Saturday, April 28, 2007
I have to take a one week break from this project. When I resume, I will try experimenting with tin foil (it's not just for hats anymore) plus some duct tape. If it goes very well, I may write a long piece of sculpting with Great Stuff foam and post it to "So Very Helpful."
Thursday, April 26, 2007
BOGOTA, Colombia: A nationwide blackout hit Colombia on Thursday, with authorities struggling to determine the cause of the electrical grid's collapse.
President Alvaro Uribe told journalists in the southern city of Cali that authorities would "know in a few minutes" the cause of the blackout, which took place approximately at 10:15 a.m. local time (1515 GMT).
He said the blackout "appears to have affected the entire country."
Luis Alarcon, manager of state-controlled electricity distributor ISA, told Caracol Radio that the power outage appears to have begun with an undetermined technical glitch at a substation in Bogota and quickly spread to the rest of the country.
He said work crews had re-established power to about 20 percent of the country and hoped to reconnect the capital Bogota and other cities in a few hours.
So an entire nation drops back to pre-1850 levels in a heartbeat. No one in the North American/Northen media thinks to cover this. Isn't this a story? Check CNN, CBC, BBC and others. No one is talking about this. A suicide bomber blows himself up in a bathroom in Jerusalem and it's breaking news. Tens of millions of people are left in the dark and it doesn't register. Man: the media is idiotic.
Happy Birthday to Martial Arts Master, Jet Li and darn funny guy, Kevin James. What else happened on April 26th? Take a read! These links go to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is great: if a topic sparse on information, they allow to go in and add new information.
April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). There are 249 days remaining in the year. It is the first day following the spring equinox which cannot be Easter Sunday in Western Christianity.
- 1478 - The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.
- 1564 - Shakespeare was christened (this is not his birthdate).
- 1607 - English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
- 1802 - Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Regime and to eventually consolidate his own rule.
- 1805 - United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
- 1865 - American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina.
- 1865 - Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin in Virginia.
- 1925 - Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
- 1933 - The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
- 1937 - Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain is bombed by German Luftwaffe.
- 1942 - The worst-ever mining accident in history kills 1,549 miners in an explosion at the Honkeiko Colliery, Manchuria.
- 1945 - World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war.
- 1946 - Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement.
- 1954 - The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.
- 1956 - First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
- 1962 - NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
- 1963 - in Libya Amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
- 1964 - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.
- 1986 - In Ukraine, a nuclear reactor accident occurrs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.
- 1991 - Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before its end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).
- 1992 - Riot on the streets of Miami, and several other surrounding towns and suburbs.
- 1994 - A China Airlines Airbus A-300-600R crashes at Nagoya Airport, Japan killing 264.
- 1994 - Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
- 1999 - Last release of the Nemesis OS.
- 2002 - 19-year-old Robert Steinhäuser shoots and kills 17 people at his school in Erfurt, Germany.
- 2005 - Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
- 121 - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (d. 180)
- 570 - Muhammed, founder of Islam, according to the Shi'a sect. Other sources suggest April 20.
