Sunday, December 31, 2017

Almost time!

I like it when it gets all over like that...

Just popped the cork. I've got shrimp cocktail for an appetizer while dinner cooks, and After the Thin Man in the DVD player.

Popping away!!! You'd think he'd just watched a Simon Jacobi/Trevor Yates/Johnny Rahm/Jack Harrer foursome...

Got my champagne chilling!

Gotta get the good stuff out today...

Time to get out and do some New Year's Eve stuff: Botanical garden visit, a movie, lunch out, and a nap.

Guess what today is?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Time for change.

Ski bulge bum.

I know the architect who worked on the buildings highlighted in red on the left. Those are the Housing Authority towers. Irishtown Bend is the areas in blue and pink. That's where the Irish shantytown was.

The blue area is sliding into the Cuyahoga River. The pink area is unstable, but not necessarily sliding into the river.

There are five subsurface layers here. From bottom to top: Silty clay/clayey silt; weak clay; strong clay; sand/silt; human-placed earth fill. In the 1940s and 1950s, sheet steel bulkheads were placed vertically into the riverbed to hold back the Bend, which was sliding very slowly into the river. A large amount of fill was then placed at the top of the hill to level it out. This put an immense amount of pressure on the Bend, and the sliding accelerated. Currently, the slip is one to two feet a year, and sometimes as much as three feet if the ground becomes saturated.

Radar imaging of the bulkheads show that several have failed already. Others have subsided into the riverbed, making them far less able to hold back the hill.

The former Cleveland & Mahoning Valley Railroad tracks run along the shoreline. Halfway upslope is Riverbed Street, now closed because it has cracked in half and is falling into the river. Franklin Road defines the upper portion of the most active slope between Columbus Road and W. 25th Street.

The ideal solution would be a mid-slope retaining-anchor wall, and a foot-of-the-slope double-retaining anchor wall. That would cost $80 million, and no one has the money. So they want to scrape together $16 million to replace the bulkheads only. They have $9.5 million in hand.

If the Bend is allowed to collapse into the river, the Army Corps on Engineers will spend several million to remove the blockage. It would take one to two years, and force the shutdown of most of Cleveland's heavy industry -- devastating the local economy.

A collapsed Bend would put W. 25th Street in jeopardy as well, take with it the Riverbed Street sewer main line, and destabilize the west abutment of the Detroit-Superior Bridge.

If he's cold, you're bring him inside. Make him take off those wet clothes. Skin-to-skin contact will warm up him quickest.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... one lord a leaping!


Pretty much. Screwing with backstory like this is disheartening.

Friday, December 29, 2017

When writing, my research notes tend to be a stream-of-discovery. I don't spend a lot of time organizing things; I try to keep things in linear order, but even then I'll give up on it if the research process becomes too unwieldy.

This causes problems for me later on, as I grapple to get a hand on the voluminous notes I have. Getting things in order can be a bear, particularly if I have set the writing aside for a few days to attend to real-world matters or to let it percolate, creatively.

On the other hand, having to revisit notes like that serves a great purpose. I have to really dig deep into the work again, and be ultra-familiar with it. That helps me get a better handle on unresolved research issues, spot the holes, spot the narrative problems, and figure out how the work is going to section itself up.

The process can be really frustrating. But when it comes together, there's this IMMENSE feeling of satisfaction. Of accomplishment. Of thrill.
Comic books are known for tackling sensitive social issues. Among then are erectile dysfunction, and small penis size.

We have a new monster..........

In 2010, Montana hunter David Bradt was looking for elk on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. He walked up a dry wash, and saw bones. He reported his find. When paleontologists returned to the site, they followed the trail of bones up the ravine. At the top, they found a perfectly preserved skull.

The monster was an elasmosaurid. The named the monster Nakonanectes bradti ("Nakona" after the Nakona [Assiniboin] people of Montana, and "bradti" after David Bradt). Thie long-necked, flippered creature lived in the Western Interior Seaway about 70 million years ago. This vast, warm shallow sea lay atop the central United States.

