The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 4 of 4

The final journey into those remote islands: part 1, part 2 and 3. Starting with the Alaskan island of St. George, one of the Pribilof Islands and a habitat of the threatened Northern fur seal. Travel to the islands (and marvel at how the Anchorage Daily News is somehow unable to be GDPR compliant). Hopefully they’ve got their grocery deliveries by now as lateness earlier in the summer brought forward the seal harvest // Napoleon’s place of exile, Saint Helena. The dictator died in 1821, but not before he’d raved about the island’s coffee. Starbucks sold it for a while and it was also sold in Harrods. Here is a photo essay at Rosemary Gate Coffee, by Paul Tyson, whose Two Years in the Atlantic blog is a comprehensive portrait of the island // St Kilda lies off the coast of Scotland. It is a home to a mouse that travelled with the Vikings and grudgingly succumbed to organised religion in the 18th and 19th centuries. From Wikipedia: ‘One visitor noted in 1875 that: “The Sabbath was a day of intolerable gloom. At the clink of the bell the whole flock hurry to Church with sorrowful looks and eyes bent upon the ground. It is considered sinful to look to the right or to the left.” Time spent in religious gatherings interfered seriously with the practical routines of the island. Old ladies and children who made noise in church were lectured at length and warned of dire punishments in the afterworld.’ 29 August 1930 was the date of the island’s evacuation; the last original islander died in 2016. Visiting St Kilda on a very wet day.


You can moor in the Île Saint-Paul’s submerged volcanic caldera, but there’s not a lot to see apart from seals and seabirds. This is another place where rat eradication became a thing, eventually solved by using a helicopter to drop poison. All the rats are now dead, but rabbits are still hopping around. There are some images down this page // Semisopochnoi Island, the island of the seven mountains – Cerberus, Sugarloaf Peak, Lakeshore Cone, Anvil Peak, Pochnoi, Ragged Top, and Three-quarter Cone. ‘In other words, Semisopochnoi and the dozen or so Aleutian islands lying beyond it are so far west that they’re actually east! Politically and even geologically, they’re part of North America, but by this strict geographic definition, they’re thousands of miles east of North America’s Atlantic coast.’ // Socorro Island is where the giant Manta Ray can be found // Southern Thule was occupied by Argentinian forces in the early 80s, a fact kept secret at the time // Takuu Atoll looks set to become one of the first places on the planet to be wiped out by climate change, a grim fate.


Tikopia in Polynesia. A piece of writing by James Baldwin, and here are some people visiting the island, which has been the subject of many anthropological studies over the years // Trindade and Martin Vaz has had an eventful history for a largely uninhabited island, once heavily forested but denuded of its trees by non-native animals, the site of shipwrecks, expedition stopovers, failed treasure hunts, home to turtles humped back whales, and alleged UFOs, although the self-proclaimed Prince of Trinidad, James Harden-Hickey, never actually visited // Tristan da Cunha will spend three and a half minutes in darkness during the total solar eclipse of 5 December 2048. Here’s hoping we’re all around to see that // Tromelin Island has a weather station and little else, a low desert island to the east of Madagascar. In 1761, a French slave ship was wrecked on the island and a result, a small community of former slaves spent 15 years marooned on the island before being rescued. Their story is told in a recent graphic novel // Uyedineniya Island is cold and uninhabited, with an abandoned polar station. Sometimes known as Solitude Island, Silversea Expeditions’ cruise liner Silver Explorer passes by a couple of times a year. And that concludes our tour. Admittedly most of these links are culled from wikipedia and its environs, and probably what everyone would really like to see is another atlas of 50 more, even remoter, islands that none of us are ever likely to visit. Another time…

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A random collection of things

The Avocado has a page called Let’s Read Old Magazines. See also the Vault of the Atomic Space Age (both via Ask MeFi) / Certificates for Everyday Things / Elmer Fudd, capitalist shill: The auto industry finances Looney-Tunes propaganda, 1950s (via Perfect Roquefort Cheese) / ertdfgcvb is a Swiss design studio that does fun things with your browser / the Turps Gallery is run by Turps Banana magazine / paintings by Kate Bright / ‘discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition’ / illustrations by Diana Sudyka at Tiny Aviary / the RIBAJ’s Room within a Room competition / Floorr Magazine interviews artists about the way they work / The Shopping Malls and Big Box Stores Gutted by E-Commerce, a gallery at Wired. Photographs by Jesse Rieser. Back to the islands tomorrow.

