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Captain Kirk to Major Tom

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Nice interview. I worked in HAZMAT in the early 1990s and was shown that when people wore the then highest protection, Level A, there was no way to communicate by radio, and one relied on gestures. A company came up with a radio which they stated could communicate with the ISS from a helicopter, for use in HAZMAT. Of course I wonder if that actually happened, but I could sleep a little better, having been in HAZMAT suit in 90+ weather on a tennis court at the old Bellevue Nursing School and the Elmsford Fire Center a number of times. All in the name of Federal archeology.

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02/13/2013 at 9:08 am

On Forming a Digital Anthropology Group–Neuroanthropology

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George J. Myers, Jr. says:

February 24, 2012 at 5:15 am

I worked in some of the early digital uses for archaeology in particular when Intel 387 chips allowed complex trigonometric processing in hardware. While at Grossman and Associates in NYC we had the use of the then developing Rolleimetric 3D photo recording system allowing aerial photogrammetry “brought to earth” so to speak for many types of investigations, ours, the “least contact” recording of a HAZMAT Superfund site in Cold Spring, NY. Measured and drawn from a digitizing tablet the 3D digital information was traced from field photos, using a documented camera, lens and reseau. Other uses were where wall-mounted maps could be recorded for further digital overlays, i.e., aerial photos, digital maps, digitized historic maps, etc. Other uses have been reported for petroglyph recording, sculpture design, i.e. “Crazy Horse” monument, “as-builts” for historic preservation plans, underwater shipwrecks, etc. The quick exposure and treatment of human remains might be also so documented for further research with these digital tools. Not sure if this fits the AAA idea however.

Riverhead Patch Question: What Do You Think of the Suffolk Theatre’s Renovations?

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At the end of a summer going door-to-door selling "Public Citizen" subscriptions for NYPIRG, out of what is now the St. James Water Authority office, we had a treat at the old Riverhead Theatre. Trying to raise awareness on water quality issues in Suffolk County back then, Pete Seeger and a friend gave us a concert in the old theater. Since, I’ve had my eye on it over the years, thinking it should be some sort of landmark of the people, despite that in the 1980s the "Young Republicans" attacked that small part of student activities fees that went to NYPIRG, creating a job for this grad student at Stony Brook U. It’s great to hear it’s finally preserved. There’s one in Smithtown I was told designed by a famous team of architects, though a smaller version of the grand venues of Broadway. Riverhead Patch

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09/11/2011 at 2:36 pm

The 36 Most Ridiculous Things Found On New Jersey Beaches (PHOTOS)

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I once was part of a crew shovel testing the east shore of Staten Island, NY as part of a evaluation of to be repaired or constructe­d flood control designs by the US Army Corps of Engineers not too long after 9/11. All shovel test were to be to 1 meter deep in the beach sand, much of it along the relatively new "world’s fourth longest boardwalk" and I must concur we need to keep beaches cleaner, though I thought much of it, except where attempts at land-filli­ng had produced hidden small refuse garbage dumps, to be relatively clean. New building is perilous close in elevation to flooding. I’ve also worked on a study of 100 miles of the Passaic River drainage in New Jersey in the 1980s and still wondering when someone is going to do something there to control flooding. I hope we get through this predicted active current hurricane season and onto some serious redesign as Bridgewate­r, NJ will have. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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04/20/2011 at 9:55 am

Civil War | The New York Times (2)

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Pulverized I read toward the end of the war by the Union, I seem to recall two large R.P. Parrott "rifles" were later found walled up in it. I worked in the Foundry Cove next to the West Point Foundry and Constitution Island where they were made and we found an R.P. Parrott gun platform used as a "Swamp Angel" bombarding Charleston in 1863 with incendiaries. EPA Marathon Battery Superfund National Priority remediation batteries for Nike missiles made there later, "apropos". Civil War | The New York Times (2)

The Big Lie of "Clean" Nuclear

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A little off topic, but Long Island, NY has had many nuclear experiments over the years, i.e. Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY where I learned about "neutron activation" for trace element analysis in statistical "hyperspace" then a math concept of ancient "turquoise " from the archeology of the American Southwest, among other innumerable experiments and breakthroughs that enhance materials research. In fact a new national center (elsewhere) for "neutron activation" promises to develop purer metals and other substances, controlled for impurities or "trace elements".

My thought is that another state is requiring the mapping or registration of water wells whenever a property is transferred. We should have the same, and I would suggest that we might test every one of them or at least take a sample for further study, as part of local, county or state "water authority" particularly in Suffolk County, where I once worked door-to-door for NYPIRG to sell "Public Citizen" on water quality issues. Mr. Pete Seeger and guest gave us a performance at the end of the summer in the Riverhead Theater which I hope is being saved. Mr. Baldwin, consider it a "plank" in your platform!  Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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04/04/2011 at 11:06 pm

A View from the West Point dock…

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An interesting painting:

The Hudson River Looking North from West Point Showing USS Macedonian and USS Savannah, June 14, 1868

A view rarely seen, though you might have years ago as I recall as a small child on the Circle Line cruises that left New York, turned around at West Point and docked at Bear Mountain State Park. One can see a side-wheel ferry-boat that used to stop at the “Steam Dock” in Cold Spring, NY on the east shore of the Hudson River in this painting. Further north one can see Pollopel Island that became “Bannerman’s Castle” in the early 20th century, now a state historic site, and the Hudson Highlands. The east shore “West Point Foundry” appears quiet, lacking smoke, where many cannons and other material was made in the historic ironworks, now an interpretative park with trails through the “sea of brick” and maintained by Scenic Hudson, Inc. Constitution Island appears just beyond the USS Macedonia and USS Savannah in this wonderful Hudson River painting. From about here, one of the “chains” stretched across the Hudson River to Constitution Island and its forts both there and above the river, set to thwart the advance of the British Navy’s large ships in the Revolutionary War for Independence.

Bear Mountain Park is where the State of NY opened nearby an archaeologically excavated and interpreted Revolutionary War era site, Fort Montgomery, across the Popolopen Creek (or “Popolopen’s Kill”), which recently had a suspension footbridge built across, connecting with the park. Another “chain” once stretched across the Hudson River here. Just below that bridge, and by the Bear Mountain Bridge, also on the Appalachian Trail, we once worked documenting two Hudson River wind-powered centerboard cargo haulers for the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Office. Seen in a 1930s(?) photo in the background of a replica of the Dutch “Half Moon” (original voyage captained by English explorer Henry Hudson), it was a surprise to find they never left that photo! They had an interesting iron rod and wood construction (no threads and nuts, see my: “Ship Architecture Query”) and the centerboard on the sailboat allowed them added control in the tides and winds of the river, pulled up for shallow docking to load and unload. It also, as seen, had a very shallow rudder. That particular area of the Hudson River, under today’s Bear Mountain Bridge, was known as “The Race” as many boats would wait on the tide and then set off upriver, had the appearance of a “race” to one observer cited in an unpublished manuscript in the Field Library in Peekskill, NY. Peekskill is also home of the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) of the USA. Our recordings of the two hulks were reported in an article in their “Sea History” quarterly magazine. This Panoramio photo “Route 9W Viaduct Bridge, circa 1918” perhaps shows the two ships circa 1918, found in Google Earth.

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