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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Is it a duck or a decorated shed? Re-visiting Venturi's Las Vegas-derived classifications / the quest for Rem Koolhaas's iconic Bordeaux House / Tadao Ando’s Fort Worth Art Modern Art Museum / Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, now fifty years old / flash fun / lightning field is king of urban exploration / talk to the Jabberwacky, an online artificial being. Related: Anybody home? / The Great Atlantic Gallery, artists inspired by the Cornish coastline. We like Neil Pinkett.

The whole map from Jet Set Willy. The whole map from Sabre Wulf (both from the excellent ultimate-wurlde.com - these maps are the virtual spaces of our childhood) / All hail the spiders, East London insect life at norlonto.net / worst book covers (via Coudal). Unsurprisingly, romance features highly. Am I alone in getting a bit confused with the best book covers? (more. Related, huge collection of pulp covers, via caterina) / Book of Ages: on turning 30 / epic Scottish panorama (quicktime, huge) / the Solar Challenge. We remember an episode of Knight Rider ('Give me liberty ... or give me death'. And yes, we had to look that up. The script) where a 'solar-powered' vehicle consisted of a muscle car with about four panels on the bonnet and roof, not the skinny-wheeled ultra-lights shown here.

Lists, lists and more lists at Vitamin Q, including ‘severed hand trivia’ (‘at last’!) / photography and design by Mike Slone / Praktika, French web design portal / Archihub(2), an architectural meta site / fonts, sites and more at netdiver.net / Stungeye on the evolution of the Beatles’ recording technology. It's hard to believe that similar results could have been achieved with today's myriad options (we weren't aware that that old standard, CoolEdit, was now part of the Adobe Empire).

A review of 'A Passion for Sharpened Steel', the history of fencing. Sharp stuff: There exists footage of a samurai sword slicing through a machine gun; and Arab swords were tested by placing them motionless in a stream, where they were expected to slice passing leaves in two as the current pushed them against the blade.

Noise. The mighty Nurse with Wound. Related, sonically, Whitehouse. Both come from that curious void in British pop culture, a crack in the cultural fabric that revels in transgression, swathes of angry electronic noise and confrontational live shows. Not really in the same vein, but the work of The Caretaker is also quite spooky, especially Friends Past Re-United, sort of like hearing a concert going on in a distant room of a big, empty house.