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Monday, February 07, 2005
A writing match made in heaven? Author Alex Garland is to write the screenplay of the movie based on Halo, the XBox's most popular game. Best known in the UK for his debut novel The Beach, Garland was widely believed to be suffering from post-Blockbuster Writer's block (although he subsequently wrote The Tesseract, the film 28 Days Later and the graphic novel The Coma). In 2001 he was quoted as saying 'at the moment I am playing on my X-box an awful lot.'

Related, the world takes its first steps towards the introduction of augmented reality courtesy of software and hardware from the French company Total Immersion. The company has developed technology that allows you to insert computer-generated imagery into the 'real world' (albeit the real world as displayed on a monitor or goggles). See also the invisible train and this Scientific American piece. Applications are endless: all that is solid will truly melt into air.

Related, but from a different angle: Query Letters I Love, which claims to be 'Actual, honest to god query letters I've received in Hollywood'. (via bloghorrea) / From the Bottom Up: 'popular reading and writing in the Michael Zinman Collection of early American imprints' (via scribbling woman). From the same site: Picturing Women, on the history of the representation of women, and Every Man His Own Doctor, 'Popular Medicine in Early America'.

Very Small Objects, a taxonomy (via evenings on the lake) / the official 5.25" disk sleeve archive. The machine room is also pretty amazing if you hanker after old images of old computers. See also Old Computers, which has a fine advertising section / Marina Warner has a new website. What we'd really like is for her to have a weblog.

Minor 9th is one of the most elegant weblogs we've ever seen / high speed photography, via various sites / are these the sounds of Bigfoot? / photos at Crossing London / Bring the Noise, 'the evolution of portable audio' (via gizmodo) / Davies on Gladwell / Retractable, a site dedicated to folding hardtops.

More on Philip Nobel's Sixteen Acres at Design Observer / yet more weblog awards / the The World's Longest Tunnel Page / are search engines and constant access to information a good thing or a bad thing? / images of Dubai's Megaprojects and aerial photos of the country's increasingly surreal construction boom, e.g: 'The World, rising 5km offshore'.

Reversing Vandalism, ' destroyed books transformed into art' (via that rabbit girl). See also Vintage Vandals, transforming thrift store art into, well, more art / Kapitza have designed this beautiful book to accompany David Mabb's exhibition on William Morris at the Whitworth Gallery.