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 3 of 4

Part three of a deep dive into Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ (part 1, part 2). To begin. Macquarie Island is where steam digesters once gobbled up royal penguins, 3,500 at a time, with each bird rendered down into just a pint of oil. King of the renders was one Joseph Hatch, a New Zealander. People like penguins – there have been penguins at London Zoo since 1865, although the iconic Ove Arup and Tecton-designed pool opened in 1934 – and eventually the combination of expeditions to the region and a growing interest in ecology increased public opposition to the idea of rendering these cute, waddling birds down into oil. Douglas Mawson, who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911, was one of those calling for an end to penguin crushing. In 1933, Macquarie Island became a wildlife sanctuary. The penguin-rendering site, at the Nuggets, survives today // Napuka is one of the so-called ‘Disappointment Islands’, a name that reflects the less than thrilled reaction of its indigenous peoples to being ‘discovered’ in the 18th century. The namer, John Byron, the poet’s grandfather, was apt to be a bit pessimistic. ‘He was known as ‘Foul-weather Jack’ because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea.’


Norfolk Island is the original home of the eponymous pine tree, now available to buy in garden centres around the world. Here’s the island’s phone book and nearly 1500 photographs from Tripadvisor // Pagan Island is one of those sad stories of colonisation and evacuation, this time due to volcanic activity back in the 80s. The islanders haven’t returned, and the US sneakily suggested turning the island into a live-fire training range. Our Islands are Sacred was the retort. The debate is ongoing, with the Pentagon deploying a thicket of acronyms in an attempt to wear everyone down: the DOD started a NEPA process to produce an EIS/OEIS on the CJMT in the CNMI (Department of Defense; National Environmental Policy Act; Environmental Impact Statement; Overseas Environmental Impact Statement; CNMI Joint Military Training; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Got that? // Peter I Island is a Norwegian dependency, way down in Antarctica. Humans have only set foot on the island within the past century: setting foot on Peter 1.


Pingelap is the only place on Earth where you’ll hear Pingelapese spoken. The island was referenced by Oliver Sacks: The Island of the Colorblind. Around 10% of the population are colourblind // the Pitcairn Islands, ‘the least populous national jurisdiction in the world’. There are dark undercurrents to this remote, historic place: Pitcairn in ‘last chance saloon’ // Île de la Possession in the Crozet Islands, home to the Alfred Faure Research Station and lots and lots of birds // Pukapuka was once known as Danger Island, another of Captain John Byron’s imaginative additions to the atlas. The island also has a unique language and its fair share of shipwreck and cyclone tales. Read the Cook Island News and marvel at how it is still described as the island of beautiful girls // Raoul Island, what it is like to live and work there. The ‘job’ is conservation – weeding alien plants – and involves a competitive interview // Rapa Iti, in French Polynesia, ravaged by slavers and smallpox and liquor since the arrival of ‘explorers’. In modern times, the National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project made a visit to the island // Robinson Crusoe Island was where the brutish Alexander Selkirk unwittingly made his home for four years and four months. It was re-named by the Chilean government in 1966 to cash in on Selkirk’s fictionalised alter ego // Rudolf Island is bleak and windswept, covered by a glacier. Here are two flickr sets of the place: one and two. Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, lost two fingers to frostbite here in 1899. Two years earlier, he had gone in search of the Silent City of Alaska, which turned out to be a postcard of Bristol.