Elasmosaurids are generally long-necked. N. bradti is not. Many scientists thought that short-necked elasmosaurids might be found, but toward the end of the Cretaceous period. That's typical evolution: A species diversifies over time. N. bradti, on the other hand, existed at the beginning. This indicates that two very different kinds of elasmosaurids existed early on, which is quite surprising.

ring for porter - Mount Baxter Pullman

The "Mount Baxter", a Pullman sleeper car located at the former B&O Railroad rounhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. The roundhouse and Pullman are both owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Pullman car number R32008, the "Mount Baxter" was built in 1924 as a Plan 3521 car, which meant it was a heavyweight car with 10 sections, a lounge, and an open-air observation deck at the rear. Pullman built 53 of these Plan 3521 cars between 1923 and 1929. The 3521s were intended to be used on bread-and-butter regional trains, not the famous long-haul "name" trains.

At the time, it was considered unhealthy to drink from the same sink in which washing was done. Handwashing sinks had short faucets to distinguish them from long-fauceted drinking sinks.

The car was rebuilt in 1937 as a Plan 3521-L. A very small kitchenette was added to provide limited food service, and the open-air observation deck enclosed. Air-conditioning was added throughout the car, and the lounge's ornate lights were replaced with recessed "subway style" lighting.
The "Mount Baxter" was originally owned by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and used on its Cleveland, Terminal & Valley Railway (CTVX) subsidiary. The car was sold in 1948 to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
The MRPS acquired the "Mount Baxter" in 1960. They painted it blue and renamed it the "John S. Foster", after the former Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad engineer and MRPS co-founder. The car was refurbished about 1982, at which time it reverted to its historic name and color scheme. It was used in the movie The Natural. (One scene showing Robert Redford sitting in the lounge area is included in the film.)
All the windows work and much of the interior is original -- including the furniture, sleeping berths, and berth curtains. It is still steam-heated.

lower berth - Mount Baxter Pullman

upper berth - Mount Baxter Pullman

observation lighting - Mount Baxter Pullman

seating 02 - Mount Baxter Pullman

observation lounge 04 - Mount Baxter Pullman

observation lounge 01 - Mount Baxter Pullman

observation lounge 03 - Mount Baxter Pullman

women's restroom 01 - Mount Baxter Pullman
I can't tell if that's a dog or polar bear. The boy, now, I can identify as Grade A Prime.

I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that despite being the fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, Vince Mayle was cut in training camp for dropping numerous passes (apparently convinced his superior athleticism was enough to allow him to win games)?
I'd be quite happy to have his hands on me.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ryan Pinkston is 29 years old and sizzling hot.

When he was 15 years old, he made his acting debut in the films Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over as the kiddie hero Arnold, and in Bad Santa as the shoplifter who gets humiliated. Ashton Kutcher saw him and hired him for a season on Punk'd the same year. He starred in the TV series Quintuplets the next year. His career skidded badly after that. He played a series of increasingly ugly roles as bullies, wise-guys, homophobes, hate-mongers, and purveyors of general cruelty.

He made an abrupt shift about 2010, taking on roles of somewhat clueless but kind-hearted guys in various low-budget films with a strong homoerotic subcontext. His career's stabilized a bit, and he actually starred on the TV series Clipped in 2015. He continues to work, which is good.

Although he's a celebrated martial artist (having won tournaments and awards as a child) and has a powerful, muscular body, Pinkston's 5'4" height often mitigates against him being cast as the hot boyfriend or stud on a show or in a film. I wish he'd get naked more often...

Pinkston lives with actor Sterling Knight. Both of them hang out a lot with actor Matt Shively. Neither of those guys is a poster-child of heterosexuality.

You come out, Ryan. We'll love you.

It's why I sometimes spend my whole evening reading.

Someone's going to get frostbite if he doesn't come inside and take off those pants...