- 1538 - Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter (d. 1600)
- 1573 - Marie de' Medici, wife of Henry IV of France (d. 1642)
- 1564 (baptized) - William Shakespeare, English writer (d. 1616)
- 1648 - King Peter II of Portugal (d. 1706)
- 1662 - Maria Luisa of Orleans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1689)
- 1710 - Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (d. 1796)
- 1711 - David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1776)
- 1718 - Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (d. 1802)
- 1765 - Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Horatio Nelson (d. 1815)
- 1774 - Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (d. 1853)
- 1785 - John James Audubon, French-American naturalist and illustrator (d. 1851)
- 1787 - Ludwig Uhland, German poet (d. 1862)
- 1798 - James Beckwourth, American explorer (d. 1867)
- 1798 - Eugène Delacroix, French painter (d. 1863)
- 1801 - Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat (d. 1889)
- 1812 - Alfred Krupp, German industrialist (d. 1887)
- 1822 - Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect (d. 1903)
- 1826 - George Hull Ward, American general (d. 1863)
- 1826 - Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General (d. 1872
- 1856 - Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)
- 1878 - Saint Rafael Guízar Valencia, Mexican Catholic bishop
- 1879 - Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)
- 1886 - Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
- 1886 - Ğabdulla Tuqay, Tatar poet (d. 1913)
- 1888 - Anita Loos, American writer (d. 1981)
- 1889 - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1951)
- 1893 - Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WW2 Hero and war criminal (d. 1946)
- 1894 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (d. 1987)
- 1896 - Ernst Udet, WWI pilot and film actor, Luftwaffe officer (d. 1941)
- 1897 - Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
- 1897 - Douglas Sirk, German-born film director (d. 1987)
- 1898 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1984)
- 1898 - John Grierson, Scottish filmmaker (d. 1972)
- 1900 - Charles Richter, American geophysicist (d. 1985)
- 1910 - Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese movie producer and creator of Godzilla (d. 1997)
- 1911 - Marianne Hoppe, German actress (d. 2002)
- 1912 - A. E. van Vogt, Canadian writer (d. 2000)
- 1914 - Bernard Malamud, American author (d. 1986)
- 1914 - James W. Rouse, American investor (d. 1996)
- 1916 - Morris West, Australian writer (d. 1999)
- 1917 - I.M. Pei, Chinese-born architect
- 1917 - Sal Maglie, baseball player (d. 1992)
- 1918 - Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (d. 2004)
- 1918 - Stafford Repp, American actor (d. 1974)
- 1925 - Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
- 1926 - Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (d. 2003)
- 1932 - Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
- 1933 - Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican activist (d. 2005)
- 1933 - Carol Burnett, American comedian
- 1933 - Arno Allan Penzias, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1938 - Duane Eddy, American musician
- 1940 - Giorgio Moroder, Italian composer
- 1940 - Cliff Watson, English rugby league player
- 1941 - John Mitchell, American composer
- 1942 - Claudine Auger, French actress
- 1942 - Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat
- 1942 - Bobby Rydell, American singer
- 1943 - Gary Wright, American singer
- 1943 - Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect
- 1944 - Amien Rais, Indonesian politician
- 1949 - Carlos Bianchi, Argetinian football player
- 1949 - Jerry Blackwell, wrestler (d. 1995)
- 1955 - Mike Scott, American baseball player
- 1956 - Koo Stark, American actress
- 1958 - Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor
- 1959 - Thanassis Papakonstantinou, Greek singer and songwriter
- 1960 - Roger Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)
- 1960 - Steve Lombardozzi, American baseball player
- 1961 - Joan Chen, Chinese-born actress
- 1961 - Anthony Cumia, American radio personality (The Opie and Anthony Show)
- 1961 - Chris Mars, American rock drummer (The Replacements)
- 1962 - Colin Anderson, English footballer
- 1962 - Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
- 1963 - Jet Li, Chinese martial artist
- 1963 - Colin Scotts, Australian-born NFL football player
- 1965 - Kevin James, American comedian
- 1966 - Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho
- 1967 - Glen Jacobs, American professional wrestler
- 1968 - Mike DeWolfe, jackass and history's greatest monster
- 1970 - Melania Trump, Slovenian model
- 1970 - Tionne Watkins, American singer (TLC)
- 1973 - Chris Perry, English footballer
- 1974 - Adil Ray, British Asian presenter on the BBC Asian Network
- 1975 - Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
- 1975 - Nerina Pallot, British singer
- 1976 - Jose Pasillas, American musician (Incubus)
- 1977 - Tom Welling, American actor
- 1977 - Jason Earles, American actor
- 1978 - Avant, American R&B singer
- 1979 - Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
- 1980 - Jordana Brewster, American actress
