Lego Sculptures

Made by the artist Nathan Sawaya

Not by Nathan Sawaya (I don’t think):

As seen at Boardwalk Disney…

And…drumroll please…the world’s largest lego tower…

Funny Tombstones

Yes I know – you have probably seen most of these before, as they are all over the internet. But, I figured that I would give them another whirl. After all, we forget about these things on occasion, so it’s nice to rehash them. And I’ve also taken the liberty of consolidating them from several different websites.

I would also like to provide a disclaimer that I respect the deceased. However, if I had a last name like “Weed” or “Livengood”, and I was dead and had a tombstone, I would hopefully be happy that I obtained a small bit of notoriety after I had passed away, and be able to laugh along with these jokers.

So here they are:

On July 4 I will be moving out of my hotel and into an apartment on Mt. Adams, a small mountain that sits within the city limits of Cincinnati. After choosing this location, I soon discovered that this mountain once had a funicular system, which was established at some point in the 1800’s, and dismantled in 1948. The funicular was attached to the streetcar system that ran throughout the city, and as a result of its success, 4 more were installed in other parts of the city that contained hills [the guy in the bookstore told me 6 more, so there may be a dispute involved here – I’ll correct myself when I get the info]

Anyway, what you will see below is not this particular funicular system, but a group of pictures I have collected over the years of funicular systems and other interesting transportation systems found around the world. I was first inspired by these unique transport systems when I studied abroad in Switzerland back in 1999. However, my interest was re-emphasized when I visited Lisbon, Portugal, the city of 7 mountains. Although Lisbon is much more elegant and people-oriented than Cincinnati, the same concept existed within Cincinnati, which is why I love this fabulous city. It is much more accessible than Lisbon, and the people here speak English.

On to the pictures…

Quebec Funicular

This one is not officially a funicular – rather, it’s a subway system built on a really steep hill. I can’t remember where this is located, but it’s neat.

Once again, this is not a funicular, but it’s a similar system. Seen at some shopping centers with more than once floor (such as Target), it’s used to transport shopping carts to the next floor, without passengers. It’s pretty fun to use!

An incline for a miniature golf course in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Montmartre in Paris

Other funiculars of whose location I was too lazy to look for, but are interesting anyway…

And last for now, the most inspiring to me, the urban funicular, one of many found in Lisbon…

Please feel free to share any links to other interesting funiculars, or similar modes of transport, that you have found. I’d love to see them!

Okay, this may not be construed necessarily as an “oddity” or “curiosity”, but the band to me in themselves have always been quite an oddity. Just listen to their music. So, I have posted on this blog a few of the videos I shot of the concert, just to see how empowering they are. For me this was a special treat, because Paul Leary, the lead guitarist, was not originally supposed to be there. He was only scheduled to play one or two select dates. In addition, word got out that one of the drummers had to cancel at the last minute. I decided to buy a ticket because a last-minute announcement said that the entire original 1980’s lineup would be there, including several kids from the Rock School, which I guess is in Austin. I think the movie “School of Rock”, featuring Jack Black, is based on this school.

One more thing: the sound on my little Canon Powershot is absolutely HORRIBLE. So, for now, you’ll just need to envision in your head what they sounded like. But at the club itself, seeing them live, the sound was absolutely amazing, including all the tape work and voice-altering effects.

Unfortunately, this was not a full-fledged Butthole Surfers experience, as was conducted back in the 1980’s, and into the early 90’s. It was more of a “toned down, we’re old and out of money so we’re doing a quick low-budget reunion” kind of thing. The screen that played all the trippy movies was very portable (not full-stage as it used to be), and there were only a couple strobe lights (back in the day, strobe lights evidently coated the entire back wall, giving everyone in the crowd epilepsy).

So anyway, here they are for you, full force. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Oh – one more thing. The security guards were not very happy about my filming. But, they didn’t pat us down at the entrance, and the band didn’t seem to have any problem with it. So, unfortunately, I didn’t get nearly as much up-close footage as I wanted to. However, standing on the back balcony, I seemed to have no problem. Here we go…