Archive for July 2006
A similar Epson HX-20 notebook or laptop computer, said to be “firsts” made by Epson, though with a micro cassette tape drive in the upper right side to store BASIC programs and data, printed out on paper on the left, was used as data recorder for the Lietz Elta 38 (Zeiss?) infrared transit on different archaeology sites, the first one, the winter excavation of the so-called “Augustine Heerman Warehouse” site in lower Manhattan, off of Whitehall St. The infrared transit measures the time a bounced LED emitted infra-red light takes to return into the telescope of the transit from a reflecting prism, which as a single prism will work to 1000 meters (then now 4000 m See Forestry Supplies, Inc.) and in an array, much further. “Corner Cube Prisms are designed to reflect any ray or beam entering the prism face, regardless of the orientation of the prism, back onto itself.” – Edmund Optics. A similar setup is used to track the variable Earth to Moon distance, a laser though and astronomical telescope. That prism array was left on the Moon by Apollo astronauts. Another similar set were carried to the top of Mt. McKinley (or Denali) by Senator Kennedy of Massachusetts a number of years ago to determine the mountain’s height. A similar science was used to situate a new rail curve from the top of the former World Trade Center a number of years ago, complicated conditions, necessitated it.
Another similar system, wearing a gyro stabilized “hat” of reflecting prisms is suggested for rescuing downed flyers in the water, as a plane flying overhead with scanners could pin-point the hat wearer quickly, a plane flying over, would scan a much larger area than other methods currently used.
The oldest lens in the world was found in the “Arab” world, which advanced the science of math and optics during the European “dark ages” and why many stars and constellations have “Arab” names. Currently, more sensitive and cheaper models can measure up to 100 meters without a prism, or using a reflective tape marker.
Not familiar with the source, it seems the chess game is on the table. However, former President Clinton used to speak of a new covenant when he was elected, somewhat more assuring, and President Carter used the prophet Micah in his. President Bush sounds like he’s just heard the key to the Bastille, the famous almost empty prison liberated in the French Revolution (after Jefferson and Franklin just about bankrupted the monarchy with out “problems” thankfully) which President George Washington was given, had been found after being stolen in Australia. I find some undercurrent in his speeches to Australia’s history and fear we, the most imprisoned people on the planet are about to be put in more while the rich get richer, etc., etc., and so forth.
Black Tom Island exploded on July 30, 1916 when 2000 tons of explosives blew up, where they had been stored on the way to Europe for World War One. The link is to today’s AP story about it, 90 years later. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia map of it’s location. Here’s the Google Earth forum link to it on a map.
In the same period, there was a fire in the chemical processing plant in Solvay, NY next to Syracuse, NY. It’s said much of the dynamite used in World War One was made there. The water system failed and the fire continued. It fortunately did not jump Canada Creek, where the small “barrels” of dynamite were stored. If it had, it has been argued, it would have flattened Syracuse, some say, contested by Albert Einstein, with the force of a small atomic bomb. Solvay is an important industrial process invented by a “Belgian chemist who developed the Solvay process and built factories exploiting it (1838-1922). An industrial process for producing sodium carbonate from sodium chloride and ammonia and carbon dioxide”. “A sodium salt of carbonic acid; used in making soap powders and glass and paper” replacing tallow for soap for example, for washing. I thought I saw him listed somewhere as a French sociologist (in English).
Around the time of the explosion of the 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland I went to evaluate the site for archaeological potential with Will Roberts the “Principal Investigator, P.I.” archaeologist (on a “Register of Professional Archaeologists” formerly a “Society of Professional Archaeologists” like the one for journalists, SOPJ) at Greenhouse Consultants on 40 Exchange Place (the building is featured in the recent film “Werewolves of Wall Street” with Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts’ brother, the landlady in the film, is Louise Lasser once Woody Allen’s wife and star of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”). NY State DOT (Dept. of Transportation) ran a signs factory there. We met a Vietnam Vet who was trying to get some attention for the historic significance of it. It was an important funicular system, cables carried buckets between large towers, looking like modern electric power lines, from the mine site over a mile away to the processing plant, an important industrial site. I think it was recorded by HABS/HAER, “The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) are programs of the National Park Service established for the purpose of documenting historic places. Records consists of measured drawings, archival photographs, and written reports.” Wikipedia
The Black Tom Island Story by James Ottavio Castagnera (added 9/1/06)
“The public is encouraged to report dead or dying birds to the state hotline at 866-537-2473 or Suffolk County Department of Health at 631-853-8405. “
West Nile found again on LI NEWSDAY article
I once called in to the NYC Health Dept., after a WNBC newscast asked if people who had seen birds dead or dying would call. I also, before 311, tried to notify the NYC administration when a dead red tail hawk (large) was seen by me and a passenger on the Bronx River Parkway, in the fast lane. The call was long and torturous as then the City had a weird switchboard to follow to get to speak to anyone about it. The crows were in the “Old Soldier Cemetery” where people are not permitted then being re-fenced near the Bronx Zoo (a block or two from it on 180th St.), near the Bronx River, and the hawk was on the Bronx River Parkway between the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens back in 1999. Quoth the “raven” “Nevermore!” A TV news reporter gave me his cell phone number after that and told me to call him, recounting the story.
There’s an interesting story online I’ve used from China’s school children. In their science class they cut plastic soda bottles near the shoulder, pour in some brown sugar mixed with water, add a little yeast, invert the bottle top into the vessel, tape it secure, cover with dark plastic and put in a dark corner. Mosquitoes and bugs are attracted to the CO2 and get in and don’t get out! Traps a lot of insects.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
During a keynote speech at the GeoTec Event, Canadian researcher Tom Koch examined the role of mapping for analysis and suggested that humans are the primary vector for the spread of West Nile Virus. The author of Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping and Medicine currently is using mapping to critique theories of West Nile Virus and understand its ecology.
(Maybe a similar mechanism in the spread of Lyme disease from sheep on Nantucket Island after the wood was cleared off.)
Monday July 24, 2006
By DONNA DE LA CRUZ
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) The House on Monday passed a bill designating New Jersey’s Revolutionary War sites a National Heritage Area. The Senate approved the bill last year and it now awaits President Bush’s signature.
More Revolutionary War battles nearly 300 were engaged in New Jersey than in any other state, Frelinghuysen said.
The Heritage Area, a unit of the National Park Service, will be based at Morristown National Historical Park and in Trenton.