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Thursday, January 15, 2004
You can now listen to Radio 3's The Verb on line, in which things editor Hildi Hawkins talks about the magazine, the weblog and the latest issue. Not sure how long the audio stream will stick around - presumably it'll be replaced by the latest programme this Saturday. So move quickly...

The Royal Mail’s new smart stamps concept was mentioned on the radio this morning. Pay an annual licence fee (of around £50) and you get the ability to design and print your own stamps from your PC (hopeless flash demo of the concept, thrown together as a corporate presentation or something). We like this idea a lot, although we're not sure what stamp collectors will make of it. It also sounds like a gift to hackers with big mailing lists. You can already put your own photos on stamps, with the execrably-named smilers.

This ties in nicely with something written over at daring fireball about Apple's new GarageBand software. A big garage: ‘people want to be producers, not consumers.’ Yet we still have to consume to produce. And software like GarageBand is a product that allows a different kind of productivity. It's the old suffering for one's art paradox: does the starving artist, scraping around for food, heat, light and materials, produce better work than the artist who can drag and drop with ease?

Larsholst sets out some of his favourite well-designed weblogs, lots of links to chase, meaning more time is spent procrastinating instead of doing the things we should be doing. Gems include Marking Time, whose post on web display cases is right up our street. Of the examples cited, Do you remember when?, an exhibit at the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Smithsonian's Revealing Things are still on line. We're also grateful for the link to the William Morris Internet Archive.

Some other things. South London landmark, the pink tank / I see Jesus, taking religious simulacra to its logical conclusion (via me-fi) / gorgeous vapour trails: six photos of aeroplanes at peppered, part of a list of things - compulsive reading and clicking (toy car). Thanks to Johan for the link / frosty grass by Jason Zada.

Wings of Change, a National Geographic feature (the first to be shot entirely digitally) / a map of the universe (via tmn) / monster hail stones at stormgasm (via Coudal) / consumptive links to Salt Mine, a photography magazine.

Women in Trousers is the most phenomenally sexist book I have ever seen. There's a copy in Oxfam's Goodge Street store if you don't believe me / Bleep.com is the new online store from Warp Records. Try before you download; a kind of iTunes for the glitch rock generation.

Apologies for the lengthy site outage. We're back now, and will try not to vanish like that again. It was the virtual equivalent of tripping over the mains cable and yanking it out of the wall, I think. Amongst other things, being off-line for 12 hours cut our spam intake down from about forty items to just one. Anyone know why this should be?