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Thursday, November 02, 2006


Makoto Ouchi, a Master in the Art of Automotive Illustration. A different kind of auto art: the latest New Russian Money trend, art cars, but more Athena than Alexander Calder. The article talks of the work of Ilnur Mansurov: check his work at designer's inspiration, a Russian weblog: 1, 2. Related, the increasingly absurd SEMA show is on at the moment (Specialty Equipment Market Association), helping you stick daft things on your car / this Saturday is Blackout London day: turn off your lights from 4.30pm. Sit in the dark and eat biscuits. And hopefully turn this view into something a whole lot less spectacular. Not for the first time: 'In hindsight it seems unlikely that German bombers could train in on a pipe flame or cigarette glow on the streets of London. An epic image of Shanghai in the rain, via blackdown. Hard to imagine that particular city doing a voluntary blackout.

A great story: disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-Suk did deals with the Russian Mafia to snare bits of frozen Mammoth DNA (via tmn), and other stories of dubious scientific endeavour at Seed Magazine. Is it a coincidence that the Bad Science forums refer to the especially credulous as 'woos' (thanks too to BS for linking the prog-rock extravaganza that accompanies Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. Brian May and Patrick Moore together at last). And finally, the sad tale of Kreed Kafer, long-dead South African jailer.

Why do people put plastic wrap on their furniture? / weblog jumping, a couple of links borrowed from rotational's sidebar: vi-R-us, Kieran Long's bonfirefighting, and onwards to stereo sanctity and venusberg. Other things noted, Posthegemony, marginalia35 and the excellent Sean Talley, with posts like The Whole World + The Work = The Work / Warning Signs, a flickr set / the Beasts of St George / Ninfinger Productions, including a tour of the Trinity Test Site and tiny rocket models / Atlas(t) on the Omnibus / amazing images from 80s-era upper class society bashes by Dafydd Jones. His archives are epic.