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30 July 2003

I walked into the open-plan office upstairs and heard the girls mournfully talking about how the new printer was no good. I asked whether it was slow, or had poor print quality. No: they didnít like the newly upgraded printerís song, which was mechanical and annoying. The old printerís noise had been repetitive but musical, so they used to sing along with it when it did a large run of flow charts. I asked them what the old printer song had been like, and one of them started humming it to me. Gradually the others joined in until there were about five of them humming it, in remembrance.
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Rodcorp's books read in 2003 (now you know what we've been doing instead of working) and 2002.
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June Brown may now hang up her boots. Hollywood is calling: real, live, genuine C-list celebs will call your machine and leave you a message.
[via boingboing
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(in progress)
  • Geography/latitude: Greenwich (meridian). St Pauls / The Thames / Charing Cross as the centroid - thanks to Chris (and also: Hammersley has some interesting comments on geographic centres of continents)
  • Systemic
    • Charing Cross station is the centre of London for Black Taxis
    • Piccadilly Circus is considered the centre of the Underground network (though Victoria is the busiest, and the first line ran from Farringdon to Paddington via King's Cross)
    • Postal districts: useful explanations here and here, but no mention of an origin
  • In name (historically): Apsley House - 'No 1, London'
  • Historical, again: Roman London. The square mile roughly defines where Roman London stood, and there was a basilica and forum in Cornhill, dating from 70/90AD. (Where were roads measured to? - thanks Chris)
  • the flow of people: multiple centres (Struan)
  • retail and finance: where are the most/highest transactions and revenue? Oxford Street? City of London for non-retail.
Sort of related: openguides, a network of free, community-maintained city guides to which anyone can contribute (thanks Paul)

Sources: London Encyclopaedia, various
To check: histories of London, Museum of London.
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Quarries, mines, refineries, shipyards, dams: Gursky meets Salgado.
Nature transformed through industry is a predominate theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.

These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire - a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.

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