Coffee Conversation 35, Egypt, China and Iran

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Say, I read something a while ago and I wrote it down because I thought it was pretty funny. Let me look at my notes (snickering while trying to find that exact note among many!) Ahem! “I am a level five Vegan – I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.” Hahahahahahaha, can you imagine? Hahahahahahaha.

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Dude! Get a grip.

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(sobering up) That was from the Simpsons, apparently. At least that is what I read.

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Well, all I can say is you have a weird sense of humor, but I have to admit I like it too. Now about our diet and what are we, Vegetarian, Vegan, Flexitarian, Whatever?

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Well, let’s just say we haven’t exactly solved all our problems with protein and our blood sugar thing which are like totally related and state we are ‘Relaxatarian, moving in a (hopefully) healthy direction’ and move on to the topic for today. Swamp Coolers and Windcatchers! So exciting.

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And you think people actually want to know that Egypt used a form of swamp cooling way, way back, like BC times? That they hung wet reeds in a window facing the prevailing wind and that helped evaporate the water, which is cooling. China had water wheels indoors and stuff too, way long ago.

Heat evaporates water so the opposite is cooling. Good old Newton! For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Now we do that with a pump, some pads built into a box with a fan. It’s way cheaper than refrigerated air, assuming your humidity is low.

As for windcatchers, Iran had them forever and if one would build a chimney and have its opening funnel air into a house (facing the prevailing winds) with an apporpriate exit point, that would cool too. And introducing water adds to it. Also, if one were to build the chimney remotely and run a flue underground and into the house, it would cool a bunch, as our earth is significantly the same temperature once you get down about, oh, 12 feet, about 65 degrees F (18.3C). Ever been in a totally underground basement of an average house in July? Did your grandparents house have a root cellar? I rest my case.

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Yeah, even as a kid I didn’t understand why we didn’t blow some of that cool air upstairs, come summer. Just as usual thinking, I am sure (sighing heavily for the basic inertia of the average human brain-like substance). (Newton again and inertia!)

Of course, some of us like what the Spanish missions did in the Southwest US; adobe walls, open windows at the bottom at night in the summer and a vent at top. Close the windows come morning and the building was cool all day. It’s the chimny effect, though there is some fancy name for it, because it also uses faster moving air (prevailing winds) across the vent to lower pressure which draws more warm air from inside (based on Newton’s laws!!!!) and amplify the efficacy.

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Da Vinci and Newton, they were Renaissance men in the true sense of the word. Newton just doesn’t get enough credit because he didn’t paint The Last Supper even though he made the first reflecting telescope and wrote extensively on biblical chronology and alchemy and was a member of parliament. If he would have just picked up a brush (but sadly not so much). Yet much of our modern science and math is based on his work.

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So I think you wanted to write about the Magnuss effect today? Well, tough beans, haha. I mean, doesn’t everyone already know what happens if you backspin a ball and drop it from 400′? I should think so!

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Look, not everyone knows that backspin produces lift (or drag) and the ball goes sailing away as well as down, that a rapidly backspinning cylinder produces more lift than an airplane wing. That the main reason we don’t use that on airplanes is that you have to power the spin and if that motor stops you drop like a rock (plus some stability issues). No gliding to land!

Why don’t you publish the photo that started this all? You were simply trying to confirm that advertising ‘air conditioned’ must have been the 50’s/early 60’s because that is when it became commonly available for businesses and after it was more likely assumed, so not stated.

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Yeah, about a zillion years after it was invented, really. Strange, that some few had it as early as around 1920 and even before and the guy’s last name who made it work right was Carrier . As I said earlier, so exciting! And –

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(interrupting) Just publish the stupid picture, OK?

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Uh, OK.

Coffee Conversation 34, Cross Talk

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Listen, I want to make something clear about the French Quarter.

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Yes, I take those photos I do for various reasons. Flowers, for example, because they are flowers.

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You know that the French Quarter is not French, correct? The present day layout, the Cabildo, the cathedral, Napoleon House and all the older buildings are Spanish design and architecture, built under Spanish building codes against fire (because the French Quarter burned to the ground, twice, so they specified tile roofs and stucco).

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Of course, Nature was a primary motivator for my photographic interest. But that interest has grown to include architecture, contrasting and complimentary lines, actually. Color is a huge interest. Although I admire monochrome I almost never do that. Lately I have begun to take people pictures too!

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The Spanish occupiers and government officials of New Orleans spoke French anyway, so when they got New Orleans from France in a treaty they set about reforming things but not language, allowing all sorts of progressive things like local governance, up to a point.

