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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Charts, diagrams, information graphics by Karl Hartig, via Sachs. Karl also has a thing for Geodesic Domes, once the architectural symbol of the world of tomorrow, when encasing the world seemed like the best option. That last image came from Fabio Femino's vast SF archive, chaotically organised by stuffed full of imagery by the likes of Chesley Bonestell and Robert McCall. There are links to other like-minded artists and collectors, including artist Frank Wu's gallery of the work of Frank R. Paul, who worked between the wars. 'FRP's style shows his architectural training; his cities and technology are lovingly detailed, his aliens well thought out and plausible, but his human figures stiff and simplistic.' (if you like this kind of stuff enough to put up a website about it, you're usually into something else that's equally obscure. For example, Mr Wu likes kitsch America).

Who are the WaBenzi? 'Kenya's government has spent more than $12m on new cars since 2002' / a collection of Tatra videos / how Rothko's Seagram murals found their way to London / related, a nice open directory of modern art / Song Dong builds cities of biscuits. More in this Guardian article. See also Elizabeth Hickok's San Francisco in Jell-O / an off-shoot of Archinect and BLDG BLOG, Subtopia: A Field Guide to Military Urbanism begs further investigation. Geoff also draws our attention to Kazys Varnelis's epic Centripetal City, 'Telecommunications, the Internet, and the Shaping of the Modern Urban Environment', which was published in the much-better-organised-than-we-are Cabinet Magazine (issue 17, Spring 2004/2005).

The Unclaimed Baggage Center: 'lost treasures from around the world'. There is something pleasing about old luggage, and Vintage Labels have long been sought-after (although that particular site is no longer maintained. Speaking of which, it's good to see the original ghost sites is still going strong) / Google in China? Snarky / interior illusions / a couple of links snared from kottke: Averaging Gradius and this collection of Space Shuttle disaster headlines from 1986.

Thanks to Bryan for alerting us to the terrifying world of dB racing, 'the fight to build the world's most powerful sound system'. Open to everyone. The 'sport', dB drag racing / The Science Creative Quarterly / retro band site for The Raconteurs / quirks in Google Earth. The Lancaster Bomber is a good one, albeit a little unlikely looking / handy: freelance fee guide / old UK electrical adverts, via BB. Also linked, 'My Family's Dune Buggies Over the Years: 50's, 60's, 70's' / the slanket is a blanket for people who really like kicking back (via plasticbag). In fact, 'slanket' would make a good word for a lazy, sofa-bound person.

What happens if you open up comments totally - you become a dedicated comment gardener / a celebrated place for photographers, the Bangladeshi ship-breaking yards. Anyone tracked this place down on Google Earth yet? / the internet has turned us into a world of toy collectors, allowing the endless revisiting of a perfectly-imagined childhood. Example: Hi-Fructose, a 'toysploitation' magazine devoted to adult collectables / Edmund Rumpler's streamlined Tropfenwagen, a 1920s take on the new science of aerodynamics. The packaging is especially neat.