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Columbia Migrations: Dredge Oregon

[a hand-crafted steel cutterhead of the Dredge Oregon.  The specular silver sheen on the backside (click on image for detail) is a nickel plating added to extend the life of the cutter as it rips and churns through the shifting sediments of the Columbia River.] Back in February of this year I  had the opportunity […]

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Dredge Acts of 2012

[In process earthworks (new locks) as part of the Panama Canal Expansion] “There is neither a single issue nor solution to how to prepare for future maritime transportation infrastructure needs… There is a plethora of studies, opinions and prognostications about what the effects of the new [Panama Canal] locks will be on trade flows, ship […]

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Staring at Goats IX: the Para-normal

[Lyn Cassady, former secret U.S. military psychic soldier (…or was he?) tests his interrogative prowess by attempting to stare a goat to death.  His successful attempt is authentically recorded by the video camera at his side.  We, as viewer, see this as filtered through memories created prior to Cassady’s transformative ‘Jedi’ training, in which his […]

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Pearls from Phosphorous

[Map of Aquatic Dead Zones and human population density (altered), courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory] The irony of peak phosphorous is that while there is a perceived shortage, there is an excess amount of phosphorous found throughout the human-influenced environment, exactly where we don’t want it and which we mostly don’t know what to do […]

Infrastructure and Lifespans

[Demolition of the Trojan Power Plant, Oregon, 2006, after 16 years of service.  Image via flickr user snowbeard] “90 percent of the 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. are already more than 20 years old and half have been operating for more than 30 years 62 nuclear powerplant have been granted 20 year extensions […]

Panopticity

[the interior of IBM’s Operation Center in Rio De Janeiro. “The new Operations Center in Rio provides the incident commander and responders with a single, unified view of all the information that they require for situational awareness.”  Images and caption courtesy of IBM.] A recent New York Times’ article, “Mission Control Built For Cities“, provides […]

‘Drawing Water’

[Maps from David Hicks Drawing Water Series.  Winter, 2011 (top) and Midwest, 2011 (bottom)] David Wicks MA thesis project, Drawing Water, links USGS national water consumption data with rainfall data compiled by NOAA/NWS in a series of maps. The data are parsed with Python scripts and the prints (above) were generated using software written on […]

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