I took a long walk yesterday (Saturday, November 3rd), and took some photos. This is a photo-heavy post, so I’m making it so that you need to click the link below to read the rest of it.
This SWPL marathon crap hasn’t been taken down yet.
We see the marathon field hospital all set up, in preparation for those runners who will inevitably require emergency medical assistance at the end of the race (if they make it to the end). Why do people voluntary partake in an activity with such dire health risks? It’s one of life’s mysteries.
You can see two of the gasoline-powered generators leading into the tent. I counted eight such generators being used to power this facility. The New York Post believes that their article about how at least 41 generators were being used by the marathon influenced Bloomberg to cancel the race. However, as of yesterday afternoon, they were still sitting around Central Park unused while people were without power in the outer boroughs
The bedrock of Manhattan is bedrock. It provide a sturdy foundation for tall skyscrapers. In Central Park, you can see quite a bit of exposed bedrock.
The Time Warner building, as seen from the other side of the Lake in Central Park. It’s probably inside that very building where people edited the bogus story about the guy refusing shelter to two little kids who then died in the hurricane. (As reported by me, it didn’t happen that way.)
I emerged from Central Park at 77th St, and I almost walked into the now-running subway, but the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) beckoned to me. Above we see some animal dioramas from the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
The absolute best thing about this museum are the animal dioramas. It’s a unique art form which I think only exists at the AMNH, the Smithsonian, and the Peabody Museum at Yale [plus a few other major natural history museums]. The animals are real animals that were killed and preserved through expert taxidermy. Many of the African specimens were bagged by Teddy Roosevelt himself on the famous safari he undertook after he finished serving as President. The background paintings are the art of James Perry Wilson .
I doubt that these types of dioramas will ever be created again. If a museum were doing such a thing today, they would probably have fake animals made from plastic, and the backgrounds would probably be photographs.
The Hall of African Mammals seen from the top deck, to give you a better idea of how these dioramas are presented.
Here we are in the Hall of Asian Mammals, which is in a shabby state of disrepair. But I like it. It reminds me of how old this museum is. I feel like the museum, itself, is the museum, and not the exhibits.
The exhibits in the relatively new Hall of Biodiversity (1998) are full of liberal propaganda about how the environment is being destroyed. They highlighted the propaganda part in red to make sure people read it. Very sad. This is the future of natural history museums.
This is an anthropology diorama in the Hall of Asian Peoples. We see a Tibetan nobleman in the 17th century, with the castle of the Dalai Lama in the background.
I tend to think of this as a new exhibit, because I remember visiting the Hall when it was new. But alas, it opened in 1980, it’s now 32 years old. This reminds me that I am getting old. It’s very sad. Unless the singularity happens really soon, I’m going to die in a few decades, if not sooner.
Leaving the museum. Goodbye.