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Friday, July 01, 2005
Folded Space, a weblog with a good overview of the new War of the Worlds movie (last link is to inevitably whiz-bang official promo site. I haven't bothered to check it). However, any excuse to link to War of the Worlds Book Cover Collection should be seized. The collection also cropped up in a recent issue of the ever-wondrous Cabinet Magazine.

We received a nice write-up in Londonist. We are, apparently, Stakhanovite in our output (see Seventeen Moments in Soviet History for more), after the unfortunate Ukranian coal miner Alexei Stakhanov who was alleged to have produced fourteen times his quota from one shift (cited) - he even made the cover of Time. Today, the country's mines are most dangerous workplace in the world: 'Since Ukraine became independent in 1991, almost 4,000 miners have died in accidents.'

Another gem, Snarkout, which has a helpful 'history' tag for all sorts of emphemera, like The Galloper magazine, 'Europe's online magazine for old showland'. Re-visit a world of ghost shows, captive flying machines and much, much more. In scope and tone, The Galloper reminds us of Tobias Seamon's excellent first novel The Magician's Study, an extract from which graced the pages of things 17/18, no less.

Captive flying machines were a speciality of one Hiram Maxim, better known as the inventor of the machine gun in 1884, not such a great legacy. There's a blue plaque commemorating this achievement in Hatton Garden, near his original factory. Maxim's flying machines, both captive and real are far more fun. His steam-powered bi-plane, tested at Baldwyns Park in Bexley, had vast 17 and a half foot diameter propellors. A bit more on steam-powered flight, and a fine old illustration from Science and Society.

More hidden histories. Boffins create Zombie dogs, screams this News.com.au story (via tmn), triggering a memory of a much, much earlier experiment. This 1940 film, Experiments in the Revival of Organisms, purports to show Russian scientist Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko's experiments with a severed dog's head. Gruesome stuff (download the half-gig mp2 movie if you can stomach it). The comments and ensuing discussion are pretty sure it's fake. After all, Stalin's Russia wasn't exactly a hotbed of scientific accuracy and progress - just ask Alexei. The new research took place at Pittsburgh's Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, which seems like a low-key place to be involved in such Re-Animator-style shenanigans.

Related, horror, shock and exploitation cinema at Sin Alley. See also The Groovy Age of Horror / TV Tropes, via tmn / Mindreading, 'the interactive guide to emotions' / Risen to the Surface, a weblog / visit the Port Eliot Lit Fest 2005, featuring all sorts of things faves, including Mr Toby Litt.

German Expressionist woodcuts / an A-Z of ideological dilemmas, prepared by the Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Husayni Sistani. Beats Anne Widdecombe, we guess (via James and Annie) / look out for a new edition of Leisure Centre magazine / Stop Motion Movie of the construction of a Lego Star Destroyer (via Coudal). That's a serious kit - and seems to really brings out the urge to chronicle.

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