May 12th, 2008

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Writer's Block: Pick an era, any era

If you had to pick a time period to live in, which would you choose? Why?

Hmmm. For a combo of aesthetic and socio-political reasons, the 1930s & 1940s. I would love to go back in time and be involved in the design work of that time or be involved in large-scale federal projects, whether construction or artistic, like the Federal Writers Project or the 1939 World's Fair. Of course, there would be a lot of bad along with the good, so I could be a man and get drafted and killed, be a civilian and be in poverty, be a member of a minority or other underclass and be discriminated against, or be a woman and have limited work options, except during wartime. This is true when you think about moving back to any point in history, though. It'd be great to go back and live during the Enlightenment, but you'd want to be a rich man with good health, because otherwise a lot of things would suck. Wouldn't want to be a slave or get bled or deal with TB, right? I guess the one exception would be living in Paradise with Adam and Eve before the Fall.

The Moment Our World Changed

For the past few years, I've had this desire to watch video of the WTC collapse. It's actually difficult to find online that shows the actual moment of collapse, or at least it was. I found a web site once that had a bunch of videos but not very many. Well, now there is a huge video archive online that's nothing but TV news coverage from 9/11 and the following few days. Some people would find it unwatchable. I think it's just too cool. Here, for example, is a video showing what happened when "Good Morning America" turned into "Forget We Said That America":

Fast forward to half-way through the video, which is around 8:45 a.m. that morning.

I am still looking for the actual collapse, because somehow seeing the actual physical devastation provides a contrast to the non-physical repercussions the event has had.