Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Old Stuff

Old "stuff" always makes for interesting photographs. Old "junk" makes for some of the most interesting of them. These were taken outside the Mast Store I mentioned a post or two ago. In the first shot it's pretty obvious we're looking at an old-style kerosene pump (that hopefully is no longer in use). The other two shots are also some kind of pump -- specifically a hand-operated pump -- but what this pump was designed to deliver is anybody's guess.

Bethlehem Steel Redux
I got a number of comments on my Bethlehem Steel shot in last week's "Thematic" from folks who are fascinated by urban or post-modern ruins. I remembered at the time seeing a spectacular photo essay on Bethlehem's mill, and after a little research I found it again. If you have some time on your hands Sean O'Boyle's site is well worth checking out. Meanhwile, I have a couple more of my own.
This week's amusing search terms
A visitor from Cambridge, MA arrived here when he or she asked of Google: "when was the last time that the boston bruins have won a title?" Just in case Google didn't yield up the correct answer, it was 1972 or, for my readers in Ontario, five years after the Maple Leafs' last championship.
One Tired Puppy
Truth or fiction: you decide. This is one of those stories that fell into my inbox via multiple forwards so you may have seen it already.
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

So You Think You Can Dance?
Reuters reports that a company specializing in renewable energy (with the unfortunate name GotWind) has finished work on a new type of mobile phone charger. The unit which is about the same size as a deck of cards, attaches to the user's arm and is powered by "dance energy" (their words, not mine). Full Story

Here's a headline that has to get your attention: Sports bra saves US hiker in German Alps
It seems a Colorado woman hiking in the Alps found herself stuck on a ledge after a fall. Unable to climb back up the way she came, she tied her sports bra to a cable used to move timber up and down the side of the mountain. The story goes on to say that "this attracted the attention of lumberjacks". Really? Ya think? Insert punchline here. Full Story

Here's another eye-catcher: Woman sues Victoria's Secret claiming thong injury
But it's not what you think. Reuters reports that the woman was injured when a "metal clip" used to attach a rhinestone to the garment flew off and hit her in the eye. I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time visualizing how that would happen. You be the judge: Full Story

I'm out ya'll. Peace.
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creme brulee aka GH said...

I'm not sure about the second pump; it's pretty substantial - access point from one reservoir to another?

BTW - your site is so conducive to B&W.

now I'd better drop in on Carmi and check out the convergence. if he mentions winter wheat I'd say we're in the path of a big storm!

cheers, Gord H.

Mojo said...

Some shots just have to be rendered in B&W. Or monochrome at least (have to give a nod to sepia toning). These felt like those kind of shots.

Cravey said...

okay, okay, but are you smoking?????????

Mojo said...

@JC: Noope! Smoke free now for almost 2 full weeks.