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Seb Lee-Delisle is a digital designer / the top 10 most expensive turntables. We’ve always wondered what kind of music audiophiles actually listen to, and whether or not there’s a rarified world of ultra-highly produced music that is somehow leaps and bounds ahead of normal music, in terms of musicianship, craft and sound / 100 designers give their interpretation of the wooden toy car / wonderful video: the LRV on the Moon, stabilized video from the Apollo 16. It’s just over 40 years since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon, landed.


Japanese snowboard nomads, photographed by Thomas Stoeckli / “Hand Written Letters in the Digital Age“, a piece by Jonathan Lin at the Philosophy of Science Portal. We also liked their link, ‘A novel admissions ploy?…the Indian Jones Journal, a story original run by Wired about a fine facsimile of ‘the journal of Abner Ravenwood’ from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The journal was allegedly redirected to the University of Chicago, having originally been created as a commission by a specialist eBay seller – here’s a link to a previously sold example which probably won’t stay live for long.


The Republic of Less collates the work of illustrator Andre Francois / Wallpaper Graduate Directory 2012, always worth a browse / the Museum of Finnish Architecture has two shows about the architectural imagination, Unbuilt Helsinki and Castles in the Sky, a selection of ‘discarded designs’ by Finnish architects, ‘Unadulterated by client-requested modifications or budget-driven corner cutting, these “virgin” drawings penned by the architect often best distill the essence of the original idea’ (via Boom and Leisure / b3ta links to a brief urban exploration of the celebrated underwater ballroom at Witley Park.


Nostalgia – it’s not like it used to be, Will Self on the past, present and future and the role of technology in shaping, steering and containing nostalgia:

Throughout the 20th Century, the preservation of individuals’ memories became cheaper and so more ubiquitous, but it wasn’t until the last decade that the seamless interconnection of mobile recording devices with the world wide web allowed for the retention of the past almost in its entirety… Perhaps the reason I feel quite so liberated from the present while more and more attached, not to individually-recalled “good old days”, but to a collectively attested and ever-present past, is because the hard drive of my computer is overloaded with digital images of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met, all of them time-coded to a 10th of a second… Because of this, it seems to me that in the past decade or so, the half-life of our memories has become artificially extended. Instead of curling photographs and yellowing newspapers, we are possessed of a shiny and permanent now, one we flit-click about and so delude ourselves as to our own eternal youth – until, that is, we look down at the wrinkled and liver-spotted hands that rest on the keyboard.

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