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  • feedwordpress 08:01:21 on 2017/05/25 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Kennedy, Moon, , Reefill, , , ,   

    “You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it”*… 


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    New Yorkers like to say their tap water is the best in the world. Surely, then, it’s worth a $1.99-a-month subscription to drink it when you’re away from your sink—right?

    That is the concept behind Reefill, a startup that aims to bring the subscription model to the simple, free act of filling up a water bottle at a café. The company wants to build 200 smartphone-activated water fountains inside Manhattan businesses, less to make money off the Nalgene crowd than to hit Dasani, Aquafina, and the wasteful consumption habits of bottled water–guzzling Gothamites…

    Just as one field of startups is dedicated to doing what Mom won’t do for you anymore, another is reviving the infrastructure of the 19th century. Uber eventually found its way to the bus; Reefill, to the public drinking fountain…

    Top up at “The Startup That Wants to Sell You a Subscription to New York City Tap Water Explains Itself.”

    * W.C. Fields

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    As we pine for the days of bigger visions, we might recall that it was on this date in 1961 that President John F. Kennedy gave the historic speech before a joint session of Congress that set the United States on a course to the moon.

    In his speech, Kennedy called for an ambitious space exploration program that included not just missions to put astronauts on the moon, but also a Rover nuclear rocket, weather satellites, and other space projects.

    Read the transcript here.

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  • feedwordpress 09:01:14 on 2016/12/18 Permalink
    Tags: , , astrophotograph, , John William Draper, Moon, , , William Mortensen   

    “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”*… 


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    “Machiavelli” by William Mortensen

    Anton LaVey was a fan, and so was Ansel Adams who called him the “Antichrist.” William Mortensen was clearly no ordinary photographer.

    Born in Utah, William Mortensen spent the formative years of his career in Hollywood working as a still photographer on Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings, among other gigs, before setting up shop in Laguna Beach in 1931. Mortensen’s experiences in the fantasy factory of Hollywood provided a solid starting point for his jaw-dropping exercises in imaginative manipulation. Consciously channeling the Old Masters of centuries past, Mortensen tirelessly executed dozens of astounding portraits and evocative “scenes”—pictures so ravishing that the viewer is often bound to question their status as photographs…

    Read more of Mortensen, and see more of his work, at “William Mortensen– the Anti-Christ of Photography.”  There’s even more in this short (23 minute) documentary, Monsters and Madonnas:

    * Diane Arbus

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    As we fiddle with the focus, we might recall that it was on this date in 1839 that John William Draper took a daguerreotype of the moon, the first celestial photograph (or astrophotograph) made in the U.S. (He exposed the plate for 20 minutes using a 5-inch telescope and produced an image one inch in diameter.)   Draper’s picture of his sister, taken the following year, is the oldest surviving photographic portrait.

    An 1840 shot of the moon by Draper– the oldest surviving “astrophotograph” as his first is lost

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  • feedwordpress 09:01:35 on 2016/02/18 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Moon, , Octave Chanute, tour, , Wright Brothers   

    “Fly me to the moon”*… 


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    Do you long to go to space? With space tourism stalled and NASA’s Mars mission years away, you probably won’t be able to get up close and personal with Earth’s neighbors any time soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience them, thanks to two new 360-degree views of Mars and the Moon…

    Take 360-Degree Tours of Mars and the Moon.”

    * Frank Sinatra (lyric from Bart Howard’s composition, originally titled “In Other Words”)

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    As we sample the cheese, we might send high-flying birthday greetings to Octave Chanute; he was born on this date in 1832.  A civil engineer who was a pioneer in wood preservation, primarily as applied in the railroad industry, he is better remembered for his application of these techniques first to box kites, then to the struts in the wings of gliders.  Through thousands of letters, he drew geographically-isolated aviation pioneers– including Orville and Wilbur Wright– into an informal international community: he organized sessions of aeronautical papers for the professional engineering societies that he led; attracted fresh talent and new ideas into the field through his lectures; and produced important publications.  At his death he was hailed as the father of aviation and the heavier-than-air flying machine.

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