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Oct. 7, 2020

The searchlight that disrupted NASA computers

After Vietnam, the US Army decided that visible spectrum searchlights were a liability, since shedding white light on a battlefield provided illumination for both friendly forces and enemy combatants in equal measure. Modern night vision technologies made it possible for US military forces to function without artificial lighting and this gave them a huge advantage over enemies who did not have such technologies. By the late 1970’s, many AN/TVS 3’s were taken out of service and placed on the surplus market.

Sep. 30, 2020

⅌: a lost letter

I think I found my new favourite character, superseding the wonderful interrobang(‽):

Sep. 27, 2020


“I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, – that is genius.

Nota Bene

🔹 Stereo disc recording
🔹 Landlord’s Game
🔹 The Creative World’s Bullshit Industrial Complex
🔹 Bullshit
🔹 Space probes
🔹 Natural underground nuclear fission
🔹 Nontransitive Dice
🔹 Dymaxion Chronofile
🔹 Worry dream
🔹 The Cement of Society Is…