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Monday, December 01, 2003
Retro futurism remains one of the web's favourite hobbies. Whether it's a site as slick as Retrolounge (with this link to transit posters of the 1920), or the sleazy pop culture celebrated at Retrocrush (1970s bathrooms, for example, or Diana Rigg photo galleries), we seemingly can't get enough of archived imagery. Why should this be? Visual ephemera blows away quickly, but there's always been a fascination with art and culture that manages to preserve and celebrate that which we've forgotten. The work of Richard Hamilton, the 'Merz' of Kurt Schwitters, or just collage in general, seems to have a direct link with the website, an accumulation of material, filtered and sifted, yet necessarily presented in such a way as to demand further investigation. This explains our continuing fascination with online obsession - to take a random example, Tiny Pineapple's pineapple gallery, or, better still, their Nurse Book collection.

Related: Yesterday’s Tomorrows, a fairly general exhibition with sections on tomorrow's home, etc. Related, the New York World Fair of 1964. Or visit this huge image database, which includes views of modern architecture in Tokyo. This came via me-fi, where someone pointed out that the site also contains these stills from Triumph of the Will. There are also page upon page of cars in there as well. More scanned ephemera: period motoring images, old Porsche 356 and 914 ads.

Delicious is a 'social bookmarks manager,' a 'make your own muxway' (which gives us the Traffic Cone Preservation Society). You'll need to know a bit about code to get it going (we don't, so we'll content ourselves with frequent visits to check the links. A similar kind of thing is offered at linkdump, but the anonymous link descriptors sometimes hide all manner of dubious things, like Kinky Breakout).

Amusing Ayn Rand-centric dating service (again, via me-fi). I’m not going to sign up to this just to get a laugh, though / satellite snooping at the Eyeballing Series, 'shining a light on sensitive places,' according to the Map Room, where we found this link. See Arnold’s house or the experimental laboratory at Porton Down in Wiltshire (mere miles from where I used to live). See also the splendid 3D maps at Biosphere 3D.

A new robotic vacuum cleaner from Samsung (via Haddock) / JustConcerts, a slicker version of Indie Rock Live / Douze Lunes has a Paris-focused photoblog (thanks to Jean-Luc at Mediatic).