Archive for the 'Trivia' Category
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee – although to me that’s always been as meaningless as the acronym) released a slick video recently canvassing opinion and conjecture on what libraries might look like 10 or 20 years down the line:
While I find all the talk about virtual information hubs, networks and the like interesting, I’d always thought librarians of the future were supposed to look like this:
The strange thing about Polphail is that it was never occupied:
Keys still dangle on a board waiting for tenants who would never arrive. Coat hangers remain in cupboards and rusting washing machines stand idle, dreaming of their first spin cycle.
There’s a definite post-apocalyptic feel about the derelict houses lying empty and unused. There are some excellent images of the abandoned Polphail at local photographer Philippa Elliott’s website:
And on Flickr:
Found via Dark Roasted Blend, here’s another site showcasing some incredibly beautiful photography of abandoned buildings before the wreckers move in:
Preservation Photo dedicates itself to documenting architecture through photography in an effort to preserve a building’s history.
Some illustrative examples:
The massive Bancroft Mill complex was the largest and longest running mill in Delewares Brandywine Valley before it went bankrupt in 2003.
At it’s peak the several hundred acre campus housed over 3500 patients (known as “clients”) and began suffering from overcrowded conditions. Sexual abuse, neglect, and appalling living conditions led to a class action lawsuit against the school in 1977. The school was found guilty of violating patients rights and was officially shut down a decade later in 1987.
James Houston is a final year student on Glasgow University’s Visual Communication course, and the video above is his end of year project. You’ll have to wait until 1:10 for the “performance” to begin, but it’s so worth it…
You may not know this, but I have a (possibly unhealthy) fixation with post-apocalyptic fiction. Writing, film or art, it doesn’t matter: I’ll happily consume any of the above voraciously if it’s about life after some global catastrophe which could befall humanity.
I’m currently reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (more on that at a later date) which, although not fiction per se, explores what might happen to the earth if humans were to suddenly disappear tomorrow.
When I get a spare couple of hours in the next week, I’m planning on sitting down and writing a much more comprehensive and in-depth post on all of my favourite post-apocalyptic fiction – from John Wyndham to Cormac McCarthy. For now though, you’ll have to content yourself with what I think is a pretty awesome compilation of some of the best post-apocalyptic links on the web:
If you know of any better stuff that I haven’t yet included, please suggest it. Either here in the comments or add me on del.icio.us and send me links. The more post-apocalyptic the better!
This fan-produced film did the rounds ages ago. In fact it was back in 2003 (5 years ago!) when I first heard about it – from this thread at TTLG forums, as it happens.
And, you know what? It’s still as gloriously campy and fun as it was back in the day, as well as being a shining example of what insane fanboys with a budget can actually produce when they put their minds to it… Batman vs. Alien vs. Predator – no one expected that! Talk about a mashup…
Just imagine how the audience would react if Christopher Nolan pulled that kind of stunt in his upcoming The Dark Knight. Although it would of course be unforgivable (and would no doubt result in a sustained hate campaign from legions of die-hard fans), it would almost be worth it simply because of the supreme “WTF!?!” factor and stratospheric levels of internet kudos which such a move would generate.
Here’s an amusing little snippet which I came across while checking my Gmail inbox earlier this week:
Subject: The Queen has been dispatched
Yikes! Has all the power finally gone to Jeff Bezos‘ head?
We’ve dispatched The Queen. You can expect to receive it in 1-2 business days…”
Oh ho ho, I see what you’ve done there, because this is all about Stephen Frears’ excellent film starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen. Disappointingly, what actually dropped on my door mat three days later was the Amazon DVD rental envelope, and not a severed monarch’s head…
At least the film was good.