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  • 1972 and number 5 (five) in the UK charts. 1972 is a year before Ralf und Florian and two years before Autobahn. Th…
  • #nowplaying ‘Red Mecca’/Cabaret Voltaire (Rough 27 LP)
  • Would have thought Bladerunner and probably Neuromancer were overall pointing more towards the future we know than Computerwelt.
  • Some reading of physical newspapers to catch up on now, soundtracked by the Cabs.
  • First a piss, then porridge with little sugar&cinnamon, then caffeine in the shape of a full fat Coke or a Diet Pepsi.
  • So looks like I’m the only who didn’t rate the Kraftwerk pop-thing. Too pop, no kraft.
  • Synth Britannia: via Rewatched this right after the Kraftwerk prog and this is a solid piece of work. 4*
  • Kraftwerk: Pop Art on Poor Kraftwerk documentary (apart from original band footage), full of hyperbole 2*
  • The Vikings S02E06+E07. Acting is in parts as wooden as a Viking longship and by now the plot seems to goes around in circles. 2*
  • #nowplayin Cabaret Voltaire: ‘The Crackdown’ LP + ‘Doublevision’ 12”

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  • Sony closing Music Unlimited in favor of Spotify-powered service (update)
  • “To find out what happened to them, the reader must buy this wonderful book”. Sounds like a good base for a film or TV-series.
  • George Melville, ancient family of yours. From review of “In the Kingdom of Ice” H Sides in Times UK
  • Sly Stone awarded millions in unpaid royalties after years of legal battles:
  • Imagine if that 41000 sqft £300M property in Knightsbridge (bought by one Saudi family) was instead made into 60 homes for emergency workers
  • Thomas Piketty: anti-austerity politics may be Europe’s best bet. We’re discussing on Conversations.
  • , this according to Oliver Kamm’s “The Pedant” column in The Times. Guess Mick Jagger knows what he’s singing about.
  • “I can’t get no satisfaction” (double negative as intensifier) and “Get off of my cloud!” (compound preposition) both grammatically correct,
  • hmm hopefully Uranus is placed correctly,
  • Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia
  • Been informed by guard that the southbound 01:05 left Blackfriars on or about time. So why simply “delayed” on web?
  • Thameslink just seems to have given up on running trains through London after midnight. “Delayed”, no ETA. Joke.
  • “If you haven’t declared something on your wealth tax, you don’t own it”. You gotta love that from Natalie Bennet (The Greens).
  • Secularism – not sensitivity – is the key to democracy:
  • or Bear Grylls sixpack in his earlier shows. He somehow always had to get his kit off (for my missus) to cross a river or a lake
  • Been looking for a way to cut size of auto generated posts (ie starred RSS-articles) on my WP tumblelog. best so far

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  • I love the burning smell of an angle grinder hitting metal. Reminds me of visiting my dad at work, he worked in a shipyard for years.
  • Tickets stubs, proper memorabilia. Today we are often left with a printout on a sad sheet of A4.
  • Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with a pile of security, privacy, and Wi-Fi fixes
    Surely this time they get it right?
  • Revived snoopers’ charter shelved
  • 4. Edit your (standard) IFTTT recipe slightly. Under “Tags” delete the FeedTitle. I’ve added an “Inoreader” tag instead.
  • Step 3. Log in to and set up “Feed” and “WordPress” channels. Create a new recipe (“Feed” to “Wordpress, Post”).
  • Step 2. Set up a separate user in WordPress. An “author” role is sufficient. Don’t use an admin account or your personal account.
  • Step 1. Inoreader: ‘Preferences/Foldersandtags/Export’ to ON. Find your RSS feed by following the “RSS Feed” (doh)
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Sole Classics x Vans Vault Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX “A-8SC”

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In paying homage to Ohio’s own, Neil Armstrong, as well as those that made it possible for a man to do the unthinkable and travel to space, Columbus’s Sole Classics has linked with Vans Vault for a special edition take on the Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX. Dubbed the “A8SC,” the sneakers give a nod to specific aspects of the space suit that made the aforementioned journey conceivable.

Thanks to the use of Outlast technology, these shoes has the ability to adhere to the conditions, keeping your feet warm during cold weather and cool during warm weather. The cream-colored kicks then come equipped with contrasting laces and feature a white midsole. Patriotic American flag branding has appropriately been applied to the tongue, as you can look for the space-inspired Vans variation to arrive at Sole Classics on January 31.

