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Monday, October 06, 2008


We've noticed that the digital aesthetic is increasingly spilling over into the analogue world. Obvious examples, like these (very self-conscious) 'my document' and 'my photo' cases', or iPhone coasters or even the Atari, since 1972 ad campaign, the crossover project makes light of its digital origins (one thinks of the ceramic space invader installation), making a virtue instead of the craft, not the process. The above image of the GT by Citroen concept is an extreme example - a car designed for a computer game yet manifested as a physical object.

No matter that the attributes of the virtual car (designed for Gran Turismo 5) are impossible to replicate in the real world, or that the extravagant styling bears little relation to the genuine needs of aerodynamics. The rendered concept has also become an accepted means of journalistic speculation. Related, how to make a Google Earth sign. Google Earth vs. Reality.

What to do if you drop your mobile/cell phone in the bath: one, two, three, four. We can't vouch for the alcohol or rice/silica gel, but remove the battery, give it a good shake and then apply a vacuum cleaner enthusiastically to all the nooks and crannies. Twelve hours later, and our soggy excuse to go and buy an HTC G1 had miraculously returned to full working order. Vaguely related, June Eternal, images taken with a faulty digital camera. The ghost in the machine. See also broken camera photos. Good to know that occasionally digital can replicate the joys of the cross processed film or accidental double exposure.

A pleasure to be cited as an influence: Christian Neukirchen's Trivium appears to be worth watching, especially given that the entire blogging engine has been built from scratch. Things feels like it is running on an increasingly rusty chassis these days, the Model T of weblogs. See also Anarchaia.

For what it's worth, a real estate blog in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the heart of the credit crunch (via 'Down Hedge Fund Alley', a piece in last week's Guardian) / no-one is especially surprised by Nakheel's announcement of a 1km high tower in Dubai / photographs by Jordi Bernado at the eminently browsable Galeria Senda / another place that has become a meme, the abandoned holiday resort in Sanjhih, Taipei / the work of Osbert Lancaster.

The White Whale Laughs Last, a sketchbook. See also the scrapbook for a fine example of online collectomania / an excellent blog by Collyn Ahart Chipperfield / We Heart It is a sort of post-ffffound site / Militant Modernism, a book by Owen Hatherley. Something for your wishlist / Compfight, a seemingly swift way of flicking through flickr.

The todbot blog, making, hacking things / speculative car design and more by Andrei Avarvarii / Cult Pens, for all your writing fetishes / Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward have updated their seminal architecture guide to London / lukees, a tumble log / Traces of Hope, versus the UN food distribution game Food Force / watchismo, a watch blog / Images from How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb.

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