Please enjoy your day on this planet

Starring the Computer, a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. The IBM AN/FSQ-7, a key component of the USAF Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE). With its many panels of flashing lights and general air of futurism, the AN/FSQ-7 went on to act as a significant prop in numerous sci-fi films, becoming visual shorthand for an all-powerful supercomputer or simply set dressing for a villain’s lair / see also the Internet Movie Cars Database, the Movie Locations Guide and the Computer History Museum, as well as Bonhams’ upcoming sale of Instruments of Science and Technology.

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Beside the seaside

Flooded Modernity”, an installation by Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen at Domus / Eight Logos for Trump’s Space Force, including ‘proposals’ from Milton Glaser and others / paintings by Francis Sills / an amazing sequence from Milos Forman’s 1971 film Taking Off.

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Say cheese

The London Society presents a selection of favourite London blogs / work by printmaker Alex Booker / the story of the Elcar, better known as the Zagato Zele (the latter link is to the great Small Cars Club) / a combined art gallery and classic car collection in Brazil / the face behind a stock images portrait. Always read the small print / a collection of Soviet spy cameras.

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The view from here

A trip to East Croydon, via Bern (Part Two), a journey to explore housing prototypes at Modernist Estates / a new genre of documentary films are using the almost infinite repository of YouTube films to craft stories with a strong first person narrative: YouTube ‘found footage’ docs: urban legends in their own words / photography by Samuel Zeller / concept art by Gaelle Seguillon / All the Things Satellites Can Now See From Space.

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Sparks of joy

The evolution of water rendering in video games, via Gamasutra, via MeFi, a video in Digital Foundry’s impressive retro series / sort of related, how modern cars might have looked had they been designed in the past / the Globe-Union Maxima, how electric cars used to look / Maps of the spread of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions (at K) / expansive sound worlds by Morgen Wurde / a short history of curry / painting by Hiroshi Sato (via Creative Boom) / Shape of the World, a game to get lost in (via RPS).

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Peckham Heroes, four short films about making a living in modern Peckham / Colouring in Culture, a blog by Stephen Pritchard on ‘art, activism and politics in the place where we live’. Best read in conjunction with Development Aesthetics / Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine – Part 1: Obsession for the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Jazzmaster / Gibraltar Viewpoint / Bloated Motors, a project by INK, at designboom.

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One after the other

Some great animations of China’s mega machines, including the SLJ900 bridge building machine / Club Palace, a geometric wonderland at Nowness / Print! Tearing It Up, an exhibition about contemporary print design at Somerset House / Government admits rabies poster gaffe, in which Scarfolk Council (currently taking a break from important propaganda duties) finds itself at the forefront of government information design / Development Aesthetics, a soul-crushing trudge through the billboard-friendly images of prosperity swathing London’s latest crop of housing outrages / sort of related, Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends? by John Lanchester / She was a wingwalker… / Super Depressed Comic / Doug Coupland on Oxy.

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Breaking out

Birmingham then and now / Parabold, photographs by Stefan Bleihauer / Destination Modernism / video game art styles continue to impress: Sable (via the newly refreshed RPS) / sort of related, what happened next to No Man’s Sky / Film and Furniture / vintage advertising gems at the File Photo Digital Archive / Extremely high-res outtakes from Apollo 11’s 1969 moon landing at quartz. See also Kottke’s lovingly assembled Live TV coverage of the Apollo 11 landing and Moon walk / Our homes don’t need formal spaces at Curbed.

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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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