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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
The Moon Resort and Casino. When I first looked at this I was puzzled as to why you'd want to go all the way to the Moon just to gamble. But the resort is very earth-bound (and seemingly closely related to The Palm in Dubai), with 'various global locations' currently under investigation (the 'current front runners [are] located in the Far East, North America and the Caribbean,' which hardly narrows it down). Related: notes on post-modern architecture.

Also noted, Too Much Froth, or why the 'latte quotient is a bad strategy for building middle-class cities' - what happens to 'hip cities' when the buzz dies down. Joel Kotkin and Fred Siegel's rather belligerent essay is especially caustic about the Memphis Manifesto (available as a rather retro-looking pdf), a prominent 'call to action by the Creative Class for communities of North America' ('The 1934 Soviet constitution couldn't have said it better,' retorts Too Much Froth).

The authors are probably right to criticise the elevation of 'creativity' into a frothy salve that's seen as both economic cure-all and blueprint for high quality of life, but their glee at the apparent economic failure of 'hip' is tempered by an aloof, condemnatory attitude. Surely 'hipness' is just another facet of market forces, for better or for worse. The infamous 'Latte Index' (not this one) - which examines the density of Starbucks outlets - has everything to do with the coffee chain wanting to make money, not appear to be hanging out in the coolest parts of town. I thought the 'creative classes' were fighting to keep Starbucks out...?

Elsewhere. La Couturiere Parisienne, five hundred years of costume and clothing history, in paintings and fashion plates (e.g. Fashion of the Golden Twenties, 1920-3), with downloadable patterns you can make yourself. There are also virtual visits to the fashion collections of the V&A and Bath's Museum of Costume, and lots, lots more (shoes). There might be an embedded MIDI file in there too, so turn your speakers off. See also the official V&A site, official Museum of Costume site, with the fascinating Dress of the Year section, which presents a single dress from each year since 1963.

Some other things. Edblog, a weblog found in our referrer logs with a good eye for interviews and features, such as this chat with New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane ('...I have the feeling that writing can be all the better for being squeezed in around life.' and 'The truth is, that if you're working on a piece at three in the morning, you're not Keats; you're just late.'), and a link to splinters, the Spike Magazine weblog. This in turn takes us to Glamorama, a weblog focused on music and books.

'The School', a wonderful short story by Donald Bartheleme. Thanks to Jessamyn for drawing attention to him in this Ask me-fi thread / the postcode project looks like the start of something similar to Ben Fry's clever zip code locator (which we linked earlier in the month) / the fashiondig links portal / Henk's Portal, huge collection of links / pleasing snowfall from plasticbag.