Our ability to communicate instantly with anyone around the globe, source and consume obscure products and hoover up news and opinions from the four corners, has also left us wide open to myth and rumour. Most likely, the internet merely mirrors humankind's insatiable appetite for tall tales. Yet all too often these stories swiftly fall off the radar, leaving us longing for resolution. Remember the man who claimed
to be a time traveller
? Or the alleged discovery of 'space ship
' debris in Tunguska
? These stories splashed down, whizzed around the world and become cemented into the popular imagination before disappearing once again.
Here's a column debunking the Siberian space ship
theory, citing its origins in a 1946 story by the Russian science fiction author Alexander Kazantsev
. And the time travelling trader? That the story originated with the Weekly World News is enough to dismiss it
. But credit to the 'journalist' who dreamt it up - it's a brilliant conceit, and the use of a name with no (prior) Google
history was inspired.
Plenty more meat for conspiracy theorists at Textfiles
, which hosts thousands and thousands of words on everything
. Related, Jason Kottke
is confused as to why Space.com
is suddenly obsessed with the arcane 'science' of 'flying triangles
Elsewhere. Just like those cats with genetically stumpified legs, this
is an (automotive) freak / the raising of the Tricolor
, a gallery of the recovery of the stricken motor transporter which sank
in December 2002. It was filled with expensive European cars for the UK market. See lots of crumpled-up Volvo XC90s
, destined never to clog up the narrow roads of South London.
magazine / Skirts for Environmental Awareness
/ Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends
/ Should I rip this?
Music's new moral maze laid bare / Asking for Trouble
is asking for things
/ mathematical illusion
/ Life in the Triangle
, a photo-essay that alternates between bleakness and joy.
Journey's End / House of Mirrors, the long-demolished residence of one Clarence Schmidt
in Woodstock, NY. An extraordinary structure
that recalls the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
, another architectural labour of love (further information
and more images
It makes me very happy you can buy toy Barbapapas
. Also at ilike
, North Korean Mass Games
. Totalitarian insanity / Cutexdoom
, a 'game mod installation that explores modern culture's addiction to cuteness and fabricated entities' / Carnesky's Ghost Train
has been and gone. Search instead for the St Louis Ghost Train
, one of many 'real' railroad hauntings.
A Gehry building in use
(i.e. leaking) (link via plasticbag
). Frank Lloyd Wright famously retorted to a client complaining of leaks, 'but that's how you know it's a roof' (I don't think it was Le Corbusier
). Meanwhile, over in Seattle, the EMP
also has its critics
. It's very popular to bash Gehry.
A selection of weblogs: The Null Device
, News of the dead
/ more images of the epic Viaduct de Milau
. Speaking of epic
... / Colorflage
- live inside an optical illusion.
Candybar doll maker
, via Caterina
/ space hijackers
, subverting London / also at Caterina
, The Arts of Oneself
, 'twenty six short tales on personal memoralia' / download some vintage camera manuals
(via the cartoonist