Machine with Concrete - Arthur Ganson "TIL that Arthur Ganson built a kinetic sculpture of connected gears called “Machine with Concrete.” The 1st gear turns at 200 rpm and the last gear is stuck in concrete. It can still run because each gear set reduces the turning speed, meaning that the last gear only revolves every 2 trillion years. - [1:00]" Source
The “micromort”. A unit of measurement for probability of death.
Back in 1970, when risk assessment became widely-known, people needed to understand risk — but without getting panicked. Assessors wanted to invent a non-scary term to communicate a very small risk of death. And thus the “micromort” was born.
Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970)
"…(Civil disobedience) is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience…"
"… to establish the principles of the Declaration of Independence, we are going to need to go outside the law, to stop obeying the laws that demand killing or that allocate wealth the way it has been done, or that put people in jail for petty technical offences and keep other people out of jail for enormous crimes…"