Archive for June 2009
Hello. My grandmother Margaret Gregory was said to have been a nanny for the caretaker’s children at the Statue of Liberty and they used call her “Bedloe’s Nanny”. She went on to raise eleven kids on Water St., a part replaced by the City’s first projects, the Alfred E. Smith Houses and they moved to the Bronx. Nearby, where Mr. Smith grew up, across the street, was a Mayflower Society’s monument to Isaac Allerton, who had a warehouse in New Amsterdam and a house in New Haven, CT a major street in the Bronx named after him, and the exit between the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.
Oops. My question for the “world’s first electrically lit lighthouse” (Snapple cap) is how do the caretaker’s kids get their education today? Do they take a boat to school everyday?
Yellow peril beat the English army
THE Braveheart film image of tartan-clad warriors beating the English at Bannockburn has been dispelled as myth with research suggesting medieval Scottish soldiers wore bright yellow war shirts.
In terms of preservation, for even further analysis (DNA to determine who will be "king of the world") it seems odd that the thing that would obviate the evidence for their authenticity (touching them or by introducing "modern" materials in close proximity) would be what caused them to be considered for carbon-dating, since then apparently were, left wondering if by chance they are even older. C14 is often provided with + or – age variance and not entirely absolute and also subject to "readjustments" from further data since Libby was given the Nobel Prize for its discovery.
This is the area where they filmed a good chunk of lord of the rings, it was Edoras the capital of rodin and helms deep. The landscape is a stunning contrast of rolling desert like dry tussock, blue lakes, flat plains and giant snow ice covered mountains
Thanks for the heads-up on HDR photography
Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland today confirmed they have started to decommission their weapons.
The Vietnam War Memorial Wall replica is on display in Orlando, Florida. The designer, Maya Lin also designed a newspaper recycling plant for the South Bronx in NYC. Unfortunately politics and the events of 9/11/01 stopped the discussion of what would have been a great "green" project in the currently returning Bronx ecology, i.e., herring are swimming again and a beaver built a lodge in the Bronx River, cleaned every year, and other signs of the what some might consider once the "curse" of the "Official Borough Flower" once the Sumatra corpse flower, has been changed to the "day lily" in 2000. Probably a result of it’s popularity at the Bronx Botanical Gardens back at the end of the 19th century?