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Fan Interest Web sites <!-Line & car histories; Scooby->
Other interesting things from the Web
•Two factor political theory
•Air Powered Car
•Quadricycles/ATV's/Paddle boats/Jet Skis
•Best CGI animation: TOPIX Computer Graphics
•HunterDouglas "Silhouette" hybrid blind/shades; combo washer/dryers
•Link to Essays page for Battle of the Ghostbusters
•KICK Design subway map
BLOG: http://erictb.wordpress.com. Current information, plus some stuff that becomes outdated here might go there as well.
I always imagined extending the alphabet by doubling the digits like numbers. I later found that this is done, in court exhibits, and spread sheet programs. Here are additional and mathematical tables showing how it would work
33rd Street Passage
A forgotten passage connecting the 6th and 7th Avenue subway mezzanines (including PATH) that was useful, but prone to crime and the homeless. With the revitalization of the area, it should be given another chance and opened. Formerly owned by Gimbel's, it is now owned by Vornado Realty, owners of both the Manhattan Mall and Hotel Pennsylvania, comprising the whole block, of which the passageway is the property's sidewalk vault. Includes pictures, both mine and others, and how to find where it is sealed up.
Temperament For Dummies
Discusses the basis of temperament theory, and how it helps us understand ourselves and others. Promotes a theory of a fifth temperament, and how the factors of temperament theory (Introversion vs extroversion, along with people vs. task orientation), work. There are also three "areas of need" through which people's temperaments can be blended. All of this was derived from the once popular FIRO instrument. This is a multi part series, and part two discusses MBTI, and there are also comparisons between the two systems and other instruments.
World Trade Center memoirs
My memories of WTC (where I had my very first paid job) and thoughts about 9-11 and the ideological debates thet followed.
Transit Improvement Plans
East River Crossings Manhattan Bridge Alternatives
This is basically outdated, but it is interesting to see some of the BMT-IND subway patterns they came up with, in the event of the Manhattan Bridge being fully opened (O), partially open (N north tracks/S South tracks), or closed (C), and a proposed alternate connection between DeKalb Avenue and the F line tunnel built or not. Of course, the bridge is now finally fully open after years of switching back and forth between one side or the other. But before this, especially in the transitional 90's, when seemingly neverending work was continuing, and even possible threats of permanent total shutdowns floated around, transit fans always wondered what service would be like if it was fully closed, or the work was finished and it was fully open, or the new connection built. So this was valuable information.
The new connection was not built (And now the area it would have been dug up in is being built up). There was an option on there called "No Build" or "Transportation Services Management" (TSM) meaning using the existing infrastructure and improving serivce. This technically is what is being done, though the current pattern is still nothing like the TSM-O in the list. These patterns reflect the pre-2001 routings (B on West End line, D on Brighton, Q on 6th Avenue), which changed when the Bridge swapped back from the N to the S configuration in 2001, and by the time the work was finished and it fully opened, rider input and other operational issues went with totally different service patterns, so it's all moot now. It is still helpful in giving an idea of what it would be like if the bridge was completely closed, and the tables include the throughput (trains per hour).
BTW, the public hearing where this info was given out took place in the WTC, and was the last time I was up in one of the towers (a good four or so years before 9-11).
Rap: Where Did We Go Wrong?
I also have written an essay on rap music or hip hop, which frequently been coming under criticism, even from black leaders and newspaper columnists, for its violence. It originally started out as a response to the article "Rap Only Ruins" by John H. McWhorter, (PostOpinion, NY Post, 8-10-03; taken from “How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back”, City Journal, 7-1-03. http://www.city-journal.org/html/13_3_how_hip_hop.html), which actually blamed Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" for the beginning of the downfall. But I actually see that as the high point of it, and ultimately positive. It was the two turning points that occurred with the debuts of Run DMC and later KRS One, that changed rap. Both groups had an ingenious, but also aggressive style that quickly caught on, and in a few years, entirely transformed the genre into what is called "hardcore". I had emailed an early version of the essay to McWhorter, and also to other frequent black newspaper critics of rap, such as Stanley Crouch, Errol Louis and Karen Hunter years ago.
Complete HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS
Blends four Gospel accounts into one narrative. Others have done this, but only this one has it's own chapter and verse system, and I try some methods to create a more freely flowing text.
Tri-une Nature of God
Offers somewhat of a possible resolution to the age-old Trinity issue. The pre-Nicene expression was less formulated, and thus easier to understand, and this should be reconsidered by Christian scholarship.
Other Christian issues at Christian page Index
Fan interest Web Sites
Line By Line History
Chronicles the history of each subway line in the New York City Subway system.
Subway Car history
Chronicles the history of general car assignments in the NYC Subway.
The Scooby Story
The definitive guide to the Scooby Doo series through the years.
Discusses the series of games, and how the first one was the best.
Filmation, the much maligned staple of Saturday Morning TV
The history and contributions of this cartoon studio, that for a time was second only to Hanna Barbera.
TONTO: Unique musical production style
Discusses the influence of engineers Bob Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil on Stevie Wonder's career. They had created a very unique sound for him, the Isley Bros. and others, replacing conventional orchestras with fat synthesizer sounds, amd adding rich harmonies and emotion to the music.
Other Interesting Things from the Web
Two Factor Political Theory
Air Powered Car
Quadricycles and other interesting vehicles.
BEST CGI Graphics!
HunterDouglas Silhouette hybrid blinds/shade
Battle of the GHOSTBUSTERS!
In Essays page
To longer essays (Entertainment, Transportation, Math & Science)