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Time

The fourth dimension of place.

1
Notes from a Motorcycle Film
Which I watched on the bus.
Monday, December 9, 2002
2
A wire back through time
A narrator is called by himself, 40 years from now.
Friday, March 8, 2002
3
Darwin on his Deathbed
The words were lost; he speaks to an unknown secretary.
Friday, March 8, 2002
4
The Payoff
A word on astronomy.
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
5
Until the Water Boils
...something you do with cloth and paper.
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
6
The Mechanical End
Calling it a day in the information age.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
7
Opportunities to Learn
There will be a test on this, later.
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
8
Looking at the Numbers
With a needle and thread in my hand.
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
9
5 Days with No Human Contact
A variation on the vertical theme.
Monday, March 4, 2002
10
Social Place
Stories of one's place in the wider world of human behavior.
Sunday, March 3, 2002
2 sections.
11
City of Tomorrow
By Rebecca Dravos
All those buildings. A photo illustration done at work.
Friday, April 18, 2003


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