Ashes to ashes

The Decline of Snapchat and the Secret Joy of Internet Ghost Towns (via Laura Olin’s List). Related, the Last Days of Club Penguin and Exploring The Digital Ruins Of ‘Second Life’ / there are 487 electric car manufacturers in China / composer Lawrence English makes epic and atmospheric ambient and industrial soundscapes. Recommended.

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On other worlds

On the FT’s infamous How to Spend It: “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich people are often ever so slightly behind the beat.” The How to Spent It site / some psychedelic folky music from Cobalt Chapel / big moody sci-fi landscapes by Simon Stålenhag / Fender have launched a parallel universe collection of slightly awkward mash-ups of their iconic guitar ranges. The Dark Timeline Edition, perhaps / more alternate realities: Rendering Trends: Decoding Tired Tropes of Flashy Architectural Graphics at Web Urbanist, which also links to these renderings of Memphis seen as a comic book (via MeFi) / also via MeFi, a subreddit dedicated to abandoned and forgotten architectural proposals for Paris.

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States of mind

Community Plumbing, ‘How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds’ / Some reflections on my roadtrip across the western United States / The Disco Files: 1973-78, New York’s Underground Week by Week By Vince Aletti. See also Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco / Show me lovely things, a tumblr / albums, in all their gaudy glory / Broochgate / architectural drawings by Ben Tolman (via Notcot). More Tolman.

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Around the world

A small collection of random things. Hidden landscapes revealed by the UK’s heatwave / in search of Eton’s ‘General Total Failures’, a story about the ultra harsh ranking system of the British establishment’s favourite school / High-wire: a vertiginous ride in Chiatura’s Soviet-era cable cars, photographs by Lasse Ihlow at the Calvert Journal / What I know about Love Island even though I’ve never seen it, Joe Moran / Urbano Monte’s 10 ft. Planisphere of 1587, the largest early world map scanned at the David Rumsey Map Collection.

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First Class, all the way

The MGM Grand Air Service was a high rollin’, first class only plane ride between LAX and New York, founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian and as abjectly 90s glamour as you can possibly imagine. Inside the 727 / back to today: The Glue Famine (via MeFi) / the Jamstik looks intriguing. Is it the Casio DG-10 of the decade? The Chapman Stick, still going strong / Cave to Canvas, a tumblr / beautiful 1970s infill house in Notting Hill for sale / Rose Garden, a game about walking and growing (via RPS) / a map of the world’s watersheds (via Robert Szucs).

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Crosstown traffic

Swinging Hatchetts, the story of a pioneering London Night Club from 1968-1978 / Thurston Moore on Madonna’s no-wave past / found photo mystery, up for grabs. We have one of our own as well / Dale Kelley collects pulp art on flickr / Sleek Magazine, about art, fashion and digital culture / photographs by Jesse Echevarria / Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House is for sale / Geoff Boeing on American city street orientations; grids rule. For comparison, cities of the world. Rome gets the prize for least grid-like city. Related, maps of Rome at the Hidden Hydrology website, dedicated to ‘lost rivers, buried creeks and disappeared streams / more water action. Gogotte Formations are sandstone concretions created over millions of years of erosion. They command high prices at auction.

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Different stripes

The battle continues: Freelance Wars. See also the great Madmen Integrated tumblr / a tumblr collection of video game backgrounds / Silicon Cities by photographer Heiko Hellwig / a collection of concrete in the former Yugoslavia / a photobook about Atlantic City by Brian Rose / art by Peter Tarka / behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House / Japanese car design of the 90s / Pricegore for the win / The Niche, good humour / The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger.

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Full of stars

Outer space vs inner space. NASA images by Thomas Struth at the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin (via Anne Bernecker) / The meaning of the ending of 2001 according to Stanley Kubrick at Kottke. One for the Coudal Kubrick Archives as well. Coudal also links to the Astronomy Pic of the Day. See also how to make starships from asteroids / The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence, via MeFi Projects / coming back down to earth: Save Southwark Woods / find comfort on the slow web / great trade wars infographic / illustration by Jun Cen and Icinori / characters drawn by Lisk Feng / Rosettes, by Dennis Wojtkiewicz (via Kottke) / an online Gregorian Chant Generator.