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  • … to get IFTTT to work with Feedly is to pay?
    Seems like I’ll just move my RSS-feeds elsewhere then.
  • Been using Feedly long before there was a paid for version and now it seems like the only way to get IFTTT to work with Feedly is to pay?
  • Moved my Feedly auth from Google to Twitter and this has broken my IFTTT “saved in feedly -> WordPress” recipe.
  • 100k about to be laid off from IBM?
  • Cheers all around.
  • “Bitter Lake: Adam Curtis is both self-indulgent and fascinating”

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  • Under the Skin (2013)
    #IMDb Strange mix of scifi thriller&social realism w out-of-your-league Scarlett J as alien 4*
  • and 50000 people lose their shirts.
  • Now watching ‘Under The Skin” on .
  • Man holds up ‘hire me’ sign at Waterloo station, returns a year later with ‘I’m hiring’ sign http:/…
  • Reasons: keeping volume low at night and dialogue (ie Scottish/American) can be hard to understand
  • 2015 - it should be possible to have subtitles on video streams, even for English lang movies.
  • fashion and dicks go hand in hand
  • “I’ve got this obsession with the fact that journalism is lagging behind modern sensibility.” Adam Curtis in ‘s ES piece.
  • It’s easy to imagine Adam Curtis late on BBC2 or BBC4.
  • “It’s hard to imagine anything like it appearing among the rigidly formatted schedules of BBC1, 2, 3 or even 4”. Hyperbole
  • Straight to iPlayer: why the BBC’s Adam Curtis is making films just for the web Adam Curtis Alert.
  • CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down amid reports of infighting over a reorganization of the intelligence service…
  • Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace | by
  • Fav destination: “Kazakhstan”. Proof that (some) people in fashion are truly clueless.
  • World Report 2014: Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan’s poor human rights… #WR2014
  • Icelandic national radio, Rás 2, voted #solstafir #Ótta as the album of the year via it’s listeners.
  • Slavoj Žižek: Democracy and Capitalism Are Destined to Split Up
  • Matt Taibbi: ‘American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize
  • engineer’s argument was that you cannot hear a sub-20hz signal, but you can sure feel it and it might be the same at higher hZ

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Why no le Pen or Farage at Davos?

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Paloma Faith opened her set at Google’s Davos jamboree by shouting - with no apparent sense of irony, as the vintage Bollinger flowed - "let’s spread the 1%".

What she meant, presumably, was "let’s find a way to redistribute some of the almost-50% of the world’s wealth controlled by the richest 1%" - who undoubtedly include Paloma Faith.

The World Economic Forum at Davis isn’t thronged by the best-heeled 1% of course. It’s in effect the annual general meeting of the top 0.01% - the super elite of the wealthy and the powerful.

It is where billionaires and business leaders buy access to world leaders and top central bankers. It is where, over coffee and cake in the day, and champagne and canapés at night, what would once have been called the ruling class get together to share their cares.

And it wasn’t just Paloma Faith who apparently thinks her financial rewards aren’t fair. This year I was challenged to find a plutocrat who wasn’t fretting about the widening gap between rich and poor - an inequality gap in the world’s biggest economy, the US, which is now back to where it was in the 1920s.

Part of the super-wealthy’s angst may be survival instinct. Because all over the world millions of people left behind by globalisation, whose living standards have been squeezed, have been voting for populist, and often nationalist, parties - which promote policies frequently inimical to the material interests of the rich.

And the popularity of the likes of Syriza In Greece and France’s Front National is - to state the blindingly obvious - inimical to the interests of the mainstream parties.

Davos Man and Davos Woman have a horrified fascination with the anti-austerity new left of Spain and Greece, whose Syriza may triumph in Sunday’s election.

And they appear bewildered and anxious about the rise and rise of anti-immigration, eurosceptic UKIP in Britain and the Front National in France.

For the Davos set, the rise and rise of the Front National’s Marine le Pen - who wants a return to protectionism and also nationalisation of France’s most important companies - is especially troubling.

Senior French politicians concede she is formidable. Having interviewed her recently, it is hard to disagree.

And they have no very compelling strategy to check her advance, other than a hope that there will still be enough liberals and moderates in France by the time of the 2017 presidential election to vote in an anyone-but-Marine, centre-ground candidate.

The hope at Davos is that as and when leaders of the populist parties scent real power, when the realities of governing dawn on them, they will drop their more extreme ideas and be co-opted into the mainstream. And the softening of Syriza’s previous hostility to remaining in the euro may support that optimism.

But a le Pen and a Nigel Farage of UKIP more-or-less define themselves as the antithesis of Davos person. So the idea that the populists could ever want to join the Davos gang seems naive.

It is striking and important that at a time when populist parties pose an arguably existential threat to European Union and eurozone, there is not a single representative of any them at the summit of the Swiss mountain (or at least not that I could spot).

But if Farage, le Pen and Tsipras aren’t here, Davos risks being seen as too removed from the big political and economic debates of our time, or at least those who excite a growing number of citizens.

Today Davos, as it did after the 2008 banking debacle, feels a club of the existentially challenged, ancien regime, perhaps.

Davos and the World Economic Forum will be around for many years yet. But it’s habitués risk defenestration, loss of their licence to govern, if they’re unable to respond effectively to the new demagogues’ charge that they are not saving the world, as they claim, but only their own precious privileges.

