Miscellany

Along with my academic c.v., this page contains a few items of personal interest. As with the activity in the following painting, what we do is often in the details.

 

Rembrandt van Rijn Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Academic curriculum vitae

 One-Parameter Spreadsheet Design Files

Spreadsheets can be used in a variety of ways. Apart from the instructional and research files in this site, one that I came up with is spreadsheets as tools for basic construction design (thereby avoiding the fact that I have at best amateur skills in engineering and architecture, not to mention that I never bothered to learn CAD-CAM). In any case, the following two files reflect some of my interest in historical technology.

Design Your Own Gurage House

As a secondary school Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Emdeber, Shoa province, Ethiopia in the mid-1960's, I developed a lasting interest in the graceful traditional thatched roof houses, or "sauer bét", of the local Gurage (pronounced "Goorahgay") people. I not only lived for almost four years in such a house, but went on to write an article on their construction, which was published in the Journal of Ethiopian Studies in 1969. These houses have not only appealing aesthetics. They also are remarkably cool during the heat of the day and can be heated easily at night with a wood burning fireplace hearth on the floor in the center of the house. The accompanying spreadsheet file is organized in such a way that all you have to do is select the diameter of the house and, with known values of materials unit prices, the file will generate all of the required materials and total cost net of the labor and site. Gurage House Designer.

Design Your Own Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Sailboat

A second one-parameter spreadsheet file I developed came in response to my interest in the historical skipjack sailboats of the Cheapeake Bay. These boats, which were built largely between the 1880's and the 1920's, were designed to harvest oysters using only sail power to operate a dredge. Once numerous, the number of registered skipjacks still licenced by the State of Maryland has since dwindled to no more than two dozen. These boats, with their wide beams, shallow draft, and large sails, can still be seen on the Bay, and are a sight to see during the Labor Day skipjack race off Chance, at Deal Island, Maryland. With this file, all you need to do is select the length of the boat and the other basic proportions from sail area to beam and weight will be generated automatically. I did not assemble sub-components such as number of ribs, quantity of board-feet of wood, or the materials cost of a boat. I did include some comparative data based on Janet Mauch's Sailboat Guide for pleasure craft, and data compiled on Pat Vojtech's book, Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks. The latter were particularly useful in deriving the formula proportions used in the designer file. Skipjack Sailboat Designer

 

 Spreadsheet Lists

Inventions, Innovations, and Events of the Twentieth Century

The World's Working Rich (Forbes' 200 Global Billionaires, 1999)

International Educational Achievement and Per Capita GDP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Sites of Personal Interest

Architecture, Cities, and Weather

Great Buildings of the World (Greatbuildings.com)

The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory

Subway Navigator

Farmers' Markets in the United States

Just Windmills

The Empire State Building Lighting Schedule

The 25 Most Interesting Webcams

The Internet Weather Source

The Newspaper Network

The Skywatching Center

Spring and Fall Bird Migration Tables

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Computers and Their Antecedents

Obsolete Computer Museum

Macintouch

Timeline of Computer History

The Tucows Shareware Network

Zen and The Art of the Internet

The Classic Typewriter Page

The Internet Law Library

Cycling, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rowing

Tour de France (Paris, France)

Canoeing and Kayaking Info

Rowing FAQ

Libraries (see also Library resources under home page)

Bibliomania

The Library of Congress Online Catalog

The New York Public Library

Museums

African Art (Sokari Douglas Camp, Smithsonian)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

United States Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.)

Elsas Producties

World Wide Web Virtual Library

ArtNet

Ayber Gallery

Musée (Paris, France)

World Wide Arts Resources

Pompidou Center (Paris, France)

Prado Museum (Madrid, Espagna)

National Gallery of Slovenia

Tokugawa Art Museum (Kyoto, Japan)

Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon)

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY)

Walter Art Center

Hindu Art and Religion (Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

The Tate Gallery (London, U.K.)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)

Razorfish Studis, rsub

Film, Music, and Sound

Bell Labs Text to Voice Site (Lucent Technologies)

Carnegie Hall (NYC, NY)

The Library of Congress Jazz Site (William P. Gottlieb)

The Metropolitan Opera (NYC, NY)

The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet (MIT)

The Newsfilm Library (U. South Carolina)

Marseillaise

Peeling Bells

The Glenn Gould Archive

The Future Wave Shaper

The Wizard of Oz

History, Politics, and Foreign Affairs

Addresses of Politicians of the World (Donald Vermithrax)

The Center for Security Policy (Frank Gaffney Jr, Wash.D.C.)

Electoral Systems in the Americas (Georgetown U.)

Washington Political Links (Orbit)

History and Politics Out Loud

The Thomas Jefferson Papers

John A. Roebling's Sons Company Online History Archive

The Pompeii Forum Project

The Showroom of Automotive History

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The U.S. Declaration of Independence

Languages

Translation (American Translators Association)

Yiddish in America

The Dialectizer

Olympic Games 2000

Reading the Olympic Scorecard

People and Places

Biographical Dictionary

The Home Price Check

Sailing

Boatnet (BlueWater Productions, Poulsbo, WA)

Boats On Line (Salty Dog Publications)

The Sailing Index (Sailingindex.com)

Science and Mathematics

Bernouilli Equations (Mohamed Amine Khamsi)

Strategic Games (Eric Klopfer, U.Mass.Amherst)

Inventions in Renaissance Italy (Florence, Italy)

Philosophy of Science

African Fractals (Ron S. Eglash, Ohio State U.)

The History of Game Theory

Lexicon of Semiconductor Terms, Abbreviations, Acronyms

Travel

Airline, Hotel, and Car Reservations (Travelocity.com)

American Airlines

Continental Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Northwest Airlines

Expedia Travel (Microsoft Corporation Network)

Wine

Garnet Wines (New York, NY)

The Wine Enthusiast (Hawthorne, NY)

The Wine Messenger (New Rochelle, NY)

 September 11, 2001

A Brief Gallery


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