1/30/2006 03:55:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Ah, what a busy, busy weekend. So much activity and so many meetings I almost forgot to comment on the ridiculously awesome Broken Social Scene show I attended this weekend. It was... f-ing amazing. Though they don't really have all that many songs (three albums and a collection of b-sides) but they played for a good 2 and a half hours...that was twenty songs, give or take. Frontman Kevin Drew promised twenty. I believe it. Some highlights: --Rockingly massive horn section. The sound literally massaged my intestines. --Beautiful, moving rendition of "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" Emily Haines was stellar. It made me cry a little. --Hugs from Kevin Drew during the 'Encore Part of the Show.' They didn't really have an encore per se because the band was too f-ing huge to leave the stage (19 people) They did play "lover's spit," but did not play "im still your fag." aww, what can you do. I did feel sort of bad for all the fags in the audience, though. Cause I really love that song as well, you know, for personal reasons. Also Caught: The Outsider Art Fair. Verdict: Meh. but, everyone should definitely see In the Realms of the Unreal, a documentary about an outsider artist/janitor named Henry Darger who spent his life making a 25,000 page illustrated novel about an army of small girls out to save the world from evil adults.Spooky, strange and twisted. Everyone had a few Dargers. Also: Achilles Rizzoli: Draftsman, creator of incredible architectural fantasies.|W|P|113865844785762769|W|P|Belated Weekend Update|W|P|1/30/2006 11:55:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| For some reason I am feeling especially homesick today. Maybe it was a conversation I was having over drinks the other night about how if the bar we were drinking in were in chicago, it would automatically make it about a thousand times awesomer. Even though we were down on Avenue A, which is usually good for people watching and random drunken encounters, i still felt the pull of home and nice midwesterners who are so unassuming and friendly. FYI, in case anyone is unaware, people in chicago TALK to each other in public. *sigh* Chicago tag on Flickr.|W|P|113864074958794216|W|P||W|P|1/30/2006 10:06:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|Today: Zombie Monday.|W|P|113863449199503307|W|P|Max of the dead|W|P|1/27/2006 08:53:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|The Maple Syrup Smell AGAIN. always on thursdays.|W|P|113837012367355665|W|P|Again.|W|P|1/26/2006 02:32:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Link of the day via Gothamist. For packrats, starving artists, and lovers of garbage, garbage scout is one of the cooler utilizations of google maps that i have seen. It takes image submissions from users and posts them on a google map with a short description. Free stuff is so nice. and this is one of those things that will get much much cooler with use. From garbage scout on how to submit:

How to post:

From your phone, email a picture of your find to "street@garbagescout.com",

In the body of the email type a description @ location.

For example: furniture old chairs@123 East Broadway computer monitors look good @ west 79th street & broadway bike wheels and parts @ 345 west 21st.

For more information, see the FAQ.

