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Tuesday, June 24, 2003
If BookSleuth can't help, we recommend you try Whichbook, an ongoing experiment in automatic reading recommendation. Adjust the sliders to your personal tastes (and don't let other people adjust the sliders for you).

The Twilight of Packaging, a piece at Pitchfork on the nearly, but not quite, lost art of packaging records in a seductive manner: ‘Record packaging, when it's done right, is about fantasy, not unlike videos…. It's something apart from the actual music that gives you ideas about what you're hearing, an attempt to bring other senses to bear on something that is at bottom about sound only.’

My Architect: A Son’s Journey is Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary about his father, Louis. Some images: I, II, III, IV. Here's hoping this gets some kind of UK TV showing.

Elegant retro lights at Stella Christie / new car-technology discussed in Wired: the perils of too much in-car entertainment, and the mutation of a Trabant (related: artistic thought process) / The Eyes Have It, 'visual communications in the pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare sectors' / City of Sound, excellent design weblog.

Victorian future visions (via caterina). Or you could try retrospectively applying the gift of foresight to the Victorian era, which is known as 'steam punk' (as opposed, etc., to 'cyber punk'). Steam punk role-playing game aficionados have created a vivid parallel world (see Space 1889, Steam Punk 1920 and Zeppelin Age). A world where the British Empire still prevails, and late nineteenth century Mars expeditions have vastly accelerated technological development. As ever, scratch the surface, and whole new worlds open up. This Steampunk website is subtitled 'Victorian Adventurers in a Past that Wasn't', and links to such sites as Mechanical Marvel of the Nineteenth Century, the 'story' of Boilerplate, a mechanical man developed in 1893... (and somehow rediscovered by graphic artist Paul Guinan).

Contemporary artists books and monographs at Bookstorming / rock band photography by Toby Morris / racoon, a scavenging weblog (with a mix CD exchange program) / online writing workshop at stating the obvious / Dominion, a new Canadian paper, available online / Balkon, a contemporary art magazine from Romania.

Lest we forget, Prince Charles' A Vision of Britain (which resulted in this: Poundbury village, just outside Dorchester. We went to Poundbury for the first time a few months ago and it wasn't that bad, but there was a total absence of handy things like corner shops and the 'signature buildings' were, by and large, mediocre) / more new-as-old architecture: the controversy surrounding the re-building of a church in the former East Germany / crumbling St Petersburg, which describes the communal apartments (where 900,000 live) as 'the curse of the city'.

Fun with flash, which links to Romanian design sites / Isolate (Czech Republic) links to more Eastern European ‘visual resources’ / the world's fastest sedans / Swiss, the world's best-designed airline struggling /

Memo to self: don't attempt a website redesign when you have lots of other things to do as well. New(ish) look some time soon.