Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chocolate machine

Machine on display at Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO. It is a panning machine, which is used to coat nuts, fruit, etc. I guess you put the chocolate in the big vat, which spins, and the nuts or whatever are shot in through that tube.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rebellions are built on hope.

I don't know what made me think of this movie on this Inauguration Day . . .

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jane's Carousel

Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The carousel was originally built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Tobaggan Company for an amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio. The horses were carved by John Zalar and Frank Carretta. In the 1980s, it was purchased and restored by David and Jane Wallentas, real estate moguls of DUMBO. In 2011, it finally re-opened in a new glass pavilion by the East River.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher. R.I.P.

Man, 2016 turned out pretty shitty, huh? Politically, we're headed into very dark times, of course. But it also seems like we've lost an unusual number of artists and celebrities this year. Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, George Michael, Florence Henderson, Garry Shandling, Elie Wiesel, Gene Wilder, Edward Albee, cartoonist Darwyn Cooke, and many, many others.

Carrie Fisher's death really stings, because I'm a big Star Wars fan, and her death was so sudden and unexpected. Of course, I had a crush on her as a boy. Princess Leia was awesome not just because she was beautiful, but because she was strong and independent and sassy and acerbic. Star Wars has been rightly criticized for its paucity of female characters, but the one it did have was pretty kick-ass.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Drawings from New Hampshire and Maine

I was recently in Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, NY with the the Bang Group. Here's some drawings from that trip

Across from our hotel in Portsmouth, this freighter was docked. The Elvira Bulker is a 19,812 ton freighter operated by the J. Lauritzen corporation, flying under the flag of Denmark. For the three days I was there, it was continually unloading a gigantic mountain of gravel or sand or crushed stone or something like that.

Utility pole outside the venue, in Kittery. I always like the mess of cables around these poles.

Antique phonograph, backstage at the venue. Actually, I'm sure it was not an antique, just a reproduction.