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I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

The Statue of Liberty shown on American stamps is the replica in Las Vegas (via The New Aesthetic) / Swimming Pools / graphic design by Kelemen Richard (blog) / design by Henrik Nygren / Opus Analogico, a list of analogies, a tumblr (best viewed as an archive? / The Bold Italic, a magazine about San Francisco / Outer Space Maps by Archie’s Press. See also their City Maps, ‘simplifying structures and districts in the simplest terms’.

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A big stack of filing cabinets

Relevant to our interests. Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? It’s all about chronology and archives. We’d argue that it’s less about the ability to search and sift through that archive (although that is of course useful), but more about the sense of weight, continuity and physicality that a big mass of text brings. It’s psychological, rather than tangible / on to the usual linkage. My depression is like having a bad dog via (MeFi), by Kaye Blegvad / Koen makes intricate Lego models / Glou-Glou make intricate effects pedals / inside Jimmy Page’s Tower House in Holland Park / Metal Magazine, a publication about creativity / the problem with extreme male body transformations. Related, How to lose weight in 4 easy steps, a Medium classic / a homage to the unironic joys of cruising, ‘against the snarky subgenre of travel writing about mass-market luxury cruises’ / sort of related, Splendid Postcards of British Seaside Resorts in the 1960s. Parr before his time.

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Map of the heart

Aliens may not exist – but that’s good news for our survival / Giving Compact Discs Another Spin. Every format has its nostalgists / The presence of the brown bear Ursus arctos in Holocene Britain: a review of the evidence (via BBC News) / Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the weblog of a naturalist / Save the Elephant / Phantom Islands, a tour around an ocean of imagined, invented and mistaken places (via Coudal). Compare and contrast with Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will’ / Map of the density of bombing, London region, to October 1941. In stark contrast: maps of love / Mish Kida?, a blog about ‘modern Egypt, including language, current events, history, and politics’ / Lisbon’s Doors, observations from animator Filipe Alcada’s all-too-sporadic blog / for sale, Big Sky House / Teslas and Tax Breaks / Wallpaper Architect’s Directory 2018 / Dormio, a technology for engaging with hypnagogia, or ‘lucid dreaming’ / Pow! Pop Kids, Russian shoegaze.

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Mapping the past and the present

A new generation of Apple Maps is on the way. See also this 2016 comparison between Google Maps and Apple Maps by Justin O’Beirne, who followed up with a year of Google and Apple Maps in 2017 and an even deeper dive into Google’s detailed building models later that year. Will Apple’s new tech close the gap? / other things. Social media schadenfreude: Are Instagram stars facing a brand backlash? Instagram star caught using other people’s photographs / RIBA House of the Year shortlist / Your Next Hotpoint, 1944, via elizabethborden33 / Stuntronics, robotic high wire artists from Disney / Below the Surface, the archaeological finds of the North / Southline in Amsterdam (via MeFi). Highly recommended / wall vs graffiti, at Welcome to Neverland / Art from the Future, a tumblr / Perfect Roquefort Cheese, a traditional weblog.

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Building a grudge

Who will buy your book? ‘You can depend on the enthusiasm of family and/or friends only briefly — your first few shows or whatever. After that, you’re on your own. Or more to the point — it’s the enthusiasm of strangers that you want, because it’s the only enthusiasm you can really trust’ / Spite Buildings. See also Inhabiting a Grudge, via MeFi / World’s Largest Island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island / Styling St Vincent at Design Observer / Air Elvis, for sale / How the US has prepared for nuclear Armageddon – in pictures.

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Vision things

A set of urban illustrations by James Gilleard / World Airports Voronoi diagram, Jason Davies (via K) / 1971: Tomorrow’s World: Cassette Navigation / Lunar Lander House / The Cities That Never Existed: ‘What if the urban visions of famous architects and planners had actually been built?’ / return of the Mack? / the Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map / Trigo, a photographic study of the Spanish National Network of Silos by Victor Quintana González / a short history of the Boss Loop Station.

