Monday, March 29, 2010
So Becki and I were on our way back to school yesterday...little did we know that we would be seeing first hand a landmark mentioned in class! So pictured is the Delaware Water Gap! This was the best I could snap through the window of a moving car, but this is one of the bridges across the Delaware Water Gap that was pictured in George Inness' painting "Delaware Water Gap." We got excited and our two friends in the car thought we were crazy, but we didn't care. So next time you're on a road trip, keep your eyes open for a chance to say "Hey! I learned about that in Nature and Culture!"
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Apparently every U.S. citizen could fit into an area the size of New Hampshire if we all wanted to live at the population density found in Brooklyn, NY. As the graphic says, the rest of the U.S. could be our greenbelt, and "we'd all be neighbors."
You can click on the graphic to enlarge.
"...actor Kiefer Sutherland told Playboy that Bambi was the first film he ever saw and, he said, 'it's still the film with which I compare everything.... It taught me about—I guess on a broad scale—sexuality. I was in love with Thumper's girlfriend from the time I was seven until I was ten. She's got all that eye shadow on and she's looking real good.'"
The article then continues with Bambi's impact on American culture. Random?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
This is the link to the description of the last Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear. The clip from Molly Maguires that we watched in class today reminded me of this story, and the article mentions that the story is loosely based of the Molly Maguires happenings.
Of particular interest in the start of the story is the way the coal mining districts are portrayed. Though I do not remember the exact words or description, the author paints a picture of utmost gloom, misery and tyranny. It is clear that he wants to convey what a horrifying place the mining district was...
Monday, March 8, 2010
"The Starrucca Viaduct was at the time it was built the greatest work of railroad bridge masonry in the United States, and is to-day a conspicuous example of that branch of engineering science, even among the stupendous feats of modern bridge construction. The viaduct is 1,200 feet long, 110 feet high, and has eighteen arches with spans of fifty feet each. It was wisely constructed for a double track, and was made thirty feet wide on top. The cost of the structure was $320,000, the most expensive railroad bridge in the world at that time."Illustration circa 1848.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Nothing new under the sun...