What an arresting image on this collection of political street art, which Steven Heller points out “will be the only record for most of the pieces here” given their ephemeralness. Buy this book on Amazon.com.
Street Art and the War on Terror
When some of the other contestants looked downcast in defeat, I told them, “The lesson here is that making a fool of yourself is the recipe for sexual success.” That, plus old age and cunning.
Get informative statistics about the day you entered the world, such as your age (in number of days, hours, and seconds), your zodiac sign, and more with strangely useful website dayofbirth.co.uk. If you’ve ever wanted to find out how many days it was until your next birthday, you can do so easily without whipping out the calendar and starting to count. The website also takes you to other enlightening sites that teach you more about your date of birth (noteworthy events, names of famous…
Spar supermarket pins from Lisbon, Portugal
Tesla Electronics pins from Prague, the Czech Republic
Chairman Mao pins from the People’s Republic of China
I thought this was too shocking to be true but the other system admins confirmed it - Google officially wants to be the next god of the universe. The datacenter that houses over a hundred of our servers also caters to some of Google’s servers, and apparently Google also owns part of the building or something like that. They decided that they don’t have enough power for their servers, so they are actually demanding that the entire datacenter be stripped of all power for about two hours…
I can’t seem to get enough of them. “Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the Universe” is
an early SF story about flying saucer kidnap, physics, and God. It was also the title story of my first
David Lance Goines started out as a student of classical languages, reading ancient texts in the original Greek and Latin. After being arrested and expelled from the university for participating in student protests in the 1960s, Goines found work as an apprentice to a nearby printer, “becoming in the fullness of time a journeyman of that Art and Mystery.” Goines found a wonderful new calling, using his classical background and his own good taste to design beautiful and interesting…
Roger Shattuck (1923-2005) on how to read Proust:
I believe it is best to approach the reading of Proust as if it were a kind of long-term cure, or an initiation to unfamiliar mental and physical movements evolved by another culture. A steady, leisurely pace, without the tension of fixed deadlines, serves best. Certain habits of thought can thus be laid aside as others are slowly acquired. It may take months, even years. The Search creates a season of the mind outside temporal limits.
Design by Paola Ecchavaria
Saw this on the new books table last night. It’s the latest in this year’s mini-trend: the “book-on-a-book-cover” approach (also seen on The Last Novel and House of Happy Endings). It’s really quite beautiful and elegant in person, and I’ll leave it to those more zoologically inclined to determine if the wonderful spelled-out-in-random-letters creature at the bottom is actually more octopus-like than squid-like.
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