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Random things and visual memories

Iconic Photos (which is doing a sterling job of keeping important memories alive at the moment) steps back to the 90s. Empire of the Stage revisits a 1990s Snowdon portfolio of British actors, a golden era / the strange history … Continue reading

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Drones’r’Us

We keep adding bookmarks to the amazing Hyman Archive of modern magazines to encourage us to one day make a massive donation there / creative lives at The Somewhere Project / a collection of ‘low stakes, high detail, popcorn fodder … Continue reading

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Take me down

Doomsday prep for the super-rich, a depressing read about bunker culture of the non-golfing kind (via kottke). Plenty of statistics to assault your eyes and decency: “Twenty-five hedge-fund managers make more money than all of the kindergarten teachers in America … Continue reading

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Bricks and other symbols

The RIBA’s Wall competition is a strange mix of the spectacular and the decidedly non-secular. With the intention being “to build a national landmark, which will declare God’s goodness to all people,” the brief calls for the use of ‘a … Continue reading

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Marooned

Pablo Escobar’s ruined Caribbean mansion / 3D printed strobe-powered animated sculptures (linked by Kottke) / The Monsanto House of the Future / ‘Check your documents’, the story behind the VW Emissions Scandal / Donald Trump is the best golfer ever … Continue reading

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Hunkering down

Luxury tanks, for defending luxury bunkers presumably / a visual guide to The Architecture of American Houses / Owen Hatherley on The Architecture of Neoliberalism, the tyranny of the render and the banality of the built environment’s intersection with contemporary … Continue reading

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Repurposed spaces and reissued things

Bolshy Flatblock: The buildings of A Clockwork Orange, Modernism in Metroland on the architectural legend of the film. One for Coudal’s Stuff about Stanley Kubrick section / the architecture of Pablo Escobar Jr / an archive of Yahoo Answers / … Continue reading

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Going underground

‘A hidden vault under the old Astoria nightclub has been unearthed by Crossrail builders and it has revealed an unexpected history of one of Britain’s first condiment suppliers‘ / sort of related, archive images of some amazing early C20 salt … Continue reading

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Aural Excitements

Some fifteen years ago, we collaborated on a marvellous project with the Sonic Catering Band, bundling a little 3″ CD, Apotheosis with issue 15 of things (sadly now sold out, although we still have a few CDs). We worked with … Continue reading

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Watch and learn

Some things to watch / recreating dead actors. Presumably the Peter Cushing estate didn’t think to license his image so this one was a freebie / the evolution of Formula 1 steering wheels / Pop Up, a short film / … Continue reading

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101, Dalmations, 101; Toast counts individually, 102

The remarkable 8-Bit Beatles want to chirrup their chiptune back catalogue at you (via MeFi) / also on the blue, Trains with the faces of men, a compendium of links about Thomas the Tank Engine, the series that unwittingly mines … Continue reading

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Supposedly fun things (with Bluetooth)

There are countless silly things coming out of CES, including the nugget of information that the Faraday Future FF91 is only 9 (not 6) inches narrower than the new London Routemasters (2283mm to 2520mm). One of the more fascinating and … Continue reading

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No longer leaving the building

Mini Metros (via Kottke) / unrelated, the Mini Metro story / a bunker refurbishment / similar aesthetic at Something Concrete and Modern / more residential concrete, the Haus Ruscher by Olkruf / vintage electronics / The Age of Female Dominance … Continue reading

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Things to start the year with

No reviews of the year here. Just some links / medieval forensics and more at Sarah Woodbury’s blog / photography by Thorsten Klapsch / The Lives They Lived, personal spaces (tidied and cleaned) photographed shortly after death / staying with … Continue reading

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Jumpers for goalposts

FIFA, the video game that has actually changed the culture of the game it is simulating (and not always for the better): The data Fifa draws upon has become so accurate that teams have started to use the game to … Continue reading

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Cats and boots

RayGun FX Super Fuzz Boy. Bzzz / Thomas Doyle, artist / 0s&1s has an interview with Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens / a satisfying film of a pen plotter test performed by the Edison Pen Company / is the … Continue reading

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Eat, drink and be merry, graphed

The Secret World of Stuff / fast food calorie counting gets an infographic / Time’s 100 photos of the year / David Titlow, a photographer with a blog / Woobots, wooden transformers / Patrick Henry Village, from US Army base … Continue reading

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Links for the week ahead

London Ends, the edges of the city in photographs by Philipp Ebeling / we want to believe, part 396: a lush, vegetation-filled jungle city might actually be a thing. More investigations into the media image of the unbuilt at Failed … Continue reading

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Finding oneself

Now that everyone has a global atlas in their pocket, we’re looking further and further afield to find ways of exploring places that might not otherwise be easily found, either in real life or in the imagination. A selection of … Continue reading

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Out on the ice floe

Some random links / music: The Cherry Wave / Courtney Love, Rem Koolhaas and Martha Stewart: together at last / more music at When the Sun Hits / photographer Deidre O’Callaghan’s new book is ‘The Drum Thing‘, portraits and talks … Continue reading

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