Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Ive never seen a polling place *that* packed *that* early(and I have a politician for a parent- I've seen a lot of polling places over the years.) Bear in mind it's only 6:45am in NYC, and I *just* got back(it's also not much of a commute- all I had to do was walk to the end of the street. For those who were there, it's in the same room where The Trainwreck, I mean, my wedding occurred.) The polls opened at 6am and even the veteran poll monitors said they've never seen it this crowded. My vote was #27 in my election district.


ETA: It's over. For the first time in recent memory, I am not utterly disgusted on election night. Finally.
4th Nov 2008, 11:42   | tags:,,,

Alfie says:

nice shot!

4th Nov 2008, 11:43

bronxelf says:

I just wish I had a better camera on my phone but they'd have probably noticed my DSLR...

4th Nov 2008, 11:48

Alfie says:

This looks like a really old school machine too no?

4th Nov 2008, 11:51

bronxelf says:

yeah. We still use the (very, very) old fashioned machines here. No electronic voting for us. Thank goodness.

4th Nov 2008, 11:51

taniwha says:

How do you read the situation Belf? Whodo you think is going to take it?

4th Nov 2008, 12:16

bronxelf says:

Won't know til it's over. biggest worry is people will simply assume they don't *have* to vote because the poll margins have been so wide.

Long as people go out there and get it done, hopefully it will be a slightly better day tomorrow.

4th Nov 2008, 12:17

taniwha says:

Lots of people are saying, wait for the fat lady to sing. It's a hell of a thing to predict.

4th Nov 2008, 12:19

bronxelf says:

We've learned with the last two elections not to predict anything.

Sadly, we learned it the hard way.

It ain't over til it's over. And unless it's a HUGE, MONSTEROUS mandate, it won't be over for several weeks, until *every* absentee ballot is counted and all disputed counties are recounted.

4th Nov 2008, 12:20

billion says:

is that a "hand cranked" voting machine? how completely, totally awesome.

4th Nov 2008, 12:38

bronxelf says:

Yep. The ones we use are slightly different aesthetically, but basically they're like this:



You go into the booth and pull the curtain behind you. You then take the big lever and pull it all the way to the right. It makes a satisfying noise. You then, by hand, flip the toggle switches indicating who you want to vote for. When you're finished, you pull the big lever again, all the way to the left. It makes another satisfying noise, ending with a CLUNK. You then exit the voting booth and go on with your life.

4th Nov 2008, 13:35

Jay says:

That is exactly how the machines in upstate NY look. I'm off to the polling place soon. I moved a few weeks ago and forgot my new voter card. Dumb.

4th Nov 2008, 14:00

Puddlepuff says:

WoW, that thing looks like it came from Bedrock

4th Nov 2008, 17:58

Rich says:

If the Republicans steal this election I'm starting a campaign for the rest of the world to nuke the USA. Or at least the red parts. It's really the only logical course of action.

4th Nov 2008, 20:01

Craft says:

Is there an election going on then? : )

4th Nov 2008, 20:14

taniwha says:

If teh republicans take it, I think there may be a riot

4th Nov 2008, 20:16

Rich says:

there better be.

4th Nov 2008, 20:49

bronxelf says:

I predict rioting either way.

4th Nov 2008, 21:03

Puddlepuff says:

As I understand from the news we get back here,... there are already many difficulties with the voting machines,...

What's new :)

4th Nov 2008, 21:37

bronxelf says:

Electronic voting machines have problems. That's why we don't use them here. We were supposed to switch and then it wsa decided that the machines were far too unreliable for NYC. We kept the old ones.

Won't matter here anyway. If you count NYC votes by themselves the landslide is going to be so massive, it's going to make the ground shake.

We don't like McCain/Palin here.

4th Nov 2008, 21:39

Puddlepuff says:

Can't say I like Obama nor McCain.

4th Nov 2008, 22:33

bronxelf says:

Welcome to politics.

4th Nov 2008, 22:34

Puddlepuff says:

Is Michael Moore's plant up for president as well?

4th Nov 2008, 22:43

bronxelf says:

Couldn't say. I find Michael Moore to be both uninteresting and irrelevant so whatever he does is of no interest to me.

4th Nov 2008, 22:47

Puddlepuff says:

Well, who ever get elected. I am sure he will do her best to screw over the rest of the world to benefit from it.

4th Nov 2008, 22:56

bronxelf says:

Again, welcome to politics.

4th Nov 2008, 23:14

swamprose says:

yowzer. good vote.

rest of us are all watching the us. and from here it looks like a new day is coming.

thank god.

am off to the local american election watch central. taking champagne because I know the map is about to change.

conflicted cynic, now faced with hope. dare I hope for a new day?

5th Nov 2008, 00:23

bronxelf says:

Too early too call, and Im far too much of a cynic. It's not that Im an Obama fan. I just really, really, *REALLY* detest Palin on a level that's completely visceral.

5th Nov 2008, 00:24

swamprose says:

oh yes. it's going to be interesting. am fastening my seatbelt, but from canadian reporting, it sounds like a huge Obama win. HUGE.

Palin is perfect. she was just the perfect candidate for a guy with heart problems. If having her as vp doesn't scare people, nothing will.

tina fey and snl thank her for reviving their show.

5th Nov 2008, 00:27

Rich says:

The fact that even despite all that 40% of the country still want to vote for them is absolutely terrifying. It's difficult to know what it is the republicans would have to do for them to change their minds. Something involving a swimming pool full of foetuses, I'm guessing.

5th Nov 2008, 00:30

bronxelf says:

I would love for it to be a huge Obama victory (because to me it would be the bitchslap I'd love to see happen to the neocons) but after the last two elections I know enough to stfu until it's really, really over.

Rich- you get no argument from me. Since I am friends with a few pretty staunch republicans, I have a good idea.

(I should mention Im not a democrat myself, but I'm not a republican either. I get hated by both sides pretty equally.)

5th Nov 2008, 00:33

Viv says:

I think I'd feel the same way about SP if I were american - from here she's just unbelievable

5th Nov 2008, 00:37

bronxelf says:

I dont have words to describe my dislike for her, It's truly visceral. I didn't think the neocons could field a candidate I disliked more than the current chimp in charge.

I was wrong.

5th Nov 2008, 00:40

shitake says:

Then congratulations Mr.president Obama! :)

5th Nov 2008, 04:15

PrincessJun says:

stayed up til 4.30am to watch the results come in. We spent the evening drinking coffee and flicking around various news channels. Fox was hilarious. Is that a real news channel? Unbelievable. Eventually settled on the beeb to watch a slightly more realistic reflection on how the American public were voting. Thankfully.

5th Nov 2008, 15:44

bronxelf says:

I prefer to think of it as a comedy network. It just doesn't know it.

5th Nov 2008, 15:46

Chenav says:

Well, good thing.
Bush and Palin are out, Obama is in. Congrats.
There's a lot of hope around him.
In the US but around the world.
He is facing a huge challenge.
We'll see what happens.

5th Nov 2008, 16:49

:)

true... but it's a good start

5th Nov 2008, 22:44