Sunday, May 18, 2008

Slicing a Bridge Like Butter

I was going to have a blog about my deep skeleton tour of the Columbus Auditorium I had with Dale the esteemed leader of the CAC and my brother the Historical Preservation Architect dude, but I think I'll wait and let some thoughts percolate a little. Why rush something if things are still floating around in your brain.

Then I was going to write a huge piece on Public Enemies but . . . . nothing is happening in Chicago, at least not that I have heard.

Seems Herenotthere girlfriend broke up with him over at IMdb and I am truly sorry to hear that. It SUCKS!

I read an article about National Geographic Photographers a few years ago. Did you know that 90% of them get divorced? Having a job where you are on the road a year at a time away from loved ones is a real deal breaker in most relationships and while you would think being a crew member on a movie sounds exciting there are very big drawbacks.

So that leaves me with a little engineering story problem and then a couple odd facts about the Columbus city Hall.
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Remember story problems? How you hated them in school because they, well, THEY SUCKED?

Here is a little story problem my brother's son had in engineering school in Illinois.
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A Backhoe weighing 8 tons is on top of a flatbed trailer and heading east on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas. The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, reinforced with 1 1/2 inch steel rebar spaced at 6 inch intervals in a criss-cross pattern layered at 1 foot vertical spacing.

Solve: When the shovel arm hits the overpass, how fast do you have to be going to slice the bridge in half? (Assume no effect for headwind and no breaking by the driver...)
See pictures if you need some visual aid in solving the problem.

Extra Credit: Solve for the time and distance required for the entire rig to come to a complete stop after hitting the overpass at the speed calculated above.

The first photo shows the end result from below

The second photo is of the top view


And you thought YOU were having a bad day.

I think the bottom photo was taking from the other side of the bridge. It looks like the arm caught the bridge at an angel that raised it higher as it sliced the bridge.
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After the skeletal tour of the Auditorium we were outside and the below photo has a few interesting things many people do not notice.

First is the fire escape. It does not actually meet the ground does it. I guess fire escapes are a thing of the past and are now forbidden. This one's story (no pun intended) is that the metal for the bottom half was used for WWII. Also used were some really nice looking fountains that were situated around th City Hall.

Also - there are three groups of windows on the bottom left. If you look closer they were actually large doors.

Those doors were for the horses. They needed a team of horses to raise the piano up and down from the stage and other heavy lifting. COOL!!

I'll have more on City Hall tomorrow - what an amazing building and from what I was told is in very well preserved shape (except for the roof). I even got to see the inside workings of the clock and I hope I'll have permission to post some photos of the guts of the time piece.

So for me - it's off to the flower Factory in Oregon for my last bunch of butterfly/bee perennials plus some sort of purple climbing Clematis for the lamp post!

BIRD ALERT - I was 1 second away from having a photo of a big orange Baltimore Oriole at our feeder yesterday! ARG!!!!
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Side note - do to demand, if you are looking to purchase that photo of downtown Columbus that I posted yesterday just click on the PayPal Donate Button. It's an 8x12 in photo.

20% will go towards the Auditorium. $10 +$1 shipping/handling and additional overcharge. Paypal gives me the address and I'll get one in the mail - OR - better yet - head to Julies Java House and get one first hand and have a cup of Joe while you are there.

Have a great Sunday

Rod

69 comments:

  1. Can anyone tell me what hours Julie's Java House and the drug store that sells the Kurth shirts are open?

    Thanks.

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  2. We also have an Oriole that visits our feeder. What do you have out for the Orioles at your house?

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  3. There is a video on depphugs called Peg #3! I am trying to save it to my computer to use in windows movie maker but can not download from photobucket. Can you please email me the video clip! I would be forever grateful! Thanks Jill K. :)

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  4. I suppose an email would help. Sorry. herbiekrueger@earthlink.net
    Thanks Again.
    Jill K.

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  5. Hi all - Just posted at end of yesterday's comments before looking here, duh!

    You know those commercials about how to re-learn how to do things without smoking, like driving, etc??? Well, I'm finding I've lsot interest i lots of other things I used to do while BLOGGING!!! Like watching TV, reading, and bird watching now no longer comfortable/enjoyable since I am not blogging at the same time. Maybe I relly do need a 12 step program...

