Things we know about New World vultures: They soar when the air heats up, sniffing out their meals from on high. Their heads can be as red as flayed skin (the turkey vulture), or as gray and cracked as dry earth (the black vulture). They’re literally repulsive: they urinate on themselves, vomit when threatened, and feed on carcasses. But as far as how they scavenge remains—and human remains in particular—our knowledge is only anecdotal…

ISSUE 86: SKY BURIAL :: Oxford American - The Southern Magazine of Good Writing

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This object—painstakingly sculpted by a lone, impractical fellow—is a triumph of indie over corporate. Of analog over digital. Of quirk and caprice over templates and algorithms. It is delightful to look at. Edifying to study. And it may be the last important paper map ever to depict our country. Surely that’s worth some space on the wall of your den?

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This object—painstakingly sculpted by a lone, impractical fellow—is a triumph of indie over corporate. Of analog over digital. Of quirk and caprice over templates and algorithms. It is delightful to look at. Edifying to study. And it may be the last important paper map ever to depict our country. Surely that’s worth some space on the wall of your den?

(via The best American wall map: David Imus’ “The Essential Geography of the United States of America”)

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excerpts from a 1:30am chat with the dutch knowledge migrant™ about planning a road trip through the balkans

I absolutely love that you also think this is a good idea. me:

[I haven't been] but close by ish a couple times. It's just a bit too far for weekend getaways. dkm:

Yeah, nobody really weekends in Bosnia. me:

Turns out crossing some of these borders in a rental requires green (card? forgot the second word here) insurance, and renting itself requires an international drivers license, which I don't have. me:

Then we'll have to buy a car in some sketchy border town. dkm:

But I'll let you go, you have shit machines to build. me:

When I first read that I thought you meant metaphoric shit machines for keeping your life in gear dkm:

Hahahah no, the real, incredible ones you make! Love you, have a great day at work! me:

Love you too! Sleep tight! dkm:

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Of course, you say. Cartography is a science. What it describes should be there. And yet, I find myself a little surprised by our ability to measure, to extrapolate, to conjoin, to build a true whole from a gazillion little parts. It’s an enormous intellectual feat. And now, I’m happy to report, it’s been done again — on a scale that boggles my mind.

This whole thing gave me chills. 

http://lazenby.tumblr.com/post/97283080817/most-forgeries-fall-out-after-about-fifty-years

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Most forgeries ‘fall out’ after about fifty years or so; in other words, they conform to the popular image of the artist held at the time the fake was made—an instance of this is the Botticelli forgeries made during the Burne-Jones period. Later generations, who see the artist quite differently,…

It’s not very difficult to show foreign country to French people, exotically. Or something exotic to Americans—show them China, or something like that. It’s not very difficult. But to show… your own country to your own people, it’s a most difficult thing.

Henri Cartier-Bresson