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Things happen in layers, or our lives look simpler in RSS

July 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Things happen in layers

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine

How very complex are the surfaces that confront us, walking through real life. And yet how much simpler they seem if considered as a succession of layers, each layer with its own time stamp and simple description.

Consider this Krakow wall’s layers as a series of event reports in some kind of blog. Translating its RSS feed into English, a few entries follow:

Description: Surface layer of city grime

pubDate: multiple/ongoing
Description:Graffiti incident, Antoni & Malgorzata

pubDate: 1987
Description: Broken fragments of stucco re-expose brick wall

pubDate: 1974
Description: Deterioration of paint starts to re-expose stucco

pubDate: 1943
Description: Painted stucco layer on top of brick wall

pubDate: 1934

I’m thinking back on my own life as a series of layers — heartfelt events whose legacy remains even when others succeed them. What would your life’s RSS feed say about you?

Tags: Metablogging · Sister Age · Travel · Wide wonderful world