Lord be praised, Sharpeworld
is back. One of the links pinked by America's Favorite Website (TM) is this absolutely swell picture of Skidmore Owings and Merrell's high modernist, ultra camp Air Force Academy Chapel
(never more camp than when being paraded in front of). SOM
designed the whole Air Force Academy
in ultra-militaristic International Style modern, with the occasional jet age flourish thrown in - such as the chapel, which resembles a bunch of upended fighter planes. The entire campus is based on a seven foot grid and it really is the perfect architectural statement (the website has a little Quicktime panorama
, although sadly the Terrazo Cam is down
), set in 18,000 acres at the base of the Rocky Mountains ('where studies reach peak efficiency due to fine climate and surroundings…
SOM was one of 300 firms
tendering for the Air Force commission, which was the 'largest single education program
ever undertaken in the United States'. Some more photos
(hi-res). It had the required effect: '4. Look up the words "booster" and "boosterism." Do you think this brochure cover is an example of boosterism? Explain your answer.'
Other things. An old school sweet shop
/ A spam header, yesterday: 'Your dog clothes website is not optimized for Search Engines'. At the risk of making things worse, dog clothes
/ an excellent explanation of musical keys
/ New York's lighthouses
/ fly a virtual Colditz glider
, wheatpaste not included (thanks Mike
makes furniture with a mind of its own (via travelers diagram
) / the daily photo project
, still going (since 1999!) / Mercedes Benz m100s
, everything you need to know about the car-maker's biggest saloons / Archigram
at the Design Museum
, visited over the weekend. They had a lot of fun / slot car diagrams
, a new magazine.
A project, found at Caterina
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
The first book to hand was James Sander's excellent The Celluloid Skyline
, which has a quite excellent website
, but unfortunately page 23 is a chapter opener, and just says 'SIDEWALK MOMENTS: Filming the City: 1896-1928'. Which doesn't quite work. The next book to hand opened at a German page, and goodness knows what that said. However, on the third attempt: 'Notable exceptions, however, are the French-Canadian department store and mail-order business of Dupuis-Frères, founded in Montreal in 1868, and the City of Paris in San Francisco begun by Félix Verdier in 1850.' (from John William Ferry, A History of the Department Store