Taking on the dreamy, compelling sound of the lost soul decades is a damn high bar to set for yourself. Soul revivalists usually don’t get very far in my book, because what’s the point of competing with the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding? Listening to Leon Bridges made me do a 180 on that stance. See, if you actually can hold a candle to legends like Cooke and Redding — and Bridges can — then there’s no reason not to indulge in some nostalgia. NPR has a first listen of Coming Home, Bridges' debut album
, and you can see and hear plenty more of him on YouTube
, from a live cover
of Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love"
to a solo performance of "Lisa Sawyer," a reflective song about his mother. [more inside]
The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built — they're grown. [more inside]
Jeff Bridges (The Dude
himself) has released an album called Sleeping Tapes
. It's a collaboration with Squarespace
to raise money for No Kid Hungry
. It's also deeply, deeply weird.
"This subreddit is exclusively for pictures of infrastructure
. Paved roads and other public transit, agriculture, freight, waste management, and water systems are all things we could live without but we really don't want to (and they look cool too)" [more inside]
Filling the East River. Filling the HUDSON River. Building a dome over Midtown.
Borderline crazy proposed infrastructure projects
for New York City.
Postcards From Google Earth
: "I collect Google Earth images. I discovered them by accident, these particularly strange snapshots, where the illusion of a seamless and accurate representation of the Earth’s surface seems to break down. I was Google Earth-ing, when I noticed that a striking number of buildings looked like they were upside down." [more inside]
Ephemeral New York
'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
The Jumper Squad.
"Each year, the New York City Police Department receives hundreds of 911 calls for so-called jumper jobs, or reports of people on bridges and rooftops threatening to jump. The department’s Emergency Service Unit responds to those calls. Roughly 300 officers in the unit are specially trained in suicide rescue, the delicate art of saving people from themselves; they know just what to say and, perhaps more important, what not to say."
In 2005, Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks produced a 6 episode miniseries that spanned the period of expansion of the United States into the American West, from 1825 to 1890. Through fictional and historical characters, the series used two primary symbols--the wagon wheel and the Lakota medicine wheel -- to join the story of two families: one Native American, one White settlers, as they witnessed many of the 19th century's pivotal historical milestones. The award-winning Into The West
can now be seen in its entirety on YouTube
. [more inside]
In northeast India, a giant cliff leads up into a hidden world:
Lothlórien Meghalaya. Nearly two kilometers high and buffeted by monsoon storm clouds, this is possibly the wettest place on earth. Once, twenty-five meters of rain fell here in a year, the world record. Living here poses an unusual problem, and it's not just keeping dry. Nearly all the rain falls during the summer monsoon. Rivers switch from gentle streams to raging torrents. They become wild and unpredictable, and almost impossible to cross. Harley and his niece, Juliana, are busy cultivating a cunning solution. [more inside]
by Richard Dumas; a page (one of many) of actors and directors
; a Brooklyn gang (photographed by Bruce Davidson) in 1959
; photographs by Ernesto Bazan. Clive Limpkin
. Some Warhol Polaroids
. Film set photographs and portraits by Brigitte Lacombe.
Photographs by: Dennis Hopper
[nsfw], Jeff Bridges
, Julia Calfee
[nsfw], Ed Templeton
[nsfw], Lauren Dukoff
, Robert Frank
, Sid Grossman
and Allen Ginsberg
. A Princeton Dance Weekend in 1960
, an American family vacation in 1950
, Los Angeles
, Coney Island
, et cetera.
A diverse livejournal collection of photographs.
Historic Bridges of the U.S.
This is the most complete database of historic bridges I've seen. The front page is blog style that seems to have an emphasis on preservation, and which links to a database that is actively being updated & expanded. You can search by state
or by county
, and look at each bridge's individual page,
including a wealth of stats, and a high-res photo
, when available. [more inside]
A glance will show / Why Phoebe Snow / Prefers this route / To Buffalo.
And Phoebe's right / No route is quite / As short as Road / of Anthracite.
In 1908 the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad began work on the New Jersey Cut-Off
to make its New York to Buffalo mainline (the Road of Anthracite so liked
by Phoebe Snow
) even shorter and faster. It was to have no grade crossings, and was to be as straight and level as possible — through hilly terrain. The 28-mile Lackawanna Cut-Off
, as it is now known, was built over three years, cost $11 million, and was an engineering marvel
of massive reinforced concrete bridges, enormous cuts, and the largest railroad embankment in the world. All of this has been abandoned
for years, though there are plans afoot to restore the Cut-Off for commuter rail
. [more inside]
A virtually unlimited supply of randomly-generated logic puzzles, in a variety of sizes and difficulties: Nonograms. Slither Link. Nurikabe. Bridges. Light Up.