- 1980 - Anna Mucha, Polish actress
- 1980 - Channing Tatum, American actor
- 1981 - Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
- 1982 - Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
- 1983 - Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
- 1983 - José María López, Argentine racing driver
- 1984 - Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
- 1988 - Anna Svidersky, American murder victim (d. 2006)
- 1192 - Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)
- 1444 - Robert Campin, Flemish painter (b. 1378)
- 1476 - Simonetta Vespucci, inspiration of Botticelli (b.1453)
- 1478 - Giuliano di Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence (assassinated) (b. 1453)
- 1489 - Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (b. 1465)
- 1716 - John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1651)
- 1784 - Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder (b. 1718)
- 1789 - Count Petr Ivanovich Panin, Russian soldier (b. 1721)
- 1865 - John Wilkes Booth, American actor and assassin (shot) (b. 1838)
- 1881 - Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
- 1892 - Sir Provo Wallis, British Admiral and naval hero (b. 1791)
- 1910 - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1832)
- 1920 - Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (b. 1887)
- 1932 - Hart Crane, American poet (suicide) (b. 1899)
- 1932 - William Lockwood, English cricketer (b. 1868)
- 1938 - Edmund Husserl, Austrian philosopher (b. 1859)
- 1940 - Carl Bosch, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
- 1944 - Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
- 1945 - Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general (b. 1871)
- 1951 - Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (b. 1868)
- 1956 - Edward Arnold, American actor (b. 1890)
- 1957 - Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)
- 1964 - E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet born Newfoundland (b. 1882)
- 1969 - Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
- 1970 - Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress (b. 1911)
- 1973 - Irene Ryan, American actress (b. 1902)
- 1976 - Sid James, British comedian (b. 1913)
- 1981 - Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
- 1984 - Count Basie, American musician and composer (b. 1904)
- 1986 - Broderick Crawford, American actor (stroke) (b. 1911)
- 1986 - Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
- 1987 - John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
- 1989 - Lucille Ball, American actress and comedian (b. 1911)
- 1991 - Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (b. 1910)
- 1991 - Emily McLaughlin, American actress (b. 1930)
- 1996 - Stirling Silliphant, American writer and producer (b. 1918)
- 1999 - Jill Dando, British television presenter (b. 1961)
- 2003 - Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
- 2003 - Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
- 2003 - Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
- 2004 - Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
- 2005 - Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
- 2005 - Blade Icewood, American rapper (b. 1977)
- 2005 - Maria Schell, Austrian-born actress (b. 1926)
- 2005 - Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
Holidays and observances
- Tanzania - Union Day.
- Florida and Georgia, USA - Confederate Memorial Day.
- World Intellectual Property Day (since 2001).
In the Roman Catholic Church:
- Saint Alda (d. 1309)
- Richarius or Riquier (d. 643)
- Paschasius (d. 865)
- Saint Cletus (Pope Anacletus) and Marcellinus (Popes and martyrs)
- Lucidius (4th century)
- Trudpert (Irish monk martyred in Germany in 607).
In the the Russian Orthodox Church:
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Here's a wild mash-up: prosumers and the poor. The premise: you find a poor person and team up with them. Capitalize on their misfortune and then split the profits. I don't know what to think about this. Is it a kinder, gentler version of bumfights? Is it using them as fodder? Is it a bad idea?
You the jury decide. For me, I'm ordering a "I'm on the street, drunk and homeless and all they gave me was this lousy T-Shirt" t-shirt. By thew way, if you have a hankering for irreverent crap: click here
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Where I am at now in this design: over top of the base layer, I have built up plywood shapes, metal strapping, soft foam and wire mesh. Next, I will completely coat the shape in spray foam. That will require a couple of passes: shape it, shave it, repeat. It does have to be perfect at that stage. All it is was to be is either accurate or welcoming of a new layer atop it. When I am at that step, I will start to work up layers of fibreglass. Put on the layers, sand them, tweak them, then buff the surface down to a freakish polish. Did I mention that this sculpture comes with a surprise?
In last couple of weeks, I have almost wholly coated this sculpture in a layer of wire mesh. Today, I sheaved the wooden tail (made of plywood and wood) in wire mesh (also called metal cloth). The wire mesh will catch the spray foam as it expands. That will give the foam and the mesh a rigidity that each didn't have separately.
