Random things / musical installations by Trond Perry / How do I stop seeing my books as trophies? / CV hell, 30 of the ‘best’ / old but interesting: writers’ rules for writing / music from Natalie Bouloudis & The Flamekeepers / whittle away the afternoon with the web lathe / The A-Z of Y2K, i-D magazine on a decade of skeuomorphic excess (via MeFi. i-D loves its a to z lists / 70s and 80s architecture gets listed.
The Longest Route You Can Sail in a Straight Line Without Hitting Land / a wealth of imagery by M.C.Escher (via Kottke / notes on the Satanic panic / Dead end thrills and Berduu, the art of the video game screenshot (via MeFi) / compare and contrast: a survey of London’s iceberg superhomes versus two thoughtful essays on Japanese architecture from City of Sound’s Dan Hill, the Moriyama House by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa and House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects (via MeFi. And Dan is now writing almost exclusively at Medium, although his original archives are something to behold) / also sort of related, Google Street View Can Reveal How Your Neighborhood Votes, based partly on correlating car choices to demographics. Not sure we entirely believe this synopsis: ‘Toyota and Honda vehicles are strongly correlated with Asian neighborhoods…. Meanwhile, black neighborhoods are more strongly associated with Buick, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler vehicles. The presence of pickup trucks, Volkswagens, and Aston Martins indicate mostly white neighborhoods.’
Another significant summit on the trail to peak internet: a Vanlife infographic, courtesy of Mighty Goods / Into the Uncanny Valley, Susan Piedmont-Palladino at Places Journal on the conscious and unconscious choices that shape architectural presentation, and how the realm of rendering has encroached on our understanding and experience of actual buildings. It cites the work of Peter Guthrie, from where we get to the fascinating Ronen Bekerman visualization blog / the ghost of Ballard: a floating city of modular, eco-friendly pyramids is now enrolling citizens. What could possibly go wrong?
How much is a word worth? A surprising variety of figures, in our experience, all the way down to absolutely nothing / if you only visit one site today, make it Britain from Above / see also Locating London’s Past / and see also The interactive map that was way ahead of its time, the BBC’s Domesday Project interactive map. More here, courtesy of Nick Ross / document of the month at the National Archives, something that will hopefully survive Flickr’s ownership change / photography by Madeleine Waller / over 16,000 BBC sound effects for non-commercial use / Brutalist architecture built with Lego / see also, Demolishing Modernism, a beautifully illustrated compendium of some lost concrete classics, rather surprisingly presented by gocompare.com / Isle of Dogs, puppet-making featurette / VashiVisuals, a filmmaking blog.
The former Wedding Palace in Tbilisi, by Victor Djorbenadze became the private house of the late oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili, the definition of a colourful character. There only seems to be one plan available online, but it sort of backs up this quote at architectuul: ‘…in a flash I knew what it was: the anatomical cross-section of a female abdomen…. The uterus, the ovaries, the radiating ovum, and the vagina exiting between the two slabs of the bell-tower’ / Canary Wharf: life in the shadow of the towers. Decades after UK’s mini Dubai, what do locals think? / no shout out for things in the recent Kottke/Noticing post, Blogging is most certainly not dead. We did a similar thing just over a year ago, trawling through the sidebar and seeing which sites were still around: Link Review: weblogs round-up / etchings by Otto Dambra.
The Enfield Poltergeist made for an an interesting episode of The Renunion / a map of Europe’s Roman roads / South Hill Park, a Brutalist masterpiece in North London, for sale / on hull markings and plimsoll lines: the secret language of ships / old meets new at Mapjunction our kind of site (via tmn) / buy the Pope’s Lamborghini / win a HUF house / the Watercolour World is an amazing resource of scanned watercolour paintings, many of which served as records of flora, fauna, people and places / How slime-crazed kids made gunk a booming business. Depressingly relevant / paintings by Samuel Peacock / pixel art by Romain Courtois / William Osman makes things / An A-Z of Feminist architecture, events, actions, spaces, subversions and practitioners.
Brutal Destruction, for masochistic concrete lovers / impressive animated VR illustration by Matt Schaefer, via the Lawnmower Metaverse tumblr / fantastic auction of classic cars, prosaic and spectacular (including some great camper vans) / Conserve the Sound, remembering the sounds of technologies past and passing (via Coudal) / depressing interactive bomb blast simulator, via just about everywhere. Bring back the Nuclear Slide Rules, calculating the end of the world with style / Streetmix, simple diagrammatic representations of how much space stuff needs (via Kottke). Start with an eight-lane highway and work your way down.
