“According to Billboard, Bob Mercer, the British music industry veteran responsible for the “NOW That’s What I Call Music” phenomenon (aka, the way my mom kept up with “the hits” for over a decade now), has died at the age of 65. It should be noted that beyond launching the NOW series, Mercer also signed artists at EMI including Queen, Kate Bush, Marc Bolan and Olivia Newton-John in the ’70s, got pissed when the label dropped the Sex Pistols, and briefly managed Paul McCartney.” (flavorw)
02. ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup iPhone App
“I took a look at ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup, a free app from the worldwide leader sports that provides plenty of info for the international soccer fan anxious for the World Cup to start. Since the global event doesn’t kick off until June 11, launching the app at this point brings up a large countdown timer at the top of the screen. The entire look of the app mirrors the bright color scheme adopted by the South African host nation and the tournament organizers.” (macworld)
03. Colorado’s State Capitol is the First and Only LEED Certified One in U.S.
“On Earth Day, Inhabitat took a tour exploring the bones of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver. It is the first and only LEED certified capital building in the country, and the first ever to receive a LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification or LEED EB O&M. Come with us as we take a look at the ‘power brokering’ that goes on behind the scenes…” (inhabitant)
04. Topography of Terror finally opens (above)
“Unlike the nearby Holocaust Memorial, which is dedicated to the Nazis’ victims, this modest metallic gray building (designed by architect Ursula Wilms and landscape architect Heinz Hallman) is designed to highlight the role of the perpetrators, those managers and bureaucrats who from their Berlin offices administered mass murder across Europe.” (archinect)