To here knows when

Yellow Loveless is a Japanese My Bloody Valentine tribute album. Blue Loveless is a Korean My Bloody Valentine tribute album. Or why not listen to Grondo McRanny’s Loveless cover album in full. Or a bit of Japancakes’ version. You can even listen to Loveless Pitched One Semitone Upthis is why. Alternatively, there is Meekless, a Beatles covers, MBV style.


Other things / high street shops in sci-fi films / 50s Berlin in colour, part 2 / shot with a haycorn bullet: Apocalypse Pooh / a short history of the intern / the world of sonic weapons / photography projects by Jean-Luc Cramatte / Nick and Kylie, together again for 20,000 Days on Earth (which has an accompanying Museum of Important Shit, as succinct a description of the weblog/tumblr as we’ve ever encountered).

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People who live in glass houses

Corb comes across like the pantomine villain he could often be, in Taya Zinkin’s Guardian interview from 1965: “The good woman was afraid that when her sons get married their children would fall off [the terraces] and kill themselves, as if I cared. As if I, Le Corbusier would compromise with design for the sake of her unborn brats!” / related, Michael Abramson, editor of FYB, goes to dezeen with his pick of 11 favourite Brutalist buildings.

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Small link collection

A selection of hypnotic pixel gifs by Paul Robertson / ghostly gifs / a new website from pocket map experts Herb Lester / more angular concrete at German Post-War Modern, a tumblr / a nice overview of ten years of Open Street Map / Minecraft hard drive.

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Monday morning things

Innovating laziness: the rise of the remote control / arty webcam fun with Gush by Adam Ferriss / It’s Nice That presents some images of old cinemas to flag up the arrival of the English Heritage Tumblr / ‘white knuckle adventures in early dentistry‘, at Collector’s Weekly, which is exactly as it sounds / BeaMalevich ‘develop and distribute objects inspired in art, architecture and creativity’ / A visit to Farnborough’s amazing wind tunnels courtesy of Suburban Citizen.


Some new music in the post-rocky vein: Tibetan Sky / The Pulmonic / Degree of Arc / a guitar stomp box that emulates a J-Pop female vocalist: the KORG Miku Stomp (via Create Digital Music) / Dirty Dancing, close-miked and musicless / create your own irritating loops with Super-Looper / that’s another mesh?, a site about art and installations / Envisioning the American Dream, ‘a visual remix as pictured in Mid-Century media’ / related: get the look, expensively, at Johnny Moustache / still related, a comprehensive post about the Mar Vista Tract in LA, a suburb of modern bungalows / yes, blogging is back. You didn’t read it here first.

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Circles in the road

Some beautiful urbex images at Monsieur Menschenleer’s flickr stream / more photography: Pierre Folk’s portfolio ‘By The Silent Line‘, images of la Petite Ceinture, the abandoned ring road railway in the heart of Paris. More at this BBC story / another kind of road. Paul Graham’s images of A1 – The Great North Road, taken in 1981-1982 / all about the San Francisco Fire Department Water Supply System, a network of underground reservoirs that riddle the city with circular patterns / impressive projection mapping by Alexander Stublic.

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A momentary lapse of reason

Alex North’s unused score for 2001: A Space Odyssey is finally being released on vinyl / Top Five Architecture Maps / cheery infographic: Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010 / new design titles: Dirty Furniture Magazine vs Modern Design Review. More on Dirty Furniture, which has now been funded / all sorts of visual experiments at the DevArt page / beautiful prints by Geebird & Bamby / create instant Pink Floyd album covers with new app Matter. Some more images.

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People and Places

The Internet Archive Book Image Database is a mind-boggling resource of over 2.5 million images. Every single one of the 26,270 pages is a surrealist masterpiece of juxtaposition and oddity / the origins of the Asian Sting / after the 1:1 map of Denmark in Minecraft comes a geological map of Great Britain / Streetview meets Alvar Aalto: ‘collection of imagery featuring architectural heritage of Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, a Finnish architect and designer’ / Jacket Mechanical, the blog of book designer Peter Mendelsund / Michael Wolf on the quest for privacy in Hong Kong.

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From up here

A random selection of things / The Evolution of Headphones / IKEA makes its catalogues with 3D rendering software (also discussed at Metafilter) / from 2009, IKEA ditches Futura for Verdana / Dassault Systemes recently modelled the construction of Mulberry harbour and the engineering logistics of D-Day / some of the best urban photography you’ll ever see: On the Roofs. Check their recent images of Hong Kong / people on mefi who have tumblrs, e.g. the great Tomorrowland and My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection / pity those who wake up in Stanton Williams’ forthcoming Riverwalk development; they have to look at the wretched St George Wharf every day of their life.

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The Thing, block edition

In its infinite wisdom, Lego has now provided budding stop-motion cinematographers the tools to recreate John Carpenter’s The Thing in its entirety. The sets in question are the new ‘Arctic’range: Snowmobile, Ice Crawler, Helicrane, Outpost, the all-important Base Camp and the sadly too late Ice Breaker and Supply Plane. All that’s needed is a couple of these. Of course, someone else has already tried this using earlier sets: Lego: The Thing. It’s always good to link to Lee Hardcastle’s Pingu vs The Thing claymation spectacular.

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Circle sky

Hilary Hayton was formerly art director of BBC’s Children’s Programmes and is hence party responsible for shaping the aesthetic that accompanied the first TV-literate generation as they grew up. She was also the creator of Crystal Tipps and Alastair and Doris Takes a Break, each entirely representative of 70s and 80s illustration respectively. Some more Crystal Tipps. Hayton’s recent work delves into Op-art: Super:Symmetry, Project Petrarch and the 3D waves series are all beautifully printed pieces of contemporary Op.

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