Hmmmm…If Ikea Made Hi-Fi…Oh!

 

I was musing to myself that the return of vinyl records and turntables would be just the kind of thing that I’d expect Ikea to jump on. I imagined an Ikea made turntable that matched their minimalist furniture offerings, probably with an unpronounceable (unless you are Swedish) name and was placed strategically in that Ikea meets the Crystal Maze type showroom that you can never escape.

Then I realised that Ikea had already started making bluetooth speakers so maybe, I thought, my fanciful random thought wasn’t too far of the mark.

And then I searched a bit more…and…

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Orion Galaxy Omega 8

Orion Odyssey

Orion Odyssey

The Orion Galaxy Omega 8 is an uber analogue (remember analogue) synthesizer musical instrument said to be inspired by the late Stanley Kubrick. So for all you creative analogue synth purists out the with a rumoured $9000 dollars to burn then this could be the functional objet d’art you’ve been looking for.

The combination of an Omega 8 analogue synth in a new casing is Tim Caswell and  Antoine Argentieres.
Via Music Thing

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Wordpress-The Shock Of the New?

Yesterday many of us awoke to a new WordPress.com web interface. Despite my initial surprise I have to put my hand up and and say I’m having a positive reaction to it.Maybe I’m wired up a certain way but I’m finding it reasonably intuitive so far.

searching for mediaIt’s taken me a little while to re-orientate but the addition of a searchable gallery of previously uploaded media has been on my ‘yes please’ list for a while.

The previously previewed partial return of syndicated stats on individual post stats is an welcome addition too.

It took me a while to realise that the editing of a previously posted item was obtained timed posting hides under the edit buttonvia just opening the post in manage and that timed posting was still there but only revealed by clicking on edit next to ‘publish immediately’.

The ability to compose a post in full screen mode (Alt+Shift+G) is also intriguing if only for providing a slightly more distraction free writing environment.

Adding self hosted images is taking me a while to get fluent with due to caption and description options and the automatic assumption that thumbnails always point to full images but so far I’ve yet to find a feature change that irks me as the loss of the built in spell checker suits me fine as my GB browser spell checker was always fighting against the US centric WordPress based version previously anyway.

People hate change but sometimes the shock of the new can bring realisation that there’s a different way of doing things. I think the only thing that would improve the interface would be a drag and drop widget approach so that each user could customise to their own priority module preferences but otherwise you can call me strange but I like it (it even looks like I can finally post messages via the Safari browser).

The rumour is (I hesitate to use the term ‘the word on the street is…’) that WordPress.com may integrate more social networking features into its web blogging platform in the future.Oooh Ch-ch-changes.

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Office Stance

stance chair

Ergonomics at work in this Stance chair which can operate in the more conventional mode.I have to hope that this is more comfortable than it looks as it looks akin to those ‘not standing up, not really sitting. down seat/ ledges that are available in some public areas. It also looks like leaning over to fetch a pile of paperwork which would invariably be placed on the farthest edge of the desk will see you pivoting against the knee rest in an amusing ‘feet nailed to the floor’ style but maybe it’s more practical in use than my own imaginings.

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