Monday, March 31, 2008

Second Boston Regional FIRST Robotics Competition


The Second Annual Boston Regional of the FIRST Robotics Competition was held this past weekend at Agganis Arena at Boston University.

Over 1,000 students on school teams, with help and support from mentors and sponsors, built their robots in a 6 week week time span from a common kit of parts and set of rules provided by FIRST. These robotics competitions are a multinational event with competitions held in North America, Europe, and South America.

FIRST is an acryonym for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The teams enter their robots with an eye on reaching the national championship in Atlanta this April. The competition, or as teams call it, "the game" or "sport for the mind" is different each year and is designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. More information about this year's game can be found here.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Shadows and fire escapes


The fire escape stairs you see in the photo is really the shadows. The metal fire escape stairs are painted the same color of the building and blends in so well it is almost hidden in plain sight, like an optical illusion. A much better example of a shadow optical illusion can be seen in this National Geographic photo.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

iPod, uPod, we allPod


Large iPod billboard sign at the corner of Stuart and Columbus. Doesn't it seem that advertising is encroaching on every part of society - sports stadiums are covered with advertising signs and are named for products or companies; city buses are moving advertising signs, and billboards are getting larger and larger.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Josiah Quincy


Statue of Josiah Quincy in front of the Old City Hall. Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) was mayor of Boston, a municipal court judge, and a president of Harvard College.

You can see the house he grew up in, in Quincy, Massachusetts here.

Here is a full-size view of Old City Hall. The Quincy statue is on the right. [click the image to enlarge it]

Monday, March 24, 2008

Boston Symphony Hall


Huntington Avenue view of Symphony Hall.

Symphony Hall box office on Massachusetts Ave.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Museum of Fine Arts


For Sunday morning who wouldn't like to visit a museum and wander its galleries gazing at some of the greatest art man has produced.

The life-sized statue on the front lawn of the museum is the Appeal to the Great Spirit by Cyrus E. Dallin and is the focal point of the museum's original Huntington Avenue entrance.

There is one other life-size copy of the statue in Muncie Indiana; a little trivia for locals, the statue is also the model for the mascot of Quincy High School.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Luxe Condo - update


Update on the luxury condominiums being built at 45 Province Street. It has just about doubled the number of floors in about two months.

The picture below shows how the site looked five months ago and indicates how fast the building is going up.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Anne Hutchinson


Statue of Anne Hutchinson on the front lawn of the Massachusetts State House. She was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her religious beliefs and because she offended the mores of Puritan society. Her particular "heresy" was to maintain that it was a blessing and not a curse to be a woman, making her perhaps the first American feminist.

Inscription on the statue:
In Memory of
Anne Marbury Hutchinson
Baptized at Alford
Licolnshire England
20 - July 1595
Killed by the Indians
at East Chester New York 1643
Courageous Exponent
of Civil Liberty
and Religious Toleration

Evening commute


End of the workday on a chilly March evening. You can see the entrance and exits from the Park Street Subway Station and the Park Street Church in the background.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

JFK Statue


Statue of John F. Kennedy on the grounds of the State House. This area used to be open to the public, but is no longer.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hard hats and pony tails


A couple of Boston's finest patrolling The Fenway area of Boston on horseback. I wonder if cellphones have taken over from police radios?


It's been a long week and I have been a little under the weather, so I'm glad to see the week end. TGIF. [click image to enlarge]

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A study in blue


Blue sky, blue building, blue car. Usually new buildings are clad in yellow insulation materials before the exterior of brick and mortar are applied; this blue one caught my eye.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wednesday's doorway


This magnificent doorway is located at 111 Park Dr. in the Fenway. The entire building and block can be seen in the picture below.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tibetan Uprising Anniversary


March 10th marked the 49th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. The day when Tibetans took to the streets of their capital city, Lhasa, to protest China's invasion and occupation of their country. One week later the Dalai Lama was forced to flee to India. In the months following his escape, tens of thousands of Tibetans were killed as Chinese troops brutally crushed the uprising. You can read the report of the uprising by the Tibetan Government in Exile here.

The sign held by the demonstrators, partially obscured by the Tibetan flag reads, "China's record in Tibet: More that a million killed, more than 6,000 monasteries destroyed, thousands in prison. CHINA OUT OF TIBET!"

Saturday, March 8, 2008

International Women's Day


The first International Women's Day (IWD) was observed in February of 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Among other relevant historic events, it commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (New York, 1911), where over 140 women lost their lives. Today IWD is more strongly identified with Russia and its former eastern bloc allies, but it is also considered the first day of the spring season so it is well worth observing on both accounts.

In honor of International Women's Day, I am showing the second of two female statues from the Brewer Fountain on Boston Common. You can see the other statue here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Building frieze


Looking up at a building on Beacon and Bowdoin Street I saw this nice architectural detail.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

State House Hall


Here is another view of an interior State House shot. The mural on the left depicts the War of 1898 against Spain, and just to its right is the entrance to the House of Representatives chamber we saw a few days ago.

Saturday, March 1, 2008