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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Why the Schadenfreude Dailies are "ruining" culture, at Neomarxisme ('the pop sociology of pop'). Nicely (if unintentionally) bitter: 'gossip sites staffed by bitter twenty-somethings bent on wrecking every pillar of contemporary popular culture'. There does seem to be the rumblings of a backlash against the relentless and ultimately rather soulless manner in which 'news' (read, new products, events, technologies and the intersection of all three) is sourced, disseminated, spat out, and discarded. Nothing lasts for very long on the internet (although paradoxically everything actually lasts for ever).

And with that in mind we plough into our not-very-snarky, far-from-daily trawl around for links of interest. Infuriating 8-bit culture click-throughs at jodi.org / snippets from The Cure's performance at the Royal Albert Hall last Saturday / Urbanzeitgeist, the usual round-up of whizzy consumables / excellent set of images of the Montreal Expo 67 (via me-fi) / top ten weirdest keyboards ever, via plastic bag / A Guide to Unusual Maps on the Web / You are Here, a photographic journey around recent European architecture / Fullbright, a weblog / I heart bacon is all about everyone's favourite thin sliced meat / living in a tube map (via Russell Davies).

Factbites is billed as a cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia; i.e. you apparently get interesting nuggets about the things you search about. Not a bad idea, and one we suspect will be used for inevitable research shortcuts, especially as it 'offers you real, meaningful sentences that are right on topic' / fun gallery of spaceship art / nice selection of imagery of work by Alison and Peter Smithson / Map builder brings together datasets for Google maps / there's something very creepy about The Royal Forum; the use of Ludwig II's Schloss Neuschwanstein suggests some kind of closeted megalomania.

Happiness: The Chinese zombie ships of West Africa, a Greenpeace activist, sailing aboard the Esperanza (a former Russian fire-fighting vessel), encounters a rusting 'ghost' fleet 130km off the coast of Guinea, West Africa, broken down and with no hope of going anywhere. With a gallery. Apparently some of the boats had been at sea continuously for up to eight years (thanks to rotational).

'Healthy sleep habits, grumpy baby', many, many comments on sleep, and lack of it / Michael Daines' weblog. I think we linked this before / the Nedelin Disaster, the world's worst space-related accident, covered up for decades by the Soviets / TimeandDate.com offers a variety of tools for the chronologically challenged / digital photo-realism by Bert Monroy.