|W|P|113830434942645702|W|P|Free Stuff|W|P|1/26/2006 02:13:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Pissed off that Coca Cola is sponsoring the olympics, Protestors in Italy attempted to Hijack the Olympic torch... The winter olympic games are going to take place in turin. |W|P|113830349009135611|W|P||W|P|1/26/2006 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|I took three trains to get to work this morning even though i live and work six stops apart on the same subway line. Aside from being somewhat uncomfortably warm, I was happy enough to have some more time to read my book and a reasonable excuse for being 5 minutes late. Whence I came upon something really interesting in my book... Did you know that it wasn't until 1891 that the first comprehensive and complete international map of the world was proposed? And that it still hasn't been finished? At the international geographic conference of 1891, German Geographer Albrecht Penck proposed the idea of creating a comprehensive map. The project would be called the "millionth map." According to About.com, "In 1913, Penck's idea came to fruition when an international conference was held to establish standards for the maps, which also became known as the Millionth Map of the World due to the map series' scale. The 1913 standards established that maps would use the local form of each place name in the Roman alphabet (thus, languages that use other alphabets would need to transliterate their place names). colors were standardized as well - towns, railroads, and political boundaries would be represented in black, roads would be red, and topographic features would be brown." The project of standardization was a huge step toward international agreement. France, for one, had not had a standard system of measurement until 1791, when it adopted and established a common rule for the metric system. And no one in the world could agree on the proper placement for the prime meridian (many countries had, at one point or another, placed the prime meridian in their own nation's capital). The Millionth Map project required that both of these standards be met, along with many others. Unfortunately, the Millionth Map project has ultimately fallen short of the goals laid out in 1913. Foiled by two world wars, uneven progress was made during the 20th century. The UN took over the project in 1953. By the 1980's only 800-1000 of the proposed 2500 maps had been created and the UN stopped issuing reports on the progess of the project. With new capabilities in satellite photography and digital imaging, it is unclear whether or not there is any interest or whether the project will ever be finished. Interestingly, the problem is not only lack of interest, but the fact that technological advancement has made such a project largely obsolete. Some Map Links: U.S. Census Bureau, International Database of Demographic Information World Climate Finder Perry Castaneda Library Digital Map Collection (truly awesome resource) National Geographic's Map Machine Terra Server USA|W|P|113828935748251836|W|P|Geography, the old kind|W|P|1/25/2006 11:26:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|Neatorama, thanks for this awesome link. The University of Virginial Library has scanned Gould, George M., and Walter L. Pyle . Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine. (yeah, the whole thing) Just a sample:

Fig. 190. -- Breech-pin removed from the orbit (Actual size.)

at the time the patient was not aware of the fact. Recovery followed its extraction, the vision and movements of the eye being unimpaired.

According to the Philosophical Transactions 10.20 a laborer thrust a long lath with great violence into the inner canthus of the left eye of his fellow workman, Edward Roberts. The lath broke off short, leaving a piece two inches long, 1/2 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick, in situ. Roberts rode about a mile to the surgery of Mr. Justinian Morse, who extracted it with much difficulty; recovery followed, together with restoration of the sight and muscular action. The lath was supposed to have passed behind the eyeball. Collette 10.21 speaks of an instance in which 186 pieces of glass were extracted from the left orbit, the whole mass weighing 186 Belgian grains. They were blown in by a gust of wind that broke a pane of glass; after extraction no affection of the brain or eye occurred. Watson 10.22 speaks of a case in which a chip of steel 3/8 inch long was imbedded in cellular tissue of the orbit for four days, and was removed without injury to the eye. Wordsworth 10.23 reports a case in which a foreign body was deeply imbedded in the orbit for six weeks, and was removed .
