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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Some rather staggering statistics here about the cash cow that is Winnie the Pooh, worth some $5.3 billion in sales each year (via bowblog). As bowblog notes, E.H.Shephard's classic drawings might have been completely superseded by Disney's distinctive yellow bear, for better or worse, but the upshot of Pooh's vast revenue-generating ability is that never again will his image change. See the History of Pooh at this site, Just-Pooh, which, remarkably enough, is a fansite with no affiliation to Disney.

Berlin demolishes the scraps of the half-built Gestapo museum. The scheme was originally designed by Peter Zumthor, the architect whose Thermal Baths at Vals have become the contemporary equivalent of Le Corbusier's Ronchamp as a place of architectural pilgrimage. Sadly, wrangles over budget have led to the abandonment Zumthor's competition-winning design for the Topography of Terror Foundation, which currently comprises of the basement cellars of the former Gestapo HQ, now an open air public space. It's a complex story, but essentially Zumthor's plans have been shelved on account of a (relatively trifling?) 5m euro budget over-run (they should check out the Scottish Parliament...).

Elsewhere. All about technetiquette / the phrase 'Eames Era' tops a poll of 'most objectionable' terms on CraigsList / extracts from the James Dinwiddie Online Collection Guide, including his Dinwiddie's scientific journal, Queries and Hints / contemporary arts and crafts design beautifully presented at hewn and hammered / useful compilation post about old cameras / Memories of the Space Age. We seem to link stuff like this every fortnight or so. Of course, there's a strong likelihood that we link the same site over and over again.

Archinect's 'Building Books' feature has interviews with two stalwarts of architectural publishing, the MIT Press and Princeton Architectural Press / Shoewawa, a weblog about shoes. See also Manolo's Shoe Blog. And Caroline Cox's new book, Stiletto / Louisville Showcase, bands old and new from that most musically prolific of American towns.

A great portfolio of the programme from the London premiere of 2001 (via Coudal). Related, What Stanley didn't say, the story of Kubrick's last (fake) interview. Also, All I Want For Christmas Is Stanley Kubrick's Lens, at greg / the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's.