Drokk: Music inspired by Mega City One, by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (who also soundtracked Ex Machina and Annihilation) / a heavy metal restaurant / beautiful little animations of voxellated catastrophes by ultek85 / photographic projects by Jason Eskenazi / a huge collection of YouTube videos of journeys along London Streets. And more / related, Hearing Through Maps: Mapping London’s Hidden Waterways, a look at the London Sound Survey’s Sound Maps of London / British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century, includes details of the ‘Daily Mail Airship Garage’ that was once located on Wormwood Scrubs / Office/Hospital, a photography project by Tim Davis / the abandoned cars of Hong Kong. Related, Were Dubai’s Abandoned Supercars Ever Really Abandoned? / Spaceport America, still waiting and watching the skies.
Bitsy is a game-maker (via RPS) / more small things: Artifact series, the Forbidden Realm keycap. A little world on your keyboard / also small: tiny origami / in praise of random, passionately researched ephemera, with less web-based failed UX design / nuclear power plant cooling tower reverb: snare drum, bass guitar / The Disposition of Drones, making art from the art of UAV training.
Random bits from here and there. Julia Set Explorer, fun with fractals / Coffee Lids, a new book by Louise Harpman and Scott Specht, is subtitled ‘Peel, Pinch, Pucker and Puncture’. A taxonomic trawl through the many variations of the humble plastic coffee cup lid, it’s also a sobering look at the disposable nature of extreme ingenuity (via Kottke) / Cypher is a puzzle game (via RPS) / the National Galleries of Scotland are giving you access to beautiful hi-res imagery / Landscape Stories is a magazine awash with amazing photography, e.g. Daniel Stier’s Ways of Knowing / images of derelict Australian real estate by Jade Nolan, via tmn / learn to play along with alt 80s and 90s indie rock guitar / illustration by Benjamin Flouw / Biblioteca, photographs by Susannah Hays / Micah Lexier has an excellent instagram of found images, numbers, and other things / the Viking Series cars, a history of the concepts built by the Vehicle Research Institute at Western Washington University.
A depressing piece about New Zealand’s potential future role as a home for disenfranchised billionaires (via MeFi) / the most interesting modern houses in Yorkshire / The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books, at Atlas Obscura (via kottke) / Anthony McCall (via) / art by Hanna ten Doornkaat / beautiful paintings by Piet Raemdonck / an interactive map of Grim London. Wikipedia’s Timeline of London does a similar job without the gothic interface / explore space with Space Engine / Hit the Road, the book of van living / Stud.io, a CAD programme for building with Lego / modern ruins, yet again / Poly, Google’s 3D search engine.
‘The boat’s been found and he’s not on it’: tragic sailor Donald Crowhurst’s final voyage, by his son. The Crowhurst story is endlessly fascinating. We especially love Tacita Dean’s book, Teignmouth Electron, and its associated imagery (e.g. Aerial View of Teignmouth Electron, Cayman Brac 16th of September 1998, located here) / Concussion Protocol is a moving and eerie look at one season’s worth of catastrophic injuries rendered on the American football pitch, mostly in slow-mo, mostly in reverse. No gore, but just a very stark reminder of the fundamental insanity of a contact sport that requires helmets to make it ‘safe’. Also linked at Kottke, which has been doing quiet but sterling work on the NFL’s ongoing and increasing problem with the sheer violence of its sport / classics-style video games at Locomalito, including L’Abbaye des Morts, which you can also play online / Dr Who vs Electro Harmonix / random sound generator.
A View From a Hill, over one hundred two minute sound snippets, ambient noises and short pieces from all around (via Transpontine) / Pentagram has designed this beautiful book about East London / a typical slice of the wit and wisdom of Mark E. Smith, early 1991: “Shoulda finished the bastards off…. We’re going to live with this forever now. For the next 20 years. Your children will probably be fighting Iraqis in 25 bloody years. You want to look up on your history, man.” Related, The Wire MES Portal / a playlist of Financial Classic Films / Urban pastoral: ‘playful photo collages by Felicia Simon that celebrate Romania’s eclectic homes’ at The Calvert Journal / recommended VR experiences for your phone.
