Hobbies and collecting

Some random things. The Society for the Preservation of Letraset Action Transfers (via Daniel Gray) / The Searcher, the ‘informed voice of metal detecting’ / Celluloid Wicker Man, a site by writer Adam Scovell chronicling his obsessions (‘Folk Horror, Landscape in Film and Literature, Film Music And Sound Analysis,’ etc) / Strong and Stable My Arse, Deller strikes back / My Social Media Fast / Red Means Recording, great tech demos / splendid Microsoft Paint illustrations for a self-published e-book about summer camp shenanigans (via Coudal) / Attention, K-Mart Shoppers, relive the atmosphere of 90s big box retail with these digitised cassettes / Caracas’s Living Ruin, the story of El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya, a mall-turned-slum-turned-secret-police-detention centre / Stan is a robot who parks your car. And remembers where (s)he left it.

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The Even More Occasional

The usual occasional collection of links. Apologies for the infrequency / a massive Soviet Futurism post over at It’s Nice That (via MeFi). You’d have thought that all the nice things on the internet would have long since been found by now, but no / Vinyl Postcards, delivered to your door / the wiki list of Lost Films / the Falcon Nest, a modernist perch / Hometowns, a photography project by John MacLean / Zannone: Italy’s forbidden ‘orgy island’ / probably a useful place to take your new Privat Smartphone / Mathieu Bernard-Reymond Converts Charts Into Monuments / also looks good: Brutalism in Tehran / A Mind Is Born (256 bytes) / Skywatching, ‘two artists explore spy satellite calibration markers in the desert — and trace the satellites in the sky today’ / related, Stuff in Space, an interactive guide / art by Michael Johansson / art: A Headlight in the path of our breathing by the amazing Daniel Danger, at the Black Dragon Press / the cinemas of Peckham / city building kit: ArcKit / Crawley Creatures make animatronics for film and TV / fossil hunter gifts: chocolate ammonites / conceptual design for 21st Century Walkman, the Elbow / available now, the Freewrite, a sort of hipster typewriter / the world’s best 10 filling (gas) stations / a new novel from Rosecrans Baldwin: The Last Kid Left / two tumblrs, occasionally nsfw: bricoblog; motorpsych; Atencio; gifs by Paul Robertson; darkshapes / Letters of Last Resort. To be opened after the nuclear code envelope. Via b3ta, which also has an interview with director Ben Wheatley / the global Fossil Atlas (via Kottke) / learn electronic music with Ableton’s handy tutorials / items recovered after the tsunami, photographs by Tomohiro Muda.

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The Very Occasional

The wartime sketchbooks of Victor A.Lundy (via Metafilter). As an architect, Lundy designed the Warm Mineral Springs Motel, Sarasota in Florida in 1958 (amongst many other places). The motel’s entrance is strongly reminiscent of Foster & Partners’ Repsol Partners / paintings by Fred Ingrams / the top 30 Modernist houses for sale in France / Connell, Ward and Lucas for sale / wine labels by Steven Noble / Lego models by hachiroku24 / The Field Study Handbook / the portraits of Joseph Szabo / the return of the mighty Antonov AN-225 / minipeople, an atmospheric illustration tumblr / beautiful skeuomorphic smartphone animations from Covestro Lab / where oil rigs go to die / on the brief flowering of ‘Persian Palace‘ architecture in Beverly Hills / Rue Morgue is an online magazine about modern horror media / a guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map / the B3TA newsletter is back and links to Sgt Pepper Photos, a brilliant piece of photo research.

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Birthday celebrations

All of the genuinely great works of the 21st century have been acts of digital humanism, the analogue version of which once a driving force behind mystic intellectualism (via Kottke, which is celebrating turning 19) / a case in point: The Book of Miracles / Bantmag on the The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego / also related, The Triarchy Press Idioticon / some more from the current archiving kick at Kottke: The Web’s Best Hidden Gems / People of Peckham, a project by photographer Joel Knight / Urge to Create still a favourite tumblr / on High Heels / the property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market / more Waymo fun / revamping James Stirling’s One Poultry / declassified imagery of US nuclear tests / shimmering digital baroque works by Benjamin Dillenburger / portraits of contemporary Athenian brothels by photographer Diego Mayon / the motor-racing photographs of Hermann Schwarz.

