New York Photo Walk

Photographs I took while wandering around New York in February, 2013. All shot on a Sony RX 1, mostly on f/2.0 or there and thereabouts.

Neko Jalala cat cafe visit

I have wanted to visit one of Tokyo’s many “cat cafes” for years. For about 2,000 yen (£15) you can get an hour in a cozy environment with a couple of beers and 30 cats. My trip to Tokyo this month took me to “Neko Jalala” (Google Maps link), a gorgeous little...

Man with balloons

Man with balloons. Taken by me, 2012.

A secret cinema

A secret cinema. Taken by me, 2012.

Kids on a building, Manchester

Taken by me somewhere in Manchester, 2012. I was eating pancakes for breakfast at the time and I’m not sure they were meant to be up there.

Noah And The Whale

Photos I took of Noah And The Whale at Green Man Festival 2011.

Joe’s Knob

Why do I get the impression Joe has been playing in the cement? Picture © Nate...

The Dictator review

There I was, sipping a needlessly expensive wine from the Royal Festival Hall’s canteen, blissfully unaware that within the hour I would see a man peering into a woman’s birth canal — from the perspective of the yet-to-be-delivered baby. It’s Sacha Baron Cohen’s...

Infographic: Galaxy S3 posts on ...

Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 smartphone last night. It’s a sweet Android phone and I can’t wait to take one out for a proper spin. But before that, I thought I’d take a look at the tech website hype that surrounded the launch. It’s been Apple keynote-like. I...

Halifax: Why is banking with you...

There was I, all happy in my belief that sending someone 50 quid would take a couple of clicks. Then I discovered that banking with the Halifax, for me, was about as simple as getting an ocelot to do yoga. The process went something like this (my actions in bold, Halifax in italics): Send 50...

Sonisphere 2011

This year’s Sonisphere festival was amazing, it’s fair to say. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Protest The Hero, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Sum 41… some amazing acts, and despite the shit-one-minute-boiling-the-next weather, the sky didn’t ruin the experience for me this year as it did in 2010. Below, a selection of my non-band photographs from the festival. Equipment: Canon 60D, various lenses but mostly Canon 17-85mm f/1.4.

Noah Kalina, photographer

Like many people I imagine, I first heard of Noah Kalina as a result of his video, Everyday. At the time I was most amazed by the music in the background — a simple piano piece by Kalina’s then-girlfriend Carly Commando. But I stumbled upon his website earlier this evening and...

1937 Radio Times project: My favourite ads

I’ve been working hard on my project to archive the 1937 Radio Times I discovered several weeks ago, scanning, cleaning up and digitising them for the web. It’s not quite ready yet, but I didn’t want to wait to post a selection of the amusing advertisements found throughout the issue’s 110 pages. Below are my favourite ads. If you were to form an opinion about Britain based solely on the content of these adverts, you could conclude in 1937 we were obsessed with: dogs, miracle cures and corsets.

Bunker PLC

A few days ago I went to a preview event for Bunker PLC — a bizarre production set up by ScreenDeep, which took visitors into an old WWII bunker in East London. Bunker PLC was meant to be the name of a fictitious research facility in post-apocalyptic Britain, circa-2031, and it was the home of some wonderfully messed up biological experiments on humans and vegetation. It was a fun night, and I reviewed it for Wired. But I didn’t want to spoil the surprise of the event by publishing all of my photos before the show had finished. Now it’s finished, enjoy the full weirdness in my photos below. Shooting in this super-dark...

Re-recording Finch: The Casket Of Roderic Usher

This is the second track I’ve re-recorded from Finch’s album Say Hello To Sunshine. It’s also the most challenging on the album to rethink, due to its short length and quick time signature changes. The song is less than two minutes in length, but switches through multiple time signatures several times, including 13/8, 5/4, 9/8, 7/8, 10/8 and 15/16. Some instances of 4/4 and 6/8 almost seem like an after-thought to keep things simple. Also, I decided to record this in a tabby cat Kigu. Not sure why. Listen/download MP3: Play “The Casket Of Roderic Usher” MP3 Watch: Previous Finch songs...

Plants vs Zombies desk invasion!

