Monthly Archives: September 2013


Choose your own adventure: smartphone manufacturer’s edition / fun with flexi discs / tiny microscopic worlds created by Takahiro Iwasaki (at Bored Panda, a site which revels in digital esoterica / speaking of which, Clive Thompson’s new book looks at … Continue reading

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Blinking in the light

Twenty years seems to be a trigger point for all sorts of nostalgia, a drag net through the past that scrapes at the lingering memories of pop culture and then hauls them, kicking and screaming, into the light of the … Continue reading

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Technology, old, new and imminent

Harald Bode’s Notebooks, the design thoughts of the electronic music pioneer. Hear his Melochord in György Ligeti’s Glissandi / The JAVASCRIPT MESS, ‘a porting of the MESS emulator, a program that emulates hundreds of machine types, into the Javascript language’ … Continue reading

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Click tracks

The Quintronics Drum Buddy, an elaborate analogue counterpoint to the traditional drum machine. Demo video. See also the Bleep Drum, another DIY solution / Counter-Print, a huge collection of cover art / The Long Dark, a proposed game with a … Continue reading

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Imaginariums and other devices

Culture is a small circle of archetypal images and forms, endless recycled in different idioms and modes. Case in point, Exhibition-ism, a parade of beautiful art portfolios, many of which take some point in pop culture as their starting point … Continue reading

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Mapping the visible

A recent link to Ben Fry’s All Streets map (‘240 million individual road segments. No other features — no outlines, cities, or types of terrain — are marked, yet canyons and mountains emerge as the roads course around them, and … Continue reading

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Monument to a ruined age

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford uses ficionalised lives to look at the myriad ways the plan affected the lives of Russians, especially those labouring deep within the system. There’s a fascinating post at A Year in Berlin detailing a monument … Continue reading

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In search of lost time capsules

The Lost Coaster, amusement parks on fire / The Elusive Fetish Encyclopedia is a tumblr about modern future / Blog to the Old Skool, ‘collecting obscure & long forgotten 91-95 old school hardcore’ / Moonbase Central, toys, games and ephemera … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever

Ship of Death: A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World chronicles the voyage of the Hankey, a British ship travelling from a failed West African colony for freed slaves to the Caribbean and North America. Travelling with them were infected … Continue reading

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Pixel scenery

Official San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Time-Lapse / Pixel Scenery (via Coudal) / Abraham Maslow and the pyramid that beguiled business / How much is that house? Too much, probably / the photos of Brad Elterman / see also the … Continue reading

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Clearly now

There’s a theoretical point there, which is that polyvinyl chloride is colourless, so if you’re adding something to it to colour it, then you’re changing the chemistry of it slightly, and that has potential to make it sound not as … Continue reading

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