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Friday, October 10, 2003
The weblog as wunderkammer, Julian Dibbell's essay on Jorn Barger's robot wisdom. We spent a lot of time yesterday daisy-chaining from weblog to weblog, noting attractive layouts, interesting asides and then diving onwards into another link. Think of oneself as a virtual flaneur. Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walking', from 1862. There's a lot of virtual flaneuring (not to mention the excellent on-line publication, Flaneur). Does the flaneur still exist? Or are we all flaneurs? My understanding of the term was strictly from an art historical point of view, a moneyed, leisured class who perceived the city, its spaces and activities, strictly in terms of their own desires and powers – everything, and everyone, could be bought, the only activities were pleasurable ones and restrictions like time, money and access had no meaning.

Perhaps the densest most information-filled weblogs fulfil a similar function - they have the time to notice the things other people, who might only use the web for work, cannot. In the same way, most people use the street as a means of getting from A to B, not as a treasure trove of diversions and distractions. So. Some weblogs. icon’s blog / a journal at palefella, who also run a Buffy-centric weblog, things that make you go duh! (it’s about time we had a piece on buffy – is anyone interested in writing one for us, now that it's all over and done with? Something along the lines of Liz Bailey’s look at Xena in things 11)

More links. linkdup is kind of like Well Vetted / invisible shoebox weblog / more curiosity cabinets - this time with a corporeal focus: 'my body – a wunderkammer': 'In the course of writing these reminiscences, I increasingly began to conceive of my body as a great cabinet of curiosities.’ / some weblogs focusing on the social impact of technology, all gleaned from Caterina: creativity machine, relevant history and future now ('this blog discusses emerging technologies, their social implications, and their possible future impacts'). An example. Sometime yesterday morning we found September 12, a beautifully designed 'political game' (a tad simplistic in tone, perhaps), over at newsgaming, which was linked to by jill / txt. Three hours later, it was everywhere else... unsurprisingly, since it had been on me-fi the previous week.

jill / txt also links to this blogmap of the world (which you can also view in Dymaxion projection), a semi real-time global view showing posts pop up. You’ve got to geocode and rss your blog to join in, and I don’t think our posting style really lends itself. We clicked on stray toaster straight away – a nice, clean design, and linked from there to reflectoporn, a bizarre sub-strand of exhibitionist behaviour. Essentially, one sells a shiny object on Ebay, ensuring that the photo(s) are suitably revealing. That site also hosts Londonphotos.org, which offers up this Van Gogh-style take on the Millennium Bridge (the official site for which is admirably simple). Starry Night, anyone? See the original here at this rather good Van Gogh gallery. Ralph Steadman was doing this to polaroids a while back, only called them 'paranoids'. More here.

Astronomical Pseudo-Science: A Skeptic's Resource List, via tmn. Related: an astrology disclaimer (via me-fi, again): 'If you choose to make any life-altering decisions based on the information provided by this site, please be advised you do so at your own risk.' We liked the UFO skeptic’s page as well / I think we’ve linked this before, but it’s still a wondrous thing: the War of the World’s Cover Timeline, via haddock.

Explore the photographic records of the 1905-1907 Breasted Expeditions to Egypt and the Sudan, via penny dreadful. Also via pd, photos from the Chicago Daily News. A gallery of the Sidney Opera House under construction, via ashleyb's 'notes from somewhere bizarre'.

Snapshots, a haiku magazine, part of Rich McCoy’s elegant and fun-filled site. Play with Marilyn Monroe’s ‘red velvet’ photo shoot, see the photography at hydromel and flick through this charming picture book / Subhankar Banerjee's photos of the Arctic Refuge, via wood s lot, who also gives us the paintings of Asger Jorn (a member of the Situationist International) and the Australian landscapes of Fred Williams.

Tele-Exploration, 'delivering the excitement of space exploration to the mass market' / a huge database of downloadable TV themes, mostly British and obscure / also obscure, but handy if you need some fine preserves or a waxed jacket, the Royal Warrant Holders Organisation / daily writing at the soul food café, full of links and hints. Have a great weekend.