Archive for May, 2014

Break the frame

The great bard of Northampton is on the job of making open source, open access comics, with a little nudge from some of NESTA’s Digital R&D Fund dosh… “we are assembling teams of the most cutting-edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new […]

“Yer wot?”

Giant directional listening cones. Definitely something for the likes of the Birmingham Library balcony, if they could get past the Health & Safety squadistas…

L Fest lands in North Staffordshire

L Fest… “is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18th-21st July in Staffordshire. L Fest is a weekend celebration of live music, lesbian authors, workshops, lesbian cinema, comediennes, games, river cruises, speed dating, camping and more held at a new location this year at Uttoxeter Racecourse in […]

Peaky Snappers

The nearby Peak District National Park is getting the Google Street View treatment, via a new Google Trekker backpack camera system… “we are the first UK national park to get the Trekker backpack. … From the backpack protrudes the Martian-like head with its 15 lenses.”

Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways, a new $1m IndieGoGo campaign. “Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. We are about to wrap up our Phase II contract (to build a prototype parking lot) and now […]


Blurb’s self-published print-on-demand photobooks are going to be listed on Amazon UK. There doesn’t appear to be a listing fee but Amazon will take 15% of the cover price, on sales.

Hari & Deepti

3D done the old way, by Hari & Deepti (Denver, USA). Made by cutting out stiff paper and then positioning it in a LED-lit light box…

Video for presentations

Just a tip for those called on to do public or client presentations and who want to show a short video from YouTube etc, having seen a couple fail last night. Use a free plugin to download the video beforehand, and place it on the desktop with a name that reminds of you of the […]

The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett

May 10th sees the opening of “Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett” at The Gas Hall (BM&AG) in Birmingham city centre. Tickets are £5. Emett learned his craft at the Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts, and went on to work from Birmingham as a cartoonist/illustrator and a designer of automata. Most famously […]