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Headphone Yoga Transmitter

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

Stumbled upon an outdoor “immersive” yoga session at the beach, where I’d gone to check out the king tide (which is, indeed, quite high). Everyone wore “silent disco” headphones, and the instructor spoke into a headset. This contraption appears to be the transmitter (which at first I mistook for a fishing rod, many of which were planted in the sand closer to the water).

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Crossing Signal

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

All of the crossing signal buttons on this stretch of road have been taped over, block after block, north/south and east/west. In a breeze, this looks a bit like a very (OK, very) low-key Christo installation, or like someone speedily took down all the photocopied posters after their lost puppy was found. The tape suggests the buttons are due either for an upgrade, or for eradication. My money is on eradication. (Pedestrians shouldn’t have to wait for the little figure of a walking person to appear to remind drivers to pause before making a turn.) If these buttons are, indeed, disappearing from a major city, then they’re likely disappearing elsewhere, too, which makes me wonder: if the buttons are going away, then how about the crossing signal sounds? You know, like the fake birds, for example, that tell walkers they’re free to go? Presumably, the fake birds will remain, because they serve a purpose whether or not a button needs to be pushed. We’ll no longer have control, as pedestrians, as to whether the birds sing. The birds will sing every time the lights change, which is how it should be.

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Upsizing

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

Major life change: experimenting with a larger notebook:

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Solomonic Co-op Dispute

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

Just enough buttons that you really need to count your way up if you’re looking for one of the higher ones. It’s as if someone in the building wanted Braille, and this result was the compromise that the co-op board decided no one in the dispute would be happy with.

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Under Cover

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt

This photo doesn’t quite do credit to the makeshift apparatus, but if you look closely you’ll see there is a piece of reused carboard folded to serve as a little brim atop the buttons. Of course, you’d need to know where to look to find the doorbells in the first place, so unhelpfully masked are they by foliage. There’s such a thing as too much protection.

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