Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bring it, Winter!

With the weather taking a turn for the ugly, I am pleased to announce that my first truly winter-proof clothing has arrived!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Frosted Walkway Stones

The northern side of the Olin Library at Cornell has an outdoor second story stone walkway with a lovely view of the Arts Quad. Though there is ample seating on many well positioned benches, this terrace isn't a popular gathering place in the winter months because the main portion of the building casts a continual shadow on the entire area. 

Above is satellite imagery showing the area in the morning light of early spring. In the Winter, when the sun remains lower to the horizon, the shadows of the library and the adjacent building extend well past the walkway, leaving it in continual shadow.  View Larger Map

The other day I was on campus biding some time, so I ascended to this walkway in hope of using it's vantage point to find a sunnier spot to sit. In an effort to spice-up the bland monotony of grey slate slabs, the walkway is salted with smooth white stones. I quickly noticed, by nearly falling on my face, that some of these white stones were covered in a well-disguised layer of frost. With complete disregard to my the odd looks of the few people sitting around on nearby benches, I proceeded to skate back and forth on my impromptu ice rink.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity Wrap-Up

To say that fans of Jon Stewart and the Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. had big expectations... would be over-simplifying the varied yearnings of an equally diverse crowd. And that, is precisely the point. On October 30th, an estimated 200,000 people came to the National Mall, in Washington D.C. to show their support for rational political discourse. The result was the largest gathering of kind reasonable people since the last U2 concert.

I knew those neighbors were sketchy...