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Monday, October 18, 2004
Gender and car adverts. It would make an interesting research project to trawl through ebay motors and count how many adverts reference women ('the wife', 'her indoors') as a reason for making a car sale. Either seller has too many cars (a common complaint), or 'the wife' doesn't like to drive the car, hence it must be sold, etc. etc. We suspect such research would provide a fascinating insight into gendered thinking about cars, that they are somehow toys which matriachal figures have the power to deny. This cliche (which frequently tips over into misogyny) has probably always existed, originally as an oral tradition, passed on by private sales and motor traders. Now ebay, with its extended scope for written descriptions, has made it a written tradition.

"The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death," an exhibition by photographer Corinne May Botz at the Bellwether Gallery in New York. The photos explore 'a collection of eighteen crime scene models that were built in the 1940's and 50's by a progressive criminologist Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962)... [and] based on actual homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths... to train detectives to assess visual evidence.' Meticulous and sad. A fascinating article on Lee from 1949, a 'queenly looking woman with the high, white coiffure and the tiny gold-rimmed eyeglasses'. Another article on the dollshouses, Small-Scale Tragedies.

A history of Greenham Common, via metafilter. The US base du jour is the Fylingdales radar installation on the North Yorkshire Moors, currently being updated to be part of that genius Son of Star Wars thing. The Subterannea Britannica has excellent information, with the usual brilliant photos by Nick Catford. It's a big issue up in Yorkshire.

A nice discovery. Pixelyn's Premier Issues Project brings together debut covers from a whole host of fashion magazines, with an emphasis on the achingly hip. Each is accompanied by its editorial statement.

Pear Tree House, South London's nuclear bunker at the base of a block of flats / the Manchester Letherium Ideas Competition / a collection of collections / buy an affordable Ferrari / Variation on the word sleep, a weblog / a beautiful 1953 illustration at ephemera now (via heures creuses) / more small things: a bonsai gallery.

Plymouth Town Hall, just one of several things available at galumphia / the Phaeno, by Zaha Hadid / Papel Continuo, a weblog / custom-designed bricks, via design observer / QT Luong's Terra Galleria, featuring an epic attempt to document all 57 American National Parks.