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March 21, 2019

Livestreaming is a simulacrum of being famous

The penny dropped the other day when I suddenly became aware that I was annoyed by my swearing when I banged my foot into a baseboard because I thought I was livestreaming on Twitter and didn't want viewers/listeners to hear it and get offended.

Then I realized I wasn't livestreaming and so it didn't matter what I did or said.

What occasioned this epiphany was the sudden increase in the past few weeks in the amount of livestreaming I'm doing.

I have no idea why the uptick: like most things I do, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

As Ingmar Bergman remarked, "Explanations are just clumsy rationalizations with hindsight."

But I digress.

During livestreams I'm very self-aware, trying not to get into the picture which often features my cat or the view toward the Blue Ridge Mountains to the northwest.

I also have to mute every other internet-connected device in the room so as not to produce echoes.

This inability to just do stuff without thinking about it must be akin to what it's like to go out in the world when you're famous: likely you never drop your guard, thinking that someone somewhere is always watching and waiting for you to mess up, then broadcast it to the world.

It's like everyone's a potential paparazzi now.

I remember once reading that when the Bulls were on the road, Michael Jordan never left his hotel room except to get on and off the bus to practice and games because he was mobbed the instant he set foot in public.

That's a terrible way to live IMHO.

Livestreaming is the opposite of being famous in one sense: it's voluntary in terms of exposing yourself to the great world.

But I'm OK with that.

When I was younger, no way — but internet life begins at 70.

March 21, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Swiss Cat Ladders


"Swiss Cat Ladders" is the title of Brigitte Schuster's upcoming (September 2019) book.


I've already wishlisted it.


Can't hardly wait.


Below, a synopsis of the book.


The example of the city of Bern is used to research Swiss cat ladders. A cat ladder is a climbing aid for cats, usually attached to buildings. The research is based on photographs of cat ladders in the context of their surrounding architecture. A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural, and aesthetic perspectives, which are elaborated in an accompanying text. The cultural heritage of the cat ladder needs to be preserved, archived, and conveyed to succeeding generations.

March 21, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018

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[via my Crack Pittsburgh Correspondent©®]

March 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Opportunity's final image of the surface of Mars


The cropped panorama above was created by stitching together 354 individual images that were taken between May 13 and June 10, 2018, just before Opportunity was incapacitated by a fierce dust storm.

Its tracks in the Martian soil are visible.

Below, an annotated version of the image.

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[via Digital Trends]

March 21, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Glow-in-the-Dark Sucker Hanger


From the website:


Put the headache of drilling holes behind you with the Glow-in-the-Dark Sucker Hanger.

The object's beauty stems from its simplicity and ease of use: it literally sucks itself tightly onto any flat surface. 

Silicone rubber.

4.7"Ø x 3.3"D.




March 21, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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