I wish I had been in the marketing meeting when they came up with this copy

And I quote:

Thedamnmarriotttrain_4 Yes, you’re right.  You can sometimes hear a train going by your room at night.

We have installed many upgrades to hopefully mute the noise: double pane windows and double insulation.  Also, the A/C heat unit fans are set to “continuous“ to offset the noise.  Please keep the unti on heat, cool or fan only.  We realize the inconvenience this may cause you and we apologize in advance.

Our goal is for you to have a restful and comfortable stay with us.  Our staff is eager to help you in every way.  If you experience frustration with the train, please call the front desk, and we will try to move you to a quieter room.

If needed we have a special goodnight sleep care kit to help you get a good night’s rest.  Thank you for choosing Courtyard by Marriott.

Yes, Cincinnati is really that cool.  Really.  And yes you can really hear the trains.  Yes.  Really.

The Long Now – a 10k year clock

From a friend at SolarTurbines, I too find this clock strangely appealing.  Excerpt:

ClockstandSOMETIMES, WHEN THINGS GET SUFFICIENTLY WEIRD, SUBTLETY NO longer works, so i’ll be blunt:  The gleaming device I am staring at in the corner of a machine shop in San Rafael, California, is the most audacious machine ever built. It is a clock, but it is designed to do something no clock has ever been conceived to do””run with perfect accuracy for 10,000 years.