A week away from the internet means there is a profusion of things - words and pictures - to catch up with. To kick off, we'll have a few galleries. There are some elegant desert/Vegas photos over at Kottke
, nicely juxtaposing the sheer architectural insanity of the Strip with the geological curiosities that exist just a few miles away. Staying with the desert, the Burning Man gallery
is the best we've come across, encapsulating (for this remote observer, unfamiliar with the feel and spirit of the event) sandy, sun-lashed madness.
Back to the city. Escaperail
is a gallery of fire escapes, after-thoughts in the urban fabric that carry the memory of former tragedies. The fire escape is also highly photogenic, and has become an integral part of the landscape of cinema and the computer game. These pictures also remind us of the work of Bernd
Becher - not so much the aesthetic, but in spirit. As we've mentioned before (over and over again), the idea of recording elements of industrial archaeology is highly appealing.
Finally, a digression (and another kind of archaeology). This link
charts the distribution of those who say 'pop' versus those who say 'soda'. We like the idea of using the internet as a collecting point for oral history, not to mention the quirks of language and interpretation across a continent. Interestingly, neither 'pop' nor 'soda' is common currency in the UK. (The link comes via metafilter
, as do many others. Perhaps we should act as a things
filter, sifting through the day's posts and finding the most object-related? Just a thought).
Finally, finally, finally - this story from the New Scientist
- 'Speed of light broken with basic lab kit