Twitter, even more than many other social media tools, can feel disconnected from the real world. But a group of students and professors at research site Floating Sheep have built a comprehensive map of some of Twitter’s most distasteful content: the racist, homophobic, or ableist slurs that can proliferate online. Called Geography of Hate, the interactive map charts ten relatively common slurs across the continental US, either by general category or individually. Looking at the whole country, you’ll often see a mass of red or what the map’s creators call a “blue smog of hate.” Zooming in, however, patches appear over individual regions or cities; some may be predictable, while others are not.
Railroad Timetable, Delaware and Hudson, circa 1930
The Montreal Limited (‘limited’ refers to limited station stops - an ‘express train’) was scheduled overnight in both directions between Montreal and New York. Air-conditioned Pullman sleeping cars were the only passenger equipment used on this train.
from: Canadian Rail; November 1975; Canadian Railroad Historical Assn.
Wish there was still overnight service between New York and Montreal/Amtrak hadn’t cut the Montrealer. The overnight Greyhound is shit.
Musician Louis Armstrong with neighborhood kids in Queens. New York, 1965.
By John Loengard
Eero Saarinen, General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, 1950 -1957
I request/require that the students teach me two new slang words every day before I begin class. I learn some great words this way (e.g., hangry “cranky or angry due to feeling hungry”; adorkable “adorable in a dorky way”). More importantly, the activity reinforces for students a key message of the course: that the history of English is happening all around us (and that slang is humans’ linguistic creativity at work, not linguistic corruption).Slash: Not Just a Punctuation Mark Anymore - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education (via slantback)
The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.David Harvey. The Right to the City (2008)
Shanghai, swathed in fog