Archive for August 2007
Some mysterious force seized my Windows OS – XP SP3 (beta). After it booted the keyboard was useless and the mouse if I touched one of the keys. If I used the Accessibility option “On-screen Keyboard” I could “type” with the mouse a few short emails or perform other operations. So I reloaded Windows XP SP2 again and made sure I had the firewall (Comodo) and anti-virus software (AntiVir). I thought I’d try what I am supposed to use on Verizon, MSN Premium with McAffee software, but I found it used too much of my machine and then whatever it didn’t really stop that from happening. MSN was supposed to months ago get “tabbed” with IE 7.0 but disappointingly it has not yet. I like the tabs in IE 7.0, Maxthon2, Opera, Firefox, Flock and last but not least (there are others) Safari from Apple. Wait yes it is “optimized for MSN” with IE 7.0.
I also noted that Blogger left the music off but now you can post video which is better. Who cares (Pete does? I saw him in a jumpsuit at Stony Brook U. from the back door) that I’m listening to “Calico” from Buzzy Linhart’s new album “Studio” I purchased from iTunes? He was up there with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and appeared on another album with him I think. Still inspiring performer, sounds like some of its live. Apple let me download it again! I backed it up too! Wow! Off to Republic Airport tomorrow…
Dynamite Found at Dredging Site Destroyed August 24, 2007 – 7:56PM
More than 800 sticks of dynamite found buried on the site of a future de-watering facility in Fort Edward was safely destroyed Friday, according to the Washington County Sheriff.
General Electric is currently building a treatment and transport facility there as part of a dredging project. …
One of the definitions of urban archaeology sites I’ve read are “pits within pits within…” the idea that the urban site has been “dug up” and redeposited from one place to another. An example in New York City is shown in the land filling that began in recessions (keeps me awake at night) to create property, the last one the Battery Park complex abutting the World Trade Center on the west side of the island of Manhattan extensively filled to create “wealth” which as an economic pattern generally might follow there but not necessarily the only reason that land gets made and filled, i.e., the health commissioner points to the open soggy boxes of filling as places for disease, Mr. Oothouse I think a distant “Dutch uncle” maybe.
Another is the movement of skin processing tanks for tanning moved further and further out of the community, breeding places for flies, though what made much of the original wealth of New York City it’s written, “I don’t know, you’re going to need shoes” (what Johnny thought he might want to do when he grew up) started very early in New Amsterdam. Local zoning and citizen research moved them finally out of the city. In North Creek, New York, apparently when the railroad was built across the country it was also built to the large concentrated area of hemlock trees and earlier nascent tanneries, finally processing 10,000 skins or furs a year from all over the world in as many as four tanneries with sluice ways from the hills carrying the hemlock log sections for their bark high in tannins, sluiced into the Tannery Pond which today is a site of public meeting and exhibit place recently completed in the North Creek and the town of Johnsburg center. Nearby the original weavers of calico in New York State started by John Thurman who owned the post office on Wall Street, was neutral during the American Revolution, was one of the first highway contractors and also in a partnership to keep the Hudson River clear of trees and other flotsam and jetsam.
The folk-urban continuum also comes to play I think researched by anthropologist Robert Redfield, so we have distant related industries also in the mix. I was trying to say that from what I’ve see one of the urban archaeology problems is that you might have a feature that’s chock full of artifacts that you might want to excavate carefully, yet it may have been redeposited from fire or other ruination (riot, revolution, etc., after it a French observer stated we had solved our returning troop unemployment problem in America, as many as 5,000 were involved in leveling the former battlements and making solid land where there had been none in Manhattan) filled in in a short couple of hours or part of a day. Then what good is the stratigraphy if it costs too much to prove so little.
I was on the Mianus River I-95 bridge (near Greenwich Connecticut) three times the afternoon before it collapsed in the early morning resulting in deaths. One of the results was to build a weigh station abutting singer/entertainer Diana Ross’s place. I have often gone past it a number of times, it’s on the western side closer to the traffic leaving the “New York” side and have often seen it empty. It appears to me that it probably should have been on the other side to get the traffic coming toward NYC than the traffic leaving, but I have not seen the traffic volume studies.
Inspection is a problem on those types and one unique solution I’ve seen on-line was employed by the California DOT. They have a rotary engine powered ducted-fan on a umbilical control tether with video to inspect under their overpasses. Like the Mazda RX-4 I once owned, the rotary engine, credited to Wankel, has also been used in personal planes, burning regular instead of aviation fuel at the same rate and power output. NASA, I read worked on the seals that contain the combustion and resulting gas passed as power and exhaust on the 3 apexes of the triangular “piston,” an engine with less moving parts to service and repair though the seals could wear out.
When one of the smaller wire cables stretching from the large suspension cables to the roadway holding the Brooklyn Bridge out over the East River, between the two towers which my great-grandfather helped build as a mason (Panama Canal too), broke, there was an investigation into the cause. One of the problems that can happen with metal is what the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY looked for, called “hydrogen migration” which occurs from the exposure to hydrogen gas, which it’s said causes a brittleness of iron as it “migrates” through the interstitial spaces between the ferrous molecules. It’s thought to be a problem in the storage of hydrogen as an alternative fuel to petroleum based products. As I recall it was found not to be the cause and the pigeon’s excrement exposure, and the wire “rope” continually under tension, was what caused it to snap, in a process as described in this article.
