Carruthers Tuesday Jun 10 01:26 PM
June 10th, 2014: Selfie at Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.
BigV Tuesday Jun 10 01:35 PM
so... Carruthers. What's up with the postimage.org link you've included with the last couple pictures you've posted?
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jun 10 01:36 PM
One in a million... make that Billion, get a chance like that.
Carruthers Tuesday Jun 10 01:39 PM
When I upload the image, it automatically includes the link as an ad. I suppose that I could edit it out.
ETA: Just deleted link. It occurred to me that the image might not display if the link wasn't included. Seems to be working OK.
BigV Tuesday Jun 10 03:32 PM
Ok, thanks for the explanation. It was... unclear, but not now. Thanks.
glatt Tuesday Jun 10 03:43 PM
I knew there was a hatch to get out the top of the head to check on those lightning rods, but I didn't realize how thin the concrete shell is. Look at it. Can't be more than a couple inches thick.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jun 10 03:55 PM
But isn't that just the skin? Surely there must be a steel armature holding it up. Maybe? Kinda? Sorta?
glatt Tuesday Jun 10 04:01 PM
Carruthers Tuesday Jun 10 04:25 PM
Interview with climber/photographer Lee Thompson
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jun 10 04:29 PM
Ah, so it's a reinforced concrete structure inside, thanks.
Nirvana Wednesday Jun 11 01:29 AM
Vertigo my old friend! :O
blueboy56 Wednesday Jun 11 10:58 AM
For those of us with heightophobia, it would be nice to have a warning so I don't soil my chair when the photo opens up.
BigV Wednesday Jun 11 12:15 PM
Aliantha Tuesday Jun 24 06:58 PM
Wow, I never saw a pic of Carruthers before. Forget the rest. What a hottie. haha For a Pommy that is. lol
Scriveyn Sunday Jul 6 05:00 AM
Never knew Christ had a trepanation.
Carruthers Sunday Jul 6 05:34 AM
SPUCK Tuesday Jul 8 03:56 AM
Aliantha Tuesday Jul 29 08:34 AM
elSicomoro Wednesday Jul 30 12:18 PM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Aug 1 04:32 PM
Getting it up.
Carruthers Thursday Aug 7 06:24 AM
BigV Thursday Aug 7 01:47 PM
Why does this thread keep popping up every three days or so?
Carruthers Thursday Aug 7 01:53 PM
It's been resurrected.
BigV Thursday Aug 7 01:56 PM
You're saying it's not dead, yet...
Gravdigr Thursday Aug 7 02:05 PM
It's getting better...
Gravdigr Saturday Aug 9 12:35 PM
...nonsense. It'll be stone dead in a moment.
Carruthers Saturday Aug 9 03:58 PM
Er.... I think I might be getting confused here.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Aug 9 07:16 PM
It's pining for the Olympics at the moment.
BigV Saturday Aug 9 07:22 PM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Aug 10 02:09 AM
Heh heh heh...
Pico and ME Sunday Aug 10 09:26 AM
xoxoxoBruce Monday Aug 11 07:58 AM
Fixing lightning damage.
glatt Monday Aug 11 08:39 AM
Gravdigr Monday Aug 11 04:24 PM
God, my knees may never work again...
glatt Monday Aug 11 04:42 PM
I was waiting for him to drop the chisel or hammer on one of the people in the crowd below.
Carruthers Monday Aug 11 05:02 PM
Seeing that sort of endeavour brings me out in a cold sweat.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Aug 11 05:30 PM
There are thousands, hell maybe millions, of highly skilled craftsmen out there who eek out a living never being recognized for their skill. The parts guy who knows whether the catalog is right or not, the farrier who shoes multi-million dollar race horses, or the tailor that knows if you hang on the right you'll have problems. We know doctors, lawyers, professors, etc, have to know a lot of stuff, but the public doesn't have a clue about the skills other people may have.
Gravdigr Wednesday Aug 13 11:16 AM
It's just more proof of your sig line:
BigV Thursday Aug 14 11:48 AM
Massive, *massive* heebie jeebies watching him lash that corner board with some 3/4 hemp rope, with no safety line between him and his half day with the undertaker. The chimney swaying 2 to 3 inches... um, nope. Oh, I believe him, but I'll collect my telemetry from terra firma, thankyouverymuch.
Carruthers Thursday Aug 14 12:00 PM
Fred was larger than life and had a massive following. There are plenty more videos from his TV programmes on YouTube. Some less terrifying than others.
The poor chap died at the age of sixty-six in 2004.
It's a hackneyed phrase, but we shall not see his like again.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 14 03:19 PM
In the US, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), would have sent a swat team to take him out, if he garnish that much attention.
Carruthers Thursday Aug 14 03:30 PM
However, even if he had not been well known I suspect that he would have operated in the same way.
A few weeks ago there was a picture of construction in progress on the Post Office (now BT) Tower in central London.
I think it was to commemorate the building's fiftieth anniversary. The lack of safety precautions would make your hair curl. I'll see if I can find it.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 14 03:37 PM
Carruthers Thursday Aug 14 04:11 PM
No hard hat,
No hi-vis clothing,
No safety footwear,
No safety harness,
No fencing around the perimeter.
Whilst searching for the above image, I stumbled across several more here:
50 years of the BT Tower
Just look at the crane operator in the third picture. At least he had a hard hat!
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 14 10:30 PM
Did they take a poll? Do you remember being asked what buildings you love, and which one the most? I don't remember being asked about any of the things the press says I love/want/need.
We look at those pictures or the ones of the steel erecting in NYC, and cringe at the possibilities. But remember most of those guys survived.
Carruthers Friday Aug 15 05:33 PM
Back to Christ the Redeemer.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Aug 15 09:15 PM
They say they want to keep the statue in tip top shape for the tourist revenue, but I suspect the reasons from the people of Rio would place that second at best. To me, that Art Deco look is always cool, and it's a great visual for the city, as Rainier is for Seattle, or the Empire State Building for NYC.
I hope if the statue is ever destroyed, it's in a spectacular Cecil B. DeMille fashion. You know Earth quaking, lava spewing, wind howling, a white whale, and 7,000 Macedonians dressed in full battle array, rather than deteriorating neglect. It deserves no less.