Does Today Suck?

Does Today Suck? is a day by day diary (and year long project) of notable historic events and birthdays and then marks the day as being bad or cool. Good fun and informative; definitely one for the sidebar I think. Here’s what I have to say about today – Friday the 30th of March 2007. One day of work left before the weekend. Good day :-) [via]


Nosepilot Update

I covered Nosepilot back in 2005 and hadn’t got around to checking back since then unfortunately. I say unfortunately because the site has changed somewhat since then. That crazy animation remains there for viewing but now there are a load of paintings and drawings with varying styles. What stands out so much is that all of the paintings and drawings were at one point for sale (and many still are) for ridiculously small amounts of money (the majority are less than $10). Much of the art isn’t really my kind of thing but there are so many different styles that you can’t help but see some pieces that you like. So, if you do find something you like you’ll be getting a real bargain. [Cheers Thomas]


Custom Toy Lab

Custom Toy Lab is a pretty neat new(ish) site. It’s been set up to be a support site for toy customisers around the world. Images are uploaded of their creations and then they can be scored by the Custom Toy Lab community. If you like custom toys I’m sure you’ll like it here.


Recording The Beatles

Recording The Beatles looks like an absolutely stunning book. If you’re a bit of a music geek and you like the Beatles, like me, then you’ll most likely find this book very interesting. “Never before has there been such an absolutely thorough and definitive look at how the Beatles’ albums were recorded. Years of research and extensive interviews with the group’s former engineers and technicians shed new light on those classic sessions. With a detailed look at every piece of studio gear used, full explanations of effects and recording processes, and an inside look at how specific songs were recorded, Recording The Beatles is a must-have for any Beatles fan or recording engineer.” It ain’t cheep at $100 (plus another $52 shipping to the UK) but I would imagine it’s well worth it. Plans are in place for a cheaper version soon though and maybe it’ll get a worldwide publishing deal so that would save on the shipping too. [via]


Buddha Machine Update & Robert Henke’s Layering Buddha

Back in 2005 I discovered the Buddha Machine and it still rates as one of my favourite finds. The reason for updating the post is two-fold. First of all, the Buddha Machine now has an official UK distributor where one can be purchased for £14.99 (+P&P). Secondly, Robert Henke recently released Layering Buddha; a Buddha Machine remix album. It sounds like he employed a pretty interesting process to get his resulting tunes – Henke “recorded the sound of one single buddha machine at 96 kHz, using a state of the art A/D converter. The recording contains audio information up to 48 kHz, which makes it possible to transpose the loops down and expose otherwise inaudible hidden details. The pieces on this CD have been created by granulating, filtering, pitching and layering either the original loops, or new loops which were re-assembled out of parts of the originals. Most pieces are based on one single source loop. The pieces as they live within my computer are set up as continuously permutating structures and theoretically could go on forever, just as the loops do within the buddha machines.” [via]