London edges towards meltdown, with the annual wailing and gnashing of teeth when our thermometers go above 25 degrees. Barely any building built before 1990 can deal with such 'extremes' of temperature - only the chilly interiors of the very latest office block can generate a functional environment. Everyone else, stuck in their ageing building stock longs for the cool days of Autumn or, at the very least, the opportunity for a long lunchbreak along with the rest of the sweaty populace. Calexico played at Somerset House
last night - a gig that couldn't have been more perfect.
Other things. We've been dredging the links document for the bits that get pushed to the bottom (I think it was Nicholson Baker who once published the detritus of a day at the keyboard, the characters, half-formed sentences, pasted information and spelling errors that build up like pocket fluff as you plough a mental furrow through a piece of writing. This will be less artful than that.)
Check the beautiful photography at Sprake Studios
/ oft-linked, still brilliant: the ruins of Detroit
/ many, many mp3s at brainwashed
, a record company with faith in the format (related, an interview with Karlheinz Brandenburg
, inventor of the magic technology) / former link via the excellent Anglepoised
weblog / more weblogs: rasternation
, Lala Land
/ the latter sends us to the Sidewalk Project
, a photographic perambulation around the pavements of the world / Wingless jet in land speed bid
- sounds suicidal / plan to build an original Frank Lloyd Wright
-design gas station in Buffalo. Compare and contrast Wright's drawing with today's architectural 'rendering', and then ask yourself whether quality has improved.
Clouds at harrumph
/ Sci Cult
bills itself as 'bridging science & culture through contemporary art,' which is right up our street. The site is rife with fascinating imagery and texts, such as Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey's chlorophyll as a photographic medium
('using the green pigment of chlorophyll to make extraordinary photographic images in grass') / unusual San Francisco
/ film, art, music and literature at Scene360.com
- such as seeking out the influence of George Melies in the work of the Smashing Pumpkins
/ London photo galleries
/ great big maps of medieval London
(from Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
) / London by night
Wreck your site with Malfunction's website fulifier
(which, funnily enough, solves
our 4.7 problems) / the Japanese manhole art museum
/ auctions of Outsider Art
/ the Pacific Wreck Database
and Pacific Ghosts
, charting the sorry end of military hardware in the Pacific theatre (thanks to John for all of these).
Some house-keeping. A new gallery
, tentatively titled 'A walk along the river.' The route followed Samuel Pepys'
journey from Tower Bridge to Deptford, formerly home of the Royal Docks, and now the location of the Laban Dance Centre
here), a grimy creek and encouraging signs of regeneration. We'll also be trying to make something of the what's new?