Aerial overlords

White, the aesthetics of science fiction. An exhibition by Tom Sachs / Flight Assembled Architecture, an installation by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea. See also the Quadrotor Construction Team developed at the intriguing GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception). Their recent video of a FoamBot building a quadruped robot (‘which then crawls away’) is the stuff of nightmares.

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Effects Bay, talking about esoteric guitar pedals, such as those hand-built by Tim Kaiser or Cubist Effects / beautiful photographs by Carlos Pinto / the excavated books of Noriko Ambe. The neo-organic qualities are disturbing / The Silent Orchestra, a tumblr / PWR PAPER brings together artists and designers, for instance the landscape work of Inka Lindergard and Niclas Holmstrom.

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Inventory / Peel, Pucker, Pinch, Puncture. Delighted to rediscover this ‘collection of independently-patented drink-through plastic cup lids’ / get your generic hotel amenities here / the roller coaster walkway, ‘Crouching Tiger and Turtle’, by Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter near Duisburg, Germany / the London Murder Map, via MeFi. See also the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Mapping / Would I Survive a Nuke? Probably not.

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The British Library’s new British Newspaper Archive, features four million pages of newspapers from the 18th and 19th Centuries from the 18th and 19th-Century newspapers. Unfortunately it’s £80 a year for unlimited access. See also the Illustrated London News Archive, both of which tease and tantalise, and imply that sifting through the past is strictly of academic interest and of little importance to the casual browser.

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