Earlier this summer, a little-known '80s singer named R.P. Astley, responsible for a few blips on the radar such as "Eternally Conjoined
" and "Under No Circumstances Will I Ever Release You
" (the latter of which created a brief meme in which one would "PaulTumble" one's friends by pretending to point them to the video, but instead sending them to something quite interesting and novel instead)
has released *fist clench, drawing-in gesture aimed at camera*
a new track, "Lights Out
," his first new song in 17 years *hand gesture at camera*
. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 9, 2010 -
have a new, self-titled album coming out September 7 (the 13th in the UK). Hey, guess what! It sounds like Interpol, so this is the kind of thing you will like, if you like this kind of thing. "Lights"
(and here in HD
) already has me imagining doing a thousand-yard stare out of a bus window on a cold, late November night.
The second video, "Barricade" is here
(and here in HD
posted by jackrational
on Aug 30, 2010 -
Remote control Toronto's City Hall by iPhone
during Octobre 4th Nuit blanche
. Project Blinkenlights will again transform a huge building into a computer display. This time 960 windows of Toronto's City Hall. Everybody can submit animations to be shown and there will be client programms for iPhone and OSX to receive the signal and interact with the installation. Watch
the previous installations in Berlin [Mefi thread
] and Paris [Mefi thread
] on Google Video.
posted by meikel
on Sep 23, 2008 -
The Festival of Lights, Good vs. Evil
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights
that falls each year in October or November. This year, Diwali is on the 21st
of October 2006.
Legends about Diwali
are many, from the story
of Prince Prahlad
, immortal in his faith in the universe to the story of Ram
and Sita returning from exile to Ayodhya. My favourite is not a story so much as a snippet of what is actually
said to happen tonight, not the mythology
walks tonight, she is the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity,
and lamps [diya or deep] are lit and placed at hearths and entrances so as to help her find her way. Accompanying her is the elephant headed
, the remover of obstacles
and giver of knowledge
. Just welcome them into your home.
posted by infini
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Another "magnificent obsession" site, seasonally spiced: oldchristmaslights.com
is a huge attic space, packed to the rafters with illuminating images and information; history and pre-history, manufacturer backgrounds, timeline, patents, vintage advertising, trivia - it's all here, plus a "Light Set Gallery
" and more. Plug in and enjoy.
posted by taz
on Dec 7, 2002 -
the world's biggest interactive computer display, a special 20th anniversary present to itself and the city of Berlin by the Chaos Computer Club. Since Sept 12, 2001, the upper eight floors of the famous "Haus des Lehrers" (house of the teacher) have been transformed in to a huge display by arranging 144 lamps behind each of the windows. A computer controls each of the lamps independently to produce a monochrome matrix of 18 times 8 pixels. The icing on the cake, you can play pong on it via your mobile phone!
posted by riffola
on Dec 10, 2001 -
I hope you'll consider participating in the "Roll Your Own" Blackout
tonight. Just shut off all the lights and appliances that you (reasonably and safely) can between seven and ten p.m. your time.
posted by sudama
on Jun 21, 2001 -
The World at Night. This amazing image
(warning 500K) is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the orbiting DMSP satellites over regions of the world at night. You can clearly see the Nile river, Hong Kong, Hawaii and probably, if you look close enough, the town you are in right now. From Astronomy Picture of the Day
posted by lagado
on Nov 27, 2000 -