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a few miles west of my neighborhood
The site of yesterday's expensive drone crash
is still smoldering this morning.
black+white film with red filter
I'm mystified as to how the sign got bent.
It's not scraped up.
I don't follow professional sports much but occasionally a competitor comes to my attention who I really admire, not just for the quality of their play but for their character. If you asked me what player (of any game) I'd most enjoy meeting now, I'd name ______, who:
  • has an unassuming, gentle manner despite often being considered the best player of his sport ever
  • normally plays right handed but occasionally switches to left
  • exhibits composure, never throws tantrums when he screws up
  • is nicknamed "The Magician" for executing technically difficult plays.
If you follow his sport you know who I have in mind. It's a game I like playing but I can't say I follow the pros at it. I only recently felt like watching a few matches on YouTube and discovered who this guy was. He's not a household name because it's not a big spectator sport.
I'm growing a plant from seed I collected. Two seeds out of about twenty sprouted and of those two only one survived.

It's as if nature made the success rate low on purpose to endear to us each plant that does grow.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Reptiles M. C. Escher's 1943 lithograph Reptiles makes reference to the classical Greek elements. In the four corners, starting at the bottom left and proceeding counterclockwise: potted plants represent earth, a flask and glass represent water, a book represents air (possibly—more about this in a moment), matches and cigarettes in a cup represent fire. The dodecahedron may be a reference to the Universe as a whole or to the fifth element aether (Plato's Timaeus sets forth a correspondence of the elements with regular polyhedra).

I'm guessing that Escher's choice of a book for air derives from any of several Western esoteric traditions which associate air with cognition and communication. I'm less drawn to an alternative interpretation that elemental air is shown by "air blowing out of the nostrils of the lizard" because that departs from the regularity of depicting the four earthly elements at corners of the scene. In an artwork this carefully and deliberately composed, what is the book in the upper right doing if not representing air?

Air is by its nature challenging to depict visually. Consider for example the artwork for Pink Floyd's 1975 album Wish You Were Here.

Escher's own notes on Reptiles in M. C. Escher: The Graphic Work are straightforward and don't say anything about the elemental symbolism. Escher does however say that "The little book of Job has nothing to do with the Bible, but contains Belgian cigarette papers." Last week, Google's AlphaGo played a match against the world's top-rated Go player Ke Jie. In several respects, it played out like last year's match against Lee Sedol: AlphaGo won, the human player was gracious in defeat, and the match attracted a lot of attention in countries where Go is popular. One difference though: China forbade any live coverage of this year's match. Chinese authorities issued these censorship instructions on May 22:
Regarding the go match between Ke Jie and AlphaGo, no website, without exception, may carry a live stream. If one has been announced in advance, please immediately withdraw it. Please convey the gist of this to sports channels.

Again, we stress: this match may not be broadcast live in any form and without exception, including text commentary, photography, video streams, self-media accounts and so on. No website (including sports and technology channels) or desktop or mobile apps may issue news alerts or push notifications about the course or result of the match.
From The Independent's report on a recent poll of registered voters in the USA:
Voters polled were also asked "do you think America's best days are ahead of us or behind us?" A majority ‑ 62 per cent ‑ said yes, they are.
The other 38% think our best days lie on an imaginary time axis.