The incrementalist’s guide to owning the world

In property law, there is a distinction drawn between two processes which can redraw a shoreline or riverbank and, consequently, redraw the geographic lines separating two pieces of property, or one political jurisdiction from another. The two processes are accretion … Continue reading

Transmissions from Earth 3

This very bizarre “Digits in Three” collection of videos on is mesmerizing. Need a three-second reminder about American foreign trade in the year 1910? How about the 2001 population of Dindigu, India? The years Gerald Ford was in office? … Continue reading


U. S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, “Navy Winter Hood” (October 9, 1975), Digital Commonwealth.

Circles within circles

From C. A. Doxiadis, “Ekistics,” Ekistics 24 (no. 141, August 1967): 131–34; originally published in Handwörterbuch der Raumforschung und Raumordnung (Hannover, 1966).

Cold as forever

It’s well-documented that time is like a river. But rivers freeze this time of year. Penumbras of ice appear at first around the waterlines of rocks, and the heavy water becomes more and more stubborn, turning each bend with less … Continue reading