Sunday, May 9, 2021
"We found things that didn't belong there based on shop drawings," said Frank Crosher, a security engineer who worked on the site from 1980 to 1982 and managed the embassy security team from Washington until 1986. "We found cables in the concrete as well as design discrepancies, millions of bits of data."
Along the way, they discovered interconnecting systems so sophisticated that they could not be removed from the steel and concrete columns, the beams, the pre-cast floor slabs and sheer walls between the columns. They found electronic "packages" where a piece of steel reinforcement in the flooring should have been, and resonating devices that allowed the Russians to monitor precisely both electronic and verbal communications.
... It was then that the C.I.A. admitted for the first time that the Soviets had successfully incorporated complex and impenetrable surveillance systems into the building structure.
— Elaine Sciolino, "The Bugged Embassy Case: What Went Wrong," The New York Times
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Dandelion flowers open each morning and close each night. (Sometimes they don't open at all on cloudy days.)
Friday, May 7, 2021
Friends of Mount Auburn
Thursday, May 6, 2021
So we're making our own wasps.
— Jerry on IPM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Alexa, play ninety three point seven fm.
— Lily randomly guessing the correct radio station the Red Socks game was on
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The artwork was a theatrical performance of an institutional ribbon-cutting ceremony (complete with suited officials and giant golden bows).
— Rebekah Modrak, "new work" email
Monday, May 3, 2021
I suddenly understand that she is just another Sisyphus,
like everyone else
— A student's work
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Having long detested attempts at pictorial representations of the unobservable.
— Manjit Kumar, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
Saturday, May 1, 2021
So big it can never be cataloged or appraised.
— Citizen Kane
Friday, April 30, 2021
Technically speaking, every image can be reproduced infinitely, but that implies that there are actually people who want to reproduce it. Viral images, which we think of as common, are actually some of the most rare images there are for this reason. Because with millions of images uploaded and instantly forgotten about every second, viral images are the ones that have beaten the odds and somehow became visible. To be worthy of infinite reproduction means the greatest number of people have found the greatest amount of symbolic value in the image.
— Brad Troemel, "The NFT Report"
Thursday, April 29, 2021
When you reach 100 years-old in Barbados, you get a postage stamp in your honor.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
This is exaggerated.
— The New York Times fact check of President Biden's statment "America will not back away from our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms."
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The only issue really that we are dealing with now is whether the replacement of the Kraft singles will actually come out of the preservation budget or if it is a new acquisition. We are still grappling with this.
— Charlotte Priddle, "Artist Interviews and Artist Books," NYU Libraries
Monday, April 26, 2021
"So when someone complains, judges can refer to it and say, ‘No, this sound or smell belongs here,’” he said, speaking in French.
— NPR story on France's law protecting the sounds and smells of the countryside
Sunday, April 25, 2021
A patriarch's love is rather like a politican's skill. Both are about perceiving what others want, and trying, within reason, to provide it.
— Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson
Saturday, April 24, 2021
To cross the Rubicon means to make a decision or take a step that commits one to a specific course of action from which there is no turning back. The expression cross the Rubicon refers to a decision made by Julius Caesar.
Friday, April 23, 2021
A lot of that love came from being obsessed with Japanese fish tank layouts when I was younger.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
The Nazgul is still flying.
— Dad in a text
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
When the fish are biting at the other end of the lake
— A meme Andy commented on
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
As a tribute to the Wright brothers, Ingenuity has a...bit of fabric from the brothers' aircraft...
— "NASA flies a helicopter on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet," The Washington Post via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert