*Published daily in 2012

January

1/1  the dream of the open road

1/2  no delay

1/3  no u-turn

1/4  no parking any time

1/5  winding road

1/6  dip

1/7  pothole city

1/8  shift gears

1/9  carpool

1/10 is god your co-pilot?

1/11 click it or ticket

1/12 road work ahead

1/13 fines doubled

1/14 narrow lanes

1/15 be prepared to stop

1/16 keep your hands on the wheel

1/17 you’ve got to be fucking kidding me

1/18 detour

1/19 soft shoulder

1/20 blind curve

1/21 use daytime headlights

1/22 rubbernecking

1/23 snarl-up

1/24 bumpertobumper

1/25 a sudden break

1/26 crossroads

1/27 do not block intersection

1/28 do not pass

1/29 one way

1/30 last exit

1/31 yield

February

2/1  come on let’s take the long cut

we’ll get there eventually

~ Uncle Tupelo, “The Long Cut”

2/2  you go on ahead for a while

I would like to just follow you awhile

~ Sunset Rubdown, “You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)”

2/3  I am the passenger

and I ride and I ride

~ Iggy Pop, “The Passenger”

2/4  telephone poles trees and wires fly on by

car wheels on a gravel road

~ Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

2/5  I see the junction git nearer’

and danger is in the wind

and either road’s lookin’ grim

~ Judee Sill, “Jesus Was a Crossmaker”

2/6  80 miles an hour with a worn out map

~ Drive-By Truckers, “The Righteous Path”

2/7  I think last night

you were driving circles

around me

~ Kristin Hersh, “Your Ghost”

2/8  I been here so long

my heart is a parking lot

~ Wolf Parade, “Language City”

2/9  promising light on the sidewalk girls

~ Iron & Wine, “Promising Light”

2/10 your ass it draws me in

like a Bermuda highway

~ My Morning Jacket, “Bermuda Highway”

2/11 all around your every curve

I hope to go tonight

~ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, “Nomadic Revery (All Around)”

2/12 go downtown and eat it like a vulture

~ Missy Elliott, “Work It”

2/13 and if a double-decker bus

crashes into us

to die by your side

is such a heavenly way to die

~ The Smiths, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

2/14 who’s gonna drive you home

tonight?

~ The Cars, “Drive”

2/15 starting and then stopping

~ Radiohead, “Let Down”

2/16 always crashing in the same car

~ David Bowie, “Always Crashing in the Same Car”

2/17 the concrete broke your fall

~ R.E.M., “Why Not Smile”

2/18 last night I dreamt

that I hit a deer with my car

blood from his heart

spilled out onto my dress and was warm

~ Neko Case, “Favorite”

2/19 dreaming of mercy street

~ Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street”

2/20 while we sleep we know the streets

get rearranged

~ Arcade Fire, “Suburban War”

2/21 I have ridden on these waves

I have crashed into the shore

I have rolled along the floor

I will be there in no time

~ Moonface, “Dreamland EP: marimba and shit-drums”

2/22 hi-ho silver ride

~ Pavement, “Stereo”

2/23 leaving the valley

fucking out of sight

~ Gillian Welch, “Revelator”

2/24 and at once I knew

I was not magnificent

high above the highway aisle

~ Bon Iver, “Holocene”

2/25 parallel lines on a slow decline

~ Guided by Voices, “Tractor Rape Chain”

2/26 westbound and rolling

taking refuge

in the roads

~ Joni Mitchell, “Refuge of the Roads”

2/27 these days days days run away

like horses over the hills

~ Sufjan Stevens, “Star of Wonder”

2/28 we sleep in the morning

we dream of a ship that sails away

a thousand miles away

~ Brian Eno, “Spider and I”

2/29 go long! go long!

right over the edge of the earth!

~ Joanna Newsom, “Go Long”

March

3/1  Let’s try hard to win.

Super Monaco GP (Team Minarae)

3/2  mode 7 as far as the eye can see

F-Zero

3/3  get some air, do some tricks

SSX 3

3/4  drive erratically for psyche out takedowns

Burnout 3: Takedown

3/5  within punching distance

Road Rash

3/6  zerg rush

StarCraft

3/7  Before dying, you managed to kill two

hundred forty of the alien freaks who

killed everybody else.

ZiGGURAT

3/8  pushing onwards

VVVVVV (track by SoulEye)

3/9  leaving a trail of blood wherever you go

Super Meat Boy

3/10 a cosmic doppelgänger shadowing your

every move

Super Mario 3D Land

3/11 Nozomi clinging to your back

Shenmue

3/12 a quick time event

Heavy Rain

3/13 world of balance or world of ruin

Final Fantasy VI

3/14 apes on rocket barrels

Donkey Kong Country Returns

3/15 chasing bananas

Ms. Pac-Man

3/16 all anonymous companions

Journey

3/17 safe in your armor

then miscalculation

then smithereens

M.U.S.H.A.

3/18 here comes the Bonewagon

Grim Fandango

3/19 all unencumbered

nowhere to go

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

3/20 wind along the highway

the city in bloom

Flower

3/21 “How far are you going to take me?”

she says.

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

3/22 dowse like you want to win!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

3/23 Step in time with the whistle.

Shake that baton.

Perfect!

Wii Fit Plus (Rhythm Parade)

3/24 you shall be as gods

Xenogears

3/25 You found Mom’s Heels!

Now run.

The Binding of Isaac

3/26 death to everyone

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (track by Jim Guthrie)

3/27 scan the ruins

curl into a ball

Metroid Prime

3/28 hit the sign at top speed

try to change the past

Sonic CD

3/29 the end in sight

then fucked by a spiny blue shell

Mario Kart 64

3/30 jump the rails

smash things up

go down

spectacularly

Grand Theft Auto III

3/31 if you can just get back to where you died

everything will be ok

Demon’s Souls

April

4/1  A car traveling south on Leestown Road

lost control, went airborne, and ended up

in a stand of trees off the highway.

18-year-old seniors Allen Williams, Nick

Jacoby, and Ben Laslie died in the

accident.