"embedded in the orbit for six weeks?" I think i may have just puked on myself. Awesome.|W|P|113820671981725569|W|P|More Anatomy|W|P|1/25/2006 10:29:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| Yesterday, the Gothamist reported on the high quality of MSN's Windows Live Local and Google mapping imagery. One of their commentators posted the image at right found on MSN local of a biplane on the roof of a building in lower manhattan. I find it 1. awesome that people are tooling with google earth and other photographic mapping portals just to see what is out there 2. also awesome that this is done during work hours, as myself and many others could concievably be entertaining themselves with such amusements during the boring boring workday.|W|P|113820362012684277|W|P|A different kind of surveillance|W|P|1/25/2006 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|I don't know when it happened, but at some point in the past few years, "google" became a widely used verb; googling one's professor's, crushes, loved ones, and oneself, common practices. Of late, the internet search giant, which is portal to the web for many, and for those of a wide range of internet-aptitudes, has been drawing news about its federal subpoena. It even made the front page of AM NY this morning. Apparently, the justice department wants google to hand over its search records in order to "judge the effectiveness of online filters meant to shield minors from accessing" porn. (AM NY). Right. Or to see how many people are googling borax, common bomb ingredients, how to pilot an airplane... or maybe to see how many and what high-hitting sites match any of these searches or myriad others. Regardless...good situation to keep abreast of. Related stories from... boing boing Privacy.org Chicago Tribune New York Times also... Google Corporate Information Electronic Frontier Foundation, Net.Culture tab|W|P|113820276405895849|W|P|the right to Google|W|P|1/24/2006 03:29:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|The I see Jesus Photo pool at flickr. via. gapers block. new add. to my linkslist because of its oh-so-very-nice design.|W|P|113813465576206332|W|P||W|P|1/24/2006 02:57:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| I really couldn't have made this one up. While britons may or may not have used the rock to spy on russia (the article leaves this issue unresolved), russia is a bit pissed off about british dealings with Russian NGOs. Regardless, there is some awesome rock footage (watch the video link) including a very nice slow panning close-up on said rock.|W|P|113813317629238018|W|P|UK uses rock to spy on Russia|W|P|1/24/2006 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| In this image of a gun being fired, special imaging techniques capture rippling of air produced by the bullet leaving the gun at supersonic speed. more on shock waves.|W|P|113812591015261605|W|P|Speaking of Waves|W|P|1/24/2006 12:28:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| According to the National Geographic newsdaily site, that whale that swam its way up the thames into London last week is dead. It passed away in the midst of a rescue mission trying to remove it back to safer waters. I'm totally upset.|W|P|113812388892414015|W|P|Oh no!|W|P|1/24/2006 09:10:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|Last night Rachel and I were at the Hungarian Pastry Shop eating crossaints and drinking coffee, having a conversation about music. And I was explaining to her how music theory creeps me out-- because the properties of music and tone were "discovered", not really "invented" per se...in the same way that the idea of "number" was a kind of discovery--when the guy sitting at the table next to us (who i then noticed happened to be coloring in these small diagrams) interjected with some interesting information: The diagrams that he was coloring in we actually keyboards based on music and color theory. He agreed with us that yes, sound is interesting, and it only gets more interesting when you consider it in connection with color theory. Sound and Color are both registered by the human sensory apparatus in the form of waves. Sounds--as in the ones that produce periodic and regular vibrations that we perceive in notes--and colors--like the ones that fall on the electromagnetic spectrum within the frequency of visible light--have similar physical properties, and can be essentially mapped over one another based on frequency. Color Spectrum Sound of a piano on the spectrogram: We got this far, and then the color-keyboard guy explained something about how middle c corresponded to the exact middle of the visible light spectrum (something to do with frequency), and that the entire regular octave could be mapped over this, esentially producing a corresponding color for each note. As I really don't understand music theory at all, I did not completely understand the words that were coming out of his mouth, and gave him a very confused smile and nodded my head. He went on to say something about an octave having 12 intervals...a day having 12 hours... and my head promptly exploded. Nonetheless, i thought this was very interesting and i wished that I had paid more attention in math class. Links: Stages in the Evolution of Melody, Scale, and Harmony The origins of Music, The Neanderthal Flute Synaesthesia: Neurological Mixing of the Senses, e.g. hearing a sound based on something you see.|W|P|113811618825767417|W|P|Sound and Vision|W|P|1/23/2006 03:31:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|This afternoon could not be going any slower. After listening to Mo and Eliza express their mutual shame over last night, which I will not get in to--although it was very entertaining--I have succumb fully to this blah sort of day. On that note, crying while eating is stupendous. And I don't really understand. Who knew that videos of people crying while eating could be so completely soothing in a strange way. The Ringtone dancer made my life just a little better today as well. And the Corpseproject is pretty awesome.