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Big questions

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, a forthcoming exhibition at the Barbican / Lodestars Anthology, a magazine from Canada / it’s the end of ffffound. A great shame. Once upon a time this was the absolute cutting edge of the image-driven internet, but was swiftly (and completely) overtaken by tumblr / could diesel be the new asbestos? Related, the discovery of asbestos toxicity / the Torrey Canyon oil spill: ‘The day the sea turned black’ / Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church / retro things and gauzy camera filters aplenty at Emma Peelpants. A ‘mild sauce’ warning / a mighty version of Crazy in Love / more music from Henry’s Face / music from Mesarthim / more music: Carpenter Brut / Before-and-After Photos: The End of California’s Historic Drought / the top 10 clones in architectural design.

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A fistful of links from what is a slightly neglected site at the moment – apologies / Oscar-Zero: Notes from a Nuclear Tourist / retro-styled Citroen van body kit / illustration by Lucille Corcos / shoegaze will never die at The Blog That Celebrates Itself / ‘a secretive timber structure hung under the remains of an old railway bridge in a castle town’ by H3T Architekti / paintings by Aron Wiesenfeld / the Gosh! comics blog / NYC Taper, a treasure trove of (officially sanctioned) recorded rock shows / a new Slowdive video ahead of a new album: ‘Sugar For The Pill‘ / music by Tschak! / How inner city apartment developments have killed Australian rock’n’roll. The end of garage rock / Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music / music: TUSKFLOWER / EarDrumsPop is a net label putting out new music.

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Bits and pieces

A few random things / the Pierre Cardin bubble palace in pictures / The Hidden Persuader, Christopher Turner on the genesis of advertising (at Reading Design) / SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, a new book from Unbound / a gigapixel image of Dubai, courtesy of Bentley / music by Fever Dream.

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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 Analystics, a small camera for stores that uses ‘multiple layers of machine learning and artificial intelligence [to] automatically counts people (at over 95% accuracy) and, what’s more, intelligently categorises people’s demographics based on the shoes they choose to wear’ / more future: creating a car ad using the Mill Blackbird, the virtual car template / illustrations by Jeremy Booth (via Creativeboom) / Wolfram Tones, generative music from way back.

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Love and rockets

When Things Go Missing (via MeFi), an evocative story of losing things, and grief and loss / the story of five art world misdeeds / Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / the never-ending quest to build a hotel in Space / fun story about building hotels in Baku / a website about Found Objects / Style: In Defence Of…, a series from Machine Books / Nobody Books, an online store for the many wondrous photo books created by Stephen Gill / related, Waterstones is opening faux ‘indie’ bookshops / Ricardo Bofill’s cement factory / solar system orbit simulator / deep beneath San Francisco / a hybrid of the smart button and Post-it note, could be a catastrophe.

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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 not so well known for its concrete / science fiction landscape by Simon Stålenhag / miniature worlds created by the artist Joshua Smith / Proposed aircraft of the United States / Girl Talk in a Box – ‘play with your music’ / sort of related, the story of Nissan’s miniature on-board record decks / List of Sunken Nuclear Submarines / the amazing Pixar in a Box / the tunnels of Malta / the Sons of Lee Marvin / Cars that never made it (via Coudal) / the future gets old, fast: a gallery of old phones and a lexicon of 90s digital lingo.

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Publishing about publishing, and other things

Motor Mouth, five auto logos from history, at Grafik (via Coudal) / a selection of ambient soundscapes taken from games (via Gyford) / make your own ambient sounds with the WhaleSynth / the story of the success of Ladybird’s modern pastiches and the confusing arrival of retro-styledLadybird Expert‘ books. And spare a thought for Miriam Elia / The Paris Review on the bloody history of the colour red / Ten Meter Tower, a superb short film on the New York Times website / Peirene Press’s blog, things syntactical, ‘the pain and passion of a small publisher’ / thanks to Blanketfort for links to the Flowing Data Maps page and the still fascinating Strange Maps Blog (The Landlord Octopus, Still Stalking London) / the future of St Peter’s Seminary / The man who dresses up as his ancestors / things to do with Douglas Fir / animated gifs by Nicola Gastaldi / Edition 29, an ipad magazine about architecture / Temporary Fix at Reading Design / Roli’s Blocks are a snap together music studio / Siouxsie Sioux at the Horniman Museum / on the architecture of artist’s studios / Archifutures, ‘a field guide to the future of architecture’ from &beyond / the Museum of Broken Relationships (via the BBC) / Present & Correct (‘sundries for the modern workspace’) curates well-designed distractions from the business of doing any meaningful work – yes, a stationery blog (via MeFi) / Hidden Folks, a game about looking.