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 2 of 4

Part two of our virtual voyage around the world (part 1, the source material: Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ – oddly the US edition is subtitled ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will‘, with capitalisation)). Starting off with Clipperton Island, a French territory in the eastern Pacific. Île de Clipperton is uninhabited, a seven and half mile atoll encircling a lagoon of stagnant, eutrophic water. Schalansky focuses on the sordid life and death of Victoriano Álvarez, ‘king of Clipperton’ in the early C20, but we liked this tale from Wikipedia of re-balancing the atoll’s natural ecology: ‘It was visited by ornithologist Ken Stager of the Los Angeles County Museum in 1958. Appalled at the depredations visited by feral pigs upon the island’s brown booby and masked booby colonies (reduced to 500 and 150 birds, respectively), Stager procured a shotgun and killed all 58 pigs. By 2003, the booby colonies had 25,000 brown boobies and 112,000 masked boobies, the world’s second-largest brown booby colony and its largest masked booby colony’. See also The Clipperton Project and the book Clipperton: The Island of Lost Toys and Other Treasures // South Keeling Islands, once presided over by the Clunies-Ross family (one of whom died at Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, in 1910).


Cocos Island, a Costa Rican territory. Schalansky tells the story of frustrated treasure hunter August Gissler, who spent 16 (or 20, accounts vary) years on the island hunting for the Treasure of Lima, explicitly referenced in 2014 by the project Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, which saw contemporary artworks buried on the island with a convoluted trail indicating their location. The project was developed by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation. A Guardian article and more details. In 1938, the American mobster Bugsy Siegel allegedly led a treasure hunt expedition to Cocos, bankrolled by his then partner, Countess Dorothy Dendice Taylor DiFrasso. The island also served as the model for Michael Crichton’s ‘Isla Nublar’, better known as Jurassic Park // Deception Island, Antarctica, a place of refuge for whalers in a desolate environment, home to the largest cemetery in Antarctica and site of the area’s first aircraft flight, in 1928. From Macaroni Point to Bailey Head the coast runs in an almost dead straight line. The Russian vessel MV Lyubov Orlova once ran aground here, before eventually becoming a ghost ship. Deception is still seismically active and rich in wildlife. The National Geographic has a gallery of old and new images of the island.


Diego Garcia, from where the Chagossians were evicted and never allowed to return. Fifty years in forced exile, and still fighting. Life is no better for those working at what is the US’s largest overseas airbase // everyone knows about Easter Island. The wiki page is comprehensive, with much more information available at the Easter Island Statue Project. Building the statues decimated the island’s vegetation. The 3,318m runway at Mataveri International Airport was lengthened by NASA to serve as an abort site for Space Shuttles, only this particular launch configuration was never used, and the Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) sites ended up in Europe: Moron, Zaragoza, Istres. A full list of Shuttle emergency landings sites // on 24 August 1968, the French military detonated an H-bomb on Fangataufa. The test was Canopus, one of 193 undertaken in French Polynesia in the 60s and 70s. Another film, with no sound. In pop culture, this was the ‘test’ that inadvertently created Godzilla. Back in real life, How the Miracle Mollusks of Fangataufa Came Back After a Nuclear Blast // Floreana Island, one of the Galápagos Islands. Visited by Darwin during the second voyage of the HMS Beagle. In the 1930s, as Schalansky relates, it was the site of the Galapagos Affair. It became the basis of a documentary, sub-titled Satan Came to Eden: ‘Not even a screenwriter with a wild, even kitschy, imagination could come up with a storyline including a desert island, adultery, disappearance, murder, and well-documented social Darwinism right where the theory of natural selection evolved and that just happened to take place right when the movies were converting from silent to sound.’


