my Borders score: 4 of 4

Five Hundred Buildings of LondonThis is another chunky compact book. My favorite book size in the world is a compact chunky. The interior design is okay. It’s simple, but could be a lot simpler and further succeeded in what the book’s designer intended. I was very impressed by the quality of the photos. The photographer …

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cheapest Christmas album

Amazon is currently offering a 99 song Christmas album for $2. That’s $0.02 per song. Use the link below to get this Amazon Exclusive. UPDATE: 1/14/2011Here’s the album’s list of artists. The number following the artist(s) name is number of songs represented. Oxford St. Peter’s Choir – 18Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel – 10 …

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London Calling cheap

I noticed recently that Amazon is selling a ton of music albums in mp3 format for $5 a pop. Five bucks! “London Calling” by The Clash is among the group. Soon thereafter, I randomly came across Rolling Stone’s top 500 albums of all time. “London Calling” came in at #8.

library receipt

Here’s an exciting new series. Images of my library receipts. This books were for research for Bible covers I’m designing. Books on receipt:The world’s famous orations / William Jennings Bryan, editor-in-chief; Francis W. Halsey, associate editorNew York ; London : Funk and Wagnalls Company, [1906] Illuminated Greek manuscripts from American collections; an exhibition in honor …

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aerial photo of London’s The Shard

Do you like aerial photography? How about cutting edge architecture? And what about Old Europe? Mix the three together and you have an incredible photograph of what Rezno Piano’s The Shard will look like in London’s ever-developing downtown district. In the photo at (much larger than the photo above), you’ll see The Tower of …

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really tall bookshelf

Here’s another cool thing in London. The National Art Library has a temporary giant bookcase construction filling void created by the building’s spiral staircase. from the architects: Situated by the V&As National Art Library, this freestanding wooden tower re-evaluates the concept of the archive. Its walls are made up of hundreds of shelves, holding thousands …

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London Gate

Simply brilliant. We need more of these exact same gates around the world. It activates the air space and encourages engagement with the surrounding environment in a simple, simple, yet dynamic way. It is simply called “London Gate” and is the winning entry by Rotterdam studio, Donis, in a competition to design a temporary landmark …

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De Stijl in today’s world

It’s the final weeks of “Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World” at Tate Modern and I’m really wishing I’m in London right now. The De Stijl movement (flat planes of painted color with intersecting lines) has a completely different look and feel in today’s been-there-done-that world than it did when it …

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more on the V&A

When in London 4 years ago, my wife and I visited the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum). It actually wasn’t one of the big highlights of our trip. In just about any other city it would be the #1 museum, but there’s so many things to see and do in London that the V&A didn’t …

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