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  • Listening to xoo Multiplies/YMO on headphones. Amazing how well 35 year old vinyl can sound.
  • Got my first YMO album in 1980 (xoo Multiplies) and then picked up another 6 during early 80s, one on CBS Europe, 1 Horizon US, rest on Alfa
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Leatherman’s New Tread Bracelet Puts 25 Tools on Your Wrist

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This summer, Leatherman will debut Tread: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. The Tread bracelet is crafted of high strength, corrosion-resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a…

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Maison&Objet 2015: Finnish brand Artek has delved into its archives to reintroduce wooden furniture and homeware designs by its co-founder, Modernist architect Alvar Aalto. (more…)

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Adidas’ revolutionary Ultra Boost shoe is a tribute to urban running

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In the race amongst sports brands to claim they have the ultimate running shoe in their arsenal, Adidas has made a daring move ahead with its latest creation, Ultra Boost, which promises to deliver the greatest run ever. The culmination of two years of intensive research and development, the design is backed by some of the most cutting-edge technology, gleaned from the sports world and beyond.

Ben Hearth, Adidas’ vice president of design, running explains, ‘We set out to create the greatest running shoe ever, which was a little bit daunting for a designer as a brief, but we kept going back to "How does this make you feel?" We really challenged ourselves to make each part [of the shoe] take on a greater role.’

Building upon its Boost running shoe that launched in 2013, Ultra Boost offers even more support, stability and comfort than its predecessor. Working with Aramis, an optical 3D deformation analysis system more typically used by companies like Nasa and Boeing to understand materials’ reactions under strain, Adidas has tracked how the body moves while running in unparalleled detail. A runner’s foot can expand up to 10mm or more in width and when not properly catered for this can result in injury, friction and other discomforts.

‘We could see where the foot expanded and contracted, where the skin stretched or moved, and we could reflect that exactly in the design,’ continues Hearth. ‘When you try it on, the shoe really feels natural, like an extension of yourself. That’s what we are going back to.’

The Ultra Boost achieves all this with Adidas’ ‘Primeknit’ body that accommodates the natural expansion of any foot shape. A revolutionary new construction of the heel, which sees the heel counter placed on the exterior of the shoe, supports the Achilles tendon without restricting it. Topped off with Adidas’ Boost sole, made from over 3,000 individual thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) capsules (20% more than its first Boost shoe), Ultra Boost returns energy to the runner for a more springy and reactive feel. A stretch web outsole also distributes pressure while adapting to different foot strikes.

Launched in just one colourway, a rich medley of dark blues and black, Ultra Boost is just as easy on the eyes. The shoe is a tribute to urban running: ‘More people are running in cities and we see the increasing urbanisation of sport,’ adds Hearth. ‘We looked to the most energising moments of the day: sunrise and sunset. We wanted to capture these times, which are also when a lot of people are running as well. The colour of the sky just when it’s changing from day to night is what we wanted to reflect here.’

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A Most Violent Year review | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week

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In JC Chandor’s intense, 80s-set drama, an ambitious wheeler-dealer on New York’s perilous waterfront tries to detoxify his business

Like Frank Sinatra in his famous song, the hero of this severe and sinewy drama-thriller likes weighing up the years. 1975 was a very good year. Other years, such as 1971 and 1979, glimpsed on the sides of cardboard boxes filled with dodgy paperwork and crooked accounting, not so much. And 1981, the year in which the movie takes place, is the toughest of all. This is when smart and ambitious businessman Abel Morales is to make his move into the big time, decisively upping his game in the New York heating oil distribution business. Director JC Chandor allows us to savour this asset’s metaphorical properties: murky, pricey, inflammable.

This film-maker is taking his cue from Coppola, De Palma and Scorsese with their immigrants upwardly mobile within a gangland version of the American dream, inhabiting a violent world, warily and woundedly aware of the ethnic pecking order. When the exasperated Abel says, “I spent my whole life trying not to become a gangster”‚ it is almost a conscious inversion of the opening line of Goodfellas. And like Paul Thomas Anderson in another context, Chandor reminds us that where there is oil, there will be blood.

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Ex Machina review – elegant but limited artificial intelligence thriller

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Alex Garland’s AI thriller feels a bit like a decent short story bulked out to movie length, but it’s done with confidence

Screenwriter and novelist Alex Garland upgrades to full auteur status, directing his own original script. It’s a futurist thriller with classic generic antecedents, all about artificial intelligence becoming creepily indistinguishable from the human kind. Ex Machina feels like an elegant SF short story with a droll twist that has been pumped up and sexed up into an over-bulky feature film. But it’s managed with confidence.