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I had to develop a sense of what I considered reasonable behavior when taking people pictures. That took a while. Also, a certain comfort level with doing so.

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Many of the old street names are Spanish too. Santa Ana (Saint Ann), Royale (Royal), Borbonne (Bourbon) come to mind right off. Though, admittedly, Borbonne was a royal family name in Spain and France, both. Of course, names conjure images, preconceptions, and ‘Spanish Quarter’ has an entirely different connotation than ‘French Quarter’ has.

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With people pictures, sometimes they are incidental to the photo and sometimes the subject and those are different circumstances in my mind.

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I don’t think I made it quite, quite, clear, the older architecture is Spanish Colonial and similar can be found in South and Central America, Mexico and New Orleans. Cuba too! I recognized it right off, first time I was in the French Quarter and was a bit puzzled until I read there is agreement the name ‘French Quarter’ is a misnomer.

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If people see me taking a picture and walk into it anyway, I consider them fair game, never to make them look bad, of course. Just part of the scene. And participants at events are people pictures, almost necessarily. They really have to expect that, why else are they out there unless it is to participate, to see and be seen?

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OK, OK! You win. Why don’t you post some photos of flowers or nature, color, architecture and one of shapes and lines, just to be clear? I realize that these photos will contain more than one element from the above. Oh, and one of ‘incidental people’ too.

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You know, last weekend I heard a tour guide telling some tourists how the Cabildo and cathedral, under French rule, yada, yada. I was, like, ‘say what’? The Cabildo (now a museum) web site says it is Spanish, I mean to say.

🙂

Coffee Conversation 33, Them Drums

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Did you have a good time on your walk today?

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Not at first! Our hip hurt and we said something nice in a way of greeting to that guy that had a grouch on because he had to wait on the women-folk who were shopping in a boutique and he didn’t even respond. After, we was just hanging by Jackson Square thinking there wasn’t a photo to be had for blood or money because some days are like that and we started talking with Jenny. You remember all this, no?

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Well, of course, I’m not quite daft yet! If one is going to be grouchy, then they should ‘live the grouch’, I guess. He was too, wholeheartedly and unashamed. Let’s talk about Jenny instead.

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Yeah, let’s. She is from Wisconsin, Hayward Wisconsin, South Canada USA. When she went home for Christmas it was minus 23 F! Where we grew up we saved minus 20’s for January/February. (minus 23 F is minus 9.4 C)

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It is NOT South Canada USA, I mean, really.

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She said it was and if you looked into her lovely brown eyes you might think so, just for a second and you could throw a rock (fromHayward) and hit Canada, almost. Well, maybe have to throw it a few times, but still.

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Ok, OK. She was friendly, like most people from Wisconsin are when away from home. Their potentially bad home behavior, on the other hand, well, let’s just skip that.

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Anyway, she had to go to work (at the bar/restaurant thingy we were standing next to) and she asked us if her makeup was good. So we HAD TO look into her eyes!

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Did you see her soul? They say the eyes are a gateway to the soul.

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Mascara, eyeliner. That’s what we saw. She did it nice too. Told her ‘looks good’, remember?

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Yes, she looked good. Funny all the people we meet from Wisconsin in New Orleans. I wonder if anyone still lives there.

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Probably not so much, not so many, no. (sighing) But where we are from is where we are from, if you get my drift.

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Yes, I understand. Afterwards we walked up to the bus stop at Mary’s Ace Hardware, right across from Armstrong Park.

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You bet. The drums, woohoo! Nothing like a bunch of drums, if you know what I mean. Why, I bet drums were the first musical instrument. You know, take a stick and beat a hollow log or something.

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Well, maybe so but not drums exactly. Way, way back they probably rhythmically hit anything that made a satisfying sound and acted out stories or danced to that. The earliest instrument had to be something simple and that is pretty simple.

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For sure, it is. They was cutting a rug to the drums too and we got a shot or two we like. Remember the song by Dire Straits? “You bangin’ on the bongos like a chimpanzee”. Money for Nothing is the song.

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Son, you surely make the weirdest associations. I mean, really! It was awesome and watching people dance, for sure. At first it was one at a time and then everyone. All because they wanted to.  Remember that one lady from the drum group dragged that guy out on the circle because she recognized him? He is a member of some dance group. He was the best one out there I thought, but everyone did good, really. Listen, why not post a photo now and we can go grab a coke?

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Uh, OK, let’s do.