MyDeathSpace.com links to people from MySpace who have passed away. They have a special page up for the victims of the Virginia Tech Shootings. This is by far the most heartbreaking link I think I’ve ever seen. It’s one thing to read an obituary but going through the blogs of the dead and comments left by friends paints a personal picture of each victim that we never usually get to see.
In Jamie Bishop’s German class, they could hear the popping sounds. What was that? Some kind of joke? Construction noises? More pops. Someone suggested that Bishop should place something in front of the classroom door, just in case. The words were no sooner uttered than the door opened and a shooter stepped in. He was holding guns in both hands. Bishop was hit first, a bullet slicing into the side of his head. All the students saw it, an unbelievable horror. The gunman had a serious but calm look on his face. Almost no expression. He stood in the front and kept firing, barely moving. People scrambled out of the line of fire. Trey Perkins knocked over a couple of desks and tried to take cover. No way I can survive this, he thought. His mind raced to his mother and what she would go through when she heard he was dead. Shouts, cries, sobs, more shots, maybe 30 in all. Someone threw up. There was blood everywhere. It took about a minute and a half, and then the gunman left the room.
The photographer whose specialty was anthropomorphism.
In the preface to Animal Land on the Air, Harry Whittier Frees describes working with his subjects. “Rabbits are the easiest to photograph in costume, but incapable ot taking many “human” parts. Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal. The pig is the most difficult to deal with, but effective on occasion. The best period of young animal models is a short one, being when they are from six to ten weeks of age. An interesting fact is that a kitten’s attention is best held through the sense of sight, while that of a puppy is most influenced by sound, and equally readily distracted by it. The native reasoning powers of young animals are, moreover, quite as pronounced as those of the human species, and relatively far surer.”
The March 1, 1937, edition of Life magazine reatured an article on Mr. Frees titled, “Speaking of Pictures…These are Harry Frees’s Lifework”. The article explains that Frees’s career as a photographer of dressed animals began at a birthday party in 1906, when a paper party hat was passed around the dinner table and landed on the pet cat’s head. Harry took a picture and a career was begun! He took others and sold them to a postcard printer, who clamored for more.
Another clip of everybody’s favorite public access host, Alexyss Tylor, with her Ed Mcmahonesque sidekick, mom. This may be the first public access show in history where I’ve actually wanted to buy season one on dvd.
If you liked the last clip, you’ll like this one.
Somebody’s been busy posting more Alexyss Tylor shows.
The NY Times has a profile on each of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
The Federal Reserve Board operated a 140,000 square foot radiation hardened facility in Culpeper, Virginia. Dedicated on 10 December 1969, the 400 foot long bunker is built of steel-reinforced concrete a foot thick. Lead-lined shutters can be dropped to cover the windows of the semi-recessed facility, which is covered by 2 to 4 feet of dirt and surrounded by barbed-wire fences and guard posts. The seven computers at the facility, operated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, are the central node for all American electronic funds transfer activities. Until July 1992 the bunker also served as a Continuity of Government facility. With a peacetime staff of 100, the facility was designed to support an emergency staff of 540 for 30 days. But only 200 beds were provided in the men’s and women’s dormintories, which would be shared on a “hot-bunk” basis by the staff, working around the clock. Until 1988 the facility stored a $1 billion stock of currency to be used to reactivate the American economy following a nuclear attack.
(via Danger Room)