It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
If you head westish out of Lincolnville Center, Maine, as I did today, you’ll run into a place named “Slab City” on the map. As you can see from the photo I snapped over an open field, it’s not really a city and I couldn’t find anything like a slab. This whole part of [...]
An amazing feature of the Cronax transportation system is that it doesn’t change the appearance of the people who use it. What’s more, the Cronax can go for decades without need of repair. [...]
Alas, I couldn’t find Avon Street.
Should I search for it?
The prize may be “actual hair samples of Abominable Snowmen, Bigfoot, Yowie, and Orang Pendek” or “fecal matter from a small Yeti.”
Mars One yesterday announced that it is planning to begin a human colony on Mars beginning in the year 2023 – just ten years from now. [...]
Tomorrow, I know that I will arrive on the other side of this, but at the moment, it seems impossible that anything so vast can have sides.
I stepped out my front door and walked a quarter mile to a bus that took me the first 30 minutes of my trip for just $1.50.
I arrived at another Greyhound bus terminal where the shops around the departure gate include the range of an small city, rather than a set of highly restricted [...]
$19 burgers. The duck liver mousse is $6.
Hammacher Schlemmer is selling a big sleeping bag with a hood, pictured here, saying that it’s made of special fabrics that will thwart bedbugs from crawling up against you during the night and biting you. The company calls it a bedbug cocoon, for use in hotel rooms.
There’s one big hole I can see in [...]
“You cannot walk here,” said the driver, in a South Asian accent. “There is no way. In the United States, people do not walk. If the police see you walking on the side of the road, they will pick you up and take you to a safe place and tell you to call a cab.” [...]
According to the ACLU, it isn’t just one road, in one state, that’s under the federal government’s watch. Automatic license plate scanners are being installed along roads all across the country. [...]
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