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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

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“The beests have evolved dramatically over the years. They first learned to walk, and now have many mechanisms to keep them safe in storms and away from the rising tide. In time each beest outlives its evolutionary role and becomes part of Theo’s fossil record.”

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Why Do Taxonomists Write the Meanest Obituaries?

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“That’s because the Principle of Priority binds all taxonomists into a complicated network of interdependence; just because a species description is wrong, poorly conceived, or otherwise inadequate, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a recognized part of taxonomic history. Whereas in physics, say, “unified theories” scrawled on napkins and mailed in unmarked envelopes end up in trashcans, biologists, regardless of their own opinions, are bound to reckon with the legacy of anyone publishing a new name.”

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Poetry Penance

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I ended up wandering the store for a bit, after the event ended and everyone shuffled out. I happened across a collection of Ted Kooser’s poems, and it felt like the proper thing to purchase, to wash away all the terribleness that had preceeded.

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Backing Up with Backblaze

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But as far as the “storage” area on the drive? It’s just in one place, and that made me nervous. Since it holds all my old photos and pretty much every document I’ve ever touched… having it sit there in one place made me super concerned.

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Silence After Speaking

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At first, I was nervous about the subject matter. I didn’t want to take advantage, somehow, of her death, using it as a topic. Ultimately, I think the piece was a bit less about her – and a bit more about me, about grief and guilt.

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Sunday in Frankfort

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I made a few runs up and down the stairs (to get things from the basement or from the workshop outside)… but I didn’t mind, as the cool temperature drop always felt so incredibly refreshing.

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Late Night in Frankfort

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We ended up racing the light towards the end of the day, with the goal of pouring a concrete pad for some new condensor units. But by the time we got the ground trenched and framed, and got enough gravel put down… it was too late to get started.

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