Category Archives: esoterica

Threadbare

Car fires, photographs by Michael Danner / Skeletons in the closet, behind the scenes at the museum, photographs by Klaus Pichler / Amazon’s murky world of one-star reviews / illustrations and graphics by Sharon Park (via OMGLORD) / The Modern … Continue reading

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Typewriters, frauds, and archives

A collection of Vintage IKEA catalogues at the IKEA museum / music by Jack Ellister / old home movies of auto races / Players are fixing Microsoft Flight Simulator’s missing monuments with Google Maps data / The Wildest Insurance Fraud … Continue reading

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Over your shoulder

Jeff Mermelstein’s book #nyc is a creepy reminder of how much of our private lives and thoughts play out in a (semi) public way / Wired revisits the ongoing hunt for Alien Big Cats in the UK. Check the British … Continue reading

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Still watching the skies

a few publications: Document Journal (art, culture, photography, e.g. The secret drawings of Great Britain’s UFO Desk); White Hot Magazine (international art); Tape Op (the magazine of creative music recording) / How to cheat the bestseller list / widely seen, … Continue reading

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Short and random things

RIP, Milton Glaser / From Russia with Loewy: The U.S.S.R.’s failed world car. The story of the Moskvich / an ongoing project, Photo collections from every state in the Union / the thoroughly depressing secret economics of the VIP party … Continue reading

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Moving heaven and earth

Kicking off with a fantastic collection of Musical Instruments Brochures from Japan, dating back to the 70s, 80s and 90s. Lots of lovely guitars (Jolly Bible for the Young) and one for the retro synth crowd as well / related, … Continue reading

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls

Articles spotted round and about / Is Something Behind the Waterfall? (via RPS) / also at RPS, the most satisfying architecture in PC games / storage through the decades. The Life of a Data Byte, a Rambling from Jessie (via … Continue reading

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No great surprises

Why do so many bad drivers have luxury cars? A new study blames ‘disagreeable’ men: ‘A new study out of Finland has found that argumentative and egotistical men are particularly likely to drive cars like Mercedes, Audis or BMWs, and … Continue reading

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It’s 2020. Yay.

Photographers Andy Brown and Nathan Gibson exploring planned spaces in the UK / sort of related, Celebration Florida: Disney’s Not So Perfect Town / Architecture of Doom’s 2019 Tumblr Top Ten / Wowhaus’s top 50 houses of 2019 / It’s … Continue reading

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Massive swings

On World Ships and 1000 year space missions. See also Aniara / Can you make the band name bigger?, the gig posters of Luke Drozd, who also does the covers (and music?) for the unsettling (in a good way) spooky … Continue reading

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Low

Down things today. A sobering look at The Last Days of Walter Benjamin’s Life / Mike Monteiro’s upcoming book Ruined by Design looks like it’ll be an essential read / a list of services and devices that have been (intentionally) … Continue reading

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The haunted world

Into the Eerie, a radio documentary touching on the work of the late Mark Fisher, PJ Harvey and many more (via MeFi). See also What is hauntology? And why is it all around us? The eerie’s urban cousin / other … Continue reading

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Is anybody out there?

Art, photographs and rubber stamps by AHC McDonald (also responsible for The Worst of Perth, which ended in late 2017) / South London’s under-the-radar Cinema Museum, currently under threat (official site: Cinema Museum / the web, then and now / … Continue reading

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Click track

The Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné, worth a browse for those who love their brushstrokes / What things flopped because they arrived at exactly the wrong time? / Distant Worlds 2, a virtual expedition to Beagle Point, 65,000 light years from … Continue reading

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Stopping motion

Time Lapse of the Sushi Scene in Isle of Dogs / errors on the Tube map at Diamond Geezer. You could do worse than nose around their Flickr sets as well / Germans like the word ‘shitstorm‘ / a fact … Continue reading

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Art and catastrophe

The Miniature Calendar / dense drawings by Sandow Birk / Tapas, a collection of short videos by Bonella Holloway containing ‘filmed actions edited according to their soundscape and rhythm’ / making a Lego automaton / all the Saturn V launches … Continue reading

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Go west

My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness / dredging project reveals hidden rooms at Blenheim Palace. See also the ‘underground ballroom’ at Lea Park / the world’s tallest statue in India / a gallery of disgusting food … Continue reading

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Pale Bulbous Eyes

Why it’s Impossible to Accurately Measure a Coastline (via Nag on the Lake) / photographs of the Martian North Pole / For 10 Years, I Read the Comments: ‘Farewell to my stressful, dispiriting, but occasionally awesome life as an internet … Continue reading

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Watching the skies with jaded eyes

Kottke made the point a couple of days ago that the USAF’s recent casual announcement about its now-defunct UFO division – and the release of a couple of blurry but presumably far more authentic films than have ever been seen … Continue reading

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Off world

Compare and contrast: the globes of Emmy Ingeborg Brun, ‘a Danish Mars enthusiast who made a small number of globes… Her inscriptions suggest that she viewed Mars as a potential model for Christian socialist cosmopolitanism on Earth’ vs Google Mars. … Continue reading

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