|W|P|113804914609208848|W|P||W|P|1/23/2006 10:05:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|The month of january hasn't ended yet? I think we've been having january for maybe three years. Although, it could only feel this way because for the first time i don't have a huge break in the middle of winter; a huge break during which i am able to rest and recoup (and eat my heart out) in order to recharge for the rest of winter. In honor of the fourth and final week of this month, lets start monday off right with some links.... --the beast reports on the 50 most loathsome people in America. --Space Lottery...An Idea who's time has come? Maybe, as in "I could think of a few people who i might like to enter in that lottery." --and...Pirates.|W|P|113803060358830530|W|P|Linky-Linky|W|P|1/23/2006 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|This rabbit is very fluffy.|W|P|113802457440416910|W|P|Monday Morning Treats|W|P|1/20/2006 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| You can get plush toy germs at think geek.com. and they are actually kinda not that expensive. awesome gift idea. maybe for valentine's day?|W|P|113779316532647729|W|P|Awesome, Actually Sort of Cute|W|P|1/20/2006 03:30:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| this from cute overload: they confused cute with fucking disturbing i guess.|W|P|113778908709624903|W|P|wrong|W|P|1/20/2006 02:58:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|Go to dreamsbox and spend some time reading other people's dreams. You can also start your own dream log for free.|W|P|113778713687361347|W|P||W|P|1/20/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|And giant magnets are fun. Neatorama posts today about MRI mishaps... various things made of metal getting to close to the giant magnet machine, and being sucked inside. I find this idea very entertaining, as I find almost anything having to do with inanimate objects moving on their own to be the essence of hilarity. The hilariousness is only increased the larger the object is that happens to be moving on its own. illustrations, and other things that have succumb to the pull of the mri machine: In other news, giant jellyfish, while not exactly hilarious, are large. they are also becoming very plentiful off the shores of japan.|W|P|113777875677862675|W|P|the MRI machine is a giant magnet|W|P|1/20/2006 11:05:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| Fans of the anatomical, this is an amazing site that has web-published a number of historical anatomies for free public viewing.|W|P|113777332507252155|W|P||W|P|1/20/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|today: |W|P|113777272641390434|W|P||W|P|1/20/2006 09:20:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|is this a joke? (try hitting the links for the projects.)|W|P|113776695062499967|W|P||W|P|1/19/2006 04:11:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Good to know.|W|P|113770534926256124|W|P|Important tips for the future|W|P|1/19/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|Time travel... made easy. Davezilla.com, reasonable blog. our ears may have been used for breathing at one time? Mass spying and surveillance, why it would suck to be mistaken.|W|P|113769029589107199|W|P|Midday Links|W|P|1/18/2006 04:47:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|Rachel's quote of the day. (In reference to her gregarious laugh): "I guess I'm sort of like an organgutan."|W|P|113762119309337840|W|P||W|P|1/18/2006 03:40:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| The image to the left is a still from the interactive reading program, TEXTARC. The overview explains the site very well, but in brief, the program takes apart texts and arranges the words in two concentric circles. Inside the circles, the words are mapped into position based on their original position in the text and the frequency of use. Those words which appear more frequently in a text also appear slightly larger and brighter in the visualization. The viewer's eye is able to process the information visually rather than by reading the text from cover to cover; and according to text arc's creators this makes the text itself more open to readings, finding themes, and making comparisons. its pretty to watch the program itself read the text as well, and it comes with audio.|W|P|113761812571723325|W|P|Text Arc|W|P|1/18/2006 12:50:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| The Met is having a Rauschenberg show. Its not really the great and wonderful silkscreens or anything. But the combines can be just as fun. (Monogram, 1955-59, at right, is one of my favorites.) The show highlights Rauschenberg's legacy in relation to the medium of collage, exhibiting some of the specific through which Rauschenberg created his own terms for the medium, broadening the definition of the art object and commenting on its relation to the world of the everyday. more on collage: Artlex on collage webcollage, defying more definitions...hogwash.|W|P|113760730424609262|W|P|Rauschenburggy|W|P|1/18/2006 11:49:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|Greythumb.blog posted Tangled Bank #45 this morning, providing a nice list of science articles that I found very engaging this morning. (i laugh in the face of actual work). There i found a nice article about how focal distonia, a neurological disorder that affects the sensorimotor system, may tell us things about how the mind and the body work together. See Also: Why the brain is not so much like a computer. and: some afternoon links...