The Fighting Fantasy books are back, courtesy of a new title written by Charlie Higson. FF rivalled the Choose Your Own Adventure series, but both didn’t weather the rise of first computer text adventures and then just video gaming in general. A few hang on with digital alternatives such as Choose Your Story. Our favourite elements are the analogue ones, like these Fighting Fantasy Maps / The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built. Cruise liner cutaway drawings are endlessly fascinating (by illustrators Kevin Hulsey and Beau Daniels, respectively) / is the Line 6 DL4 the most important guitar pedal of the last 20 years? / the cinematic return of 2001: A Space Odyssey (related Fanfare thread) / spend a while browsing around the Sociological Images site and blog / donate at Kickstarter to preserve Mimoa.
The rise of the ‘walking simulator‘ suggests virtual tourism is a thing, albeit a thing in its infancy. The most intensive and sophisticated virtual worlds tend to be those created as the backdrops for big budget games, so the news that Assassin’s Creed has a ‘discovery tour’ mode points to a second life for all the long-forgotten and abandoned imaginary realms that have served their purpose for the gaming community. Virtual ruins, if you like. It also suggests a different approach to the blunt instrument of first person gaming – as someone points out in this MeFi post about the newly-released Far Cry 5, ‘… it’d be awesome if photographer or scientist or reporter were also available options, armed only with cameras or sensors or notebooks’. Anything to get away from the heavy weaponry.
Other things. The Walworth Road, a photographic essay by Sylvie Goy / Love Hultén’s ‘bivalvia’ is a small toy synthesizer in a handmade wooden box / the worst things for sale / two forgotten classics: the Volvo 780 Coupe by Bertone; the Citroën SM Espace by Heuliez, and its variations / paintings by Brian Rego; Ralph Fleck
Why it’s Impossible to Accurately Measure a Coastline (via Nag on the Lake) / photographs of the Martian North Pole / For 10 Years, I Read the Comments: ‘Farewell to my stressful, dispiriting, but occasionally awesome life as an internet comment moderator.’ / collecting classic car books, not cars / the life of production designer Syd Cain / more 8-bit nostalgia: Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.
Drokk: Music inspired by Mega City One, by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (who also soundtracked Ex Machina and Annihilation) / a heavy metal restaurant / beautiful little animations of voxellated catastrophes by ultek85 / photographic projects by Jason Eskenazi / a huge collection of YouTube videos of journeys along London Streets. And more / related, Hearing Through Maps: Mapping London’s Hidden Waterways, a look at the London Sound Survey’s Sound Maps of London / British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century, includes details of the ‘Daily Mail Airship Garage’ that was once located on Wormwood Scrubs / Office/Hospital, a photography project by Tim Davis / the abandoned cars of Hong Kong. Related, Were Dubai’s Abandoned Supercars Ever Really Abandoned? / Spaceport America, still waiting and watching the skies.
Bitsy is a game-maker (via RPS) / more small things: Artifact series, the Forbidden Realm keycap. A little world on your keyboard / also small: tiny origami / in praise of random, passionately researched ephemera, with less web-based failed UX design / nuclear power plant cooling tower reverb: snare drum, bass guitar / The Disposition of Drones, making art from the art of UAV training.
Random bits from here and there. Julia Set Explorer, fun with fractals / Coffee Lids, a new book by Louise Harpman and Scott Specht, is subtitled ‘Peel, Pinch, Pucker and Puncture’. A taxonomic trawl through the many variations of the humble plastic coffee cup lid, it’s also a sobering look at the disposable nature of extreme ingenuity (via Kottke) / Cypher is a puzzle game (via RPS) / the National Galleries of Scotland are giving you access to beautiful hi-res imagery / Landscape Stories is a magazine awash with amazing photography, e.g. Daniel Stier’s Ways of Knowing / images of derelict Australian real estate by Jade Nolan, via tmn / learn to play along with alt 80s and 90s indie rock guitar / illustration by Benjamin Flouw / Biblioteca, photographs by Susannah Hays / Micah Lexier has an excellent instagram of found images, numbers, and other things / the Viking Series cars, a history of the concepts built by the Vehicle Research Institute at Western Washington University.