(Franklin County, Kentucky ~ 2011)

4/2  Eduardo Gutierrez, 25, was driving a

1995 Infiniti north on Highway 101 when,

for unknown reasons, he lost control of his

vehicle and struck a 2010 Toyota and a

2006 Ford and then crashed into a sound

wall.  Eduardo died at the scene of the

crash.

(San Mateo, California ~ 2010)

4/3  A 2009 Jeep Wrangler X ran a red light

and struck Rebecca Ann Isbell’s 1998

Saturn SC2, causing it to travel

northbound and come to rest facing south

in the northbound lanes. Rebecca, 58,

was pronounced dead at the scene by

emergency medical crews.

(Las Vegas, Nevada ~ 2009)

4/4  Christa Harvey, 21, died when the car she

was riding in slammed passenger side

first into a tree.  Police reports estimated

the speed on impact at 66 miles per hour.

(Orcas Island, Washington ~ 2004)

4/5  Highway Patrolman David Bailey, 27,

died attempting to pull over a speeding

vehicle.  While accelerating to catch up,

another car pulled in front of David,

causing him to skid off Interstate 85 and

down the embankment.

(Greenville County, South Carolina ~ 2000)

4/6  A 2004 Toyota pickup chased and

attempted to overtake a 2004 Ford pickup

on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway.

Near the 95-mile marker, the Toyota lost

control, flipped, and landed in an adjacent

lava field. Passenger Pena

Keliinohomoku, 19, died three hours later

at the community hospital.

(Kona, Hawaii ~ 2008)

4/7  An 18-wheel semi ran through a red light

and smashed broadside into a Pontiac

sedan.  Barbara Ryan, 44, and her

daughter Joanna, 11, both died in the

accident.

(Bethpage, New York ~ 2010)

4/8  Jon Mustafa, 18, and Lesley Carness, 16,

were bringing a cake to her grandmother

for Easter when they were cut off by what

authorities believe was a dark-colored

Jeep Liberty.  Witnesses said Jon tried to

avoid a collision by steering his Honda

Civic sharply to the right.  The vehicle

rotated, hit the curb, and rolled over until it

struck a tree.  The young couple died as a

result of their injuries.

(East Brunswick, New Jersey ~ 2007)

4/9  Jason Yurk, 38, and Scott Combs, 40,

were thrown from their vehicle when it

crossed the median from southbound

Interstate 43 and flipped over into a

northbound lane.  Jason was pronounced

dead at the scene by paramedics.  Scott

was taken by a Flight for Life helicopter

for treatment of his injuries.

(Port Washington, Wisconsin ~ 2011)

4/10 A white 1989 Pontiac Trans Am was

struck head-on by a pickup truck on route

95, four miles north of Interstate 40.  Sam

Kinison, 38, died at the scene.  Malika

Souiri, who had married Sam five days

earlier, survived the accident.

(Needles, California ~ 1992)

4/11 Composers James Brody and Franz

Kamin, both 68, died when their car

veered off the road and struck a tree on

Lexington Avenue.  The car was traveling

about 35 miles per hour when the crash

occurred.

(Roseville, Minnesota ~ 2010)

4/12 A 13-vehicle accident occurred on

eastbound I-610 near the Elysian Fields

exit when a dump truck lost control and hit

another car, starting a chain reaction.

Shirley Wood, 76, died at the scene and

17 others were injured, including Shirley’s

daughter-in-law Bridget.

(New Orleans, Louisiana ~ 2011)

4/13 Tana Thompson, 21, died when a car

driven by her brother crashed into a ditch.

Tana’s fiancé, Chris Olson, was thrown

from the vehicle and became quadriplegic

as a result of his injuries.

(Madison, South Dakota ~ 2001)

4/14 A 1987 Volvo crashed into a utility pole on

Route 130 near Church Road.  Kimyada

Albright, 22, and Charlene Henley, age

unknown, died.  Driver Deborah Phillips

and Tesa Childs were seriously injured.

They were returning from a girls’ night out.

(Cinnaminson, New Jersey ~ 2000)

4/15 Volunteer firefighter Jose Ramirez, 35,

died while responding to an emergency

call.  Jose’s rescue unit crashed into a

utility pole near Luna Azul and Bobby

Lane.

(Chaparral, New Mexico ~ 2006)

4/16 Sgt. Brian M. Wood, 21, died when his

vehicle pulled off the road while on patrol

and hit a land mine.  Brian was a quiet and

sensitive history buff.

(Tikrit, Iraq ~ 2004)

4/17 Courtney Barber, 17, died when she

drove her Volkswagen Jetta through a

stop sign at the intersection of Sheckler

Cutoff and Highway 50 and was hit by

another vehicle.  A few weeks before she

died, Courtney wrote a list of the things

she loved, which included:

really sudsy shampoo

lame jokes

“Einstein” moments

hardcore shows

dinosaurs

when you get to the hotel

when I fit in a smaller size

when people remember you

(Fallon, Nevada ~ 2010)

4/18 Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, 48, died

in a car accident while returning from a

transmitter inspection at Channel 5 in

Veracruz.  As a child, Guillermo built a

laboratory in his basement.  Later, he

invented one of the world’s first color

television systems.

(Puebla, Mexico ~ 1965)

4/19 Jeanne Leiby, 46, was a teacher and

editor.  She also wrote stories, including

“Viking Burial”, “Vinegar Tasting”, and

“Henrietta and the Headache”.  Jeanne

died when she tried to change lanes on

westbound I-10, lost control of her Saturn

convertible, hit the guardrail, and was

ejected.

(Baton Rouge, Louisiana ~ 2011)

4/20 Patricia Meehan, 37, crashed into another

vehicle on a remote stretch of Highway

200.  She climbed out of the wreckage,

looked dazedly at the other driver, and

disappeared into the countryside.  Patty

had strawberry blonde hair, green-gray

eyes, and freckles.  She spoke very softly

with a mild eastern accent.  She was never

heard from again.

