Dive from 2011 is the most perfectly balanced ambient album I’ve heard for years. I found him through his mix of Little Dragon’s Little Man and his recent Ulrich Schnauss mix is worth a listen. Tycho has a design blog at ISO50 that’s also worth checking out.
Bandcamp is a great way for musicians to sell and promote their music, and plenty of independent artists use it to sell directly along with the usual labels.
Link: Tycho – Dive
Steve Jobs negotiating with Harper Collins over pricing for ebooks. He waits until James Murdoch understands he has to compromise then very starkly outlines the alternative to not having books available on the iPad. What’s interesting about this is that Amazon were selling books for $10 and paying Harper Collins $13. They were so desperate to get out ahead of Apple and other competitors that they were loosing money on every book and probably every Kindle sold as well – Apple went in making a good margin on books and on iPads.
Link: Steve Jobs and James Murdoch ebooks negotiation
Good collection of free white noise sound files. White noise is a combination of all audible frequencies, distributed equally over the spectrum. I find it useful for concentrating on reading when the surrounding environment is noisy. It’s also useful for tinnitus.
Beautiful isolated campsite on the quiet eastern side of Consiton Water in the Lake District. You have to hire the whole site but it can accommodate up to 40 people. It doesn’t have much in the way of facilities (no showers or drinking water) but if you’re after a secluded active weekend it’s hard to beat. It’s also a great place to walk into Grizedale Forest from or explore the lake where you can visit Peel Island, the inspiration behind Wild Cat Island from Swallows & Amazons.
Link: Dodgson Wood Campsite
Fantastic series of well thought out puzzle games in a large, imaginative world. If you like these kind of games reddit’s point and click community is a good source for more.
A profile of Terrance Malick, the director of Tree of Life, the best film of 2011. He has attempted to lead a normal but private life while being a much lauded Hollywood director. That’s resulted in endless speculation and the making of a legend.
Link: Terrance Malick – Hollywood Bigfoot
Clever mix of the best track from NIN’s 90s classic album Pretty Hate Machine with Carly Rae Jepsen’s overplayed hit. Dave Ogilvie apparently mixed both Call Me Maybe and some later Nine Inch Nails which might explain the brilliant synchronicity.
Link: Head Like A Hole meets Call Me Maybe