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Friday Fives – 11th January 2013

Welcome to the first Friday Fives of 2013, and the second of the new format Fives, where instead of trying to come up with entertaining questions once a week – at which I really was starting to struggle – I simply find you five interesting things, and encourage you to add your own in the comments. Simple really. And, with that, lettuce commence:

1. 3D printed records

I happened across this – and the video at the top of the page – on Wired the other day.  We have a serious problem at our label of economic batch quantities.  You need to sell thousands of records to effectively cover the cost of setting up for a vinyl manufacturing run, but you’d be surprised how few releases at this level actually sell a thousand copies.  3D printing offers a potential solution to this, in the future anyway. The idea of printing out records as and when they are sold and posting them off to people is quite a cool one, and the resolution may not be there yet, but I still think this is pretty amazing.

2. Song of the week: NakedLie Follows Lie

Alex from Magic Eye sent me this rather awesome tune earlier in the week, and I think it is highly promising.  Peering at their photo I see Alex himself, Grant from Edinburgh School for the Deaf, and someone I don’t recognise.  They are recording a couple more tunes this weekend I think, and I am really looking forward to hearing them.  It’s fey, stylish dream pop, and between Magic Eye themselves and the late, lamented Pet, this is something Edinburgh seems to be surprisingly good at at the moment.

3. Want to Spend the Rest of Your Life on Mars?

If I was to pick the nation to put together a deranged project like this one, seeking astronauts for a one-way ticket to Mars, it wouldn’t necessarily be the pragmatic, sensible Dutch.  But umm, well, watch the video. It’s a truly crazy project, so much so that I find myself suspecting a prank, but a cursory Google search suggests that they are indeed serious.

4. Men Stop Buying Clothes in their 50s

This is a weird one. Apparently quite genuinely stop buying clothes after their 50s. The graph below is for footwear, but it holds true for pretty much everything – trousers, shirts, even underwear.  As the site which originally linked me to this wondered: is this because we simply stop caring, or because our sense of self remains locked in the time when were were at our most wealthy and powerful?


5. Cardiff After Dark

This in an incredible series of photos taken on the main boozing streets of Cardiff, once everyone is well-oiled.  If you didn’t think that Britain had a teeny-tiny little bit of a drinking problem, have a look at the slideshow, and buy the book here.

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22 witty ripostes to Friday Fives – 11th January 2013

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    1. Cats

    2. James Corden

    3. I’m really liking East India Youth, well worth looking out.

    4. People that cut you up in car parks. The fuckers.

    5. Nothing exciting as I’m on the wagon. And that ironing that won’t do itself.

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    Always been eager to find myself a remote rural place to settle down – Mars seems ideal. Bit of a pisser that you have to take three other fuckers with you though.

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    Thank you Stu, very funny indeed. Would people really just prefer to have the old Friday Fives back?

    Pete, I sympathise. ‘Hey, fancy popping round for drinks?’ ‘NO. NO. And NO again!’

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    John Egdell

    3D printed records, very interesting concept. How do you kill the long tail economy? By cutting off the head!

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    I present for your amazement: ‘Singing penis’ sets noise record for water insect

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    Sorry, I’m struggling to let go of the old format. I’m also silently weeping at my desk.

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    Tim, that’s absolutely amazing! Although if my penis could sing, I doubt I would want to listen to the song.

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    John – good eh, although I have doubts about on-demand stuff like that, as actually making a whole record each time anyone orders something can get old very quickly.

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    That printed record is pretty cool! Really wasn’t expecting it to be even half as good as it was. Still surprised at how good the chocolate FOUND one was last(?) year!
    Also i like your beer idea! You can assume me for a pre order! 🙂

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    The chocolate FOUND one was pretty good actually. Did anyone hear the Shout Out Louds once? It’s a record made of ice – truly awesome, if a little ummm, ‘surface noisey’!

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    Love the Cardiff after Dark set, good shout. If anyone’s interested as to why Cardiff looks so particularly bad – the vast majority of the periphery towns that surround the city have nothing in the way of their own clubs / after hours establishments, so every weekend you get people piling into the capital and suddenly it’s completely over capacity.

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    How to make a cheeseburger (I imagine a lot of you will have already seen this)

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    Not interesting, just silly – I’m off to lunch.

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    1. You can also make your own records at home with plastic plates
    the resolution is quite special though

    3. There’s a photographic exhibition that i want to see about the Zambian Space Program (to go to Mars) that was abandonned.
    It’s an imaginary reconstitution by a spanish photographer

    4. maybe men who were born before the 60s don’t care about clothes

    5. so many kebabs! this guy was really hungry!

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    I am going to embed those videos, just for sheer awesomeness. First the cheeseburgers:

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    …aaaaaand the record lathe one:

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    Buying clothes is a torture of unhappiness and misery. Men are right not to buy clothes. I wish there was a Netflix service that would just send me a new set of clothes every few months, from someone who knows about that stuff, and I’d never have to make another decisions about it again…

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    must admit i probably knew about men in their 50s stop bying clothes from my own dad and yep, they just don’t care unless you try to persuade them it is for a special occasion. 🙂

    but i checked in to say how lovely that song of the week is!! of course then i made the mistake of watching the cheeseburger video. the fact that they didn’t bother to add some kind of music murmuring in the back makes it even more creepy..!

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    oh, i forgot. that slideshow was a total nightmare. makes you wonder really. why so many messed up people?

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    Oh yes indeed:

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