Archive for June, 2011

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The Days After Progress

June 28, 2011

There’s a pretty excellent book called The World Without Us by Alan Weisman that describes in great detail what would happen to the Earth and our imprint thereof if human kind were to suddenly disappear.  What would New York look like after 50 years?  After 250?  What of our machinations would crumble, and which would endure forever?  Short answer:  Farmland will look a lot less like farmland very quickly, but those goofy plastic bits that come suspended in pricey body washes will be around for a while.

I was reminded of Weisman’s book when I happened by the Interurban Bridge, just outside of Waterville.

This rather prosaically named bridge was built in 1908 to host an electric train line from Waterville into Toledo.  When it was new, the bridge was subject to controversy and pride.  It was built in part on a sacred and historic island in the middle of the river, and it was then the largest bridge of its type in the world.  When the line closed in 1937, the structure was left to seed.  It is now a striking example of one of our prideful accomplishments being slowly reclaimed by the earth it was built from.

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Color Me Disappointed

June 20, 2011

Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings.

Anyone who’s worth their salt and has lived in BG at any point in the last 30 years is aware of Video Spectrum.  For those not from BG, or not worth their salt, Video Spectrum is an independent video rental store.

Independent video rental store.  The banality of those four words does a disservice to the pure awesometaculartude that is Video Spectrum.  The store bills itself as “A Movie Buff’s Paradise”, and for once, the marketing is dead on.

The reason I’m dedicating a post to this is that after 30 years, Video Spectrum is closing it’s doors.  Those of you unaware or unappreciative of the store’s wonder may scoff, but I assure you, this is Teddy Roosevelt at Oyster Bay.  This is Churchill in his final days at Chartwill.  This is Gandalf sailing to the Undying Lands.  This is Sam Malone saying, “Sorry. We’re Closed.”

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Staying On Top of Things

June 18, 2011

So I have this thing about being on the roofs of things.  It’s something I like to do.   This has worked out well the last few years, as the house I’ve been living at has practically a playland of angles and platforms on top of it.

Seriously, it looks like something out of Mario64.

What with the banquet of off-kilter angles, I”ve found myself up there more than a few times with camera in hand.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of the photos, as well as some of my other roof-top exploits.