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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Lots of links today. things has always had a thing about language, and words, as things in their own right, but it’s not a concern that has really manifested on this website. Others are doing it so much better, after all. Open Brackets is the first port of call for anyone interested in the art of translation, interrupted with welcome snippets of domestic minutiae, fictional imaginings and, above all, an all-consuming interest in words and language. We’ve also just discovered Glosses, which is not only beautifully designed (one of those rare sites that successfully blends the analogue world of printing with the screen), but frighteningly multi-lingual. There’s also a handy guide to binding your own books - the objects and texts are inseparable.

Elsewhere. Anti-mega, a weblog, was complaining about our lack of rss feed. No more / 'Sifters blog so you don’t have to' - as good a definition as any, although ‘professional’ time wasting wasn’t quite what we have in mind / Coolstop has a neat visitor’s gallery / Half Life re-created in two dimensions / Beyond Brilliance / Beyond Stupidity, the good, bad and ugly of urban design (via City of Sound).

Quand j’Étais petit, a fantastic then-and-now gallery - how people turn out when they grow up. It's related to Un Jour dans la Vie, a huge photo-a-day type site with contributions from all over the world (via Vigna Marú in Brazil, which also links to this history of Japanese woodblock type) / a collection of original wood blocks by Eric Gill. Even more Gill at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Gill woodcuts at the Davidson Galleries / Penkiln-Burn, the work of Bill Drummond.

Vintage stocking adverts / Martin Parr’s mini love cubes - who's with who? (via Traveler’s Diagram) / the new White Stripes video is an on-the-nail collection of contemporary ‘cool’ references. Director: Sophia Coppola. Starring: Kate Moss. Who is: pole dancing / selling time travel equipment to spammers, via this Wired article / City of Sound also linked to the excellent Contact Sheet which, amongst other things, has a lovingly collected gallery of typefaces used in Woody Allen title pages.

This gallery of Corgi and Dinky toy catalogues - some of the most pored-over things from my childhood, and no doubt many others too - was our first introduction to The Cartoonist (via scrubbles). This is true 'sifter' site, digging up all sorts of ephemera – e.g. this 1938 General Motors promotional catalogue, Modes and Motors ('The artist is interested in what the car will look like - in what it should look like. Because it is a swiftly moving vehicles, its exterior must express fleetness and movement; because it contains passengers, its interior must express comfort and repose'). Other links include Project Hessdalen, all about weird lights in Norway, and photos from Claude Barma’s mysterious Belphégor series. Best of all (for me, anyway), are these galleries of Citroen brochures: I, II. This 1968 ID catalogue turns the car into a piece of abstract art. Also, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Judging books by their covers has been updated / scrubbles also sent us over to Desert Modernism, the first 'restoration blog' we've ever heard seen (as opposed to restoration television programmes. Banchory Sanatorium is our favourite) / gig poster design directory (both via Coudal) / further to yesterday's flood of found photos, we've discovered that you can view the whole of Look at Me at once - wonderful. I think my favourites (apart from on the beach) are people posing with new cars: I, II, III, IV / Indie Rock Live offers a whole concert by the Legendary Pink Dots / a neat take on the Global Rich List, via haddock / Spa is pitched at the small architect. It is also refreshingly irreverent.