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Friday, April 11, 2003
In and around

Starship Dimensions is a wonderful find, a fan site that allows you to compare the relative dimensions of science fiction's most famous creations. If you've ever wondered how large a Vorlon Planet Killer is (approximately 45km), and whether it's any bigger than Arthur C.Clarke's Rama habitat ship (not quite - Rama is 5km longer), this is the place to come (an aside: David Fincher's Rama movie, due out in 2006, sounds quite exciting). Compare it to the diagrams at Skyscraperpage.

More from the unknown and unlikely. We're not sure what we’ve done to encourage this, but a mysterious Jim Smith mails us with a huge list of paranoid websites and books, such as Above Black and the work of Jim Marrs - we certainly had no idea that a UFO crashed in Texas in 1897 (nor, for that matter, that the universe as we know it is a sham and a facade, etc., etc., etc).

Elsewhere. Strawbale architecture vs Hobbit-like designs (the latter courtesy of Roger Dean, king of Prog Rock cover art). See also Caterina's link to the mysterious Mushroom House. Compare and contrast. Following yesterday's links, two me-fi Death of Concorde discussions: I, II. Re-code lets you build your own barcodes, presumably so you can get higher scores at Barcode Battler. We can't think of any other application.

Staying with architecture and design. Audacity is a research organisation that claims to be 'against sustainababble and for development'. This is an interesting and very technologically determinist take on the debate about sustainable architecture, arguing that nature is a resource, not a 'thing' to be held in reserve and tip-toed around. The Audacity crew court controversy by recommending Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist (huge collection of pro and anti-Lomborg links from Arts & Letters Daily: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and more at the bottom of this page), and a sense of longing for the lost world of true futurism hangs over the whole enterprise (in other words, the spirit of Archigram, 60s pioneers of high tech).

Weblogs we haven't looked at for a while: Interconnected, Heiferman, 990000, Bluejake, DNKB and Pushby. Iconomy's recent selection of bikini links inspired us to update Laurel Blossom's Making Waves.