#ds106 @ds106dc #tdc3770 Goodbye Twitter? became a rabbit hole for me as I found a source image to fit my response— a note by a Lord Cockburn of Edinburgh in an 1850s book about the proposed improvements to “The Mound,” whereby he does not approve of the proposed changes, also writing so in his journal, fearing that the railroads built tunneled beneath the mound would ruin the beauty of the area. You’ll note in the Flickr image his disdain for the plan which had been proposed before but “leaving out all his nonsense.” That line I left readable for obvious reasons regarding Twitter news.
So that became the backdrop for the poetic response to leaving Twitter— I think we owe our voices to keep ideas and people connected— to live the importance of connectedness.
Build the bitter twitter better with tweets so sweet
Make the fake take a break with hashtag meets
Be a voice for choice:
avoid the annoyed:
Root truth: tweet.@grammasheri
But, continuing my saga of the “note” of disapproval, I wondered, “What on earth is ‘the Mound’?” And that is an amazing story of ingenuity.
There’s a castle on a cliff in Edinburgh. A New Town was being built below. The old ’Nor Loch and the cliff separated the two. The stinky loch was being drained, but was soggy, boggy yuck. George Boyd did not want to walk all the around to the new North Bridge, so he and others began to lay stepping stones down to cross the soggy path up to Edinburgh. And then the townspeople over the course of fifty years took the rubble of the building of New Town and dumped it into the old Loch to build the new path called “the Earthen Mound.” You can see the eventual road at top left in this image from The National Galleries of Scotland:
Sources of the Story:
- The Scotsman: The Lost Edinburgh Mound
- Blog: Our Edinburgh Friends: The Mound
- The Henry Cockburn Journals
And, a final note to this story, the eventual road built on the Mound was a new and better engineering called “macadam” by Scottish engineer John Louden McAdam.
Just a slice of life in the history of things of controversy and the technology of the past.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
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