Domhnall Gleeson is Caleb, the geeky coder working for a software giant called Bluebook (like Google, but bigger and more important); imagine Caleb’s excitement and fear when he wins an in-house competition to spend a week alone with the firm’s reclusive, scarily Kurtzian founder, Nathan (bullishly played by Oscar Isaac), in his gigantic fortress of solitude on a private island – it looks like the one where they built Jurassic Park. The mindgames begin when Nathan tells Caleb his job is to interview the state-of-the-art female AI robot he has invented and see if he can detect any artificiality in her intelligence. This is the eerily gentle and beautiful Ava, played by Alicia Vikander in a techno-raunchy exoskeleton. With great pathos, like the savage John in Aldous Huxley’s great novel, Ava yearns dimly for a brave new world outside the compound. She is lonely. So is Caleb. Could it be that they are falling in love? Ex Machina has something of I, Robot and the Siri-fantasy Her, and also a little of that gamey 70s classic Westworld. The interview scenes between Ava and Caleb are perhaps not as cerebral and involved as they could have been, the film’s emphasis being more on a pornified robot-sexiness – whose thunder has perhaps been stolen by Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. With a sly dreaminess, Vikander steals the movie from the two males.

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Maybe George Osborne will be seen as a lucky chancellor, because the fall in oil prices and the rate of inflation has happened at the most perfect time for the Tories - and presumably the Liberal Democrats too - in relation to the electoral cycle.

But there is a caveat, to which I will return.

Here is his bliss. The spending power of businesses and households has been significantly increased by tumbling oil prices.

In fact the Bank of England’s minutes released today suggest that the halving in the oil price could add a full percentage point to global GDP or income growth within a year.

Here is one way of seeing the windfall to consumers. Private sector pay rose 2.1% in the three months to November. Inflation was just 0.5% in December.

But what makes all this even better for our spending power is that the descent of inflation towards zero has - almost certainly - delayed the day when the Bank of England raises its interest rate.

In fact market interest rates, including mortgage rates, have already fallen, in the expectation that the rate at which the Bank of England lends to banks will not increase until the end of this year or even next year.

There is no chance of an interest rate rise wiping the smile or smirk off George Osborne’s face before May’s general election.

That has been guaranteed by the decision a few days ago of the two hawks on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to stop pressing for an immediate interest rate hike and to join the rest of the committee in voting to maintain the policy rate at 0.5%.

So Mr and Mrs Feelgood-Factor may - perhaps to everyone’s surprise - be casting their votes in May.

Which is not to say that ministers can rationally claim credit for the oil-linked windfall. But they’ll try - and if voters have a bulge in their wallets, they may feel better disposed towards the government.

Ah, but what about that caveat?

Well the Bank of England points out that 40% of pay settlements will be agreed in April, around the time when the Bank expects inflation to be a big fat nought, nothing, zilcherama.

And the Bank says there is a better than evens chance that inflation will turn negative after that.

So there is a danger, the Bank says, that companies could use the absence of inflation to award miserly pay rises.

And that could do two things: it could turn our current benign low inflation into demand-crushing deflation, where falling prices precipitate lower spending and growth; and it could keep Mr and Mrs Feelgood locked indoors, a long way from the polling booths.

In fact the reason the two Bank of England hawks have abandoned their demand for higher interest rates is that they don’t want to encourage employers to go for deflationary pay settlements.

But the balance of probabilities is that millions of British people will feel a bit more prosperous in the spring.

That said, the bill after the election may turn out to be steeper than we hitherto thought.

Because, with the unemployment rate now 5.8% and still falling, albeit at a reduced rate, spare capacity in the economy is disappearing.

So, as the Bank warns, after oil and energy prices have stabilised, domestic prices and inflation could bounce pretty fast.

The return to a world where inflation is a greater danger than deflation could be nearer than we think.

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The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images & 100s of Audio Files Free to Use

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Sure, we love the internet for how it makes freely available so many cultural artifacts. And sure, we also love the internet for how it allows us to disseminate our own work. But the internet gets the most interesting, I would submit, when it makes freely available cultural artifacts with the express purpose of letting […]

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Here’s a look at the latest modular kitchen systems from Italy: practical, precisely engineered, and, yes, pricey. The advantages? Modular systems offer the entire package, with an all-of-a-piece design so you don’t have to cobble together elements from different sources (cabinets from here, counters from there). And most of the companies featured here have been in the business for decades and cater to a worldwide market. The drawbacks? You sacrifice a certain amount of aesthetic control, and most of these designs are pricey. Interested? Here are eight good examples of Italian kitchen ingenuity:

Alpes Inox

Alpes Inox Kitchen System | Remodelista

Above: Alpes Inox’s freestanding, stainless-steel kitchen systems are multifunctional and made to come with you should you move—none are built-ins, so they can be rearranged as needed, and most designs are available on wheels. See Race-Car Style Appliances for Compact Kitchens.

Based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Alpes Inox is a family-run business; it’s been fabricating kitchen equipment since 1954 using high-nickel stainless, which has a durable, bright, white shine. For more information and prices, see Alpes Inox, and contact Mr. Passalacqua in the company’s export department at


Arclinea Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Arclinea’s Convivium Kitchen System is an open-living design, a "true center for rapport between the cook and the others." 