Franklin Island in Antarctica is ruled over only by penguins. One gallery, and another from guests aboard The World – Residences at Sea, a bizarre concept which has a fascinating journey blog. HMS Terror and HMS Erebus visited the island, and it was named for Sir John Franklin. Four years later, the seaman commanded the ill-fated Franklin Expedition. Franklin and his fellow captain, Francis Crozier and both their crews were lost. Or not: The Terror // Howland Island was where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were due to stopover in 1937: they never arrived. Historians speculate they crashed on Nikumaroro Island instead. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery has taken up the case. The island is a case study for invasive species management: ‘Black rats were introduced in 1854 and eradicated in 1938 by feral cats introduced the year before. The cats proved to be destructive to bird species, and the cats were eliminated by 1985’ // Iwo Jima, once known as Sulphur Island and forever known as the site of the world’s most famous war photographer, taken by Joe Rosenthal on 23 February 1945. Images from the Battle of Iwo Jima // Laurie Island in the South Orkneys: see images from the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04. See also the grave of Allan George Ramsay. Browse the The history of place-names in the British Antarctic Territory. And that concludes part 2.

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Complexity and Contradiction

Denise Scott Brown’s Wayward Eye at Betts Project. Sadly related, two obituaries for Robert Venturi / Found Sounds from the Edge of Earth and Explaining the ‘Mystery’ of Numbers Stations, both via tmn / art and music by Kitty Finer / Open Sky, an essay by the late Paul Virilio. See also How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War / I Want to Believe: The Met Breuer Uncovers the Deep Links Between Art and Conspiracy / architectural collages by Beomsik Won / some more island things: shoreline maps of the world / The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands / The Hidden Tracks, a travel book / This is Peckham, a documentary / These Books, a tumblr / Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps / Burning Man’s Boeing 747 Is Stuck in the Nevada Desert.

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 1 of 4

Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will’, remains a bit of an obsession. We decided to use it to do some armchair traveling, courtesy of the book’s expansive Wikipedia page which lists all fifty locations chronicled in the book. Here we go:

Île Amsterdam in the southern Indian Ocean. First reached in 1522, here is an archived account of recent life on Île Amsterdam, with plenty of links, as well as a NASA satellite image and not one but two French blogs about time spent on the island // Annobón, in the Gulf of Guinea, discovered on New Year’s Day 1473, hence its name. Here is a flickr album of the island’s airport. Presumably that’s a new stadium, alongside the new school // Antipodes Islands, part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra ecoregion. Read The mysterious disappearance of the Totorore for an insight into the landscape and climate. Also, arriving at the Antipodes Islands from the Million Dollar Mouse blog, charting the (successful!) project to eradicate mice from the islands. It also links to the documentary, the Island of Strange Noises.


Ascension Island, an important waypoint in the mid-Atlantic. Read the sad story of Leendert Hasenbosch: Sodomy Punish’d: Being a True and Exact Relation of what Befel to One Leondert Hussenlosch, a Dutch Man, who by Command of the Dutch Fleet, was Put on Shore on the Desolate Island of Ascention. Faithfully Translated from a Journal Wrote by Himself // Atlasov Island, ‘the northernmost island and volcano and also the highest volcano of the Kuril islands’, with crunchy beaches of volcanic ash. The island is uninhabited: a visit to Atlasova Island // Banaba Island in the Pacific, decimated by Guano mining” Modern buccaneers in the West Pacific from 1913 chronicles the extent of the exploitation of the island.


Norway’s Bear Island (Bjørnøya), the ‘southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago’. A Visit to Bear Island (via Polar Quest). The naked swimmer club (‘Bjørnøya nakenbadeforening’) of the Bjørnøya Meteorological Station // Bokak Atoll, in the Marshalls Islands. A map from 1897. Related, Marshalls Islands wrecks. See also the work of Julian Charrière, chronicled in his new book, Second Suns: First Light depicts the ‘atomic landscape and post-colonial ecology of Bikini Atoll’ // back to Norway, although this time on the other side of the world: Bouvet Island is an ‘uninhabited subantarctic high island’. The phantom island of Thompson was allegedly nearby. The island was also close to the purported Vela Incident, or South Atlantic Flash, a satellite-detected burst of light in September 1979 that was subsequently believed to be a secret Israeli-South African nuclear test.


