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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Telegraph

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.

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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.

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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’).

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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.

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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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Americruiser

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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Random things and visual memories

Iconic Photos (which is doing a sterling job of keeping important memories alive at the moment) steps back to the 90s. Empire of the Stage revisits a 1990s Snowdon portfolio of British actors, a golden era / the strange history of compulsive book buying. We are now at the compulsive book giving away stage / achingly tasteful interiors and architecture at Copperline / back to the 80s, the seminal Porsche 924 Carrera / RNDRD is dedicated to architectural drawings – ‘a partial index of published architectural rendering’. See also the Drawing Architecture tumblr / illustrations by Antanas Gudonis / the end of Moore’s Law / illustrations by Olivier Kugler, a man who knows his way around a line / Kottke links to a feature on the literary maps of childhood. Back when endpapers were endpapers / “We don’t disclose that”, recommendations for investigative media.

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Drones’r’Us

We keep adding bookmarks to the amazing Hyman Archive of modern magazines to encourage us to one day make a massive donation there / creative lives at The Somewhere Project / a collection of ‘low stakes, high detail, popcorn fodder investigative journalism‘ / Everything is Terrific: The Bandcamp 2016 Year in Review / wood engravings by Sue Scullard / Range Rover Evolution. Bigger and bigger / Branded in the 80s, a blog about pop culture / a quintessentially 80s thing, the album Identity by Zee / the Linosaurus, a blog about printing / painting London, the new and old East London groups, a post at Spitalfields Life / a new ambience, music assembled, created and curated by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie / photography by Tobias Alexander Harvey.

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Take me down

Doomsday prep for the super-rich, a depressing read about bunker culture of the non-golfing kind (via kottke). Plenty of statistics to assault your eyes and decency: “Twenty-five hedge-fund managers make more money than all of the kindergarten teachers in America combined”. Keep your eyes on the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, because it’s due for a change. Although the subjects of the article would no doubt say that validates all their carefully preparation.

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Bricks and other symbols

The RIBA’s Wall competition is a strange mix of the spectacular and the decidedly non-secular. With the intention being “to build a national landmark, which will declare God’s goodness to all people,” the brief calls for the use of ‘a million bricks, or equivalent, each representing a story where someone has prayed to Jesus and He has answered.’ It brings to mind nothing less than the typically subversive travails of K2 Plant Hire, the KLF’s earth-moving subsidiary with grand plans for a ‘People’s Pyramid‘, ‘an estimated 150-foot (46 m)-high structure built from as many house bricks as there were British 20th century births (estimated by the duo as 87 million)’ / why the Revel Casino was doomed from the start, Architizer on the Arquitectonica-designed $2.4bn dollar Atlantic City casino that has now been re-branded as TEN / stark comparison, photographer Ben Murphy’s The Riverbed series shows shanty housing in southern Spain.

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Marooned

Pablo Escobar’s ruined Caribbean mansion / 3D printed strobe-powered animated sculptures (linked by Kottke) / The Monsanto House of the Future / ‘Check your documents’, the story behind the VW Emissions Scandal / Donald Trump is the best golfer ever to inhabit the Whitehouse / The Evolution of Recorded Music, a collection of short films. See also Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music. Also related, a new song from Slowdive.

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Hunkering down

Luxury tanks, for defending luxury bunkers presumably / a visual guide to The Architecture of American Houses / Owen Hatherley on The Architecture of Neoliberalism, the tyranny of the render and the banality of the built environment’s intersection with contemporary politics / see also, the geometric architecture of Madrid / the East German ‘Gruftie‘ – when Goth was properly dangerous / Theresa Wayman of Warpaint talks guitar / Austin Irving photographs caves / bikers in South London, from Wired magazine / Don’t Move, Improve, the annual round-up of tasteful (mostly) London extensions / paintings by Alex Lowery, via Socks Studio.

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Repurposed spaces and reissued things

Bolshy Flatblock: The buildings of A Clockwork Orange, Modernism in Metroland on the architectural legend of the film. One for Coudal’s Stuff about Stanley Kubrick section / the architecture of Pablo Escobar Jr / an archive of Yahoo Answers / drone history: the Office of Naval Research Support for Vertical Envelopment. The ‘Radioplane’ was a carrier-launched ‘radio-controlled aircraft, each carrying a single Marine above the radioactive contamination on the ground and into the objective’ / art by Aidan Koch / graphic projects by Will Knight / The Protest Box, assembled by Martin Parr.

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Going underground

‘A hidden vault under the old Astoria nightclub has been unearthed by Crossrail builders and it has revealed an unexpected history of one of Britain’s first condiment suppliers‘ / sort of related, archive images of some amazing early C20 salt mines / List of inventors killed by their own inventions (via K) / fund Paul Ryan: The Magazine. Just what we all need.

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Aural Excitements

Some fifteen years ago, we collaborated on a marvellous project with the Sonic Catering Band, bundling a little 3″ CD, Apotheosis with issue 15 of things (sadly now sold out, although we still have a few CDs). We worked with the SCB’s Peter Strickland, whose career has gone from strength to strength (while still, we note, keeping a hand over the sonic stove). His first full-length film, Berberian Sound Studio, is basically sonic catering writ large, although the resulting dish is very different. Strickland also oversaw a radio remake of The Stone Tape (excerpt), originally written for television by Nigel Kneale. More links at MeFi, which also flagged up a related recent play, the Stroma Sessions, the story of a new music ensemble recording an album on an abandoned island off the north coast of Scotland.

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