December 20, 2012
Time machine discovered in a basement in Portland, Oregon
Above, the Sunday Oregonian, Portland, October 27, 1918. The armistice followed 15 days later.
Somewhere in Portland, there's a very old building, and that very old building has a very, very old basement. An incredible basement, a video-game-level basement, a set-decorator's dream basement.
And eventually, you crawl behind a corner, and discover a bundle of conduit.
Oh, right. You had almost forgotten: This building, this basement, is the major internet hub for the entire region.
On the way out, you chat up a worker in the building.
And his story clicks it all into place.
Turns out, he claims, "They used to print The Oregonian down here, way back."
The pressmen, one imagines, worked day and night down here, working the lumbering machines, spitting out another edition of the day's business.
And when something caught their eye? Out came the scissors and the paste.
The roar of the presses that ruled these rooms has been replaced, just as we all suspected, with the calculated silence of the conduit that carries our data. This data, in fact. These very photos.
100 years from now, when... [someone] goes spelunking around this basement, that data, those bits, today's moments, will likely be long, long gone.
But the women on the wall might still be waiting.
[via my crack Pacific Northwest corresponent Tara Blaine]
"Just hook it around your neck and voilà! Insta-tie for the men out there looking for something different and less stuffy."
$24 CAD (Personal Accessories, page 4. I've said it here before and I'll say it again: this website has great stuff — wonderful things I can find nowhere else — but the site is so poorly designed that I'd bet they lose at least 75% of potential purchases because people get fed up with trying to find a particular item, which takes an inordinate amount of time and effort.).
Helpful Hints from joeeze: Lamps Plus — Great website for lighting fixtures
I just spent a dispiriting 15 minutes or so searching Amazon for a simple glass ceiling light fixture like the ones I already have here at home — without success.
I then went to my backup plan, namely a Google search for "ceiling light fixture."
FunFact: Most people nowadays, according to something I read somewhere yesterday, approach looking for something the same way I do: First Amazon, then Google.
Anyway, up came Lamps Plus on Google and in about two minutes the perfect fixture (top) was ordered and en route (free shipping) to me.
Even better: The fixture they showed me was even more to my liking than the ones I already have and am quite satisfied with.
If the newbie turns out to be as good as it looks onscreen, I might end up upgrading all through the house.
From Black Diamond comes a reinvention of the climbing carabiner, replacing locks with magnets enabling one-handed locking and unlocking.
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World: UFOs
From Open Culture:
"I think I can claim to be a 'reluctant expert' on UFOs," Clarke explains. "I've been interested in the UFO for almost fifty years, long before the phrase 'flying saucers' was invented. UFOs are very common. If you've never seen one, you're either unobservant… or you live in a cloudy area."
Limited-Edition Pallet Table
"A low table in the shape of a shipping pallet, made from Italian Carrarra marble."
Edition of 30 pieces, each signed and numbered by designer Jakub Berdych.
47"L x 31.5"W x 5.3"H.