These Google Earth pics are beautiful. Something beautiful about the honesty, the order and disorder, the darkness and happiness. Some of those pictures took my breath away.
I was thinking when I saw them, human beings are messy beings. But rather, human beings put things together with super low entropy, and our environments are just that entropy constantly taking things back over. It takes a lot of energy to build things. It takes a lot of energy to keep an organism alive and in working order for years and years. It takes a lot of energy to clean your front yard. It takes a lot of energy to create a bit of information.
Information can never be lost. It only becomes hidden, according to physics. But how is hidden different from lost? Is it different in any practical sense?