Launches, timelines and coffee cups

An American life in photographs, from the early days of transistor technology to the laid back West Coast scene of the 70s, including trips to Disneyland in 1958: the Nick DeWolf Archive (via City Planning / Map Kibera, ‘Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, was a blank spot on the map until November 2009, when young Kiberans created the first free and open digital map of their own community’ (via MeFi).


SCB points us towards the compelling but confusing Phantom Time Hypothesis, which ‘proposes that there has been a systematic effort to make it appear that periods of history, specifically that of Europe during the Early Middle Ages (AD 614–911) exist, when they do not.’ See also Steven Dutch’s Is a Chunk of History Missing?, which very neatly and satisfactorily debunks the whole idea of a missing 297 years. However, as Dutch notes: ‘The Phantom Time Hypothesis is timid and restrained compared to the ideas of Anatoly Fomenko. In History: Fiction or Science he drops 1100 years.’


Mary Poppins has a Tumblr, new thoughts on new technology and more / The Tracing Paper, ‘A piecemeal investigation into the origins of our food’ / Polish design of the 50s and maybe 60s / thanks to Christopher at ruins for pointing us to this set of scans relating to The Launch of the S.S Cantigny, U.S. Army Troopship, October 27, 1919, Hog Island Shipyard, Philadelphia.


I Could Tell You But Then You Have To Be Destroyed By Me. ‘This webpage is an online supplement to my book about patches, emblems, and insignia from “black” military projects.’ By Trevor Paglen / Edible Geography, a weblog (via The RX). We especially like The Evolution of Lids / what I made Heather for dinner. Move over Nigella, Albini is in town / try Ro.Me in Chrome.


Don’t Blame the Architects, the controversy (‘Yet from the outside it looked like a bronzed Kleenex box or a miniature suburban professional building. The inside was worse.’) / swirling around the American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and now due to be sold to cover debts. Evokes the small but noticeable herd of white elephants roaming the lower echelons of the British architectural scene in the post-Lottery era.

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