Archive for December, 2008

hoop

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

2008, 12″ x 15″ x 2″, oil on wood (click on image for enlargement)

small monument to high noon

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

2008, 9″ x 12″ x 2″, oil/ plastic flowers on wood (click on image for enlargement)

new light

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

2008, 22″ x 34″ x 2″ oil on wood (click on image for enlargement)

note: republishing some pictures with better resolution, seems comments have been lost in the process, sorry about that.

notebook #4 (coviction)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

2008, 11″ x 19″ x 2″. oil & plastic jewels on wood (click on image to enlarge)

notebook#3 (lessen)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

2008, 12″ x 19″ x 2″ oil & rhinestones on wood (click on image to enlarge)

notebook #2 (profile)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

2008, 12″ x 19″ x 2″ oil and rhinestones on wood (click on image to enlarge.

notebook #1 (missionary)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

2008 ,12″x 19″, 2″ , oil & rhinestones on wood (click on to enlarge)

passenger rail, don’t pass me by

Friday, December 26th, 2008

This article spells out how old habits die hard. And run counter productive to Obama’s reputed trillion dollar infrastructure plans:

Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Missouri’s plan to spend $750 million in federal money on highways and nothing on mass transit in St. Louis doesn’t square with President-elect Barack Obama’s vision for a revolutionary re-engineering of the nation’s infrastructure.

Utah would pour 87 percent of the funds it may receive in a new economic stimulus bill into new road capacity. Arizona would spend $869 million of its $1.2 billion wish list on highways.

While many states are keeping their project lists secret, plans that have surfaced show why environmentalists and some development experts say much of the stimulus spending may promote urban sprawl while scrimping on more green-friendly rail and mass transit.

By deferring much of the (political/economic) oversight to the states, the Obama administration will increase the likelihood of falling back into the same pattern of decisions that created the automobile oriented, oil dependent urban sprawl infrastructure responsible for much of the countries current financial situation. Because the federal money will then get channeled back into the familiar state transportation dept./construction industry political fundraising merry-go-round.

[…] Members of Congress and some officials with the incoming administration are moving toward legislation that gives states funds through existing formulas that provide little oversight to ensure the spending fits into a broader plan to modernize the nation’s infrastructure grid and promote energy efficiency, according to several lobbyists and congressional aides.

“We like the environmentally friendly way of doing things but the charge we were given was to come up with something that can happen quickly,” said Jim Berard, a spokesman for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat. “We can’t lose sight of what the primary goal here is, and that is to put people to work.”

Urban planners and mass transit advocates say that approach may undercut Obama’s goal of more innovation in upgrading the nation’s infrastructure.

‘Bad Projects’

“The fear is that you would begin a bunch of bad projects that would have to be funded all the way,” said Petra Todorovich, director of the New York-based America 2050, a coalition of transportation officials and civic, business and environmental groups. That would make it “a lot harder to make the big investments needed to build high-speed rail and public transit.”

Considering this recent study:

A trial of a Colorado Railcar double-deck DMU hauling two Bombardier Bi-level coaches found fuel consumption to be 128 US gallons for 144 miles, or 1.125 mpg. The DMU has 92 seats, the coaches typically have 162 seats, for a total of 416 seats. With all seats filled the efficiency would be 468 passenger-mpg, with 70%[citation needed] filled the efficiency would be 328 passenger-mpg.[29]

The efficiency between car and rail travel cannot be disputed, as has been long understood in Europe and Asia, where the technology has, and is, always being improved. Before the advent of mass produced automobiles and cheap oil, the U.S had a comprehensive rail system where intercity travel was efficiently facilitated down to the smallest bergs in the country. Most of that infrastructure still exists. And while much of it no longer still has the trackage and trains to prove it, the lion share of the hard work of gradation cutting and bridging still remains (often as bike trails) in local, state, or federal hands. Or in other words the government still owns much of the already graded roadway, minus the trackage, signals, and other hardware. In large part, it wouldn’t be so much of a problem starting from scratch, but one of replacing what has gone missing.

and for next christmas,

Friday, December 26th, 2008

I want a real one.


white christmas, first in (a long) memory

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

photograph by mrs. anna missed of our little house