Monthly Archives: March 2014

Printed pause

Yet another shape for future magazines, House takes the meat of House & Garden magazine and splices it with a Pinterest-y scroll of nugget-sized article. Against the increasingly homogenised view of publishing that is emerging from this model, lovingly curated … Continue reading

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Monuments to a ruined age

The Japanese island of Hashima regularly crops up in online discussions of the ruins of the industrial age. A rocky island, ‘populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility,’ it’s featured regularly in documentaries and photographic essays, the … Continue reading

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Oklahoma City sonic boom tests

The Oklahoma City sonic boom tests, or the Oklahoma Public Reaction Study, was conducted from February 3 to July 31, 1964. ‘A total of 1,253 booms were included in the program.’ ‘However, a large percentage (40%) of the public polled … Continue reading

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Links for an accelerated age

Ah, this new term can be used to explain so much of modern life: Knolling. Sort of related, the world of the haul girl and other contemporary sub-cultures. Acquisition is strong, turnover is fast, fluidity is everything: ‘Now, it’s all … Continue reading

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Musique pour Supermarché

Jean Michel Jarre’s Music for Supermarkets is a fabled lost album, deliberately created to exist as an edition of one, with all master tapes destroyed. On July 6th 1983 it was played in its entirety on Radio Luxembourg, a hissy … Continue reading

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Shown the door

Katerina Kamprani Putt-putt perfection versus abandoned golf courses / an extremely depressing collection of last broadcasts from ill-fated airliners / sort of related, ‘Computer Play Set. Airline Reservation. Made in Hong Kong and sold by Sears, probably by 70’s’ / … Continue reading

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Shapes of things to come

Signs of the apocalypse: Heathers: The Musical / Could IBM’s Watson answer the automated response problem for brand communications on social media? Or in other words, can supercomputers tweet for you? Brain the size of a planet, and all that … Continue reading

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Voice command

Duck! The Death Star over San Francisco / The Air Pump / Building a Magnetic Tape Recorder from Scratch, (1949-1952) by Hans G. Mesch (via Scientific Illustration) / Mysterious Railway Posters Depict the Dreamy Allure of Deco-Era Japan / Blue … Continue reading

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Joining the dots

The slow-motion political race to build tiny stars on Earth / Learn to Kill in Seven Days or Less, big bucks under big skies / 18 Beautiful Words The English Language Really Needs To Steal / Phylopic, ‘free silhouette images … Continue reading

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Fire in the hold

Aargh. Apologies for the (enforced) downtime. We’re learning about all sorts of new things, like DDoS attacks and htaccess files. Please don’t stop visiting.

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Start the week

Vanity height: ‘Of the top ten tallest buildings in the world at present (pictured), at least 27 percent of each structure is superfluous, according the report.’ / “Two-up” By Scooter to Australia, the website of a book about a 1956 … Continue reading

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