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The city’s spiky skyline

24 Hour London, a time-lapsed hi-res panorama of the city / a collection of Serpentine Pavilions / Knobs is a Youtube channel dedicated to way out effects / some analogue media finding its way back into the world of the digital: McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised / the history of flat screen TV / The McKenzie Tapes, post punk live tapes uploaded for your enjoyment / The Year in Bandcamp for 2017 reveals that 17,872 tapes were released through the site that year / browse around the ancient earth, via Kottke / fine collection of children’s covers for adult books at b3ta / beautiful landscape paintings by Andrew Roberts.

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The grand schemes of the past are always fascinating, such as the abandoned plans for the city-scourging Ringway South Cross Route / a rusty Lake Geneva hideaway / the modern (digitally-enhanced) art of the single-take blockbuster shot / building climbing antics from Angela Nikolau / the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron. Related, a ridiculously detailed look at the Lepin Super Star Destroyer, a meticulous but clearly fake Chinese knock-off of Lego. There’s lots of Lepin STAR WNRS (sic) stuff out there, brazen in its imitation. Also sort of related, Star Wars action figures, a hand-made selection. Also related, a complete history of the Millennium Falcon / Guido Zimmerman’s modernist cuckoo clocks / Crazy Walls, a tumblr (via Meanwhile) / The Olympians is a treasure trove of ephemera and memories about the Olympic Games.

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“…in a long tube with a bunch of demons”

A selection stuff you probably (hopefully) don’t need. Luxury doomsday bunkers, from the likes of Survival Condo / the problem with buying cheap stuff on the internet / the ultimate upgrade. Roberts Space Industries, makers of Star Citizen, now apparently offer a $27,000 bundle that includes all the game’s (very virtual) spaceships (via MeFi). More down to earth fandom is available from Advanced Designs, who can build you a bespoke Knight Rider K.I.T.T replica (via Automobile mag, which has some great pictures). A working voice recognition system is the next upgrade. Compare and contrast with the Nobe 100, a crowd-funded, light, neo-retro EV with three wheels.

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From up high

Shedley Manor, part of the grand rural tradition of hiding buildings. See also Robert Fidler’s Castle. It never ends well / paintings by Nicolás Uribe (instagram) / True Blue, a return to natural indigo / 3D map of Manhattan on a rug / my best summer photograph / John Procter makes and mends guitars / pedals from Electronic Audio Experiments / the work of sci-fi, comic and conceptual artist Willam Stout / The Fading Battlefields of World War I, another typically impressive Atlantic photo essay / The Beverley David Thorne Residence, California, 1964 / great photographs of Futuroscope in France, by Aurélien Aumond / Route 66, then and now / breaking down the individual tracks of Thriller / Tank, a short film in the vector graphic style, with painstaking behind-the-scenes / photography by Chris Dorley Brown / Elevation, a film about drones and cities, from Dezeen.

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Let’s go to bed

Pet People is a magazine from Sweden / Marie loves your dog / the world of prescription pets / how Ernst Gombrich helped spread the news of Hitler’s death / a visit to Le Corbusier’s La Tourette / the Cycling Revival / Selling your home by raffle could be a gamble. A house being raffled / The definitive ranking of Donkey Kong games / The Curse of an Open Floor Plan (via MeFi) / a future supercar by designer Nick Pugh / is the internet the end of criticism? It certainly feels like the end of an era of deliciously wasted time. Cast yourself back to the web of 1996, with its many unknown paths leading off into thickets unknown (and not screaming at you to click them with blatant falsehoods, and now consider how hard it is to get genuinely lost online. As opposed to being distracted / other things. Glenn Branca, sad to say goodbye / London’s East End in multiple exposure photography by Chris Dorley Brown.

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Alphabet street

Random things / musical installations by Trond Perry / How do I stop seeing my books as trophies? / CV hell, 30 of the ‘best’ / old but interesting: writers’ rules for writing / music from Natalie Bouloudis & The Flamekeepers / whittle away the afternoon with the web lathe / The A-Z of Y2K, i-D magazine on a decade of skeuomorphic excess (via MeFi. i-D loves its a to z lists / 70s and 80s architecture gets listed.

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