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Link Review: weblogs round-up

The final push. The following is an annotated list of all the weblogs listed in our sidebar. Way back when things began, the weblog seemed to be the dominant mode of expression online – independent, characterful, innovative, fast-moving and steered, above all, by interests and passions. It was a more innocent time. On to the links. 99% Invisible still going strong with an architecture focus / Alexandra Lange’s A bit late hasn’t been updated in a couple of years / This is Aaronland seems rather occasional. More frequent on twitter / Adventures in Suburban London seems to be going for a single annual update / Airminded continues to be a treasure trove of aviation history and other things, such as the ongoing saga of a historian making things up (more at the TLS and Guardian) / All over the Map was a National Geographic blog, which then became known as Phenomena, and has now been folded into the main National Geographic News page / And another thing is now better known as David Hepworth’s blog / Anti-Mega is currently dormant / Anxious Machine has been quiet since May 2016 / Apothecary’s Drawer transformed into JSBLog – Journal of a Southern Bookreader, but that went quiet in June 2015 / Arts & Letters Daily continues to live up to its name.


Asbury & Asbury is irregular but still around / Ask Metafilter isn’t of course a weblog per se, but is still a daily read / Atlas Obscura is now a real world publishing phenomenon / Badaude is on hiatus (too busy writing award-winning books) / as the world gets more and more Ballardian, there is happily still a place for Ballardian the blog / another plug for the Bandcamp Daily / Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog drifted away in 2011 / Ben Bashford’s journal continues to reveal online gems / Bifurcated Rivets is minimal in the extreme but still has a pulse / Blanketfort unwrapped the duvet from the banisters in 2009 / Boing Boing is another alt-media colossus / Bouphonia ceased updating in 2002 / Steve Bowbrick’s great Bowblog has been static for over 18 months / Caught by the River is still great / Collision Detection is now retired, replaced by Clive Thompson’s own blog / Cope is very occasional / Coudal is a daily visit / Creative Journal ceased to be about three years ago / the Daily Jive no longers jives daily / dangerous minds still unearths cultural gems / David the Designer is still musing on design, occasionally, but mostly bike rides / Diamond Geezer has clung on to become one of the best chroniclers of modern London / Diassociated is tightly focused on creative work, recommended / Economic Sociology ceased to be back in 2010, although the archives remain online / Edible Geography is still around, but just occasional / Ephemeral New York is thankfully still with us / Even Cleveland has also stuck around / the Everlasting Blort lives up to its name.


We loved Fed by Birds, but the last update seems to have been in 2013 / John Coulthart’s Feuilleton is still with us / Joshua Allen’s Fireland is now a very occasional tumblr / Front Section appears to have disappeared / Paul Ford’s Ftrain also shuttered in 2013 (but his company oversees the Track Changes newsletter) / Strange Attractor’s Further is no more, now it’s just News / Greg.org is remarkably still around / Haddock shut up shop in 2015, but we’ll keep it around as it was one of the first weblogs we ever followed / Halvorsen also stopped posting in 2015 / Heraclitean Fire’s last update was February 2016. Might it come back? / How We Drive accompanied Tom Vanderbilt’s book Traffic: We Drive the Way We Do. It is no longer updated, but Vanderbilt’s web presence is current / I Like likes no longer, it just sits there / Kickcan and Conkers has only been quiet for a few months, hope it won’t be for a few more / Languagehat is still a vital and fascinating read / Google’s Lat Long Blog blog has long since turned into basic Google Maps News. We need more mapping weblogs / Lewism is lost / Linkmachinego is still going with the links / Londres Calling still calls, hooray / Low-Tech Magazine is (appropriately?) very infrequent / the blog called ‘made by machines for people’ is no more. It may have had something to do with Russell Davies? / Made in China 69 ceased updating in 2012 / Making Light is an online institution / Mapping the Marvellous no longer maps / Marginal Utility is now known as The New Enquiry / we all owe a debt to Metafilter / Microkhan has spent over a year in stasis / Mighty Girl is another web favourite that continues to expand / Millennium People is no longer.


