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The Longest Now

Monday December 24th 2007, 12:56 am
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,international

My friend Zdenek is creating a local gallery of knowledge and photographs of documents and buildings from his hometown of Češnovice. The result is a lovely collection of local history that any city would be proud to have.

It’s funny to think that none of my hometowns have something similarly simple and to the point. Perhaps they do, and I just don’t know about it?.Perhaps this is easier to do comprehensively, with a passion, for a small town. Of course I would settle with this sort of history for any of the blocks or neighborhoods I’ve lived in, but they tend not to have the same cohesive history as a town fending for itself against the vagaries of war and time.

At any rate, enjoy. I particularly like the photos of Hluboka and of this building — with what seems to be yellow steel sculpted girders on the outside. I wonder : are they structural?

Off to Berlin in a few days for the Sea of Chaos. I’ll try to document the trip properly.

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McMurdo Magnificence
Monday December 10th 2007, 3:46 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Dave Koelle points out this magnificent  imagery from McMurdo Station.  I was just noting to Danny Abrams a few days ago how jealous I was of his visit there; videos are a far remove, but still fantastic. Now to get this to the children in Argentina and Brasil who have their own claims to that icy continent.

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Wiggy World!
Monday December 10th 2007, 3:04 pm
Filed under: popular demand,Uncategorized .. what are they up to?  Are they connected with WackyWorld?  Erik Thomsen, call your office.

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kaltura. video remixed, for all
Sunday December 09th 2007, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,metrics does a dozen things right in one place; unusual for a modern creator/social-networking site, they focus heavily on creation.  Most unusually, they do all of this with video, the black sheep of the collaborative family : small clips, visualized; smooth remix process, with interface on the client and reasonably response time on the server without redrawing a whole screen; the best memes of history and authorship transparency realized with large-font rounded-corners elegance.

Now who is using it ? where are the transclusions for mediawiki instances?   I can’t wait to see the beta site develop.

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the colors that bind
Sunday December 09th 2007, 7:38 pm
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I see ties when my mind takes an artistic trip — at that special part of the evening when wakefulness and sleepiness mix in the subconscious.  dark ties will dazzling lightning bolts surrounded by deep colors, lined patterns with curved subpatterns, overlays of matte and glistening and proudly woven textures, knitted together with precision.  wide and narrow, silk and wool and cotton, devoutly flat and lush with extra hand.

when I pass by a tie store with its meager wares, I spend a few minutes considering the rapacity of projecting dream into reality.

I have never seen a great tie with my waking eye.  Where do the visions come from?

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