Comments written on other sites from August 2004 Way more about paths at UC Berkeley than you’d ever want to read.

Thanks for posting this Peter - I was planning on looking up this whole meme, and you’ve saved me some of the trouble!

At the end of the road where my parents live, and where I grew up, there’s a petrol/gas station, right on the corner. There are sidewalks around the edge, by the road, but many people have been cutting across the station forecourt for years - I always did on my way to school 25 years ago.

Over time the station has been changed and remodelled, with little attempt to either help or hinder those that walk across it. Except… to get into the forecourt, some people took an extra shortcut, walking across a flowerbed rather than entering where the sidewalk breaks to allow cars in. One day this little shortcut, worn into the earth, was semi-formalised with, IIRC, bricks being laid down across the flowerbed as a path.

Also, earlier this year I took this photo of some green space in Belgrade where a series of paths have been worn into the grass, criss-crossing the official paths:

On 3 August 2004. Permalink

Unsweet: August 17, 2004

Is Tanya auditioning for a cameo in the next Douglas Coupland novel or something? :)

On 18 August 2004. Permalink

Said the Gramophone: a classicist’s songs

Thanks for those tracks. You’ve finally convinced me to add Blonde on Blonde to my list of CDs to buy, and, as I only have it on tape, I must get Psychocandy again too.

On 24 August 2004. Permalink

Said the Gramophone: a new day parade

New Day Parade is wonderful - I heard it on the radio once and taped it, playing it over and over. Unfortunately, when I got round to buying the CD, the rest of it wasn’t *nearly* as good. Still, that song’s worth the price alone.

On 24 August 2004. Permalink