The cull continues. Moon River stopped updating in 2015 / moosifer jones’ grouch is no more / Mountain 7 has stayed current and is pretty great / Murketing has ceased to be although its founder, Rob Walker, is still online / the Museum of Ephemerata still welcomes (real) visitors / My ear trumpet continues on its steam-punk way / the Myrtle Street Review stopped reviewing in 2011 / Notes + Links has ossified / notes from somewhere bizarre was a wonderful blog that stopped trading in 2011 / Nothing to See Here (A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland) is a book, but no longer a current site / Now Here This is now the Time Out London Blog / Our God is Speed is hanging in there / Panopticist was a now defunct blog run by Andrew Hearst / Parenthetically is no longer updated / Perpenduum seems to have bitten the dust / Project Moonbase is bang up to date (‘the historic sound of the future’) / Quipsologies is still here and still beautiful / Raccoon wrapped up with the best albums of 2013 / rag-picking history continues to pick / the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things decided it had lost interest in around 2013 / Alex Wiltshire’s Rotational still stays up to date. His writing is always worth seeking out / Schott’s Vocab shut up schop in 2011 / Sippey is another of those very, very occasional tumblrs.


Last batch. The Awl, should really be in ‘publications’, not weblogs. Still good stuff / The Dabbler, ‘The Culture Blog For Connoisseurs Of Everything’ – aren’t we all? / The Deep North was things-affiliated and wonderful to read, but it has vanished / The Millions, ‘an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003’. We’ve moved it to ‘publications’ / The Staff Recommends came out of tmn but no longer seems to be making current recommendations / Threat Quality Press still publishes / Transpontine is highly recommended, a site dedicated to London history and more. Check this link to images of Siouxsie and the Banshees playing Lewisham in 1979 / Unlikely Words, a wonderful traditional blog / as is Voices of East Anglia, a rich mix of pop and cultural history / Waggish, David Auerbach’s regular updates on literature, philosophy, film and other things / and finally, graphic novelist Warren Ellis is now found at Morning, Computer. So we’ll repeat this exercise in a decade or so. Thank you for getting this far.

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Lucky Dip

Total grab bag from everywhere today. Starting with new music from The Trimdon Grange Explosion. Buy their album. The band is named after the 1882 colliery disaster which inspired a popular folk song / Remash is a tumblr about architecture / Donaeld The Unready is tweeting angrily about the dire state of the medieval world. He can make it great again / related, Suzanne Eraslan keeps an important list / more music at this is that song / Beats and Burgers reviews records and restaurants. And occasionally features stuff that looks like people / Gwarizm, an irreverent blog about street style and things / an instant 3D city builder / ceramics by Eleonor Bostrom / advice to the parent of a teenage UrbExplorer / the REAL Foundation has kickstarted a book on Mies van der Rohe’s abandoned proposal for the Mansion House. More information at the Guardian. See also the upcoming RIBA exhibition, Circling the Square / yet more music, a Minor Victories remix album / Illustration Art, worth following for artistic gems / 240 landmarks of Japanese Automotive Technology / depressing but elegant little pocket sketches by Graham Roumieu.

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Abandoned pasts and futures

What are some ‘documentaries made in the past about a future that has already gone?’ / see also The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art, via Coudal /Inside the Last Three Restaurants of London’s Forgotten Chinatown (at that’s). See also Tom Bolton’s Vanished City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods, which goes into more detail about lost Limehouse / tape portraits by Erika Iris / a collection of isolated vocals / A Vinyl A Day, a visual collection of vinyl records. No longer updated / Map showing the homeland of every character in Homer’s Iliad / dynamic satellite maps are coming, courtesy of Planet (via K) / A Tale of Two Glassworkers and Their Marine Marvels, the glass models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka / six months after Rio, the Olympic venues aren’t looking so good. See also Athens 2004 and a clickbaity round-up of Olympian ruins.

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Link review: Publications

Time for another sift through the sidebar, updating as we go. The ‘publications’ section originally referred to websites of print magazines, but over time it came to mean sites that have the same ethos as a magazine, even if they don’t have regular issues or print copies. Some of the below have made the transition from web to print (and then back again). Others have vanished altogether. On to the links. Aeon publishes essays and ideas about ‘science, philosophy, society and the arts’ / Ambit is a venerable literary quarterly, founded in 1959 / Ampersand is another print magazine – a ‘curiosity journal’ based in Melbourne and Sydney / Amuseum Magazine, objects seen in a different way (also print) / AnOther Magazine, fashion, art and more / The Art Newspaper, vital for the industry / bookendless came from Tokyo and stopped being updated in 2008. It was great though / this year would have been the 50th anniversary of Books from Finland, a publication co-edited by one of our erstwhile editors and founders. However, the last post was back in 2015 / Brown Book was an arts and lifestyle magazine published out of Dubai / Byliner compiles excellent journalism from around the world / Cabinet Magazine is still going strong, thankfully, and is one of the finest print magazines of the modern age.


