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Hunky-Dory Horse ebooks

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Technology Updated: September 16, 2013 - 12:41 PM

Re: last Friday’s little internet contretemps: the author of the BuzzFeed post apologized and changed the post to reflect the origin of the work. So everything is not only hunky, it’s positively dory. Now don’t you want to know the origin of the phrase? You’re not alone.

TWITBOT UPRISING Twitter Frankensteins live in a shadow world, scavenging the stale words of others and passing them along to undead robots. Jason Snell explains:

These aren’t the Twitter accounts that you usually think of as belonging to spammers: pictures of attractive women (or generic Twitter egg icons) spewing out the same link to hundreds or thousands of people. Instead, they’re accounts that, on the surface, look like ones operated by real people, except that they keep tweeting the same out-of-date tweet over and over again, like a creepy Doctor Who monster.

The Techhive article says Twitter ought to do a better job of weeding out these sites, but

Except for horse_ebooks. That’s the one exception for Twitter spam I’ll accept. If only these school-closure spammers were as entertaining as that account.

That’s for sure. Here are some of the many quotable tweets of Horse_Ebooks.

URBAN DESIGN This editorial in the Strib praises the new vision of Nicollet Mall, and sings its current virtues:

Nicollet is probably Minnesota’s best example of a valid public place. Starch-collared corporate types stroll shoulder to shoulder with welfare mothers and their screaming babies. The homeless and mentally ill share benches with office workers trying to catch a little sun. It’s not always a pleasant mix of cultures and manners, but there’s an authenticity to it — and even, perhaps, a sense that we’re still all in this together.

This suggests that a public place without the mentally ill is not as valid and less authentic. Letting the mentally ill live on the streets is not a good thing that bestows upon a public place a quality whose regrettable manifestations make it better than, say, Southdale.

The proposals are thus far rather vague. There’s the new-sidewalks-and-trees approach:

And there’s this ambitious proposal, which requires building huge new structures and moving the Wells Fargo Tower:

I have been trying to get my brain around that picture for most of the morning. It’s like a picture of New York with the Empire State Building on the tip of Manhattan and the Grand Central Station facade situated north-south.

Unless this is set in the Fringe alternate world.

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