Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
There are two types of films I am going to show
Movies you acted in , made, or had a hand in producing --- and -- movies I want to show.
The first list is short and out of my control. So feel free to submit your junior highschool rendition of Hair. Just remember to have it transferred to DVD from video. The second list is long, in my head, and amorphous. The list below is not all inclusive but it should give you a feel and if it doesn't, too bad.
Goonies, Jaws, One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Maltese Falcoln, Chinatown, African Queen, Midnight Cowboy, Annie Hall, Butch Cassidy. The Third Man, Do the Right Thing, French Connection, Warriors, Rear Window, North By Northwest, Oh Brother Where Art Though, Dr Strangelove, Philadelpia Story, All Quiet on the Western Front, Giant, The Apartment. A Fish Called Wanda, The Search for the Holy Grail, Say Anything, E.T, Trainspotting.
As for suggestions of what is acceptable let me quote Justice Potter Stewart, "I cant describe it, but I know it when I see it."
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I had asked Ed to measure the eyebolt diameter because I wanted to get the right size wire to hang the screen in a more stable fashion. The eyebolts, which supported the metal retractable housing, were really small but I couldn’t remember if they were 3/8” or 3/16” so I asked for help in sizing.
“ itsmeed, I have some bad news. Call me.”
I’m informed that the setup in my room was tenuous at best and during the effort to measure the holes diameter the whole thing came crashing down. The metal housing cracked and the screen unrolled and became permanently unretractable. Arriving home from work to full of engineering wisdom I tried putting it back together. In order to salvage the screen I decided to cut off the top bar with a razor blade and try to hang it from the lighter rod on the bottom. While it will leaves the screen in a position where its easier to get damaged, harder to role up and store, it is also much lighter, and much easier to work with.
So that still leaves me with my original quandry of how to get that screen in the optimal location. Last night after work, I drew up the following plans based on the concept of using a bunch of 2x4s to create a frame which cantilevered off the deck and rested against the neighbors building ( 412). I went to the hardware store and found out that in order to get anything longer than 8ft long pieces I would need to go to a lumber yard. Other than the fact that uncut lengths are unavailable within walking distance, there are a number of other issues involved including the total cost of the assembly, and how to stabilize the back post ( wires, heavy base… etc.)
In the mean time, I bought a concrete masonry bit to drill against 410’s back wall. Unlike 412s wall, this is a location I have ready access to. The hole was drilled about 9 ft up. A lot of dust came in when I drilled, and when i placed the screw it never really locked it just kept turning. Somehow, I found a sweet spot but I think a more permanent solution is needed. The equipment was all put on the new rack at the far side of the deck. (I got this new rack to hold all the associated nonsense, otherwise it would be a mess of chairs, step stools, with electronics and wires coming out of it).
In the end the whole thing worked out looked great and I am less interested in building my Hangman’s noose apparatus than before. The image does fill the entire screen but the picture was great and I think a 4 foot wide image is good enough, given the size of the deck . The ambient light is minimal in this location and the noise from the yaffa can be drowned out.
|Outdoor Trial of Projector|
It is a little bit of a hassle since it takes about 40 minutes to set the whole thing up and take the whole thing down, but since time might be tickin down at 410, I am going to try and watch as much as can outside. This includes dinner BBQs and post dinner movies.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I was worried that movie wouldn't be a great projector movie because of the plethora of subway scenes. I read online that a major problem with projectors is showing detail during dark shots. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised.
Rico: Wait a minute I just figured out how they are going to get away
Lt Z. Hows that rico.
Rico: They are going to fly the train to Cuba
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Anyway I dont have a good answer for what she is doing in the picture. I think she is planting trees and getting rid of tent caterpillars. Here are some full grown trees she help plant a couple years back.
What is a tent caterpillar? There is a rumor they defoliate trees. I just think its a myth to get her active.Below is a picture of her a few years back before my uncles put her to work on the farm. (1935)
Dnc Place Team Division Leg1 Leg2 Time
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1 Hellgate Co-Ed Open* 46:01 50:53 6:10:49
77 Bringing up the Rear Co-Ed Open* 1:11:22 57:21 8:14:50
117 Dashing Dude & Co. Men's Open 1:13:26 1:19:51 10:26:17
I ran leg 2 for team BUTR. The time was pretty good considering i had a cold, got no sleep , and it was mostly rolling hills over hiking trails. It started in the Blue Mountain Reservation near Peeksill and ended with a nice jaunt over the croton river dam. The whole thing was over seven miles and my knees didnt hurt at all. I was very happy about that. I am sore all over today, mostly in my calves and quad. Some selected glamour shots are shown below..
"I’ve learned one thing in listening to all the debates and reading about all these people running for office, and the one fact I’ve learned, I can’t get out of my mind, is that Rudy Giuliani has been married more times than Mitt Romney’s been hunting."
-- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), quoted by the New York Times.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Love the b&w memorial day pics.
I was turning 15 that year of the riots. I grew up around the corner from the park and by that summer I was long accustomed to madness. Growing up around here in the late 80’s/ early 90’s was, I think, more dangerous than implied by the article-- but there definitely was something magical about it.
We used to blame our problems on the rich suburbanites driving into the city to but drugs, now we blame them for building $1200 psf condos.
Friday, June 01, 2007
These guys have been around forever and I have gradeschool memories of my clothes stinking of meat because I was waiting in the store for my mom to get some sausages. I sympathize with the following user comment on curbed. I would simply say to him that If I did that for every percieved "injustice" in neighborhood authenticity I would run out of crap -- including regularly crapping on my own mouth at least once a day.
Oh well gee, isn't this shocking. You know, I could actually vomit right now I am so angry. What the fuck man, what the fucking fuck is happening to this
city??? It's disgusting, it's like some kind of rent rape or some shit. Everyone
loves this place, this place represents so much about the neighborhood. I want
to personally crap in the mouth of this Landlord.