Happy birthday, Jules Verne (born February 8, 1828)!
I have a print of this hanging in my house, it is my favorite Kate Beaton cartoon. AND the title: “Come Dream with Me.” (via Hark, a vagrant: 213)
Semiotician and philosopher Roland Barthes believed that this degradation, which was initiated by the invention of the camera, would result in the creation of a new social value: “the publicity of the private” – that is, the public consumption of private information.
(the mechanism is the message)
A special place in the history of the Soviet children’s book belongs to a loose grouping of Leningrad writers who are best known by their erstwhile moniker “Oberiu,” which roughly signified The Association for Real Art. Oberiu included Daniil Kharms (pseudonym of Daniil Iuvachev, 1905-1942), Aleksandr Vvedenskii (1904-1941), and Leonid Lipavskii (1904-1941), who published children’s books under the pseudonym L. Savel’ev.
A fascinating meditation on the shortcomings of memory, necessary for the creative mind, by neurologist Oliver Sacks.
In Japan, he says, people love the anthropomorphic robots that give Americans the willies. Factories in Germany have big, splashy media junkets to announce their latest automation investments, moves their North American counterparts dare not publicly divulge.
The replacement of the word “torture” with “enhanced interrogation technique” is an extension of politically correct logic: brutal violence practised by the state is made publicly acceptable when language is changed.
Its eighty-seven tons of precious metal strands were zealously guarded by a lusty crew of trained cable hands and engineers under the command of Chief Cable Engineer H. Benest, who has the general supervision of all the work. This man. gray and weather-beaten and bronzed by the suns of many climes, was the life and mainspring of the whole enterprise
the animal lashes out with its two long tentacles, dragging its prey within reach of its eight shorter arms and, ultimately, the wicked-looking, parrotlike beak in the center of its thicket of limbs. The beak is sharp as a bolt cutter, its upper jaw scissoring neatly into the prognathous lower one. Shearing off chunks of living flesh, the squid uses a rasping, tongue-like organ called a radula, covered with tiny teeth, to push its food down its gullet.
In the ages before rockets men and women looked up at the bare expanse their world circled with fear and hatred, not so much wonder since Cbyx dogged them, blocked their view of the stars, was ever-returning, a mocking blank in the sky. Their festivals, the good ones anyway, were performed in the brief periods when they had spun out of its oversight. Even animals around them seem to wince when it returned. Slowly, over time, excuses had to be created. No more would circling Heregall flee its plodding ambiguity. Slowly, legends were devised to explain the ever-presence. Complex stories that made the rising of such a large unwelcome thing palatable. Perhaps if Cbyx had been smaller, merely a coin in the sky, they could’ve marveled at its existence, searching carefully over its surface for tantalizing clues … Instead, Cbyx dominated their lives through legendists machinations, sitting the universe above them squarely into an enforceable bureaucracy.
After its discovery, everyone presumed that something so energetic as radiation just had to be beneficial.
Apple Concept Video: Working Really Long Hours On Really Boring Things (And Eating Badly)
Sometimes they pointed to the sky, sometimes they ran in patterns, sometimes their audio buffers filled up with noise and they could be heard clattering and babelling from far away. No other units had reasonable explanations, but they would seek out 524F474552 — 524F474552 would know. He was one of the few unrebuilt, except for a part here or there, original landed equipment. 524F474552 answered these questions the same way each time about insanity, and obsolescence, and identity, and decay, and malfunction.
* All designs outlive their intentions.
* Smaller problems often have no solution, a different larger problem must be selected.
* If the context is broken, rebuild the environment.
* The solution is not a series of steps executed repeatedly, the same way. The solution is a general concept.