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September 17, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

In defense of straws

Cry me a river. No wait. Don’t.

They just don’t build things like they used to.

And where all the wet stuff ends up, doesn’t wash with man’s plans.

Through battles and philosophies’ clashes, how do cities stoically adapt to survive?

Map of ancient water system from srpings to Constantinople:Istanbul (Screenshot Ancient Invisible Cities, episode 3 PBS

Lightening strike? Actually a map of ancient water system constructed from mountain springs to Constantinople/Istanbul.(Screenshot Ancient Invisible Cities,episode 3 PBS)

Historical architects and archeologists are now digging new 3-D technology to explore of how cities grew, shouldered repeated invasions, and withstood time’s ravages.

Giving quite an eyeful in those goggles.

Watch the full episode 3 of “Ancient Invisible Cities” free until Oct 11, 2018 here.


Don’t want to walk through moldy, old structures – even sports venues or worship places bigger than Rome’s? Float on to the intriguing and modern day practical:

  • Click to what made Istanbul/Constantinople flourish: hidden springs (around the 23:00 mark in the video).
  • Paddle on with Roman hydraulic engineering of 4th century (around 26:00 mark)

Or if virtual reality and cutting edge tech stuff more your style, put on the goggles (around 50:00 mark) to step into 3-D scenic overlooks.

When the interest well runs dry, tell me again why so much off our free water drifts off to either parched or flooding.

Feast or famine – that’s really the point – for Constantinople/Istanbul and for modern-day us.

Water, water everywhere, but here, not there.

Maybe not ban plastic straws until trying out some giant-sized ones of our own?

Watery depths worth plumbing.

Phil the philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Architecture. One of 30 water bridges built in 4th century to bring water to Constantinople:Istanbul PBS Ancient invisible Cities, episode 3)

Monster sized. Construction crane free. Totally stoned. One of 30 water bridges/aqueduct with two water tunnels traveling inside that top crosspiece.(screenshot.PBS Ancient Invisible Cities, episode 3)



  1. shoreacres / Sep 17 2018 12:17 pm

    But save those straws! We can use them to construct a man to use in arguments.


  2. Kate Crimmins / Sep 17 2018 1:02 pm

    We had two rainless days (after 40 days of rain. Borrowed Noah’s Ark). One day was almost nice. Now it’s raining again. Our share of Flo. Liked the TV character better. My tomatoes aren’t happy. Packing their bags for nicer climes.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 17 2018 3:35 pm

      People like juicy tomatoes, but exploding ones from too much water – even the birds may pass those by.
      Sunny, and back to one thousand degrees outside. Sigh. People are never happy HAHA.(might be the mosquito swarms…of a size large enough to carry off small animals and kids!)
      Enjoy the cloudy shady weather. (Cats on porch perches?)
      Thanks for stacking in a comment

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  3. Xena and Lucy / Sep 17 2018 1:41 pm

    When I see those ancient architectural wonders, I can’t help but think about how so many of them were greased during construction with the blood of slaves. Well, that’s a Halloween thought, now isn’t it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 17 2018 3:31 pm

      Wouldn’t be unreasonable for that to be true with everything from China, Mayan, Inca, Aztecs (Central America/Mexico/Peru…) Egypt, Mesopotamia, Europe….basically any ancient place. Good reason not to blow up ancient places or make them disappear from sight – as lessons and a reminder that humans should evolve and invent more creative ways of doing things without causing harm. Humans, universally slow learners apparently.(Halloeen, along with Dia de los metros, all part of human social development?)
      Thanks for dishing up a haunting comment

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  4. easyweimaraner / Sep 18 2018 12:28 am

    we hoped for rain all days… but it’s better to be careful with such wishes…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 18 2018 7:56 am

      It’s all in the clear understanding/ pronunciation of wish words? “Shower” not “downpour”? HAHA (If we stand in the center of the yard far away from bushes or trees today, there’s a chance of only getting one mosquito bite…so we walk down the middle of streets…carefully). Paw waves from very bored pup

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  5. colonialist / Sep 18 2018 10:41 am

    Worth plumbing indeed, and putting in one’s pipe but not smoking it.


  6. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 21 2018 9:03 pm

    I’m always at a loss to imagine how on earth those people managed to build those massive structures. There was no mechanization everything had to be hauled by man or beast of burden.
    can you imagine modern day man trying to do what those men did? I can’t!
    I’ve watched these programs on the discovery channel??? I think it was, or very similar. These programs fascinate me,


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