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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 isn’t 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 This slashed the cost of public transport, as well as introduced the travelcard (now superseded by the Oystercard, which seems to be a success) in an attempt to reduce traffic in central London.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.

Thursday, November 27, 2003
Lovemarks, 'the future beyond brands' (via Gawker) appears to be some kind of new school marketing trick: 'Put simply, Lovemarks inspire ‘Loyalty Beyond Reason.' Only a marketing company could pre-suppose that there’s a reason behind people’s blind devotion to certain brands. So which brands have now become ‘Lovemarks’? (an odious word) The usual suspects: Audi, BMW, Apple, MTV and more. Don't forget, though, that 'Lovemarks aren't owned by corporations. They're owned by YOU.'

The quote that Gawker seizes on, 'the reality is that brands have run out of juice against the forces of commodification,' is totally non-sensical. Brands must be contrary to commodification? So, a marketing company is telling us that what lies beyond brands are things we are insanely loyal to, yet have somehow escaped being a commodified ‘thing’ at all? Sort of related. Giant Floating Purple Pills - why pharmaceutical advertising is out of control (via Sachs Report). 'In 1997, pharmcos spent $791 million on TV ads. Today that figure is well over $3 billion.'

Simon’s Skip on Greenside, cause of the week. See his links to local deco delights that have been needlessly destroyed in the recent past / photos of Nineteenth Century India / today is the 300th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1703, which ravaged England with tragic consequences. Read more, more and more: '[Daniel] Defoe estimated that the number of fatalities on land stood at 123 with over 8,000 killed offshore.'

Japanese Sculptures, via Geisha asobi, via Cipango, which delights in eccentric, disturbing and just plain grotesque visual arts. We're intrigued by the work of Nazif Topcuoglu; dense, layered, somewhat perverse in a Cronenberg kind of way / delighted to discover yesterday that a colleague has a co-starring role in this Kim Wilde video / homage to Jean-Claude Forest, creator of Barbarella / utterly horrific stories of bodily parasites (BBC link, no nasty pictures).

Stoneridge Engineering have been 'wreaking havoc with electrons for over forty years'. See their shrunken coins and the exploding transformer, at Arcs n'Sparks, their page devoted to electricity doing crazy things (via Ritilan). Related: Net Power Boys, at Kazuo Hakamada's Bits Town / mysterious explosion: the story of the Wall Street bombing of 1920.

Artmagick, an artist database, which has a special feature on Caspar David Friedrich / Jeffrey Tsui's Visions and Innovations, experimental design via MIT's architecture department /Binary Bonsai, a weblog (the css tricks are actually at Zen Garden - I got confused. Thanks Liane - check her excellent photos of Silkworm (mp3s)) / Crooked Timber weblog, on literature and all things literary.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003
After yesterday's grumbles about watermarking, lossy jpgs and ineffectual archives, this is more like it: Art & Architecture is the Courtauld Gallery's online visual resource - some 40,000 images covering, as the name suggests, the visual arts. Sample galleries include Destroyed: ten buildings which no longer exist (including Willem Dudok’s fabulous De Bijenkorf Department Store) and, surprise, surprise, the highly-rated work of Connell, Ward and Lucas, one building down since last weekend. There's lots to browse here.

Federation Square (more images and musings at Junk for Code) in Melbourne is the epitome of contemporary architecture as spectacle. Lab Architecture Studio have seemingly gone even further than Libeskind would dare, turning the International Style's acres of shiny glass into a crazed, patterned surface, drawing on fractals, chaos, deconstructivism and a desire to avoid repetition at all costs.

How to know London - the Road to Wealth, part of the Map Games collection at the University of Waterloo (via As Above). See also the Panama Canal Puzzle (another type of Panama Canal Puzzle) / technology, media and more at random($foo), a weblog. Sorry for paucity of links today. Way too busy...

Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Sometimes inexplicable things happen. It's been a year or so since we mentioned the story of Greenside, an iconic modernist house in Surrey threatened with demolition. Well, it's finally happened. Apparently the owners secured consent last week and quickly ushered in the bulldozers before campaigners could do anything about it. Long neglected, the house was in a terrible state - a classic developer's strategy when you want to get shot of something and need it to be 'beyond economic repair'.

What can we say? Greenside was designed by Connell, Ward and Lucas (a few tiny video clips of other work here), now recognised as perhaps the most significant firm of British architects working between the wars. Working with a far more rigidly modernist aesthetic than was generally fashionable (the majority of the so-called 'white houses' built in the inter-war period are far more art deco-inspired), their work was far from blandly functional. The irony is that people are crying out for permission to build new contemporary houses in Britain, and permission is usually hard to come by. So what will replace Greenside? See pdfs of plans and elevations (more) at Runnymede Council's website. Then weep. We can only assume the accompanying photos are meant to convey the general aesthetic of the new house: Home Counties McMansion.

What would the American equivalent be? Imagine demolishing Richard Neutra's Lovell House (used as the location for Pierce Morehouse Patchett's house in Curtis Hanson's LA Confidential). Then again... just two years ago Neutra's Maslon House was demolished (see the before and after in the LA Times), despite the house's pedigree, fame, importance and value. Some Maslon interiors by Julius Shulman and an essay on the house at percententerprise (scroll down to 9/5/2003).

Greenside's destroyers, Gina and David Beadle, join the Maslon's destroyers, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Rotenberg, in things's gallery of cultural philistines. Here's hoping that Google will preserve their idiocy for generations to come. But then again, perhaps it's unfair to put people off their golf.

