I met Brian at Edwards AFB Open House airshow in October, 1999. As we were chatting Chuck Yeager was cruising 30,000 ft. over our heads in an F4 Phant...moreI met Brian at Edwards AFB Open House airshow in October, 1999. As we were chatting Chuck Yeager was cruising 30,000 ft. over our heads in an F4 Phantom doing a supersonic flyby.
How is cool is that?
Most of the photos are Brain's & they're beautiful. This is the definitive photo album of the SR71. Brian takes us through his career & his choice to step up to the challenge to become a member of a very select few whose intelligence, training & talent are brought to bear in piloting the fastest -- at that time -- most tempramental thoroughbred aircraft in the world.
If you can't tell, I admire him a great deal.
He has taught me what the result of courage, humility, boisterousness & focused concentration can produce. Read it. (less)
This is interesting. I have read many inferior books on the Great Pyramid of Khufu over the years. So many years in fact that I remember Khufu was kno...moreThis is interesting. I have read many inferior books on the Great Pyramid of Khufu over the years. So many years in fact that I remember Khufu was known by his Greek name given by the Ptolemys: Cheops.
This book is a must read for anyone serious about Egyptology or just an amateur Egyptophile. It debunks the crazy UFOlogists and the magical fantasists. It's clever. It's a detective yarn and it jumps between now over the last 9 years and then more than 4,600 years ago over fifty years.
I won't give out any spoilers. Just read it. An architect's mind is uniquely trained to solve complex multidisciplinary problems because we have to learn how to actually build something from nothing but an idea. This book shows how powerful that talent is.
I will say this. Until I read the genesis and development of the internal ramp theory I knew nothing about it. I'm convinced it is right. The reconstruction of the sequence of events to complete the pyramid is the best part of the story. You'll be amazed at why the Grand Gallery was constructed and how it was used.
I ask you this. How was the 15-ton electrum-gilded limestone capstone -- called a "pyramidiod" -- transported and afixed to the apex??? It'll blow you away.
Here's another one.
What happened to the early construction ramp that was used extensively from year 0 thru year 14 and only erected to 1/3 of the finished height of the pyramid?
Read it to find out.
Oh, I will give you this. I finally learned where the title "architect" comes from. I knew what it meant -- I became one. But no one thought to tell me -- or more importantly -- I didn't have the initiative to find out how it come into being. It's latin for a person trained in designing, engineering and constructing arches. A useful enough profession in the Roman Empire: that's how the aquaducts, bridges and buildings were built. Well, duh, of course it was. (less)
Julia was a pioneer of women's rights in time when women were not allowed in the professions dominated by men. She was the first woman ever to be acce...moreJulia was a pioneer of women's rights in time when women were not allowed in the professions dominated by men. She was the first woman ever to be accepted at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and successfully completed her architectural design degree.
Let me repeat that. The first women to do this in 1900.
The best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection anymore to the "earthiness" of their ori...moreThe best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection anymore to the "earthiness" of their origins. Like this. Crimson comes from the Greek word that approximated the name of an insect that when crushed by pestol would produce an intense dye of deep bluish red.
It is not particularly well-written -- very dense and sometimes clumsy. But, it is so fascinating that one puts up with the style because the ideas are so intriguing.
The most interesting thing I learned is that painters were also alchemists protecting their pigment recipes so fiercely. A new revolution would be precipitated by making a new color which literally changed the style and execution of art thereafter. Colors that were technologically unproduceable did not appear in artwork until they were innovated to be produceable. An artist could exclusivize his work by having the only lindseed oil pigment recipe for a new color! Only after he/she died would that color become available to other artists.
Ball traces the historic processes of techonological color innovation through the ages & relates it to art history through the ages.
Modern chemistry is the result of the Industrialization of the pigmentist/apothecarist artist supply trade!
Ball makes plain the color-space science of chroma, hue, value brought into the digitized cybernetic age & takes us into the technological redefinition thru space exploration imaging & transmission of what "color" is, scientifically speaking.
As I said in the "Sled Driver" review I met Brian. I bought this book when I bought "Sled Driver" at the air show. This one has great photos too but t...moreAs I said in the "Sled Driver" review I met Brian. I bought this book when I bought "Sled Driver" at the air show. This one has great photos too but the story is what's interesting.
Brian takes us through a sled driver's typical mission from start to finish -- no classified information just detialed desription. What fascinated me is the tension & bordom an SR71 pilot must manage. It's shocking how quickly a mission transpires. A sharp left turn at 85,000 ft. & Mach 3+ [Brian makes sure to emphasize the true max. velocity of an SR71 is classified -- still] if it began over NY heading west would end up over Mexico City heading south!
The other thing that really interested me is that every one of the planes in the progam is distinct because they are truly handcrafted machines. They each have a different personality and individual quirkiness in their fight performance. A sled driver has to learn not one aircraft but 70 or so depending on which one shows up for duty in an officer's billet.
Ultimately this biography is deeply moving and tragic.
Toward of the end of her life she thought her practice a failure. When she closed her office sh...moreUltimately this biography is deeply moving and tragic.
Toward of the end of her life she thought her practice a failure. When she closed her office she burned her entire corpus. She'd seen the rise of an American Design Style and the International School's Modernist Style and thought her Beaux-Arts Neo-Classicism as passe and anachronistic.
Boutelle did an amazing thing. She collected the copies of Morgan's work that her clients retained. This way we now are benefitted by Julia's work.
I love this women's work. Comm@rts, HOK, RTKL, Callison owe their multidisciplinarianism to Colter -- she epitomizes modern retail/hospitality total d...moreI love this women's work. Comm@rts, HOK, RTKL, Callison owe their multidisciplinarianism to Colter -- she epitomizes modern retail/hospitality total design services. She, Julia Morgan, Greene & Greene, Bernard Maybeck & Frank Lloyd Wright were the first one to do this. She & Morgan were the first contemporary WOMEN to do this in a man's world.
Total design services for the Fred Harvey Co. from 1902 - 1948. Hopi House, The Lookout, Hermit's Rest, The Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon South Village Admin Bldg, Phantom Ranch in the Canyon and The Watchtower at Desert View along the South Rim of Grand Canyon are all her's.
Have the book on order. Can't wait to get it! How do I know it's *****? 'Cuz Prometheus-Movie.net has selected plates from the book lo-rez images post...moreHave the book on order. Can't wait to get it! How do I know it's *****? 'Cuz Prometheus-Movie.net has selected plates from the book lo-rez images posted! Check it out. Got it now. Have read it 3 times and keep studying the art. It's beautiful. (less)
Compendium of all of Goldsworthy's corpus in chronological order. Plus the installation at the East Wing National Gallery Washington DC! Excellent res...moreCompendium of all of Goldsworthy's corpus in chronological order. Plus the installation at the East Wing National Gallery Washington DC! Excellent resource. Highly recommend it.(less)