This week, Simon Sellers at Ballardian interviews Geoff Manaugh, owner of BLDBLG, a blog of “architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures.”

Statoil refix via Mcann

Manaugh says:

It was no longer just an ‘architecture’ blog; it had its own direction and orientation, and it was even verging on science fiction in some ways. Short stories in the disguise of architectural theory. Ideas for screenplays. In that regard, BLDGBLOG became more literary – by which I don’t mean to compliment my writing abilities, but to say that the site became its own kind of genre: architectural criticism as a kind of literary form. Somewhere between science fiction, a short story collection, a Don Delillo novel, and a kind of technical catalogue for a world that didn’t exist. Which, incidentally, is how I view a lot of Ballard’s work.

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‘Reinterred City’ diagrams by Werdsnave via BLDBLG

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Also, check out installment #2 of John Eden’s RSI Radio now available over at uncarved blog. “Fans of the first edition will be relieved to hear that I am less mumbly this time.” Nice one, John!

And, I just discovered a little Mac app called Anti-RSI for the tingly-limbs and shooting pains massive. “AntiRSI is a program for Mac OS X that helps prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury) and other computer related stress… by forcing you to take regular breaks, yet without getting in the way. It also detects natural breaks so it won’t force too many breaks on you.” Sounds a bit like an alarm clock, but it’s worth a try.

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dancecult-l is a “an interdisciplinary mailing list for graduate students, scholars, and other parties interested in the study and documentation of Electronic Dance Music Cultures from proto-disco through post-rave formations.”  It’s worth checking out if you’re into that sort of thing.  There’s a surprising amount (or maybe not) being done on trance.  Not really my cup of tea, but I’m hoping to run into a few people whose work is in the black Atlantic/hyper-dub sphere.  Dancecult now has a wiki-like website as well, with growing lists of contacts, resources and links.

One Response to “BLDBLG / RSI-r”

  1. john eden Says:

    thanks for the plug, guv.