I wanted to create a Ramones cover photo for Facebook using pixel art. But it turns out Facebook is compressing the crap out of illustrations and solid colours in particular. It looks a lot like a 30% quality JPG regardless how you save your image. And only when it’s displayed as a cover, not in the album or as a wall post.
I made a quick GIF animation instead and will put in my portfolio.
Northern Soul The Film premiers soon in Sweden. To say that I’m excited would be the understatement of the year. It’s a new British film about the dance culture that took the north of England by storm in the 1970s. Newcomer Elliot James Langridge stars as a Lancashire teenager whose life is transformed when he discovers the world of all-nighters, amphetamines and baggy trousers.
Northern Soul is the debut feature film from director Elaine Constantine, a documentary-maker and photographer known for her work with The Face.
The Northern Soul movement began in the late 1960s and was at its height in the mid-1970s. The most famous all-nighters were held at the Wigan Casino, with other towns and cities across the north and the Midlands hosting their own nights. White, working class kids danced to obscure black American soul records, developing their own fashions born out of the Mod era.
Northern Soul intends to appeal to those generations of fans while attracting a modern audience who can relate to youth culture from another era.
“If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been.”
Like most people I have friends on Facebook that aren’t Swedish. And from time to time I publish Facebook updates in Swedish for whatever reason. I always feel a wee bit guilty when I do, because even with the translate option, I feel that I am excluding some friends from the conversation. There are ways around this of course.
After poking around in all the settings available, I found the following in the left navigation list:
This is where you can create your own custom lists, something that is very handy.
I created a list of all my non-Swedish speaking friends. So from now on, if I’m making a particular announcement in Swedish or just for Swedish friends I simply open the menu:
Then choose the exception list manually like this:
And that’s it really, it is that simple to make Facebook updates to certain friends. And equally easy to post only to your friends in said list, should you prefer that.
Please note that when this blog post is published, the Facebook mobile app does not support exceptions with lists.
So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys — to woo women — and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.
– Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society
Your fearful trip is done, Robin.
I love documentaries and Sight and Sound polled 340 critics and filmmakers in search of the world’s best documentary films. Here are their top 50. From the list, the top five:
- A Man with a Movie Camera
- Sans soleil
- Night and Fog
- The Thin Blue Line
Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones
During the mid-1980s, an intoxicated Mick Jagger phoned Charlie Watts hotel room in the middle of the night asking “Where’s my drummer?”. Watts reportedly got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, descended the stairs, and punched Jagger in the face, saying: “Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!”
Charlie Watts, you absolute legend.
While Mick Jagger was prancing around in tights and Keith Richards was dressing like a homeless guy, drummer Watts began patronizing the finest English tailors on Savile Row, notably Huntsman and Henry Poole. Watts suits are quiet, somber, elegant.
“I always felt totally out of place with the Stones,” says Watts “not as a person, but the way I looked.”
Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this short documentary examines the films Stanley Kubrick developed but didn’t live long enough to make – the lost Kubrick if you will. Features interviews given by Kubrick’s longtime producer Jan Harlan, Jack Nicholson, Sydney Pollack etc.
Through interviews and abundant archival materials, this documentary examines these “lost” films in depth to discover what drew Kubrick to these projects, the work he did to prepare them for production, and why they ultimately were abandoned. Some of the unfinished project discussed here are Napoleon, The Aryan Papers and also A.I – finally made by Steven Spielberg in 2001.
You used to be able to tell a lot about someone from their collection of books and records. I remember spending hours and hours in record stores, and splashing my every penny on records and books.
And if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.
— Penny Lane, Almost Famous
How can you not love Jim Dalrymple’s laugh? If you haven’t already please check him out on the excellent 5by5 podcast Amplified. I ripped these first seconds from the 101th episode, hopefully the guys at 5by5 won’t mind.
Just listen to him! It’s so beautiful.
You can download this amazing laugh as an iPhone ringtone (m4r-file).
This is what you are to Facebook: Data points. Test subjects. Users. Eyeballs. Demographics.