Yesterday, I watched three men die because one man sneezed in a room full of blood and shit and light. Today, three more men go in, cheap mops and each other’s lives in their hands. Yesterday, I watched a man I admired gunned down for leaving a rose for a girl whose life was tattered by trauma she never deserved. Today, she doesn’t remember, and three halls down I can hear her screaming. Yesterday, I watched a group of soldiers go down fighting against the corpses of comrades who’d died before them. Today, we test another sample, this time on children. Yesterday, I watched five men and women gunned down in an abandoned factory no one cares about. Today, it happens again and again. Every eleven seconds. Forever. Yesterday, I watched a man sit comfortably in a nice armchair, sipping scotch and laughing as he ordered a woman to simply stop breathing. Today, he gets the day off of work detail for good behavior. Yesterday, I watched hundreds of men and women in orange jumpsuits herded like animals into empty rooms that filled with gas and fire. Today, hundreds more are told they have a chance for a lighter sentence, and a chance to serve their country. Yesterday, I watched the world nearly die in a thousand thousand terrible ways. Sometimes we would have had time to scream. Today, I’m alive to write about it. You want happy endings? Fuck you.
They’re being engineered at the NSF-funded Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are tiny living machines that can be controlled with electrical or optical signals and use muscle tissue for power. Check it out!
Bookplate for the Carl von Rothschild Public Library, Frankfurt. Created by K. Ochs, 1897.
A foundation to establish a free public library in Frankfurt was established by Hannah Louisa von Rothschild (1850-1892) in 1887. Named in memory of her father, Mayer Carl von Rothschild, the library was modelled on the free public library system which Hannah Louise had seen in England, her mother’s birthplace. After Hannah Louise’s death in 1892, her mother, Louise, donated one million marks to ensure the perpetuity of the library.
As if you needed more evidence as to why Florida hockey teams are the best, the Florida Panthers have started to sell the mysterious #SpaceyInSpace Sweatshirt in the team store with proceeds benefiting the Panthers Foundation and the K. Spacey Foundation.