Posts from 28th July 2006

Jul 06

Computer not very good at identifying album genre by cover art

FT + Proven By Science1 comment • 1,617 views

I love the internet. Only on the internet will you discover a discarded university research project, (which probably got an averagish mark) still there to be discovered. Only on the internet would you be able to peruse the technical difficulties on an optical reader being able to work out what genre an album is just by its cover. Only in such an write-up would the difficulty of a human being able to correctly identify a genre just from cover art be discarded as useful info until the results.

Album Cover-Based Genre Classification – by Matt Hoffman 


Gawd Bless Yer Ma’am!

FT + Pumpkin Publog2 comments • 925 views

queen mumNow coming from a rather staunch royalist background, I have a stupid range of Windsor trivia clogging up my brane. In particular when it was decided that the FT group trip to the great british beer festival would be next Friday I immediately thought “ooh, it’s the queen mum’s birthday.” And, according to a memoir by her equerry, it appears (until the great british gin festival is introduced anyway) to be the best possibly place to celebrate the doddering old parasite. Gin and Dub at NOON, wine, port, fizz and martinis throughout the day, no wonder she was always smiling. You have to admire her devotion to the cause though, maybe she lived until she was 101 because she was effectively pickled…

Ian Curtis: School Work (Part 1)

FT + I Hate Music14 comments • 9,567 views

Actual, genuine piece of paper found in a school bin

Recently uncovered documents showing the gestation of the Unknown Pleasures album cover, and commentary on said from Mr Brownlow, Physics teacher at the Kings School Macclesfield.