Category Archives: esoterica

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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Going in two by two

Who says the UK is immune to Creationism? Bristol is home to the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, a mash-up of the traditional small zoo (of which there are dozens across the UK) and the rather more strident ‘attractions’ like Genesis … Continue reading

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Sub-contracting unease

‘Thus, like the example of the Aztec skulls unearthed by subway crews in Mexico City, London’s Tube also sits atop, cuts around, and tunnels through a citywide charnel ground of corpses, its very routes and station locations haunted by this … Continue reading

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Looking back

Totally random end of year round-up, hopefully one of several / a tumblr devoted to Special Collections and Archives at the University of Iowa (via MeFi, which links many, many more library tumblrs). See also the expansive Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum … Continue reading

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Round-up

The Ghosts of Old London, archive imagery at Spitalfields Life. See also London fog / An incredible year in the life of the Royal Albert Hall / Doctors play the James Bond drinking game. See also Creativity and Alcohol (via … Continue reading

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Drones and gnomes

Behind the Facade, Witold Rybczynski on Poundbury (via Providence Journal): ‘[T]here is a lot more to Poundbury than meets the modernist critic’s jaundiced eye. The place is neither anachronistic, nor utopian, nor elitist. Nor is it a middle-class ghetto. In … Continue reading

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The burden of proof

Historical Remedies make homeopathic ‘First Aids for Active Lifestyles & Modern Stress’, including things called Stress Mints, Moon Drops (a sleep aid), and the rather more self-explanatory Calm Drops and PickUp Drops. Yet somehow HR has found itself with a … Continue reading

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Taken away

Ladies and Gentlemen, a richly atmospheric music and video performance / a time-lapse of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta / car crash studies, a series by Nicolai Howalt / speaking of car crashes, an interview with Sergei Polonsky. And the TripAdvisor … Continue reading

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Blinking in the light

Twenty years seems to be a trigger point for all sorts of nostalgia, a drag net through the past that scrapes at the lingering memories of pop culture and then hauls them, kicking and screaming, into the light of the … Continue reading

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Click tracks

The Quintronics Drum Buddy, an elaborate analogue counterpoint to the traditional drum machine. Demo video. See also the Bleep Drum, another DIY solution / Counter-Print, a huge collection of cover art / The Long Dark, a proposed game with a … Continue reading

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Imaginariums and other devices

Culture is a small circle of archetypal images and forms, endless recycled in different idioms and modes. Case in point, Exhibition-ism, a parade of beautiful art portfolios, many of which take some point in pop culture as their starting point … Continue reading

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Utterly random

Architectural visualisations edge ever-closer to perfection, using ‘imperfections’ to fool the eye. From our perspective, the role of the render as a promotional tool is seemingly outweighed by the eerily perfect world being built in virtual space, and the inevitable … Continue reading

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Another fine mess

The late Elmore Leonard’s great opening lines / the fonts of Kem Weber and Disney’s deco obsession / Exploring Los Angeles’ forgotten stairways to the stars, a journey up the concrete steps of LA: ‘Our second staircase was thankfully unobstructed. … Continue reading

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