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Heatherwick: Garden Bridge

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Texas Grasslands

Texas Grasslands

(Source: mayordickmayor)

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"The truth is, one can’t write directly about the soul. Looked at, it vanishes; but look at the ceiling, at Grizzle the dog, at the cheaper beasts in the zoo, and the soul slips in."
Virginia Woolf
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An absolutely gorgeous and totally completely energy efficient house in Italy

(Source: domusweb.it)

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Slow Life - a video that makes me wish I’d never used the word breathtaking on milky way time lapses and TED talks. 

Side note: this could be great fodder for generative art

(Source: kottke.org)

Tom O’Donnell imagines how the police would function in a totally libertarian society

I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

"Bad news, detective. We got a situation."

"What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?"

"Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins."

The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

"Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so."

"Easy, chief," I said. "Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair."

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Underwater Biosphere

Underwater Biosphere

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Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer on the Atom Bomb (not for the faint of heart)

(Source: mayordickmayor)

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Mm..

Mm..

(Source: oldbrandnewblog.com)

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As his eyes went his thoughts came

As his eyes went his thoughts came

(Source: oldbrandnewblog.com)

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"That is why it seemed to me that X—which is what those who work there usually call it—sometimes resembled a cult of failure. As Rich DeVaul, the head of Rapid Eval, says: “Why put off failing until tomorrow or next week if you can fail now?” Over dinner, Teller tells me he sometimes gives a hug to people who admit mistakes or defeat in group meetings"
Jon Gertner on Google X
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"If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. There are very very very few people who win gold at the Olympics. And if you say, ‘if I don’t win gold then I’m a failure or I’ve let somebody down or something,’ .. What if you win a silver? What if you win a bronze? What if you come fourth? What if your binding comes apart? … What if all of those millions of things that happen in life happen. … Only a few people that go there are going to win gold. And it’s the same in some degree I think in commanding a spaceship or doing a spacewalk it is a very rare, singular moment-in-time event in the continuum of life. And you need to honour the highs and the peaks in the moments — you need to prepare your life for them — but recognize the fact that the preparation for those moments is your life and, in fact, that’s the richness of your life. … The challenge that we set for each other, and the way that we shape ourselves to rise to that challenge, is life."
Chris Hadfield
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Desert home in Joshua Tree California

(Source: freshome.com)

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Thoughts Dissolve

Thoughts Dissolve

(Source: youarethegreenwonderofjune)

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"There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe, and what can be more special than that there is no boundary?"
Stephen Hawking