1. And my hurdy gurdy is fixed! Huge thanks to Brooks Hood for letting me use his workshop space — top guy, highly recommended for guitar repair work if you’re in Reykjavík.

  2. Heading off to see DJ Geimskip og Flugvél (amongst others) at Café Rosenberg later. Come along if you’re in town!

  3. Prepping an old machine for demoing crypto tech at the cryptoparty tonight, windows being a complete pain. I have a feeling I’m going to be spending most of the evening apologising for other people’s bad UI decisions.

  4. Beautiful soundscape walking back through Reykjavík this evening — seamless gradient between vetrarhatid.is large-scale audio+visual installation and bird sounds on the pond, punctuated with ice underfoot and the constant murmur of traffic.

  5. Sighted a majestic sky whale hovering low over the mountains to the south-east of Reykjavik this morning.

    Any assertion that it was in fact some ski slopes lit up in the dark will be met with insistent mutterings about celestial cetaceans.

  6. Understandable and Confusing Design

    This treble recorder is an example of understandable design. For various reasons it’s separated into three parts and has to be assembled before usage, but a consistent decrease in diameter and significantly differently sized joints for both ends leave no ambiguity about how it should be assembled.

    On their own the parts are unbalanced with exposed unpolished joints. Assembling the instrument creates a balanced, visually consistent object, and a sturdy interference fit gives the user extra confidence that the device is ready for use.

    This Icelandic bus timetable is an example of confusing design, due to the inconsistent usage of colour and direction. The grids of times must be read top to bottom then left to right, contrary to most western languages. The yellow blocks (expressing at what intervals between the given times each bus leaves) are not strongly associated with the durations above them, and from a distance, the pairs look much like times themselves.

  7. Looking to join/start a casual recorder consort in Reykjavík — anyone know of one, or people who might be interested in joining? Preferably with a focus on early music, not vital though.