Locrating presents huge quantities of mapping data about commuting, schools, etc. ‘Outstanding’ schools are of green green, ‘good’ ones are yellow and woe betide your property prices if you live in close proximity to the little bomb-like red ones / a rather different scenario is played out by the Nukemap and the Missilemap. Fun with ICBMs / a veiny map that shows the best driving route from the USA’s dead centre to every county / Kingdoms and Castles looks like retro fun / Moog’s Drummer From Another Mother weaves some impressive sounds / behind the scenes at Manson Guitars, hand made and high tech / Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth make beautiful art at the Tugboat Print shop / It’s Nice That showcases photographer Francois Prost’s exploration of a replica city in China (via (and apparently originated at) the morning news)) / in remembrance of Dean Allen, web designer and creator of the Textism blog, one of the very on our webroll and a daily read ‘back in the day,’ before everything online turned to mush.
Dodo, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, exploring the landscape and remnants of the Mexican town of San Carlos and its role in the film of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 / paintings by Tom Walton / The Coast, photographs by Charlotte Bland / Drugby Union, on the music of Spacemen 3 / I will overcome many, many different things / Patrik Schumacher get defensive / Korea translation is hard / great story: The men and women who brought curry to Birmingham / the 30 most misguided vanity projects.
Casa Sperimentale, by Giuseppe Perugini, at Architizer and Dear Magazine, where these photos by Marco Ponzianelli were published. One of the internet’s favourite bits of ‘lost Brutalism’. See also the Visual News essay by Oliver Astrologo / twisted pop, slowed down, sped up and chopped about, courtesy of Pluffnub / Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, Live at the BBC, 1973 / a classic GoldfingerHouse / BrandNew, on corporate design and identity / the origins of tea / ‘It’s never aliens until is‘ / Neville Brody for Coca-Cola / Renny Tatit’s Simplified London.
The Vestaboard, when you want text messages delivered on old-fashioned train announcement boards / Superseventies is a tumblr devoted to said decade, includes the occasional that might reflect badly in the modern era/ a London charity shop scavenger hunt (via Projects, which also linked to the redesign of Roads and Kingdoms magazine / War Pigs, First Aid Kit / Quora compiles many scans from illustrated books / The Surf Ranch, perfect waves every time, via tmn / the day Captain Harry Gee landed his play on Heron Quays / illustration by Rohan Daniel Eason / Video games for architecture buffs (via MeFi).
Sony has announced the birth of an all-new AIBO at CES. The reception has been unsurprisingly ecstatic, especially as the original model, introduced back in 1999, was discontinued in 2006 to much disappointment and then, even worse, unsupported from 2015 (the sub-head on that WSJ article reads, pitifully, ‘Masters Run in Circles Seeking Help for Aged Robotic Pets; Failing Joints’. There were reports of Aibo funerals and there is still a functioning AIBO hospital that cannibalises dead dogs for their useful bits. In AIBO’s absence, the robot dog became a bit more toy-like, and the influence on robot design has also leaned a bit closer to Pixar than the retro style of the original AIBO. Luckily Sony’s designers are taking no tips from Boston Dynamics. Perhaps tomorrow’s full range of robot dogs will run a similar gamut to flesh and blood ones, from pocket-sized to intentionally terrifying. Some of our thoughts on robots from 15 years ago / a few other things. Folded metal things from Another Studio / an animated Chris Ware New Yorker cover from 2015.
21st Century Landscapes (via Kottke) / sort of related, the astounding bid to designate Trump’s border wall concepts as land art. Satire? ‘MAGA is proud to announce the Land Art Exhibition PROTOTYPES… [consisting] of the eight border wall prototypes commissioned by the U.S. government and built as models for testing and evaluation for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico’ / more culture vs commerce. A papercraft Airbus A380, created for an ad campaign, of course, as was this Škoda Cardboard Karoq / Building on the Built, dedicated to exhibitions about transformations in architecture / photographs of Venice by Maximilian Meisse.