Keep watching the Skies!
Earth Day, like Christmas, is the one day you can act totally different and feel good on the remainder of the days for having done so. Not me. I made a point of driving to as many Starbucks as I could to get free coffee. If I could have left the car idling, I would done so. It's not that I hate the environment: I hate Starbucks (though I seem to love their coffee). Also, I hate all of the arbitrary ways that we are a working for a better planet. Here are my ways to help the Earth:
Download music. CDs are toxic. Shipping them is causing an onslaught of greenhouse gases. Shift the model to downloads for money. Better yet, let piracy run rampant: does Britney Spears or Fifty Cent (Fidy Cnt?) need more money?
Make primetime two hours long. TV is gasping for life. Cut out 1/3 of the schedule and only the fit will survive. Which do you think came first: 11PM bedtime or wrapping up primetime when everyone goes to bed? If TV switched back to news and re-runs at 10PM, alot of people may turn out the lights and call it a night.
Screw (more) with Daylight Savings. Bush has proven that you can screw up everyone with the stroke of a pen. I'd say shuffle things so that sunset on December 21st is at 7PM; and 8PM on June 21st. Go to work in the dark in the Winter, but your leisure time will occur in daylight. Time is arbitrary so why not?
Outlaw SUVs and sportcars. You can't outlaw them, but how about a formula that is tied to the stated MPG? 25MPG: 75% tax. 100MPG: 0% tax. Those A-holes can pay for it. If not, there will be less vehicular homicide.
If Starbucks wanted to send a loud-and-clear message they could flip this the other way. Earth Day is the day they will make no money off of their coffee. If you show up with a refillable mug, you get free coffee. If you don't have a mug, NO COFFEE FOR YOU. Starbucks has these idiots strung out on coffee, it's time to make the monkeys dance.
Friday, April 20, 2007
And here's a transcript of what he said:
I wanna tell you something okay, and I wanna leave a message for you right now because again its 10:30 here in New York on a Wednesday and once again I’ve made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone to call you at a specific time. When the time comes for me to make the phone call I stop whatever I’m doing and I go and I make that phone call at eleven-o-clock in the morning in New York and if you don’t pick up the phone at 10:00 at night and you don’t even have the god damn phone turned on. I want you to know something okay, I’m tired of playing this game with you. I’m leaving this message with you to tell you, you have insulted me for the last time. You have insulted me, you don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being, I don’t give a damn if you’re twelve years old, or eleven years old, or that you’re a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass, who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned, you have humiliated me for the last time with this phone, and when I come out there next week, I’m gonna fly out there for the day just to straighten you out on this issue, I’m gonna let you know just how disappointed in you I am and how angry I am with you that you have done this to me again. You have made me feel like shit and you have made me feel like a fool over and over and over again, and this crap you pull on me with this god damn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you do it to me constantly, and over and over again. I am gonna get on a plane or I am gonna come out there for the day and I’m gonna straighten your ass out when I see you, do you understand me? I’m gonna really make sure you get it. Then I’m gonna get on a plane and I’m gonna turn around and I’m gonna come home. So you better be ready Friday, the 20th, to meet with me so I’m gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are. You are a rude thoughtless little pig. Okay?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
There was a Wikipedia piece on parts of the globe that Google Maps has purposely blotted out. Alot of the locations are military installations and nuclear power plants. Ironically: the security in these places is strong. Go to the Ukraine and you can likely use a credit card to jimmie all of the locks that lead into a nuclear plant's reaction chamber. Mask those locales from suspect purposes? Nah.
I said, "was a Wikipedia piece" because it was slated for deletion. Before it's gone, I snagged a copy:
Google Maps or Google Earth contains digital images of the earth; a number of sensitive locations are digitally obscured or blurred . Many other areas in Google Earth have been blurred by governments keen to stop people seeing sensitive sites .
