Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sight & Sound Films of Old Weird Britain

Test Transmission all things Keith Seatman and more: Sight: After a lot of rummaging, tidying up and sorting things out I came across a copy of Sight and Sound from Aug 2010. In this issue is Rob You...

Friday, 3 February 2017

Geometry of Structural Forms

1978.  Adrian Gheorghiu, Professor, Institute of Architecture Ion Mincu, Bucharest, Romania AND Virgil Dragomir, Professor, Institute of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania.  Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Look Where You Are Look Where You Are

A transparent overlay showing the geometric characteristics of turning vehicles, courtesy the National Paving and Kerb Association (the N.P.K.A.) via Hampshire County Council.  April 1987.  Pantechnicon is a great word, innit?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Spoilt Earth

1972.  "No part of the world can escape and already almost the whole planet shows traces of pollution of all kinds.  Man is completely and wholly responsible for this."

Interesting for not mentioning climate change, although the greenhouse effect was known about and had been given serious study by then.  This came out in the year of the first UN Environment Conference (possibly not coincidentally?) which according to this focused on the same concerns: "Climate change hardly registers on the agenda, which centres on issues such as chemical pollution, atomic bomb testing and whaling."

See also much of the serious kids' telly and drama of the day (Newsround, Dr Who etc).  Dirt, dying trees, oil spills and *mutations* - it's all so much more visceral and visable and straight-up disgust-inducing than the effects of climate change (which I think most people struggle to imagine), and a lot more difficult to deny.  Someone needs to work on that.