Casual access

You wouldn’t just pick up someone’s telephone and start fiddling with it – just as you wouldn’t pick up a wallet or handbag and start rifling through the compartments or click around somebody’s desktop without their permission. Presumably the same technology etiquette applies to the iPad, creating another layer of difference between the device and the media it is starting to supplant. However, you would feel pretty confident about picking up somebody’s copy of Wired and casually flick through the pages, probably without even asking for permission, as the very act of picking up a magazine, be it in a shop or from someone else’s coffee table, is not an infringement of privacy. Will this make electronic books and magazines more personal and intimate?


Trailers for books are a genre we’d never really considered before (although Jack Higgins’ The Eagle Has Landed (1975) was accompanied by television adverts, ‘with Higgins himself doing the voice-overs‘, and there have no doubt been squillions of others). As the publishing model shifts online, these trailers will become more commonplace, but they surely won’t all be as splendid as Coudal’s creation for You Lost Me There.


Another branch of conventional publishing. Visual Editions, who believe, ‘put simply… that books should be as visually interesting as the stories they tell; with the visual feeding into and adding to the storytelling as much as the words on the page.’ Their new publication, Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer, is ‘quite literally cut into the pages of The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.’ Perhaps there should be a new term for the book as object to look at and view, something that can only really be looked at and experienced, rather than read. Not a coffee table book, but a blook perhaps.


Doppelganger Design (via magCulture) / Paris is Invisible, a weblog / the alphabet truck, photographs / a car themed hotel / the Cartographer’s Guild, for lovers of fictional maps / The Darkside Club, discussion and debate at this year’s Venice Biennale / a self-imposed mystery, decoding scraps of song lyrics / another test: Justin Bieber, PaulStretch, and the Slow Motion Music Quiz.


Onion-esque: Man leaves his very large message on the world with GPS “pen”. It really does look like a child has scribbled on a globe / The private circulation blog opens itself up to its readers / Things Talking to Things: The Internet of Things: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to link any object directly to a ‘video memory’ or an article of text describing its history or background?’ We still don’t really understand… / production photographs from the sets of Hell Drivers (1957) at Dennis Lowe’s excellent film site, complete with enormous amounts of greebling / this photograph has a beautiful, painterly quality / City Planning, a tumblr.


Branches and Rain, ‘The web log of a reference librarian’ / Trigger’s Retro Road Tests!’s photostream, a treasure trove / many image blogs linked here, including Scissors, Convoy and The Brick House / Toylander, mini electric Land-Rovers and Jeeps for kids / Trainset Ghetto, photographs by Peter Feigenbaum / Happy Mundane, celebrating the ordinary / Ordinary Lives, a post at The Age of Uncertainty.

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