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Friday, December 17, 2004
Rootburn ponders whether digital media is giving us too much of a good thing, or the curse of the DPE - 'digital photo effect'. In short, 'my ability to produce and acquire has far outstripped my ability to consume'. A good point, too, is whether 'the new way people process digital media is changing the way they process physical media as well.' Rajat also links to the Activaire service, a 'full service music source for people with iPods'.

Activaire will 'fill up' your iPod, uploading ten 'hip' albums of their choice as a low-effort way of keeping yourself up to date with all that confusing new music. It rather takes away the joy of discovering something for yourself, but then again, most people are happy to buy consumer magazines for similar reasons. Or visit a weblog. But whereas we're more than happy to be presented with a collection of choices, it's another thing entirely to hand over one's personal editorial control. Activaire reminded us more of concepts like books by the yard, which suck all the fun out of life ('Filling a bookcase couldn't be easier... Measure how many linear feet you need to fill, and then order by the foot from Book Decor.')

Elsewhere. Alfred Beach's Pneumatic Subway and the beginnings of rapid transit in New York, by Joseph Brennan (who also re-designed the NY subway map), via The Map Room, who links the revised Dymaxion Projection Animation)/ the complex basement levels of the new World Trade Center complex / photo a day by Jessie Chan Norris / via the great RIBAworld newsletter comes MancTransit, images of an industrial city.

Japan's Expo 2005 looks set to be a landmark event in the development of robots, with a bunch of genuine robot workers scuttling around the site, day and night / bookplates, via Coudal. See also The Art of the Ex Libris, which has contemporary examples. Related: Czech Book Covers of the 1920s and 1930s / two examples of a Faux-rari (via Jalopnik) / neat new look for Hemingway Design.

Online real estate just got a bit more expensive: Gamer buys $26,500 virtual land. The 'plot' resides within Project Entropia, and nowhere else. The exhortation to 'convert your real life money into Project Entropia Dollars' is pretty scary.