More architecture (thankfully not under threat). City of Sound occasionally devotes itself to intense, thorough posts on one single subject – the kind of article you hanker after in print. This lengthy description of London's Senate House, designed by Charles Holden, is a perfect example, a good read to bookmark for future reference. More on Senate House at the Twentieth Century Society, who are quite rightly seething that a house can be listed (yes, we're back on Greenside again), praised by experts and yet still demolished.

The City of London's COLLAGE image archive has moved - 20,000 historic images from its collections. Online exhibitions include Henry Dixon's London - although quite why the Corporation feels it has to deface each photograph (lossy jpgs, all under 50k) with such a prominent watermark is beyond us, though. Very small-minded of them indeed. Why not disable right-clicking if they're that worried about image theft? More old buildings: Heritage for Sale, listed buildings on the market, including 'Arnussi', an incredible Egyptianate villa in Sunbury-on-Thames, of all places.

Elsewhere. Qee keychains, from the ever-essential Sachs Report. Sachs is like the ‘fetish’ or ‘gadget’ pages of a print magazine, only it goes so much further, doesn’t include annoying recycled-press-release editorial, and, most importantly, links to stuff you’re actually interested in, not just some dumb new mp3 player that’ll be obsolete in a matter of weeks.

Monday, November 24, 2003
Lost and Found Sound at America’s National Public Radio, including the only known recording of the lost South African language of Kukasi / the full text of Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, courtesy of Phil Gyford, who extracts an account of C19 photographic scams: 'The fact is, people don’t know their own faces.' Which, in those days, was probably true.

Related: the Victorian Internet, one of b3ta's occasionally quite amusing challenges. You might have a vague idea of what to expect when you click the link, but some of these are just inspired, such as the zoetropic hamster dance (more early cinema, more Zoetropes). Of course, some say that the telegraph was the Victorian Internet (review at Mappa Mundi).

A new venture, the digital Guardian, via Azeem, who wrote about the brave new world of Machinima in the paper last week. Machinima - computer-generated cinema - has to be better than the third part of the wretched Matrix trilogy, which I saw last night. Not at all impressed.

I quite like this vignette of Poundbury, the Prince of Wales's model village, at Keys Corner. Will Poundbury be the model for England's house-building renaissance? Or even Seaside, Florida's New Urbanist paradise? / Ben Johnson, architectural artist / paintings of naval aviation, via Michelle at life in the present. Also via litp, record cover art, a personal collection - a fine visual resource.

Rare books at MIT. Unusually for MIT, there’s not a lot of online material from these books. Which is a shame, because items like William Strickland’s Report on Canals, Railways, Roads, &c., &c., Made to the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Internal Improvements piqued our interest for more canal and engineering ephemera. See, for example, this history of the Panama Canal, with photos. (the Panama Canal invariably takes one into the world of palindromes, via the seminal 'a man, a plan, a canal: Panama!' I now prefer the much more Seuss-like: 'a man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal - Panama!' (thanks to Jim Kalb’s Palindrom Connection. See also palindromic numbers).

Back to canals. The Canal Museum is also worth a visit to get more background. Fumigation brigades, 1905, trying to solve the horrendous disease problems that caused the French to abandon their attempt in the 1880s (using this canal plan). At first, mosquitoes weren’t even identified as the source of the problem:

In 1881, the French recorded about sixty deaths from disease. In 1882, the number doubled. The following year, 420 died. Malaria and yellow fever were the most common killers. Because the company often fired sick men to reduce medical costs, the numbers probably reflect low estimates. Believing the fumes from rotting vegetation caused the disease, doctors at the French hospital at Ancon advised workers to avoid the night air. Only after thousands of deaths would the cause be attributed to virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Some 20,000 people eventually died when the French finally pulled out in 1888, having spent $287,000,000. Of course, it was the Americans who finished the job. A tiny Quicktime movie of the locks working. A larger, but very cute, animation showing the whole procession of locks, Atlantic to Pacific.

The American Package Museum (via Muxway) - there are even 3D views of some of the exhibits. In the UK, the best known packaging collector is Robert Opie, who now hosts his collection on Wigan Pier, a location better known for other associations.

Also via Muxway, Bikini Science, which purports to be a serious study of the history of swimwear. True, the site does have a chronology, bibliography and there are even graphs (this one plots "the location of the waistline of bikini culotte in inches below navel vs time"), but there's also quite a lot of nudity.

I used to believe, the childhood beliefs site / I live on your visits has kindly scanned two classic typography ads: Monotype Univers and Nebiolo, as well as this evocative view of Piccadilly Circus in 1964 / A Directory of Heavier-Than-Air Flying Machines at the great Cabinet Magazine, complete with chart / has re-designed (although our link seems to have fallen off the front page - oh well).

Friday, November 21, 2003
The Barcabook is now available. Andrew Lowkowsky’s musings on Barcelona are being printed via Cafepress's new print-on-demand service. I can't for the life of me find any other books being made and sold this way on their site, though.

Daniel Meadows’ The Bus, before and after images between 1973 and 2001 (via haddock). Also linked: a child’s guide to the ZX Spectrum, and scans of the seminal Your Sinclair magazine. We will never tire of old computer nostalgia.

More hidden stuff, this time in Fight Club, via march design. Also, clueless client quotes / cute picture of an Alfa Romeo at catfunt. One of the most beautiful Alfas at that. Related: toy Alfa Romeos, the next best thing.

