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Friday, November 28, 2003
Customized Classics are 'personalized books and novels starring you!' (via Muxway). Simply swap characters (you get a short description so you can ensure that the right person gets the right role), click on send, and your personal version is sealed forever between hard covers. Rather than swap yourself for Sherlock Holmes, you could change Holmes for Watson throughout, finally giving the good Doctor all the best lines.

Changing Berlin, photographs by Ulrich Wust (via consumptive) / two modernism timelines (via caterina) / Tokyo, The Imperial Capital, an exhibition at the Wolfsonian, which has lots more interestings things in the archives (via Coudal) / cork production, over at contact sheet / earplug, an electronic music newsletter, and Boldtype, a monthly book review email, both from the folks at Flavorpill / culty Japanese car magazine Engine.

Metro Maps of the World is a new book - shame its website isnít much to look at. Related, a (somewhat biased) account of the hugely popular yet politically disasterous 'Fares Fare' campaign initiated by the GLC in 1981. This slashed the cost of public transport, as well as introduced the travelcard (now superseded by the Oystercard, which seems to be a success) in an attempt to reduce traffic in central London. It was not popular with the government, who took legal action against the GLC, accusing it of wasting ratepayers' money. See also the London Bus Page, with news, views and info on the capital's buses, including the gradual withdrawal of the classic Routemasters, which are going to be sorely missed. More on the Routemaster, which will celebrate its Golden Jubilee next Summer.

Ecritures, a photolog / Triple Dub, a weblog / Electromusications, a media history site with a leftist stance. There's a vast amount of broadcasting history, expertise and recollections available on the web. It's perhaps the earliest industry to have appropriated the internet as its principle archiving medium / Roy's Deep Shelter - the secret architecture of London.

The the politics of city-building in San Francisco (related, a great image of the Transamerica Pyramid at meccapixel) / Nazi Architecture, part of the Propoganda archive at Calvin College. This is a subject often covered by the excellent Jonathan Meades, but there's not a lot evidence of this online. See instead a review of his restaurant criticism and his passion for Citroens. 'Death to the Pictureseque' is also suitably Meadesian.