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Kilimanjaro

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Last week, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

I could write about how great of a cultural experience it was, how much fun I had, the beauty of the mountainside, or the joy of camaraderie between strangers that had never met before and might never meet again.  But I won’t.

I won’t, because what struck me most about my experience on Kilimanjaro was not the expected storyline of adventure, camaraderie, and scenic grandeur.  What struck me was the stoic coldness with which the mountain rose above the African plains, and how I internalized that coldness as I marched slowly towards its summit.

I’m writing about clouds and dust.

Kilimanjaro to the sky

It all began when I left my familiar soil – oaks and redwoods, Pacific skies, coffee shops and bike lanes – and I encapsulated myself in a giant metal tube with tiny windows and crying babies.  A day or…

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interlude (meditations): (radiostaticnoise)

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Healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons…commerce, love, sex, the species marching on into that good night, all connected-connected-connected, all cheap, expensive, healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, hot. delicious, low-monthly payment plastic, swiping-sounds of orgasmic glory so orgasmic it’s enough to make you fire a load of dead presidents on to the front counter (Jackson, this is a family program, turn the station and get back to work, looooou-zer-er-er-er), funny ehh??…besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, sexy plastic, I wish to continue shopping at my earliest, most frantic convenience…plastic, sexy plastic, shop with me until dusk…are you in need of a new mattress?? are you in need of new pills? ones that fix you up and make everything alright??…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…flip through the stations, maybe something new will catch your ears. your heart, your heart, are you in need of new pills? ones that fix you up and make everything alright?? (this can be arranged, my paying friend…) and tonight you can flip through the stations, one by one, station to station, train to train, way out to way out — bullet to the skull, booze to the lips, a quick flight from where you’ve been grounded to wherever the fuck it is you wanna gooooooo….besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, sexy plastic, I wish to continue shopping at my earliest, most frantic convenience…anything to take this headache away, I’ve had for three-hundred years now, or do you think the doctor is lying to me when he said I’ve had this headache for three-hundred years?? or did he say four-hundred years?? you know there’s a pill for that, right?? a healthier-happier-sadder YOU all at the push of these dangerous-looking buttons…could be fun, right?…Healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons…commerce, love, sex, the species marching on into that good night, all connected-connected-connected, all cheap, expensive, healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, hot. delicious, low-monthly payment plastic, swiping-sounds of orgasmic glory so orgasmic it’s enough to make you fire a load of dead presidents on to the front counter (Jackson, this is a family program, turn the station and get back to work, looooou-zer-er-er-er), funny ehh??…besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, sexy plastic, I wish to continue shopping at my earliest, most frantic convenience…plastic, sexy plastic, shop with me until dusk…are you in need of a new mattress?? are you in need of new pills? ones that fix you up and make everything alright??…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…flip through the stations, maybe something new will catch your ears. your heart, your heart, are you in need of new pills? ones that fix you up and make everything alright?? (this can be arranged, my paying friend…) and tonight you can flip through the stations, one by one, station to station, train to train, way out to way out — bullet to the skull, booze to the lips, a quick flight from where you’ve been grounded to wherever the fuck it is you wanna gooooooo….besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, sexy plastic, I wish to continue shopping at my earliest, most frantic convenience…anything to take this headache away, I’ve had for three-hundred years now, or do you think the doctor is lying to me when he said I’ve had this headache for three-hundred years?? or did he say four-hundred years?? you know there’s a pill for that, right?? a healthier-happier-sadder YOU all at the push of these dangerous-looking buttons…could be fun, right?…and now the station has flipped over twice, I’ve lost my way, I’ve lost my way, dear reader, I’ve lost my way…healthier…happier…sadder…do these lines on my face look real or not?? three-hundred years lost in solitude will do that you, dear readers…radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, over and over again, dear friends…this is just an interlude, nothing in particular…Healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons…commerce, love, sex, the species marching on into that good night, all connected-connected-connected, all cheap, expensive, healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, full of hope and wonder and joy and plastic, hot. delicious, low-monthly payment plastic, swiping-sounds of orgasmic glory so orgasmic it’s enough to make you fire a load of dead presidents on to the front counter (Jackson, this is a family program, turn the station and get back to work, looooou-zer-er-er-er), funny ehh??…besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world…healthier-happier-sadder…radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, over and over again, dear friends…this is just an interlude, nothing in particular…I’m sure you’ve left by now, but I don’t mind, I don’t mind, this radio will keep on playing…and it is in this noise, this static electricity of hornets spinning in dumb circles, music can be heard, just a trace of it, nothing more than notes hanging in the trees, but they’re there, they’re there, and if you pay attention real close (or pay none at all) you can hear this sacred dance, our shared language, and the radio dials spins clockwise…swiping-sounds of orgasmic glory so orgasmic it’s enough to make you fire a load of dead presidents on to the front counter (Jackson, this is a family program, turn the station and get back to work, looooou-zer-er-er-er), funny ehh??…besides: healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world…healthier-happier-sadder…radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, over and over again, dear friends…this is just an interlude, nothing in particular…and it is in this noise, this static electricity of hornets spinning in dumb circles, music can be heard, just a trace of it, nothing more than notes hanging in the trees, but they’re there, they’re there, and if you pay attention real close (or pay none at all) you can hear this sacred dance, our shared language, and the radio dials spins clockwise, my love…radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, radiostaticnoise is all I hear, radiostaticnoise is all I fear, radiostaticnoise is all I feel near, over and over again, dear friends…this is just an interlude, nothing in particular, my love, my love…Healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons (plus one area code!)…all this confusing happiness: could be yours today, if you’re willing to try and open your wallet just a little bit…come on now, join in on all the fun…healthier-happier-sadder you, all at the push of all of those soothing, pretty buttons…commerce, love, sex, the species marching on into that good night, all connected-connected-connected, all cheap, expensive, healthier-happier-sadder YOU leading the charge into this brave new consumer world, my love…my love…

