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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
A selection of other things today. The abandoned bicycles of New York (via Gawker) / so why is that DVD player so cheap? Because the people assembling and selling it are getting next to nothing (via gizmodo, busy bringing us truckloads of shimmering silver technology from the CES show) / an incredible flash site: rice5.com

There are new articles at Art and Architecture, including Wayne Hemingway on social housing and the work of the mystery A59 photographer, who travelled to Mostar, Egypt, Rouen, Moscow in days of yore, but managed to remain anonymous / before the Bam earthquake: I, II / cityscapes at Digitalfetish and at the the daily dose of imagery

The credits just keep going and going... (via tmn) / Photoworks - contemporary photography in the South East of England / music video links / crash testing in Sweden at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, home of the Mooses II dummy (evaulation) / in the bunker, Cold War chic via Sachs Report.

Commercial animation art produced by the Ray Patin Studios in the 1950s and 60s (via dublog): pistol-packin’ squirrels and cute bunnies / a scan of the original manuscript of Robert Tressell’s Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, the oft-cited work of social history (via diskant. Tressell’s original, scribbled-out title was ‘Being the story of twelve months in hell, told by one of the damned’.

Punk rock flyers: California, New York and Philadeplphia (via irregular orbit / Vintage Postcards is searchable, purchasable and highly fascinating / very interesting interview with Christopher Guest, from where we learnt the term 'Newgate Fringe', and the origins of this especially folk-favoured facial hair (also seen on Glastonbury's Michael Eavis).

Finally getting round to reading Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, many months after everyone else. The way technology progresses, or doesn’t progress, in the various alternate worlds is an essential detail of the books. In particular, the idea of vast armoured cargo and passenger Zeppelins had us musing. Visit the Airship Heritage Trust – a fabulous resource. Individual pages include this one on the ill-fated R101 (originally found at Diamond Geezer).

There’s a burgeoning ‘lighter-than-air’ scene on the web. Airship is another comprehensive site, with pages on airships in feature films and on stamps. For example, Soviet Airships on stamps (part of the Russia and Soviet Union Pavilion at the Airmail Stamp Museum). Airship also has a list of contemporary manufacturers.

Lunar base prototypes / Mars Panorama / incredibly strange cars / the way out tube map (not spacy, but showing where the best exits are), via delicious / the snow show, icy sculptures in Finland.

Does anyone else get spam with an auto-generated nonsense subject line? Just recently we’ve had ‘capsize cantonese biplane’ - a surrealist spam generator is surely at work.