Mystery jets

Benedict Redgrove documents NASA’s next generation rocket launcher / the exceptionally pretty Effeffe Berlinetta / Wreck, a sculpture by Jordan Griska / Unbuilt Liverpool / Shard apartments remain unsold. But wait / strangely intrigued by private islands / sort of related, more Amelia Earhart intrigue / collection highlights from the Tobin International Geological Map Collection / what we click on and why. The results will surprise you! / calligraphy tips for the left-handed / Japanese Playground Equipment at Night, photographs by Kito Fujio / could almost fit into the Accidental Wes Anderson locations subreddit (via Design Observer) / photographs by Stefan Giftthaler / Heterotopias, ‘focusing on the spaces and architecture of virtual worlds’.

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Slightly more sombre

We meant to link to this a few weeks ago, but then tower blocks burned and in the immediate aftermath it seemed a bit too raw. But it’s at least heartening that K+C’s new MP – a noted design writer – should have the power of observation to note the many flaws in the idea of the ‘trickle-up economy‘. A shame that the debate should subsequently be opened up in the most tragic ways possible. We doubt any MP has ever used the term ‘privately run hipster millenials’ playground’ before / the Rhinowolf modular tent / related, what happens to the tents left behind at Glastonbury? / America’s empty railways, photographs by John Sanderson / a phone memory card as a repository of memory: The secret lives of young IS fighters, by Quentin Sommerville / Demystifying the Ancient Tangle of London’s Streets, the story of the A to Z, courtesy of the NG’s All over the Map blog. See also Trap Streets, Ghost Words, and Mountweazel – see: Fictious entries, a post on cartographic fictions / Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? / a massive magazine archive (via Meanwhile) / Speedrun World Records (via RPS) / animation and printmaking by Stina Lofgren / Life Without Stuff, a short film / worth revisiting, a collection of supercuts.

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Switched on

At the corner of Lovecraft and Ballard, the role of place and architecture in dystopian fiction, an essay by Will Wiles / we love generative music sites: this one if from Google in honour of Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger / Old Man’s Journey, a game / “Hear This, You Creators!” aggregates new creative work / Precious Plastic, a domestic recycling workshop, a project by Dave Hakkens / UVB-76 is a radio station better known as The Buzzer / a short film about Antarctica / landscape and interior paintings by Jon Redmond / Hugo Roussel’s installation Pièce pour Dominique requires twelve guitars and twelve amplifiers. See also Musique pour 30 pédales.

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Rómulo Celdrán, HI RES (via tmn). See also United Nude’s lo-res Lamborghini / vaguely related, Raphael Fabre’s CGI portrait ID / also vaguely related, Lego architecture by Sean Kenney / Cook’s Camden, a new book on modern housing in the London borough / start contrast, images of North Korea / paintings by Matthias Weischer / Le Petit Neant is an art magazine / the rooftopper hashtag, people vogueing up high buildings / the Detroit Library tumblr / Lovecraft linocuts / Things that don’t work yet, Dan Hill ‘on Roli Blocks, musical technologies, and designing connected objects in general’.

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Hiding in plain sight

A critique of Apple Park, which is then given its own critique at Dezeen. The take-away: is a big, bespoke office building a good use of the world’s resources? / Lesbian Separatist Cottage Fantasy, occasionally quite nsfw – a sort midcentury softcore Cabin Porn / what are the best bad reviews? Schadenfreude by the slice / animated subway maps at My Modern Met, via MeFi / animations by Felix Sputnik / New Brutalism, a tumblr about post-war British architecture by photographer Simon Phipps / How we make a game called Hidden Folks, beautiful gifs / stunning illustrations by Yasunari Awazu / paintings by Tessa Coleman / What Britain used to look like from the air / the story of the Lagarfljót Worm / the Mudhoney documentary, heroic also-rans / ‘The heart of the positive, mind-open internet’. Thank you, Meanwhile.

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Weekly things

Rock cartography: this is Spinal map / U T O P I A, a project by photographer Christopher Ashlin / the furniture of George Jakob Hunzinger / art by Belinda Jayne Ayres / Little Ones, a rather moving short documentary film / synth artists profiled at analogue craftsman / poetry from Gerry Mitchell / art by Deborah Klein / bring back Interstate 76 / Unequal Scenes, aerial photography by Johnny Miller / Modernist Estates on the Grenfell Tower Fire / Anywhere, ‘A mythogeography of South Devon and how to walk it’ / Adam Buxton’s Soundcloud is worth your time / there is a new-old Age of Empires / a New York Times feature on the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race / Daniel Eatock’srepaired vehicles‘ project is now a book from Draw Down / drawings and abstract architectural concepts by Noam Saragosti / a short history of microdots / Dirt Meridian, photographs by Andrew Moore.

