Archive for August 3rd, 2007

Friday Quote & I’m-Not-Entirely-Sure Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Formula, a terribly boring movie about an oil industry conspiracy to cover up the discovery of synthetic gasoline:

We’ve brought the human race to that brave plateau where insanity is now a greater problem than hunger!

Actually, hunger is still a pretty big problem.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s, umm… uhh…


From HumanDescent, by way of my brother.

1 comment August 3rd, 2007 at 09:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Our Long National Nightmare Is Finally Over

Yes, that’s right, the Bratz live-action movie is finally here.

You can say that your entire life has not been leading up to this one perfect moment, but you’d be, like, totally lying OMG.

There really is no need for anyone to make another movie ever again.

August 3rd, 2007 at 11:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies

Non-Coney Island New York Photoblogging

I may be through with Coney Island, but I’m far from through with New York:

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The color version might have actually come out better, but I think the B&W is spookier.

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Just some more fun with lights and reflections.

August 3rd, 2007 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Just Got A Lot Harder To Sell

This can’t be good…

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of 166 city bridges labeled “structurally deficient,” putting it in the same category as the one that collapsed into the Mississippi River.

In fact, under the the feds’ rating system, the Brooklyn Bridge scored dramatically lower than the doomed Minneapolis bridge…


The Brooklyn Bridge also got lousy marks from the state, which called it one of three city bridges in “poor” condition with rusting steel joints and deteriorating brick and mortar on its ramps.

The biggest problem was the roadway deck on the Manhattan and Brooklyn approaches.

The state felt the “poor” rating was enough to raise concerns but not enough to shut down traffic like it did with the nearby Williamsburg Bridge in 1988.


…Charles Carrier, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, said, “The bottom line is, if a bridge is unsafe, we close it. Obviously the Brooklyn Bridge was not deemed to be unsafe, but there are issues we’re going to be addressing.”


All of [the New York State] bridges are rated by the U.S. Department of Transportation on the same 1-to-100 scale that gave the Minneapolis bridge a “sufficiency rating” of 50.

Considering factors such as structural adequacy and safety, serviceability and functional obsolescence, the Brooklyn Bridge was given the lowest possible “sufficiency rating,” a zero.


The city emphasized the Brooklyn Bridge was safe to drive on and promised a $725 million repair – but not right away.

“It is in poor condition but it is also in our reconstruction program,” said first Deputy Commissioner Lori Ardito. “For 2010.”

Well, I’m sure that gives New Yorkers a nice warm fuzzy feeling…

It does look like Governor Spitzer is on the case, but I don’t know how quickly NY can pull together $725 million bucks, or if the newly emboldened state legislature is going to balk.

If they do, I would recommend that Spitzer point to NOLA and MN as very pointed demonstrations of what happens when you don’t take structural warnings seriously.

August 3rd, 2007 at 11:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

From Dodd’s Mouth To Your Ears

Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd takes on O’Reilly and his insane anti-Kos vendetta:

Good stuff, and he gets BillO into full-blown raging freakout mode – I just wish he had some specific, documented quotes, especially for O’Reilly’s Coit Tower comment, which he allowed BillO to simply deny.

August 3rd, 2007 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Media,Republicans

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