Arclinea was founded in 1925 in Caldogna, Italy, where it’s still based. Since 1986, Italian architect and industrial designer Antonia Citterio has directed the company’s designs. There are 13 Arclinea Distributors in North America, including Arclinea showrooms in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC. 


Boffi Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: The Boffi Aprile Kitchen, designed by Piero Lissoni, integrates rustic materials in the design: Its cabinet doors are made using wood staves of varying widths and thicknesses. 

Situated north of Milan and in business since 1934, Boffi has a worldwide presence, including Boffi North American Studios in Washington, DC, New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In addition to kitchens, it offers bathrooms, storage systems, and a range of interior items, such as lamps. The company’s long list of contributing designers ranges from Marcel Wanders to Claudio Silvestrin. 


Dada Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Dada’s INDada Kitchen System, designed by Nicola Gallizia.

Dada Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Dada recently introduced the linear Vela Kitchen System.

The region around Milan is home to several notable kitchen system manufacturers, including Dada (which has been part of the high-end furnishings group Moldeni since 1980). Dada offers seven kitchen system designs, all of which are on view in the company’s New York and Miami flagship stores, and at In-Ex in Los Angeles. 


Poliform Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Poliform’s Artex Kitchen offers ample work surfaces.

Poliform Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Storage details in a cabinet from Poliform.

Poliform started in 1942 with a focus on bookshelves, wardrobes, and other home furnishings. Situated in the Brianza region of Italy and still family-run, it added kitchens to its repertoire in 1996 through the acquisition of the Varenna brand and now offers nine kitchen system designs. Poliform’s North America Network includes more than 40 dealers, and there are dedicated Poliform stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Miami.


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Above: The TK38 Linear Kitchen was designed by architect Massimo Castagna is outfitted for professional-level cooking.

Rossana has been in the kitchen design business for more than half a century and has collaborated with big names like Michele De Lucchi, Rodolfo Dordoni, and Vincenzo De Cotiis (his burnished brass DC10 kitchen can be seen in the Milan apartment of Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Studio Dimore).


Schiffini Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: The Cinqueterre, the first all-aluminum kitchen, was designed in 2000 by Vico Magistretti for Schiffini. Photograph via DesignSpace London.

Schiffini was established in the 1920s to supply nautical fittings to the Italian Navy dockyard in La Spezia and later specialized in the furnishings of military and civil ships. In the 1950s, Schiffini reoriented itself to kitchen furniture design, and claims to be the first Italian company to produce a series of modular offerings. Still located near La Spezia (think Italian Riviera), Schiffini is available in the US through McDuffee Design in Chicago.


Valcucine Logica Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: The fully equipped back section of the Valcucine Logica System Kitchen comes in aluminum or stainless steel, and can be fitted against a wall or used in an island. Clutter averse? The unit can be fully enclosed with cabinet fronts. 

Valcucine SineTempore Wood Kitchen | Remodelista

Above: The Sine Tempore system features a modern farmhouse spirit; see more at Modern Italian Rusticity from Valcucine.

Coming Soon

Binova Regula Ad Kitchen, Remodelista

Above: Coming next? Binova is an Italian to watch. We’re hoping its kitchens, including the Regula Ad design, shown here, will soon be available on the US market. 

The youngest of the Italian companies in our lineup, 35-year-old Valcucine is known for revolutionizing kitchen ergonomics with its 1996 Logica Kitchen (picture wall units with lift-up doors and cabinets with removable drawers). The Logica was updated recently and remains one of the more technologically advanced modular systems available. If you are looking for something with less drive, Valcucine offers several other kitchen systems, too. Valcucine US Dealers are located in New York, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Chicago, and Dallas.

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For more Italian kitchen design inspiration, see: 

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Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday launch a line of pocket operators

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po-16_wideTeenage Engineering and Cheap Monday launch a line of pocket operators – micro synthesizers that fit in your pocket and a line of matching gear. The launch takes place simultaneously instore and online at Colette, Paris and the NAMM trade show in Los Angeles. Teenage Engineering’s new line of musical instruments is called pocket operators and […]

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  • 1700 private jets in Davos Switz. to discuss climate change at World Economic Forum. #FuckedPARADOX
  • “Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system,” Benn explained.
  • What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you use it? To whom are you accountable? How do we get rid of you?
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  • “In 1982 … the top 1% of musicians earned 26% of all concert revenues. Now the same group takes 56% of the cash”. Philip Collins (Times).
  • These not-so wise gurus are Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu. Oliver Kamm in his review of “Waking Up” by Sam Harris.
  • ‘The “wisdom” of these gurus or either trivial or wrong. Real wisdom comes from reason not rumination, from method not dogma.’
  • Turkish football rocked by loss of big sponsor, blaming drop in brand value [and Big Brother] Inside World Football:
  • Trans Europa Express, then Die Mensch-Maschine #nowplaying Kraftwerk
  • One for my bookmarks - steak “so good it made me laugh” (Giles Coren in today’s Times).
  • Spiral S05E03-E04. Better acting, better plots, better characters. Almost as clever as Judge Roban. 5*.
  • The Vikings S01E05-E09. 3*. A strange mixture of Willie Nelson at Woodstock versus Dynasty versus Caligula. Not very good compared to