There was This is in contrast to portions of google maps where only low resolution photographs are available, or where atmospheric or photographic conditions resulted in reduced resolution or clarity.
Ramstein Air Force Base, flight line area.
- 52°14'55.40"N 4°26'22.74"E , Noordwijk aan Zee.
- 52°08'16.98"N 4°30'46.29"E, "apparently" just two buildings in The Hague. The Royal Stables
- , Paleis Soestdijk, a royal residence near Zeist.
- , a Navy Base just north of the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
- Gilze-Rijen Airbase, Netherlands (Dutch) in Google Maps
- Nato C3 Agency
- Den Helder, Naval installations
- Vlissingen, Naval installations
- 't Harde (1), Army exercise area
- 't Harde (2), Army exercise area
- Leeuwarden Air Force Base
- Kamp Zeist (Lockerbie Trials) + Soesterberg Air Force Base]
- Town of Sighet and surrounding area
- 37°58'47.21"N 84°25'7.99"W - Southeast of Lexington, Kentucky
- 38°55'16.64" N 77°4'1" W Naval Observatory/VP Mansion
- 39° 29' 50.31"N 74° 22' 36.63"W
- 39° 2'35.84"N 77°35'35.39"W Loudoun County Landfill
- 62°8'24.16"N 141°7'4.84"W on the Alaska-Yukon border
- 41.032691°N 73.774607°W - White Plains train station, White Plains, NY
- United States Military Academy 
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory 42°27'34.56"N 71°16'1.63"W
- Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center 41° N 72° W
- Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Perry, Ohio 
- Building Corridors, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
- Salem Harbor Power Station, Salem, MA 42.52647°N 70.8761°W
- Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 
- Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and General Electric World Research Laboratories, Schenectady, New York 
- Pilgrim Nuclear Station, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
- Westchester County Airport, White Plains, New York 
- Indian Point Energy Center, Westchester, New York 
- Seabrook Nuclear Power Station - Seabrook, New Hampshire - 43° N 70° W
- Brookhaven National Laboratory - Upton, New York 
- +42°23'9.97", -71°2'37.60" - Liquid Natural Gas Terminal, Chelsea, Massachusetts
- Syracuse Hancock International Airport - Syracuse, New York 
- 42.390192°N 71.059678°W, East Boston, Massachusetts - Large portion of an industrial port area in East Boston.
- , Cape Cod AFS - PAVE PAWS Radar, Massachusetts
- , Seneca, SC - Duke Power Nuclear Plant, South Carolina
- IBM, Poughkeepsie, New York [ ]: All parking lots and buildings are at a distinctly lower resolution and detail from surrounding streets and areas.
- :University of Massachusetts Lowell Nuclear Research Reactor and the very top secret faculty parking lot.
- :Farmington N.M.87401 near the four corners .Blured possibly because of a missle producing plant near by.
- 43°08'32" N 79°02'21" W: Is a blurred Hydro-electric dam system near Niagara Falls, NY; the image degradation very subtle. Google Maps will not go to the exact spot, it must be found manually.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Why Cthulhu? He looks cool. Lovecraft had some great ideas and some lousy ideas. If he were alive today, he'd like be a shut-in and a trekkie. Back in the 1910s and 1920s, he had to make up his own combination fo sci-fi and horror. As I am a shut-in and a geek, I guess I'm drawn to his work.
Why a sculpture? I love to sculpt. Because of space limitations, I haven't been able to work on anything large. An overhaul of the deck and a cheapness on my part (I ain't paying no junk man $30!) I thought this could be a wild project.
What am I using? I am recycling. We did an overhaul of our patio. We junked old wood. We had chunks of a BBQ. I had rolls of wire mesh. I have a lot of crap. Rather than throw it away, I am going to work it into a sculpture of Cthulhu perched upon a pedestal holding one arm to the heavens (see right). He'll be holding a surprise (stay tuned).
Over the course of the next few months, I am going to post updates: the travails, the materials used, the anecdotes. I will also post stuff on Youtube.
Keep watching the skies...