Graffiti in Caltech’s Catacombs

Half Life in the caves


Last week I had the opportunity to explore the massive network of inaccessible basement passageways of the California institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. I love exploring caves and dark places–but this location contains a long ethnographic record of a most fascinating segment of the population: the top tier science student. I entered through Guggenheim Laboratory’s room 27, and snapped anything I found interesting.

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i’m on the jury.

the odds of this happening were about 1 in 85, but I’m somewhat pleased. Sadly, we’re into the ‘time to listen’ part of the case. That’s about all I can say about that. But believe me, I’m taking mental notes and I’ll be posting a massive update about my experience soon.

Also in the works is an unprecedented look at the caves beneath the laboratories at Caltech, the place where Calteckers go to put refreshingly geeky things on walls. Here’s a sample:

go away twisted little dwarf

Half Life in the caves

U of Maryland and Berkeley Discuss a smarter Ebook (beware Kindle)

I really like the human-mechanistic thinking behind this ‘kindle killer’

Researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of California at Berkeley have recently unveiled a prototype (pdf) of a dual-display e-book reader. The reader features two detachable screens that can be viewed side by side like an open book, or with one screen folded behind the other like a paperback. The screens can also be flipped to simulate turning the pages of a book.

via Chronicle of Higher Education

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Simon Lund – True Love (photos)

Check out Simon Lund’s photoset ‘True Love‘ (not on flickr). This is the real stuff, guyzzzz

Not taken by him, but ‘curated’ in the awesome sense of the word:

The photographs here where scanned from 120 negatives found in New York City’s Chinatown by Jana Leo. These are a sample I picked out of around 5,000 negatives.


George Carlin

In an article at the Nation, John Nichols quotes George Carlin on politics:

“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians…Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: “The Public Sucks. Fuck Hope.”



fun slideshow regarding Berlin’s eminence in the art scene at NYtimes. Apparently, Berlin has for close to five years held the ‘awesome european destination’ over Amsterdam.

re: this image… Oliver Hartung writes “A wax-encrusted Vespa scooter sits in one corner of the Grill Royal, acting as a kind of massive, hipster-European candelabrum.” cute.