Archive for May 2011
Photo of a smoker with a Rollei for 5/27 – Roger Ebert’s Journal: “Looks a little like James Dean, check the boots, when he had an apartment in NYC. I used an experimental Rollei then MR2 program, that with 8’x10’s, software, Intel 387, and digitizing tablet, created 3D computer vectors from photos. I heard used by Brits in auto accident studies. Canadians were interested after blizzard covered US military air-crash in Gander, Newfoundland before forensics could be finished. Recently bought by Trimble the GPS, GIS company. By the way, the other driver was at fault not Mr. Dean, according to computer reconstruction of accident.”
Comment: I just read the other day Rod Stewart, the singer is a modeller and models “Three Rivers” from the 1940s sometimes seen in the hobby magazines or online. Then there’s Neil Young’s connection to Lionel. Years gone by someone hand-lettered a Long Island Railroad highway overpass bridge “LIONEL” near Stony Brook University in NY. MIT’s layout is also legend. I’ve recently used the RPI layout of northern New York in my study of North Creek, NY, where Teddy Roosevelt caught a special train for Buffalo, NY, having been sworn in as the new President, McKinley had died from a gunshot wound eight days before. Rail was extended from the garnet mine rail-head to Tahawas, where, titanium oxide was mined said to have painted the tanks in Europe white during WWII, once cited as the “world’s largest titanium mine” closed in the early 1960s. The RPI layout helped me imagine a previous time, where perhaps the first skiing was done by the public, inspired by the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. One of the last stage-coach robberies happened there around 1903. There’s a train-ride and back to Riparius, NY there during the summer along the beautiful Hudson River, where once the hemlock trees supplied four tanneries raw material to tan 10,000 animal skins, reportedly from all over the world, in the late 19th century.
There’s also a historic miniatures model for different time periods there in North Creek to depict the different time periods there, about HO scale I think which helps describe the hamlet. One “great outdoors” store had a stream with fish running through it underfoot a large aquarium. The historic “Ski-Bowl” now has a connector to nearby Gore Mountain which the State of New York now runs.
Pablo Villaça in Brazil
Bom dia! (Good day! ‘carioca’, “Rio” Portuguese) An excellent analysis i thought and think the decision to ban any film-maker absurd. Years ago in Buffalo, NY there was a “Hollywood of the East” and invited many, held classes and many screenings were shown around the city as I recall. There were Brazilians there to show their films, one I recall about the “loss” of the plantation system, another a projectionist showed his master thesis to me on the portrayal of “blacks” in American cinema, and dare say “blaxploitation” a term I had not been familiar with before he went off, having found a job on Times Square. I’ve read Brazilians as a block are NYC’s greatest number of tourists, and after a screening of “Bambi Meets Godzilla” (not the opposite) and “Apocalypse Now” enjoyed ‘feijoada’, a simmered bean-and-meat dish in a nearby Brazilian-American restaurant with an African-American archaeologist.
Has Cannes turned stupid? About the same time artist-film-maker Paul Sharits, a theater space now in his name in Buffalo, NY, invited to Cannes, confided to me he would not go, because he did not like how Americans were being treated. It should not have any “favorites” and show tolerance by not providing unintended consequences. After all Sigmund Freud had a painting of Adolf Hitler’s on the wall in his office!
I used to visit the Motthaven E 143rd from the Patterson House projects before my family moved to Centereach in Brookhaven, NY. Back then prior to 1960 it was important station, and appears to have been as old as 1906. Apparently right across the street, according to the Bronx historians research was the Janes and Kirtland Foundry which built and assembled the current US Capitol Dome finished for President Lincoln for just over $1 million. As an 7 or 8 year old I ‘m not sure if I thanked the firemen for getting my friend and I out of a stuck elevator in that project at 143rd and Third Ave., so thanks for the service. Maybe it should be on the National Register of Historic Places and might have developed out of a need by the historic foundry, evidence today gone beneath the sidewalks of New York. May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm
- George Myers said…
- The "ferrous titanium oxides" reminded me of some research I’d done in North Creek, NY. In the Adirondacks were the titanium oxide mines at Tahawas. An older 19th century iron foundry was nearby and found the "titaniferous magnitite" difficult and was later researched. It’s said the tanks in WWII in Europe were painted with it to camo them in snow. The State of NY recently did some restoration work in the "ghost" village of "Adirondac". Henry Ford wanted to buy it for auto production. During WWII rail was laid up to the mines from the North Creek garnet mine railhead and the "world’s largest titanium mine" was in operation until the 1960s. It is also where then VP Teddy Roosevelt was first sworn in as President after the death of William McKinley. A St. Joseph native American had led explorers to a dam described as all iron.
- May 15, 2011 8:55 PM China plans lunar research base
5/8/2011 12:26:36 PM
It’s been said (O sage bin sammies) history never repeats itself, and when it does it’s a tragedy (attributed to the newspaper writer K. Marx) and I read recently of a similar event that led to tragedy. It’s been shown that Nazi operatives dressed as Polish troops on the Polish frontier and then fired (allegedly) at the Germans on the German side of the border leading to the invasion. It did not help that a very large loan from Great Britain was withdrawn from Poland, to modernize its military, still mostly on horseback. Al Qaeda sometimes reminds us of the sometimes duplicity of commitments, inviting the US and others to venture forth on expeditionary efforts as in the 1930s. Haven’t we learned to work in other ways yet? Apparently not as long as it fuels out military-industrial complex, President Eisenhower warned us about.
File under some off-hand writing, without outline of direction, by one who works in American archaeology, digging holes, in what we might think sacred ground, i.e., burials in City Hall Park, JP Morgan’s summer-place now Bowdoin Park, Jay Gould’s former grounds that became Sisters of Mercy, Fort McHenry, MD, parade ground burial(s) in Sackets Harbor, NY, where President Grant was first assigned after West Point (there too), who served later at Governors Island as a captain, etc., site of the military’s first "flight school" run by Wilbur Wright.