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    The 40 Steps Aquidneck Island is in the process of receiving its third wind turbine, this one at the Aquidneck Corporate Park, between Valley Rd. and Aquidneck Ave. in Middletown. It's not quite as large as the two in Portsmouth, but it is one more step toward making Newport County a leader in wind energy.
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    Fire at House of Scrimshaw

    This building is finished. I still think the ground floor treatment is weird for a retail storefront: As I suspected, this building doesn't really stand out in either a positive or negative way among its neighbors. it's a nice, inoffensive addition to the streetscape. This could have been much worse.
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    Providence/RI Photo of the day - by Garris

    The crane between near the Superman Building would be for Waterplace, right? I think the two towers are sort of blending into Superman and the State House from this angle.
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    The 40 Steps An article from the East Bay section of the Projo about the makeover of Long Wharf Mall...excuse me, the Shops at Long Wharf... that I mentioned a while back in the House of Scrimshaw thread. The new look is quite nice. I'll have to take some pictures now that work is wrapping up.
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    Fire at House of Scrimshaw

    That makes sense. that I didn't notice until now shows how often I've been up to that end of Thames lately. Ask and you shall receive! I snapped this one while I was down there yesterday. I'll get some more detailed shots before too long: They've put this new treatment on the upper floor all the way around the building. With all the construction paraphernalia it's hard to tell if any changes have been made to the ground floor, or if any are planned.
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    Fire at House of Scrimshaw

    I've been meaning to update on this. A year after the fire, rebuilding got underway a couple weeks ago, as you can see : First, a rendering. Looks to be an unoffensive, traditional building in keeping with others on Thames St. The brick portion rises to about the height of the old House of Scrimshaw, while the set back penthouse will rise a story taller. Already steel for this is plainly visible from Washington Square, unlike the original building. As far as I know, this is still owned by the same people. I had assumed that they wanted to reopen their old business, so I'm a little surprised at the ground floor treatment. While the rendering does label the right-hand entrance as a retail entrance, the ground floor features a small bull's-eye window, rather than the plate-glass display window conducive to such an operation: Progress so far. I had been afraid that the replacement would be something inappropriately suburban or utilitarian, and part of me hoped for something daring and unique. Instead I expect that this building should fit into the streetscape pleasantly, if unspectacularly. On a slightly off-topic note, notice that the upper floor of Chico's has received a traditional face-lift since the pictures I took last spring. I'm not sure when exactly this was done (Honestly, I just noticed today), but there has been a recent trend of such renovations to modern buildings on and near upper Thames. Brick Market Place across the street was repainted in colonial-inspired colors not long ago, and the 70's vintage Long Wharf Mall is currently having "ye olde" dormers installed. Gotta love the "House of Scrimshaw 2008" graffiti. Also the lawn chairs on the penthouse balcony: The view from the alley behind the project:
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    Conspiracy theories!

    ^After the last eight years, I wouldn't put anything past the criminals running the executive branch. They've already committed far more far-fetched crimes than opening their biggest threat in years to possible elimination.
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    Conspiracy theories!

    Yes, that is the official explanation. To accept it at face value, one must completely disregard the fact that the Secret Service's purpose is to ensure officials' safety, not to provide crowds for photo ops. Bag checks and metal detectors have been standard practice at concerts and sporting events for years now, and it would be highly unlikely for officials at such events to disregard security for the sake of getting the crowd in a little faster.
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    Conspiracy theories!

    Here's a conspiracy theory for you. Why did the Secret Service order Dallas police to stop screening people for weapons as they entered a Barack Obama rally on Wednesday, despite the fact that the local officers were uncomfortable with the security risk? Other reports have said that this has happened at previous Obama rallies as well. I can't imagine similar risks being taken at events involving Bush, or any other such high profile figures for that matter. One has to wonder if the powers that be want Obama out of the picture. Or perhaps the present administration (of which the Secret Service is a part) wants to use the turmoil following an attack on Obama as an excuse to declare martial law and remain in power beyond next January.
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    ***Picture of the Day***

    Two pics from the past week. NYC: Providence:
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    Conspiracy theories!

    That depends on just how much more advanced the alien technology is compared to ours. Show a computer to people from the middle ages and they'd never figure it out. On the other hand, show it to engineers from the 1930s and give them some time, and they'd probably be able to decipher much of the technology behind it. As someone pointed out, modern physicists already have a theoretical understanding of how interstellar travel could be possible, even without the technological knowledge necessary to build an interstellar craft. If a hypothectical alien craft is based on principles not completely unknown to our scientists, they could probably reverse engineer a good bit of it... ...On the other hand, if the alien technology is indeed advanced far beyond human knowledge, or based on principles we aren't even close to discovering, anything could be possible. There was a time when the speed of sound was thought to be a limit as unbreakable as the speed of light, hence the term "sound barrier." There is a lot we still don't know about physics.
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    Providence/RI Photo of the day - by Garris

    Salve Regina University a couple nights ago. Ochre Court: Wakehurst:
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    Providence/RI Photo of the day - by Garris

    ^Ages ago I saw pics of that view on some architecture forum or other. It is indeed incredible to see the massive skyline rising out of the featureless lake. I've seen an aerial photo of the Bryant University campus in which the Boston skyline was clearly visible in the far distance. However, it looked like it was taken from closer to 1000 feet, and the hilly terrain looked like it would obscure the skyline from much lower than that. You might be able to just see a couple of the tallest Boston buildings from the Hospital Trust, but probably not more than that. Since I'm posting in the photos thread anyway, here are a couple of older pics that I've recently played around with in GIMP, using more or less the same effects as the one I posted earlier on this page.
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    Conspiracy theories!

    Not to debunk the entire "UFOs on the moon" conspiracy (which I believe to be possible), but both of these anomalies are easily explainable through the limitations of photography. Cameras can't discern extremes of light and dark anywhere near as well as the human eye. What this means is that if the camera is set to properly expose the brightly lit foreground objects, the relatively faint pinpoints of stars will be underexposed to the point they aren't visible. Go outside on a clear, starry night and take a picture of something brightly-lit. You won't see any stars in the photo. The anomaly with the crosshairs could easily be caused by a similar circumstance. Notice that in all cases the object the crosshair is "behind" is much brighter than the background. The camera was set to properly expose the background, which is why it appears in detail. These brighter objects are severely overexposed, causing their surface detail to be blown out. Likewise the white glare from the overexposure will blow out the fine line of the crosshair if the camera isn't powerful enough to resolve it. Both these issues would be magnified if (as is extremely likely online) the photos we are looking at are at a lower resolution that the originals. Since this is sort of anti-conspiracy, for balance I want to offer a pro-conspiracy responce to Charlotteman's earlier post: Not necessarily. Our own space program would seem like fantastically advanced technology to an ordinary person of just 100 years ago. As we all know the technology isn't perfect, and occasionally results in terrible failures. UFOs apparently involve extremely advanced technology, but that doesn't necessarily mean that whoever possesses that technology (whether human or alien) have perfected it to the point that accidents never occur. If the government were in possession of crashproof technology, wouldn't it make sense to install it on military and government aircraft and spacecraft, if not on commercial aircraft?
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    The 40 Steps

    Perhaps inspired by the success of the turbine at Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth voters this week overwhelmingly approved a $3M bond to build a wind turbine at Portsmouth Middle School. The arrangement would be similar to that at the Abbey, with the turbine powering the school and excess power being sold to benefit the town.