Saturday, December 1, 2012

presidential pooch

what’s up, dock?

The dock at the Bronx Riverside Park is designed to withstand the ebb and flow of the tides.

This part of the river is estuarian, meaning it’s part of the tidal plain.

When the water comes in, the dock floats up on the pilings.

When the tide goes out, the dock floats back down to low water.

But when Hurricane Sandy blows through...

The dock gets hung up on top of the pilings. Hm.

Anybody got a big forklift?

Friday, November 30, 2012


do you miss it yet?

on the fence

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I scored a motorcycle victory when I walked into this rare Ducati.

The passionate Italians somehow manage to forge their lustful culture into the steel of these machines.

Ducati’s on the road are like Carmen at the opera; one of the best, nerves and tension everywhere, an experience so thrilling you’ll be telling your kids about it.

Wikipedia says this yellow one is one of only 200. 
I hoped so when I saw it.

Now, for the motorheads.
Other engines push their valves open on a pushrod and a cam lobe, and then close it with a spring.

Ducati used machinery to close the valve as part of the mechanical cadence.

This changed everything. 
Now there was no way the engine could spin up past the return-spring’s ability to close it fast enough.

Horsepower erupted.

Breakthrough, patented.

Nobody else can use it. Ha ha.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

if aging is the problem

the alternative is worse.

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day.


But I couldn't find any.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

u vill pay us. und u vill enchoy it. 

Back on the 9th ClockTowerTenants published an article about the European media going after Google for indexing fees.

France read them the riot act but it turns out that Germany is taking this leap first. They are tired of being exploited while footing the bills for media creation.

So 149 prominent German publishing executives have petitioned the government with a "Hamburg Declaration on Intellectual Property Rights."

They want a cut of the deal if it is their 
content being leveraged.

Not surprisingly, today Google pushed back.

Afterall, the search giant assembles 97% of its monumental revenue without investing a dime in the content that draws their readers in the first place.

Google argues having to pay fees to index content could “harm the German economy.”  

Oh, really?

Now Google is trying to rally German citizens to demand that Google not pay anything to anyone.

Search is about to change.