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On not needing roads

Over 1% of all DeLorean DMC-12s ever made have been converted into replicas of the ‘Back to the Future‘ time machine (87 of 8583) / explore the Interland / It! Is coming to take you away / snapshots of the urban 80s / sort of related, 101 books about where and how we live, from Jane Jacobs to Richard Scarry / illustrations by Ben Tolman / the illustration of John Vernon Lord. See also works for sale at the Illustration Cupboard.

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Bricks, snaps, clips and cupcakes

How Lego clicked: the super brand that reinvented itself / ooh, Monument Valley 2 / Tallulah Fontaine, a tumblr / photography by Frank Herfort / photography by Georg Aerni / on Brutalism, a story in the Washington Post / Commoditised Warfare, with gifs by Christoph Niemann / illustration by Ivo van de Grift / TV series cancelled after one episode / Linear Obsessional, a record label devoted to field recordings and other obscurities / The Graceful and Manly Pastime of Skating, intriguing early urban skating history at MeFi / photographs by Roland Iselin / the the evolution of iconic cars / A World Without People, could possibly be better than the world with people / ‘Brutalist Redesigns‘ by designer Pierre Buttin, ‘giving popular apps the brutalist treatment’ / when gentrification tips over the other way: the story of Bleecker Street, NY. ‘But on July 9, 2000, Magnolia was featured on “Sex and the City,” in Season 3. The 30 seconds of Carrie Bradshaw and her friend Miranda eating cupcakes outside the bakery were all it took to turn the street.’

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Hobbies and collecting

Some random things. The Society for the Preservation of Letraset Action Transfers (via Daniel Gray) / The Searcher, the ‘informed voice of metal detecting’ / Celluloid Wicker Man, a site by writer Adam Scovell chronicling his obsessions (‘Folk Horror, Landscape in Film and Literature, Film Music And Sound Analysis,’ etc) / Strong and Stable My Arse, Deller strikes back / My Social Media Fast / Red Means Recording, great tech demos / splendid Microsoft Paint illustrations for a self-published e-book about summer camp shenanigans (via Coudal) / Attention, K-Mart Shoppers, relive the atmosphere of 90s big box retail with these digitised cassettes / Caracas’s Living Ruin, the story of El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya, a mall-turned-slum-turned-secret-police-detention centre / Stan is a robot who parks your car. And remembers where (s)he left it.

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The Even More Occasional

The usual occasional collection of links. Apologies for the infrequency / a massive Soviet Futurism post over at It’s Nice That (via MeFi). You’d have thought that all the nice things on the internet would have long since been found by now, but no / Vinyl Postcards, delivered to your door / the wiki list of Lost Films / the Falcon Nest, a modernist perch / Hometowns, a photography project by John MacLean / Zannone: Italy’s forbidden ‘orgy island’ / probably a useful place to take your new Privat Smartphone / Mathieu Bernard-Reymond Converts Charts Into Monuments / also looks good: Brutalism in Tehran / A Mind Is Born (256 bytes) / Skywatching, ‘two artists explore spy satellite calibration markers in the desert — and trace the satellites in the sky today’ / related, Stuff in Space, an interactive guide / art by Michael Johansson / art: A Headlight in the path of our breathing by the amazing Daniel Danger, at the Black Dragon Press / the cinemas of Peckham / city building kit: ArcKit / Crawley Creatures make animatronics for film and TV / fossil hunter gifts: chocolate ammonites / conceptual design for 21st Century Walkman, the Elbow / available now, the Freewrite, a sort of hipster typewriter / the world’s best 10 filling (gas) stations / a new novel from Rosecrans Baldwin: The Last Kid Left / two tumblrs, occasionally nsfw: bricoblog; motorpsych; Atencio; gifs by Paul Robertson; darkshapes / Letters of Last Resort. To be opened after the nuclear code envelope. Via b3ta, which also has an interview with director Ben Wheatley / the global Fossil Atlas (via Kottke) / learn electronic music with Ableton’s handy tutorials / items recovered after the tsunami, photographs by Tomohiro Muda.