    My auntie is being kind enough to loan me some air-time to upload more kitty pics in a minute!

    Good Sunday All!

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  6. BTW Rod - thanks for the new audi facts and photo's!

    the other photos gave me a sick tummy feeling... = )

    Happy Birthday Vicky!!!

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  8. To whomever posted this on Depphugs: http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn5/DeppHugs/?action=view¤t=IMG_3989.jpg

    That is me :) Could I get a copy of this? raetherese@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!!

    Rachel

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  9. rachel, what is the direct url for the pic?

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  10. Is this better?

    http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn5/DeppHugs/?action=view¤t=IMG_3989.jpg

    Thanks Osh for pointing that out :) Miss you too!

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  11. to whoever posted the peg videos on photobucket, is there anymore footage of clip #5?? right at the end, i saw my friend meet him and then my face for like a split second before it stopped!! if there is like just 10 seconds more of that clip could you post it??

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  12. Rachel, it isn't showing me a certain pic, just taking me to the main photobucket page...hmmm

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  13. Hmmm.. ok, well it is #72 out of 84.

    I hope that helps... it must be because you need a password to get in that it is harder to direct link? I dunno. :)

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  14. Help, I can't remember the password!

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  15. Peg-
    AWESOME! you're #1 video has me in it! hand shake and hug!! :) woohoo!

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  16. password for JD hugs? shakenb?
    its columbus

    :)

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  17. thanks Meagan/Osh! My auntie is letting me use her computer = )

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  18. Did that help Colleen? I have every angle of hug shot now and video to boot! I am hooked up in the hug department with all the media :)

    Off topic, but since I'm up north, can someone tell me what a hodag is?

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  19. yes rachel! I am so jealous! but at least I have great awesome shots of Evan with JD!

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  20. hodag
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hodag

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  21. At least he actually got his picture taken with him :) That's cool!!!

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  22. Geez Osh, you are like a personal assistant today. I certainly need it and appreciate it !!

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  23. I know Rachel, Michelle was so awesome and so nice to stay up and take Evan's pics...she did such a great job...she posted some of Evan as Streetwiser on her Flikr site that are just great! I love them so much!

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  24. I will send you some of the pictures that Michelle took of me that will make you laugh for hours. :)

    Check your email soon :)

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  25. Did Michelle Post any hug pictures? I was just down from her...and was hoping maybe she caught me in a pic...

    Tracy

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  26. Well, Michelle was trying to get The Bopp Gangs moments captured (god bless her) and I think she was using a wide lens to focus in on a few people that were having their first meeting. But I can certainly ask her. I haven't seen all of them yet. :)

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  27. is michelle planning on uploading more pics to her flickr site?

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  28. i watched "blow" last night...what a sad movie/but interesting movie...i wont say anything in case people havent seen it.if you havent seen it, i would recommend it..but, there are alot of "f" bombs dropped....
    tonight i plan on watching don juan de marco..
    i have "from hell" and "the libertine" coming in the mail...cant wait!

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  29. I'm not sure. She might. I guess just keep checking back :)

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  30. I think we talked about this before but those of you that don't have the full JD collection... for 14 bucks at Wally World you can get "From Hell", "Benny and Joon" and "Edward Scissorhands" all in one :)

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  31. Peg!!! I was like 10 seconds after you #5 video! Is there any extra video between #5 and #6?

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  32. Does anyone have any pics of the people at the end of the line on 5/13 at 4am?

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  33. I also want to say congrats to Chelsea - I saw in the paper that you were on prom court! I hope you had a good time!

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  34. Speaking of Johnny Depp movies, I bought The Ninth Gate today...$5 in Walmart's bargin bin.

    Watched The Astronaut's Wife the other night. (Borrowed from a co-worker. I haven't found it on DVD yet.) Blond(ish) hair does not work on the man. lol

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  35. Secret Window is in the bargain bin also. :) I didn't know about the Ninth Gate. But then again, that movie was a little bit odd to me.

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  36. Nice facts about the city hall today Rod! Must have abeen a great time.

