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Sunday, February 15, 2004
A walk along the Thames, captured with a pinhole camera by nyclondon. Strangely deserted, with the empty supports for the old Blackfriars Rail Bridge looking like lost, watery megaliths. The architect Will Alsop once mooted a big red blob sitting atop these pillars, housing, I think, the ICA. The picture here is miscredited to John Outram, who shares Alsop's colour sense, but not his disdain for formalism. These piers (see also this painting by Doug Myers) are the remains of the original Blackfriars Rail Bridge, designed by Joseph Cubitt (who also built the accompanying road bridge). A newer rail bridge, opened in 1886, runs alongside the unemployed columns.

One of the few pleasant things about Blackfriars Station is the wall bearing a list of European destinations, casually mixed in with places in the South of England: Marseilles, Geneva, Vienna, Cannes, Calais, Crystal Palace, etc. Once upon a time, when boats and trains were synchronised, these places were all within easy reach of this now rather unprepossessing structure. Admittedly, you can also get a nice view of the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge from the wind-swept end of the platforms, not to mention the brutalist Lloyds Bank admin centre on the other side of the bridge, immortalised in this bizarre stained glass window in Southwark Cathedral, one of a series of windows created in 1984/5 to celebrate the cathedral's proximity to the hard-headed Square Mile.

Invisible Airports by Bryan Boyer, a Ballardesque 're-imagining' of Foster and Partners' Chek Lap Kok. 'Passengers are allowed to carry with them whatever they like, but they must first pass through the flooded terminal.' A vast megastructure, not just sinking, but slowly turning in on itself, creating journeys that never were. Boyer also has this interesting take on a design for the Villa Savoye that never was.

Kelly Jane Torrance, a culture blog(ger) / punk rock picture sleeves, not just US / UK stuff, but plenty of obscure European covers here as well / animals and insects at Junglewalk / the vast salt city beneath Detroit. 'Some estimates suggest that there is enough salt in the Metro Detroit underground to last 70 million years.' More salt information / last three via memepool.

1926 Fiat Torpedo / Asborn Lonvig paints with a truly zinging palette. We like his landscapes / Atelier Cezanne, via Bifurcated Rivets / also, the nerd watch museum / a box of chocolates from the Soul Food Cafe. Another box of virtual chocolate (related: when did you last use an image map? Read the image map help page) / British railway maps from 1962 / some more London bridges.

What if… there was a neat Apple app called AtticAuthor? (via Raccoon): 'AtticAuthor: Classic literature, your way.' See also 'vernacular creativity' and the ongoing GarageBand controversy.