If you were born before 1985, then you have lived with, and without, the internet. What do you think your life might be like today, had the internet not come along? I’m not sure I could imagine a world without anymore. In fact, I’m not sure that I’d want to. Life might be simpler, but it would also be a lot more, well, cumbersome.
Think of having the world at your finger tips, which we do to a degree, against having to go out into the world to attend to everything yourself. That’s not to say there aren’t downsides to being constantly plugged into an all seeing, all knowing grid, so maybe it could be said we’re neither better nor worse off, overall.
These people, says Harris, are the last of a dying breed. “If you were born before 1985, then you know what life is like both with the internet and without. You are making the pilgrimage from Before to After,” he writes. It is a nice conceit. Harris, like your correspondent, grew up in a very different world, one with limited channels of communication, fewer forms of entertainment, and less public scrutiny of quotidian actions or fleeting thoughts. It was neither better nor worse than the world we live in today. Like technology, it just was.
Paleo foods served at certain cafes may be the closest most of us come, or think we come, to stone age living. For others though, there is no holding back, only total immersion, latter day hunters and gatherers, who go into the wilderness, and live primally, for extended periods.
Yuyan has spent ten years involved with a group of 21st Century hunter-gatherers, a movement called the Stone Age Living Project. Their aim is to return to primitive living, away from the modern age. In the summer of 2014, Yuyan embedded himself with the group for a month, for which they had spent six months in preparation. They tanned hides and collected and dried foods in anticipation of the month ahead. During the month itself they hunted, “strained [their] way up scree slopes in bloodied bare feet”, and lived primally. Yuyan chose to carry a camera rather than a weapon, and with it he recorded their activities.
After searching through stock photo images dating from the 1950s and 1960s, and then altering them with the aid of Photoshop, Polish artist and photographer Weronika Gesicka has assembled a photo series titled Traces, that could be variously be described as outlandish, or eerie, or plain strange.
Weird the work might be, but wonderful it is as well.
The current flag of the United States of America, that features fifty stars, one for each member state of the union, flew for the first time on Independence Day, 4 July 1960. During the 1950s however, much thought had been given to how the flag should look once Alaska and Hawaii became fully fledged states, which they did in 1959.
This prompted US citizens to send their – often unsolicited – design ideas to the President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of the three thousand submissions, one by then high school student Robert G. Heft, was chosen. And the rest is history, as they say. But now, a selection of ideas that were rejected, have been published in a book, Old Glory.
There were certainly some interesting proposals put forward, that’s for sure.
Today it might seem strange that the elevators, or lifts, in many buildings once had human operators, whose job was to drive it. Open and close the doors. Push start and stop buttons. Be prepared to announce the floor the elevator had arrived at, and what might be there.
It makes me wonder, did operators require a drivers license, before they could take charge of a lift? Of course, elevators weren’t quite as automated as they are today, so some level of skill was required to work one.
But seventy-five year old Ruben Pardo, who has been driving the elevator in a high rise on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard since 1976, could tell you more about that. His work may have been made redundant by technology just about everywhere else, but I doubt that the people who use his lift mind that there is still a human driver.
It seems to me that wedding cake design is timeless, or wedding cake design of the last one hundred years, anyway. None of the styles seen here could be said to be inextricably bound to a particular time period, or would look otherwise out of place, whatever the year was. Except perhaps the 1986 and 2016 designs.
What becomes of old Olympic venues? Sadly, quite a few become abandoned, and either fall into disrepair, or end up serving a purpose quite unrelated to their original purpose. It’s unfortunate that some of these venues aren’t designed with a use after the games in mind, considering the cost that must have gone into their construction.
A picture of a meal someone was about to eat, for instance, first needed first to be painted. By a painter. Then servants would have to haul the finished work around the town and its environs, soliciting likes. How cumbersome.
Ok, so it’s actually an IKEA advert, but it’s still fun.