Brava, Cape Verde, ‘the smallest inhabited island of the Cape Verde archipelago’. Lots of excellent photos of Brava at the Adventurous Travels blog / Campbell Island, uninhabited subantarctic island off the coast New Zealand. A place of extremes, home to the world’s loneliest tree (and suggested Anthropocene marker point), the Southern Hemisphere’s largest recorded wave, the world’s largest (successful) rat eradication programme, and the world’s rarest duck. There are also Great White Shark attacks and unique ‘megaherbs’. Island gallery. Visits ashore: one and two // and finally for this first jaunt, Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. The island is site of the notorious Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre, which is due for imminent closure. And here’s a jaunty video about the annual migration of red cabs across the island.

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Fighting through it

Can there ever be a big-budget action game without violence? See also The Right to Roam, our earlier look at walking simulators and photo modes / Origami simulator / Spectrum Nostalgia / art by Adam Robinson / RANKED: 10 Paintings of Judith Beheading Holofernes / Mountain, a game / Margurite Young’s Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, “one of the most widely unread books ever acclaimed.” / Stonehenge then and now.

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Enduring problems

Random things and thoughts, forgive crashing changes in tone / starting with a fine piece about Eileen Gray’s E.1027 house in Menton. Some more and necessary information about Gray’s life and work: “”E” for “Eileen”, 10 for the letter “J”, 2 for “B” and 7 for “G” – “Eileen Jean Badovici Gray”.” / related, Room at the Top? Sexism and the star system in architecture, originally written by Denise Scott Brown all the way back in 1975: “The star system, which sees the firm as a pyramid with a designer on top, has little to do with today’s complex relations in architecture and construction. But, as sexism defines me as a scribe, typist, and photographer to my husband, so the star system defines our associates as “second bananas” and our staff as pencils.” / other, more flippant, things: creating a four-seater Delorean / the vanishing Hergé murals / photocopying Putin / zoom game, fractal fun (via b3ta, which also linked 14 ways our ancient ancestors attempted to explain what the internet was) / Changing size analogies and the trends of everyday things / the story behind Jon Carmichael’s photograph of the August 2017 total solar eclipse / a collection of weird family customs / Don’t Problem, a band / Cinta Vidal, a painter.

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Cutting through

Friday randomness to follow. The Rise and Fall of the Supercut, which the article puts down partly to waning attention spans and our grudging acknowledgement and acceptance of trope and cliche, without needing it artfully presented. Kottke was always good at finding these. seems to have vanished though / a collection of Open Source Houses / psychedelic sounds from Electric Moon / a new EP from Owl in the Sun / An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS, an in-depth look at a B-2 Spirit bombing mission (via Russell Davies) / Anxy, a magazine about inner worlds and ‘open discussions about coping with anxiety, depression, fear, anger, trauma, shame’ / Ernest Journal, all about the slow journey / In Shades Magazine, ‘a monthly illustrated short fiction online magazine’.

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To boldly go

Venturing into places that weren’t designed for people: airport walking by Ian Rose (via tmn). See also the walks of Will Self, in London and NY (‘A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport‘). Related, the books of Stephen Gill / see also the most dangerous U.S. cities for pedestrians, and attitudes to jaywalking around the world / if you do get to walk around: London Street Nameplates, a photographic record of London’s street nameplates, by Alistair Hall of We Made This (via The Guardian) / Creative Review has an increasing emphasis on gaming design.

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Click and collect

At the Flip of a Switch, the light switch in culture / Amazon has patented a system that would put workers in a cage, on top of a robot, at The New Aesthetic / still excited about the Teenage Engineering OP-Z / how to program 6 classic hip-hop, trap and grime beats / old school electronica at Miff Tone / Oddball, a drum machine in a ball / the unsophisticated brilliance of Barbara Jones, by James Russell / top ten at risk buildings from The Victorian Society.

