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WATERFALLS?: YES PLEASE by Marauder

WATERFALLS?: YES PLEASE

As I ventured out for my morning bike ride yesterday, I noticed something new in the east river.  Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls are live y’all.  Above, photography from the New York Times.  Click the above photo for a multimedia gallery.  Below is a photo taken from my iPhone Thursday morning.  For a complete description on the waterfalls, click here.

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ONLINE SITE OF THE WEEK: RIDE THE CITY by Marauder
June 18, 2008, 9:30 PM
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ONLINE SITE OF THE WEEK: RIDE THE CITY

Six days out of the seven, I ride my bike in NYC. Because I ride so frequently, where to go and how to get there safely is almost second nature for me. But for some folks, riding in New York City is a scary proposition.

This site, should help calm those fears down a bit. If you’re not a NY-er, apologies. The site is only New York focused for the time being. Type in a starting and ending location and the safest route will appear on screen.

For example, here’s my ride to work.

You can do it Rebel Without a Cause style as well requesting the quickest route rather than the safest. Usually after you’ve had the brush with death alla that bus driver who doesn’t see you, you go for the safest route.

Even better yet, wait till August 9th and take a ride down Park Avenue in style, traffic free from 72nd street down to the Brooklyn Bridge.  That’s just less than 7 miles of uninterrupted biking bliss.  Ride On.

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TELECTROSCOPE THIS: BROOKLYN NYC by Marauder

TELECTROSCOPE THIS: BROOKLYN NYC

It looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but really this telescope-like device is called a telectroscope.  The device is part history and part creative spirit connecting New York to London though a 37 x 11 foot telectroscope.  Real time images are captured in both locations and delivered via a small circular video screen inside the teletroscope.  If you haven’t yet ventured out to Brooklyn or the Tower Bridge in London, you have until June 15th to get your view on so get on it.  The teletroscope is free to view in Brooklyn (Woot!) but £1 in London.

Check out the video below to get a taste of the experience.  If you’re looking for a place to get your flirt on, this seemed the spot to do it especially being that London is 5 hours ahead of NYC (i.e. several drinks ahead).

Teletroscope Video

New York

London

The Artist

Paul St. George is a multimedia artist and sculptor currently residing in London.  St. George blurs the line between spectacle and viewer participation in his work.

The Supposed History

A little bit of lore and imagination crafted this story.  Supposedly St. George discovered the drawings of his great-grandfather in his attic and uncovered a tunnel from London to New York.  Through a series of complex mirrors and lenses, the teletroscope would provide a live link between the two cities.  In actuality, the video is connected via existing fiber optic networks.

Cost

$787,000 as underwritten by the British government grants and private sponsorship

In short. . .check it out.  You’ll dig.  Many thanks to Jedi for clueing me in.

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