(Circle, Montana ~ 1989)

4/21 Toni Lynn Vincent Berchtold, 40, cooked

for her local school district and was loved

by the students.  She was the first girl to

play little league hardball in her area.  She

was known to have a great sense of both

humor and clarity.  Toni died when the

Ford pickup she was riding in hit a tractor-

trailer that had jackknifed in the slush on

Route 299.

(Big Valley Summit, California ~ 2003)

4/22 Massimiliano Ossari, 24, was returning

from a celebration dinner with his football

team, Thiene, when his Mercedes

collided with a truck and crashed into the

central grid separating the highway lanes.

Massimiliano died at the scene.

(Vicenza, Italy ~ 2002)

4/23 Chaneka Fenetra Stroud, 32, died when

her car flipped over on Worth Hinton

Road.  Four of Chaneka’s six children

were also in the car and sustained

injuries that were not life-threatening.

The cause of the crash was not reported.

(Zebulon, North Carolina ~ 2011)

4/24 Tessa Anne Harris, 27, crossed from the

westbound to the eastbound lanes of I-64

and struck a car carrying Debra Minor

Samples, 46, head-on.  Both Tessa and

Debbie died as a result.  Police have yet to

determine what caused Tessa to lose

control of her car and veer into oncoming

traffic.

(Bath County, Kentucky ~ 2010)

4/25 Lisa Lopes, 30, allegedly tried to swerve

around a truck and then swerved again to

avoid an oncoming vehicle.  Her rented

Mitsubishi Montero Sport rolled over

several times, and she died instantly after

being thrown out the window.  The front

passenger videotaped Lisa’s final

moments, but the cause of the wreck

remains unclear.

(La Ceiba, Honduras ~ 2002)

4/26 The third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche fled

China after the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion.

Later, he was actively involved in the

search for his reincarnated successor.

His Eminence, 37, died in a car accident

near his school for young monks and

orphans before the search could be

completed.

(Darjeeling, India ~ 1992)

4/27 On highway 175 at the Neches River

bridge, Pastor David Wilkerson, 79, died

after he crossed into the opposite lane for

unknown reasons and collided head-on

with a tractor-trailer. In his final blog entry

earlier that day, David wrote:

You will soon hear the Father whisper,

“I am with you. I cannot tell you why right

now, but one day it will all make sense.

You will see it was all part of my plan.

It was no accident.”

(Anderson County, Texas ~ 2011)

4/28 Erin and Andrew Ehrbar died after they

were broadsided while pulling out of their

driveway to go to school.  Erin was 16 and

Andrew was 13.

(Granger Township, Ohio ~ 2010)

4/29 The brakes failed on a truck carrying

hazardous chemicals in the Longquan

mountain tunnel of the Chengdu-

Chongqing expressway.  The runaway

truck crossed into the opposite lanes and

collided with four other vehicles.  Seven

people died but the Chengdu Municipal

Party Committee Propaganda Department

would not release their names.

(Longquan, China ~ 2011)

4/30 It seemed just like any other day.

(2012)

May

5/1  car between place

5/2  start kept enough

5/3  yesterday made everything

5/4  dreams know running

5/5  point look course

5/6  no right kind

5/7  fact still day

5/8  seem long afraid

5/9  could real today

5/10 end asked far

5/11 whether sure seems

5/12 can’t being myself

5/13 what I’m like

5/14 thing things one

5/15 then something that’s

5/16 words ago happen

5/17 read reaction together

5/18 any little always

5/19 as at if

5/20 we get out

5/21 go see can

5/22 here yeah an

5/23 in but is

5/24 or have so

5/25 wasn’t same only

5/26 just don’t my

5/27 to that you

5/28 be with he

5/29 yes father tell

5/30 call life exactly

5/31 I and the

~ Charles Bernstein, “I and The”

June

6/1  Once more you hover close,

elusive shapes

my eyes but dimly glimpsed

when I was young.

Shall I now try to hold you captive?

Do these illusions still attract my heart?

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust I (dedication, trans: Stuart Atkins)

6/2  Shouts, bat-cracks, full bladders and stray

yawns, the sand-grain manyness of things

that can’t be counted.

It is all falling indelibly into the past.

~ Don DeLillo, Underworld (Prologue: The Triumph of Death)

6/3  I am a Broken Shoe

My Crime Deserves Death

~ Ha Jin, “In Broad Daylight”

6/4  Vengeance will be upon you.

The all is bigger than you.

~ Aeschylus, The Eumenides (trans: Richmond Lattimore)

6/5  you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

~ Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable

6/6  He did not know that he was being

paraded round the streets as a public

example.

~ Lu Xun, “The True Story of Ah Q” (trans: Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang)

6/7  Now we have Sony and Panasonic; we

have Proctor & Gamble, Johnson &

Johnson.  We have imported movies in

which men and women hold hands freely

in the street, and they even kiss each

other without a trace of fear in their eyes.

~ Yiyun Li, “Immortality”

6/8  And then there is our Main Street

that looks like

an abandoned movie set

~ Charles Simic, “Driving Around”

6/9  Point being, rickshaws in Scranton.

~ Michael Robbins, “Alien vs. Predator”

6/10 and at the end of the hall come back to

exactly (corporeally) where they had just

been, but in another country, a tourist, a

marveling visitor, to a street that shared

the latitude-longitude of their own

address, a street they had never visited

before, whose architecture they had

always unseen

~ China Mieville, The City & the City (Chapter 6)

6/11 .00000098 miles to cornea from retinal

wall

~ Dan Graham, “Exclusion Principle”

6/12 The apparition of these faces in the crowd

~ Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro”

6/13 He wondered what they’d do if the Toyota

suddenly became haunted.

~ Kelly Link, “Stone Animals”

6/14 Shit, the ship said to itself.

~ Philip K. Dick, “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon”

6/15 moving its slow thighs

~ W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

6/16 A way a lone a last a loved a long the

riverrun

~ James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

6/17 Trundling an empty barrow up the lane.

~ Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (line 999)

6/18 Stil I wunt have no other track.

~ Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (Chapter 18)

6/19 when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into

it, head down and heels up, and I’m even

pleased that I’m falling in such a

humiliating position, and for me I find it

beautiful.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

(Book III: The Sensualists, Chapter 3: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Verse; trans: Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky)

6/20 No one else could ever be granted

admission here, as this gate was just for

you.  Now I am going to close it.

~ Franz Kafka, “Before the Law” (trans: Donna Freed)

6/21 What enemy do we now perceive

advancing against us, you whom I ride

now, as we stand pawing this stretch of

pavement?  It is death.  Death is the

enemy.

~ Virginia Woolf, The Waves (final section)

6/22 Very quickly he stepped on the gas and

with his stump sticking out the window he

raced the galloping shower into Mobile.

~ Flannery O’Connor, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”

6/23 untrodden, unwilted, unpleasing,

unrestingly, unmentionable, unpoetical,

uncleanliness, unknown, unspeakable,

unwittingly, unrecorded, unworthy, until,

uncounted, undiscovered, unreasonably,

undone, unreasonable, unless

~ Judith Goldman, “dicktée”

6/24 Talaria: A winged sandal.

Tale: A story.

Talipot: A coconut palm native to the East

Indies.  Trunk from 50 to 100 feet in height,

leaves used for umbrellas, fans, hats, etc.

Blooms once in 70 years…

~ Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “The Life of a Stupid Man” (trans: Jay Rubin)

6/25 Stagecoach.  Stallion.  Statue.

Sticks.  Stones.  Stop.

Strangle.  Stream-of-Consciousness.

~ Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

6/26 Stately, solemn, sad, withdrawn, baffled,

mad, turbulent, feeble, dissatisfied,

Desperate, proud, fond, sick, accepted by

men, rejected by men,

They go! they go! I know that they go, but I

know not where they go

~ Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

6/27 McDonald’s

Burger King

Taco Bell

Home Depot

Gap

Dunkin’ Donuts

KFC

J. Crew

Home Depot

Staples

Sunglass Hut

Wendy’s

Kmart

Wal*Mart

~ Robert Fitterman, “Metropolis 16”

6/28 Sweet tarts!

Kevin Turner

The funky chicken!

All sour gum flavors!

Big eye pictures of sad dogs!

Peace!

The song if you’re going to San Francisco

People with giant hind ends

Ballerina outfits!

The gorgeous smell of gasoline

~ Lynda Barry, It’s So Magic (“Super Right On!”)

6/29 I am what is around me.

~ Wallace Stevens, “Theory”

6/30 I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak

and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of

America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the

center of a black pyramid; I saw a

splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw,

close up, unending eyes watching

themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all

the mirrors on earth and none of them

reflected me; I saw in a backyard of Soler

Street the same tiles that thirty years

before I’d seen in the entrance of a house

in Fray Bentos; I saw bunches of grapes,

snow, tobacco, lodes of metal, steam; I

saw convex equatorial deserts and each

one of their grains of sand; I saw a woman

in Inverness whom I shall never forget; I

saw her tangled hair, her tall figure, I saw

the cancer in her breast; I saw a ring of

baked mud in a sidewalk, where before

there had been a tree; I saw a summer

house in Adrogué and a copy of the first

English translation of Pliny — Philemon

Holland’s — and all at the same time saw

each letter on each page (as a boy, I used

to marvel that the letters in a closed book

did not get scrambled and lost overnight);

I saw a sunset in Querétaro that seemed

to reflect the colour of a rose in Bengal; I

saw my empty bedroom; I saw in a closet

in Alkmaar a terrestrial globe between two

mirrors that multiplied it endlessly; I saw

horses with flowing manes on a shore of

the Caspian Sea at dawn; I saw the

delicate bone structure of a hand; I saw

the survivors of a battle sending out

picture postcards; I saw in a showcase in

Mirzapur a pack of Spanish playing cards;

I saw the slanting shadows of ferns on a

greenhouse floor; I saw tigers, pistons,

bison, tides, and armies; I saw all the ants

on the planet; I saw a Persian astrolabe; I

saw in the drawer of a writing table (and

the handwriting made me tremble)

unbelievable, obscene, detailed letters,

which Beatriz had written to Carlos

Argentino; I saw a monument I

worshipped in the Chacarita cemetery; I

saw the rotted dust and bones that had

once deliciously been Beatriz Viterbo; I

saw the circulation of my own dark blood;

I saw the coupling of love and the

modification of death; I saw the Aleph

from every point and angle, and in the

Aleph I saw the earth and in the earth the

Aleph and in the Aleph the earth; I saw my

own face and my own bowels; I saw your

face; and I felt dizzy and wept, for my eyes

had seen that secret and conjectured

object whose name is common to all men

but which no man has looked upon — the

unimaginable universe.

~ Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph”

(trans: Norman Thomas Di Giovanni in collaboration with the author)

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Sumner, Washington

Whitestown, Indiana

~ wikipedia.org, “Amazon.com”

7/11 The United States has the largest freight

transportation system in the world, an

extensive physical network of

infrastructure and entities that provide

transportation services:

- 4 million miles of public roads,

- 140,000 miles of railroad tracks

operated by freight carriers,

- 25,000 miles of navigable waterways,

- 9,800 coastal and inland waterway

facilities, and

- 5,200 public-use airports.

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010

(RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

7/12 Today, U.S. households can buy fresh

fruits and vegetables in mid-winter, expect

fast and reliable next-day deliveries of

Internet purchases, and use electronic

appliances manufactured thousands of

miles away, often in other countries.

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010

(RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

7/13 The United States is the world’s largest

importer of goods. Crude oil, petroleum

products, passenger motor vehicles,

electrical machinery, and electronics are

among the top imports by value.

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010

(RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

7/14 The top exports from China to the United

States include finished goods such as

computer equipment, electronics, toys,

apparel, furniture, and other household

goods.