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CURATORS/FILTERS They’re everything in the modern world. Unless you attach yourself to someone/something that already has an audience, your chance of succeeding is incredibly low, because there’s just too much noise. So, despite the bitching about challenging economics, that’s the power of the newspaper. It’s filtered news. And ads. And listings. Most competing with traditional…Read More

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  • If you’ve seen one fractal, you’ve seen them all.
  • A Norwegian scientist has been granted a doctorate in butter based sauces. Bottom video shows hollandaise (Norwegian)
  • I call Bladerunner.
  • So - now playing This Mortal Coil’s first two albums.
  • Result: no more hum. Just had an old wire for earth (new cable has proper spade termination) and old RCAs connectors were touching the wall.
  • Treated my record player to new earth wiring (ebay: Technics Ground/ Earth Wire) and right angled phono/RCA cables (Kenable via Amazon).
  • Time to get back on Getting Things Done (GTD) path. No more GTD apps, instead simple Google doc, Filofax for calendar, docs+physical archive
  • why not take advantage of the low oil price and fill it with oil to mimic Richard Wilson’s (brilliant) “20:50”?
  • by year of release I hope?
  • So who left a dino-dildo in the back of your cab?
  • Get a McDondald’s burger in 45 minutes? Sounds like the slow Liverpool Street, London branch.
  • What’s with threesome invites in Vikings S01? Five episodes in and there’s been three of them. Best bit is Fever Ray track at the intro.
  • Vikings S01E01-E05. So, so on our Viking heritage with modern dialogue and a sanctimonious monk to satisfy the American audience. 3*
  • where’s Saint Bono?
  • Jesus, here’s the pope again on BBC News.

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  • “Kim Fowley: The punk before punk, who called himself a ‘necessary evil’”
  • “Kim Fowley, Runaways producer and svengali, dies aged 75” (NME)
  • ‘The Business of Strangers’ () so, so quite predictable thriller. 3*
  • “Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud” (The Register). Creepy, that’s why I don’t use it on my iPhone).
  • After lethal drugs injected, Charles Warner said: “My body is on fire.” Execution took 18 minutes.
  • Ridiculous time set aside for Papal visit in the Philippines on BBC News.
  • “More frightening than American Psycho” “cinema’s super-villains [style] … transformed into a marketable asset
  • BBC got good access to some seriously rich and powerful people, including Piketty. Thought Citi’s Tobias Levkovich handled himself well.
  • The consumer hourglass theory? via As heard on “The Super-Rich and Us” E02 tonight

Kim Fowley, Runaways producer and svengali, dies aged 75

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Fowley had been battling bladder cancer for several years

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Attention All Smart, Cheap Bastards!

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Starting Note: The other day I mentioned there are some ideas that, by their nature, can’t be communicated. Today’s post will be a good example of an exception that proves the rule. In today’s post I will embrace a risk of embarrassment that folks with a normal sense of shame would avoid. By the end of this post, three-quarters of you will have a new reason to dislike me. But I didn’t know a better way to convey some potentially useful information. Luckily, I lost my sense of shame years ago. So here you go. The embarrassing parts are at the end.

Now to the actual post…

[You can skip most of this if you have read my latest book]

I know my readers. You’re smart and you see no reason to buy a hardcover book that will be less expensive in a year when the paperback is released. After all, it’s not as if you will run out of books to read between now and then. (That’s almost exactly what many of you told me.)

You were also cautious about a book from me on a topic that is way out of my normal strike zone. That caution was smart too.

And when you heard that the book included one chapter each on diet and fitness, you probably wondered what I could possibly add to that conversation. So you took a wait-and-see attitude. That was exactly the right play. I would have done the same.

Your waiting also allowed you to see all the reviews from early readers. If you haven’t seen the reviews, these are some quotes from Amazon reviewers, organized by type:

People Who Are Surprised I Don’t Suck:

    This book might surprise some people … It is probably the best use of time and money I can think of right now.

    This book inspired me to do new things. I was not expecting this from Scott Adams.

    This book was so much more than I expected … Readable, enjoyable, inspirational, informative, practical,
    educational and most importantly entertaining!

    I read The Dilbert Principle some years ago and found it very entertaining. I was expecting the same from this          book and was surprised at how good it actually is

    Full of lots of surprisingly great insight and advice, written by a witty writer who has failed his way to success!

    I bought the book because I like his writing, and I even ended up learning some things, too!

     I bought it because I enjoyed Dilbert, but have found it a lot more useful than I expected a cartoonist’s
    book on success would be.