Ken Freivokh designs the interiors of yachts, which must be a great excuse to go wild with other people's money. In our humble opinion, the world's most beautiful boats are built by the Italian firm Wally. The 118' Wallypower (not a great name, admittedly) has to be one of the meanest-looking boats ever built, and their sailboats (such as the Wally B) are beyond elegant.

I live on your visists, a weblog / cheesedog is a music-focused weblog / new band: the splendidly-monickered Ivory Springer (which brings to mind handlebar moustaches and polar explorers, both images they play with on their site) sound somewhat like a certain American three piece, but that's no crime / poetry and performance at / the work of Mark Lombardi (via abstract dynamics) - a lengthy essay on Lombardi's artistic representations of global connectivity ('a post-Conceptual reinvention of history painting').

A few weeks ago there were some excellent photography links at Featured. Now it seems to be in limbo. Check back soon / yet another new Crystal Palace has been proposed for South London, this time designed by Wilkinson Eyre. Presumably the earlier scheme by Ian Ritchie is now dead and buried. Read more at the Crystal Palace Campaign and visit a virtual version of Joseph Paxton's original. There's even a VRML model, which utterly confuses my browser. Oh brave new world of virtual reality.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, November 20, 2003
Yesterday’s Guardian Notes & Queries contained this little snippet (not online, as far as I can tell, although the feature does have its own website, Notes & Queries):

How many pixels would it take to make up the digital image that Harrison Ford repeatedly zooms in on in the film Blade Runner?
If we take the on-screen numbers shown in this screen literally, the final zoom level achieved is 3,852. Assuming that the video hardware used has the same properties as today’s graphics cards, a decent picture can be achieved on a standard TV set at 800 x 600 pixels. Multiplying one by other other means we need a minimum of around 1,800,00,00, or 1.8 gigapixels, for the starting image, which is a huge amount of detail from what is essentially a Polaroid photograph.

However, let’s not forget this is science fiction, and we can therefore invent any technology we desire. The way the image is manipulated implies that there is a 3D element to the photograph, as well as some kind of fractal compression. So it is possible that a technology would exist where the photograph consists of holographic fractals, each of which contains enough data to build the original image (I will take this opportunity to coin the term holofractacolography). In this case, the obvious answer is one.
Shaun Plumb, Reading.

Google confirms that Mr Plumb has indeed invented the nifty new term 'holofractacolography'. Way back last year we mentioned glish's experimental pictureviewer, which was originally inspired by that particular Blade Runner scene .

Artists Rika Dermineur and Stéphane Degoutin's Googlehouse, a combination of Google Image search and cunning programming, building a virtual environment from other people's spaces. Thanks to Jacques at Mediatic for the link.

Elsewhere. Designs for the World Trade Center memorial have been unveiled / the forgotten band planet, all your early 90s indie faves / excellent gig photos by Jutta Brandt (via the cartoonist) / more live photos by Pablo Chang (who also photographs things) / Bloggers Volume 1, a Japanese magazine scanned by Waxy. It has a great cover / the 10 most dangerous toys (via tmn). They forgot the happy fun ball / another Weather Project image.

Aerial images of England and Wales, e.g. London, mist, fog, clouds and sunset (Somerset), historical sites, floods, Forest of Dean and the Lake District (via Rogue Semiotics). Related: Britain at 6.00am, a photo competition being run by Radio 4’s Today program. I like this and this / images of Tokyo.

We have a new keyboard, nothing special (amazing what twenty quid buys you these days). But it makes words feel different. No longer do they clack out in a rat-a-tat fashion. Instead, they're all damped and soft, like wading through wet leaves. I also swore blind that I'd never use a keyboard festooned with daft buttons like 'Favorites' and 'Web/Home'. However, it's hard to buy anything without them. So much for simplicity.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The cameos of Alfred Hitchcock (via Coudal). Related: Gainsborough Studios, the conversion of Hitch’s former East End hangout into luxury flats. Read this potted history of the studios by David Thomson. The new development includes a giant head of Hitch by sculptor Anthony Donaldson. Vaguely related: movie nitpicking (a bit like

Histories of the Future, by David Atwell (via kottke). Alternate histories are a surprisingly popular sub-section of science fiction. Some examples. What if Stalin never came to power? What if JFK survived? What alternative global alliances and Empires might have arisen? What if all Americans suddenly disappeared? (spontaneously combusted, rather than raptured into paradise). My favourite: what if Ronald Reagan became L Ron Hubbard?

The plastic furniture of Eero Aarnio (via Geisha asobi), including the colourful Pony and that bachelor pad staple, the 1968 Bubble Chair / related: transformable chairs and a report on Tokyo Designers' Week, both at designboom.

Urban tapestries, prototyping ways for the new mobile world to impact society (via muxway) / pornographic mathematics (appears somewhat NSFW, but apparently isn't), via negative velocity / a cartography of American hate groups (via where threads come loose) / portable fool-pitying: Mr T in your pocket (via Tom McMahon) / eye of the goof, a weblog / monkeys cry, a weblog.

Merlin's Lists of Five Things: five terrible fake names for Michael Jackson's children, five things you might want to reconsider, five animals I had to deal with ('Imaginary alligator in bathroom, 1972'). Compare with that other seminal daily ramble, Vitamin Q ('baiji - long-beaked, nearly blind dolphin found near China') / Spitting Image, a weblog. 'Nothing quite like starting over' / more pinups / muscle car revisited / the photography and film of Frank Borsato / rubbish Bond gadgets / images of New York's Natural History Museum.

