The city’s spiky skyline

24 Hour London, a time-lapsed hi-res panorama of the city / a collection of Serpentine Pavilions / Knobs is a Youtube channel dedicated to way out effects / some analogue media finding its way back into the world of the digital: McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised / the history of flat screen TV / The McKenzie Tapes, post punk live tapes uploaded for your enjoyment / The Year in Bandcamp for 2017 reveals that 17,872 tapes were released through the site that year / browse around the ancient earth, via Kottke / fine collection of children’s covers for adult books at b3ta / beautiful landscape paintings by Andrew Roberts.

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The grand schemes of the past are always fascinating, such as the abandoned plans for the city-scourging Ringway South Cross Route / a rusty Lake Geneva hideaway / the modern (digitally-enhanced) art of the single-take blockbuster shot / building climbing antics from Angela Nikolau / the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron. Related, a ridiculously detailed look at the Lepin Super Star Destroyer, a meticulous but clearly fake Chinese knock-off of Lego. There’s lots of Lepin STAR WNRS (sic) stuff out there, brazen in its imitation. Also sort of related, Star Wars action figures, a hand-made selection. Also related, a complete history of the Millennium Falcon / Guido Zimmerman’s modernist cuckoo clocks / Crazy Walls, a tumblr (via Meanwhile) / The Olympians is a treasure trove of ephemera and memories about the Olympic Games.

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“…in a long tube with a bunch of demons”

A selection stuff you probably (hopefully) don’t need. Luxury doomsday bunkers, from the likes of Survival Condo / the problem with buying cheap stuff on the internet / the ultimate upgrade. Roberts Space Industries, makers of Star Citizen, now apparently offer a $27,000 bundle that includes all the game’s (very virtual) spaceships (via MeFi). More down to earth fandom is available from Advanced Designs, who can build you a bespoke Knight Rider K.I.T.T replica (via Automobile mag, which has some great pictures). A working voice recognition system is the next upgrade. Compare and contrast with the Nobe 100, a crowd-funded, light, neo-retro EV with three wheels.

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From up high

Shedley Manor, part of the grand rural tradition of hiding buildings. See also Robert Fidler’s Castle. It never ends well / paintings by Nicolás Uribe (instagram) / True Blue, a return to natural indigo / 3D map of Manhattan on a rug / my best summer photograph / John Procter makes and mends guitars / pedals from Electronic Audio Experiments / the work of sci-fi, comic and conceptual artist Willam Stout / The Fading Battlefields of World War I, another typically impressive Atlantic photo essay / The Beverley David Thorne Residence, California, 1964 / great photographs of Futuroscope in France, by Aurélien Aumond / Route 66, then and now / breaking down the individual tracks of Thriller / Tank, a short film in the vector graphic style, with painstaking behind-the-scenes / photography by Chris Dorley Brown / Elevation, a film about drones and cities, from Dezeen.

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Let’s go to bed

Pet People is a magazine from Sweden / Marie loves your dog / the world of prescription pets / how Ernst Gombrich helped spread the news of Hitler’s death / a visit to Le Corbusier’s La Tourette / the Cycling Revival / Selling your home by raffle could be a gamble. A house being raffled / The definitive ranking of Donkey Kong games / The Curse of an Open Floor Plan (via MeFi) / a future supercar by designer Nick Pugh / is the internet the end of criticism? It certainly feels like the end of an era of deliciously wasted time. Cast yourself back to the web of 1996, with its many unknown paths leading off into thickets unknown (and not screaming at you to click them with blatant falsehoods, and now consider how hard it is to get genuinely lost online. As opposed to being distracted / other things. Glenn Branca, sad to say goodbye / London’s East End in multiple exposure photography by Chris Dorley Brown.

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Alphabet street

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.

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Taking a line for a walk

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.’

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A few small things. The Floppotron, music with technology / Travel on Paper specialise in selling vintage poster design / paintings by Marie Lenclos / your local legends / list of lists of lists / Dangerous Roads / 30 modern houses sold in London.

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Set adrift

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?

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High and over

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 / Isle of Dogs, puppet-making featurette / VashiVisuals, a filmmaking blog.

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Here comes the bride

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.

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Markings and territories

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.

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Many lane blacktop

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.

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Two theatres and an ice rink

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.

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The right to roam

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

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Rows and rows

The evolution of flying to Australia / Daniel Eatock’s Repaired Cars / On the trail of Dougal Douglas, walking the Ballad of Peckham Rye / Cars Matching Homes, a tumblr / Volkswagen desert art installation / handy quick links to information about yourself / ‘The stench of it stays with everybody’: inside the Super Mario Bros movie / photographs by Julien Mauve / real-time strategy with Bad North (via RPS) / A Tale of Two Strikes, Popbitch on the law of unintended consequences in the world of entertainment / Self-storage: How warehouses for personal junk became a $38 billion industry / Adrenaline Hangover / the Quarry Hotel, China, from render to reality / Puerto Rico, post-hurricane, then and now / post-apocalyptic Rolls-Royce, by Khaled Alkayed.

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More nostalgia, carefully sequenced

A selection of things from around and about. ‘I looked through all 14,227 Apollo photos… and made GIFs‘ / The Overwhelming Emotion of Hearing Toto’s “Africa” Remixed to Sound Like It’s Playing in an Empty Mall. Seen also at MeFi / Anton Ego Tastes Ratatouille, part of the ‘Script to Screen’ put out by Disney•Pixar / idealistic but attractive camper vanning / Soapbox Productions, a YouTube channel awash with Hollywood nostalgia / a questionable collection of Russian avant-garde art / Bugaboo culture: Perfect prams for perfect parents: the rise of the bougie buggy / a web audio synth (for Chrome) / the 1965 Autonova, also in Design Magazine.

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Going underground

Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves, an exhibition about wartime picture storage, featuring photographs by Robin Friend / Side-By-Side Photos of Paris and Its Chinese Knockoff, by Francois Prost / an exhibition about The Great British Seaside. Could have done with some of Sheila Rock’s Seascapes UK project / the photographic life of Masha Ivashintosova / Google’s Art Palette is fun to play with. Related, the palette of Pillow Talk / How we made 2001 / What America looked like before the EPA, in photos (via the 20 year old Kottke! Finally out of the troublesome teenage years) / PutinPunishesUK / robotic Rubik’s Cube solver, ultra-fast edition / Why You Wouldn’t Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde – The TU-144 Story, one of several aviation videos at Mustard’s page (via Jalopnik).

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Pale Bulbous Eyes

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.

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Obsessed with archives

The British Library is in the process of saving old sound recordings, often on obscure formats. The Museum of Obsolete Media has a timeline of audio formats (the data format timeline is just as intriguing. Related, the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story / Old books we saw at markets but didn’t always buy (2010-2016) at Present and Correct (via Meanwhile) / as Living Architectre’s Thames-side ship sails away into storage, read the story of Building a Room for London / cartographic paintings by Carol Rhodes / enjoy this interactive evolving Earth / a collection of cutaway infographics. Related, another Meanwhile pick, 3D maps of every Underground station / James Brittain’s photographs of Habitat 67.

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