Charlotte and Peter Fiell publish art books, but no longer blog / Gestalten publish monographs on many subjects / Grafik began as a magazine and is now an excellent design website / Gym Class was a magazine and is now defunct / Hopes and Fears has been out of action for a year or so / Instapaper still promises to be the best way of clipping things to read. There’s a blog / Issuu hosts a hundred magazines you’ve never heard of / It’s Nice That is still, well, nice / Lapham’s Quarterly, ‘a magazine of history and ideas’ / Letter to Jane was kind of cool but is no more / Linefeed still rolls / the ever-essential magCulture continues to uncover new publications and processes behind making things in print / Magforum has a good line in the history of magazines, such as this fond look back at Private Eye’s response to James Goldsmith’s lamentable Now! / Andrew Losowsky used to run a blog called Magtastic / McSweeneys, now an internet essential / Monocle is a media titan, conquering the world one artisanal bakery at a time / n+1 magazine is a’ print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics’ / the Newspaper Club lets you create your own publication: a selection / Phaidon is a long established art publisher.


Premiere Issues, an archive of magazine debuts and firsts. It hasn’t been updated for a few years, but the archive is still worth a browse / Princeton Architectural Press, another leading publisher / Print Fetish seems to have stopped fetishising print / Sabotage Times is still rolling / Smoke: A London Peculiar had a new website and then shut. All this may have happened many years ago. Founder Jude Rogers can be found here / time to add the Peckham Peculiar to the list / SNOW magazine has been quiet for a year / the South East London Journal is thankfully going strong / Stack still puts out print / The Brander is more relevant than ever / The Bygone Bureau seems to still exist but threw up malware warnings when we visited / The Modernist is a fine print magazine / bless the good ship The Morning News and all those who sail in her / The Rumpus is still living up to its name / Today’s Guardian still scrapes the newspaper’s website and presents it in a more concise way / Turps Banana is a fine magazine about painting.


We’re not sure that Unbounders was. Perhaps it was something to do with Unbound, which has done a fine job of getting interesting books into the hands of interested readers / Versal Journal stopped publishing in 2013 / Viewport is an online journal of design and travel, updated occasionally / we like Wallpaper. It also has a tumblr / we also have a section called ‘reading’. The sites listed are as follows: Longform still lines up substantial things to read / Medium has become an important place for opinion / Narratively is a similarly good place to go and read / Reading Design is building up a good archive of classic writing on design / Signature is a Penguin-run site that bolsters the online presence of books and conversations about them / The Big Roundtable is another site dedicated to narrative nonfiction / The Toast no longer updates, but is worth revisiting until you’ve read it all / Vox still publishes on current affairs.

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This late 18th century townhouse was also the base station for the British Admiralty’s Shutter Telegraph system, opened in 1795 and providing a line-of-sight link between the Admiralty in Whitehall to Deal in Kent: ‘Messages passed from London to Deal in about sixty seconds, and sixty-five sites were in use by 1808’. From Kennington, the next station was at Telegraph Hill. See also The Use of Optical Telegraphs in England and Elsewhere (pdf) / other things. TV Offices rendered as 3D axos, via MeFi. See also sitcom spaces as architectural drawings. And also The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock / San Rocco Magazine, an architecture publication / not quite sure why Edward Hopper needs animating / the Bakerloo Line extension is out for consultation.

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Loop the loop

Music.Three, an album by musique concrète / music: Bored Spies, found via Your Band Sucks / related – after the very self-conscious middle aged post-indie malaise of YBS, Making it Big is an instructive dive into the raw data of the New York live scene: ‘According to data from the music event website Songkick, of the 7,000 bands that headlined a small venue (less than 700 capacity) in the NYC area in 2013, less than half even played another show from 2014 to October of 2016.’ Search through the 3,000 bands that played NY in 2013 and still gig and find out where they are now. At The Pudding, via Kottke.


Other things. Art Map London / a masterclass in how to draw by James McMullan (via Container List) / we love the art of Kevin Lucbert / Found by Laura. Remember when the found object was a thing? There was something intrinsically interesting in scanning ephemera and putting it up online. We did it. As did many others. The act of scanning (or photographing) transforms even the most banal into something fascinating that persists / internet gold: abandoned Japanese theme park photography / architect John Lonsdale observes and records.

