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Monday, October 02, 2006


Apologies for the week-long disappearance; we were sampling the airs of the Isle of Wight (although not the new-fangled, updated Festival malarkey). A muddle of things today. Check the relaunched version of JPG Magazine, which always seems to have something bold and pleasing on the cover (of the site - we've not seen the print edition) / a modern dilemma, or how to deal with a lovestruck World of Warcraft addict / Sublime Magazine has finally launched / many visual delights and unusual objects catalogued at Shepherd's Pie / a list of modern broadcast hoaxes, of which Alternative3 looks the most intriguing. Read more here on a paranoid site which, heavens, seems to believe the hoax was 'classic disinformation' (and watch it).

Sleep Cartography, 'A Visual Representation of a Human Infant's Sleep Cycle', part of the enormous quantity of data at The Trixie Update (via ask me-fi) / the Literature Map, which looks like it works a bit like the various music association sites, absolutely none of which I can recall right now / terrifying clip from Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen over at Cheesedip / walk on water at Bridge, an artwork by Michael Cross (via kottke). There's also a new installation of Chris Burden's 1996 work The Flying Steamroller opposite Tate Britain. Burden is also exhibiting 14 Magnolia Double Lamps at the South London Gallery. We have fond memories of Burden's When Robots Rule: The Two-Minute Airplane Factory, which sadly promised more than it could deliver.

Safeman, a concise history of safe-breaking (via me-fi). Someday we will find some extracts from Shifty Burke's Memoirs of a safe-breaker. As previously noted, the great Tim Hunkin wrote extensively on safe-cracking in his essay illegal engineering, noting that it is a declining art: 'Another factor contributing to the decline in safebreaking is that the rewards are relatively modest. The average haul from bank raids in 1993 for example, was only 3,743, in contrast to the average haul from security vans of 378,479.' See a set of safe-breaker's tools at Lateral Science (full of other gems, e.g. mechanical television and a Young Man's Book of Amusement).

Wilson's Almanac, with an endearing flash intro and the vast Book of Days, and Pip Wilson's weblog, revealing a fascination with world history, real and unreal, political shenanigans and nuclear near misses / enter The Big Draw (more information) / Cardhouse, a weblog / Spurgeonworld, a weblog / Steel Yards, actually a large scale radar facility, at Arkiblog / Michael Bierut on the life and legacy of the late Alan Fletcher / verywide.net, a weblog / Morrow Planet, a weblog.

George Monbiot's new website, Turn up the heat, which 'exposes the false environmental claims made by corporations and celebrities', i.e the private jet habits of certain singers. See also this review of the writer's new book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning / Carrying the Torch for Jane Jacobs, revisiting the planner's life and legacy in a radio show / 20 of the best indie record shops in the UK.