Friday, November 17, 2000

The Man Who Wrote 10,000 Grooks is an article I wrote about Piet Hein, as an entry in Salon's "Brilliant Careers" contest. I guess I lost (some sort of notice would have been nice...) but that doesn't mean you can't read it.
Serendipity: gotta love a page with major sections on Maria Callas (the opera singer), psychedelics, and grammar.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

More map esoterica: Mappa.Mundi Magazine - A Shared Reality
"Maps have always been consensual hallucinations filled with imaginary borders, islands, and oceans, not objective truth."

I found this article on Mapping MUDs quite interesting, but then I'm a Land Surveyor with an interest in the internet...
"Anders, in an email interview, said his motivation to map MUDs was because they are designed by the players rather than professional architects, and they offered "…a source of great opportunity for architects since MUD spaces aren't subject to the consequences of material construction - and could possibly supplant built spaces in the future.""

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

If you've ever seen this footage of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ("Galloping Gertie"), you'll probably enjoy this detailed background article from failure magazine.
"Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering at Duke University and author of "Engineers of Dreams" and "To Engineer is Human" concurs that cable-stayed bridges are demonstrating behavior not anticipated and being built longer and more slender than is wise—the same ingredients that contributed to the Tacoma Narrows disaster. "There are these warning signs," he says. "There's a long history of bridges that have failed, and they generally fall in 30-year cycles. We're about due...and cable stayed-bridges bear careful watching."