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August 5, 2010

How To Know the Ferns: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of Our Common Ferns, by Frances Theodora Parsons, 1899. Cover by Maragret Armstrong

The Dun Emer press-room, ca. 1903

All from Unseen Hands: women printer, binder, and book designers, Princeton University Library exhibit.  Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinating – more on her here.

July 14, 2010

from Monodrama via gCaptain

I want to meet this person

February 25, 2010

I’ve taken to checking the National Weather Service weather reports since they don’t really read like the Onion.   The Philly reporter is really chatty though.  Surprisingly chatty for such a dry format.  They describe things as “oozing”.   They described predicting the last couple storms, and how they really had no idea what this one would do.  And now:

WINDS WILL BE PICKING UP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...SO A
WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED. WE DID NOT GET CUTE WITH THE AREAL
COVERAGE OF THIS WIND ADVISORY EVEN THOUGH CRITERIA MAY NOT BE
REACHED IN THE NORTH DUE TO A MORE SUBTLE PRESSURE GRADIENT DUE
TO THE FORECAST POSITIONS OF THE STACKED LOW. LATER SHIFTS CAN
ADJUST AS NECESSARY.

I’m glad to know they haven’t started getting cute with the forecasts.  But I do find the idea intriguing.

Oh and I think they may have called us wennies:

WINTER STORM WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT
FOR OUR ENTIRE AREA..EVEN IN THE SOUTH WHERE SNOW CRITERIA MAY NOT
QUITE BE REACHED (SOCIAL EFFECTS).

street spaces

February 21, 2010

I read something not too long ago that talked about how automobile drivers gradually convinced the rest of us that they owned the roads.  I had noticed before that cars didn’t own the roads as much in some places as they did in others, but had never thought of it as something that changed over time.  In Italy, the cars mostly owned the streets, but in the piazzas they were guests of pedestrians.  In the narrow roads of the old city centers, it was a negotiation.  Driving here I’ve realized I think of the streets in the city differently than I do suburban roads – the cars here are still in charge, but there’s that negotiation again.  I have a hard time explaining to out-of-town friends why it’s ok to wade into traffic in some places.

Streets before the car took over:

San Francisco, 1906, days before the earthquake.  The camera is on the front of a streetcar.

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“His soul swooned slowly…

February 11, 2010

as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”  – James Joyce, The Dead, Dubliners

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venice

January 2, 2010

I wasn’t expecting to do this, but some photos from a trip I took:

Grand Canal


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paparazzi

January 2, 2010

from the Library of Congress