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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Random thoughts and sightings today. A new(ish) site for Irdial, a cutting edge record company / all about the autobahn, via me-fi / one third of things recently had 'An Evening Out', over at tmn / Add a Lada to your life, part of the collection of Lada brochure scans at Simon’s Skip (amongst other interesting things, such as this page dedicated to the old Granada Cinema in Hove).

Simon also linked this excellent gallery: Trucks Under the Sea. The Swedish Ro-Ro ferry Zenobia sank on its maiden voyage in June 1980, just off the coast of Cyprus, with a cargo of trucks, toys, eggs and more. This makes for some epic images, and the wreck is one of the top ten dives in the world (in this instance, ‘dive’ means something totally different. As does ‘wreck’). It's also very dangerous. Even more pictures and information.

We love City of Sound's image fragments / the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets, via life in the present / musings on the tube map at Londonphotos / a construction forum, with posts on new and upcoming megaprojects / typography journal Eye has an excellent website / the first 111 gigs by early 90s noisemerchants Silverfish.

The Chrysalis Foundation, new, strange, musical instruments. Via mysterium, who also links to Watching the World go By. Ed Lu has the greatest view on (of) the planet. Luckily he’s taking photos:

Sunlight reflects off of the lakes of Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario. The area lies between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods, just north of the U.S.-Canada border. The long vertical clouds in the image are condensation trails produced in the wake of jet airplanes, probably from heavy air traffic around Chicago O’Hare. ISS007-E-12858 (August 17, 2003, 180 mm lens).

See more at NASA's Astronaut Photography of the Earth microsite, if microsite is the right term for a website containing 476,363 images.

A couple of posts pulled from our long-abandoned photolog (maintaining two separate weblogs was never practical. Besides, things photo galleries are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, and the daily photos are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). Apologies for any duplication.

Distractions and diversions. theBot is a flash application that runs around the web looking at your text scrap of choice, returning with extracts from matching sites which it then scrolls across the screen. We'll have to investigate this further, because our soundless work environment obviously doesn't do it justice.

The computer demo scene can be revisited at Ojuice, a throwback to the days when floppy disks were packed full of Finnish techno and extraordinary computer graphics. Some of the most talented demo coders were poached by the big software houses to write games - sometimes they started their own games companies. Occasionally, something fascinating springs from this sub-culture. Eve sounds particularly promising, a 'massively multiplayer, online, persistent world game,' a space simulator that promises to deliver our fantasy version of Elite (java version of the orginal Elite here, shareware version here). Although the images are undeniably pretty, they can't quite compare with the real thing (see above).

See also Mostly Harmless, based on the Celestia space simulator, and Egosoft's X series (also gorgeous). All these games promise to use the web to create a virtual universe (sort of Everquest in Space), populated by gamers who will probably never leave their houses. We'd like to publish something on the contrasts and/or parallels between persistent fantasy worlds set in futuristic space scenarios, and those set in mythical times.