Oh noes! Zombies have invaded my desk and appear to be attacking my Lightning girl. Where’s a plant when you need one!? Halp! PopCap Plants Vs Zombies promotional figures arrive at Wired. Shot with 60D and 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Kigu Forest Frenzy 2011

Contrary to what you may have read on Twitter, this was not a furry convention. Though nor was it an inconspicuous and totally-and-entirely-innocent-and-not-weird-at-all gathering of adults. It was somewhere in middle. Kigus are adult animal suits, and a Kigu Forest Frenzy is a gathering of 400 people dressed in them, dancing and drinking through the night in a warehouse converted to look like an indoor rainforest. Despite the sweltering temperature and 45-minute waits at the free bar to get served, I’d classify the party as “a bizarre-looking success”. The atmosphere was very positive, particularly when you met someone...

My chiptune playlist

I love working to chiptunes. In the same way I find old Final Fantasy soundtracks some of the best things to work to in a morning, chiptunes seem to be conducive to me getting in the right mood to think. There are loads of awesome chiptune covers of songs on YouTube, so I downloaded a bunch of...

Insider a pensioner’s atti...

Instead of watching the Royal wedding this weekend, I spent part the time helping clear out the attic of my 85-year-old grandma in South Yorkshire. She’s lived in the house since the late-1940s, and over the decades a considerable amount of degraded junk has amassed in her attic, which...

Video: 60D and making tea

My beloved Panasonic GF1 was retired this week as my primary camera after a year of two-way love between us. She was replaced with a Canon 60D, which I bought this weekend along with a rather lush 17-85mm lens. I’d been loving the new 600D after using a model for review on Wired for a...

Live photos: Cyclamen

Performing at Camden’s Purple Turtle on 21 April 2011, this was the first time I’d seen Cyclamen live — the band of Hayato Imanishi, with whom I’d chatted about his debut album Senjyu last year. Imanishi’s self-composed species of technical death metal is, on...

WTF are Panda Shorts?

So, there’s this new fashion thing going on in China apparently: Panda Shorts. Googling, I can’t find much mention of who makes them, whether it’s a one-off promotional thing, or something else. But they’re cute. I got Google to translate a couple of Chinese blogs and...

World’s greatest iPhone au...

My iPhone knows me so well. Such a clever little thing she...

Live photos: Blackguard

Blackguard is a melodic death metal band from Canada, playing at the O2 Academy 2 on Saturday 2 April, 2011. The band’s new album Firefight was released last month on Victory records. Despite a weak attendance for this, their last UK show on their world tour, the band put on an impressive performance. Chatting with the band before the show, the UK hasn’t been hugely kind in terms of turnout to their shows (Germany is expected to be very different), and it’s a shame because the energy and technicality of their live set felt like being fucked with a guitar neck and loving every dirty, brutal second of...

At Home With Nate and Pandy: Ove...

It’s time to resurrect At Home With Nate and Pandy. Not like a corpse; more like someone who’s been in a coma for a while. This is the video video I shot on an iPad 2....

Early song idea: “Crushed&...

Recorded this in a weird mood tonight. I’ve been working with this chord sequence for a while. It’s nothing special, but it could...

Cattoos Of The Week: 27/03/11

I regularly come across cat-centric tattoos — or “cattoos”, as I like to call them — in my RSS feeds, tattoo blogs and Tumblrs. Instead of just saving them to my hard drive for future reference, I’ve decided to start blogging my...

Music by me: The Atheist In The ...

I released this track on my previous blog, which was devoured by an internet black hole. It’s the title track off my EP of the same name. It’s a piano- and guitar-driven instrumental metal track I intended to be melodic, but heavy and progressive. All instruments written, played...

Vajazzling: What the shit?

I recently learned “vajazzling” is a thing. It’s the female equivalent to a man gluing a bunch of crystals to his testicles, like some sort of little disco ball for a penis party. I don’t get why it’s a thing, and I similarly don’t see the attraction. Time to science for an...

Dear Webmaster

I just got an email beginning, “Dear Webmaster”. I felt like replying, “Dear 1998, thanks for your email.” This is a sure fire way not to get your email read. It effectively means whatever follows is utterly useless. It’s like building a website and informing visitors what screen...

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