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We’re all gonna die

October 7, 2010 | By | Reply More
We’re all gonna die

Here’s an exquisitely compelling photo project that is also cleverly thought-provoking. It’s a project created by Simon Hogsberg and it is called “We’re all Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence.” Hogsberg took the photos making up this long collage on a Berlin bridge over a 20-day period in 2007. I found myself moving the cursor slightly off-center so that I could sit back and slowly pan from left to right, a bittersweet journey of several minutes.

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Amazing Bridge in France: the Millau Viaduct

May 27, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Amazing Bridge in France: the Millau Viaduct

I was checking MSNBC tonight when I saw a link to the “Worlds Most Amazing Bridges.” OK, fair enough, I thought. It turned out to be an awesome collection of bridges, selected for a variety of qualities. One of the bridges stood out for its raw dimensions, however: The Millau Viaduct near Millau France (southern France, near Spain).

Image by facemepls at Flickr (creative commons)

Check out the dimensions:

This breathtaking cable-stayed bridge, completed in 2004, is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world. It spans the valley of the Tarn River near Millau in France, with a total length of 8,071 feet. Its maximum height soars to 1,130 feet. This colossus was engineered by Michel Virlogeux and designed by Norman Foster. At 890 feet, its road bridge deck is the highest in the world; drivers have said it feels like sailing through a cloud.

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To put this incredible bridge in perspective, we have a spectacular monument in St. Louis. Our 630 foot tall Gateway Arch is often described as even “soaring.” See insert. Now consider that the road deck of the Millau Viaduct is 260 feet taller than the Gateway Arch and that it runs for more than 1 1/2 miles. Consider, too, that the tallest towers of the bridge (1,130 feet) are taller than the Eiffel Tower (986 ft) and almost as tall as the Empire State Building (1250 feet).

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For more spectacular views, check out the website of the architechts, Foster + Partners, where you’ll learn that the

For more spectacular views, check out the website of the architechts, Foster + Partners, where you’ll learn that the Millau Viaduct “connects the motorway networks of France and Spain, opening up a direct route from Paris to Barcelona. The bridge crosses the River Tarn, which runs through a spectacular gorge between two high plateaux.”

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Here’s what might happen if you leave a disposable camera hanging on a pedestrian bridge.

April 21, 2009 | By | Reply More
Here’s what might happen if you leave a disposable camera hanging on a pedestrian bridge.

What might happen if you leave a disposable camera hanging on a pedestrian bridge?

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That connection between disgust and morality – John McCain clearly crosses the line

September 9, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
That connection between disgust and morality – John McCain clearly crosses the line

I’ve written previously about that penchant of many conservatives to base their moral sense on visceral disgust.  As psychologist Jonathan Haidt has demonstrated, this connection is much more readily made by conservatives than by progressives (also, see here). It is in that context that I must confess that I felt that connection deeply today when […]

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River montage in one shutter click

July 14, 2008 | By | Reply More
River montage in one shutter click

I carry a little camera with me much of the time, just for moments like this. I was riding a light rail train across the Mississippi River today. The west end of the bridge consisted of a series of heavy metal girders and cables, as well as stone arches. The train was going about 30 […]

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