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Thursday, April 01, 2004
The Wikipedia entry on April Fool's Day seems like the most authorative place to start. They have an archive of 2002's spoofs, but no other years. The Museum of Hoaxes has a more in-depth list. My favourite series of spoofs has to be BMW's April 1 advertising, which traditionally announces a new, extremely daft technical innovation: WAIL, from 1997, a "Wildlife, Acoustic, Information, Link," that encouraged animals to flee the path of your car (not unlike these very real products, in fact), or the badgewash system from 1998. Unsurprisingly, owners and potential owners clamoured for more information... Happily the company doesn't seem ready to give up this admirable PR exercise; this year, we are told of the new in-car SHEF technology, which links the ultimate driving machine to your oven, via satellite. Check the website, A New Way to Cook.

Some other things. The disk sleeve archive, just when you thought there some things that couldn't be catalogued (show all sleeves). Via Travis Hallenbeck's wonderful Lo-fi blog, all 8-bit colour schemes and links to obscure machinery (via me-fi) / a useful architectural dictionary / a dynamic mortgage calculator / the life of York Wilson, famous Canadian artist and creator of The Story of Oil, a corporate mural par excellence.

Greadgridlock.net hosts four comprehensive but disparate sites. The first is a history of New York Skyscrapers, the second a study of Functionalist Modernism in the Finnish city of Viipuri, the third a history of the development of the square-rigged ship and finally a web tribute to the actress Trini Alvarado. All human life is here.

Not an April fool: a north London-based things reader is clearing out and finds he has copies of issues 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, free to a good home. Bear in mind that issue 4 is very much sold out (and other early issues are fast heading that way), it seems like a good idea. I guess you'd have to collect (or pay some hefty postage if you're out of range). Email Peter for more details.

We have some new found photos, courtesy of Old-timey: check them out.