    …fantastic book. much MUCH better than I expected, frankly… chock full of wisdom and wit. Will be
    having my clients read!

    Don’t judge a book by its type! …really feel like reading this book has already begun to change my life!

    I think when I bought it I was really expecting some kind of goofy, comedic type of work. But it turned
    out to have some prescient information about achieving success in life.

    The book packed in more info than I was expecting and so I am off to read it again as it was so valuable.

People Who Found It Useful

    Keep your highlighter handy for this one!

    I’m not given to outlining books with a bullet list to consult later, but I did with this book. Excellent!

    I enjoyed this book so much that I might read it again and take some notes.

    This is going in the library and the “give to a client in need” box.

    The most useful book I’ve read for a long time.

    I learned so many common sense things that my life would have been a little easier if I had
    this book 20 years ago.

    This book has become a part of my permanent collection. I have read it twice, partly because
    of the information and partly because of its message of encouragement.

People Who Think It is Best of Breed

    This is my favorite book in the self-help/business philosophy section.

    The best book I read this year. Strongly recommended!

    Absolutely the best business/work self-help book I have ever read.

You will benefit greatly from reading this book. It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time.

    I’ve read a lot of success books and this is really the top.

    I’m an avid reader of business books and this is one of the easiest and most informative
    books of this kind
I’ve read in a while.

    I’ve read a lot of self-help books but this is just about the best one ever.

    Solid advice, and woven into a far better narrative than other self-help books can offer.

    I’d give it six stars if possible - the extra star for how well - and humorously - it’s written

    This has to be the best self-help book I have read. Frank, forthright and practical, it simply
    tells you what to do and what to realistically expect.

    This is one of the best books I have read in years. There is so much information to improve
    your life and career that if you glean just a smidgen it will be worth you reading.

    … the best book of this year so far

    This is now in my all-time list of useful books.

People Who Want to Give it as a Gift

    This is one of those books I’ll be buying all my business buddies.

    It will be my new gift to give to my friends.

    I have purchased 3 copies of this book, one for my 21 year old son and another for a good friend.

    I’m sending gift copies to a slew of friends.

    I would like to say I will give this as a gift to young people as a guide for living their lives, but
    presently the people who come to my mind who could use it the most are middle-aged.

    Wish I had read something like it fifty years ago. It could have given me a much better road map
    for my life. Plan to give a copy to my son and grandson.

…bought it for myself, read it, and then bought it for my brother.

    This is my new graduation or entering senior year gift for anyone I would normally buy that type of gift for.

    I have agreed to purchase this book for my three children and my six grandchildren. It should be a
    required reading in all schools-seriously!

People Who Were Changed by It

    You will surely be a different person after you read it … thanks Scott for a nice book …
    One of my favorites for this year

    This might be one of the strangest, yet at the same time most helpful, books that I have ever read.

    To me, the great achievement of “How to Fail at Almost Everything” is the sly and gradual undermining
    of traditional view of “success”.

    Some books have a great impact. This one came at the right time for me.

    This book changed my life, my diet, and inspired me to hack my routine even more!

    I’m definitely re-reading the book. I have already put some of his theories … to the test and
    am happy with the results so far.

    For me it was a paradigm shift. [I almost didn’t use this on because of “paradigm” — Scott]

    Really great book. Made me think about things differently.

    Thanks to your clever strategy of not buying the hardcover version of the book, you now see
    that two-thirds of readers gave the book five-stars reviews and found it useful. It earned the
    best reviews of anything I have produced in any field.

 And the paperback version just landed.

If you feel tempted to read it, this is a good time to see what all the fuss is about and save some money. Your wait-and-see strategy worked. Well played.

I have one more piece of unfinished business, and this comes with personal risk. In my view - and I hope you agree - any authors talking about diet and fitness should show their work. And so I will show mine. Here is a selfie of me at age 57, taken the other day. I cropped off my head because that’s the ugly part.

I got this way gradually, over about ten years, by replacing willpower (which always failed) with knowledge. Now I eat everything I want whenever I want. I lost 28 pounds over time by eliminating my cravings in a simple, systematic way. The reason I can eat anything I want is that I no longer crave bad food. And healthy food is self-regulating in the sense that you rarely eat too much broccoli even if you like it.

None of this gain was possible even five years ago because science had so many things wrong about diet. I did what science told me to do twenty years ago and I slowly gained from about 135 pounds to 168 lbs. Once science started to get things right (I assume), I once again followed their lead and my body transformed back to about 140 pounds but with higher muscle content. I never looked remotely like this at a younger age. And it was effortless in the sense that I didn’t suffer and I didn’t need any real willpower.

I work out, obviously. But I never overdo it, which is an important part of my system as explained in the book. I do thirty minutes of light weights and thirty minutes of light cardio at most. I attempt to exercise daily and succeed about six days a week. Sometimes the exercise is just a long walk. I mix it up. I’ve never had a personal trainer.