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010

(RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

7/15 Busiest seaports in the world by cargo

tonnage:

Shanghai, China

Singapore, Singapore

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Guangzhou, China

Ningbo, China

Tianjin, China

Qingdao, China

Qinhuangdao, China

Hong Kong, China

Busan, South Korea

~ AAPA World Port Rankings 2010

7/16 NOTE: The cargo rankings based on

tonnage should be interpreted with

caution since these measures are not

directly comparable and cannot be

converted to a single, standardized unit.

~ AAPA World Port Rankings 2010

7/17 Busiest seaports in the world by container

traffic:

Shanghai, China

Singapore, Singapore

Hong Kong, China

Shenzhen, China

Busan, South Korea

Ningbo, China

Guangzhou, China

Qingdao, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rotterdam, Netherlands

~ AAPA World Port Rankings 2010

7/18 Busiest airports in the world by cargo

traffic:

HKG – Hong Kong, China

MEM – Memphis, United States

PVG – Shanghai, China

ICN – Incheon, South Korea

ANC – Anchorage, United States

CDG – Paris, France

FRA – Frankfurt, Germany

DXB – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NRT – Narita, Japan

SDF – Louisville, United States

~  ACI Airport Rankings 2010

7/19 The U.S. Department of Transportation

defines hazardous materials as belonging

to one of nine hazard classes:

Class 1 – Explosives

Class 2 – Gases

Class 3 – Flammable Liquids

Class 4 – Flammable Solids

Class 5 – Oxidizers & Organic Peroxides

Class 6 – Toxic Materials and Infectious

Substances

Class 7 – Radioactive Materials

Class 8 – Corrosive Materials

Class 9 – Misc. Dangerous Goods

~ RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics

7/20 Common Items that May Be Hazardous:

Aircraft Parts

Bull Semen

Chain Saws

Dental Equipment

Frozen Food

Perfume

Vaccines

Venom

Weather Equipment

~ ups.com

7/21 This is only a sampling of trigger terms

which should prompt further questions

about a shipment. There are many more,

and it is hoped that seeing these will lead

you to think about other general terms that

may warrant further investigation.

~ ups.com

7/22 An intermodal container is a standardized

reusable steel box used for the safe,

efficient, and secure storage and

movement of materials and products

within a global containerized intermodal

freight transport system.  “Intermodal”

indicates that the container can be moved

from one mode of transport to another

(from ship, to rail, to truck) without

unloading and reloading the contents of

the container.

~ wikipedia.org, “Intermodal container”

7/23 Top commodities by weight, U.S.

container imports:

– Furniture and parts

– Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried

– Parts & accessories for motor vehicles

– Worked monument, stone, art, granule

– Oil, not crude, from petroleum and bitum

mineral

– Seats (except barber, dental, etc.) and

parts

– Beer made from malt

– New pneumatic tires or rubber

– Glazed ceramics flags and paving and

hearth tiles

– Coal, briquettes, and ovoids from coal

~ RITA, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (2010)

7/24 Top global supply chains:

Apple

Amazon

McDonald’s

Dell

P&G

The Coca-Cola Company

Intel

Cisco Systems

Wal-Mart Stores

Unilever

~ The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2012

7/25 Some difficult supply chain locations:

Easter Island

Alice Springs, Australia

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Kabul, Afghanistan

~ supplychaindigital.com

7/26 The Office of Foreign Assets Control

(“OFAC”) is issuing this Advisory to alert

the maritime industry that IRISL (“The

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines”)

has recently been operating vessels

despite their flags having been revoked.

~ treasury.gov

7/27 Sorry, your search “maritime shipping

flag” did not return results.

Please try one of the following:

- Try a new search

- Check our Product Index

- Call Customer service or contact us

online

- Learn how to find a part number from the

old AmazonSupply.com paper catalog

~ amazonsupply.com (beta)

7/28 Amazon’s new goal is to get stuff to you

immediately—as soon as a few hours

after you hit Buy.  Order something in the

morning and get it later in the day, without

doing anything else.  Why would you ever

shop anywhere else?

~ Farhad Manjoo, “I Want It Today,” slate.com

7/29 (Disclosure: Slate participates in Amazon

Associates, an “affiliate” advertising plan

that rewards websites for sending

customers to the online store.  This means

that if you click on an Amazon link from

Slate – including a link in this story – and

you end up buying something, Amazon

will send Slate a percentage of your final

purchase price.)

~ Farhad Manjoo, “I Want It Today,” slate.com

7/30 You entered: C0LL3CT3DF1CT10N5

Delivery status information is not

available for your item via this web site.

A return receipt after mailing may be

available through your local Post Office.

~ usps.com

7/31 Sorry we missed you!

Your item has been returned to its point of

origin.

August

8/1  Traffic accidents are the leading cause of

death for people age 45 and younger in

China.

~ “Study: China traffic deaths higher than police say,” chinadaily.com.cn

8/2  China has about one-third as many

vehicles as the United States but twice as

many confirmed traffic deaths per year.

~ Keith Bradsher, “Road Safety Problems Pose Dire Threat in China,” nytimes.com

(figures from end of 2010)

8/3  Chinese and Western traffic safety experts

say that while the U.S. figures are

extremely reliable and take into account

virtually every death, only a small fraction

of all traffic deaths in China show up in

official figures.

~ Keith Bradsher, “Road Safety Problems Pose Dire Threat in China,” nytimes.com

8/4  The inaccuracies may be due, in part, to

deliberate under-reporting by traffic

officers, who are rewarded with a higher

performance ranking if fewer accidents

occur within their jurisdictions.

~ Ted Alcorn, “Uncertainty clouds China’s road-traffic fatality data,” thelancet.com

8/5  More than two-thirds of traffic fatality

victims in China are vulnerable road

users — pedestrians, bicyclists, and

motorcyclists.

~ Ted Alcorn, “Uncertainty clouds China’s road-traffic fatality data,” thelancet.com

8/6  Li Qiming, son of the director of the local

public security bureau, hit two young

women with his Volkswagen on the Hebei

University campus.  Chen Xiaofeng, 20,

died as a result.  Li fled the scene and

dropped off his girlfriend at her dorm.