Suburban Happiness, an exhibition about Tokyo Suburbia / Grit Art, an installation by Yoke and Zoom / seen everywhere: news-images, a visual newswire / small, personal protests vs large, angry protests / Skullz Press, underground comics and art / Foreign Office Architect's epic Yokohoma International Port Terminal, Japan / Airbag, a weblog.

The British Lawnmower Museum, via Evenings on the Lake, who correctly point out that there's something very British about a racing green vintage Qualcast. Visit the 'research' gallery and the product gallery (complete with lithe tour guide, Nora). The apotheosis of lawn tending, a 1926 Jerram & Pearson: 'We believe this to be the best lawnmower ever made… it cost twice as much as a car in 1926.' Read this history of Jerram & Pearson at the (no doubt arch rival) Old Lawnmower Club: 'In the 1930s, they claimed that "metals employed in making JP Super lawnmowers are largely the same as used in British Schneider Cup machines"'.

We have a new gallery: mixed doubles.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Mickey Mouse is 75 today – will he retire gracefully into a career in the public domain? Unlikely... 'Congress has extended copyright terms 11 times since 1962. And every one of the 11 extensions occurred just as the copyright on "Steamboat Willie" was about to expire.' Related: is Mickey an African American?

Unicorns, at Ramage. Related: James Thurber's The Unicorn in the Garden / the 3D tube map. Great stuff (via Blackbeltjones) / creativity machine, a weblog / 12 or 13?, a frustrating animated puzzle at Tonetheman / megacities by Giacomo Costa (via conscientious) / Nick Gutteridge architectural photography, especially his images of the Swiss Re tower / Eric Ravilious' 'Alphabet mug' has inspired a puzzle over at Rereviewed. I am hopeless at these things, but hopefully it will tax someone else.

Houdini and the Magic of the Movies, part of the Bill Douglas Centre Database / hidden things. This 1172 Old Testament in Hebrew (via Mysterium via Giornale Nuovo): 'Because of the Jewish prohibition on the depiction of religious images, the original text uses its letter forms which are moulded into shapes, to produce a decorative effect.' A larger image / hidden things in Star Wars, like the ''comlink razor (scroll down), a 'Gillette "Sensor Excel For Women"'.

Conrad Black’s empire unravels. We liked his father’s dying words, half way down this piece: "life is hell, most people are bastards and everything is bullshit" / Arthur Nash makes traditional brooms and has a leafy website / Battle of the Red-Haired Crime Fighters / fantasy islands: plans for a new 'Pleasure Island' off the Sussex Coast (thanks to Exploding Fist). Compare with Palm Island, Dubai, and even Yugra Island, the Black Sea / Steve Machell, the Sandologist of Byron Bay (via information junk). More sensational sand sculpting.

World Wide Wunderkammer, via apothocary's drawer. Also via the drawer, hyper-realistic art / bizarre architecture in Jerusalem / a fascinating look at the Jordan Playboy, one of the very first cars to be marketed as a lifestyle purchase (via Coudal) / this is apparently John Travolta's house - two plane ports, not car ports.

Borley Rectory, England’s 'most haunted building', or the world’s most elaborate and long-running hoax? This impartial site – 'it is up to the reader to decide what to believe and what to discard' - is compiled by the son of one of the rectory’s last occupants. Some of the 'coincidences' are a little tenuous, though. More about master ghostbuster Harry Price / today is also the 25th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, a tragedy that lives on through numerous websites, some more sensational than others. We'd recommend Shiva Naipaul's Black and White for an overview of the sheer weirdness and isolation of the compound in Guyana.

When fake brands turn out to be real... What brand are you? started out as an industry in-joke, but truth is always stranger than fiction. things magazine is passionate about client satisfaction, and henceforth we will be known as Intenta, and our new strapline, ‘calm chaos collectively collaborated’ will soon be adorning our logos, letterheads, vans, security uniforms and the shimmering steel and glass facade of our corporate HQ.

Monday, November 17, 2003
Tom Coates takes the architect of Portsmouth's infamous Tricorn Centre to task for perceived arrogance. I missed the program in question (not having BBC3), in which David Adjaye extolled the virtues of this vast concrete structure. While the Tricorn is now a grotty mess, it is, in my opinion, a great piece of architecture; sculptural and tough but also interesting, eclectic, even, in the way in which various elements - the towers, car parks, undercrofts - are put together.

The Tricorn is also one of the best examples of the architectural megastructure (in Britain at least), a concept that was unfashionable practically as soon as it was mooted. The idea was that cities would be formed from clusters of hyper-dense, super-large structures, functioning as centres for the population to live, work and play (see previously mentioned projects such as Cumbernauld New Town and St. Peter's Seminary, both in Scotland). In practice, it was the spaces in between the scant few megastructures that were built that diluted the concept; too large to accommodate themselves into the existing fabric of city living, yet not distinct enough to act as attractors.

Also, I think the perceived architectural arrogance on display here can largely be attributing to defensiveness; these buildings were developed at the tail-end of a period of optimism and utopianism, and many of the architects involved feel betrayed by the whims of fashion, which left their masterworks labelled ugly, brutal and inhuman. There's a whole generation of late modernists wandering around, bewildered and confused, uncomprehending at the way in which the values they felt their work embodied - public spiritedness, civic mindedness, social inclusivity - have been interpreted as being precisely the opposite. Of course, that's because in many cases their work did encourage conditions that were diametrically opposed to the original intentions - social housing that encouraged anti-social behaviour being the most commonly cited example.

