Archive for the ‘Photoblogs’ Category
That’s the idea for the new Turcot Interchange. Factotum decided to go take a look at a few places downtown where embankments are already used for transportation.
Here is a look at the Mountain street entrance to the freeway. But to get a good visualization of what Turcot will be like, imagine at least 3 lanes going each way and 4 directions criss crossing at some center point.
I suppose these things will require noise barrier walls?
And here is the train embankment near Peel and Wellington.
There is no doubt that at that height noise will be a huge issue. And of course rush hour, when traffic is at a standstill, will produce incredible amounts of pollution that will just blow with the wind. Does not seem like a good idea that shows much concern for health issues in the Southwest.
Well, maybe just cool blogs actually. Here are some that I have come across recently that I would like to pass on.
In The Rest Of The World is a photoblog by Andrew N. Grimes and family that has photographs from around the world over the last 30 years in over 100 countries.
Renal Failure is a brilliant twist on everyday reality. Besides who wouldn’t like reading about characters like Samurai Cathy and Avonia the Wiccan Pimp? Here is an excerpt.
“Tina the Lesbian had a unusual visitor at her front door today.
“Hi, would you like to participate in a short poll?” says Lance Patriarchy, the living embodiment of male dominance and oppression. Usually women can’t see him, they can only feel his oppressive nature. But for some reason lesbians can see him.
“About what?” says Tina the Lesbian, wary of conversing with Lance, for the patriarchy is crafty.
“The Democratic primary candidates for President,” says Lance Patriarchy. “Which one will you be voting for? Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?”
“Obama,” answers Tina the Lesbian.
“Really?” says Lance Patriarchy, surprised.
Lance whistles then starts writing on his clipboard. “Okay…”
“What? What’s that all about?” asks Tina the Lesbian.
“Well, I had you pegged for Hillary,” says Lance Patriarchy.
“Why? Just because she’s a woman?” says Tina the Lesbian, slightly offended.
“Well, it is your gender’s best chance to put finally get one of your own into the most powerful position in the world,” says Lance Patriarchy.
“I just think Obama’s better than her,” says Tina the Lesbian.
“But how can you hope to defeat me if you won’t even vote for a woman candidate?” asks Lance Patriarchy.
“Because we’re waiting for a better one,” says Tina the Lesbian.
“Hmm… well, thank you for your time,” says Lance Patriarchy, looking a bit crestfallen.
“You sound almost upset about this,” says Tina the Lesbian.
“Well, usually I’d be happy about this,” says Lance Patriarchy. “But I was kind of looking forward to have a little verbal jousting with you. Then you had to go and pick my candidate.”
“So you’re saying I’m siding with the Patriarchy?” Tina the Lesbian says.
“Pretty much, yeah,” says Lance. “How does that make you feel?”
*blink* *blink* *blink*
“Shut the hell up,” says Tina the Lesbian. “You’re just trying to fuck with me.”
“Of course, I’m the Patriarchy,” says Lance. “But you do have to admit, it does sting a little knowing that you’re voting against the best chance for a female President ever.’
“Like I said, we’re just waiting for a better woman,” says Tina the Lesbian. “Unlike your camp that just throws any idiot up on the ballot.”
Lance gives Tina a smile and a wave. “Thanks for the tussle. See you later. I need to go make sure there’s still an unattainable standard of beauty for women to be pressured to strive for.”
Tina is going to stop answering her front door for a while.”
Darkly Dreaming David is a Montreal based blog that will, among other things, report on it’s author’s job over the next two years. Sounds pretty lame, right? Well, this guy will be the IT person for the American tour of Kooza by Cirque du Soleil! Here is a shot he took in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Leslie’s Blog (have known this one forever it seems actually) is a look through words, photographs, and illustrations from the wonderfully eclectic life of Leslie Hawes.
And, finally, the Wooster Collective has a blog that looks at street art in New York City and around the world.
Found a nice blog today similar to this one called Nature Trumps: An LA River Blog Compiled By Jay Babcock. Do check it out!
My selection does not do justice to the group, but space, as they say, is limited. Enjoy!
There is also FoLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River) who are planning a huge mural project on Sepetember 22 and 23.”Over 100 artists from L.A. will be joined by visiting artists from San Diego, the Bay area, and as far away as Germany to transform a section of the L.A. River into a unique, vibrant collaborative mural”. Check it out here.
Not to be outdone is FOVICKS, (Friends Of Vast Industrial Concrete Kafkaesque Structures), Greg Ercolano’s photoessay of the Los Angeles River.
Photo Greg Ercolano
Gee, it s getting a little lonely being the lone soul on the Turcot bandwagon. Anyone want to join? (smile).
Big Congratulations to Suzanne of Catron County, New Mexico, for setting an unusual goal and getting it done!
Catron County? “Catron County is the largest county, by area, in New Mexico. At almost 7,000 square miles, Catron County is larger than a few Eastern states. With a population of only 3,543 people, the county is as sparsely populated as many an old West frontier area.”
She walked every mile of every paved road in the county! To say hello and look at her story go here.
And if you are interested in walking and blogging here are three great places to check out!
Very nice photoblog by Travis Ruse.
I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
I work in midtown Manhattan. (UPDATE: Up until the Spring of 2007 that is.
I’m now working at the new 7 World Trade Center building.)
42nd & Lexington Ave., to be exact, right across from Grand Central Station.
As the crow flies, that’s just 6 miles. But on the tracks, it can be three trains,
11 stops, and 45 minutes each way.
This is what I see every day commuting to and from work.