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RAINSOFT OTTAWA’S FUN FRIDAY – PUNOGRAPHY PART II

Punography –  a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

 

Health:

 A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

When chemists die, they barium.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O.

A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

PMS jokes aren’t funny, period.

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Be kind to your dentist.  He has fillings, too.

School:

Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

Weather:

Earthquake in Washington obviously the government’s fault .

I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Than it dawned on me .

Miscellaneous:

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

Velcro – what a rip off!

Link –

http://www.talkclassical.com/18592-more-punography-groan.html

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Part 3: WORD ABOVE THE STREET’S “THE WATER TANK PROJECT”

New York City’s “The Water Tank Project” , an event planned by the non profit organization, Word Above The Street,  will begin in spring 2013.

This large scale public art initiative, over a three month period, will draw attention to water conservation and increase our awareness of our world’s dwindling fresh water supply.

This will be an opportunity for artists to use their artistic inspiration to transform the look of the skyline’s water towers drawing attention to water as a precious resource in New York City and around the world.

300 of the approx. 15,000 rooftop water tanks will be carefully selected for the transformation.

Celebrated figures in art, music, science and New York City residents will be participating.

 

Interesting details about the project’s vision, mission, etc. – well worth the read, can be found at:

http://wordabovethestreet.org/

 There are a number of videos for you on the design and construction of New York’s water towers:

http://d-build.org/blog/?p=2289

Art work on towers – NYC’s Skyline Is About To Get A Little Help From Thom Yorke:

Soon the artwork of Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, and others will be looming over New York City, as the non-profit organization Word Above The Street has signed the two on to help transform water tanks in New York City. According to GalleristNY, the 12-week project will take on 300 of New York’s water towers, turning them all into public artworks. From the project’s Facebook page:

Grounded in the inspirational power of public art, The Water Tank Project will inspire millions of people to be more responsible with water in their daily lives. Carefully selected rooftop water tanks across the city will be temporarily wrapped with original artwork on the subject of water. Celebrating the talents of established artists, emerging artists and even New York City school students, The Water Tank Project will reshape the city skyline.

 Want to help, but haven’t created one of the world’s most perfect pieces of music? No problem. There’s an open call to “all artists regardless of age, experience, sex, race, color, or national origin.” Learn more about the Water Tank Project here, which will start taking shape next spring.

Others lending a helping hand include Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Marilyn Minter, E.V. Day, Tony Conrad, Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Oursler. And the whole thing is being helmed by filmmaker Mary Jordan with the help of some big names in the art world, including Lisa Dennison, the chairman of Sotheby’s, and Neville Wakefield, the senior curatorial adviser for MoMA PS1.

http://bit.ly/xF9aZ9

 Interesting links:

http://eastvillagelive-davido.blogspot.ca/2012/03/water-tank-project-at-new-museum.html

http://www.galleristny.com/2012/02/jay-z-ed-ruscha-and-thom-yorke-to-design-water-tanks-in-new-york/

       Thanks for joining us for all 3 parts of the New York City’s                                                Rooftop Water Tank series.

                                   Hope you enjoyed all three!                                 

 

PART 2 – NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION

 NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION 

Video on the creative craftsmanship of New York’s rooftop water tanks:

As you will see in the videos, two companies in New York build water towers, both of which are family businesses in operation since the 1800s. Even though there are steel constructed tanks, wooden ones are preferred because they can be easily assembled and transported to rooftops in parts and cost less.

“Rosenwach Wood Water Tanks Help Shape The City Skyline”

“They’re a signature part of the city skyline, and even in the 21st century, wood water tanks still have a unique and necessary job here, providing water to millions of homes.” – NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtrx5oBskAY&feature=related

The New York Times staff photographer Richard Perry took some great photos of Rosenwach putting up water tanks, which was part of his project photographing different products and companies still manufacturing in NYC.

  You can also watch a rooftop water getting a facelift:

Water tanks / water towers are a rooftop fixture of the New York City skyline and are the subject of fascination for many. But sometimes they need a facelift to repair the damage of the elements. This video shows one of these Manhattan fixtures getting a tune-up. Filmed in the late fall of 2011, it’s sped up 2.5X.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=fQl0xKHiI9Q

Time lapse of a water tank being built at 266 Riverside Drive, NYC. Shot & Edited by Ben Bryant benbryant.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpyVXSPvy5Q&feature=related

Safety falls a little lower on the priority scale when Discovery channel’s, Mike Rowe, assists a team of carpenters on top of a New York skyscraper.

In a thoughtful look back at his most challenging and hazardous apprenticeships, Mike makes a practical case for safety and reaffirms the critical role of individual responsibility in a dangerous world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=H0u56J3EFks&feature=endscreen

  See you back here tomorrow for Part 3:      

Word Above The Street organization’s

                               “The Water Project”, Spring 2013      



NEW YORK CITY’S WATER SYSTEM – HOW BIZARRE!

