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Monday, October 20, 2003
Masters of their universe’ is well worth a read. Francis Spufford’s informative story of Elite, a computer game held in enormously high regard by most British gamers, but relatively unknown everywhere else, captures the atmosphere of the early days of computer gaming / Japanese gadgets and gizmos at dottocomu.com / Idle Words on Halifax, the site of the world's largest explosion in December 1917 (panorama of the scene), when a stricken ammunition ship, the Mont-Blanc drifted close to the piers and wharves before its cargo was detonated. More on the Halifax Explosion: I, II, III. A telegram.

The computer manipulated photography of Jörg Sasse, found amongst his huge portfolio of stunning imagery (via pop-log). We especially like 7988 (2002), 8246 (2000), his architecture series, the Braun series, the precisely observed interior details in Private Räume, the textures in Schaufenster and his still lives / also at pop-log, Francis Alÿs’s land-art piece 'When Faith Moves Mountains’ (2002) / Le Lounge Électronique, a weblog / the deeply weird (and shiny) sculptures of Rona Pondick / obsessive collecting of LP and CD covers at domino / The Log, a weblog.

Ron Haviv’s Blood and Honey is a very moving photo-essay on the Balkans War, tracing events right from the outset of the conflict. The pictures in 'Ruin' are particularly heart-breaking: a Serbian soldier flashes the victory sign, Croatia, 1991, a woman looks out of her window, Sarajevo, 1994, Muslim refugees living in a destroyed village, Croatia, 1994. The BBC has an informative microsite, Milosevic on Trial. Via AshleyB.

The Architecture of Hospitals, via magnetbox, is worth keeping an eye on. Hospitals, in this country at least, tend to be accretions, as various periods of architecture and expertise are layered one on top of another: here a block of airy Victorian wards, there a rigorous piece of post-war functionalism. Each generation gradually comes to understand the failings of its own style, as technology marches on and different aspects of patient care become pushed to the fore. The idea of a unifying design concept is nearly always compromised. Compare this picture of the modern chunk of London St Thomas’s Hospital and its three remaining Victorian wings to get a very good idea of the piecemeal nature of hospital building. This is how St Thomas’s used to look.

Just occasionally, something slips through the net and remains preserved in all its original glory - Aalvar Aalto’s Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Paimio, Finland, is a case in point. Or Sir John Burnet, Tait and Lorne's 1931 Royal Masonic Hospital. More usually, bold, big buildings that are too costly to maintain are simply abandoned (see also, and especially, abandoned asylums, which have historically fallen prey to changing medical and government attitudes towards mental health care).

What happened on 12 April 1994? Read this brief history of spam to find out (via muxway). Discover how the innocent-sounding law firm of Canter & Siegel became the most hated company on the nascent internet, back in the day when conservative estimates put the number of web users at 15 million. Some more on Canter & Siegel: these two are prime contenders for a) a where are they now? spot, and b) a 10 year anniversary look back at the havoc they wreaked.

Olafur Eliasson's The Weather Project at Tate Modern. The reaction to this installation has been overwhelmingly positive. Related: London in Autumn. Another current London installation, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey's Dilston Grove. Read more in this Guardian piece. More about the Clare College Mission Church.

Elsewhere. Tack-o-rama, via sugar-n-spicy, a great-looking site / print your own (Monopoly) money (via little things, a weblog) / plenty of cultural snippets at Jazzcafe’s blog / a collection of cute flash games / the changing shape of vintage clothing sizes (via the usually not-safe-for-work Core/Dump) / Volkswagen bus ads, via Dead Bus Diaries.

Also via Ashley, Escape from Woomera, more political computer game action / Ramage goes to Portugal / Scottish Ordnance Survey Town Plans, 1847-95, via Plep / Hooray! Portage is back. Now all we need to do is knock loudly on Sharpeworld’s virtual door.