Day 97/365 – Rockin’ Out

A few nice writing instruments images I found:

Day 97/365 – Rockin’ Out
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Image by Kevin H.
This next sentence will sound like it’s written by a fourteen year-old rather than a forty year-old. My friend Chris got Rock Band 2 for Christmas for his Wii, so last night I went over to his house and we played it for a couple of hours. It’s more fun than the first Rock Band game for Wii was. In this version you can make your own band member and customize their appearance, plus it has more of a story to it. You start out a struggling band with no fans and no money playing seedy little clubs, but as you play more gigs you gain in money, fame, and fans and move up to traveling in jets, wearing elaborate costumes, playing flashy instruments, and performing in huge arenas.

It’s pretty awesome. I can’t remember exactly what the name of our band was. It’s something-something Tree Frog, I think. Chris is on guitar and I’m on drums, which is a bit of challenge given my general lack of rhthym and coordination. Chris’ wife Des was our vocalist for the first Rock Band game, but she was out running errands and tending to business last night so we made do with a computer-generated singer. We tried to rope our friend Adriana into taking over the microphone, but she wasn’t up for making a fool of herself like we were.

Chicken.

(January 13, 2009)

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge – Dedication by the Directors and Officers of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District
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Image by wallyg
DEDICATION BY THE DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND HIGHWAY DISTRICT

In the year 1937, nineteen years after its inception, the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco is here. Dedicated to the people of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District who guaranteed it, to the Citizenry of the State of California who sponsored it, and to the world at large whose adventurous spirit it reflects.

Lifting its mighty form high above the Golden Gate it shall testify to the faith and devotion of those who undaunted through the years sought honestly and failry through this structure to tender a definite contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind.

Conceived in the spirit of progress it shall stand at the gates of San Francisco, a monument to her vision, an inspiration to he posterity, and an enduring instrument of civilization faithfully serving the needs of a quickening world.

The Golden Gate Bridge spans 8,981 feet across the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean, connecting San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. Designed by engineer Joseph Strauss and architect Irving Morrow, it was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it opened on May 27, 1937. It has since been surpassed by eight other bridges, but still has the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York.

Before the bridge was built, the only practical route across the Golden Gate was by boat, which held San Francisco’s growth rate below the national average. However, many experts believed that the 6,700-foot strait could not be bridged. It had strong swirling tides, strong winds, and reached depths of 500-feet at its center.

In 1916, former engineering student James Wilkins wrote an article with a proposed design for a crossing in the San Francisco Bulletin. The City Engineer estimated the cost at an impractical 0 million and challenged bridge engineers to reduce costs. Joseph Strauss, an ambitious but modestly accomplished engineer, responded with a plan for bookend cantilevers connected by a central suspension segment, which he promised could be built for million. Strauss spent the better part of the next decade drumming up support and construction began on January 5, 1933.

As chief engineer in charge, Strauss, with an eye towards self promotion downplayed the contributions of his collaborators who were largely responsible for the bridge’s final form Architect Irving Morrow designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme and Art Deco elements, and used the International Orange color as a sealant. And Charles Alton Ellis, collaborating remotely with Leon Moisseiff, was the principal engineer, producing the basic structural design, introducing Moisseiff’s "deflection theory" by which a thin, flexible roadway would flex in the wind, greatly reducing stress by transmitting forces via suspension cables to the bridge towers

In 2007, the Golden Gate Bridge was ranked #5 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

California Historical Landmark No. 974, San Francisco Landmark No. 222 (5/21/1999)

Finds himself
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Image by Sarah Ross photography
“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
–Marcel Proust

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