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Looking back

At some point yesterday, our WordPress stats counter clicked around the magic one million mark. Things has been on WordPress since Spring 2010, some nine years after we followed the weblog herd to Blogger and started posting. Amazing how muddy … Continue reading

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Shapes of things to come

Signs of the apocalypse: Heathers: The Musical / Could IBM’s Watson answer the automated response problem for brand communications on social media? Or in other words, can supercomputers tweet for you? Brain the size of a planet, and all that … Continue reading

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Breaking up

One of those staggering brain dump extravaganzas, Deus-Ex-Arhitektura / Space Project, featuring ‘songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes’ / sort of related, Music from Outer Space, a synthesizer and tech extravaganza … Continue reading

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Rooftops and fields

End of the Public: ‘It is a jumble sale of bits and pieces, a graveyard of interactive technologies with no apparent purpose. It makes the Millennium Dome look like a triumph of curatorial coherence.’ / Ken Adam on Kubrick: “Most … Continue reading

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Things

How to tell good people from bad people / Thomas the Tank Engine and ‘story gravity’ / Great Album of the Week, a music tumblr / Archery, art, geometry and gifs / the Sugar Series by Emily Blincoe: colourful consumption … Continue reading

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Small things

Covered Cars, a photoset / new updates to the Wing Mirror Project / Epic Citadel, the Unreal Engine in a browser (Firefox only) / One Week One Band tackles Neil Young in an impressively comprehensive fashion / Kateoplis, a tumblr … Continue reading

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An apology about an apology

Try not to think of us as terrible, dirty liars, but although the winding down process feels very real, we’re clearly never going to stop looking – and finding – stuff. Perhaps the act of taking a step or two … Continue reading

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Random things

A Historical Atlas and Gazetteer of Europe from Year 1 to 2000 / more dronery: one / more dronery: two / Bedroom Cassette Masters Volume One Old skool, ‘lo-fi vintage electronica produced in bedrooms across the world between 1980-89’, download … Continue reading

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Something for the commute

The origins of the Grumman Goose (above): ‘In 1936, a group of wealthy residents of Long Island, including E. Roland Harriman, approached Grumman and commissioned an aircraft that they could use to fly to New York City’ / Majestic Plumage, … Continue reading

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Link round-up

The Architectural Record rounds up architectural websites, the good and the bad thereof. Mostly architectural journalists get incredibly frustrated with tricky navigation, links that can’t be saved and pictures that can’t be clipped… / The Great Myth of Urban Britain … Continue reading

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Historic simulations

We loved this book: scans from the 1984 publication Creative Computer Graphics, by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton (via Coudal). Jankel and Morton created Max Headroom, inspiration for the still mysterious Max Headroom pirate TV incident, recently solved by redid … Continue reading

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Catalogues and Collections, part 2

/ Things magazine is always looking, but the sad reality is that if it’s not on the internet it doesn’t exist for us. And that’s a problem. Our own archives are a case in point; until we get our house … Continue reading

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Tumblrs for Monday

Wandering Eye, a tumblr / Bojkowski, book cover tumblr / On the Borderland / Nina Perlman / a lula me contou / old lawrence / Ministry of Propoganda (is it just us, or is the old term ‘they have a … Continue reading

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End of week link collection

Slow Motion Glide through Bath Spa station, the short film by Graeme Taylor (via b3ta), has inspired a music video / 35mm Pinhole Hasselblad by Kelly Angood. See also the Olivetti Valentine / Flat Elephant, an installation by Shin Egashira … Continue reading

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An end of week grab bag

Apologies once again for the rather ragged state of the front page. We decided that a shift from wordpress.com to wordpress.org was called for, and one tutorial later the switch had apparently been made. Of course, the little blanket fort … Continue reading

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Zig-zags and hidden messages

The upcoming Balfron Project (via Blueprint), ‘a large-scale photographic event to be staged at the Grade II listed building Balfron Tower. Shot on film with a large format still camera, the event will result in a mural sized photograph presenting … Continue reading

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Visiting imaginary places

Our apartment, by Topsy Design, another contemporary exponent of ‘living over the shop‘, or rather, ‘living within the shop.’ Whereas traders once used to shoehorn their living quarters above their working quarters, the evaporation of production and the growth in … Continue reading

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The origins of the persuasion industry

/ The last of the Madison Avenue mavericks of Mad Men: ‘Meet Jerry Della Femina, the door-to-door salesman who became become so influential in US advertising he’s Peggy Olson, Don Draper and Bert Cooper rolled into one’. His 1970 book, … Continue reading

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Cities in (Empty) Space

The Pop-Up City, ‘an online magazine by [placemaking agency] Golfstromen which explores new ideas, trends, strategies and methods for a dynamic and flexible interpretation of contemporary urban life.’ We have never come across a placemaking agency before. We like their … Continue reading

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Collections, big and small

The Sands Mechanical Museum, incorporating the Coin Op Game Museum and the Pocket Watch Museum, a personal ‘virtual museum’. It doesn’t have the scope of Cyberheritage, the quite awesome extensive UK site devoted to collating all forms of historical material. … Continue reading

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