Linkdrop for 2009-12-13

Norman Rockwell's photos
Norman Rockwell’s rosy illustrations of small town American life looked so photographic because his method was to copy photographs that he conceived and meticulously directed, working with various photographers and using friends and neighbors as his models.

Ghosts of Shopping Past (The Morning News): Brian Ulrich photos of ancient temples of commerce.

Josh Keyes | Paintings and Drawings : a strange vision, the clash between nature and civilization.

RadarVirtuel - Trafic Aérien en temps réel : pour suivre le trafic aérien européen en temps réel. Très impressionnant le dimanche soir sur Paris ou tout le temps sur Heathrow. Encore quelques défauts mais un bel effort.

Wet Borders: Microslums and Meanders:
Migingo Island, home to some 300 residents, sits precariously within Lake Victoria along the watery border of Uganda and Kenya. Its undetermined origins declare that either: a) two Kenyan fisherman settled there in 1991, or b) a Ugandan fisherman also claimed to have settled there in an abandoned house in 2004. Regardless, since that time, the place has really taken off – becoming what one journalist called a microslum. Each successive year that the level of Lake Victoria decreased, the originally rocky tip exposed greater landmass to occupy. So, complicating matters is Lake Victoria’s rapidly receding lake. But why here, why such a precious outpost?

Glacier threat to Bolivia capital (BBC) :
La Paz already has one global claim to fame: as the world's highest capital. If the most extreme climate predictions are right, and water shortages become severe, it may acquire another claim in coming decades: as the world's first capital to run so dry that it has to turn people away.

FUI Fantasy User Interfaces | Mark Coleran Visual Designer: fake UI for movies, fantastic designer.

Extreme oil: Scraping the bottom of Earth's barrel (New Scientist):
The pressure is on to keep the black stuff flowing and so the next two decades will see an unprecedented effort to exploit increasingly exotic and unconventional sources of oil. They include tar sands (a mixture of sand or clay and a viscous, black, sticky petroleum deposit called bitumen), oil shale (a sedimentary rock containing kerogen, a precursor to petroleum) and synthetic liquid fuels made from coal or gas.

Netscapes (Wired Magazine): the geography of the Internet, not virtual this time.