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Friday, December 23, 2005
Save the Pearlroth House (via Land+Living), a modernist marvel in the Hamptons by Andrew Geller. These things never end well, and the house's relative modesty will ultimately be its undoing / architect Richard MacCormac discusses his vision for Broadcasting House, some notes by Mr Hill at City of Sound. A pity that MJP are no longer working on the scheme. It's also depressing that FOA's 'Music Box' scheme for White City appears to be in limbo (all noted at CoS).

The 2005 Google Zeitgeist is fascinating; the (wired) planet's obsessions distilled into a few fancy graphs. But what one really needs is an interactive zeitgeist that can be controlled by entering parameters and seeing whether they're up or down on previous years / a useful method of combining gmail, picasa and flickr to get your photos online / not very seasonal: suicide spots, a breakdown of favoured places to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge (the latter via me-fi) / best web games of 2005: 3D-SF cave is especially claustrophobic.

So Wrong They're Right, a documentary about 8-Track cassette aficionados, made by the founders of the 8 Track Heaven site, online since 1995. One of the site's original founders, the late Abigail Lavine, posted the last words of gangster Dutch Schulz on her own website, Deathbed Delirium of Dutch. These last words, crazed and babbling, were taken down by a stenographer and later found favour as raw material for the likes of William S.Burroughs.

Killer Maps, or online mapping - where is it going? The piece includes an interesting history of GPS: 'On May 1, 2000, the intentional degrading of GPS signals, called Selective Availability, was turned off by order of President Clinton, instantly reducing the range of error in a civilian GPS fix to 10 meters or so.' Locational mapping will soon become just another way of shunting us ads, only this time they'll be rather more locational. We just wish we could get Mobile GMaps to work on our phone. Related, 'Mapping Bruce,' Flip Flop Flyin virtually visits all the spots sung about by Mr S (via The Cartoonist) / vintage Soviet art featuring Father Christmas. Apparently / BT, of all people, look into the future (via) / the photos of Gilbert Garcin / Portal Classic gets an Italian site / Book, a sketchbook that criss-crossed the Atlantic between four artists, Mac Premo and Duke Riley in New York, and Rory Jeffers and Oliver Jeffers in Belfast.

Volkswagen's Transparent Manufactory in Dresden (via Coudal). This was where they make the rather unloved Phaeton and where, whisper it, some Bentleys are also assembled. Also seen at me-fi / BLDGBLG riffs off our City Kong piece with some thoughts on animals in cities / secret sounds conveys images and sounds from places unknown and hidden. It's all very mysterious and rather spooky - loop_tower.mp3, for example. We also love this collection of sounds of the surface of a frozen lake, Lake Hafravatn in Iceland (photo by Pall Gudjonsson) / a collection of handy mnemonics / a work by Ron Mueck / Bright, a Netherlands-based tech weblog / panorama from atop the Empire State Building / illustration by Ragnar at Symptomatica / festive fun with It's a Wonderful Internet, a virtual pop-up book (via cynical-c).

The World of Kane investigates the cameo appearances made by selected pieces of modern furniture in Space 1999, Gerry Anderson's live action space adventure series. Best known, to us at least, for featuring the epic Eagle Transporter (a spaceship model so excellent it has its own website), the set dressers also popped into upmarket furniture boutiques to 'get the look' of the 21st century. As you'd expect, there's a lot of moulded plastic. Stanley Kubrick had a similar eye, and a bigger budget, when he directed 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And that really is it for the rest of 2005. A happy new year to everyone.