Yesterday my companion came home and asked me if I knew about all the goings on outside. I had sort of turned outside off after moving the cars for alternate side street sweeping when a car alarm went on sounding like some recording of dripping water through a Marshall amplifier on volume “11”. I went outside and the street was closed at both ends by police cars, a police services car was a few doors down in the street, a large Medical Examiner van was on the block and the street closed off at both ends by police cars. There were a number of camera crews (NBC, CBS, Cablevision 12) and most of the neighbors were out behind crime scene flagging. Gee just a block or two from where Regis Philbin grew up in the Van Nest/Morris Park section of the Bronx reported by the various television journalists as Pelham Parkway (see Forgotten NY for the Regis ‘hood and other interesting New York City areas).
At first I heard the tenants had complained that the heat or hot water wasn’t working and the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) had sent someone to look at the boiler and they had found a human skull and they called the medical examiner who was investigating the scene from about 2:00 p.m. until about 10:00 p.m. Still that car alarm, now boxed in by cars and the large van continued to beep beep beep like a dripping faucet.
It was reported this morning that the house had belonged to a convicted child molester and bottles of animal parts were found, one was being examined to see if it was a human fetus. The building owner was convicted after younger male teens he took cave exploring Upstate New York testified to his molestation at his sleep-away camp. I’d only passed him a few times enough to say hello or hi. Lifelong residents at the time (2000) were quite surprised, he was such a usually pleasant guy.
I went to the edge of the crime tape and saw a Newfield High School alumnus I had attended “Junior” and “Senior” high with Louis Young the investigative television journalist whom I hadn’t seen since I once had lunch with him and the injured police officer who was once assigned the duty of guarding the former Mayor’s ex-wife, a journalist and actor herself, Donna Hanover. I waved called hey Lou and he recognized me. I never saw him “on the job” missing him once when Eyewitness News was following presidential hopeful Rev. Jesse Jackson’s speaking tour on Long Island at Stony Brook University as it was canceled due to Rev. Jackson having a fever, which wearing an orange watch-cap on a break from working in East Patchogue, was a good thing the crowd was kind of hostile.
I had been with a small crew in the woods on the Roe Blvd. site, who requested we go see him speak. Mr. Roe was one of George Washington’s spies who owned a tavern in Setauket nearby the university, where he and others gathered information at their peril and delivered it to Washington often through New York City to Connecticut. The Roe House in Selden was pulverized by British Army musket fire because of it but he wasn’t home and he would later make cherry-wood furniture on Mud Creek in today’s East Patchogue, a small ponded mill there in the 19th century. Upon setting off after George Washington stayed the night in the Roe Tavern, now on the south side of North Country Road, on George Washington’s triumphal tour of Long Island after the success at Yorktown, Virginia, his cinch slipped and he fell from his horse and broke his leg and had to stay behind. George Washington was returning in part to where he had been to after the French and Indian War on a doctor’s recommendation that he visit to the goings on in Boston, the Bay Colony and had traveled there via the Greenport passage, and perhaps also had visited family ties, as evidenced by some of its more recent residents, particular the hardware store on the old entry of the Sag Harbor Turnpike once toll road in Bridgehampton, NY where Captain Hulbert a noted “East End” patriot in the defense of Montauk Point from the British Navy grew up in his father’s cobbler’s house. He and a number of men marched up the hills there within the hungry sight of the British Navy offshore, reversed their coats and marched down another side of the hill convincing those off shore of their great number thus protecting the livestock kept there. Washington’s diary is interesting in regard to some places on Long Island, always the surveyor he started out as. The Nature Conservancy owns some of the properties along the turnpike today.
One of my Newfield High School friends co-illustrated the first Star Trek Medical Reference with a neighbor and went on to create landscapes, props, and even appeared a few times in Star Trek, Doug Drexler. The reference also presented a “time-line” which showed our “first contact’ and subsequent history. No wonder “Bones” was often skeptical. Please, Mr. President gives us one too!
Doug Drexler also co-won an Academy Award for make-up in “Dick Tracy.” We once worked together in a Bavarian fast-food franchise, Zum Zum (no Hell or Dunkel beer, the owner was busy bustin’ the former FBI guys on the take in the commission who wanted a piece of the action) which was how I came to, was it in the NY Hilton Hotel? The science fiction convention, was it the first, around the time of Bruce Dern in “Silent Running” co-starring robots, Huey Dewey and Louie? We saw it before the convention there way back then in NYC to get in the spirit of it. There was quite an interesting lecture on why science fiction should be kept alive, much like Star Trek, in the interests of science and our collective humanity.
I’d thank Gene and thank Majel Roddenberry for giving us examples of the human spirit, as we’ve gone boldly where we might not have gone, and giving us something more than re-runs of “The Prisoner” to watch and learn from.
Comment: Part of the problem with getting people to vote is the “no choice” perception. Here in NYC we found that a switch inside the ancient voting machines (ordered to be replaced by the Feds or else) produced false votes for a number of years which, however in review, after this duopoly cabal was agreed to and then forgotten over some other voting impropriety, had not actually affected any outcome.
After 9/11, a primary day in NYC, about which candidates had been queried some night before on what they would do as mayor with the “windfall” from the sale of the “World Trade Center” which was being sold by the NY/NJ Port Authority (which did not perhaps ever meet NYC building codes) on WABC-TV news, various ballot measures, it seemed to me, disappeared. The NYC Voters Guide, became what was purported to be on the ballot and not the reality and perhaps further evidence of “no choice” given voters. One perception here is that the attack on 9/11/2001 had not occurred the Public Advocate, a fairly powerful position in the City of New York, a position then held by the popular Mark Green, may have had a good chance of becoming the mayor. His brother recently bought “AirAmerica” the radio station that presents liberal and progressive views about the current political quagmire and has reported some of the things reported in this column.
The truth of the matter is that there is a video-tape of electronic election machines in the great state of Ohio of being criminally tampered with, how widespread however, is speculative. Was the election stolen as environmental lawyer RFKJr. asserts? And if there is a question, why wasn’t it investigated? “No choice” again.