  • how long will it take you to decide that this website sucks?
  • a blog seminar on Moretti's Graphs, Maps and Trees. (a very swell book on models for literary history) I don't know, but they are going to make .pdf's of the articles available on the internet. I love free books.
  • Be a member of the real world no more, now that there is a digital universe.(article)...
    • Check out the actual digital universe here. Read some of their writing on this one...Things are getting a little brave new world. But now You can contribute and create our own digital universe. like f-ing GAIA. Im a little weirded.
|W|P|113760534490033474|W|P|More Science Things, and Brains|W|P|1/17/2006 02:26:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|This monday a few of us went to roosevelt island for the first in hopefully many urban explorations. ( I will post the photos and log from that expedition later, when my computer stops being a bitch and I have enough time on my hands to upload/scan some stuff...so stay tuned). It was a strange day. We took the tram over the river, which offered breathtaking views of the east river. Sincerely breathtaking if you are afraid of heights. When we got there, there wasn't actually much to see. It's a bit of a dump. We did walk by the blackwell house: (stole this picture from forgotten ny) ...which was built in 1794 by the first family to reside on the island. The whole island was bought for 30,000-something dollars in 1828. That same year, a number of asylums and hospitals were built on the island, earning roosevelt's reputation as a welfare island. For a long time, New York sent its crazies and sickies there, to the middle of the east river. The Smallpox hospital (which we didnt get to see because there was a big, intimidating fence standing in our way) was built in 1856 and is in complete ruin today. Before the hospital was build, people with smallpox stayed in shacks along the river. Only a shell of the former building remains. Which is sad, and an interesting statement about NYCs desire to maintain its cultural and historical artifacts. The Octagon tower was the island's insane asylum. The name sounds like a bad ride at disneyland. The tower was covered in scaffolding when we went. Sad. To the north of the octagon tower, past the northern campus, there is supposedly a park and a lighthouse. We did not get to see these, opting instead to take the bus back south. In short: Manhattan does not give a shit about preserving its historical places.|W|P|113752846990143630|W|P|Urban Explorations|W|P|1/17/2006 02:00:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|More pretty media to feast your eyes on. This time from an interactive media artist...|W|P|113752448430149145|W|P||W|P|1/17/2006 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Really, i think I should spend all my time reposting things from other webistes. Radical Cartography rocks. So does its resource list.|W|P|113752341458938931|W|P||W|P|1/17/2006 10:50:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| This is very funny, Gothamist. There's a new barista at the 115th street starbucks, really fucking everything up. The line was out the door. I'm really glad I went to Oren's this morning. That's right. It was Oren's. There is an Oren's at 113th and B'way.|W|P|113751334531171764|W|P||W|P|1/13/2006 04:29:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|
  • Gothamists New Weekly: Subway Fare. Showcasing a subway stop and the food around it. (Picture at right)
  • Google earth Releases MAC VERSION. A couple of days ago, but i was too busy playing with google earth. They also have a few cool layers worth checking out: one that shows blogs and one that shows earthquake epicenters.
  • Google earth hacks.