    I love all the pics on the depphugs! It seems that I have sadly dissapeared from every single shot and video made :( My friends are in it, but alas....not me. Hopefully one will surface.

    I was watching the vidoes last night, and it did not occur to me at the time that we could have taken a picture with Johnny. UGHHH! I was such a dummy hee hee.

    Happy Sunday to all!

    Vicky

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  37. rachel: "...can someone tell me what a hodag is?"

    Follow this link and see a picture of the Hodag, http://www.rhinelanderchamber.com

    Since this blog loves pictures, you may want to go to Rhinelander and get your picture taken in front of the huge Hodag. It sits in front of the Rhinelander Visitor Center; I guess protecting it! It's cool. :) How long are you up north?

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  38. Oh yes, Secret Window....got that for $5 too a while ago. I *knew* Ninth Gate was in there too because we'd seen it before the PE madness started but by the time I started buying my collection it was buried so far down cuz they just pile new stuff on top. hehe

    I can't find Sleepy Hollow, Benny & Joon, or Gilbert Grape in stores. Guess I'll have to start shopping online now.

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  39. Those of you looking for movies (for cheaper) should go to Amazon. The used ones are awesome, and wayyy cheaper than brand new. ;)

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  40. So now you guys have me blogging! Ha Ha!

    I put up some pictures and a story about my experiences trying out for the movie. I never really knew what a blog was till I found this. I love to write, and you all have got me writing again after a long period of writers block! So...thank you! You guys are great!

    BTW Rod- as soon as I saw a math problem (with the bridges) my brain went numb! Hee hee. I enjoyed reading it though.

    vicky

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  41. Hey all,

    I will upload some more photos soon, including some shots to the hugs album. Tracy, I am not sure if I got you or not. I did focus on the "Bopp Gang", but I always keep taking photos as long as he's in sight.

    I do have more stuff to post to my Flickr but if you can believe it, I had REAL work today. A fully hired photography job. Hee. Now if I can just manage to start charging something, I'll actually have a business.

    BTW Rod, thanks so much for posting the link to my new site yesterday! I got quite a few hits from here.

    Oh, and Rachel... thanks for being my personal assistant again today. Colleen, you are going to love the special Rachel photos we have in store for you. ROFL.

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  42. I have my special Rachel pictures blown up poster sized already...

    gigglesnort!

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  43. Stopped by mirror lake today...some random generators with big flood lights in places...car is gone...nuthin else really interesting. maybe this is old news. i dunno

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  44. Osh... you are going to have a thrown down with Vickie about me know that those hot pics have surfaced :)

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  45. Hi guys! Filming was definitely taking place at Union Station today. We walked by around 7pm and they were taking a break from filming. There were a few Extras outside taking a smoke break, but it looked like most of them stayed inside the Great Hall. We were able to take a peek inside and see them sitting on long wooden benches. They were all decked out in their 1930's outfits and there was a lot of old luggage. And they looked pretty bored, so I'm guessing they'd been at it for a while. I have no idea what scenes they were filming (the security guard was clueless), but I did overhear one of the crew saying that JD wasn't there. So my guess would be that they're filming FBI scenes.

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  46. Vicky ...
    Alas I have not surfaced in the Hug photos yet either. I have been dwelling on my stupidity for not handing my camera off to someone to snap the photo at the time. I was too dumfounded by the event and didn't want to push my luck once Johnny was by me :) But, my hubby reminded me that most people will go through life having never hugged their favorite celeb, so I should be content with that. Still ... it would be darn nice to get my hands on a shot!!! I'm not proud!!! Keep uploading, people!!!

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  47. Rachel,
    My husband isn't thrilled with me going ghey. (I know, right?). I'm sad, but at least I will always have the poster.

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  48. Rod,
    My sister and I stopped down at Julie's today for lunch and coffee and loved sitting and looking at your picture (which I explained to her was "by Rod, the guy that writes the blog I read everyday"). It was fun because she didn't get to be here during filming and I spent the entire time on set the first time the crew was here so she got to see your awesome picture and I got to point out all the details that I loved...Thanks for sharing your picture and doing so much to help everybody come together and stay informed.

