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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
The Burro Schmidt Mine, one man's private tunnel (at Lost Destinations, via me-fi). Inspired us to hunt around for underground exploration sites, especially structures and tunnels created by eccentrics. I seem to recall the story of a reclusive London man who constructed a tunnel work spreading out from the basement of his house, extending many yards below surrounding houses, roads, etc., but frustratingly can't find it. Instead, a few abandoned buildings: Truro City Hospital, roof-topping in Glasgow and sneaking around an abandoned warehouse belonging to British Car Auctions (part of this admirably minimal website). Finally, Sub-Urban, which delves below Britain's streets and empty places, including a rather sneaky trip into Battersea Power Station (when we visited it was due to an invitation, so we missed out on the eerie sight of the main hall at night), Tottenham Baths (more info) and Croydon's hidden River Wandle, which wends beneath the Purley Way (see this post).

Other things. Turn your website into an interior decorating scheme with Sidestepper (via collision detection) or make a Google montage / bad book covers, thanks to the keen-eyed people at Coudal / get organic vegetables delivered in London / notebook topography, via kottke / a model of Berlin / automobilia for sale.

Need a grid? Downdload some free online graph paper / Collision Detection considers the brain of a gamer. From the comments, "A whole lot of games give me the idea that I should smash open crates and barrels to get the health/power-ups/coins/treasure/etc. hidden inside." We agree; why don't real-world crates splinter into pieces after a couple of punches?

Marfa.org brings you a collection of links about Donald Judd's adopted home town (appears closely related to archibot) / Carlo Mollino's Casa del Sole (more), a 1947 apartment building in the Alpine resort of Cervinia, contained some gorgeous furniture. Mollino also took a mean polaroid (nsfw).

Way back in the mists of 2004, things put together a CD for the legendary me-fi swap. If we say so ourselves, our CDs were beautifully packaged. Off they went, into the mysteries of the global posting system, and vanished. These were the destinations: Prolific, Jurgen Fauth, Codding, Suite102. I wonder if they ever arrived?