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Talking to dogs

This and that from all around / how to make a racing car game from (mostly) cardboard / what’s the best way physical way to preserve digital files for 50 years? / an interview about Off the Map and Beyond (via MeFi), a book about unseen places / photography by Mary Gaudin / SpeculationWorld, images of half-finished photography by Daniel Kariko (via MeFi) / Everyone is psychic! / Anatomy of an AI System (via MeFi): breaking down the Amazon Echo and the ‘vast planetary network’ that underpins this incongruous metal cylinder / Andrew Grassie paints meticulous miniatures of exhibitions in progress using egg tempera / we got the sudden impulse to go and look at Rion, lightningfield and slower again. Photography has evolved, for want of a better word, hugely in the past 10-20 years.

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Art and Music round-up

Illustrations by Wenjia Tang, especially Alphabet Zoo / Sightings, an illustration project by Juan Osorno (Instagram). See also the project Necessary Failures / Signalnoise, illustration by James White (via whizual) / illustrations by Vendi Vernic / illustration by Makoto Funatsu / the Web Design Museum (via tmn) / Desert highways, photographs by Irenaeus Herok (at Super Punch / Tinted Window is a new journal (via Novembre Magazine) / Terra Vivos make bunkers for the terrified / Kill Your Pet Puppy, UK anarcho-punk histories, flyers and recordings / Gym Core, ‘loops of well known music going in and out of sync’. Strangely calming / more music: minimal drone rock by Moon Duo; atmospheric post rock by Unconditional Alarms / Other Places (via MeFi) – exploring video game environments without being virtually murdered.

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Shark Week

Some other things. Life in the Faroe Islands / the first doxing? the Berners Street Hoax of 1810 / art by Tina Berning / Moon Patrol in ASCII / fuzzy noise pop: Black Spring, an album by New Dark Age / Keygen Church, baroque computer metal / the story of your grandma’s weird couch / the Jacquet Droz Signing Machine / stupid patent of the month / Important Looking Pirates is a Swedish fx house with a specialism in sharks / a list of unrecovered flight recorders / full scale Lego Bugatti. Small scale Lego Bugatti.

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The comedy book index, revisited

A Brief History of the Index at I love Typography (via Coudal). This post sent us back to The Indexer magazine, the publication of the Society of Indexers, previously mentioned in the archives. It sent us to the excellent blog of Society member Paula Clark Bain, in particular her series on the comedy book index, now in seven parts. Here we go: part 1: I, Partridge; part 2: Alan Partridge: Nomad; part 3: Toast on Toast; part 4: Ayoade on Ayoade; part 5a: Charlie Brooker’s Screen Burn / Dawn of the Dumb; part 5b: Charlie Brooker’s The Hell of It All / I Can Make You Hate; part 6: Francis Wheen’s Mumbo-Jumbo and Strange Days Indeed and part 7: Richard Ayoade Presents: The Grip of Film by Gordy LaSure. A fine series.

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Space Oddities

The Carbuncle Cup is becoming a bit of a grudge match. Building Design has been running the contest for 12 years and while the nominations sometimes hit the mark, they increasingly find themselves aligned with petty spats and questions of taste, not terrible design or planning. A case in point: Amin Taha’s accomplished 15 Clerkenwell Close (controversial for other reasons) gets a Carbuncle nod, therefore putting it in the same league as this unbelievable hotel in Liverpool, Signature Living, a frightful rooftop lump designed for Stag and Hen Parties (the full set of rooms is a good indication of the current state of ‘modern luxe’ interior design). If we’re talking OTT interior design, then this is sort of related: 2001: A Space Odyssey, in Tweets. The recent revelation from Kubrick himself about the film’s ending noted that the unknown intelligence in the film ‘choose this room, which is a very inaccurate replica of French architecture (deliberately so, inaccurate) because one was suggesting that they had some idea of something that he might think was pretty, but wasn’t quite sure.’

