Monday, April 20, 2015

SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry: Paper Manufacture

This year three students at ESF took the course on manufacturing paper. ESF has its own paper plant, the oldest in a university in the US. Our friend teaches the course, so we get to watch it in operation on the one day a year it operates. The students are given a piece of paper and asked to reproduce it chemically, and in color, texture and weight, which means precisely formulating the pulp.

Here is the link to ESF's paper engineering page. There is a video of the process, though I haven't found it yet. Maybe on YouTube?

The paper plant is a thing of beauty. As a latent engineer, I love this day! I would pay them to let me paint the machinery that sky blue.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Manhattan: Two Toynbee Tiles Spotted in Midtown

"Toynbee Tiles" and their lore came to my attention while we lived in St. Louis, where they were, at one time, numerous. I believe these are originals.

Googling the phenomenon will bring up lists of where they have been found, speculation as to the identity of "Toynbee", and some evidence that others, more recent, were not placed by the originator but by copycats.

I came across these, both at intersections, after several years of totally not thinking about them at all. I wasn't looking for them, at least not consciously.

Often they disappear not because of wear but when the city repaves the street or subterranean work requires digging up the pavement.

These each measure maybe 18 inches by 12 inches.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Manhattan: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Lots of fun to see a live taping. The pain of securing an early place in line to pick up my reserved ticket and waiting in 20 degree weather is all but forgotten.

No photography after the program begins, so no photos of Larry Wilmore allowed.