Category Archives: ephemera

Small snippets

This X Does Not Exist, aggregating machine learning’s contribution to stuff that ever so slightly just isn’t real. We like the automobiles / the Record Deal Simulator at Pitchfork (via tmn) / Gwen Sion creates experimental soundscapes / more music … Continue reading

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Byte dance

A short history of Flash & the forgotten Flash Website movement (via MeFi) / a review, nay, teardown of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War / ‘Why Is The Obscure B-Side “Harness Your Hopes” Pavement’s Top Song … Continue reading

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Short and sweet

Have rogue orcas really been attacking boats in the Atlantic?. Maybe it’s time to just get a gigayacht. Seems like as good a place as anywhere to link to The 50th Anniversary of the Iconic Exploding Whale, also mentioned at … Continue reading

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Which time tunnel did you come through?

MeFi on a roll: Doctor Who Theme Music, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (e.g. Retro Spectrum Gaming) and London’s Viewing Corridors / NASA presents Sinister Sounds of the Solar System / the interviews of Leta Powell Drake, accidental Partridge / a … Continue reading

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No, over there!

More determined distractions. Buy anonymous artwork from a A Letter in Mind / atrocity exhibition, probably out of date already / if you’re lucky you’ll find a Tubman 20 / photographs by Thomas Jorion / retro sounds from High Score … Continue reading

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Look over there!

Mostly distractions today, starting with art and more collated by Csáki László, who also took these images of ‘Tincity‘, observing the ‘life of the inhabitants of an anachronistic microcommunity in a central district of Miskolc, a mid-sized city in Hungary’ … Continue reading

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Astral projections and space age sounds

Never Meet Your Idols, a podcast about music / GENKS, an IDLES youtube series on pedal fetishism / this interview with Wesley Snipes introduced us to the world of Dr Fred Bell’s Quantum Series Professional Receptors (”the most functional jewelry … Continue reading

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Random musings

Teardown, looks fun / the ultimate empty office / Statistical “Which Character” Personality Quiz / exotic barn finds at Motorious / images from London’s punk era / paintings by Tom Walton / art by Eric Mack / Geometrize your images … Continue reading

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Under the hill

Everyone is far too busy these days turning over stones instead of looking to looking to the skies. The Phenomenon would rather keep the conspiracies up in the air. We’ve linked to our esoteric library, but some mysterious spirit has … Continue reading

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Tape loops

Designing and building a cabin in Finland (via Behance, with photography by Archmospheres / Abandoned Isle of Wight, a series of films / “Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 musicians and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. … Continue reading

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The lies of the land

Archives and imaginings. ‘Search 1.56 million historic newspaper photos using Newspaper Navigator (via MeFi) / Shelf Life has been on hiatus for many years, but it is still filled with gems, beautiful scans and fascinating things / Toes in a … Continue reading

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Reading the maps

The Figurine in Diorama (pdf), by Jasmine Vorley / AIIID, Russian electro pop / beautiful custom camper vans at Bespoke Creations and Birdbox Design / I Made This For You is a moving film about suicide prevention. It has a … Continue reading

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Where there’s smoke

A few random links, starting with some paintings by Hiroshi Sato / contemporary design magazine recommendations / the Paint by Numbers Museum / sort of related, BBC Horizon on computer graphics, 1981 / more old footage at Uncommon Ephemera, a … Continue reading

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Hard work

What Is (and Isn’t) Emotional Labour / what’s the worst piece of packaging to recycle? A Pringles tube / Listen to the Clouds, airport chatter mixed with an ambient playlist (via b3ta) / a review of Stealing from the Saracens … Continue reading

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Pick’n’Mix

The Electric Art Collective / the Next Issue of the timeless ZX Spectrum / the Winamp skins museum / Scott’s Dream – Music From A Reimagined Digital Electronium / browse through some Old Book Illustrations / the Barbican in crosss … Continue reading

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Basements, bold architecture, retromods and nostalgia

A quintessential things post within. ‘Thinking about the “Neo-Andean” architecture that flourished in Bolivia under Evo Morales‘. Work by architect Freddy Mamani / ‘Truly, madly, deeply: meet the people turning their basements into secret fantasy worlds‘ / make your own … Continue reading

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Charts and predictions

A list of Gilded Age mansions in the USA / a tour of Ricardo Bofill’s house / the work of designer and animator Lucas Zanotto / Limbo Magazine, ‘a not-for-profit venture to support unemployed artists and creatives’ / after the … Continue reading

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Fire in the sky

Yes, it’s Los Angeles, July 2020 / I had such a lovely dream last night / Land of the Rising Sound, a Roland Retrospective (related, vintage Roland catalogues / how to pick the perfect watermelon / ‘a new spectacting style’ … Continue reading

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Observed around the web

Running Car ‘Faces’ Through An AI Face-Processing Algorithm Is Amazing And Terrifying / enjoy the slow pace of the Ogmios School of Zen Motoring / The accidental dystopia of major construction sites (via K) / Moldova Shuts Down Bootleg Helicopter … Continue reading

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Life in lockdown

‘numb‘ is a short film about life in lockdown by the teen filmmaker Liv Mcneil. Recommended (via MeFi) / The Booksellers: ‘This was once a clubbable – and very male – profession that hardly changed for centuries, run by a … Continue reading

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