Half a chicken, or will you need to complete the roasting?
Just yesterday I sat waiting for a train to pass an intersection. Rail cars covered in graffiti are nothing new, but I was struck by how ugly some of the cars were because of multiple graffiti layers. The world around us is uglier and our life experience is degraded by this vandalism.
This morning I read something that gives me hope there may be an end to graffiti. University of Massachusetts scientists have developed what they call SOCAL surfaces. “SOCAL’ to me means South California, because I heard the term used that way daily when I was stationed at MCAS El Toro in the 1970s. But these scientists use the term to mean slippery, omniphobic, covalently attached liquid. That is, neither oil nor water will attach to a surface coated with this liquid. So neither oil nor water-based paints will adhere.
These new coatings are transparent, thermally stable, and robust. Their outstanding omniphobic properties are maintained even after a year in storage. The ease with which they can be produced should make application on an industrial scale practical.
If the paints won’t adhere, objects coated with the liquid will be immune to graffiti. Hallelujah. Let’s hope this product is commercialized soon. It will have benefits far beyond rail cars.
Man in the High Castle is a new series from Amazon exploring what might have happened had the U.S, lost World War II. In the series, Germany controls everything east of the Rockies. Japan controls everything west of the Rockies, and there is a neutral zone in the Rockies themselves.
Andrew Cuomo ordered advertising for the series be removed from the NYC subway system. I am not a First Amendment lawyer, but the order seems questionable to me. It’s certainly unfortunate. I’ve seen the first three episodes of the series, and I’m hooked. You shouldn’t miss it regardless what Andrew Cuomo thinks.
The linked article says that Andrew Cuomo, governor of the State of New York, ordered the NYC subway system to take down the advertising. Assuming that to be true, the government structure of New York must be quite different from that of Texas. Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, could not order VIA Metropolitan Transit (the entity for San Antonio, Texas, corresponding to the New York City subway system) to do anything. The governor might, in limited circumstances, use political influence to get something done, but he lacks the authority to give VIA orders.
I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Ada Wilson home at the corner of Ocean Drive and Doddridge has been a landmark for as long as I can remember (though the round tower is a later addition).
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times recently ran a story on Ada Wilson, the woman who lived there. Among her many accomplishments are a hospital and the creation of Mustang Island State Park. She reportedly referred to Mustang Island as “my island,” and apparently that was not entirely a figure of speech. She was a lady of many facets.
In life, Ada Laverne Rogers Wilson craved attention and knew how to get it. She would always seek the center of the stage. Whichever gene contributes to a sense of discretion and modesty and self-deprecation, Ada didn’t have it. She was always improving and adding to her life story, enlarging her role and manufacturing supporting details as needed, but who would challenge her? Whatever she was, she was never ordinary; as she told Mary Alice Davis, “Honey, I’ve been unusual all my life.” If part of her life story was a creation of her own fantasy, then many were enriched by that fantasy and the deeds of a very great heart.
If you have any interest in South Texas or Corpus Christi, you’ll find the whole article worth the read. And even if you have no connection to the area, you might be intrigued by the story of an interesting woman.
One of my favorite musical recordings. It can’t get a lot better than this in my view.
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Note that the next scheduled event should be the filing of the record on December 8.