When finally stopped by security guards,

he shouted, “Charge me if you dare!

My father is Li Gang!”

8/7  “My father is Li Gang!” became an ironic

catchphrase among Chinese netizens

despite government attempts to suppress

the story.

8/8  Chinese granny ties sex doll to tree to

stop motorists from speeding

~ Tycho de Feyter, carnewschina.com

8/9  BUILD ROADS, BRIDGES, AND POWER

PLANTS TO GENERATE FUNDS FOR

MORE ROADS, BRIDGES, AND POWER

PLANTS

~ Dongguan Museum of History, Economy Exhibit

(in Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang)

8/10 China produces 50 percent of the world’s

cement—the next largest producer, India,

is responsible for just 6 percent—to build

seemingly endless tracts of high rises,

railroads, parking lots, highways, airports,

and shopping malls.

~ Christina Larson, “China’s Energy Dragon Looks Tamer to One Forecaster,” scientificamerican.com

8/11 In factories, restaurants, construction

sites, elevators, delivery services,

housecleaning, child-raising, garbage-

collecting, barbershops, and brothels,

almost every worker is a rural migrant.

Together they represent the largest

migration in human history, three times

the number of people who emigrated to

America from Europe over a century.

~ Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls (“Going Out”)

8/12 Money sent home by migrants is already

the biggest source of wealth accumulation

in rural China.  Yet earning money isn’t the

only reason people migrate.  In surveys,

migrants rank “seeing the world,”

“developing myself,” and “learning new

skills” as important as increasing

incomes.

~ Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls (“Going Out”)

8/13 There was nothing to do at home, so I

went out.

~ Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls (“Going Out”)

8/14 Women make up more than one-third of

China’s migrants.  They tend to be

younger than their male counterparts and

more likely to be single; they travel farther

from home and they stay out longer.  They

are more motivated to improve

themselves and more likely to value

migration for its life-changing possibilities.

~ Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls (“To Die Poor Is a Sin”)

8/15 Surveys have shown that migration

makes a rural woman more likely to meet

her future husband on her own, marry

later, want fewer children, give birth in a

hospital, seek equality in marriage, and

view divorce as an acceptable option.

~ Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls (“Eight-Minute Date”)

8/16 The profound gender imbalance caused

by China’s one-child policy has helped

revive the practice of bride trafficking.

8/17 China’s culture of silence also plays a

role.  “In our hometown, when people buy

wives, no one says anything.  No one

talks.”

~ Charles Custer, “China’s Missing Children,” foreignpolicy.com

8/18 In China, it is common for trafficked

women to be disowned by their families

upon their safe return home.  Relatives

view the daughter’s trafficking as a loss of

face to the family and treat the incident of

sex trafficking as the fault of the victim.

~ Matthew B. Conaway, “The Trafficking of Women and Girls for Prostitution and Brides in China”

8/19 In China, kids are abducted not for

ransom but for sale.  Often, they come from

poor and rural families – the families least

likely to be capable of tracking their kids

down or fighting back.  Some children are

then sold to new “adoptive” families

looking for children.  Others are sold into

slave labor, prostitution, or a life on the

streets.

~ Charles Custer, “China’s Missing Children,” foreignpolicy.com

8/20 39-year-old mother Tang Hui was

sentenced to 18 months re-education

through labour for “seriously disturbing

the social order and exerting a negative

impact on society” after she repeatedly

petitioned officials in Yongzhou, Hunan

because she believed the sentences

given to the men who kidnapped, raped,

and forced her 11-year-old daughter into

prostitution should have been more

severe.

~ Tania Branigan, “Outcry in China over mother sent to labour camp after daughter’s rape,” guardian.co.uk

8/21 The Chinese government reports that

fewer than 10,000 children are kidnapped

each year, but the U.S. State Department

says it’s closer to 20,000.  Some

independent estimates put the number as

high as 70,000 (compared with 100 to

200 children kidnapped per year in the

United States).

~ Charles Custer, “China’s Missing Children,” foreignpolicy.com

8/22 Trafficking in persons is the most

profitable illicit activity in China, which

generates more than seven billion dollars

annually, surpassing the revenues of drug

and arms trafficking.

~ Matthew B. Conaway, “The Trafficking of Women and Girls for Prostitution and Brides in China”

8/23 The Government of the People’s Republic

of China does not fully comply with the

minimum standards for the elimination of

trafficking.

~ “Trafficking in Persons Report 2011,” state.gov

8/24 The Government of the People’s Republic

of China is however fully committed to

eliminating sensitive, subversive Internet

traffic.  It operates the most comprehensive

system of censorship in the world.

8/25 China’s censorship system is complex

and multilayered. The outer layer is

generally known as the “great firewall” of

China, through which hundreds of

thousands of websites are blocked from

view on the Chinese Internet.  Domestic

companies are the stewards and

handmaidens, the tools and enforcers, of

China’s inner layer of Internet censorship.

Why simply block content when you can

delete it from the Internet for good? Why

hire government employees to carry out

censorship and surveillance when

companies can be compelled to do it?

~ Rebecca MacKinnon, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

8/26 Other countries that also censor Internet

content—Singapore, for instance, or the

United Arab Emirates—provide

explanations whenever they do so.  In

China, the connection just times out.  Is it

your computer’s problem?  The firewall?

Or maybe your local Internet provider,

which has decided to do some filtering on

its own?  You don’t know.

“The unpredictability of the firewall

actually makes it more effective,” another

Chinese software engineer told me.  “It

becomes much harder to know what the

system is looking for, and you always

have to be on guard.”

~ James Fallows, “The Connection Has Been Reset,” theatlantic.com

8/27 The presence of censorship, even if easy

to evade, promotes self-censorship.

~ James Fallows, “The Connection Has Been Reset,” theatlantic.com

8/28 Terms that have been blocked in China:

human rights
dictatorship
oppression
genocide
salt
blind man
ministry of truth
tofu construction
Nobel Peace Prize
fuck your mother
forced abortion
milk powder

baby soup
clitoris
cunt
4
6
8
9
today
mourn
never forget
speak the truth
teletubbies + instant noodles
great firewall
brainwash
freedom
evil

8/29 The complete and current list of forbidden

words is itself the ultimate forbidden thing.