|W|P|113718804841395897|W|P||W|P|1/13/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| "Drawn!" an Illustration Blog posted this wonderful image of neurotransmitters... Sometimes its nice to tickle your mind with the idea that all of those thoughts that happen are a series of electrical pulses occuring within a vast, complicated, and growing network of neural connections in your brain. Very generally--and i'm probably not saying this correctly at all--one's brain is made up of neurons and neurotransmitters (chemical "charges" that carry information from neurons to other cells across synapses). Most of these connections, like the ones for language and movement, are established very early in life and change very little. For example, scientists have found that children that learn more than one language within the first five years of age have a bifrucated section of the brain called Wernicke's Area. For those who only know one language, this area stays singular, even if one learns another language later in life. This is probably the most fruitful explanation for why it is so much easier to learn more languages as a child. It could be said that the mind has a certain architecture. Connections that repeatedly fire together, wire together. Moreover, this also means that things like addiction and mental disorders can be hardwired into your brain. The problem of mental "hardwiring" and the idea of influence or change to this hardwired structure has been the topic of much scientific debate of late. While it is pretty certain that specific parts of the brain are responsible for specific areas of the body and specific functions, it is extremely unclear how the details of this structure may be malleable. Some places to visit: Science Art easternblot--good science blog, nice links how your brain works on howstuffworks.net mind-brain problem? "science" tag on flickr|W|P|113717337867098932|W|P|Neurotransmitters are Pretty|W|P|1/12/2006 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Listen to a track by a band and some snotty writers--Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, Myla Goldberg, etc. etc. (Natty Man Blues.mp3) See the story from Gothamist. They made a movie? why? See the real website too, the one for the band, One Ring Zero.|W|P|113709873372586178|W|P|Literati|W|P|1/12/2006 02:27:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Have to love the king.|W|P|113709408492158073|W|P||W|P|1/12/2006 12:16:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|Thanks to yesbutnobutyes.com, i've wasted way too much time this morning on the heritage face recognition site. You can upload a picture that features your face prominently, and the site will match your face to the face of famous people. It seems like a cheap ripoff of an idea that may actually be cool. Maybe its that the technology really isn't available for this idea... but it seems to "recognize" faces based more on the position of your head than anything actually nearing a "likeness." For example. The Image I used: Who I look like: Edith Piaf... Isabella Rosselini... Walter Mondale?|W|P|113708721082275545|W|P|My face, your face, Walter Mondale's Face|W|P|1/12/2006 09:48:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P| Belle and Sebastian's new album, The Life Pursuit, which will be released on February 7, 2006.... IS SPECTACULAR. You can get most of the songs on Limewire or Acquisition. Although, I would definitely recommend actually getting the CD for this one (you know, those flat little shiny things; You put them in a stereo). After the sensational If you're feeling Sinister (1996) and The Boy with The Arab Strap (1998) and a series of equally breathtaking eps (Dog on Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane, 3..6..9 Seconds of Light --all released in 1997)... they sort of went a little downhill. I mean, really. Fold your hands child... and Storytelling were both serious failures. Stuart Murdoch, the band's frontman, was falling to the background. The group was trying some concept albums. Strange, unneccesary. Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003) saw the return of Murdoch's songwriting and lead vocals and that familiar Belle and Sebastian sound...ahh. But I personally didn't really like this album all that much. Too upbeat and pop-ey. Very self-consciously catchy. Somewhat nauseating. (but "step in to my office, baby" is an extremely charming track) The new album sounds like the good old days; pleasant and coy and understated. Songs that make you feel like you are drowning in musical loveliness. And its not too overdone. Tracks: I've been humming " Another Sunny Day (MP3)" in my head for a week. "Dress Up in You" and "Sukie in The Graveyard" are also beautiful. All Tracks: |W|P|113708123706275027|W|P|Musical Feature|W|P|1/12/2006 09:32:00 AM|W|P|Max|W|P|So i could see how ratemyprofessors.com could be useful and fun for prospective/current students and whatnot. You know, in figuring out which classes to take. but the "hotness rating"? C'mon. I don't know about you guys, but coming from a school where professor stalking is rampant...this creeps me out just a wee bit. Nevertheless, I rated my favorite professor. Oh, yes i did. (at least its anonymous)|W|P|113707721755108844|W|P|Good Morning Reminiscing|W|P|1/11/2006 02:19:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| So not that many people responded to the first one. Which is fine (THANK YOU BECCA) But regardless of its popularity... I think this needs to be up for caption #2. Oh, yes.