Saturday, August 18, 2012

were you up too?

Some nights I like to stay up late, take photos and learn about the color.

I don’t understand it, myself.

Friday, August 17, 2012

pussy riot update

“inciting religious hatred”

fuck Putin :-D

By now you all know the Russian Pussy Riot trial and the outcome, right? Last winter they burst into a fairly famous and influential Moscow cathedral using bad words and dancing to loud music to disrespect Vladimir Putin, and to call for his removal.


I remember, this didn’t seem wise at the time. The Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church are like Cheney and Sympathy for the Devil. 


I can get away with that because I'm livin' in Ahmuhrika, but all three in Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism” despite open support from Sting and Madonna and even Gary Kasparov, the Russian chess champ of old.


Prosecutors wanted three years, Putin asked for leniency (oh sure he did) and they got two in the Soviet Slammer. Two are Mother’s of young children. All will be gone for awhile. So I want to ask you.


There are times in our lives when laying it all on the line might make some sense. The closest I ever came was walking towards well armed cops protesting US involvement in Vietnam, but that ain’t taking on Vladimir Putin at the height of his powers, know what I mean? Vern?

so many fish

See the jet in the upper left corner?

I discovered a salt water community right in the Bronx-La Guardia flight path, the “Country Club” section of Pelham Bay.

This boating and fishing community fronts on EastChester Bay, across from City Island.

It’s quieter.

The Evers Marina is private and it keeps a lower profile.

The waterfront condo’s are typical.

But the watersports are first-rate, with a different angle on the ThroggsNeck Bridge.

In this GoogleEarth Satellite view you can see my bikepath all the way out to the docks.

This is the view from out there; that’s coop city on the horizon.

I had fun here. Smells clean! The folks are welcoming and very involved with their salty Bronx baywater.

And it’s closer on my bike by about 30 minutes, 
but no Sammies. Darn.

You need a tourist trade for excellent fried shrimp, 
but I was the only tourist I saw.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

mesmerizing, turn the sound up

And also why we must allow "fair use” rights for public access to copyrighted material.

Mash ups like this are cool.

when she walks she’s like a samba

That swings so cool and sways so gently

That when she passes

Each one she passes goes


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

a masterpiece dying on the vine

The WestChester Avenue Train Station under the Whitlock El has been abandoned for decades.

Completed in 1906 by architect Cass Gilbert, Gilbert went on to worldwide fame as the designer of the Woolworth Building in the financial district, at the time the tallest building in the world.

In 1909 the NYTimes architecture critic called this station “exquisite”, resembling a Florentine palace.

Not anymore. The station was abandoned in 1937 when the New York and Hartford Railroad ceased to operate.

In this Google Earth view, it can be seen spanning the tracks so that both northbound and southbound trains could be accessed.

You can see in the upper right corner where the steel staircase down to the track once attached.

At various times it has been proposed as a possible Visitors Center with café and bike rental as a gateway to Concrete Plant Park, the reclaimed industrial complex visible on the right along the river.

But an engineering study recently concluded “the building is too small and the necessary repairs too extensive to make restoring the station commercially feasible, it just won’t bring in enough income.”

Without a restoration grant this wonderful old train station on the Landmarks Conservancy’s list of endangered masterpieces is likely to be lost to the vines.

New York Hartford

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”

The woman who made that line famous, Helen Gurley Brown, died yesterday at 90. It’s hard to imagine a more iconic and influential publisher of woman’s sexuality than her.

Her breakthrough came in 1962 when she was 40 and wrote her bestseller, “Sex and the Single Girl”, a book that was her husband’s idea.

For the first time a woman used her voice to encourage an entire generation of younger women to find their satisfaction, whereever it happened to be.

That included a lot of places to look in 1962 and just this idea was scandalous. It also made her paperback a must-read for boys in high school. I remember well thumbed copies making the rounds.

She edited Cosmo with certainty for more than 30 years.

So a moment for the woman who encouraged one hundred million American women to go out and have it all.

Interestingly enough, she never appeared to follow her own advice about making the sexual rounds. 

Instead, she lived quietly and elegantly married for more than 50 years to the same man, her husband David Brown.

I really respect her. RIP