Category Archives: ephemera

Captain Crunch

If making toast in the modern style doesn’t appeal, why not try Grub, a new service selling crunchy crickets, grasshoppers and worms, either as snacks or cooking ingredients (beginner’s guide to roasting insects). Will it catch on? Possibly not, but … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s my clothes must be to blame

The idea of torching ‘several million pounds worth’ of punk memorabilia is suitably iconoclastic at first glance, but scratch the surface and it’s paradoxes all the way down. No-one is denying that the transient ephemera of an era has a … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

Random things / city paintings by Alexander Pemberton / still life paintings by Barbara Kassel / the Oz archive (via) / ambient sounds and bands at Dream Catalogue / music from Breathless / ride on suitcase plagiarism suit / more … Continue reading

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Sound on sound

An exhaustive history of the origins of the Millennium Falcon / Gear Acquisition Syndrome / sort of related, the story of Townhouse Studios in London, at Phil’s Book, a site dedicated to chronicling recording studios around the UK / the … Continue reading

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The fourth law

Some snippets / how real is the Atlas robot? / Mental Image, a weblog as ‘visual diary’ / the sonambient recordings of Harry Bertoia / Machine Books offer up condensed histories of architectural style / the World Fair for Church … Continue reading

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Armlocks and wrangled mustangs

The story, yet again, behind Atari’s infamous ET the Extra-Terrestrial game / the arcane detail of professional wrestling holds, e.g. the Stepover armlock camel clutch / building the Barbican / Zaha goes AOR on DiD / All the vertical landing … Continue reading

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What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

216 foreign words for positive emotional states and concepts that we don’t have in English, Tim Lomas’s Positive Lexicography Project. We are fuelled by Saudade and Natsukashii and a love of Volta, Koromebi, Thróisma and Wabi-sabi. Most of these, in … Continue reading

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A Monday selection

Passive-aggressive architecture: the story of Spite Houses / retro flash fun with Gary Penn / a look back at Anger, Kenneth / the view from Dawson Heights / in a similar sort of vein, Veronidelica, a tumblr / Cold House, … Continue reading

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Loops and dials

Is the art of shorthand dying? / did anyone buy this hugely expensive Mad Men JLC watch / Muswell Hillbillies, a tumblr / house with a cave (more) / house from a bunker / more at Grand Designs for sale, … Continue reading

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Flailing, not drowning

The Food Timeline takes you on a historical journey back to the earliest recipes, and before / Taste, a ‘Design Observer Symposium on Food and Visual Culture’ / Various Small Fires has a piece on Adrian Street, a 70s-era wrestler … Continue reading

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2016 enters, stage right

Happy new year to all. A selection of links to start 2016. Animated illustrations by Clara Juliano / many gems to be found at the Product Manual Archive, e.g. the Sears 8M Calculator, Lego Baseplate, Fallour Protection Guide / The … Continue reading

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Tuesday Destinations

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All in the wrist

Harry Winston Opus 14, a £400,000 watch that distills about fifty years of American pop culture into an unsurprisingly bloated statement / also just in time for Christmas, passive aggressive shopping guide / maybe buy them the must-have personal scooter … Continue reading

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Return to sender

Legofy any image (via MeFi, which also links a simpler version for the github averse) / paintings by Jason Barner-Rasmussen / Modernist Estates posts on the 1937 documentary Kensal House, a celebration of this ‘visionary gas-powered community in north-west London’. … Continue reading

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Cities, as they are sometimes imagined

A rare good news story: saving Cressingham Gardens, a small victory over redevelopment crazed London councils / Twelve Cautionary Tales, urbanism, fiction and flights of a fevered imagination / isochronic world map, ‘shows where to go, how long it took … Continue reading

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Long waves

The Architecture of Radio, ‘a data visualization, based on global open datasets of cell tower, Wi-Fi and satellite locations. Based on your GPS location the app shows a 360 degree visualization of signals around you…’ / Suck, again. Always a … Continue reading

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Masked Letters and other concealments

The Masked Letter of 1777 is puzzle, wordplay and code all in one. Hand-written with careful precision, the letter had to be combined with a specially cut mask to reveal a very different meaning. Other steganographic ploys have been used … Continue reading

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I love you, you pay my rent

The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a radical youth movement in early twentieth century Britain / Communication in the presence of Noise, art by Sean Paul / the London that might have been / Why don’t people see the Yeti … Continue reading

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In orbit

New view of a moon of Saturn / Inside Bolivia’s New Psychedelic Mansions, ‘Freddy Mamani’s flamboyant architecture is restyling Bolivia’s El Alto’ / Someone in Alabama Sold a Priceless Lunar Rover for Scrap Metal / Dakota Death Trip, a daily … Continue reading

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Swarming

Fukushima, a photographic and text essay by Arkadiusz Podniesinski / abandoned Russia by Ralph Mirebs / illustrations by Guillaume Kurkdjian / maps by Stephen Walter / is this the end of Bugatti? VW looks to cut costs / the blackest … Continue reading

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