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Monday, May 01, 2006
The Aspen Movie Map was an early experiment in recreating a real location as a virtual space, a precursor of today (and tomorrow's) in-car navigation systems yet also a tool with a military application: 'to solve the problem of quickly familiarizing soldiers with new territory'. Nowadays, it's not just territory that can be previewed, but whole scenarios: 'This is Urban Warfare'.

The Cricketing Yak, a mapping and data compiling project for cricket obsessives (via me-fi projects) / a collection of Disney self-plagiarisation / quakes caused by spyplanes? / a nice addition to the genre of crop art: Sycamore Farms, a project by visual artist Matthew Moore / the monome 40h, 'a reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons', configurable for pretty much whatever you like.

When in Rome... don't listen to the Romans: on Richard Meier's new Ara Pacis Museum / wind turbines from space / staying with Google sightseeting tours, some giant holes / 'My god, it's full of stars,' all about Olber's Paradox / a different kind of glitter: hysterical upmarket car bling by Strutwear / Dumb Angel Magazine and weblog tracks the traces of West Coast surf culture.

We like the idea of a mis-guide / go and buy a castle in Europe. There are lots / don't you love it when a hoax comes together / driving on three wheels on a Citroen GS / rats, the site looks much better in this rss reader / the Golden Fleece Awards, angry responses to big budget state projects in 1970s America some of the things that got them all riled seem commonplace today / all about the wah pedal.

Photo Book Guide is exactly that, a project that tries to 'show the history of photography reflected through the photo book', with detailed reviews of such gems as William Eggleston's Guide (currently riding a wave of popular interest thanks to simultaneous use by both Primal Scream and Ali Smith) and Martin Parr's One Day Trip, one of thirty books Parr has published in the last 20 years apparently. Oh yes, the site is by Rob Gardiner of NYC London, no mean photographer himself.

My Home Our Place, a surprisingly link-less site concerned with 'better housing and Neighbourhoods for the North East...' / the latest issue of Blue Eyes Magazine includes Allison V.Smith's essay on Marfa, Texas, home to the late Donald Judd, his foundation (and, until recently, this lonely little desert outpost of high fashion and noughties irony) / a set of four KLF videos. Well worth it / linked before, but an ongoing project: Evening Standard doom and gloom.