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Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Back from a trawl around Imbi Plaza, KL's extraordinary electronics boutique. Software (and DVD) piracy is ingrained here - practically nothing is legitimate. Storeholders shrug their shoulders and say that real software just cost too much. Far better to spend 5RM (just over a dollar) on a package containing Encarta, say, or Alias, or Photoshop, or any number of thousand-dollar packages. Naturally, the government is opposed to this blatant thievery, but it seems there's little impetus for authenticity (example: a boxed 'special edition' of Finding Nemo, expertly packaged by the pirates, sits side by side with Disney's official DVD, costing many times more).

Space and Culture is the weblog of the International Journal of Social Spaces (Anne Galloway is involved). Further to Monday's musings on Manufactured Bohemia, we're intrigued by this proposed study, The Cappuccino Community, subtitled 'cafes and civic life in the contemporary city.' One of their links is to Truck Stops and Transport Cafes, a virtual 'caff' for the UK trucking community. This leads us to this fascinating page of trucking mishaps in Scotland.

Some links. A history of Movable Books (via evenings on the lake - a most evocatively titled weblog, don't you think?). 'Movable' essentially means 'pop-up', and some of the items on display are delightful - there are even animations to give you a sense of depth. There's not enough on the great Jan Pienkowski for our liking, though. This Japanese site, Popbookmania, has plenty of pictures of his work and more.

Give yourself a a sense of scale (via Lorbus) - a journey in bar graphs from fermis to quasars / Lady Lucy, a weblog (see also Being Lady Lucy) / Traffic Island Disks, 'a radio programme about music, people and spaces' / March Design goes medieval and links to the beautiful illustration of William Andrew Pogany (more) / making these lists more magical (thanks to tmn).