The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

20 October 1778   Tuesday

"The plate looks perfect, but we won't be absolutely sure until we run some proofs tomorrow."

20 October 1812   Tuesday

Morning without a cloud, wind NW, temperature 38. A very heavy white frost, the wind came round by E to SW and the air moderated. I read today the newspapers of last week by which I find that Maryland, Jersey etc. have much changed their State legislature and offices, and some offices representative in County District N1 of Pennsylvania has lost all its representatives including the City Council, but the minority threatens to dispute the City returns, for an illegal decision of the Judges who admitted persons to vote who had never been assessed till the day of election, whereas the Constitution and Law requires every Elector to have paid a tax assessed 6 months before. Temperature rose to 54°.

20 October 1994
Part of the plurality of today's thinking and today's world could be connected to the overlapping of various distinct organs of the digestive system that the plane of the present is currently slicing through.

20 October 1999
...the museum as a communication machine.

20 October 2004
Re: Pop Life: Los Super Elegantes
A tragic event that galvanized American Muslims and Arab Americans was the murderous attack on the Ismail al-Faruqi family last May. Dr. Ismail Raji al-Faruqi was a prominent Islamic scholar at Temple University. On May 27 a knife-wielding man broke into the Faruqi home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and viciously attacked al-Faruqi, his wife, Lois, and their daughter, Anmar al-Zein. Al-Faruqi and his wife died from their wounds and the daughter survived, but required 200 stitches to close her wounds....
At about the same time, ADC published an eight-page "Special Report" on the murders, including a detailed account of the crime, its victims, and the current status of the investigation. Although nothing was missing from the house, some investigators working on the case believe the murders resulted from a bungled burglary attempt; however, the police lieutenant in charge of the investigation described the incident as an assassination, saying that "someone took it upon themselves" to kill al-Faruqi. In view of the rise of violent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim incidents in recent years, the report suggests that the murders could very well have been politically motivated. In addition, the report mentions al-Faruqi's status as a visible pro-Palestinian spokesman, notes the strength of the Philadelphia chapter of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), and cites an article about al-Faruqi's anti-Zionist positions in the Near East Report (the weekly newsletter of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee) as evidence that the professor was in the "zone of danger" described by the FBI earlier this year. The FBI, however, has not become directly involved in the case because it sees no evidence of a federal offense.
Related information from listing of History of Arabs
His murder was predicated without name by the president of Jewish Defense League one week before his death in The Village Voice, New York by claiming that within a week an outspoken Palestinian professor will be eliminated.

20 October 2008
Architecture in Critical Condition, continued
"Eternal Wrest" will have to do with reenacting with a twist as a constant generator of originality.

20 October 2009
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
I've never personally been committed to a psych ward, but there was a time when I well knew all the steps to get someone committed, and have indeed succeeded in having someone committed many, many times. As a result, I have visited a variety of different psych wards on many, many occasions, and, hence, I have often visited that boundary between sanity and insanity. Of course, it is an unfortunate place, but, more to the point, it's never comfortable, and sometimes even down-right scary.
You don't play with the boundary there either. You don't push it, and you certainly don't try to blur it. You learn to keep it steady and clear, for the benefit of all parties.

20 October 2022   Thursday
I had a continual dream throughout the AM night about finally meeting up with Sue Dixon again. We never really talked in the dream, certainly not like we used to. For the record, in 1975 we started architecture school together, and very quickly, though independently, became close friends with Dave Schmitt, a fellow classmate. Ultimately, in the years after Dave's death in 1994, I learned an awful lot about Piranesi from Susan. And then I started learning things about Piranesi previously unknown. And then our friendship continued no more.
At noon I told JP that "today" Miers Fisher is reading last weeks newspapers, learning about some voter fraud going on. Then I pointed out the window and said, "Look, he's reading the newspaper right over there."
To be more precise, the erasing, drawing/designing, and re-etching of the Campo Marzio circus plans is all primarily the work of Laura Piranesi. What Piranesi did was "inscribe" the Latin name to each circus plan upon its etched completion--a "sign" of his approval.
Simply put, Laura Piranesi is co-author of the Ichnographia Campus Martius's second state.

20 October 2023   Friday

Mrs. Miers Fisher, Jr. and The King of Time: A Dedication
The Timepiece of Humanity has never been formally dedicated, till now.

To the lives and efforts of
Hélène Gregoroffsky Fisher and Velimir Khlebnikov

To the present
Yura and Katya

And to
the Coincidental Institute and the Star Vengeance curators and artists
GES-2 House of Culture

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