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Thursday, October 30, 2003
House in Progress is a home restoration weblog. They draw our attention to their 'What on Earth?' section, which traces the history of the house and the things it was filled with. The seller had lived there for 60 years, hoarding stuff like crazy: most of this was left behind (a case for the Life Laundry? See the forthcoming things 17-18 for more Life Laundry musings). What on Earth? is a list of things that were left behind, and the story that the items told.

Rummaging around in someone else's attic/basement is fascinating stuff, especially when the things are so interesting. Some items that caught our eye: poster for the Hapag World Cruise, 1931, on the 'triple-screw de-luxe steamer Resolute' (ship biog here, scroll down), an itinerary for a trip to the Far East, 1937, bodybuilder book, a huge collection of perfume bottles, original prints, vintage toys, pins and grooming things, many, many cameras, Chicago ephemera, back issues of Harper's Bazaar, and much, much more. As you might expect, the owners have put a lot of this stuff up for sale. But what a treasure trove: we're deeply, deeply envious.

Elsewhere. Bootleg Objects - reconstructing, subverting and updating Bang & Olufsen’s chic 70s electronics. We like the mp3 server and the DVD player best / mid-century modern furniture at Origin 101 / the MiniGame Compo, proving that there are still plenty of people out there making games for the consoles and computers of yesteryear / Flatleaver, 'an online boutique for offroad music'. See also the Puzzling Music Archive. Even more music: Monotik is an online electronica label with over 1.2 Gb of free downloads. The site also includes Mod Soul Brother, an archive of .mod format music which was all the rage about a decade ago. See the modland FTP site for more - it claims to have some 91489 tunes. Monotik also hosts the excellent FFWD weblog / an excellent site about the avant-garde composer Anton Webern, accidentally shot dead by an American soldier in Salzburg on 15 September 1945.

Online resource for 2001: A Space Odyssey / album covers built of Lego / home-made CD compilations at Drokk / Keith Lynch's timeline of net related terms and concepts / FOLDOC, the free on-line dictionary of computing / Encyclopedia Astronautica: all you ever wanted to know about space (related: flash-based planetarium) / the stapler database, 'the biggest serious website totally about stapler information' / the 'Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics' at the Gallery of Data Visualization.