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Dorian - Tuxedomoon.
Listened to Hassidic Pizza - Tuxedomoon.
Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has revamped a room inside the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen originally designed by Modernist architect Arne Jacobsen, using furniture pieces from Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Listened to Bismillahi ‘Rrahman ‘Rrahim - Harold Budd.
Listened to Ice Floes In Eden - Harold Budd.
Listened to Mars and the Artist (after Cy Twombly) - Harold Budd.
Listened to The Oak of The Golden Dreams - Harold Budd.
Listened to The Messenger - Harold Budd.
- A drone carrying a political message caused frantic scenes in Serbia v Albania. More here: http://t.co/YqPyFio4yq http://t.co…
- Google discovers another web security flaw [SSL 3.0] that leaves your browser vulnerable http://t.co/8Lu5iFzUEP via
- South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database http://t.co/3IaYYGX05g via “comprehensively ransacked”
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