Archive for July 2009
I saw a part of the security video tape from I think was a parking garage. It was unbelievably fast and unbelievably low. But I’m not a pilot, nor am I paid to be one on TV. I wanted to see it over the controversial opinion by some Arab authorities, that a system exists for guiding planes remotely in some cases and they thought they could not discount the opinion as it appeared almost surreal in execution. However GPS and other controls might make it possible?
What I found highly “ironic” if there could be a use of the term for this tragedy, was the point of impact. The Pentagon had just begun retrofitting its facility (“largest office building in the world”) with bulletproof glass and other mods according to Preservation news, and while the section was partly empty due to that fact, it seemed a chosen point of impact in terrorist thinking.
A horrible fleeting moment on tape.
Why do they leave out what was once touted as “Nature’s First Flower Children” the Neanderthal burials found in Iraq in Shanidar Cave by Ralph Solecki? The presence of flower pollen in the burials suggested to some the ritual burial of Neanderthals and accompanying flowers back then. It seems important enough to consider the cave in the Zagros Mountains, actually between Iraq and Iran and east of the “Fertile Crescent” that there would at least be some inclusion in the discussion.
After all the specimens are not like the “Tabor child” jaw bone found in Canada and thought from a juvenile at first analysis to be from a Neanderthal in North America, but washed into the river from some unknown provenience in the local eroded rock along the river. It was a hand-out at one of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings, not sure if it was the one “streaked”.
I once worked on some historic archaeological materials from the Coopers Dam Park in New Jersey in his lab at Columbia University years ago before he went to teach in Texas as part of the dam improvement where there had been a chair factory.
I was in Woodstock, NY the summer before, 1968 a young dishwasher in Timber Lake Camp near Phoenicia, NY time off a destination for a film or a dinner, so I was surprised that the promoters (NY Times ad: “Three Men With Unlimited Capital…” also title of their book) had chosen it as a name, and fortunate it had not taken place as planned in Walkill, NY that due to an argument over port-a-potties. Standing by the chain-link as it came down, with a ticket, I realized like the later line from “Jaws” they were going to need a bigger everything, i.e., the stage Boston’s “Quarry” played on, the Hogfarm commune were parked at (weren’t they in “Easy Rider” and later smallpox eradication in India?) and where Wavy Gravy camped at and Joan Baez came down to sing was way too small! Though at the time, I thought a good place for me to be.
I hope the museum about to open does well, and I’ve heard from recent concert goers it’s a real treat now to go there and hear some of the best in the business in a nice outdoor setting and a great place to bring the kids. I don’t think they’ll have to worry that the tickets sales were kinda’ low and then have people pouring in from all over the proverbial place!
Growing up in the “Cradle of Aviation” on Long Island, NY where the Grumman Corporation’s friend’s parents were involved in aerospace, i.e., the Lunar Excursion Module (L.E.M.) or nearby one might spot a one man helicopter flying over the potato fields from Gyrodyne, today an area developed out of farms into the growing Stony Brook University, I was struck by the implied military focus, if you will, of most of it. The F-101 Voodoos, nuclear capable, redesigned into the F-14 Tomcat, 80 sold to the Shah of Iran, where they were also supplied with over 3,000 employees to train Iranians for it, in a compound outside Tehran, were the mainstay of the US and Canada air-strike capabilities. Beyond the military emphasis, we must encourage more civil aviation at the “ground” level that will encourage more women into the civil aviation field, so that future pilots and personnel are more balanced by gender for the future non-military uses of space. I look forward to Tighar “finding” Amelia Earhart and perhaps Fred Noonan this season.
Back in the ’90s, when the Yonkers redevelopment was gettin’ off the ground, hometown of Ella Fitzgerald, a statue there in her memory, one of the proposals for the "second largest sugar refinery in the world" where Otis Elevator had started, elevators and flush toilets would bring the architecture era as we know it to bear, was for a "co-generation" plant that would connect by underground cable to the Dunwoodie power grid site. It presented some interesting problems for the required archaeology review due to the ground filling and the proposed "snaking" of the cable under intersections without impeding traffic. Not sure if it went anywhere, the parties could not agree on the sale price per kilowatt. The first successful American operetta, written by the "Pied Piper of Catherine Slip" a "Setauketeer" from Setauket, NY, Micah Hawkins, was entitled "A Saw Mill River, or a Yankee Trick" said to have been done in part in "blackface". Micah Hawkins used to play the pianoforte under the counter of his store on Catherine Slip in Manhattan for customers, his wife from a family of New Jersey carriage makers and wrote many pieces often patriotic.
– Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:06 PM EDT