laughingsquid:

Giant Screens Display Fake Sunrises in Beijing When Smog Blots Out the Real Sun
It was his view rather that every act soon eluded the grasp of its propagator to be swept away the clamorous time of unforeseen consequence … Acts have their being in the witness.
The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy

A New Book by Christopher Alexander

theperennialwhole:

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                                             Credit: www.amazon.com

Here is the new cover for Battle. It is quite simple yet pleasant to look at.

It’s scheduled publication date is October 24, 2012. Get a physical copy of the book wherever you can (preferably, however, from CES). An electronic version of this book will not suffice.

This is one of those books, like all of Alexander’s books, that you will read and re-read over a lifetime. It is a special investment.

In effect, what these theorists were saying was that without the phenomenon of entanglement, space-time would have no structure at all. Or as Dr. Maldacena put it, “Spooky action at a distance creates space-time.” If true, this insight would be a step toward a longtime dream of theorists of explaining how space and time emerge from some more basic property of reality, in this case, bits of quantum information. The theorist John Wheeler, of Princeton, who had coined the term “black hole,” called this concept “it from bit.”
A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox http://nyti.ms/1d0MRNC
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Mark Twain

Removing Bad Tattoos in Antiquity

archaeology:

[In ancient Rome]…your visit would go like this: Clean the tattoo with natron and terebinth (turpentine). Bandage for five days. Day six: Return to the doctor, who pricks out the tattoo design with a sharp pin. He sponges up the blood and covers the mess with a layer of stinging salt. Now you run a strenuous mile or two to work up a lather and return to the doctor,  who applies a caustic poultice of  lye or powdered quicklime. Your tattoo will disappear in about 20 days. In its place, you’ll sport an ulcerated chemical burn that obliterates the old tattoo.

More at the link…

You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get.
laughingsquid:

A Manicure 53 Coats High
One way to view Detroit’s bankruptcy — the largest bankruptcy of any American city — is as a failure of political negotiations over how financial sacrifices should be divided among the city’s creditors, city workers, and municipal retirees — requiring a court to decide instead. But there’s a more basic story here, and it’s being replicated across America: Americans are segregating by income more than ever before. Forty years ago, most cities (including Detroit) had a mixture of wealthy, middle-class, and poor residents. Now, each income group tends to lives separately in its own city — with its own tax bases and philanthropies that support either excellent services or lousy ones. Detroit is a devastatingly poor, mostly black, increasingly abandoned island in the midst of a sea of comparative affluence that’s mostly white. Its suburbs are among the richest in the nation. But 1 out of 3 residents of the city is in poverty; more than half of all children in the city are impoverished. Between 2000 and 2010, Detroit lost a quarter of its population as the middle-class and whites fled to the suburbs, leaving it with depressed property values, abandoned neighborhoods, empty buildings, lousy schools, high crime, and a dramatically-shrinking tax base. More than half of its parks have closed in the last five years. Forty percent of its streetlights don’t work. Much in modern America depends on where you draw boundaries, and who’s inside and who’s outside. Who is included in the social contract? If “Detroit” is defined as the larger metropolitan area that includes its suburbs, “Detroit” has enough money to provide all its residents with adequate if not good public services, without falling into bankruptcy. Putting the relevant boundary around the poor inner-city is roughly analogous to a Wall Street bank drawing a boundary around its bad assets, selling them off at a fire-sale price, and writing off the loss. Only here we’re dealing with human beings rather than financial capital. And the upcoming fire sale will likely result in even worse municipal services, lousier schools, and more crime for those left behind in the city of Detroit. In an era of widening inequality, this is how America’s wealthy and middle-class are quietly writing off the poor.
retronewyork:

NY in the 80s 190 by stevensiegel260 on Flickr.
laphamsquarterly:


During the early part of the forenoon my attention was called to numerous rough boxes which had been placed along the road just outside the garden fence. Ominous and dismal as was the sight presented, it nevertheless did not prevent some of the soldiers from passing jocular expressions. One of the men near by, being addressed with the remark that there was no telling how soon he would be put in one of them, replied:
"I will consider myself very lucky if I get one.”

Tillie Pierce Alleman, 15, recalls the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg in At Gettysburg: Or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle, an 1889 memoir that remains one of the most thorough civilian accounts of any Civil War battle.

laphamsquarterly:

During the early part of the forenoon my attention was called to numerous rough boxes which had been placed along the road just outside the garden fence. Ominous and dismal as was the sight presented, it nevertheless did not prevent some of the soldiers from passing jocular expressions. One of the men near by, being addressed with the remark that there was no telling how soon he would be put in one of them, replied:

"I will consider myself very lucky if I get one.”

Tillie Pierce Alleman, 15, recalls the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg in At Gettysburg: Or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle, an 1889 memoir that remains one of the most thorough civilian accounts of any Civil War battle.