Staying with architecture, an interview with Rem Koolhaas, via NSOP:

There's a fundamental difference between a building which is free, for which you don't have to pay, and one for which sooner or later you have to pay. It goes from very simple things -- a building which is free is usually empty, and you can enjoy space in it. It doesn't want anything from you. Buildings in the private sector, simply because they have to earn their keep, make claims on your attention. Where once architecture could be an emblem of serenity, it has now become an instrument of business. I call this new condition "junkspace."

Ironically, the junked spaces of late modernism are all now empty and forlorn, perhaps precisely because they bloomed at a time when enjoyment of space was passing out of fashion, usurped by involving, consuming environments. Compare the Tricorn with Bluewater, for example, or the Mall of America; any shopping centre designer will tell you that there is no place for quiet contemplation or appreciation of abstract form in the modern mall, an 'instrument of business'.

The Great London Industrial Archaeology Society, which has an excellent database / found photos at Time Tales. Related: Decasia: The State of Decay / the four colour theorem at the Map Room / ibiblio is North Carolina’s amazing free digital resource. A few elements, selected at random: sheet music, Taiwanese music, a bunch of huge NASA movies, none of which we’ve had the patience to download and even the odd quirk.

The work of Mark Ryden, including Blood, ‘Miniature Paintings of Sorrow & Fear’ / Belle de Jour is the diary of a call girl, noted on various sites recently (such as Haddock). Compulsive reading - I suspect partly because it's set in London, partly because it's rather racy, while remaining bittersweet, poignant and very well observed. It's also (vaguely) reminiscent of Michael Faber's Victorian epic The Crimson Petal and White, with its central protagonist, Sugar, initially mired in the murky (and impeccably researched) world of nineteenth century prostitution. The first part of the book is serialised in the Guardian (in the manner of a Victorian novel).

Welcome back, consumptive / a movie poster gallery, via The Daily Jive / babies as brands / 106 cures for the hiccups / Amodal Suspension: translating text messages into light.

Friday, November 14, 2003
On objects, values and collections. We were delighted to play a tiny role in a Curatorial Experiment at the Design Museum last night. As part of Kingston University's MA in Curating Contemporary Design, guests were invited to bring an object and assign it a value, then categorise into either 'use,' 'beauty' or 'memory'. The immensely personal things that were put forward contrasted strongly with the museum's main show, Somewhere Totally Else, The European Design Show. This was a seductive, yet strangely sterile, show, a combination of the blandly tasteless and self-conciously eclectic. It's not that the items on display weren't highly desirable or attractive - they were. But the objects - freshly manufactured and unsold - held few memories, save those constructed during the often elaborate design processes. Downstairs, despite - or perhaps because of - the familiarity and banality of many submissions, there was a genuine spark. The magic was in the labels, and the stories people told about the thing they felt compelled to bring.

Related, perhaps. Charles Cushman's Journey through the American Landscape, 1938-1969, a life in photos (via me-fi). Browse the subject index: hairstyles, raccoons, automobiles, skyscrapers, accidents, ocean liners and orangutans. Putting this kind of archive together is going to be a lot easier for the historians of the future. But with digitisation comes a loss of physicality - the fading colours, scratched negatives, frayed edges and visible frames that tell you this was once an object you could hold.

Elsewhere. Too Good to be True, the top ten scientific hoaxes. The saddest is the tale of Johann Beringer of Würzburg, who believed he had found the signature of God embedded in stones along with fossils. 'The legend is that Beringer impoverished himself trying to buy back all copies of his book, and the finds became known as lügensteine, or "lying stones".' This hoax was pre-dated by the tale of Athanasius Kircher, a renowned seventeeth century intellectual who was also somewhat eager to please. Beringer is also one of the subjects of a book by Stephen Jay Gould, The Lying Stones of Marrakech. Some more on Beringer's lügensteine.

This historic road safety poster was collected by the diligent archivists of the Framley Museum / real advertising snippets at gorgeous / the photography of Joel Sternfeld. Related: Bye bye Babar, the re-appropriation of one of Sternfeld’s images as the ‘world’s largest roadkill’ / earplug, an electronic music newsletter / urban scenes at paul's FotoPage.

The Early History of Talking Machines, simulacra and other artificial humans. Like Joseph Faber's Euphonia: "A German immigrant named Joseph Faber spent seventeen years perfecting the Euphonia, only to find when he was finished that few people cared." (via Coudal)

Laying Down the Virtual Law, 'Is there such a thing as fraud in a metaverse?' Should real world laws and economics be applied to virtual worlds? The experience of one Julian Dibbell suggests that they should: 'On April 15, 2004, I will truthfully report to the IRS that my primary source of income is the sale of imaginary goods," he states on his site, "and that I earn more from it, on a monthly basis, than I have ever earned as a professional writer.'

When we first heard about Rachel Whiteread’s Room 101 installation in the V&A's Sculpture Court, we thought it might be a re-creation of the long-lostHouse’. Instead, it's a cast of the physical space made infamous by George Orwell as a symbol of tyranny and fear. Ironically, the BBC is not only demolishing the original Room 101, but it has also happily turned fear and tyranny into a chat show / stereogum, irreverent music weblog / the fantastic Indie Rock Live has live shows by Calexico and Spiritualized to download.