Roads To Riches (or We've Got a Bridge in Brooklyn to Sell You--Seriously)
-- Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous.--...a slew of Wall Street firms—Goldman, Morgan Stanley, the Carlyle Group, Citigroup, and many others—is piling into infrastructure ... Assets sold now could change hands many times over the next 50 years, with each new buyer feeling increasing pressure to make the deal work financially. It's hardly a stretch to imagine service suffering in such a scenario; already, the record in the U.S. has been spotty. ...
Attention lovers of privacy & salt air! This island
, the house on top
of it, and the bridge connecting it
to the mainland are all on sale for a mere 750,000 pounds.
In honor of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
videos of bridges
. Only this one
is sad to watch.
Le Viaduc de Millau
on the A75
between Clermont-Ferrand and Béziers in France is the world's tallest and most technologically advanced bridge. At 2,460m long and 343m tall, its multi-stayed spans are suspepended from seven pylons.
It is not only an engineering marvel, but a work of art
. It took 14 years of preparation, but the bridge was built in only 3 years. This film
shows how it was built. Here
is a live view from the webcam. Previous Metafilter discussion in August 2004 before the bridge opened in January 2005 here.
There are many different types
, from the very large
to the small
. Some of the more unusual specimens include the spectacular
new Sundial Bridge
in Redding, CA, topiary
sundials in Britain, and, perhaps most lovely, stained glass sundials
, rare now, but more common from the 16th
through the 19th
Now that's a bridge.
Highest bridge in the world from Jan 2005.
(euro post week)
Bridges of New York
Black and white photographs by Dave Frieder.
Might as well jump. JUMP!
An interesting article (nicked from linkfilter
) about suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge. Only 26 people are known to have survived the 220 ft drop into water 350ft deep. I have been across the bridge once and was "amused" by the fact that there is a free counselling phone as you get halfway across. Reading this article and realising the numbers involved, it suddenly seems less funny...
BTW, the jumper (who before he went a second time was one of the 26) protesting the Iraq War was discussed here
Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County.
They hold bridge conventions
here in Pittsburgh because there are around 2000 bridges in and around the city. Take the tours
to see some of them. My favorites: Westinghouse
, Smithfield St.
, East St.
, Panther Hollow
The Devil's Bridge.
For Halloween, tales
where the devil took a hand in the building: "If I help you, I'll have the soul of the first who crosses the bridge!" But the devil gets fooled... [more]
taken from the space shuttle have revealed what is believed to be a 1.75 million b.p. human-made bridge
from India to Sri Lanka
. Incredibly, legend says
the army of Vanaras (monkeys) built a bridge
across the ocean to enable Rama
(a Hindu Moses) to conquer Sri Lanka, possibly makeing it a 1.75 million year oral tradition. It is proposed
to be a land bridge again.
Bridge Collapses in Oklahoma
A barge collides with the I-40 bridge at 7:30 am this morning (CDT), sending 9 vehicles and 3 trucks plummeting 62 feet to the river below.
California Governor Announced
that there is a credible threat against the bridges of the state of California. Including the Golden Gate Bridge. The attacks are likely to take place between the second and ninth of November, during rush hour.
became a reality, with the construction of the 100 meter bridge spanning the E-18 in the township of Ås, east of Oslo. The design of the bridge makes modern bridges seem old in comparison. It seems that many
of DaVinci's 500 year old ideas are coming to fruition.
Bridge Builder, revamped
I posted a link to this program months and months ago. Since then, the program has been revamped. It's now called PONTIFEX
, and it gives you more options for bridge building materials, as well as better 3-D graphics (including an option to view your bridges from the point of view of the train's engineer).
It's well worth another look.
Tired of fighting that suicidal urge to jump the fences into the roiling waters of the Golden Gate whenever you drive across The Bridge?
Well, now you have a choice! Amidst practically no fanfare, the Golden Gate Tunnel has opened, featuring the best in subaquatic transportainment™, and all the donuts you can eat! Remember, folks, Those who know, go below.
Gosh, I haven't been to SF for almost a decade. Things sure have changed. ;)
: It's fun for a girl and a boy!
A downloadable demo of a pretty cool but geeky bridge building simulator. Each level, you're given the task of spanning a gap using limited materials. Your goal is to build a bridge not only strong enough to stand under its own weight, but to also support the weight of a train crossing over it. There is no right way to build a bridge, but there is a lot of wrong ways.
System Requirements: 200 MHz or faster CPU, Windows 95/98/00/NT, Direct X version 6 or later, Keyboard recommended, OpenGL video card and drivers