“They told him, one by one: the clown on the ice, the leper under the porch, the blood and voices from the drain, the dead boys in the Standpipe. Richie told about what had happened when he and Bill went back to Neibolt Street, and Bill spoke last, telling about the school photo that had moved, and the picture he had stuck his hand into. He finished by explaining that it had killed his brother Georgie, and that the Losers’ Club was dedicated to killing the monster …
whatever the monster really was.” - It, Stephen King

Sikorski X2  

Sikorsky developed the X2 helicopter on a $50 million budget. The design includes expertise gathered from several earlier design projects. The S-69/XH-59A Advancing Blade Concept Demonstrator had shown that high speed was possible with a coaxial helicopter with auxiliary propulsion, but that vibration was excessive;[3] the Cypher UAV expanded the company’s knowledge of the unique aspects of coaxial flight control laws with a fly by wire aircraft; and the RAH-66 Comanche developed expertise in composite rotors and advanced transmission design.[4][5] Other features include slowed[6] “de-swirling”[7] rigid rotors 2 feet apart, active force counter-vibration inspired by the Black Hawk,[8] and using most of the power in forward flight for the pusher propeller rather than the rotor.[3] Test flights and flight simulations were combined to improve test procedure.[9][10] The fly-by-wire system is provided by Honeywell, the rotor by Eagle Aviation Technologies, anti-vibration technology from Moog Inc, and propeller by Aero Composites.[11] The rotor hub can have 10-20 times the drag of the blade.[12] Sikorsky intended to test hub fairings to reduce drag by 40%,[13] and test flew fairings on the hubs themselves but not the central hub fairing (“aero sail”) in between the hubs.[14] Sikorsky has since patented a “Standpipe” (fixed tube between rotating rotor axes) suitable for a central hub fairing.

Andrea Palladio, Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda, Vicenza, 1566-1580
Pedro Machuca, Palace of Charles V, Granada, Spain, 1526
Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, “Prècis des leçons d'architecture", 1802-1805
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Cimitière de Chaux, 1804
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany, 1823-1828
Bramante, Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio, Roma, 1502
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Stockholms stadsbibliotek, Stockholm, Sweden, 1928
Andrea Mantegna, House of Mantegna,  Mantova, Italy, 1476
Oswald Mathias Unger, Hotel Berlin, 1977
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Woodland Chapel (Skogskapellet), Skogskyrkogården, Stocholm, Sweden, 1918-1920
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Panaretheon, 1804
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Maison de gardes agricoles pour le parc de Mauperthuis, 1790
Robert Adam, Syon House, London , England, 1762-1769
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Barrière Saint-Martin, Paris, 1784-1788
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Maison de campagne, 1773-1779
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Pianta di Ampio Magnfico Collegio, 1750
Peter Zumthor, Gallery for the “360° I Ching” scultpure by Walter de Maria, Gallery Dia, Beacon NY, 2003
Jean Nouvel, Monolith, Expo 02, Morat, Switzerland, 2002
Andrea Palladio, I quattro libri dell'architettura, Libro Primo, cap. XVIII, scala a doppia elica del castello di Chambord, Francia
Louis Kahn, Preliminary scheme of First Unitarian Church, Rochester, New York, USA, 1959
Philip Johnson and John Burgee, General American Life Insurance Company, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1977
Jože Plečnik, Slovenian Parliament Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1947
Pier Vittorio Aureli,  The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2014
Baukuh; Public building, 2008
Armando Brasini, Basilica del Sacro Cuore Immacolato di Maria, Roma, 1923-1951
Charles Holden, Arnos Grove tube station, London, England, 1932
George Bähr, Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany, 1726-1743
Emilio Ambasz, Houston Plaza Center, Houston, Texas, USA, 1982
Paulo Mendes da Rocha e João De Gennaro, Gimnasio del Club Atlético Paulistano, São Paulo, Brazil, 1958
Oscar Niemeyer, Standpipe for the Ribeirao das Lages, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1941 


Model drawings for a proposed sequel to Chuck Jones’s “The Dover Boys” of 1942.   

