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Cutting through

Friday randomness to follow. The Rise and Fall of the Supercut, which the article puts down partly to waning attention spans and our grudging acknowledgement and acceptance of trope and cliche, without needing it artfully presented. Kottke was always good … Continue reading

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Click and collect

At the Flip of a Switch, the light switch in culture / Amazon has patented a system that would put workers in a cage, on top of a robot, at The New Aesthetic / still excited about the Teenage Engineering … Continue reading

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Space Brutalism

Martian concrete: Four of the entrants into NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, hosted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center YouTube page: Team Kahn Yates; Team Northwestern University; Team SEArch+/Apis Cor; Team Zopherous / My First Pritzker, Ombu Architecture / wasn’t this … Continue reading

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Please enjoy your day on this planet

Starring the Computer, a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. The IBM AN/FSQ-7, a key component of the USAF Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE). With its many panels of flashing lights and general air of futurism, … Continue reading

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First Class, all the way

The MGM Grand Air Service was a high rollin’, first class only plane ride between LAX and New York, founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian and as abjectly 90s glamour as you can possibly imagine. Inside the 727 / back … Continue reading

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Full of stars

Outer space vs inner space. NASA images by Thomas Struth at the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin (via Anne Bernecker) / The meaning of the ending of 2001 according to Stanley Kubrick at Kottke. One for the Coudal Kubrick Archives … Continue reading

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The city’s spiky skyline

24 Hour London, a time-lapsed hi-res panorama of the city / a collection of Serpentine Pavilions / Knobs is a Youtube channel dedicated to way out effects / some analogue media finding its way back into the world of the … Continue reading

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The right to roam

The rise of the ‘walking simulator‘ suggests virtual tourism is a thing, albeit a thing in its infancy. The most intensive and sophisticated virtual worlds tend to be those created as the backdrops for big budget games, so the news … Continue reading

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Woof

Sony has announced the birth of an all-new AIBO at CES. The reception has been unsurprisingly ecstatic, especially as the original model, introduced back in 1999, was discontinued in 2006 to much disappointment and then, even worse, unsupported from 2015 … Continue reading

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Labour intensive

Without wishing to invoke Betteridge’s law of headlines, is Bitcoin a bubble? For an essential primer, John Lanchester’s LRB story on the currency last year is the gold standard. But for an even more alarmist headline, this time without a … Continue reading

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Tech talk

What ‘Tech World’ did you grow up in? Interactive nostalgia courtesy of the Washington Post. A world where there are speed trials with mouse robots in Japan. The robot learns the maze first then returns to the start point to … Continue reading

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Everybody lies

‘As Seth Stephens-Davidowitz points out in his new book Everybody Lies (Bloomsbury, £20), researchers have studied the difference between the language used on Google, where people tend to tell the truth because they are anonymously looking for answers, and the … Continue reading

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Off the grid

White Spots, ‘A Journey to the Edge of the Internet’, is an app that not only graphically represents the invisible wireless world around us, but also the places with no connectivity, the so-called ‘white spots.’ ‘White Spots on the digital … Continue reading

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Pixels

Rómulo Celdrán, HI RES (via tmn). See also United Nude’s lo-res Lamborghini / vaguely related, Raphael Fabre’s CGI portrait ID / also vaguely related, Lego architecture by Sean Kenney / Cook’s Camden, a new book on modern housing in the … Continue reading

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On not needing roads

Over 1% of all DeLorean DMC-12s ever made have been converted into replicas of the ‘Back to the Future‘ time machine (87 of 8583) / explore the Interland / It! Is coming to take you away / snapshots of the … Continue reading

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Technology transfer

Miniature synths by Dan McPharlin / great analysis of Rio (via MeFi) / things that happened on the first try / music by Jude Woodhead / Rabbit hole leads to ‘Knights Templar’ cave / two from the New Aesthetic: Hoxton … Continue reading

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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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Repurposed spaces and reissued things

Bolshy Flatblock: The buildings of A Clockwork Orange, Modernism in Metroland on the architectural legend of the film. One for Coudal’s Stuff about Stanley Kubrick section / the architecture of Pablo Escobar Jr / an archive of Yahoo Answers / … Continue reading

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101, Dalmations, 101; Toast counts individually, 102

The remarkable 8-Bit Beatles want to chirrup their chiptune back catalogue at you (via MeFi) / also on the blue, Trains with the faces of men, a compendium of links about Thomas the Tank Engine, the series that unwittingly mines … Continue reading

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Supposedly fun things (with Bluetooth)

There are countless silly things coming out of CES, including the nugget of information that the Faraday Future FF91 is only 9 (not 6) inches narrower than the new London Routemasters (2283mm to 2520mm). One of the more fascinating and … Continue reading

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