Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Photos Sandy 2012

A street off Atlantic City's boardwalk lies submerged. 
Photo: AFP Getty Images

Closed-circuit cameras captured flood waters surging out of an
elevator shaft and inundating this PATH station in Hoboken, NJ.
AFP/Getty Images

The empty LIRR concourse at Penn Station in Manhattan 
Photo: MTA/Flickr

Empty Times Square Subway Station Sunday October 28, 2012

More Empty Times Square Subway Station

An eerie shot of an empty Grand Central Terminal 
Photo: MTA/Flickr

Another shot of the traveler-free Grand Central Termina
Photo: MTA/Flickr

Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street in Manhattan.
Photo: AP

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.† (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

Bowling Green Station Subway Entrance NYC
Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

He'll Steal Your Cursor


Modern Windows

 This image shows how the lower window opens for cleaning. The upper window used to open until October 9, 2012 when Harvard's contractors placed locks on the upper window tracks (see below).  

 This shows the lock in the track for the upper window, right side.

 This shows the lock in the track for the upper window, left side.

Balance for lower window, left side.

 Balance for lower window, right side.

 Upper window lock outside of track, left side.

 Upper window lock outside of track, right side.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Boston Police Perplexed: Man Found Dead In Financial District

@ Downtown Boston Outside A bar , a drunk a**hole and his buddy start a fight inside the bar/ club and it continues outside. This is my first night out in Weeks, Big Shout out to WSHH, My Boston crew and my NYC-ROC crew

Boston Police are still looking for clues in the death of Steven M. DiRoberto Jr. (right), seen here with his brother Daniel, who died after being found with head injuries early Saturday morning in the financial district.

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Police: Dead man may have fallen in Financial District
Boston Herald
By Richard Weir
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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The intersection of Franklin and Broad Streets, where a death was reported Friday night.


Man dies from head wounds
Boston Herald
By Richard Weir
Sunday, October 21, 2012

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Cops: Financial District death cause still under investigation
Boston Herald
By Laurel J. Sweet
Sunday, October 21, 2012

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Cops hunt for clues in man’s death in Boston
Boston Herald
By Laurel J. Sweet
Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sowell: Threats to Riot If Romney Wins

KABC talk show host Larry Elder interviews one of America’s greatest living thinkers, Thomas Sowell, who predicts race riots if Obama loses.

 Thomas Sowell – Race Riots If Obama Loses

Monday, October 15, 2012

Twelve NYPD Officers Beat, Subdue, and Arrest Man Sleeping in Synagogue Basement

Twelve NYPD Officers Beat, Subdue, and Arrest Man, Who Was Sleeping in Synagogue Basement with Permission of Rabbi

WATCH: Cops rough up sleeping man at B'klyn youth center
New York Post
Last Updated: 1:16 PM, October 15, 2012 Posted: 1:14 PM, October 15, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SwissNex Boston Video Game Art

Swissnex Boston the Consulate of Switzerland in Cambridge MA held a panel discussion on video games and art on Wednesday October 10, 2012. The guest speakers were Chris Solarski and Terrence Masson. Solarski was on a book tour for his tome, Video Game Art. Terrence Masson teaches at Northeastern University in Boston and brought along copies of his book, CG 101, Version 2. They were introduced by The Deputy Consul, Andreas Rufer.

Adreas Rufer, Deputy Consul

Chris Solarski is an author and Artist Game Designer. His studio is in Zurich Switzerland. Solarski explained that he was focused on classical art applied to video games. He explained that old masters created art on a hidden system of lines. The lines and angles in the pantings suggested eye movement along the lines or circles. He called them "emotion generating slopes." Reubens suggested circular movement of the eyes. Others used triangles to represent sharp movements as opposed to smooth transitions. He said "everything can be reduced to very primitive shapes." When designing video games there is the background, the middle ground, the foreground, the barriers and the goal.

Chris Solarski, Author, Artist Game Designer

He showed the Mario figure which is round. He is a circular figure in a circular environment. His job was to eliminate the angular shapes. The objective was to create harmony. If both shapes are present there is dissonance. He said his favorite game is The Agenda of Zelda.

Mario and Wario

He explained the role of controller as the means through which the observer, the player, interacts with the video environment. The player can change the environment and the message being expressed in the video game. Reality is complex. The player can be seen as the conductor as in a symphony orchestra. The conductor influences and changes the music.

Example of Triangles in Classical Painting

Solarski did not mention the role of light in creating an environment. He may have assumed that it was understood. He discussed the difference between an observer of a painting which remains static, and the video game environment which changes and is changed by the observer.

Terrence Masson, Executive Professor of Creative Industries 
College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University.

Terrence Masson mentioned his travels and his participation in producing 20 films, including Titanic, and Batman. He also contributed to the creation of the Bruce Lee video game. He reported that he is originally from Boston and returned to his current position Executive Professor of Creative Industries, at Northeastern University in their College of Arts, Media and Design.

Terrence Masson (l.) and Chris Solarski

He said he has a BFA in art history and graphic arts; and worked in animation for film production. His passion was very apparent. He was especially excited about his students who come from many backgrounds and disciplines to immerse themselves in the various means of visual expression. He said they are history, English literature, Health Sciences and Engineering majors.

Example of Sharp Angles, Triangles in Classical Art