8/30 “Citizens of the People’s Republic of

China enjoy freedom of speech, of the

press, of assembly, of association, of

procession and of demonstration.”

~ Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, Article 35

8/31 One World, One Dream

~ Official slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics


September

9/1  Like

And like

And the like

9/2  Like to like

What I like

What I’m like

9/3  Like this and like that and like this

Like me

Like with like

9/4  Add a Job

Add a School

Add Political Views

Add Religious Views

Add People You Admire

9/5  Edit Relationship?

9/6  To poke someone, go to their timeline and

choose Poke from the gear menu.

9/7  Don’t unfriend me, bro

9/8  You have a new follower

9/9  Follow follower?

9/10 Expand

Collapse

Reply

Retweet

9/11 Trending:

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9/12 I’m Feeling Lucky

9/13 Live from space.

250 miles above Earth.

9/14 Travel the world with 360-degree,

street-level imagery and stir up inspiration

for later.

9/15 Please note: Street View Images are not

real time

9/16 Individuals and license plates are blurred

9/17 when will

when will i die

when will the world end

when will i get my tax return

when will twilight be on netflix instant

when will the economy get better

when will i get married

when will i die quiz

9/18 why does my husband

why does my husband lie

why does my husband cheat

why does my husband ignore me

why does my husband fart so much

why does my husband wear panties

why does my husband treat me so bad

why does my husband not love me

9/19 can jes

can jesus sin

can jessica simpson sing

can jessica alba speak spanish

can jesus fly

can jesus heal me

can jesus save hollywood

can jesus microwave a burrito

9/20 :D

9/21 LOL LMAO LMFAO

BTW ILY IRL

IDK TMI NSFW

OMG WTF IMO

OMFG STFU IMHO

NP LYLAS BRB

9/22 troll at bridge

9/23 disable comments

9/24 search terms that led here:

ms. tevis thompson

weather updates china

everyone is someone’s secret

buried a jar in tennessee

mario warp zone

capamari

sonic the hedgehog lingering sensation

phenomenal field games

does glados have personhood

how to save zelda

9/25 search terms that also led here:

tevis thompson police report

hidden passages in cleveland

meaning of the crooked wand tom waits

sunset rubdown “gertrude stein” lyrics

“kill the chicken before the monkey”

free unused metaphorz!

skyward sword “fucking hand holding”

hug and surround

congratulations, mr. aonuma, you haven’t

real. pricess. castle. fum. mario.

9/26 Welcome unique visitor!

Where did you come from?

Where are you going?

9/27 The Internet may seem to be everywhere

– and in many ways it is – but it is also

very clearly in some places more than

others.  The single whole is an illusion.

The Internet has crossroads and

superhighways, large monuments and

quiet chapels.  Our everyday experience

of the Internet obscures that geography,

flattening it and speeding it up beyond

any recognition.

~ Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet (“Prologue”)

9/28 In basest terms, the Internet is made of

pulses of light.  Those pulses might seem

miraculous, but they’re not magic.  They

are produced by powerful lasers

contained in steel boxes housed

(predominantly) in unmarked buildings.

The lasers exist.  The boxes exist.  The

buildings exist.  The Internet exists – is has

a physical reality, an essential

infrastructure, a “hard bottom,” as Henry

David Thoreau said of Walden Pond.

~ Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet (“Prologue”)

9/29 An unfathomably long and skinny thing, a

singular path across the bottom of the

sea.  Undersea cables are the ultimate

totems of our physical connections.  If the

Internet is a global phenomenon, it’s

because there are tubes underneath the

ocean.

~ Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet (“The Longest Tubes”)

9/30 The Internet is many things, in many

places.  But one thing it most certainly is,

nearly everywhere, is, in fact, a series of

tubes.

~ Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet (“Prologue”)

October

10/1 I am a series of tubes.

10/2 The adult circulatory system is estimated

to be 100,000 miles long.  Enough to circle

the earth 4 times.

10/3 Some capillaries are so narrow that red

blood cells must pass through single file.

10/4 The average human heart beats about

3 billion times per life.

10/5 I’m afraid to feel my heart beat.

I know: what can beat, can stop.

10/6 Around 10,000 liters of air pass through a

person on a given day.  The actual amount

depends on variables such as age, size,

sex, health, and activity.

10/7 Air follows branching paths through the

lungs until it reaches the gas-blood

barrier, a superthin interstitial space

between the air sacs and capillaries.

10/8 I miss breathing in the first chill of autumn.

The lung shock.  Before the air submits to

my heat.

10/9 End to end, food usually takes between

24 and 72 hours to pass through the

digestive system.

10/10 My GI tract betrays me.  The locus of my

psychosomatic drama.

10/11 Coprastasophobia: the fear of

constipation.

10/12 The endocrine system uses chemical

messengers to regulate body functions

like growth and metabolism and mood.

Feedback loops are vital for maintaining

control.

10/13 Marriage lowers testosterone.

10/14 Laughter lowers stress hormones and

strengthens the immune system.

10/15 I feel pains within most days now.  They

gnaw or flutter or hammer or lock.  They

come as needles or waves or plain dull

aches.

10/16 The very thought of all this commotion

inside makes me sick.  Some animal

digging its way out.

10/17 Find reset button.  Press.

10/18 On a second quest.

10/19 Neurons are individual and non-

contiguous.  They are separated by gaps

yet make contact.

10/20 Some functions of neural networks:

Feature detection

Pattern generation

Universal computation

Timing

10/21 Unlike the wide net of hormonal signaling,

the nervous system is more specific.

Point-to-point rather than broadcasts.

It’s also much faster.

10/22 Relative speeds of nerve impulses:

Muscle position > Touch > Thought > Pain

10/23 The brain structures suffering.  But the

pudding itself feels no pain.

10/24 The shape of you in my head.

