Here’s my second try at this.


The city after five o’clock at night through lighted windows…

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Central Square, Cambridge
Cambridge & Staniford Streets, Boston

 

I used to be very shy. But screw that.


Today’s graffiti is special. Short-bus special.

This little one on the back of a sign is imaginary graffiti. If you don’t know what that means, ask a mathematician.

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The steelworkers on this new building tagged the i-beams. Destined to become absolutely hidden graffiti for the next hundred years or so.

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1: Gallagher Terminal, Lowell
2, 3, 4: Cambridge Street at Grove Street, West End, Boston

I had to meet with a few people at the med school today.


The main quad at the Harvard Medical School was built around the turn of the Twentieth Century. It’s got big, heavy granite buildings with severe, understated design, created to make you understand you’re entering someplace important, somber, and wickedly exclusive. Most of the doors look like just this.  Similarity to church doors is entirely intentional:

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After I was done, I took the Green Line to North Station.  Two things to note about the next station stop: (1) It was not Riverway. (2) The number of passengers on this train tripled.

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Harvard Medical School, Longwood Area, Boston
MBTA Green Line E Train, Eastbound entering Copley Station

 

Isn’t this technology incredible?


The American Textile History Museum has a huge collection of antique spinning machines. They’re from a time when high technology was implemented in wood.

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Can you imagine the skill required to make these wooden screw and gear mechanisms, designed to be used for generations?

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American Textile History Museum
Dutton Street
Downtown Lowell

 

Down with the Man! Down with Conformity!


 

This vanity plate got past the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles?

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(A compu-nerdy expression that does not mean “Read The Funny Manual“. Read the Wikipedia article.)

 

Meanwhile, this van is artsy-awesome.

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So much cooler than those Google Street View camera vehicles.

Here’s the clicky links to the diyds.org and communityartcenter.org sites.

I love this old tree.


Exactly 32,491 squirrels live in this big maple tree.
 
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The light in the upstairs hallway has a beautiful golden glow this time of year.

The tree in my back yard
Lowell