The Nostalgia Trap

Cities are living projects, and must be constantly edited, often by an invisible hand—one structure needs to be deleted to make room for another, an early draft of this neighborhood is recast in a newer, tighter form. If nostalgia rules the day, nothing changes, nothing moves forward.

via The Nostalgia Trap – Magazine – The Atlantic.

The slide show that is part of the article is quite nice. The print article doesn’t have that, and there is no indication that there is one noted. Good thing that I wanted to post a link with the quote above.

I have always been a fan of late 19th early 20th century industrial buildings. Could it have anything to do with growing up in northeast Jersey?

PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid

“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

via Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War – PowerPoint – NYTimes.com.

What's A "Spooey"? A Field Guide To Freeway Interchanges, Part 1

Everybody knows what a cloverleaf looks like – but could you identify a volleyball, a double trumpet, or a “spooey” if you drove on one in the course of your highway travels? These are among the distinctive designs that transportation engineers have conjured up to keep traffic flowing and motorists headed in the right direction when major roads intersect.

via What’s A “Spooey”? A Field Guide To Freeway Interchanges, Part 1 » INFRASTRUCTURIST.

With E-Readers Comes Wider Piracy of Books

Nine years ago, Mr. Ellison sued Internet service providers for failing to stop a user from posting four of his stories to an online newsgroup. Since settling that suit, he has pursued more than 240 people who have posted his work to the Internet without permission. “If you put your hand in my pocket, you’ll drag back six inches of bloody stump,” he said.

via With E-Readers Comes Wider Piracy of Books – NYTimes.com:

Whenever I hear Harlan Ellison’s name I see Hunter Thompson’s image.
What’s up with that?

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