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Sound and Colour

Musicon is a sort of analogue step sequencer, a modern update of the piano roll, designed for early years music education (via / The Bioscleave House, East Hampton (via Wowhaus), a ‘Life-Span Extending Villa’ designed by Arakawa and Madeline Gins, aka the Reversible Destiny Foundation. The house was completed in 2008 as an ‘inter-active laboratory of everyday life‘, constantly challenging the senses / other things. Can data reveal the saddest song ever? / Michael Nesmith’s Five Favourite Vaporwave Songs / Vintage UK Catalogue Pages, Argos, Hamleys, Woolworths, Selfridges, etc. / twitter jokes for fans of horror novels / photographs by Isabelle Pateer / Broached Commissions, bespoke applied art projects.

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Off the beaten track

Some more eccentric residences. The Coral Castle in Florida, beloved of conspiracy theorists. The surrealist folk-art masterpiece, Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval à Hauterives, in France. Las Pozas, Mexico, a sculpture garden by Edward James. Bishop Castle, in Colorado, created by ‘a tough-talking man with strong, extreme beliefs, [which he] sometimes expresses bluntly and loudly’. And our long-time obsession, City, by Michael Heizer (which will surely attract more conspiracy theories than all the others put together if it ever gets finished and opened. And finally, and sort of related, the finalists in the Shed of the Year Competition, 2018.

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Centuries of Sound tackles 1905 (via b3ta, which also links these beautiful animations by Andreas Wannerstedt) / The Sands of Voltark, an exploration game (via RPS) / Your Favorite Fictional Universes in Pen and Paper (via Angie’s List) / Scenes from an imperfect world, Rick Poynor on the editorial work of Don McCullin at Eye Magazine / The Pudding, which ‘explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays’, has an epic study of the gendered difference in pocket design. See also their analysis of film dialogue and on crowdsourcing the definition of ‘punk’ / All Hail the Monumental Horror Image. We hadn’t seen Unedited Footage of a Bear before. Sort of related, bipedal robot with quadcopter head / illustrations by Maggie Enterrios / ‘Of Rainbows and Other Monuments‘, illustration by Clemens Ascher at Design Milk / 8-bit musical creativity (via K). Related, 8-bit keys, demonstrating and repairing the iconic and obscure 80s era musical instruments / Cope, the website of James Wallis. Dormant for a while / The immigrants who built Australia’s ‘fairytale’ castles, including Fairy Park and Paronella Park / Modernist Estates asks Do you live in New Ash Green? There is a vaguely Scarfolk-y promo for the development, A Village on the Hill / for sale, the scientific library of Erwin Tomash / a wooden puzzle cabinet (via Gizmodo) / The 36-Hour War: Life Magazine, 1945, at Restricted Data, the ‘nuclear secrecy blog’. See also In Search of a Bigger Boom, via MeFi.

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In orbit

The Shape of Space, ‘what the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries.’ A look at curved space, visible horizons and living in the upside down / ABODE, by photographer Jens Weber, a study of Günther Eckert’s accommodation at the 1972 Munich Olympic Village, turned into student housing in 2009 by Knerer und Lang. See also A Room of One’s Own, a photographic essay by Natalie Payne / maps by Mike Hall / ‘All of the parties are agreed that a snowball certainly is not a biscuit.’ Thomas Tunnock Ltd v Revenue & Customs (via MeFi) / an experiment in living with the ‘Instagram Face‘. From the article, ‘another poll in 2013 found that 30% of every picture taken by 18 to 24-year-olds was a selfie.’ / Italy’s crumbling infrastructure under scrutiny after bridge collapse. Related, the Sack of Palermo, and how the mafia battlefield became a cultural capital.

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