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Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now

Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now It’s not your imagination; hold music on phones really did sound better in the old days. Here’s why, as we talk about old telephone exchanges and audio compression. Thanks to the Milton Keynes Museum, and their Connected Earth gallery: http://www.mkmuseum.org.uk/ – they’re also on Twitter as @mkmuseum, and on…

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Why California’s Musical Road Sounds Terrible

Why California’s Musical Road Sounds Terrible In Lancaster, California, there’s a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it’s out of tune. Here’s why. Thanks to David Simmons-Duffin, who figured this out about nine years ago: http://davidsd.org/2008/12/honda-needs-a-tune-up/ — he seems to be the first to have figured out…

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I Can’t Show You How Pink This Pink Is

I Can’t Show You How Pink This Pink Is I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can’t show you this pink. Not quite. More about Stuart Semple and his pigments: https://www.culturehustle.com/ [that’s his store, we overloaded Stuart’s personal web site, http://www.stuartsemple.com, within a few minutes…!] (I reached…

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An Elevator That Actually Goes Sideways

An Elevator That Actually Goes Sideways I’ve filmed a paternoster lift; I’ve filmed the strange Genoa elevator that sort-of goes sideways. So when I got an email from Thyssenkrupp, an elevator company, saying “come and see our Multi elevator that actually goes sideways”, I wasn’t going to turn it down. Full disclosure: Thyssenkrupp paid for…

The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance

The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance If you’re sitting on a boat in Lake Constance, are you in three countries at once? Or just in one? Does it even matter? Because strangely, it turns out there are parts of the world where no-one really minds when international borders are not just ignored, but are completely…

Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality

Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality Your sports team wins. The confetti drops. And suddenly, the video quality falls apart. Why? Let’s talk about interframe compression, bitrate, and unnecessary green screen effects. I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as @tomscottgo You might also like: How…

Why Wuppertal’s Suspended Monorail Wasn’t The Future Of Travel

Why Wuppertal’s Suspended Monorail Wasn’t The Future Of Travel In Wuppertal, Germany, there’s the Schwebebahn: a suspended monorail that carries 80,000 people a day above the streets of the city, and above the river Wupper. It’s a wonderful thing: but it wasn’t the future of travel, and here’s why. INSTAGRAM: tomscottgo FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/tomscott TWITTER: http://twitter.com/tomscott…

Why Britain Sucks At Product Placement

Why Britain Sucks At Product Placement Britain has some of the strongest product placement rules in the world – and it means YouTube vloggers have to declare their advertising before you click on the video. Why? And what did it mean for our version of The Price is Right? Thank you to Rob (http://twitter.com/readwriteerase) for…

Seeing Other People’s Steam Accounts: The Christmas Caching Catastrophe

Seeing Other People’s Steam Accounts: The Christmas Caching Catastrophe On Christmas Day, someone at Steam changed a setting and brought down their whole games platform. I wasn’t expecting to do a video this Christmas, but when enough people tweet me, it turns out I can be convinced… (I should note: while Steam have officially confirmed…