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Friday, November 07, 2003
Japanese trainspotters are exceptionally thorough: the sounds of Japanese railway stations (via Gabriel). Every little noise has been carefully documented, from the tinkling information chimes, train accident announcements (rare, I’d imagine), door warning chimes, and Automatic Ticket Processing Machine Error Sounds. There are even sounds from private rail systems.

The old car manual project, via The Cartoonist. There’s something very satisfying about old-style brochures (such as this one for the Studebaker Avanti), especially ones which used illustration. We especially like this 1965 Plymouth brochure (‘The Roaring ‘65s’), and this simple graphical approach in the 1972 GM brochure / eightysix.net, a photolog / Trampoline House, a magazine of art and new writing / movie fonts / Dignose.com, home of Holger Czukay, formerly of Can. His movies are short and mysterious.

Classic cafes, with a short history of Formica, miracle material / vintage Porsche colour charts / pencil carving, via J-Walk / tourist's pocket map of Michigan, 1839, via the Map Room. Also, a new cartography blog, Maps and Territories, with info on early Arctic exploration / March Design weblog / we snap city, photoblog / thanks to City Comforts for the mention.

A simple way of explaining Voyager’s current distance from the Earth (via Slashdot): if our galaxy was just 100 KM wide, within 20 meters in any direction of the sun would be approximately 20 other stars. The nearest star would be 3-4 meters away. Yet Voyager would only be 1.5 mm away from our sun. This disc is now the most distant thing in the history of humanity...

Strange Attractor is a new journal, 'celebrating unpopular culture' (it was formerly the name of a series of talks and events). Their flyer and site, with drawings by Catharyne Ward, have a nouveau gothic-type feel (quite fashionable at the moment, what with the goth revival, and other pointers like Michael Faber's sub-cultural Victorian London epic The Crimson Petal and the White). Issue one is out soon - reserve your copy now. It includes such tantalising titles as 'Blackpool's Lost Waxworks', 'Imaginary Cults of London' and 'Montague Summers & The British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology', a smorgasbord of alternative histories that reminds us of Simon Dwyer's seminal Rapid Eye Movement journal. Related, Most Art is Boring, a weblog, run by Strange Attractor co-founder John Lundburg (of offkilter and circlemakers.org).