J.W.

Every Prince Hairstyle from 1978 – 2013

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In a musical career that has spanned 36 years over 5 decades, Prince (10 platinum albums, thirty Top 40 singles) is known for constantly reinventing his style. In a glorious chart by artist Gary Card, we see Prince’s evolving hairstyle from 1978 – 2013. The artwork was completed for music magazine The Beat.

[via Slate]

A Chronological Record of
Prince’s hairstyles from 1978 – 2013

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Artwork by GARY CARD
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Artwork by GARY CARD
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Long Exposure Photos of Roombas with LEDs = This

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Introduced in 2002, Roomba is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners sold by iRobot. Under normal house conditions, the Roomba is able to autonomously vacuum the floor while navigating a living space and avoiding obstacles.

Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. Instead, they rely on a few simple algorithms such as spiral cleaning (spiraling), room crossing, wall-following and random walk angle-changing (after bumping into an object or wall). This design is based on MIT researcher and iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks’ philosophy that robots should ‘be like insects, equipped with simple control mechanisms tuned to their environments‘. The result is that although Roombas are effective at cleaning rooms, they take several times as long to do the job as a person would. Roombas may cover some areas many times, and other areas only once or twice. [Source]

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50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

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Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before.

Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. There is also a great subreddit ‘r/lifehacks‘ with some fantastic tips as well.

 

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What the Night Sky Would Look Like if Cities Went Dark

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Thierry Cohen began his professional career in 1985 and is seen as one of the pioneers of digital photography. Cohen currently lives and works in Paris. Since 2010 he has devoted himself to a single project – Villes Enteintes” (Darkened Cities) – which depicts the major cities of the world as they would appear at night without light pollution, or how they would look if we could see the stars.

According to the Danziger Gallery, which represents Cohen in the United States:

Cohen’s method is original and precise…he photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution.By noting the precise latitude…

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