Saturday, September 10, 2011

wee oop wee oop... oo-oo-oop wee oop

Pitter patter of those fee-ee-ee-ee-eet

Movin' and a-groovin' with that beeeee-eat

Jumpin' and stompin on the flo-o-o-o-oor

(Lemme in) Let me in! 

(Open up) Open up! 

Why don't you open up that door? (Let me innnnn) 

81st and Second

Yvonne Baker and the Sensations, 1962

whisper words of wisdom, let it bee

“Male bees remain in the hive, their only mission in life being to fertilize the queen bee on her maiden flight. 

After they have served their function, the males are not allowed back into the hive but are left outside, where they starve to death.”

Friday, September 9, 2011

window of opportunity

“Each friend represents a world in us, 
a world not born until they arrive, 
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

West 4th and Barrow Street

Thursday, September 8, 2011

good news for a rainy day

New Yorkers know the products they purchase are not always as durable as the warranty implies and returning to the store can be a hassle. Imagine NASA’s dilemma when one of their purchases fails.
Here’s some good news:
The Landsat earth mapping satellite program has been a resounding success.
Designed and built by the HUGHES Corporation, seven satellites have been launched since 1972. We rely on satellite imagery for global warming research, agriculture and map making, geology and forestry, urban planning, education, surveillance and national security.
Landsats #1 through #4 all launched correctly, completed their mission as planned and were terminated in orbit on schedule. 
#6 failed to reach orbit in 1993. 
#7 launched in 1999 and is still functioning, but with expected equipment failure over time.
But the intrepid Landsat5 is just amazing. Launched March 1, 1984, Landsat5 remains in orbit 438 miles above the earth and is still functioning an amazing 27 years later.
Not bad for a product that originally came with a three year warranty.
From the LandSAT homepage:
“The quarter-century in space, however, has been rough on the satellite and its instruments. "If you created a cartoon of Landsat 5, it would look like a mummy wrapped in bandages," said Darrel Williams, Landsat project scientist at NASA, "with only a small hole for the instrument's 'eye' to look down at Earth."

Loving is not just

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

how’s YOUR day goin’?


Just come on down, to Fifty=Four
Find a spot out on the floor!

Now Freak!
I said Freak! 
Now Freak!

All eyez on Tupac
One of the most influential rap artists of all time was shot 15 years ago today, September 7th, 1996. He died six days later on September 13th at the age of 25. Born in East Harlem in 1971 to parents active in New York’s Black Panther Party, his brief life was very troubled. But if all you know of him are his run-ins with the law I recommend you listen to the video.
“Me Against the World” is one of his best selling hits, a rare and soulful denouncement of the thug lifestyle. It’s gentle and jazzy, a slice of 1994 recorded not long after the first shooting that left him nearly dead.
“It was like a blues record.”, he said at the time. “It was down-home. It was all my fears, all the things I just couldn't sleep about. Everybody thought I was living so well and doing so good that I wanted to explain it. And it took a whole album to get it all out. I get to tell my innermost, darkest secrets I tell my own personal problems.

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. 
The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive." 
Tupac Shakur

So much talent.

health food. seriously.

“Sea cucumbers are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad. Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide." 

"These animals have a collagen body wall that can be loosened and tightened at will. If the animal wants to squeeze through a small gap, it can essentially liquefy its body and pour into the space."

"Most cultures in East and SouthEast Asia regard sea cucumbers as a delicacy with a strong cultural emphasis on health. In most dishes, the sea cucumber has a slippery texture.” 

well duh.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

whose idea was it

to go back to work today?

Everything’ll work out fine.

We’re goin’ to the end of the line.

“Well it's all right, even if you're old and gray
Well it's all right, you still got something to say
Well it's all right, remember to live and let live
Well it's all right, the best you can do is forgive.”

Monday, September 5, 2011

You can tell it's MATTEL, it's swell.

BronxBoy © George S. Zimbel 2010
There’s a story in the news today about a 17 year old boy who shot eight people at a Bronx holiday party over the weekend, including two kids ages 11 and 13. 

Just a couple of miles from here. I don't get it. Kids in the 1950’s and 60’s played with guns but they were toys. TV shows like the Naked City (New York City cops)...
Wagon Train (cowboys)
and the Man from U.N.C.L.E (spies) 
...played a large role inspiring such shenanigans. We dressed-up in our Dad’s hand me down’s and ran around in the yard shooting off greenie stickem caps until it was time for dinner.

Today Bronx residents seven-to-one actually want their handguns and so kids play cops and robbers with real cops. What happened?  

When I “killed my best friend” back in the day and he fell dead in the dirt clutching his chest, we both knew it was play. We were clear about the difference between a toy and a gun and we’d never dream of getting a real one.

I shot my kid sister so many times it’s a wonder she still speaks to me. At least she still can.