   PART 1 OF A 3 PART SERIES ~ NEW YORK CITY‘S WATER SYSTEM NECESSITATES USING ROOFTOP WATER TANKS – ALL 10,000 – 15,000 OF THEM!!!

New Yorkers love to brag about having the best-tasting drinking water in the country, although residents of high-rise buildings may not realize that their water makes an extra stop on its way from the reservoir. When high-rise residents turn on their taps to have a drink of water, take a shower or wash the dishes, the water comes from a tank located on the roof of the building. In addition to serving as a storage device, the tank creates water pressure through gravity which brings water to each apartment as needed… (By Eric Johnson)

 Watch this impressive YouTube video (fantastic photography) on New York City’s Rooftop Water Tanks ~

 

A VERY INTERESTING TOPIC

  Next blogs in series ~ Part 2: NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION and Part 3: ‘WORD ABOVE THE STREET’ WATER PROJECT, 2013

To open this topic I’ve included a link to AARP Radio’s Prime Time Postscript on “NYC Water Tanks”: background information on this most unique water system.

Listen to a most interesting talk about New York City’s water system and the rooftop water tanks (all 10,000 – 15,000 of them!) that top all buildings that are higher than 6 stories!!!

“If you’re in New York City, take a look up at the iconic skyline. However, look past the skyscrapers and buildings of glass and at rather, the rooftop wooden water tanks.  Producer Britta Conroy-Randall found out why rooftop water tanks are an essential – and beloved – feature of the city skyline.”

 Listen to a funny incident related at the 3:54 time spot into the talk

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/environment/info-12-2010/nyc-water-tanks.html

I wonder if there are other ‘mega’ cities around the globe using the same bizarre (to me, at least, after hearing this for the first time) system???

These tanks have been “fixtures of the urban landscape for 100 years.”

The city’s water pressure system can’t supply enough pressure to take the water any further than 5 or 6 stories.

The rooftop water tanks are 12 feet high, 13 feet in diameter and most are made of redwood.

 

Interesting facts  from ‘Longtime emblems of City Roofs, Still Going Strong’ by Jacoba Charles, June 3, 2007 ~

Younger cities often rely on electric pumps to supply water to skyscrapers, but New York’s aged infrastructure, built on shallow bedrock that results in extremely low water pressure, doesn’t allow that technology. Architects outside New York may not even think of using a rooftop tank to hold a building’s water supply, and if they did, who would build it?

To watch the tankmen practice their craft is to witness a construction technique that has transcended time, as was evident one day not long ago when a Rosenwach crew was building a water tank on the roof of a 24-story hotel rising near the Empire State Building. Three men moved nimbly around a narrow, railfree scaffolding almost 300 feet above the street, while two others handed up planks from the rooftop below. It took less than two hours to construct the body of the tank, setting vertical boards in place using only a hammer and a rope.

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/eesj/gradpubs/Newspaper/

Charles_NYT_LongtimeEmblemsofCityRoofs_060307.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTRkFgqxzl8

  See you back here tomorrow for

                        Part 2: New York City’s

                                      Rooftop Water Tank Construction.   

FLOATING POOL COULD CLEAN THE WATER IN PRAGUE’S VLTAVA RIVER

FLOATING POOL COULD CLEAN THE WATER IN PRAGUE’S VLTAVA RIVER

by Bridgette Meinhold, 01/11/12 filed under: Architecture, Sustainable Building, Water Issues

Read more (Link below photo): Floating Pool Could Clean the Water in Prague’s Vltava River | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

http://inhabitat.com/floating-pool-could-clean-the-water-in-pragues-vltava-river/

People actually used to swim in the Vltava River in Prague until it became too polluted from industrial activity – now recent interest in the river has spurred the city to start cleaning up the waters, although they’re still not in tip-top shape for dip. Local architects Ondrej Lipensky and Andrea Kubna have come with a great idea to create a floating circular pool in the middle of the river for people to swim in. Like the +Pool in NYC, (see link below for images of New York’s floating East River pool) this floating oasis would filter and clean the river water, making it safe for people to swim in. During the winter, the pool would be converted into a floating ice rink to continue the fun during the cold months.

The floating circular pool would be located in the middle of the river – close to the islands, but before the spillway. Only accessible by boat, the pool offers recreational space for residents of the city without taking up valuable land. A ferry-boat would bring guests over from a dock on the mainland and bring them back when they are finished. Guests could also hire private row or paddle boats to get over by themselves.

The pool is located in the center of the floating oasis and is surrounded by a series of private cabins, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, a sauna, and a steam room. A bar provides food and drink for guests, and a smaller shallower pool is available for younger kids. The river water would be filtered through a textile membrane on the bottom to provide water for the pool. This filter provides cleaner swimming water for guests and could also help improve the quality of the river. In the winter, the pool would be converted to an ice rink and the sauna and steam rooms would remain open for continued use all year-long.

New York’s East River floating pool:

http://inhabitat.com/nyc/floating-east-river-pool-concept-closer-to-becoming-a-reality/