In the old days I had to muster a lot of willpower to exercise. But thanks to my knowledge about the science of habits, I trained myself like Pavlov’s dogs to look forward to it. I only exercise enough to feel good. Then I reward myself with a tasty protein shake and some downtime. If you don’t look forward to exercise, you might be interested in how to rewire yourself in a similar fashion over time. It isn’t much harder than hearing some new things for the first time. The change happens almost on its own.

Just to be crystal clear, I have no reason to believe my system will work for you. We’re all different, and that’s why I don’t believe in generic broadcasting of “advice.” But I guarantee my approach is different from what you have been exposed to. If what you are doing isn’t working, you might want to include my system on your short list of what to try next.

Back to my original point about information that can’t be communicated - I didn’t think I could make a credible point about diet and exercise systems without showing my work. And doing so in this context is uber-douche-baggy and lives forever on the Internet. I’ll take that hit because the people who have read my book think it’s worth sharing and I agree. I’m comfortable with how the photo looks but I realize many will judge me for showing it. The Internet is unkind to old guys without shirts. Whatever.

Thanks for putting up with me. I mean well.

Here’s a link to the paperback of How to Fail Almost Everything And Still Win Big


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7 Ways to Stop Terrorism

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How to Stop Terrorism: 7 Ways to Drain the Swamp In the wake of the barbaric Paris terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. But – despite what the talking heads may…Read More

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Table for one: the best places for solo dining in London

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Table for one: the best places for solo dining in London

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I did it at Longjii and Canton, and came away a very happy man. Another of our food team did it at Copita del Mercado and had a great time. What were we doing? Nothing more illicit than eating a restaurant meal on our own, with no human companionship. For some people this seems like an admission of tragic failure – ‘what, you couldn’t find anyone to have dinner with?’ For others it’s a deep pleasure, a chance to enjoy food while reading a good book or just watching one’s fellow customers flirting, arguing, or pouting. And so, we’ve assembled a list of our favourite places for solo dining. If you’re a fan, tell us where you go – and why you like it. And if you think we’re saddos, tell us that, too. ByRichard Ehrlich

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Nine great places to celebrate Burns Night 2015 in London

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This year Robert Burns’ birthday (January 25, aka Burns Night) is on a Sunday, meaning you’ve got the whole day to sup whisky, play the bagpipes, eat haggis and revel in all those other wonderfully Scottish activities. It tends to be celebrated with traditional food, songs and drink. Here’s our guide to what London has to offer.

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Managing those Magazines

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Magazines appeal to almost everyone; every home I enter has magazines laying around. Magazines racks can be a good way to keep current magazines visible (rather than buried under piles of papers or whatever) so they actually get read.

The Strata magazine rack from Headsprung is a nice example of a basic magazine rack which could sit on the floor or on a flat surface such as a desktop. It has two sections and can hold up to 12 magazines; the divider helps ensure magazines will stay upright even if the rack isn’t full. If the Strata is being used on the desk, the front panel could also serve as a magnetic board. It has four anti-slip feet, too.


The Float magazine rack from J-Me, which also holds 12 magazines, makes it super easy to see what’s being stored. The users can remove one magazine without disturbing the others, which isn’t possible with many other racks.


The Sprung magazine rack from Liv’it (designed by Michael Sodeau) keeps the magazines in a stack. This reduces the visibility of the magazines, which is a significant concern—but it does allow the rack to hold a lot of them. It’s also super easy to just toss one more magazine onto the pile.


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A Concrete Okinawan Home Built for Bad Weather

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An ultra-modern three-storey home from rhythmdesign, the House in Tomigusuku goes in heavy with the concrete whilst retaining its low-key status in a residential area of Okinawa, Japan. Designed first and foremost to combat tough weather…

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  • Ready for Burns Night? Or just fancy walking around in a kilt? Get ki(l)tted out at Lidl for less than 60 quid.
  • Not even zero Celsius and a third of Londoners are wearing soft hats. Wimps.
  • Ten quid, the prize of arriving home dry. Another brolly gone with the wind.
  • Globetrotting pope making sure there are saints on all continents, this while superstition is being fought in France.

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  • Property section of the Evening Standard. White walls and light brown (wood or carpet) all over.
  • Well I wouldn’t mind Cocteau Twins reforming (having been lucky enough to see Dead Can Dance). What next? This Mortal Coil?
  • Primavera Sound 2015 lineup probably fake, Cocteau Twins reunion included (as Simon Raymonde confirms?)
  • Cocteau Twins Reunion for Primavera Sound?
  • A standalone “manage Apple device” program for just backups and updates program might make sense? Then sort out the messy photo/video sync.
  • After I got Spotify Premium again the only thing I use iTunes for is backups (and the odd software update) of my phone.
  • As far as I can find out “Spiral” has never been nominated for an Emmy. All you need to know about the Emmys.
  • “I really can’t recommend Spiral highly enough”. Not me this time, but AA Gill.