Gothic-related: funeral merchandise, the photographs of Simon Marsden (via prolific). See especially haunted houses and strange portraits and disturbing details, such as the Screaming Skull of Bettiscombe Manor: 'Tales of ‘screaming skulls’ have been recorded in Somerset, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Dorset, Derbyshire, Sussex, Lancashire — indeed, in most counties of England.'

Blogdial, the Irdial weblog, which we overlooked last week / this Slower image is very godspeed you! black emperor / images from a soldier serving in Iraq / the Secret Santa is back / Mr Baldwin walks uptown, a companion piece to his Notes from 10th Street, NY, NY, written for things 15 / silly Bill.

We have two new galleries of Spain from the air.

A Curatorial Experiment

Thursday, November 13, 2003
Sorry for the delay, some kind of Blogger issue.

Ruins / Souvenir is a joint exhibition at East London's Transition Gallery (via Catfunt). We like Souvenir best: ‘a souvenir is actually something that reminds us of a particular time, place or person.’ The artists stay anonymous until the end of the show – a little like the RCA’s Secret Postcard Show (2002 collection here), although it's slightly less of a media free-for-all. All the RCA cards can be seen online at

Catfunt also links Design Observer, a kind of semi-pro design website - contributors include Rick Poynor and Jessica Helfland. Poynor in particular excels at the short, informative essay, such as 'It's a man's world', a musing on our penchant for graphic ephemera, as manifested in the books of Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books. The book in question, It's a man's world (launch party pics), features cover after cover of rugged males battling the elements, animals, other men and even women. Artists like Norm Saunders excelled at this savage pulp style: 'we can only guess at the raging psychopathology they fueled.'

Also related: Massive Change (via Ashley B): ‘We must ask ourselves, now that we can do anything, what will we do?’ What can design culture do to change the world? We’re honoured to be participating in Ashley’s Grid blogging experiment. More as and when. As well as the instigator, other participants include: elastic space, Dr Menlo, v-2, glowlab, junk for code and Freegorifero.

Happy Victims, by Kyoichi Tsuzuki (via Anglepoised). A photographic study of the obsession of shopping – consumers consumed by the output of one particular label (‘There are the three young Osakan girl-‘goths’ who share their lives, their apartment and their love of Jane Marple, a designer who defines the Japanese Goshiki or gothic style and there’s the woman who buys Isabel Marant because she can’t afford Francesco Clemente paintings’ - although we can't quite see how the last two are related). Some more images here. Many more Japanese Gothic links at Avantgauche.

A vast archive of World War II pictures, arranged by date. Trace Europe’s lengthy slide from one war to another, via cartoons (‘I’m conserving wool, this bathing suit’s painted on’) and many, many images (search the main page with the date for caption info): Kamikaze (1945/05/11), bombing (1945/07), liberation (1945/06/05), London in ruins (1940/09/14), a V-1 flying bomb in flight (1944), even the discovery of the Lascaux Caves (1940/09/00).

A century in shoes (flash) / accelerated histories, video cards from 1996 to the present (via muxway) / memory plays funny tricks: bad toon rising / the Sideways bike.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
A few things I've picked up from my current book, Tom Vanderbilt's excellent Survival City ('Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America'). Philip K.Dick’s novel The Penultimate Truth is all about a population being sent to live underground in ‘tanks’ to escape a nuclear war (synopsis). Except the Earth's surface hasn't become an uninhabitable nightmare – the war was a hoax, and a calm, empty planet is now occupied by a bunch of feudal-style lords, who keep the masses at bay with false information. Reminiscent of a much-hyped cinematic trilogy?

In his journey round the bunkers, silos and shelters that litter America, Vanderbilt also cites the infamous ‘Report from Iron Mountainhoax - a classic parody that appeared to be leaked directly from the heart of the military-industrial complex. Claiming that a state of everlasting war was best for economic prosperity, the report posed a few costly 'alternate enemies' (such as an extraterrestrial threat, or massive global environmental pollution) to keep the populace on side in the frightening event of peace breaking out. Naturally, the report (which you can still buy) was (and still is) widely thought to be real - finding its way into Oliver Stone's JFK for example. As is so often the case, there's a comprehensive Wikipedia overview. Related: a heritage map of Underground London, showing US bases, WWII deep level shelters, sewers and more.

Elsewhere. Las Vegas Sign Graveyard, via scrubbles. The host page for the signs,, is also home to the Spacemen 3 archives / photographer Andrew Cross’s images of the new American landscape / Metafizix, a weblog with a behind-the-scenes in TV theme., creative and cultural expression, including Emese Gal's photographs of colour-saturated San Diego / a PC re-make of classic Spectrum game Head over Heels (via iamcal). Links to more re-makes here, including Ant Attack and Skooldaze. Even more at Retrospec.

Architecture of Silence, David Heald’s photographs of France’s Cistercian Abbeys (via Conscientious, who also links the related Nuns and Monks) / traditional letterpress work at Pressure Printing (via Kaliber 10000) / New Urbanism, Mon Amour!, a humorous critique.

Future Applications Lab, 'nostalgia for an age yet to come' - new ways of perceiving a future of near-ubiquitous computing. Related: Sonic City, personal soundscapes. A slightly eerie concept - that of a device that distills the ambient and not-so-ambient sounds of the city into your very own soundtrack, uniquely related to your journey. Via creativity machine, related to the autounfocus weblog / another tweak to the haddock interface, this time including link blogs.

