radio

radioAn antique Bakelite tuning knob from the Golden Age of Radio.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

metamorphosis

metamorphosis
A perennial college reading assignment, Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” had a profound effect on me and I vowed then-and-there to never become a traveling salesman. I can’t say for certain when the transformation occurred, but one day I woke up on a train headed to the City with briefcase of samples under my arm.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm  Comments (1)  

disguise

disguiseA friend of mine has a specimen collection of bugs, including this leaf-mimic called a Phylliidae. Native to Southern Asia and Australia, the bug relies on its clever disguise to avoid detection from predators. Further enhancing its camouflage, many leaf insects rock back and forth when they move, simulating foliage blowing in the wind.

Published in: Uncategorized on January 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm  Comments (2)  

tail

tailA tail light from an old bicycle. I love the design of late 50’s and early 60’s transportation accessories, such as this space-age beacon that likely decorated the rear fender of a shiny Schwinn.

Published in: Uncategorized on November 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

energy

energyLiving in an historic house is a constant learning experience. This past week I lost electricity to all of the ceiling fixtures on the second floor of our circa 1840’s home. In the course of determining the cause, I discovered several other issues that required attention, too. After an extensive search that involved testing every outlet and fixture, the electrical problem was located at faulty dimmer switch that had only recently been installed. Fortunately, I kept the original switch and we now have light again. I also gained valuable knowledge about repairing my old house…when a problem arises, always start by looking at where a new item has replaced an original.

Published in: Uncategorized on November 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm  Comments (1)  

secret

secretAn “Enigma” machine used to send and receive coded German military messages during World War II. This machine, in a well-worn oak carrying box, still retains two original wax security seals.
Working with the Polish Cipher Bureau, British Intelligence reconstructed their own “Enigma” machine and began an intense code-breaking effort named, “Ultra”. Any information gained from the “Ultra” program was considered top secret and a conscious effort was made to use the intelligence sparingly so that the Germans would not realize their “Enigma” had been compromised.

Published in: Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

creature

mask

masks
A mask composed of ‘googly eyes’.
A good friend of mine throws an annual Halloween party where she always sets a challenge for guests. This year’s invitation came with a small bag of ‘googly eyes’ and instructions to be creative. While walking through the aisles of my local craft store, I came across a blank white mask and had an epiphany when I saw several bags of assorted ‘googly eyes’. The creative process is fascinating in the twists-and-turns it takes from inspiration to project completion. At one point during the middle of constructing the mask, when my figures were burned from using the hot glue gun and the eyes were not adhering well, I was afraid the project might be a failure. However, a bit of perseverance and a pair of tweezers turned the mask into a party favorite.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm  Comments (1)  

moustache

moustache
A necklace with moustache pendant that my wife made for our daughter. Being part of the ‘Baby Boomers’, I am not sure that I completely understand the ironic symbolism of a moustache to the current Generation – ‘Y’ -or is it- ‘Z’?

Published in: Uncategorized on October 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

tribute

tributeSeveral of my colleagues are working on material for the 9-11 museum in New York. The Museum will display a wide variety of objects recovered from Ground Zero, ranging from the huge steel beams of the World Trade Center building to numerous personal effects of victims. Whether larger or small, each item has a story to tell and the Museum will be a lasting tribute to the memory of many.

Published in: Uncategorized on May 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm  Comments (4)  

farewell

farewellI have to admit to being a fan of puns.

Published in: Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm  Comments (2)  
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