Category Archives: esoterica

Things old and new

Histories of places and things. The story of the Trump Princess, the 128m yacht that was never built / an introduction to synthesis / photographs by John Maher / Blue Crow Media introduce their Brutalist Map of Paris, a city … Continue reading

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Aural Excitements

Some fifteen years ago, we collaborated on a marvellous project with the Sonic Catering Band, bundling a little 3″ CD, Apotheosis with issue 15 of things (sadly now sold out, although we still have a few CDs). We worked with … Continue reading

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Other half living

This year’s Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Catalogue is here, so the Christmas panic is over. Thirty-six classic children’s first editions, a steal at $100,000. The Rose-gold private plane also caught our eye, although the Cobalt Valkyrie is mean enough without … Continue reading

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Strange days

British Artists in Europe, an online gallery / Can mythbusters like Snopes.com keep up in a post-truth era? We’re getting a little tired of newspaper headlines with question marks, to be honest / the cycle of nostaglia gets a little … Continue reading

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Sitting in a tin can

Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise is a documentary about the nuclear age. You can watch it here, for now, but capture some of the menace and dread with Mogwai’s soundtrack / 67 Years of Lego Sets, an analysis / … Continue reading

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Getting high, or not

How Zano Raised Millions on Kickstarter and Left Most Backers with Nothing [link now fixed, apologies] / preview the acts at the Lewes Psych Festival: Zofff; Novella; Soft Walls; Wax Machine; The Cult of Dom Keller; Virginia Wing / more … Continue reading

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‘My heart sunk, I felt absolutely sick’

The Dennis Sharp Archive / the Infocom Cabinet, design documents and minutae from the creation of Infocom’s famous series of text adventures / a MeFi post dredging up this fantastic episode of From A to B, tales of Modern Motoring, … Continue reading

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A cavalcade of destinations

Very slowly and quietly and sadly, the haddock turned over and went belly-up in the water. One of the longest-running things on the internet and once the start of our daily browsing / Why do so many Russians turn to … Continue reading

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Strange incredible truths

UFOs are still a thing, apparently. Related, a treasure trove of UFO Books. We confidently predict the X-Files Revival will fill the friendly skills with alien incursions once more.

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The Curta calculator

The Curta is a cult mechanical calculator, a complex arrangement of gears and cogs that can be used to perform a wide array of calculations by a combination of rotating and arranging an array of dials and sliders. There are … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Gods

Waiting for the Gods is an ‘experimental docufiction’ created by Natalie Welsh and Alessandro Bertelle, and produced by Fabrica. Following on from our recent post touching on Erich von Däniken’s Jungfrau Park, Welsh and Jeffries’ film takes a tour of … Continue reading

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The truth is out there

In the dawn of Time they came from space to become… We have a new collection: UFO books. Lovingly assembled, now long dispersed, here is a small snapshot of the 70s and 80s publishing phenomenon, fuelled by television shows like … Continue reading

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Everybody here wanted something more

A proper Barbapapa House (via Wowhaus). The French did this bubble architecture more efficiently and copiously than almost anyone else – Pierre Cardin’s classic ‘Bubble House‘ being a case in point / there is an Irish ferry based on Ulysses … Continue reading

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Roll of the dice

Another bunch of very different things / the illustration of John Vernon Lord, example above / a walk around England’s Lost Theme Parks / The Old Kent Road, as re-made in the 60s and looking shiny, new and optimistic / … Continue reading

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The Thing, block edition

In its infinite wisdom, Lego has now provided budding stop-motion cinematographers the tools to recreate John Carpenter’s The Thing in its entirety. The sets in question are the new ‘Arctic’range: Snowmobile, Ice Crawler, Helicrane, Outpost, the all-important Base Camp and … Continue reading

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Snippets

Jon Bentley: ‘Peter and Jane, the Lost Episodes’ (via Metafilter). See also Learning with Miriam / a metally, 80s neon vibe over at The Capitan, a tumblr / New Shellac / The Devon Folklore Tapes, a thing of beauty.

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From above and to the side

Impressive large scale photography by Massimo Listri / You & Me, the new world of polychromatic 3D printing by Adam Nathaniel Furman / Forces, an exhibition by Daniel & Geo Fuchs. More / Buzzfeed brings together a nice gallery of … Continue reading

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Joining the dots

The slow-motion political race to build tiny stars on Earth / Learn to Kill in Seven Days or Less, big bucks under big skies / 18 Beautiful Words The English Language Really Needs To Steal / Phylopic, ‘free silhouette images … Continue reading

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Start the week

Vanity height: ‘Of the top ten tallest buildings in the world at present (pictured), at least 27 percent of each structure is superfluous, according the report.’ / “Two-up” By Scooter to Australia, the website of a book about a 1956 … Continue reading

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Friday round up

Syracuse University Libraries is host to a number of digital collections; The Plastics Collection; Street & Smith Dime Novel Covers; Belfer Audio Archive; Marcel Breuer Digital Archive; The Gerrit Smith Broadside and Pamplet Collection; The Ronald G. Becker Collection of … Continue reading

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