|W|P|113700723982702226|W|P|Caption Contest #2|W|P|1/11/2006 02:14:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Dammit. whoah. I was going to use this for the caption competition, but i dont think i can. nope, just too scared. and im reconsidering getting a cat...in case it comes out like the SPAWN OF SATAN|W|P|113700690926333413|W|P||W|P|1/11/2006 01:05:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P| Today, Gothamist reports that the city has just released plans to redo parts of Randall's island as a....WATERPARK! Very nice. I can't even wait two years for that shit to open. Imagine us sitting in rafts, floating down the lazy river, jumping in the wave pool, shooting through the waterslides. In the background: A nice, big mental institution.|W|P|113700410287895806|W|P|Lets all go to Randall's Island! Say What???|W|P|1/13/2006 04:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Yay|W|P|Here is another example of an unfortunate project in the wrong place without it seems sufficient community empowerment to significantly ameliorate the horrendous ramifications of yet another example of alienated Park land. The slippery slope of supposedly beneficial projects that require forsaking open space and parkland continues to grow, if the proposed Yankee Stadium plan wasn’t enough. In this csae there isn’t a neighborhood of residents on the site to organize. This has been a predictable outcome of isolating Randall’s Island. There are agreements in which the NYSDOT which leases the Harlem River Rail Yards in the South, South Bronx, are to ensure that the leasee, the Galesi Group, are supposed to implement the NYC Greenway Plan and construct a brduge to Randall’s Island. Needless to say, it hasn’t happened, yet. In addition, the East Harlem Pedestrian/Bike Bridge is closed much of the year, further isolating the increasingly privated Randall’s Island from a local constituency, notwithstanding the periodically bused in students that are often touted as evidence of community involvement. These and other factors have spurred the South Bronx Greenway initiative of a wide variety of stakehilders to access randall’s Island by way of the exisitng Amtrak Viaduct, a project that could be easily implemented if the Mayor’s team would make it a priority. We would much rather see a committment to greater accessibility to this precious greenspace for people of color and poor communites adjacent to Randall’s Island, and all New Yorkers, than the Icahn Stadium, the parkinglot for Cirque d’ Soleil, the closed off tip of Ward’s Island in the summer and the other privitatzation schemes that prohibit community access and are continuing to degrade the natural environment of a still beautiful natural retreat. , PLEASE HELP STOP THE PRIVITATZATION OF RANDALL’S ISLAND!!!
and let me add that there are numerous local priorities for waterfront access and green space on the Harlem and east Rivers that would allow NYers to really ply the rivers and experience the shore and the natural life with minimal investment. We welcome communications to identify and partner with appropriate city agencies like NYCEDC and others to achieve equity in the South Bronx and reap a great return on our taxpayer investments in imporved education, reduced crime and greater sustainable economic development.1/10/2006 04:43:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|And here's a nice link thanks to yesbutnobutyes.com. this viewer-interactive film at Noanimalswerehurt.com adds a new frame every time a new user enters the site. It'll take about 5,ooo viewers for the film to be fully released.|W|P|113692959721240006|W|P|Extra, extra|W|P|1/10/2006 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|Mummified body left in a house for 2.5 years because she didn't want to be buried? (oh, and people lived downstairs the whole time. gross) cat's owner collapses, cat Dials 911, cat's owner lives. Okay, so it was on speed dial and he did train him. Still sort of cool. way to go, fluffy. I just liked the headline on this one...|W|P|113692898853950041|W|P|Weird News of the Day|W|P|1/10/2006 12:19:00 PM|W|P|Max|W|P|ok, not really fun. Sorry if that title was misleading. At least it is one day closer to a three day weekend--a much needed three day weekend. So what is everyone's plan for the holiday? Besides those of you that will actually still be on your month-long holiday. To you I say "fie." Me, I may be going to Jersey for a day trip. Maybe Hoboken? Maybe Asbury Park? The latter, a "seaside ghost town" was recommended to me by Maya for some picture taking and creepy feelings. What it used to look like: The boarwalk has long since lost its original luster, replaced with a sort of david lynch vibe. Awesome. Netherworld.com is a good site specializing in "urban archaeology" and explorations as well. Check out their nyc photoblog.|W|P|113691504163902627|W|P|Tuesday, Tuesday: Day of Fun|W|P|