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Thursday, February 23, 2006
Transport for London censors anagram Tube map (bb link, and more anagrams). One would have thought that TFL would have wised up to the cult status of the map by now and understood that the publicity gained by the distribution of such 'remixes' more than outweighs any potential copyright infringements.

No-one quite knows why the tube map has such a cult following. Geofftech helpfully collects all the map variations on one page, copyright be damned. Half of the user remixes are just that, reappropriating the diagram with new or altered information, be it musical, corporations, etc., all following in the spirit of artist Simon Patterson's The Great Bear (which has turned out to be one of the most influential artworks of the past decade). But there are plenty of 'hacks' that add another of information, geographical, technological, etc. Perhaps this is what riles TFL's information designers, who have been on an orgy of map-making in recent years.

There's a piece in the latest issue of Wired about fanatical lego fans and their contribution to reinventing a product that seems hopelessly mired in expensive license deals (Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.) and products that are becoming more and more prescriptive in the ways they can be built. Then came Mindstorms, a kind of budget robotic kit of surprisingly complexity that has spurned a vast community of hackers, creating a 'culture of innovation' that Lego are now using to develop new products. Lego has a seriously devoted following (see Lugnet, amongst others), but is it to much of a stretch to expect transportation companies, for example, to tap into the enthusiasm of people who not only use their product on a regular basis, but also have the know-how to improve it?

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Back to weekly updates again. We love Blade Rubber Stamps / Google maps bedtime version. Too busy to generate your own new memes? Catch up on everyone else's with Videosift. both via tmn / the secret codes of retail / things in a jar / the Toybaron collects vintage slot cars / this is a website dedicated to collectors of HO scale model railroad beer cars / Tony collects calculators. And he scans them to scale: Sinclair Scientific.

Functional Fate has a thing about the humble white plastic chair, which crops up just about everywhere. Our contribution: this amazing 80s penthouse in St James (on sale via Foxtons for a shade under 5m). It seems that however much money you have, Astroturf and white plastic chairs are still a winning combination / from the ridiculous to the sublime: some rather elegant treehouses (via tmn). See also architectural practice The AOC and their 'Folly for a Filmmaker'. You could also try hanging a Free Spirit Sphere, although you'll need access to some fairly hefty trees.