Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friday round up

Syracuse University Libraries is host to a number of digital collections; The Plastics Collection; Street & Smith Dime Novel Covers; Belfer Audio Archive; Marcel Breuer Digital Archive; The Gerrit Smith Broadside and Pamplet Collection; The Ronald G. Becker Collection of … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman went to the park with her son.

Perspective, Tragedy, Disaster, Virtues, Capitalism, Shopping, Utopia, Relationships: all in The Philosopher’s Mail, an Onion-esque romp through the ennui, isolation and soul-crushing misery that is the daily news. That web design is meant to be rather familiar and the intentions … Continue reading

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Especially the Crinkly Bits

A solid chunk of things / Lists of Note is a new book from the man who brought you Letters of Note (the book of the ongoing and highly recommended website) / Van Life, custom campers / inappropriate design re-appropriation … Continue reading

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Then, now and tomorrow

A thoroughly depressing gallery of pictures: Syrian heritage in ruins: before and after. Related, Dresden, before and after; Third Reich Berlin, then and now; WWII Coventry, then and now; San Francisco: Before and After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire; London’s … Continue reading

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Snap, crinkle and pop

Above is a piece called 43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper, by Zimoun / photography by Neil Craver / the first CGI head, 1974, versus an online demo from last year. See also the Digital Emily Project / Google’s new … Continue reading

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Come on up the stairs

The fall and rise of mannequins that look like real women ‘Most female mannequins we see in the shops today are typically a UK size 8-10, 5ft 11in (1.80m) tall, 34B bra, 24/25in (61/64cm) waist, 36in (91cm) hips and 32in … Continue reading

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Design, violence and the pattern of birds

Design and Violence, a MoMA show about ‘a wide range of design objects, projects, and concepts that have an ambiguous relationship with violence, either masking it while at the same time enabling it; animating it in order to condemn it; … Continue reading

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The art of building

Wellcome Images is the hugely welcome arrival of some 100,000 digitised objects from the vast Wellcome Collection. See also The Phantom Museum, a book about Henry Wellcome’s Collection, dating back from the early days of the web when this kind … Continue reading

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As Slow As Possible

As Slow As Possible is a work by the American composer John Cage, currently being performed in St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany. The piece is being played on a specially designed organ, and began with ‘a 17-month rest on … Continue reading

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Going in two by two

Who says the UK is immune to Creationism? Bristol is home to the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, a mash-up of the traditional small zoo (of which there are dozens across the UK) and the rather more strident ‘attractions’ like Genesis … Continue reading

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Tune out the past, and just say yes

Coming to an office near you: ‘One recent study by academics at Oxford University suggests that 47% of today’s jobs could be automated in the next two decades.’ / wish we’d thought of this: Craigslist Mirrors (via, and also picked … Continue reading

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Small snippets

The Rooftops of Paris, night-time photogrpahy / Things to Look At, a blog / stream the Mogwai album / AudioKlassiks, when hi-fi was large, silver and shiny / a photographic journey along The Lincoln Highway / Actual Discoveries, a link … Continue reading

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Varosha: The abandoned tourist resort / Quadrotor helicopter truck. Noisy, we imagine / Combat Pilots of WWII, a new book about some of the last surviving fighter pilots / The mechanical clock at the Garden Festival of Wales, 1992 / … Continue reading

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Surviving The Biz

Jon Ronson’s memoirs of a former life as Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player, and the genuine maverick that was Sidebottom himself, are most enjoyable. Sidebottom – Chris Sievey – was also an early computer programmer. His game The Biz, is a … Continue reading

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Wired for sound

The City Project has a huge collection of archive photos on its flickr pages / ‘How Bristol’s gracious mansions mask the shameful past of Britain’s links to slavery‘ / art by Simon Stalenhag / Levitation Magazine is a music blog … Continue reading

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Endless underground-related headline puns here

The map that saved the London Underground, a rather celebratory acount of McDonald Gill’s great ‘Wonderground Map of London‘ (the BBC link has a zoomable flash version). Cartography, urbanism and illustration have always had an element of myth-making in them, … Continue reading

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Climbing the ladder

One interesting detail that emerged from last year’s hugely depressing media-saturated celebrity trial was the revelation that Charles Saatchi was his own most avid fan (‘Elisabetta Grillo tells fraud trial of travelling round London four times a week to buy … Continue reading

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Atmospheric evocations

Round up today. most important / least important 2013 / Umbu scrapes the web and serves up page after page of currently popular gifs. Viewer discretion is advised / New Now Know How, a tumblr-based weblog by Ben Kraal / … Continue reading

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Urban dancing

Dancing Architecture: Víctor Enrich’s NHDK (via World Architects).

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Sub-contracting unease

‘Thus, like the example of the Aztec skulls unearthed by subway crews in Mexico City, London’s Tube also sits atop, cuts around, and tunnels through a citywide charnel ground of corpses, its very routes and station locations haunted by this … Continue reading

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