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Thursday, July 31, 2003
Lots of little links today. What does the future hold? Scoot on over to Illustrated Speculative Timeline of Future Technology and Social Change (a bit of a mouthful - perhaps the future spells the end of snappy marketing acronyms?). There is a huge amount of information here, courtesy of futurologist J.R. Mooneyham (but, ironically, not a whole lot in the way of illustrations). We especially appreciate the auto section, because we're a bit sad like that. Strangely, though, all of the concepts illustrated are from the 1990s - in comparison, today's concept cars seem to be driven by marketing, rather than futurism.

J.R. predicts, depressingly, that come the middle of this century most of us will have plunged into the escapism of virtual reality to get away from the environmental disasters and religious warfare that will apparently be all too common. Great. Related: what's hot or not? The Future Concept Lab, a nebulous futures organisation, charts the most recent cultural 'hits and hot', presumably helping the desk-bound high-flyer to keep their finger on the pulse.

Elsewhere. Share your shed at Readerssheds / abstract imagery culled from around the globe at trashfish.net / more global galleries at buffoonery.org / a collection of sprawling notes on insects, pests, plagues and politics, full of informational nuggets ('Stinging insects account for 40 - 100 deaths annually in the United States')/ hangart bills itself as 'emerging artists for emerging collectors', a fine idea.

Lots and lots of design links at capsyl.com / we'll be trying to get hold of the first long player by EE (a name guaranteed to frustrate search engines - surely one of the first things aspiring bands do these days is make sure their name is as unique as possible via google?) on Asian Man Records. EE counts in its line-up one Sooyoung Park, formerly of Seam and Bitch Magnet, two of the finest bands in the history of creation.

Neural.it, an Italian site 'on new media art, electronic music and hacktivism'. There's also a print quarterly. Subscription exchange, perhaps? / this interactive map of Australian nuclear sites comes with a hefty collection of photos (aside: did you know that at one point the French government was seriously considering using parts of Corsica as a nuclear test site?) / self-explanatory URL: cooljapanesetoys.com / Mondo Fragile, 'modern illustrators from Japan'. Pretty good, as you'd expect, but with a seriously retro, dare-we-say-it, wallpaper*-esque feel.

Music video review. The video for Mogwai’s 'Hunted by a freak' is terribly, terribly sad. The video for Benny Benassi's 'Satisfaction' is quite amusing (if highly post-ironic) / Beoworld, devoted to the retro yet stylish joys of vintage Bang & Olufsen equipment. From here, we learn about B&O’s Beoplayer mp3 software - does anyone have any experience of this?

The Motorway Simulator, linked by this recent me-fi post on roads and road-centric sites (it also tallies well with John Weich's new things review, Mobility). Now you can travel the length of the M1 from the comfort of your desktop! Quite an existential experience and something which would combine well with the early work of Julian Opie (we'd quite forgotten how sassy Opie's website is, epitomised by this page. Not a big archive, though). The Opie piece we were thinking of, Imagine You Are Driving turns up on something called the Microsoft Art Collection, which presumably catalogues the company's artistic holdings). Sort of related: Multi Theft Auto is a multi-player 'mod' for Grand Theft Auto (with a version promised for Vice City).

Many, many links at innovation watch / art for housewives, ironic name for an art-oriented weblog / daft flash: make a drum solo (disclaimer: we haven't actually played with this with the speakers on - we're just imagining what it sound like) / speaking of sound, tmn linked to a phenomenon new to us (but probably well known to the world at large): soundboards. These are very infantile, but can be used to make entertaining prank calls. Our advice: calls 'made' by aggressive Italian-Americans are usually the most amusing (especially when they are answered by other Italian-Americans).

We have vague memories of mentioning Laura Holder's epic splash archive before. Whatever. Regardless, this is a beautiful desk / classic pool shot at Slower. This image is pretty stunning as well. Is there an award this guy can win? He deserves one / 'The key to a successful freelance career is…' / window shopping in the (evil?) empire / 'playing dress up' at the game girl advance zine, all about Otaku / pin-up galleries.

Plasticando.com is an Italian model trains site - the track plans have a certain grace / well-linked, but still fun, the museum of coathangers (via sugar-n-spicy, via tom mcmahon) / the Star Wars alphabet project (via me-fi, obv.) at the hitherto unknown Lego Star Wars Experience.