This is a heartstopping quote, from a recent interview on nprfreshair with Eric Schlosser—author of Command and Control.  At some point everyone should read the 1946 classic Hiroshima by John Hersey just so you know.

So when you look at the destruction of Hiroshima, this major city, Hiroshima was destroyed in an instant, and 80,000 people were killed and two-thirds of the buildings in this enormous metropolitan area were destroyed instantly because 7/10 of a gram of uranium 235 became pure energy. To imagine how small of an amount that is — 7/10 of a gram of uranium is about the size of a peppercorn; 7/10 of a gram weighs less than a dollar bill.
 Even though this weapon was unbelievably inefficient and almost 99 percent of the uranium had nothing to do with the destruction of Hiroshima, it was a catastrophic explosion. Nuclear weapons since then have become remarkably efficient and small and capable of destruction that makes Hiroshima seem trivial.”

(thanks/via: nprfreshair)

This is a heartstopping quote, from a recent interview on nprfreshair with Eric Schlosser—author of Command and Control.  At some point everyone should read the 1946 classic Hiroshima by John Hersey just so you know.

So when you look at the destruction of Hiroshima, this major city, Hiroshima was destroyed in an instant, and 80,000 people were killed and two-thirds of the buildings in this enormous metropolitan area were destroyed instantly because 7/10 of a gram of uranium 235 became pure energy. To imagine how small of an amount that is — 7/10 of a gram of uranium is about the size of a peppercorn; 7/10 of a gram weighs less than a dollar bill.

 
Even though this weapon was unbelievably inefficient and almost 99 percent of the uranium had nothing to do with the destruction of Hiroshima, it was a catastrophic explosion. Nuclear weapons since then have become remarkably efficient and small and capable of destruction that makes Hiroshima seem trivial.”

(thanks/via: nprfreshair)

chuckpalahniuk:

Chuck’s latest novel DOOMED is now available in paperback! Order it here -http://chuckpalahniuk.net/doomed

chuckpalahniuk:

Chuck’s latest novel DOOMED is now available in paperback! Order it here -http://chuckpalahniuk.net/doomed

Jon Stewart, explaining to young people why books are awesome.

(via washingtonpost)


Leonardo da Vinci's life and legacy, in a vintage illustrated pop-up book adapted in animated GIFs

(thanks/via: explore-blog)

Leonardo da Vinci's life and legacy, in a vintage illustrated pop-up book adapted in animated GIFs

(thanks/via: explore-blog)

Bravo President Obama for plugging good reads to kids.
From the New York Times article Bucket List Item: White House Easter Egg Roll about the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.  And….KidPresident was there too (see far right in photo in front of the Easter Bunny)!

(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

Bravo President Obama for plugging good reads to kids.

From the New York Times article Bucket List Item: White House Easter Egg Roll about the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.  And….KidPresident was there too (see far right in photo in front of the Easter Bunny)!

(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

Need to get my hands on this book: A Street Style Book for Food Lovers By Jean-François Mallet and from Chronicle Books.
(thanks/via: Bon Appétit)

Need to get my hands on this book: A Street Style Book for Food Lovers By Jean-François Mallet and from Chronicle Books.

(thanks/via: Bon Appétit)

 THE HOT SAUCE COOKBOOK by Robb Walsh
(thanks/via: BlessThisStuff)

 THE HOT SAUCE COOKBOOK by Robb Walsh

(thanks/via: BlessThisStuff)

Mental health break: To promote summer reading, a group of students teamed up with the Seattle Public Library and built the world’s largest domino chain made of books. It took 2,131 books, 27 volunteers, and 112 slices of pizza.

The loveliest thing since this booktastic stop-motion rainbow

( io9)

(thanks/via: explore-blog, thanks also to The Seattle Public Library highlighting the architecture of OMA/Rem Koolhaas)

(via explore-blog)

Massimo Vignelli Makes Books

A joy to hear Vignelli discuss how he designs books.

Vignelli Associates’ 1966 NYC Subway graphics are wonderful but the Transit Authority needs to rehire Vignelli to clean up and simplify way finding today.  American Airlines sadly redisigned his logo.  Vignelli and his wife have added inspired design to so many things; I’m fond of their glass designs for Ciga.

(thanks/via: The Fox Is Black and Vignelli Associates)

The Future of the Book. (by IDEO)

Maybe the book isn’t just a home decorating accessory after all?  If companies like IDEO work on updating the concept of books we might get easy-to-use (i.e.: Mac Mouse like) ways to read.  All I ask is that I can see the text.

Weapon of Mass Instruction

Built from a welded frame atop a 1979 Ford Falcon, Raul Lemesoff drives around the streets of Buenos Aires distributing free books to anybody who wants to be assaulted with some serious learnin’.

(thanks/via: makeaughingsquid, NPR)