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Life & Philosophy

Method to the madness

Crazy from the outside, ordered on the inside.

New York only appears chaotic.

But within the frenzy is a viable system of cosmos. There’s a hidden system at play, no different than how the brain works.

Like neurons, taxi cabs and hedge fund managers are all trying to out-compete each other in a race to hegemony. Lose the competition, and the ecosystem collapses.

There’s always a method to the madness, an indescribable Jazz-like rhythm. It only appears invisible.

The beautiful struggle makes it work.

gifs via James Curran

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Arts Politics & Society

Future New York, “The City of Skyscrapers”

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Photography Quotes

Aerial view of Manhattan

Aerial view of Manhattan

Outside New York, a high place where with one glance you take in the houses where eight million human beings live.

Tomas Tranströmer, Schubertiana

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Quotes Travel

‘Human beings can aquire a certain solitude, even in the middle of New York City’

gif of new york on camera

Every thing in the world, every event, is like a dewdrop on a multidimentional spider’s web, and every dewdrop contains the reflection of all the other dewdrops. But you see, the hermit finds this out through his solitide, and so also human beings can aquire a certain solitude, even in the middle of New York City. It’s rather easier, as a matter of fact, to find solitude in New York City than it is in Des Moines, Iowa.

Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

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Culture News

Central Park to go car-free this summer

NYC Central Park car-free

New York City’s mayor Bill De Blasio announced today that Central Park will be car-free starting this June.

The artwork says it all: humans are hard-wired for nature.

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History Video

A trip through New York City, 1911

In 1911, Swedish film company Svenska Biografteatern recorded its trip to New York.

Fortunately, the footage survived and most recently was speed-corrected and reproduced with added street sounds of car horns, horses, and police whistles to give us a sense of the environment back then.

Some observations:

  • Notice all the people wearing hats
  • The streets look a bit empty compared to today’s zoo
  • Cable powered trolleys
  • The kids go nuts when the camera is on them. Nothing’s changed!

What’s your favorite scene?