Saturday, July 20, 2013

don’t worry, this won't hurt much

Google is insisting I open and share all my personal data in a public Google+ account.

I replied that I won’t do it.

Scroll back three or four posts and you can see where things stand at the moment.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

king of the castle

and lord of the loft.

HB3 launched on July 18th 2010,
 three years ago today. 

We’ve generated 1,737 posts in the past three years.

More readers use Windows than any other platform.

 Makes sense.

Page views are at 122,432 and grow by the hundreds everyday.

Safari is still the favorite browser.

 Go figure.

31.01 gigabytes of data has been generated for 37,455 different items.

We have regular readers all over the world.

 Go figure.

And “poor people shoes” is the 6th most frequently used search term to find us on the web.

Go figure. :-)

Happy Third Birthday, ClockTowerTenants!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I’d be a zillionaire

if dreams were dollars

sun. flower.

that’s all.

in light of the Zimmerman verdict

Monday, July 15, 2013

never board in New York City

Commercial carting on New York streets can yield the unexpected.

I was along Spring Street the other day and walked right up to this excellent example of roughsawn planking.

The identifying feature-- besides being rough-- is the apparent (huge) blade diameter carved right into the board. This particular plank is poplar.

Blades of this scale,

in water driven sawmills,

cut the lumber that built colonial America.

Today it’s just throw-away packing material.

I made this bench when I was a kid
 from an antique slab of chestnut. 

The sawmill blade marks were apparent back then, too.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

shinto is the bomb

Remember Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku girls?

Right up the hill from the Harajuku district in Tokyo is the Meiji-jingu Shrine.

Shinto is a set of practices to be carried out in diligence that connects modern day Japan unto its past.

The preservation of the past is an important theme in Japanese culture, and you must wash to gain entry to the shrine.

Handcrafted from Japanese copper and cypress, the construction began in 1915 and was completed in 1921.

Until the mid 1940‘s, this handsome shrine to a deceased Emperor was one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社), in the first rank of Japanese sanctuary.

Then the United States Air Force showed up.

We destroyed about half the city, killed well over 100,000 and the original shrine was lost. 

But a fund raising effort by the general public rebuilt a shrine replica in 1958.

The more things change, the more they stay the same in Japan.