Top: Dan Backslide and his toady, Mumps. Colored pencil and graphite on 12 field animation paper

2nd: Good Dr. Standpipe and his daughter, Dora. Colored pencil and graphite on 12 field animation paper. 

3rd: The Standpipes, graphite on 12 field animation paper.

Bottom: Ben Backslide (coward, bully, cad, thief, and wretch) with Swiney McHoggswill, his sneaky toady. Graphite on 12 field animation paper.

Dainty Dora Standpipe Appreciation Post

consider the following-

-She is apparently in a polyamorous relationship with all three of the Dover Boys at the same time

-She’s apparently mad strong, she ripped a goddam tree out of the ground

-She had to be removed with crow bars

-She beats the shit out of Dan Backslide

-She apparently gets fed up with this bullshit and leaves with that weird old dodo man

Some thoughts at 1pm...

I hate the idea of dense urban housing because to me, they spell death trap. In much of the world, this can be alleviated by proper engineering, sprinkler systems, and positive pressure safe spaces.

In California, none of those things matter because we have earthquakes. It doesn’t take much to knock out our water and power system, and when it does, high rises = death trap.

I’m currently on on the 2nd floor of a 4 story/over parking structure, which means I’m really 3 stories up. My building is also sprinklered and I have a pressurized standpipe/hose right outside my unit. In most cases, I’m good to go. The sprinklers should contain any fire to the original unit/area and I should have more than enough time to leave safely.

But if there is an earthquake, if there is an uncontrolled gas fire in a unit and the sprinklers have 0 water pressure and the standpipe goes dry, all bets are off.

That’s why I bought a rescue ladder I can throw over my balcony or out my window. It’s similar to this Kiddie brand

It’ll let me easily egress to a safe spot down below and get the hell away from this building.

I also have a smoke hood similar to this kikar one

Smoke is the #1 killer in these fires, and these masks give you about an hour of clean air to make your escape or shelter in place.

Both items are under 60 bucks, and for about 100 bucks you can feel a bit safer. The ladder I believe works up to 4 stories up, but the mask would be good for any level.

They also have backpack harnesses that are about a thousand bucks and will lower you down 26 stories or so. That’s a little extreme for me but … your call man.

I also think it’s a good idea to keep an extinguisher in the bedroom, and one in the common area near the kitchen. Speaking of kitchens, I’m a big fan of stovetop firestop extinguishers. They’re pricey, about 50-80 bucks at home depot and lowes…. but they’re a great idea.

be safe, that’s all I want for everyone. 


You know, twenty-nine years ago, in Sierre Leone, there was a farmer named Samwel Zuma, who had the audacity to identify several low-level Mombasa operatives to local authorities. The cartel massacred the entire family.  All but the youngest son. He was sold to a local ring of flesh peddlers. The majority of children in those circumstances don’t last more than nine months. He survived eight years. He was fourteen, when I found him. Too old, too tall, too angry and dangerous to be of any further value. He was left to die, chained to a standpipe in the basement of a squalid brothel in Nairobi; branded, burned, barely alive.

So I took him, made him well, saw to his education. He graduated university with a bachelor’s in English Literature. He speaks four languages fluently, and can get by on half a dozen more. He is…splendid.

His name is Dembe. Dembe Zuma.

au where the Dover Boys got an arcade beat-em-up in 1986

after finally catching up and defeating Dan Backslide in an anticlimactic fight, if at least two Boys remain (potentially including honorary fourth Boy, an original character named “Pepperjack” added to fit genre conventions re: # of players), they duke it out for the honor of wooing Dora Standpipe a la the end of Double Dragon.

HOWEVER, Dora Standpipe herself is the secret final boss who must be fought after this, and would be a punishing encounter even if NOT for the fact that only one player, and one Boy, will remain standing when facing her. the programmers did not actually expect anyone to defeat her and, in the initial release of the game, doing so causes the game to immediately crash because no ending cutscene was programmed. a hastily updated version adds a massive point bonus and one of four “ending title cards” (rather than a proper resolution), customized depending on the Boy.