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And it’s goodnight from him

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s series on Amusement Parks / Modernist Estates’ favourite Instagram accounts / hunting the lost river of Paris / musings on Citroen concepts from the 80s / farewell to Wendell Castle / farewell Slayer / Hidden London / … Continue reading

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Stacked up

Centralia, then and now. Home to the long-burning Centralia Mine Fire / R.I.P M.E.S / there’s a ghost tower in the city / music by Grok, especially their live soundtracks to silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr Caligari / … Continue reading

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Where did you leave the car?

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, an obituary of an amazing life / skiing without snow / the London Time Machine (via Coudal) / Brazil in 10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo / Straight outta Romford: Britain’s hard-man movie scene, an insight into … Continue reading

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See you around

Locrating presents huge quantities of mapping data about commuting, schools, etc. ‘Outstanding’ schools are of green green, ‘good’ ones are yellow and woe betide your property prices if you live in close proximity to the little bomb-like red ones / … Continue reading

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“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

Dodo, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, exploring the landscape and remnants of the Mexican town of San Carlos and its role in the film of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 / paintings by Tom Walton / The Coast, photographs by Charlotte … Continue reading

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Ruined forms

Casa Sperimentale, by Giuseppe Perugini, at Architizer and Dear Magazine, where these photos by Marco Ponzianelli were published. One of the internet’s favourite bits of ‘lost Brutalism’. See also the Visual News essay by Oliver Astrologo / twisted pop, slowed … Continue reading

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Clatter

The Vestaboard, when you want text messages delivered on old-fashioned train announcement boards / Superseventies is a tumblr devoted to said decade, includes the occasional that might reflect badly in the modern era/ a London charity shop scavenger hunt (via … Continue reading

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Woof

Sony has announced the birth of an all-new AIBO at CES. The reception has been unsurprisingly ecstatic, especially as the original model, introduced back in 1999, was discontinued in 2006 to much disappointment and then, even worse, unsupported from 2015 … Continue reading

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Wall-y

21st Century Landscapes (via Kottke) / sort of related, the astounding bid to designate Trump’s border wall concepts as land art. Satire? ‘MAGA is proud to announce the Land Art Exhibition PROTOTYPES… [consisting] of the eight border wall prototypes commissioned … Continue reading

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Carriage returned

Random things. Sticking a 1000 watt LED on a drone / Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch, ambient sound generator / sort of related, the 15 Second horror movie challenge / crowdfunding for the Cardiacs’ Tim Smith. More Cardiacs / Social Decay: … Continue reading

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What never came to pass

Unbuilt cities: the outrageous highway schemes left as roads to nowhere. Good timing as the CBRD blog has just relaunched its page on London’s motorway saga: The Ringways are back. Lots of gloomy artist impressions within, e.g. the concrete pylons … Continue reading

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Modelling, or not

London 2026 is promising us a glossy lump of architectural inelegance, largely unreadable from every direction, with the grim reality likely to be far less pleasing than the CGI. Eight years ago we were lamenting the lack of a 3D … Continue reading

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Downstairs

Three necks, 15 strings, Feel Good Inc / If birds left tracks in the sky… / how much of Britain is concreted over? / Ghent in Motion / a signwriter’s life, work by Nick Garrett / What a difference… Cars … Continue reading

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Welcome, 2018

Google mapping versus Apple mapping and the use of ‘commercial corridors’ as mental maps for urban navigation: ‘areas of interest‘. Sort of related, Strava Art. See also this then and now series, aerial views of Chicago taken in 1914 with … Continue reading

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Watching the skies with jaded eyes

Kottke made the point a couple of days ago that the USAF’s recent casual announcement about its now-defunct UFO division – and the release of a couple of blurry but presumably far more authentic films than have ever been seen … Continue reading

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Be kind, rewind

Make interesting books happen. The World Through the Eyes of Alexander von Humboldt, ‘beautiful illustrations from the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived’. A Kickstarter / Cain’s Jawbone – A Novel Problem at Unbound (via Tom Gauld), a reprint of … Continue reading

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Off world

Compare and contrast: the globes of Emmy Ingeborg Brun, ‘a Danish Mars enthusiast who made a small number of globes… Her inscriptions suggest that she viewed Mars as a potential model for Christian socialist cosmopolitanism on Earth’ vs Google Mars. … Continue reading

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Labour intensive

Without wishing to invoke Betteridge’s law of headlines, is Bitcoin a bubble? For an essential primer, John Lanchester’s LRB story on the currency last year is the gold standard. But for an even more alarmist headline, this time without a … Continue reading

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Around the world

Cyriak’s latest is all about horses / the sound of a gif / a recent Google Doodle celebrating coding for kids / good overview – with simulations – of the challenges facing carbon capture / airport runways, abstracted / the … Continue reading

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Things we learned

Open for Business, 1966 VW Van brochure / the end of Every Frame a Painting / 52 things I learned in 2017 (also via K) / for her 90th birthday, Elton John’s estranged mother hired an Elton John tribute act … Continue reading

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