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Archive for October 2007

Processing Blogs: The Internet Hates Me

Sorry for the recent outage on Processing Blogs. For some reason all the wordpress plugins deactivated themselves. I hate the internet, and the internet hates me.

Rabbits and Snails

Rabbits and snails, originally uploaded by m.fedoseev.

We used a tortoise in Digg Arc, but isn't there always prior art? (via No Ideas But In Things, via ffffound)

Welcome to the Future?

Barclays have launched a combined credit, Oyster and cash payment card for travellers in London (a textbook Greenfield device if ever I saw one). At the moment there are ads for it all over the tube featuring a variety of mocked-up Minority Report-style futurescapes based on present day London. Thanks to Flickr I found that Ned Richards grabbed a couple of snaps of them; he's definitely right that the golf courses aren't as exciting as roller-coasters.

I love this kind of imagery, but my last year of travel has pretty much convinced me that you don't need to mock them up. I haven't been any of the cities that get the most attention for their present day sci-fi realities (Tokyo, Dubai, Shanghai or Singapore), but there are pockets of unevenly distributed future all over the place. Here's a picture I took last week from London's Docklands Light Railway:

Future London? From DLR

And one of the same part of London from the 23rd floor of One Churchill Place:

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(apparently it was one of the first skyscrapers to be completed after 9/11 and therefore one with a tough attitude towards security and structure stability, which is good because just over to the right of this photo is London City Airport's runway)

I started thinking about the future-now of Western cities in May when XTech in Paris placed us in a hotel overlooking a tried-and-failed Modernist complex near the Eiffel tower. References to Alphaville were inevitable, the French origins of Parkour were entirely explained.

Paris from the Novotel

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I'm not the only one taking these snaps though, my friend Adam took this one in Chicago recently. As if the city-scape there isn't sci-fi enough, his phone camera was kind enough to accidentally filtr it into concept territory, just so:

Welcome to the future.