By Adam Harrison Levy, Design Observer
He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges—snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home....
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Mike (Thanks to Jeff MacMillan)
Featured Comment by Walt: "'Twice abandoned, twice rescued.' A tale of warning. That dragon still lives in several countries in this world. The photo of the bridge was the most interesting to me. Not only the chalk outlined footprints but the person's entire shadow is visible to the left of the foot prints. The shadow is a lighter color than the exposed concrete. You'll notice the very sharp shadows of the bridge standards...well the person's shadow is indistinct...because that person was in the process of becoming plasma. By calculating the angles of those shadows across Hiroshima it was determined that the weapon was at about 2,000 feet when detonated and formed a fireball about 300 feet in diameter. Hotter than the surface of the sun. Shame this collection can't be placed in its entirety on the web as a precautionary tale."
Featured Comment by Steve Rosenblum: "'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"—Physicist Robert Oppenheimer upon witnessing the detonation of the first atomic bomb. This famous quote is from the Eleventh Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, entitled Visva-Rupa-Darsana-yoga, or the 'Yoga of Theophany,' the chapter in which Krishna displays His Universal form—His divine Opulence—to Arjuna. In full, the verse is as follows: sri-bhagavan uvaca: kalo 'smi loka-ksaya-krt pravrddho lokan samahartum iha pravrttah / rte 'pi tvam na bhavisyanti sarve ye 'vasthitah pratyanikesu yodhah // The Lord said: 'Time [death] I am, the destroyer of the worlds, who has come to annihilate everyone. Even without your taking part all those arrayed in the [two] opposing ranks will be slain!' (Gita vs. 11.32 trans. after Swami Tripurari.)