I was in London recently and rode the “Underground” daily. I think it’s supposed to be the oldest subway system on earth. Anyway, this is a wonderfully imaginative use of the London Underground System Map.
While in San Francisco I noticed a crane working next to our hotel. It was lifting steel up to a building 2 blocks away. The crane and hanging girders had to clear a tall building and the crane driver was operating blind with a radio and two spotters on nearby buildings. It was amazing and I ended up standing there for a few hours watching. Felt like a kid watching trucks, which, in fact I was.
The most amazing thing was that this entire crane collapsed down into something the size of a large truck (well, it was riding on a large truck) and then, without much fanfare it drove away.
This picture needs no caption. What can I say? No matter how high I raise it they find a way to jump or drop or undoubtedly use a cherry picker.
The interesting question is, what must his back toenails be like to suspend him so readily?
Walking south from the center of North Beach in San Francisco on Columbus Ave. toward the Transamerica Building one passes by an old, copper-clad building with a restaurant in the ground floor. This building is the headquarters of American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s studio.
His daughter, Sofia Coppola wrote and directed Lost in Translation, which Zoetrope released. IMHO Lost in Translation is one of the better movies relased in the past ten years.
In the old days, a long time ago (1970-1980) I was a potter and made a living selling wares and teaching ceramics. Most of the photos of my work are in slide form and I have not gotten around to scanning them. Here are a few that I have.
This is a small stoneware “jug” that had a “temoku” glaze on it and was then fired in a wood-fired kiln with salt tossed in (salt fired). At the time I was doing this work I was also getting seriously into rock climbing and I loved all the perlon rope and knots and such. So, I experimented with combining old and new.
This piece was raku fired: quickly at low temperature. Being the outdoor type I was eating a lot of dried fruit at the time and had built a fruit dryer to make my own. This new material came out called Gortex and so, I bought a piece and put it on a pot, with some fruit inside, thinking that the way it dealt with water would allow the fruit to dry without spoiling (water vapor would go out, but no air would come in). It didn’t’ quite work that way but I liked the colors. This piece also uses a slider knot to tighten and loosen the perlon cord.