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The Very Occasional

The wartime sketchbooks of Victor A.Lundy (via Metafilter). As an architect, Lundy designed the Warm Mineral Springs Motel, Sarasota in Florida in 1958 (amongst many other places). The motel’s entrance is strongly reminiscent of Foster & Partners’ Repsol Partners / paintings by Fred Ingrams / the top 30 Modernist houses for sale in France / Connell, Ward and Lucas for sale / wine labels by Steven Noble / Lego models by hachiroku24 / The Field Study Handbook / the portraits of Joseph Szabo / the return of the mighty Antonov AN-225 / minipeople, an atmospheric illustration tumblr / beautiful skeuomorphic smartphone animations from Covestro Lab / where oil rigs go to die / on the brief flowering of ‘Persian Palace‘ architecture in Beverly Hills / Rue Morgue is an online magazine about modern horror media / a guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map / the B3TA newsletter is back and links to Sgt Pepper Photos, a brilliant piece of photo research.

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Birthday celebrations

All of the genuinely great works of the 21st century have been acts of digital humanism, the analogue version of which once a driving force behind mystic intellectualism (via Kottke, which is celebrating turning 19) / a case in point: The Book of Miracles / Bantmag on the The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego / also related, The Triarchy Press Idioticon / some more from the current archiving kick at Kottke: The Web’s Best Hidden Gems / People of Peckham, a project by photographer Joel Knight / Urge to Create still a favourite tumblr / on High Heels / the property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market / more Waymo fun / revamping James Stirling’s One Poultry / declassified imagery of US nuclear tests / shimmering digital baroque works by Benjamin Dillenburger / portraits of contemporary Athenian brothels by photographer Diego Mayon / the motor-racing photographs of Hermann Schwarz.

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Big questions

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, a forthcoming exhibition at the Barbican / Lodestars Anthology, a magazine from Canada / it’s the end of ffffound. A great shame. Once upon a time this was the absolute cutting edge of the image-driven internet, but was swiftly (and completely) overtaken by tumblr / could diesel be the new asbestos? Related, the discovery of asbestos toxicity / the Torrey Canyon oil spill: ‘The day the sea turned black’ / Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church / retro things and gauzy camera filters aplenty at Emma Peelpants. A ‘mild sauce’ warning / a mighty version of Crazy in Love / more music from Henry’s Face / music from Mesarthim / more music: Carpenter Brut / Before-and-After Photos: The End of California’s Historic Drought / the top 10 clones in architectural design.

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A fistful of links from what is a slightly neglected site at the moment – apologies / Oscar-Zero: Notes from a Nuclear Tourist / retro-styled Citroen van body kit / illustration by Lucille Corcos / shoegaze will never die at The Blog That Celebrates Itself / ‘a secretive timber structure hung under the remains of an old railway bridge in a castle town’ by H3T Architekti / paintings by Aron Wiesenfeld / the Gosh! comics blog / NYC Taper, a treasure trove of (officially sanctioned) recorded rock shows / a new Slowdive video ahead of a new album: ‘Sugar For The Pill‘ / music by Tschak! / How inner city apartment developments have killed Australian rock’n’roll. The end of garage rock / Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music / music: TUSKFLOWER / EarDrumsPop is a net label putting out new music.

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Bits and pieces

A few random things / the Pierre Cardin bubble palace in pictures / The Hidden Persuader, Christopher Turner on the genesis of advertising (at Reading Design) / SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, a new book from Unbound / a gigapixel image of Dubai, courtesy of Bentley / music by Fever Dream.

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Technology transfer

Miniature synths by Dan McPharlin / great analysis of Rio (via MeFi) / things that happened on the first try / music by Jude Woodhead / Rabbit hole leads to ‘Knights Templar’ cave / two from the New Aesthetic: Hoxton Analystics, a small camera for stores that uses ‘multiple layers of machine learning and artificial intelligence [to] automatically counts people (at over 95% accuracy) and, what’s more, intelligently categorises people’s demographics based on the shoes they choose to wear’ / more future: creating a car ad using the Mill Blackbird, the virtual car template / illustrations by Jeremy Booth (via Creativeboom) / Wolfram Tones, generative music from way back.

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Love and rockets

When Things Go Missing (via MeFi), an evocative story of losing things, and grief and loss / the story of five art world misdeeds / Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / the never-ending quest to build a hotel in Space / fun story about building hotels in Baku / a website about Found Objects / Style: In Defence Of…, a series from Machine Books / Nobody Books, an online store for the many wondrous photo books created by Stephen Gill / related, Waterstones is opening faux ‘indie’ bookshops / Ricardo Bofill’s cement factory / solar system orbit simulator / deep beneath San Francisco / a hybrid of the smart button and Post-it note, could be a catastrophe.

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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.


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.


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 / 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.


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.


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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