The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #407: Exactitude in Science
One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.
It's a bike ride.
Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.
It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
On the eighth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other peoples rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- Were not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
Exactitude in Science
"In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and
Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography."
We make a great deal of our maps. Maps can be both beautiful and utilitarian, and it's fair to say that we think
they're pretty swell. Each week, we use them to keep a record of our where we have ridden, both so that we
can look back fondly on all the places we have been and so that we can avoid the boredom of riding the same
streets week after week. We also keep them for posterity, so that anyone could, in theory, re-create some
version of the ride for themselves. But of course the map is not the territory, and the route is not the ride.
Simply looking at the map will not convey the experience of those places, nor of moving through them, nor of
the people we were with on the original ride.
However for tonight's ride, there will be no need for any distinction between map and territory, because we will
be drawing out our map at 1:1 scale. We will be marking the ground with chalk dust as we ride it, and because
it is an anniversary ride (our 8th!), we will also be marking the time - in the figurative sense, yes, of course, but
also in a more literal sense, because we will ride only for as long as the chalk lasts. Finally, when our time is
up, we go bowling!
(indeterminate, but likely short, distance; pretty flat; BRING A LOCK if you plan to bowl)
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.