The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, July 09, 2007

“Ooh, look! A Monopolistic Phone Company Repair Van in its native habitat!”

Mark just sent me an email pointing out the book Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape:

We are surrounded by the hardware of the modern world, but how much of it do we even notice, much less understand? This unique and fascinating book covers the parts of the landscape that are often overlooked despite their ubiquity—objects such as utility poles, power lines, cell phone towers, highway overpasses, railroad tracks, factories, and other man-made mechanical marvels. And they are not just in urban areas, but include out of the way “ecosystems” such as mines, dams, wind farms, power plants, grain operators, steel mills, and oil refineries. In Infrastructure, Brian Hayes offers clear explanations of the systems that keep the modern world running, including agriculture, energy supplies, shipping, air transportation, and the various ingenious methods of recycling and managing the waste we generate.

Review of Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape

It certainly sounds like the type of book I would love to read. Thanks, Mark.


Cross-eyed and brain-fried

Spring asked me to go through my photos for the past four years (all are digital photos) looking for pictures that fit some criteria she gave me .

Four thousand, five hundred and fifty digital photos later, I found the twenty-one pictures that fit the criteria.

I'm looking forward to the day when I can instruct the computer “give me all photos with the following characteristics … ”

Obligatory Picture

[It's the most wonderful time of the year!]

Obligatory Links

Obligatory Miscellaneous

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