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Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Lost Formats Preservation Society, a nicely tongue-in-cheek exercise by Amsterdam-based design bureau Experimental Jetset (via Sachs Report), combining retro-chic nostalgia with the graphic simplicity of the format silhouette - although showing each element to scale would have been nice. Formats that invite further research are John Logie Baird's Phonovision discs from the late 1920s. Apparently only six discs survive, and you can see images from one of them here. Read more early television history. The wikipedia has a comprehensive list of storage devices, including the various types of floppy disk.

Another format we're fond of is MCA's DiscoVision, a format that was also a company and a record label, confusingly. Not mentioned in the LFPS is the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc. We have one of these, gathering dust, with a selection of titles. I think it still works... And the site also doesn't mention the wonderful little Sinclair Microdrive cassette. You could daisy-chain two Microdrives together, giving you a massive 170k of fast storage. Revisit mass storage on the Spectrum with an article from Sinclair User, via the staggering SUMO archives.

The art of retouching (via metafilter), a scary insight into the blandalisation of visual culture. Is that a word? / Leite's Culinaria, recipes and writings by David Leite / William Stout Architectural Books / Giancarlo Neri's The Writer, installed on Hampstead Heath and widely seen on the internet / 'People are my landscape: Social Struggle in the art of William Gropper', includes magazine illustrations such as this cover of The Liberator, from August 1922, or the Fight Against War and Fascism.

A gallery of latte art / LWSDM, a Scot in Finland. Takes great photos too / Bootleg Toys, 'the undiscovered playthings' (via Plep). From Transformers to Buffy. As merchandising revenues account for an increasingly large percentage of 'box office' gross, these objects are only going to proliferate.

Be sure to check the other aerial photographers listed in yesterday's comments.