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Mashed Potatos

Friday, 27th July 2012

Downtown Los Angeles Looking Southwest, Harbor Freeway (110) at Right” Michael Light, 2004.

- Fascinating post on Wired about the plans in 1977 for the repair and reuse of the damaged Skylab space station prior to its reentering earth’s atmosphere in 1979 over Western Australia:

The Skylab 4 crew of Jerry Carr, William Pogue, and Ed Gibson boarded the laboratory on November 16. Carr and Gibson mounted a meteoroid collector on an ATM strut during their spacewalk on 3 February 1974, in the hope that a Space Shuttle crew might retrieve it as early as 1979. When the Skylab 4 crew undocked on 8 February 1974, Skylab was expected to remain aloft until 1983, when atmospheric drag would cause it to fall back to Earth. They left Skylab’s airlock hatch closed but not latched so that it could provide entry for future visitors.

- 7-11 has started installing mashed potato vending machines in their stores.


- Speaking of the future, a long trailer for Cloud Atlas has been released. I loved that book, and it looks like the Wakowskis+Twikner team may have pulled the complex narrative together.

- Palour is a new website concerned with expanding the conversation around women in Australian architecture. It is edited by Justine Clark (ex editor of Architecture Australia) with co-editors Naomi Stead, Karen Burns, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Julie Willis, Amanda Roan and Gill Matthewson.

- This is quite an interesting interactive essay on Ico, for my mind, the finest video game produced to date.

- The Defcon 20 Badges. Conference badges with embedded hackable, programmable circuitry, hiding clues and games for conference attendees.

- Lateral Office have relaunched their website. Lateral Office is Lola Sheppard and Mason White, the overworkers behind Bracket, InfraNet Lab, and Pamphlet 30: Coupling: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism. I like this installation for Harborfront Gallery in Toronto, where

The internets/tumblr world loves photos of Kubrick on set and at work. This is my current favourite - Stanley Kubrick, in his office checking the fax:

via Paul Thomas Kubrick