playing to the crowd

I’m thinking of switching to an all Toynbee tile format. Actually I’m not, but it might be a good idea. Tile posts have the most comments are the most googled and have the most external links. Clearly this is what the people want. Today’s tile news is actually last week’s tile Daily News (haha). If […]

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taking a step into the virtual world

Encyclopedia Britannica describes Second Life as… actually there’s no entry for it on Britannica and even if there was, it’s a subscriber site and I don’t feel like paying for information. Wikipedia defines Second Life as: Second Life (abbreviated as SL) is an Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003, developed by Linden Research, Inc (commonly […]

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best toynbee tile unveiling photoessay in the world

Yes I’m still talking about the damn tiles. Today, a photoessay of yesterday’s great unveiling. This includes all known new tiles, except 15th and Race… which was found earlier today. The person pictured is Resurrect Dead documentary collaborator Colin Smith. During the whole unveiling we were approached by 2 bus drivers, 1 woman from Illinois, […]

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new Toynbee tiles are old school tiles

This afternoon I discovered that summer rains softened the glue and tar paper on the 13th and Market tile. With the pile of tar paper still lying next to it, I found the uncovered tile within minutes of its terran debut. I can’t express how bizarrely and somewhat disturbingly excited I was to discover that […]

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Apophenia

Word of the day: Apophenia or: (as taken from Wikipedia) Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad, who defined it as the “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness”. In statistics, apophenia would […]

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strange tile news / huge tile news

So at 6:30 this evening I’m acting slightly obsessive, leaning over the hot pavement at 15th and Arch snapping detail photos at a glob of wood glue and tar paper under which a Toynbee tile is adhering to the asphalt, when a young guy stops me and says something completely unexpected. “That’s the guy who […]

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As Summer Sun Melts…

Today is a day that I’m glad I don’t still work in an animal emergency room. Heat stroke abounds and it’s always a brutal, ugly thing. If you, or your dog’s body temperature goes over 107, your internal organs begin to melt. On that cheery note and because I have nothing else to write about […]

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Shortwave

These messages were posted to this site and to the Resurrect Dead message board in the early hours of the morning. They came from Mt. Laurel, NJ. If you have the ability, listen: — george herbert walker bush is cheif hellion now aND his SOViET PAls IN s&b killed JFK — YOU! YOU MUST LISTEN […]

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Fucking Awesome

Is what I thought the other evening when I saw that the street tile medium is alive, well and spreading. Look at this page and these non-Jupiter related asphalt mosaics from NYC. Really Fucking Awesome Is what I thought when I spotted a completely original street tile in the middle of the intersection at 19th […]

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Toynbee Tile News and history 101

In late 2001/early 2002 artist, musician and Toynbee tile lover Justin Duerr discovered the last original tile ever glued, just minutes after it was put to the street. He wrote to Toynbee.net: I left my house on a mission to my lacal convinience (sic) store for a late Sunday night snack (about 4:00 A.M.,so perhaps […]

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