From Streetsblog, via @jwomack:
Nothing says unbridled passion like a treeless cul-de-sac, right? That’s what Nathaniel Hood, who writes for Streets.mn and Strong Towns, and his new bride-to-be were thinking when they shot these engagement photos as a gag.
Hood said on his website:
"Engagement photos are either urban or rural. They are either a former factory or a leafy meadow, the brick wall of a forgotten factory or an empty beach. Never the subdivision. Never the cul-de-sac.
We wanted to capture the ambiance of the American subdivision.”
8:40 pm • 14 October 2014 • 3 notes • View comments
via @languagepix: “Every english word and the first google image search result for that word.”
now that we think we know that the world is not all that is the case the case in question the space of the case sad but fierce with light upholds the dark it seems to utter itself must there be subtitles must there be translation she thinks she knows but doesn’t want to accept that in order to write or read or speak there must be a division between light and dark
imagine that you are locked in a room and in this room are several baskets full of Chinese characters she is glad they are Chinese of course glad to continue Pound’s Orientalism there will be no punctuated vanishing points she is given only rules of syntax not semantic rules she is relieved of the burden of making meaning she need only make sense for the food to be pushed through the slot in the door it is thought that these are situations more familiar than we would like to think them to be in the new technologies and to men more than to women but it oddly feels quite normal
what’s to keep her from responding to their cues with syntactically correct non sequiturs in effect surrendering they might ask does the past tense give you vertigo she might reply there’s no sense in knowing what day or night it is they’re always changing
yes it gives me vertigo knowing they’ve all been locked in that prose for centuries by comparison this makes the Chinese room feel full of breath of fresh air the point has been made that this prose has justified the violence and then it’s been made and they can say oh that point has already been made_
is being too careful not exploring the other possibilities but this could be serious it might not be the thought experiment he thought it was or it might be irreversible once set in motion vert-I-go not abject advert to yes Duchamp turns out all along to all along have been all along Fred Astaire and Kate Smith coming over the mountain is Gertrude Stein
For the Woman in the Chinese Room: assemblange manc enhance silhouette 3 millimeter aperture in iris relish chalice in ken off shore
vegetables were being smashed hard to find dotted lines and arrows from aesthetic to ethical to spiritual to penthouse level the woman with four shopping bags said I don’t want your money I just want to tell you that I dreamed I went to the Hilton Hotel because I knew God was there I knew He was in the penthouse I tried to find the elevator but they stopped me they wouldn’t let me past the lobby
vivid stupefy suffice perturb brance
More Orientalism: the Japanese say mu to unask the question
aqueous tenuous hush tuh…”
— Joan Retallack, from “THE WOMAN IN THE CHINESE ROOM”
2:50 am • 22 September 2014 • 6 notes • View comments
Gaza City: August 8th, 2014
by Khalil Hamran/Associated Press from the NYTimes (via @remroum)
1:21 am • 9 August 2014 • 188 notes • View comments
(via @michaelmuseums: “The moment of discovery of Boy Wonder at Delphi July 1 1893 #Antinous #Hadrian My all time favourite archaeology pic”)
"The Delphi Antinous was found in July 1893 during the excavations done by the archaeologist Théophile Homolle and the École Française d’Athènes, close the temple of Apollo, and it was discovered still standing upright as seen in this photo taken as the statue was being unearthed.
The statue, lovingly polished for centuries, was, in some Barbarian incursion, toppled over, loosing both arms, Afterwards, however, it was gently raised and re-erected without its arms in another chapel further up the sacred way.
Sometime later, some followers of Antinous lovingly buried the statue, standing upright, to preserve it from being completely destroyed by Christian iconoclasts, after Theodosius I in 380 declared Christianity the only legitimate imperial religion and fostered the destruction of the Temple of Apollo of Delphi.
The site was completely destroyed by zealous Christians in an attempt to remove all traces of Paganism — and of the Religion of Antinous, the last of the Classical Gods…”
— from here
8:02 pm • 7 August 2014 • 228 notes • View comments
Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon (2010)
"This photograph depicts a classified ‘listening station’ deep in the forests of West Virginia.
The station is located at the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometers in West Virginia and parts of Maryland.
Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.
The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called moonbounce.
Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.
The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.”
fuck yeah Trevor Paglen dot everything
…More about life inside the Quiet Zone.
8:50 am • 21 July 2014 • 10,221 notes • View comments
When drones fall from the sky
The crews of two doomed Predators that crashed in 2008 and 2009 told investigators that their respective planes had been “possessed” and plagued by “demons.”
Met a pilot the other day who referred me to the aviation maintenance acronym PFM, which actually stands for “pure fucking magic”. Typically used when a system with incomprehensible errors is turned off, let sit for a few minutes, and turned back on to work perfectly. Fixed via PFM.
Also see etymology of pilot parlance: gremlins. No, not the 80s movie, but dating back to pre-WWII.
6:30 pm • 27 June 2014 • 19 notes • View comments
"Successful people no longer ‘win’ anything in our culture. They take it. Take it, steal it, hack it, fuck it, pink slip it, bury it, break it, throw it away and buy another. You can’t afford another one? Steal it, dumbass. No one’s going to give it to you. Like Coach said: If you want it, you have to take it.
That attitude isn’t just guiding some out-of-control youth football program in Texas. It’s guiding our government, our financial institutions, and our corporations. It’s cutting funding for our schools. It’s trying to gut food stamps, unemployment, and Social Security. It’s letting our infrastructure rot. It’s minting money on charter schools and private prisons…
…So if you want to get a degree in Social Work? Fine, whatever. Plenty of schools will take your tuition money; hell, we’ll even lend it to you, and you can spend a couple of decades paying it back with interest. You want to make a living wage after you graduate? Fuck you, loser. Go back and get an MBA. If you can help a global corporation sell more burgers, you might be worthy of a decent living. Otherwise, you flip burgers for minimum wage, and raise your kids in poverty.”
— Susan Schorn, from a pretty standard review of Friday Night Tykes that turns into something else entirely.
5:33 pm • 6 June 2014 • 19 notes • View comments
Title: [WITH PATIENT LAND BELOW]
April 16th 2014, 3:09:00 am
i am scared of the future and the people i love are unfamiliar to me. i feel like ive suddenly started dreaming and i wonder how or if i ever sincerely cared about anything. i feel disconnected.
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9:00 am • 3 June 2014 • 220 notes • View comments