Underground water and above ground glitches

Love and Madness in the Jungle: ‘A brilliant American financier and his exotic wife build a lavish mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds.’ The (ongoing) story of Anne and John Bender. One of the most remarkable aspects of the story is the vast concrete house the pair built in the jungle, very little information on which exists online. There are some tantalising glimpses at the Outside Online gallery and a few more pictures here. Finding the house on Google Earth would be the next challenge.


RPS points us towards INFRA, a first person game best described as ‘urban exploration for your desktop’. Inspired by the documentary film The Crumbling of America, the game is perhaps the first to feature a ‘structural analyst’ – ‘a quiet desk jockey assigned to survey some routine structural damage. Quickly though, your mission turns from a mundane trek to a fight for survival. Your tools are simple: the camera around your neck and the wits to navigate a virtual labyrinth of debris. How you tell your story is your choice, will you have the commitment to finish your duty, or will you ignore all else but the preservation of your own life?’ / the Roland RE-201 Space Echo Story / the big machines are over at Cetaceous.


Drawn has closed the curtains. Some suggested replacements / The Water Witch of Wyoming, and How Dowsing Works (or Doesn’t): ‘In many respects, the picture of dowsing painted in the Bible is not all that different from how it looks today. People still tromp around in arid places, often with a Y-shaped stick or a pair of L-shaped rods held before them. When the descending point of the Y dips toward the earth, or when the two rods come together to form an X, that’s supposed to be an indication of vast reservoirs of life-giving water below the dowser’s feet.’


Mr Phoebus, a great weblog devoted to ‘Museums, art and architecture: the inquisitive pursuit of the off-the-beaten-path’ / now expired, but The Serendipity Project posted ‘a single item each day between May 1 2011 and April 30 2012. Items might be books, records, ephemera, objects, photographs or artworks.’ / a weblog by Chloe Nelkin / a collection of staircases / JSBlog returns to the Isle of Wight in search of The Devil’s Chimney / Infocom’s famous interactive version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came with a bundle of treats (via this MeFi post on classic browser games).


Map Glitch, a flickr set by Peder Norrby. There’s something ominous and post-apocalyptic about this imagery, as if it chronicles the remains of a world scourged by some terrible catastrophe.

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