1. Two women protecting their faces in case of snow storm. Montreal, 1939.

    Two women protecting their faces in case of snow storm. Montreal, 1939.

  2. Raining in Hong Kong?

    Raining in Hong Kong?

  3. 9/11 by the numbers

    A footnote in Douglas Rushkoff’s book Present Shock pointed me to a 2002 article in The Observer about the numbers behind 9/11 and its aftermath.

    Some choice facts: 

    • Toys in Babeland, a sex store in the Lower East of New York, reported a 30 per cent sales increase in late September/October 2001.

    • New York hospitals reported a 20 per cent increase in the number of births nine months after 9/11.

    • Pat Flounders, widowed in the attacks, shot herself 91 days after 9/11. She was the first related suicide.

    • 10,000 children were estimated suffering from PTSD as a result of 9/11.

    • 1,300 orphans were created by the 9/11 attacks.

  4. …The golden era of one guy blogging his thoughts and building an audience is kind of over. Some, like Andrew Sullivan, have built staffs and gone in-house at big media companies. Others grew organically, like TechCrunch, but they end up also inside a big corporate owner. Most of what I read online are I guess what might be called ‘blogs,’ but not really — they’ve all become mini newspapers now.

    — Dan Lyons, former technology editor of Newsweek

  5. …This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
— IX, from “Theses on the Philosophy of History” by Walter Benjamin

    …This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

    — IX, from “Theses on the Philosophy of History” by Walter Benjamin

  6. …proportional to how long you hold a job you imagine that it has progressively less and less importance in the scheme of things.

    — Rittersdorf’s Third Law of Diminished Returns, from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick

  7. This spirit has appetites, cupidities, desires, affections.

  8. (Source: vimeo.com)

  9. shamefullyinspired:

… and infinite.

    shamefullyinspired:

    … and infinite.