Daily Archives: 03/20/2006

Salon Trio

Three interesting pieces from Salon that I read last week:

  • Decline and fall – America is just as doomed as Rome, Spain and Britain were in their imperial ambitions. A trifecta of ominous portents; peak oil, religious zealotry and mounting debt all point towards collapse of the Republican kakistocracy.
  • Planet of Slums – First it was a planet of weeds, now comes a planet of slums. It looks to me like it will probably be a world of both weeds and slums. Guam’s starting to look more and more like both.
  • I, Nanobot – But never mind the desolation of the planet, we’re about to push our species into extinction through the creation of artificial life forms. And we’ll go joyfully into that good night, dazzled by our brilliance and the beauty of our limitless future.

Ukiyo-e Sunday (Actually Monday)

Oops. My final ukiyo-e and I forgot to post it on Sunday. Well here it is now and I might as well go out with a bang:

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, 1830-1832
The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, 1830-1832. From the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji.

I’m sorry to end this little experiment, but I am out of reproductions to scan. Perhaps I will get my hands on more nice reproductions I can scan sometime in the future.