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Titanic Exhibition

April 29th, 2007

I finally found some free time to wander over to Union Terminal to check out the Titanic: Artifact Exhibition that’s been there for a while. Too many times I’ve set out to take in exhibits like this only to find that they’d left the day before… so I was pretty happy to find out it wasn’t going to be leaving until the week after this.

Like many people, I’ve always found the Titanic story very interesting. While there’s the tales of pride and tragedy that accompany the ship and it’s maiden voyage, there’s something equally mysterious about it disappearing into the sea. The ocean holds many mysteries, and sunken ships have always fascinated me. When I took up scuba diving years ago, I loved the idea of diving sunken ships and exploring them. I think part of my fascination is that old childhood dream of finding pirate treasure or something like that. But what I truly found interesting was the juxtaposition of being able to swim through something that should be floating atop the water. I don’t imagine I’m the only person to be charmed by that thought, since dive parks have been sinking boats, planes, cars and anything else they can for divers to explore. Seeing the artifacts from the wreckage touches that bit of treasure-finding dreamer within me. It was incredible to see the things that they were able to recover and restore. I’m particularly surprised by the different paper items they were able to recover, like letters and paper money. It stuns me that these were able to survive in the depths, let alone be restored so well. When I left for the exhibit, I was hoping I’d come back with some great photos from it. Unfortunately for me, there was no photography allowed, so people must live with my photos of the building.

I was also very pleased with how they contextualized the story of the passengers. There were recreations of different areas (for example, passenger rooms) and little biographies of passengers that you’d normally expect. What I thought was an interesting touch, was the presentation of a “boarding pass” to each visitor which held some details about one of the passengers who might have been traveling in any class on the Titanic, as well as who their traveling companions were. One of the final pieces of the exhibit is a wall listing who survived and who was lost, so each visitor could track down their passenger and learn their fate.

More on the Eldridge text

March 4th, 2007

For those curious about the Eldridge’s textbook, below is a sample of what it looks like.

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The Fraktur font makes for slow reading, but his stream of consciousness writing keeps me intrigued. To make things easier on anyone trying to read the text, the section pictured reads as follows.

His heart sank a little. And kept going. A nurse was installed. She kept careful watch. Serenely overhead the skylight opened. Awful loneliness settled upon her. Not until breakfast did she ask for toast. And wasn’t she ravenous. With marmalade, a nice spread, her heart had gone into erosion — though warped freshly in vinyl to preserve flavour. The masculine heart, with only the one eye raised to the trout, sighed. Another monokrat bites the dust. This isn’t the story’s end. The spongy gall of world was swallowed up with deeply astringent pleasure. The doctor paused. In non-tech talk he explained himself. Sorry to hear he was so ill. It is an excellent idea. Night blindness clucked. That soaked spangles doth to nutritive surgery submit. A stamen stuck in severe censure on the same. In the stigma flowers separately a half white-hearted male. Imprinted mortar flat brays. Stamps collect. Dust aborts. 1.

His lectures usually had a very similar feel to the text above, although every now and again he’d take some time to argue with someone in the class. Usually it seemed like disjointed nonsense, but it would often wrap around in weird ways. If nothing else, the lectures were interesting mental exercises to follow.

Odd what you stumble across

January 15th, 2007

Since it was a long weekend, I thought I’d try digging through my piles of junk and find some photos for a friend. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the photos I was looking for, but I came across a few other things I’d forgotten about. Some of those I’ve since scanned and others I’m working on. Eventually I’ll post some of those to Flickr, but for the moment here’s one of the better photos I’d found.

National Cathedral

I came across some books I’d forgotten about in my search, too. For instance, the old course packet to the Aethelred Eldridge’s class. I’d forgotten about his stream of consciousness styled writing… and his use of Fraktur fonts for all the text. It’s made for some interesting, although slow, reading over the course of the day.

Nice surprise

October 14th, 2006

I’d been posting things to Flickr for a while and not really thinking a whole lot of it. The other day I was contacted by someone looking to use one of my shots in small show in London. Pretty cool. The photo, below, is a bike lot in Narita, Japan, and the show has to do with bike traffic.

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Black Dahlia

September 30th, 2006

I was quite looking forward to the Black Dahlia since I enjoyed LA Confidential a great deal. I haven’t watched LA Confidential since it came out so I wonder if my impressions of it would change based on the Black Dahlia. Much of what happened in the Black Dahlia reminded me very much of the pattern of plot twists from LA Confidential. It makes me wonder if watching LA Confidential now, I’d be more disappointed in it as a film. I suppose the only way to test that would be to watch it again.

Generally, I was disappointed that the Black Dahlia murder seemed to be a bit of an afterthought for the film. It’s only natural that the film focus more on the investigators, which it did. There’s a love triangle waiting to cause trouble for the investigators… but it never really takes off into the expected drama. It’s sad, since there’s plenty of opportunity for good character drama… the film just never makes use of any of those opportunities. And, what it does act on comes across very flat. No power to the characters’ involvement, leaving you with no reason to care what they’re up to.

Hollywoodland

September 8th, 2006

A couple days ago I caught Hollywoodland which I’d been curious to see. I never really knew much about George Reeves’ death, or life for that matter. This was a nice look at both, very well done. I’d forgotten that the film was even being released, having been caught up a little more in anticipation for the Black Dalia. That was probably for the best, since I might have been a little more inclined to skip it if I’d noticed ahead of time that Ben Affleck was playing Reeve.

Destination Ocean

August 20th, 2006

Shoes and I were chatting the other day and she mentioned that she’d never been to the ocean the entire time she’d been in North Carolina. While mildly surprising, it’s not terribly so given she’s on the far side of the state. We talked about making a trip out to the ocean. Due to work schedules, it seems like we may not get to spend as much time as hoped at the beach but hopefully that won’t kill the trip entirely.

Relaunched and redone

August 14th, 2006

After untold ages of living death, the PRB is slowly returning to life. Or is this a state of undeath. I’ll leave that debate to ZADL. Suffice to say that words and content will be returning for all to ignore.



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