Things that have made my day this week:
The soundtrack of the week was Reinforced Records Callin For Reinforcements; a compilation of the drum and bass labels earlier works when the beats whilst rough and rugged were in a 4/4 time. These also reflected more of the eurphoric nature of rave prior to the fragmentation of dance music into a myriad of styles so pianos sit next to dub reggae baselines and samples blow up all over the place.
The end of the week saw Baselworld kick off which is for watches what CES is for cars. Like CES the show is showing a bit of bloat as exhibitors have moved beyond horology to include blinged-up iPhones, precious stones and ring designs. Highlights of the show so far for me was Girard-Perregaux’s Sea Hawk in a ceramic case and Sinn’s new EZM 14 in titanium. Rolex worked technical wonders to create a version of the ‘pepsi’ dial GMT Master with a blue and black ceramic bezel on the new GMT Master II – not my cup of tea, but I respect the game. The biggest disappointment was Burberry’s Britain limited edition in titanium which looks suspiciously similar in case design to a Patek Philippe Nautilus. The UK edition of GQ magazine have been documenting their favourite watches at the show on an Instagram gallery, Chronomaster have had carefully selected highlights on their blog and and the show does a decent news site here.
I have been looking at a Swiss Army knife of e-book formats for the iPhone. eBookMobi is a cool application that allows me to read a number of different format books such as Cory Doctorow’s Homeland which you can download from the author’s site craphound.com.
Psy became a two-hit wonder with his new track Gentleman had well over 230 million views this week. The dance seems to have become less of a meme this time around so expect less from the Gangnam Style performer.
I finally got around to having a play with Twitonomy which provides a phenomenal amount of information for a free tool.