Author Archives: things magazine

Ashes to ashes

The Decline of Snapchat and the Secret Joy of Internet Ghost Towns (via Laura Olin’s List). Related, the Last Days of Club Penguin and Exploring The Digital Ruins Of ‘Second Life’ / there are 487 electric car manufacturers in China … Continue reading

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On other worlds

On the FT’s infamous How to Spend It: “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich … Continue reading

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States of mind

Community Plumbing, ‘How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds’ / Some reflections on my roadtrip across the western United States / The Disco Files: 1973-78, New York’s Underground Week by Week By Vince Aletti. See also Antonio … Continue reading

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Around the world

A small collection of random things. Hidden landscapes revealed by the UK’s heatwave / in search of Eton’s ‘General Total Failures’, a story about the ultra harsh ranking system of the British establishment’s favourite school / High-wire: a vertiginous ride … Continue reading

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First Class, all the way

The MGM Grand Air Service was a high rollin’, first class only plane ride between LAX and New York, founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian and as abjectly 90s glamour as you can possibly imagine. Inside the 727 / back … Continue reading

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Crosstown traffic

Swinging Hatchetts, the story of a pioneering London Night Club from 1968-1978 / Thurston Moore on Madonna’s no-wave past / found photo mystery, up for grabs. We have one of our own as well / Dale Kelley collects pulp art … Continue reading

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Different stripes

The battle continues: Freelance Wars. See also the great Madmen Integrated tumblr / a tumblr collection of video game backgrounds / Silicon Cities by photographer Heiko Hellwig / a collection of concrete in the former Yugoslavia / a photobook about … Continue reading

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Full of stars

Outer space vs inner space. NASA images by Thomas Struth at the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin (via Anne Bernecker) / The meaning of the ending of 2001 according to Stanley Kubrick at Kottke. One for the Coudal Kubrick Archives … Continue reading

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I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

The Statue of Liberty shown on American stamps is the replica in Las Vegas (via The New Aesthetic) / Swimming Pools / graphic design by Kelemen Richard (blog) / design by Henrik Nygren / Opus Analogico, a list of analogies, … Continue reading

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A big stack of filing cabinets

Relevant to our interests. Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? It’s all about chronology and archives. We’d argue that it’s less about the ability to search and sift through that archive (although that is of … Continue reading

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Map of the heart

Aliens may not exist – but that’s good news for our survival / Giving Compact Discs Another Spin. Every format has its nostalgists / The presence of the brown bear Ursus arctos in Holocene Britain: a review of the evidence … Continue reading

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Mapping the past and the present

A new generation of Apple Maps is on the way. See also this 2016 comparison between Google Maps and Apple Maps by Justin O’Beirne, who followed up with a year of Google and Apple Maps in 2017 and an even … Continue reading

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Building a grudge

Who will buy your book? ‘You can depend on the enthusiasm of family and/or friends only briefly — your first few shows or whatever. After that, you’re on your own. Or more to the point — it’s the enthusiasm of … Continue reading

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Vision things

A set of urban illustrations by James Gilleard / World Airports Voronoi diagram, Jason Davies (via K) / 1971: Tomorrow’s World: Cassette Navigation / Lunar Lander House / The Cities That Never Existed: ‘What if the urban visions of famous … Continue reading

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The city’s spiky skyline

24 Hour London, a time-lapsed hi-res panorama of the city / a collection of Serpentine Pavilions / Knobs is a Youtube channel dedicated to way out effects / some analogue media finding its way back into the world of the … Continue reading

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STAR WNRS

The grand schemes of the past are always fascinating, such as the abandoned plans for the city-scourging Ringway South Cross Route / a rusty Lake Geneva hideaway / the modern (digitally-enhanced) art of the single-take blockbuster shot / building climbing … Continue reading

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“…in a long tube with a bunch of demons”

A selection stuff you probably (hopefully) don’t need. Luxury doomsday bunkers, from the likes of Survival Condo / the problem with buying cheap stuff on the internet / the ultimate upgrade. Roberts Space Industries, makers of Star Citizen, now apparently … Continue reading

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From up high

Shedley Manor, part of the grand rural tradition of hiding buildings. See also Robert Fidler’s Castle. It never ends well / paintings by Nicolás Uribe (instagram) / True Blue, a return to natural indigo / 3D map of Manhattan on … Continue reading

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Let’s go to bed

Pet People is a magazine from Sweden / Marie loves your dog / the world of prescription pets / how Ernst Gombrich helped spread the news of Hitler’s death / a visit to Le Corbusier’s La Tourette / the Cycling … Continue reading

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Alphabet street

Random things / musical installations by Trond Perry / How do I stop seeing my books as trophies? / CV hell, 30 of the ‘best’ / old but interesting: writers’ rules for writing / music from Natalie Bouloudis & The … Continue reading

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