Thomaz Farkas, Sombra do fotógrafo José Medeiros, Rio de Janeiro – 1946. (Thomaz Farkas/Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles)
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Neon Lights Guiding The High-Rise Walk. Photo By David Hanjani
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Not your average “hole in the wall”
Believe it or not, for residents of one building in China’s Chongqing municipality, that dull rumbling noise is actually a train. According to Guangming.cn, the train passes through the complex daily as part of its normal route. It is a feat that is all the more impressive given the mountainous terrain of the area.
Photos of the locomotive caused a stir online in China, with web users dubbing it “the most stunning Metro line ever.”
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Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?
"I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988
That quote makes me sick.
LTMC: I actually did not know about this. My only defense is that I was 4 years old at the time, and the government apparently did a great job of glossing over the history books on this one. Also, that GHWB quote is solid gold, thought not as solid as the solid gold dancers.
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Approaching Shadow, 1954
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By becoming a different me, I could free myself of everything. I seriously believed I could escape myself – as long as I made the effort. But I always hit a dead end. No matter where I go, I still end up me. What’s missing never changes. The scenery may change, but I’m still the same old incomplete person. The same missing elements torture me with a hunger that I can never satisfy. I think that lack itself is as close as I’ll come to defining myself.
Haruki Murakami (via enabiah)
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Fragment of the face of a queen, yellow jasper, c. 1353–1336 B.C. Middle Egypt
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Bob Dylan during the recording of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963
”Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.”
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Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years
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The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point “mobility on demand” system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.
Helsinki aims to transcend conventional public transport by allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. The hope is to furnish riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use.
Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and perhaps a few preferences. The app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries into a single, supple mesh of mobility. Imagine the popular transit planner Citymapper fused to a cycle hire service and a taxi app such as Hailo or Uber, with only one payment required, and the whole thing run as a public utility, and you begin to understand the scale of ambition here.
That the city is serious about making good on these intentions is bolstered by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority’s rollout last year of a strikingly innovative minibus service called Kutsuplus. Kutsuplus lets riders specify their own desired pick-up points and destinations via smartphone; these requests are aggregated, and the app calculates an optimal route that most closely satisfies all of them.
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