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"The one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight..." - Teddy R.
Wednesday is a sight to behold. Let’s jump in …
The Daily Rabbit Hole: A Visit To The Seaside
The first commercially produced color film wasn’t the Wizard of Oz.
Angkor Wat is the world’s largest excavation site, with many believing the temple complex may be as large as 1160 square miles, or over 50x the size of Manhattan. The singular temple which gives the site its name is much smaller, but at still nearly 400 acres it puts Cowboys Stadium, covering 100 acres - including parking, to shame. You can have a half-mile of visibility and still not necessarily see the whole temple if you were standing in front of it.
For those of you annoyed by how long construction can seem to take (myself included), it’s good to remind ourselves that Angkor Wat took 30 years. I can only imagine how many, “my commute is never getting back to normal” conversations were had in the first half of 12th century Cambodian life.
The ‘Wait, What?’ Vortex: Your Red May Be My Blue, but we both know it’s red
“Neitz and several colleagues injected a virus into the monkeys' eyes that randomly infected some of their green-sensitive cone cells”
I love a good eye-injected virus to really hook me into a research study.
We now have thousands of years of historical documentation, and with hindsight we are always able to identify plenty of things that we should do differently as a society, even as we watch certain things inevitably repeat themselves. More often than not, a major plus of reviewing history is that we actually gain speed as a result of looking back. Angkor Wat would be finished in a year these days if we needed to make it happen that quickly - though I’m sure there would be some permitting process that would drag it on for half a decade or more.
The thing is, we almost always collect the momentum that history has provided us and use it to stall our intentionality.
We hardly work a job for 2 years, let alone take 30 years to focus on one thing. Imagine a world where instead of using the multitudes of convenience we have been afforded, we focused on one of these conveniences for 30 years to make it better. I’m not advocating that this need to be done on every individual’s level, it is more a thought experiment … born out of an Internet deep dive … which …
… is the point of this newsletter.
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