London's lost Roman Road? (found, while looking for information on subsidence, unfortunately, amongst other silly things at Frank Xerox, including this 'happy version' of Guernica and a new take on the Haywain) / the Blackheath Cavern.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2003
Nuclear Explosions Database, a searchable database of atomic explosions since 1945 (via Plep). Related: Operation Cue, an atomic test designed to be witnessed by civilian volunteers. Lots more Cold War history at Nebraska Studies. See a 'typical American home' get blown to smithereens as part of this test. More blast videos.

Patricia Piccinini's hugely creepy installation 'We Are Family' / The Good Life, or visiting spas for the wary. We especially like this. ‘My hair, normally like the wings of a dozen crows stapled to a melon, stands down.’ / the paintings of Julia Ricketts, spotted in Katharine Harmon's excellent new book You Are Here / the original My Bloody Valentine / At Home with Hitler drags on...

Patio Culture, suburban living in the 1960s (via sugar’n spicy). Related: cereal box gallery (via Muxway), e.g. Quake. Also, fun with clip art at Very Important Things / Google Blogoscoped, a weblog about Google / Wonderful: the church sign generator (via me-fi).

Polar Inertia, a weblog, includes many links to urban design and modernism in general, including Californian Bridge Designs, Historic Photos of Los Angeles area Highways and the Scottish new town of Cumbernauld (a flash site, but one which is hard to navigate. Rather like the town itself, we imagine). Also, Mike Davis on Las Vegas. And we're back to atomic blasts again.

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 /, a photolog / Trampoline House, a magazine of art and new writing / movie fonts /, 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

Thursday, November 06, 2003
The Charles Booth online archive - poverty maps of London with the ability to compare old and new street plans. Booth’s classifications are wonderfully Victorian, from Yellow (‘Upper-middle and Upper classes. Wealthy.’) down to Black (‘Lowest class. Vicious, semi-criminal.’) We’re squarely in the pink (‘Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings.’), a classification which doesn't appear to have changed much in over 100 years (perhaps the occasional dip into purple and light blue), although Booth's map pre-dates our house by about 5 years...

The Cane Hill Project, exploring one of Surrey’s oldest asylums. As well as being the last home of David Bowie’s older brother, it was also home to Charlie Chaplin’s mother, Hannah (scroll down). Simon Cornwell's Urbex isn't the only site that's been snooping around: has also visited, and gives a better idea of the asylum's sheer size. Both sites are well worth visiting. Cornwell uncovered some discarded drawings in the art therapy room (spooky), as well as the Cane Hill Yellow Pages (the day to day minutiae of running an asylum) and some last words. (he also has a fine collection of Simple Minds acetates).

These images conjure up a wonderful atmosphere. These old asylums are, in the most part, fantastic pieces of institutional and domestic architecture, all solidly constructed by hearty Victorian builders. And now they're fenced off and crumbling away. Meanwhile, there are around 70,000 hectares of wasted space in Britain, with estimates suggesting that some 3.8 million homes will be needed in the next quarter of a century.

An exhibition of the work of Eric Ravilious is currently showing at London's Imperial War Museum (itself a former asylum, while we're on the subject). Some more Ravilious / the illustrators of the Eagle, the most fondly remembered of all British comics. See also the Eagle Annual Gallery / Paperback Revolution, part of the Culture of Publishing website, tracks the history of the Penguin paperback. Was the Penguin imprint the first affordable books? No, but founder Allen Lane’s emphasis on quality and excellence are indicative of the improving nature of the era, when everything from design and architecture to publishing were perceived as tools which with the populace could be moulded and shaped for a better tomorrow.

A fantastically anal appreciation of John Squire’s effects pedals ('[The Boss Noise Suppressor NS-2] could have been used at gigs prior to Tokyo, but the hum from Squire's strat can still be heard slightly from the Blackpool Empress Ballroom performance on video. If this pedal was in his chain at that time, the hum wouldn't be evident.') Just what is about the Stone Roses that inspires obsession? See the infamous One Love Story for more ('old testament' and 'new testament'). Some more about OLS (first link via tmn, who have their own Stone Roses moment). People get awfully funny about effects pedals. Visit Guitargeek and see their 'guitar rig database' to see what we mean.

A brief technical explanation of the new Millau Bridge, 343m high above the Tarn Valley in Southern France. Designed by Foster and Partners. More information here / Naked world, more about Spencer Tunick (an artist who seems to have benefited from online publicity like no other) / Bad Habits Instructional Posters from India, via Geisha asobi / the former Playboy Bunny website (via milk and cookies).

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
We'd never heard of Trinitite before this morning. The glassy material was formed in the aftermath of the world's first atomic explosion, Trinity, in New Mexico:

The chunks of Trinitite are about a half-inch square and a quarter-inch thick, a shiny avocado green, except for a thin layer of sand on the bottom. The blast turned a 500-yard diameter circle of desert into a quarter-inch-thick plate of radioactive crystal the color of most 1970s major appliances. In my hand I hold a moment of time: Year Zero of the Atomic Age.

You can see some specimens here: beware of fakes - real Trinitite has a comforting glow of residual induced radiation (although some have been known to fake that too). There's a lot of it about, but provenance is important.