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  49. Michelle,
    I sent you an email the other day...I take it you didnt get it. Let me know
    Lynn
    lynnsown@yahoo.com

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  50. debsmad,
    I don't think anybody answered you... I'm not sure when they close but Julie's is open most weekdays by 6 and weekends by 9 (I think) and "the drug store that sells the Kurth shirts" is Sharrow's and they are open 8am-7pm Mon-Thur, 8-6 on Fri, 8-3 on Sat, and 10-12:30 on Sun... Hope that helps...

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  51. peg! where art thou?! please tell me you have more of clip 5!!

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  52. SnoopyAndwoodstockMay 19, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    Anybody know what the age requirements were for the extras? From the ones I saw in Aurora, Illinois and in Columbus most looked to be in their 40's or early 50's. A few could pass for being in their late 30's.

    Any updates on exact locations and dates of filming in Chicago?

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  53. Here's a few notes to catch up with yesterday...


    Hey Kendra and Jenny,
    I have posted all the video that I have of Johnny on the DeppHugs
    site. It ends when I stopped filming...had I known you wanted more, I would've kept taping.
    I'm sorry!!!

    Jill K, I'm not sure how to save things off of photobucket...is that even possible?

    Maegan, I tried the link but it didn't work, so we may have to do Plan B. I tried late last night when I got home, but I'll take another look at it today.

    I may just end up buying a dropboks for all to access...I'll get back to you on that.

    As far as Chicago goes, My mom happened to be at Union Station last night, switching buses from Chicago to Milwaukee, and there was definite filming going on. They had certain areas inside blocked off. There were extras sighted outside, smoking in their 30's attire, carrying suitcases and wearing long coats. That's as much as she could remember at 11 pm. She is 80, so I couldn't interrogate the poor woman...but I wanted to!

    Have a great Monday, all...
    Peg

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  54. Ashley - Yes, that does help. Thank you! I'm not in the Columbus area and have to figure a time to sneak in a trip after work.

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  55. debsmad -
    We should meet there sometime and have a Rory conference :) Seriously, maybe a group of us could get together.

    Have a great day!!

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  56. you can save photos of bucket by right click save, but i have no idea how to save videos to your computer from bucket...I can ask Evan.

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  57. Sun Praire...are you still out there? Is your video posted to DeppHugs?

    I haven't found the link for it yet...did you post it yet?

    Michelle,
    Good Luck with the business! Your photography is awesome!!!

    Tracy

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  58. Peg,
    I was hoping you could do it through email maybe. I think you should be able to attach the video file if you can find the original copy on the computer. I am making a movie with photos and video for my sister in law but the video I have cut out right before her. Woooops. Please help.
    Thanks.
    herbiekrueger@earthlink.net
    Jill K.

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  59. Snoopyandwoodstock,

    I don't think there's an age requirement for being an Extra. I know that if you're under 18, you had to have special paperwork filled out for the casting agency, but that's the only age-related issue I've seen. I was an Extra in Aurora and was surprised by the number of older people there. In Crown Point and at a night shoot on the South side of Chicago, most everyone was closer to my age (late 20's). Which was good for the Southside shoot because we did quite a bit of running.

    I think they are more concerned with height and size requirements.

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  60. Sharrow's is open 8:30am-7pm during the week, not sure about Julie's but they are open early and close around 5:30pm.
    Oriole's love grape jelly- I've heard one around our house but haven't spotted it yet...maybe I need a feeder!

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  61. Thanks Mcskippy and peg for posting info about the Chicago filming!!!!! :)

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  62. Is there an answer to the engineering question???
    I'd like to pass along the question and photos...

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  63. "...there are three groups of windows on the bottom left. If you look closer they were actually large doors." That much is true.

    "Those doors were for the horses. They needed a team of horses to raise the piano up and down from the stage and other heavy lifting..."
    Actually that used to be the fire department. Those doors were part of the fire department garage. Just thought you might want to know.

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  64. If you are looking for one of Depp's greatest films then you should really watch Dead Man. Jim Jarmusch's acid western. Excellent performances from a varied and unexpected cast and a beautiful haunting score.
    Wow sounds like a mini review..lol
    I have watched it countless times and I am still seeing something new each time.

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