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Regular readers to this site know I can find the good in everything, and far be it for me to insult or be snarky towards any band. But this one, they’re asking for it. Filming a music video on the beach is usually showing a happy place full of sand, fun and surf. Not in this case. A band performing their song with no special effects are usually ones that are invigorating, no-holds-barred and giving a kick-ass try. Again, not here. A lead singer without his shirt on invokes memories of Robert Plant, Roger Daltry and other God-like bonafide rock stars. Not even close.

As someone points out in the YouTube comments:

“OMG guys, there’s more cliches in here than Spinal Tap.”

I bring you, Wally World.

The forthcoming album by Aphex Twin has artwork that is sure to generate discussion. The image for the cover of Syro will bear an itemized list of the costs for promoting an album. Everything from online advertising to the catering during listening parties in various locales is accounted for, perhaps to be used in writing these expenses off. It’s a closer look behind the scenes than most fans may want to get, but it’s also an amazing commentary sharing everything online these days.

Via Fast Cocreate

Scooby Doo’s original name was “Too Much”. Before production for the show began, NBC President Fred Silverman heard Frank Sinatra’s scat “doo-be-doo-be-doo” at the end of his recording of “Strangers in the Night” on a flight to one of the development meetings, and decided to rename the dog “Scooby-Doo” and re-rechristen the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

From Design Boom:

OSO architecture‘s ‘LEGO turkey ‘ is the first headquarters of the world-renowned toy company located in istanbul. highly compact and designed in accordance with a specific requirement program, the spaces of the 350m² area have been generally planned in an open-office construction to relieve the intensity for the 23 personnel. in this sense, the reception and the small meeting room are situated close to the entrance and at the center, while the collaborative work desks are adjacent. all of the manager and director offices have been planned to be along the façade due to their natural light and view advantage. the social areas have been kept to a minimum, taking into account the other services provided by the building within the limited dimensions. to compensate, two multipurpose loggias have been constructed for both socialization, and also the informal meetings of the workplace. in addition, there is a 14-person large meeting room directly accessible on the right side of the entrance hall. from here, a connected storage area allows for the setup of a brand product display towards the main corridor.

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
conference room

 oso architecture lego headquarters turkey

translucent vinyl on the glazed walls provides privacy

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey

office interior

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
common work area

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
halftone dot illustrations accompany the minifigure graphics

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
small meeting room

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
minifigure graphics decorate the walls

oso architecture lego headquarters turkey
reception desk

Known as the “first talking stamps” in 1972, these vinyl postage stamps from Bhutan were playable and when the needle was put on the record stamp you heard Bhutan’s national anthem and a capsule history of the nation.

Not only did you get to hear music, but they’re still legal for mailing use.

WFMU has a few samples of what the stamps sound like. You can listen to them here.

via Dangerous Minds

From Dangerous Minds:

Artist Brian Dettmer‘s sculptures are made from what he calls “antiquated media.” He’s most famous for his pieces constructed from meticulously sliced up books. The sculptures are created with surgical precision (and they’re pretty damned impressive), but it’s his skeletal work made from audio cassettes that most intrigues me. Both series are based on communicative media, its original value destroyed for repurposing as an artistic medium. I think it’s the passé modernity of the cassettes that I really love.

Via Juxtapoz

From Nothing To Do With Arbroath:

A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost in a cemetery. Anthony Stallard, 24, had been out drinking when he went to Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, Hampshire. While there with friend Martin Collingwood, Stallard was seen kicking a football at graves before making ghostly noises within earshot of people visiting graves. He was reported to police, who arrested him and charged him with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress.

Prosecuting at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, Tim Concannon said: “While the football was going on they were shouting and this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespectful in among the graves. He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going ‘wooooooo’. I’m assuming he was pretending to be a ghost.” Stallard accepted at a previous hearing that his behaviour could cause distress to grieving relatives and had pleaded guilty.