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Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Found on a menu in the restaurant of the Fundació Jean Miró, Barcelona:

Yo he vista cosas que no creeríais... Atacarnaues en Llamas más allá de Orion… He visto rayos C brillar en la oscuridad cerca de la puerta de Tanhausser… Todos estos momentos se perderán en el tiempo como lágrimas en la illuvia … Es hora tiempo de morir.

The quote was cited 'Roy - Nexus 6 (Blade Runner)', so it didn't take a degree in Spanish (which I certainly don't have) to work out that it was the famous 'shoulder of Orion' speech from the movie ("I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate. All of those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die.") Fair enough. But why should this be on a menu in a smart restaurant in a modern art foundation? Most mysterious. (visit 'Last words of fictional characters' to find more carefully considered final utterings)

Elsewhere. Weatherpix is for storm chasers, with galleries full of extraordinary cloud photography (I, II, III). We once met a couple whose job was to provide cable stations with a realtime weather picture. A live feed, which presumably had no copyright issues, was generated from a video camera pointing up in the air and uplinked via a satellite dish in their back garden. Cable stations would then ‘buy in’ the footage, presumably by the minute, when they had a need for an original (and unique) backdrop to put on their blue screen. (This inspires a google gallery, and threw up this images of Apollo 14, punching through the clouds.)

The Trilobite is an automatic vacuum cleaner (via nsop), intended to scurry around your house when you're out and do all the chores (more about the Trilobite). Not by any means a new idea (see Dyson's DC06, which is at least three years old, and the American Roomba), but the vacuum cleaner robot is nonetheless a pivotal part of home automation fantasies. You can get automatic mowers as well. 'Vacuum cleaners' continues to be the most popular search on the things site.

Elsewhere. The x10 pop-up art gallery. There’s a common theme running through these ads – can you see what it is? (via ultimate insult) / Romanian street photography / more on manhole covers / Rescuepics, restore lost images (not tested) / Neumu is two.

A history of the building envelope / crap towns, a debate kicked off by The Idler, and continuing yesterday's carbuncle/debacle talk. The entry for Salisbury is spot on: 'Imagine a city designed in a Daily Mail competition'