10/25 Pinpricks across my scalp.

A buzzing in my skull.

10/26 Along hills and hollers of cortex.

10/27 UAG UAA UGA

10/28 What was previously thought to be ‘junk’

DNA actually contains millions of gene

switches vital for controlling cell and

organ behavior.  Many complex

phenomena, like disease, can arise when

just a few hundred switches stall or flip the

other way.

10/29 DNA is so long that it must coil around

itself tightly, like a hairball.  If unwound, all

the DNA in a body would reach to the sun

and back many times.

10/30 Through tubes within tubes.

10/31 All this movement inside, in the dark,

upon which everything depends.

November

11/1 rigorously subjective

11/2 entangled in the snares of the world

11/3 dear and dirty

11/4 must wash my hands after touching food,

coins, doorknobs, anything outside,

anything that smells

11/5 the peculiar and touching smell of

other people’s houses

11/6 the sound of voices crashing on the shore

11/7 escape from noise

11/8 the wind against my body

11/9 the bite of coke from a can

11/10 red wall in light, red wall in shadow,

different reds

11/11 cold borders

11/12 faint music from a back room

11/13 crumbs and stains

11/14 costs per 10000 impressions

11/15 the feeling of being watched

11/16 taking off your shoes after a long day

11/17 rearranging the furniture

11/18 television voices through the wall

11/19 turning pages

11/20 bumps and ridges and furrows and clefts

11/21 all these fleshy surfaces

11/22 faces, face

11/23 when we crash I say you hit me

not your body hit my body

not your car hit my car

11/24 my phenomenal field

expanding and contracting

11/25 like breathing

11/26 unknown knowns

11/27 within sight

within earshot

within sniffing range

within reach

on tongue

11/28 no quale, only qualia

11/29 I am the intersection

11/30 a strange loop

December

12/1 the dream of eventually, the win, control,

place, my captive heart, free shipping,

accidents, the like, a series, the subjective

12/2 entangled in the adult, what I’m like,

China, conditions of use, the manyness of

things, enough, unknown reasons, the far,

you, delay

12/3 No passenger tricks a red light.

Everything broken deserves a “to” and

“from”.  Only a small fraction like me are so

narrow, dear.

12/4 Anything touching my average life you

admire.  Deliberate inaccuracies I print will

be upon you.  Dreams impact erratically

and fly on by any time.

12/5 you must git on

I can’t the wind

I’ll stop in

12/6 Collected Fictions of Li Gang

Hopscotch in a Lava Field

Cosmicomics with 10,000 Variables

Against Interpretation of a Zerg Rush

Ulysses Crashing on the Shore

12/7 Now we have Sony Superthin

Interstitial Space and Panasonic

Most Loved Bro Noise; we have

Fact Escape and Pothole of the Day,

Suppress Chinese Netizens Blush

and Gas-Blood Jumperoo. We have

an imported Orgasm Gamble

Tungsten Carbide Johnson & Johnson

Comfort Fit Trace of Fear Wedding Ring.

12/8 My body is an abandoned movie set.

12/9 A coke can on the sidewalk.  A carpool in

Scranton.  A trail of blood through the

digestive system.

12/10 Your reply struck me head-on.  That

unseen end.  China and Kentucky,

different reds, shadowing our every move.

12/11 Trending:

click

your every curve

clinging

Lexington

seems

retinal

inland entities

construction sites

#RAW

constipation

borders

12/12 In surveys, U.S. households rank

“maintaining control,” “I’m Feeling Lucky,”

“can’t being myself,” “Elysian Fields,” and

“go downtown and eat it like a vulture”

as important as increasing incomes.

12/13 Marriage crumbs and testosterone stains

and a haunted Toyota.

12/14 girls’ night out: laughter, apes, hormones,

shit, the 10000 things, inspiration for later,

life-changing possibilities

12/15 The feeling of being.  Stopping.

12/16 digging a lone a long a last a way out

12/17 safe rearranging smithereens

12/18 Last night I dreamt of a detour through a

basement in China.

12/19 straight Jesus

infectious Jesus

teacher and editor Jesus

U.S. Department of Jesus

soft dreaming unencumbered Jesus

12/20 seriously disturbing social networks and

exerting a negative impact on pattern

detection

12/21 I have ridden with the enemy and I have

kidnapped a stretch of shore and I have

crashed into this girl and we have

jackknifed on the floor.

12/22 hi-ho troll face yeah

12/23 unreasonably pneumatic unmentionable

weight unspeakable body unpoetical

suffering

12/24 Native censorship, lingering personhood,

the Coca-Cola sensation.  Yet I have

subversive gods.  And my head blooms.

12/25 fum!

12/26 Orphans of eminence, vessels of

unpredictability.  They go, rolling and

reincarnated.  They go, so fond and proud.

They go along hills and hollers to the

unknown refuge of crossroads.

12/27 Taco Ruins

Burger Pastor

Wendy’s Tongue

The Sunglass Hut Experience

UAA KFC UAG

The Final Gap

Why*Mart

12/28 Fuck your tofu construction.

We never forget.

We are going to get you.

12/29 Totems of our physical connections.

I am what is around me.

I am the intersection.

12/30 I saw the day; I saw sunset and nightfall

and daybreak; I saw silvery deserts and a

dark sea; I saw the reflected earth; I saw

the labyrinth up close; I saw my

unimaginable bowels; I saw my obscene

blood; I saw the coupling of death and the

modification of love; I saw the jump; I saw

my delicate hand; I saw my scrambled

handwriting; I saw the unbelievable object

multiplied endlessly; I saw this web site; I

saw the Internet; I saw America and I saw

China; I saw the conjectured freedom of

speech; I saw her go; I saw unending

tubes; I saw tubes within tubes; I saw the

strange loop; I saw the common universe;

I saw my secret name; I saw life exactly;

and I saw the exit.

12/31 Can we get back to the point of origin,

to the dream upon which everything

depends?  Sorry.  All this movement –

everything missed died returned inside

you world you – has been ok.  I will yield.

 

 

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