Graffiti, a collaborative moblog (thanks to Jean-Luc at mediatic). Related, Serrated Image showcases ‘sychroballistic photographs’ of skateboarding / the Broken Wrist Project - 'we make books' / we've mentioned it before, but Zabriskie Point is worth visiting again/ photographer Noshe has two crisp, sober photo essays on his site: On the road and Play & record. More photography, design and moving image at

Aluminium trailers and more at (including trailers for sale and a detail gallery). See also Tom Bentley's homage to his Airstream, and other sites like Birchwood Beauties (via sublimate). It's one of those great British paradoxes: a nation is fascinated by caravans, holidays and mobility, yet seemingly repelled by those for whom this way of life is the norm - gypsies and travellers. George Monbiot's article Acceptable Hatred, in yesterday's Guardian, describes it as part on the ongoing 'conflict between settled and travelling peoples', pointing out that we still have 'residual envy' of their bohemian lifestyle, concluding: 'Could it be that it remains acceptable to hate Gypsies because it remains acceptable to romanticise them?'

Elsewhere. More Tokyo motor show / the forthcoming Bentley saloon / 3d portraits (I don't understand - do they sell lenticulars or animated gifs?) / Today’s Front Pages, a daily global snapshot (via Kottke) / James Salavon’s ‘Homes for Sale,’ somehow more vivid than his Playboy Centerfolds. Related. The still-sleeping Sharpeworld’s ‘Celebrities of Real Estate' / conscientious links to Bee Flowers, Russian photography. Galleries we enjoyed include: Soviet-era Hotels, ten depressing views of Moscow, Moscow in Motion, the town of Kursk / Male sex hormone easily triggered.

The sub club, 'sub-miniature photography' - tiny cameras like the Minox, the spy's ultimate tool. See SWS Security Minox for more details (scroll down on this page to see the company's Dead Letter Box), and visit the Minox Historical Society.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003
A tale of Karmic Bus Tickets at Plasticbag - nicely encapsulating the day to day tribulations of using London's useless public transport. The recently launched Tube Refund site is perhaps a step forward. Tube Refund offers to complete the lengthy refund form for you automatically, via text message. This means that you can claim the refund while still in the grip of the delayed passenger's blinding fury, the fury that makes you want to physically shake the platform attendant until their silly blue hat falls off. But what about extending the scheme? How about creating a mySociety project that hugely increased the power of Tube Refund and extended it to the whole rail system? Imagine if every single customer charter was obeyed to the letter. Would the system collapse?

It’s an attractive prospect, using the so-called benefits of a semi-privatised system (fully accountable to consumer rights and market forces) to encourage a return to public ownership. Looking through the mySociety proposals, you see things that in an ideal world would be the remit of Local Government (Abandoned car notification, Local Services Portal, database of private landlords, open to all, the affordable first home) but aren't part and parcel of our everyday lives because the funds/imagination just don’t exist at an official level. But do these ideas get through to town halls and council offices? Is anybody paying attention?

Elsewhere. Cliché watch. notes the frequency of rampant neologism at Wired magazine. Related: Gary Wolf looks back at Wired's worst articles / parked up fighter planes, Arizona (via information junk) / Santiago Calatrava's new Tenerife Auditorium: an icon too far? / the police point to elements of urban design that cause crime, but wrongly identify it as New Urbanism (via City Comforts) / Sustainable fish wallet-card - never eat badly managed fish again - via Boing Boing.

Neglected architecture at the Joy of Concrete, all about forgotten Scottish modernism. See especially the sad wreck of St Peter's Seminary, the work of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia (two more Scottish churches by the firm: St Paul, Easterhouse). Read this Observer piece on the Seminary, and how its crumbling, vandalised brutalism just doesn't fit into the popular perception of a 'great building at risk'. This excellent page at Hidden Glasgow links to the brilliant photos at submit response (who also link to the great 50p badges).

Thomas Edison's patents / toy car obsession, via Coudal. Related, the Beetle model museum, via The Cartoonist. Also from the Cartoonist, an in-depth look at Vienna's 1932 Werkbundsiedlung, a modernist housing estate / concept cars and other specials at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, via Sachs Report (especially the Suzuki Mobile Terrace). Also via Sachs, Involving Systems, hardware and software for making avant-garde music.

Monday, November 03, 2003
The music photography of Erik Wahlstrom, via Also, the Nymphoto women's photography collective / the revision thing at Harpers, sort of scary/funny / the ExcelVBA action game museum, games for your spreadsheet (in Japanese, via Muxway). Reminds us of the Excel flight simulator easter egg / more kinky posters at devilsweb: Is Stalin Alive?. A different kind of Russian poster / pin-ups, via cup of chica.

Obliterated is an excellent weblog, providing many, many links about art, publishing, collage, journals. See American Postcard Art, Adolf Wolfli's illustrated books, children's illustrated diaries and the illustrations, journals and paintings of John Copeland / deeply creepy Playstation commercial (Quicktime) / design and photography at Someoddpilot / The Barren Lands (via Portage, back with a vengeance). Sounds fascinating (J.B.Tyrrell's expeditions for the Geological Survey of Canada, 1892-94), but the images seem to be missing at the moment.

You are so bored. You're in detention & are daydreaming. You are so bored., from 'Correctional Facility,' a poem that turned up in Friday’s comments, thanks to the MMO.

Sunday, November 02, 2003
A new gallery for a rainy Sunday: John Weich's images of Hong Kong and more (see also: Mobility: A room with a view).

Some more urban links. Celluloid Skyline, New York and the movies / Passages Couverts, the covered passageways of Paris / World Heritage Tour, one man and a Quicktime plug-in / Wasted Space: what's the worst patch of urban blight? / Night Views of Seto (via me-fi), Japan by night.