Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Bridge and Tunnel Crowd

The Atlas des routes de France was a vast survey of the country’s road and waterways, undertaken by Daniel-Charles Trudaine from 1745 to 1780 (although Trudaine never lived to see it completed). ‘The 62 bound volumes contain more than 3,000 … Continue reading

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Small selection

The transport design of Robert Q Riley / Audiolibre is a ‘free sound repository’, trawling the web for obscure and interesting recordings (via Bowblog). Include the sound of a tsunami / flying boat interiors / all about the Technics SY … Continue reading

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Tell me why

This is the Verge, a tumblr / art by Don Lucho / India Knight’s Tumblr / Writer on the Train, setting up as a writer in residence aboard a First Great Western train / the sacos de papel is a … Continue reading

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Friday’s collection of random links

Superhuman, ‘an exhibition exploring human enhancement’, at the Wellcome Collection (things having previously been involved in the collection’s Phantom Museum exhibition about medical curiosities and accompanying

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Recreations, cutaways and tumblrs

Gail Albert Halaban’s project Hopper Redux tracks down houses painted by Edward Hopper and presents them in rich, painterly light. Some side by side examples / this amazing cutaway drawing of BBC Television Centre comes from this ‘unreliable and wholly … Continue reading

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The Ear of Dionysius

Listen to the sound of the Ear of Dionysius, a field recording by Silent Listening undertaken at the artificial cave in Sicily: ‘According to legend (possibly one created by Caravaggio), Dionysius used the cave as a prison for political dissidents, … Continue reading

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Collections and clarifications

The Covert History of the American Condom, via MeFi. The excellent Collector’s Weekly site also has a history of barbed wire: “Right now I have 280,” he says. “I’m trying to keep my collection below 300 because I can only … Continue reading

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Deep down trauma hound

Terra Vivos is an ‘Underground Shelter Network for Long-Term Survival of Future Catastrophes’. Reeks of zombie paranoia at the very least, but the listed scenarios include Planet X and general anarchy, all of which one can ‘ride out’ inside one … Continue reading

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The great Moon Hoax

Lapham’s Quarterly has the story of the rapping Fox sisters by PT Barnum, extracted from his 1866 book The Humbugs of the World, a guide to charlatanism in all its forms, from Spiritualism, dubious businesses, medicines and classic hoaxes. Mostly, … Continue reading

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250 GT Berlinetta

Collect and build five Ferrari models in Lego. In Hong Kong only, sadly.

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Other things. Many Europeans finally have more cars than the Americans: ‘There are 439 cars here for every thousand Americans, meaning a little more than two people for every car.’ Italy, Germany, France and Spain all have more (and Monaco … Continue reading

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From outer space

Land aus Feuer und Hochhauser at Bauzeitgeist, a trenchant analysis of the role of architecture – in particular of the gilded, megastructural ‘starchitectural’ kind – in the dubious national advertorials that have become such big business in recent years, whether … Continue reading

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Dog days

Two conceptual products. Austin Yang’s iTypewriter, so that ‘Users can enjoy the old feeling of typing and also the lastest technology. Even though the elder users who have never used the computer or ipad, they can use this familiar typewriter … Continue reading

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Shots and pockets

Human cannonballs are back in the news thanks to the

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Up in the air, down on the ground

Luc Grateau makes miniature portraits on subway tickets / Peter Menzel’s Material World project invites the subjects to be photographed with their possessions (buy the book) / Budgies in Space, sending knitted toys into the upper atmosphere for charity / … Continue reading

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Back online, mastcam deployed

Apologies for the long silence. The usual round up of links to start off with. build the Curiosity Rover out of Lego (official page). See also, Curiosity camera design, or how 2004 tech made it onto a 2011 spacecraft thanks … Continue reading

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