Monday, July 30, 2012

Creative Bypass of Legal Restrictions?

The eagle-eyed folks at Legal Blog Watch have re-posted this picture of the store-front of an entity that is presumably seeking to evoke certain words, marks, or symbols it is not actually permitted to use: 

Multi-Colour Linked Squares in honour of the
"Lodnon 2102 Oimplycs"

Supposedly, the legal lock-down for this year's event is stricter than in prior years.  If so, I wonder if the attempt at heavy-handed suppression has provoked uses like this.  

That is, are some of the close-to-the-line, in-your-face uses (like this one) perhaps undertaken by folks who would not have infringed under normal guidelines and standards, but who were so annoyed by what they perhaps saw as over-lawyering or hyper-regulation that they decided to dance as close as they possibly could to (or around) the line, just to annoy the Establishment?  

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Elephants (from April)

Cold Spring

I'd hoped to go to Constitution Island today, but it was closed due to inclement weather. So we went to the Foundry and the Putnam County History Museum, and enjoyed a sandwich at the Foundry Cafe. While we were at the cafe, the skies really opened up!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

RiverFlicks: Hugo

Charles St, near West St - I thought this looked like a stage set.
The venue

Inflatable movie screen

Monday, July 23, 2012

File under "Peeves, Pet"

Sometimes if you ask a guy if he has kids, he'll answer "None that I know of." You can tell he's trying to be sort of clever, and at least theoretically he's being a stickler for accuracy, since technically only the mother can be 100% sure that a baby is hers.*

But when you think about it, what he's really saying is that he's had unprotected sex with at least one woman he didn't know well enough (or wasn't on good enough terms with) for her to be willing and able to contact him a few months later to notify him that she became pregnant.

fn*: Then again, in hospital environments, a mother cannot always be certain a baby is hers; one does hear of the occasional "switched at birth" story. In the U.S., they're often caught within hours... But this one was corrected 43 years later.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Skating Jaunt

I got up early enough to get a good start on hiking, but just didn't have the heart for it.  Something low-key and local was in order.

So I walked down to Bowling Green to start skating.

En route, I saw the Battery Urban Farm, an entity whose existence I had not even suspected.  Apparently we are invited to buy shares in this as a CSA type thing.  It's not much to look at, but I am very tempted...

The Battery Urban Farm

How cruel -- these serpentine structures call out to be climbed!!!

Private Passage by Malcolm Cochran

As I headed further uptown, I encountered several new sculptures, mostly part of the "Model to Monument" program.

Red Arches (2012) by Roberto Franzone 

Cope (2012) by Damien Armondo Vera 

Coalescence (2012) by Renata Pugh

Yes, it looks like a skull. Made out of aluminum.

Morning glory growing around the branches.

Stopped at the Pier i Café for a hot dog and a nice rest in the shade.
This seemingly rusting old paddlewheel may actually be a sculpture at Pier 66 (north Chelsea) apparently installed in 2007:

But the pier’s most unique feature is a dynamic and kinetic public artwork – “Long Time”, by local artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. “Long Time”, a 26-foot diameter water wheel constructed of stainless steel, harkens back to the river’s milling history and turns unpredictably with the tide and wind.

Is this the "Long Time" kinetic sculpture? 
I liked the bright green speedboat, which raced back and forth a bit.

I saw several butterflies today when I stopped on shady benches.  Apparently, they've been planting stuff specifically to attract butterflies and other insects.


On the way home, I stopped at a street fair and got a fresh-made watermelon mango smoothie.  Yum!  I've been craving watermelon.

In the evening, I took a yoga class focusing on back and core health.  Nice and relaxing.