Filed under: Architecture, Art, Education, History, Literature, Music, Science/Technology | Tags: Getting History Right, Gothic Cathedrals, Plagues
Medieval, the Dark Ages, a time of plagues and starvation, and gloom. Where did we get those ideas? And what was the real truth? Here’s a little historical correction for us.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Europe, History, Literature, Music, Pop Culture, United Kingdom | Tags: Architecture- Art & Learning, Considering the Middle Ages, Not so Dark - Dark Ages
Professor Anthony Esolen for Prager University. We’ve been told that the Middle Ages, also known as the Dark Ages, were characterized by oppression ignorance and backwardness in areas like human rights, science, health and the arts? We have been misled.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Freedom, Heartwarming, The United States | Tags: A Beautiful Amish Barn, A Community Working Together, Raising a Barn in Ohio
An Amish Barn Raising in Ohio. This is majorly cool!
Wow. Look at what can happen when you know what you are doing, and how to do it. The first building my father built many years ago—promptly fell down. Big mistakes, if you learn from them can be profitable. He learned his lesson, and the second attempt worked fine.
The important thing is learning from mistakes—not the mistakes themselves. Something we need to remember.
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)
Filed under: Architecture, Environment, Freedom, Heartwarming, History | Tags: A Vision of a Hidden Gem., Persistence Pays Off., Ten Years of Hard Work.
A retired mathematician found a rotting cabin, dating from 1830, in sad shape, but he determined to restore it — proving once more that persistence pays. This is the original 1830 cabin, or what was left of it. Much was rotting, but he labeled and transferred as much of it as possible to the family’s land. See the amazing story below the fold.
Filed under: Architecture, Domestic Policy, Economy, Environment, Politics | Tags: 915 Ton Moving Job, North-South Highway, Skagit River Bridge
The new permanent replacement span over the Skagit River has been rolled into place and reopened, though seven hours later than scheduled. It was expected to open at 7 a.m. but the cutting of steel plates took longer than expected, and then work crews had to wait for newly painted stripes on the roadway to dry.
Construction crews worked overnight to slide a new 915 ton bridge into place to replace a temporary military style span installed on June 19. We wrote about the collapse on May 24, to point out that it was neither “spectacular” nor was it one of President Obama’s “crumbling roads and bridges” as David Axlerod tried to claim. It is an important bridge on I-5 between Vancouver BC and all points south from Seattle to San Diego.
Perhaps it was a slow week, but the media wanted to jump on the event as a very big deal, envisioning a rushing river and spectacular bridge. Coastal River, not the Grand Canyon. Good Job, DOT.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Entertainment, Pop Culture | Tags: Illusions in Chalk, Street Artists, Temporary Masterpieces
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)