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Link Review: Music and People

After last year’s epic link reviews – design, art and photography, architecture and collections and archives, we’ve been putting off running through the other sections of our sidebar. Here, at last, is the list of music sites.


Anti-Gravity Bunny, still going strong and now putting out weird and wonderful mix compilations / Archived Music Magazines has been ‘resting’ since 2013, but still exists to serve up huge scans from the golden era of the British music press / we recently added Bandcamp Daily / Simon Reynolds can still be found at blissblog, which is a relief / Bradley’s Almanac still comes straight out of Boston / Chrome Waves called it a day on 19 December 2013, although the writing was clearly on the wall the previous year / Crying all the way to the Chip Shop is still sobbing and eating deep fried chopped potatos, although it is very much of a broad (pop) culture blog these days / the Dezeen Music Project still highlights sonic-related design projects / Diskant died a death in 2011, but exists in archive form / Drowned in Sound is still a cultural force of sorts. Their recent interview with Everett True will tickle those digging around the earlier music press archive link / EffectsBay is another recent addition / as is Fluxblog, although it lays claim to being ‘the very first mp3 blog’ / Gig Posters is now a commercial concern / Invisible Oranges is still a fine blog about heavy metal (‘the term “invisible oranges” describes the clutching gesture you make when the mighty force of metal flows through you’).


The Rambler, occasional, but still devoted to ‘blogging the music that others won’t tell you about’ / Largehearted Boy is another relentlessly current blog-stroke-cultural force, with just as much emphasis on literature as music / Music Machinery has been quiet since April 2016 / Novation is another new addition, thanks to our recent acquisition of the fabulous Circuit / Offset Guitars are the best guitars / the OP-1 is the best synthesizer / Owl in the Sun are a fine band (soundcloud) / Pedals & Effects, more noise / Radiateur is a defunct band / Songs from the Shed hosts intimate live sessions / Sredni Vashtar is an active band / Synthtopia is about synthesis, old and new / Teenage Engineering do new synthesis, old style / The Quietus is still a leading light in new music writing / This Recording is a general arts blog / not sure what ‘UMT / Symptomatic’ was, but it now isn’t.


And as a bonus, here is a recap on all the people in our sidebar: Adam Curtis, still resting after the epic Hypernormalisation (related, if only in spirit, doonaldjtrump.com) / Adam Greenfield, who seems to be taking a break / Andrew Losowsky is all over the web / Caterina Fake probably invented bits of the web you’re still using / Celeste Olalquiaga wrote the amazing Artificial Kingdom / China Mieville creates amazing artifical kingdoms / Christopher Stocks writes about Forgotten Fruits and other things / Daniel Eatock is an inspirational designer / David Thompson still occasionally shouts back to things / Douglas Coupland once even wrote for things / Edward Tufte is a hero to information designers / Heather Champ is another web veteran / Ian Martin is a vital voice of sanity / James Russell writes great books about great artists / Jason Kottke, the original and the best / Jean Snow writes about contemporary culture / as does Joe Moran (new book, Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness) / Justin McGuirk is now Chief Curator at the Design Museum / Kazys Varnelis runs AUDC in NY / Kevin Kelly is an online legend / Leon Chew takes stunning photographs / Marian Bantjes is a fine artist with a passion for books / Neil Boorman vanished from the web / fashion designer Paul Smith no longer blogs, perhaps unsurprisingly / Peter Buchanan-Smith is an artist / as is Peter Nencini / Russell Davies is always worth a read, or a look / another artist, Tom Sachs / Will Wiles is a writer, but is not blogging much right now.

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Jon Fine talks about his memoir Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). There’s a lot of frustration,self-sabotage and holier-than-thou Indie schtick to wade through, most of it treated with admirable self-awareness / Europa, an album project by the marvellous Morton Valence. Try Bob and Veronica Ride Again for starters / gif illustration by Rebecca Mock / vanity height, or how to inflate a skyscraper’s size. But then again, what’s a steeple if it’s not vanity height? / make yr own executive order. Everyone’s doing it.

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Under the mountain

Cold War Bunker for Sale, Northern Ireland’s only bunker (via Wowhaus) / related, what would you do in the face of apocalypse? / re-thinking the language of carbon / Sightings, a project by Juan Carlos Osorno / see also CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online / the story of the Apollo 1 fire / the Synthstrom Delugevideo / Holy Mountain soundtrack re-issue.

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