In an article of the Observer Dispatch, written by Joe Kelly in 1977, a notice of claim was filed with the Village Board saying the (village) seal depicts a “white man choking an Indian” and said the seal demeans, disgraces and creates prejudice and distrust of Indian people. He asked the Village to stop displaying the seal. As a result of this, the seal was re-designed with Hugh White’s hands being placed on the Indian’s shoulders and not so close to his neck. The wrestling match was an important event in the history of the settling of the Village of Whitesboro and helped foster good relations between White and the Indians.
All well and good right? Think again. Take a look at the newly revised seal yourself:
This same seal is what is still displayed today on all village vehicles, letterhead and official documents. This just seems wrong to me. I’m not sure how this is still around.
Today was RIT’s 25th Big Shot, of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.. I loved being a part of it last year, but this year I’m glad I skipped the trip to DC. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of this one. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I see technically wrong with the photo. It just seems like an uninteresting subject to me.
I loved last years though, which was the first one I participated in, and many of the other Big Shots.
Wow the Kodak m1033 is an incredibly crappy camera!
The camera was so horrible, that after 2 months (1 month of which was a vacation) we returned it. Rather than go into any lengthy detail I’ll just state my complaints in bullet-list form. We all like bullet lists right?
Crazy noisy zoom. Very audible during video.
Horrendous low light quality.
Completely inaccurate (although pretty) color representation. There was noticeable color processing once the picture was taken. It almost seemed like HDR photography. I could find no way to turn this off.
Battery life, at best 200 shots.
To ‘view’ photos the camera must first be turned on.
Incredibly slow. Noticeable camera shutter lag and scrolling through photos.
Won’t stand up to even moderate use.
Incredibly poor HD quality videos except in the absolute best of light conditions. Not any worse than expected on such a small sensor ‘HD’ video camera, but still it doesn’t do the camera any favors.
The battery had to remain in the camera to be charged, using a proprietary plug (not mini-USB).
The Camera tagged the photos as coming from the “eastman kodak company kodak easyshare m1033 digital camera” which is an insanely long name. Most cameras are similar to ‘Canon 40D’ or ‘Sony Cybershot H5′ at the most. While this seems like a small deal, to a power user like myself it’s actually quite frustrating.
We didn’t go out looking for an insanely superior camera to match up to my DSLR. Our intention was to get a mediocre camera that would be good enough for moments when I didn’t want to carry the DSLR or moments where I wasn’t with Rachel and she wanted to take a decent picture. The features of the Kodak M1033 seemed to be a step in the right direction from the Kodak cameras I’d seen in the past, and I wanted to give them a shot, being that they’re a local company and all. After all, $145 for a compact 10mp camera with a 3″ LCD and 720p HD video wasn’t half bad right? It wouldn’t have been, except that the Kodak M1033 couldn’t deliver.
It’s just a downright crappy camera, and I hate to say it but I won’t be buying Kodak ever again, at least not until I hear glowing reviews.
Randomly found this story on Snopes from 1979 about a boat that completely flipped over underwater and righted itself. It seems unbelievable and insane but it’s actually true which is incredible. The most amazing part is the boat continued to be used and the crew survived. Awesome.
April 28, 1979, Alabama. The 80-foot 1,800hp towboat Motor Vessel Cahaba was dropping two barges full of coal down the Tombigee River in Western Alabama, having just refueled 14 miles upstream at Demopolis, Alabama. It was owned and operated by the Warrior and Gulf Navigation of Mobile, a subsidiary of Pittsburg Steel, and was on its return trip to the McDuffie Coal Terminal at the mouth of the Mobile River to export its cargo.
At its helm stood Jimmy Wilkerson, and on board were his pilot, Earl Barhart, as well as two deckhands.
As he approached the Rooster Bridge, a drawbridge along the Dixie Overland Highway and Route 80, he prepared to uncouple the barges, as was common practice, and to let them drift through eastern span where the currents were less harsh. The towboat would then reverse upstream and pass through the western lift span, pass through, and catch up with the barges. His deckhands proceeded to remove the rigging and the winch wires, but for some reason neglected to do so on the starboard side.
To make things worse, that year’s spring had seen particularly harsh, with the river level high and the currents particularly swift. The boat, with a cable still strapping its starboard side, began to align itself with the bridge and slowly list.
Throughout the ordeal, Jimmy Wilkinson never left the helm. As he recognized that his 37-foot high towboat would be pulled into the 11-foot span of the eastern span, he yelled into his loudspeaker: “All right, y’all, this ain’t no fire drill. Get off the damn bridge!”
Though the wheelhouse filled with water and Wilkinson was left holding onto the portside door frame, the boat amazingly enough righted itself at the other side, as anxious passerbys were sure that the ship was doomed. A forward-thinking reporter called Charles Barger, working for the Linden “Democrat-Reporter”, quickly took his camera and snapped the photographs that we see today, testament to a series of remarkable coincidences that righted this sturdy towboat.
The main reasons that are attributed to the unthinkable resurfacing of the Cahaba are two-fold. Firstly, the ship had been refueled 14 miles upstream and had therefore a nearly full tank, which acted as ballast and prevented the boat from rolling over, not unlike a buoy. As an added benefit, the Warrior and Gulf Navigation Company had installed three to four feet of cement at the bottom of the ship.
With the notice of the M/V Tallapoosa, which was waiting to pass the Rooster bridge, and the M/V Cathy Parker, which was already downstream, they were able to shove the runaway barges into an empty cornfield downstream and come to the assistance of Wilkinson. While he was uninjured, a good friend of his, Captain Michael L. Smith, later described how at a meeting with Wilkinson a month or so later, “his hands were still shaking too much for the ash to build up to any degree”…
Though both the bridge and the boat suffered damage, the boat was swiftly repaired and put back into service. The bridge was demolished in 1980 and replaced. The M/V Cahaba was sold and rechristened on June 11, 1999, as the “Capt. Ed Harris” in Buffalo, West Virginia.
It’s hard to imagine a world without clean water. It would literally change everything you know and every behavior you have. Water conservation wouldn’t just be about being green it would be about survival. You wouldn’t worry about cold water, clean water (no matter the temperature) would be enough.
I’ve given to charity: water before, and I’ve asked others to do the same.
For my birthday this year, consider donating some money to help those who really need it. After all, I really don’t need that new pair of socks.