Going underground

Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves, an exhibition about wartime picture storage, featuring photographs by Robin Friend / Side-By-Side Photos of Paris and Its Chinese Knockoff, by Francois Prost / an exhibition about The Great British Seaside. Could have done with some of Sheila Rock’s Seascapes UK project / the photographic life of Masha Ivashintosova / Google’s Art Palette is fun to play with. Related, the palette of Pillow Talk / How we made 2001 / What America looked like before the EPA, in photos (via the 20 year old Kottke! Finally out of the troublesome teenage years) / PutinPunishesUK / robotic Rubik’s Cube solver, ultra-fast edition / Why You Wouldn’t Want to Fly On The Soviet Concorde – The TU-144 Story, one of several aviation videos at Mustard’s page (via Jalopnik).

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Pale Bulbous Eyes

Why it’s Impossible to Accurately Measure a Coastline (via Nag on the Lake) / photographs of the Martian North Pole / For 10 Years, I Read the Comments: ‘Farewell to my stressful, dispiriting, but occasionally awesome life as an internet comment moderator.’ / collecting classic car books, not cars / the life of production designer Syd Cain / more 8-bit nostalgia: Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.

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Obsessed with archives

The British Library is in the process of saving old sound recordings, often on obscure formats. The Museum of Obsolete Media has a timeline of audio formats (the data format timeline is just as intriguing. Related, the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story / Old books we saw at markets but didn’t always buy (2010-2016) at Present and Correct (via Meanwhile) / as Living Architectre’s Thames-side ship sails away into storage, read the story of Building a Room for London / cartographic paintings by Carol Rhodes / enjoy this interactive evolving Earth / a collection of cutaway infographics. Related, another Meanwhile pick, 3D maps of every Underground station / James Brittain’s photographs of Habitat 67.

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Under the bridge

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.

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In living colour

Unseen photos of East End London in glorious colour / sort of related, SHE F ELD, a tumblr devoted to glorious archive imagery of Sheffield / the Handbook of Tyranny deploys infographics to chart the world’s ills, inequalities and pressure points. Designed by Theo Deutinger / Debunked best-sellers of days gone by / New Yorker musing on Heatherwick / ambient soundscape by Theodor Wilhelm Zanetti

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Scaled down

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.

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All over the place, again

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.

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Trap street

A real mix. The world Chinese social credit (via MeFi) (and why Black Mirror isn’t helping) / a trip to the Aston Martin factory, circa 1999 / a well-curated Instagram from Caroline Reekie / NASA spends a lot on leaning launch tower. One for Musk-o-philes / mining the deep, from Howard Hughes to hairy crabs / record-breaking car salesmen start to fight dirty / landscape paintings by Tor Falcon / a booklet about the QE2, at Rob Lightbody’s lovingly crafted website about ocean liners. See also Ocean Liners: Speed and Style at the V&A / many, many historic maps of London.

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Spinning around

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.

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Things to watch

Things to watch. Night Windows, a short film by Ian Cross / a performance by suitmanjungle / Love Sport: Love Paintball, a short film by Studio AKA / a lovely film about the late architect Neave Brown / related, is planning a book, A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land via Unbound / NASA flight test videos, a repository (via Coudal).

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A year in review

How machine learning and “computer vision” will transform our cities / Micro campers from Japan / intricate drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez (via tmn) / Alvaro Siza on Living in a House, at Reading Design / photography by Gerco de Ruijter / ‘The Znamya project was a series of experimental orbital mirrors’ / artificial star condemned by astronomers / starman in space / a list of hoaxes on Wikipedia / how do you picture a year in your mind?

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Merciful release

‘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.

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The house on the hill

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.

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Down in the city

The Tube is really noisy / this is what an abandoned high-speed train looks like / a bit of both: abandoned Tube trains / we liked the story of the US bases revealed by eager joggers (via MeFi, etc.) / histories of St John’s Wood / jobs of the future, visualised at designboom.

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And it’s goodnight from him

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s series on Amusement Parks / Modernist Estates’ favourite Instagram accounts / hunting the lost river of Paris / musings on Citroen concepts from the 80s / farewell to Wendell Castle / farewell Slayer / Hidden London / paintings by Richard Fitton / Race the Tube / when double acts go sour.

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Stacked up

Centralia, then and now. Home to the long-burning Centralia Mine Fire / R.I.P M.E.S / there’s a ghost tower in the city / music by Grok, especially their live soundtracks to silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr Caligari / What’s wrong with shipping container housing? Everything, apparently. Except, perhaps not / art by Rita McBride / Kosmograd’s paintings of the Guardian Motor Column.

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Where did you leave the car?

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, an obituary of an amazing life / skiing without snow / the London Time Machine (via Coudal) / Brazil in 10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo / Straight outta Romford: Britain’s hard-man movie scene, an insight into the funding and thinking behind the straight-to-DVD hooligan special feature that you inexplicably see in supermarkets / the mystery of the cars abandoned in a robot car park.

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See you around

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.

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“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

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.

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Ruined forms

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.

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