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‘a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning’

Slightly tangential here, but I couldn’t resist this image, via Space and Culture, of what, at first glance, resembles the kind of aerial landscape one sees upon immediately departing Newark’s Liberty Airport but is actually a “tapestry made out of old motherboards”

It reminded me of something that Kazys recently reminded me of, which is the following reference in Thomas Pynchon’s novel The Crying of Lot 49:

“She thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had … There were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. There’d seemed no limit to what the printed circuit could have told her (if she had tried to find out); so in her first minute of San Narciso, a revelation also trembled just past the threshold of her understanding.”

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  1. Yokota Fritz Says:

    I immediately saw a circuit board, but then I stare at these things every single day of my working life :-)

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