Wednesday, May 09, 2007

9 May 2007: Demolition

former house


This AKTing lark is somewhat slowed today by the action taking place outside. When we moved into the new 'Building-To-Be-Named-Later' (now EEEEEE) back at the turn of the year, I was very excited because (1) I was getting a window seat (more than Northwest Airlines have ever given me) and (2) said window had a nice eastish-facing view of some trees, Stoneham tower and the hills beyond. Better than looking at Steve Harris all day (no offence).

However, coming back from a rather sick week, I found to my astonishment that the houses across the road were no more. Or at least bits of them were no more. Being in many ways still four years old, I found the big digger and quickly-vanishing row of semi-detached dwellings to be quite fascinating. Dong, who sits across from me when he's not going to conference in Hawaii (I clearly need to write different types of papers), has been quite unenthusiastic to my constant screams of "Wow!", "How about that?" and "Sheesh, there goes the roof!", so I instead offer it up for you, humble blogophile, to share in my excitement.

Thus, in came the webcam this afternoon, and out came the following vid (340kbps, so don't bother if you're on dial-up):

See the window come down...

Aah, the wonder of it all. Now, if only I can get them to take the same approach to our sickly, good-for-nothing Citeseer server...

Postscript: If, as I hope is the case, you occasionally follow the links I carefully pick out for this blog, you'll thoroughly enjoy the official response to the question 'what is happening to Stoneham' that informs us that the University is "setting aside money for the Stoneham JCR to use should any students be placed in the Tower." So that's what they do with students who talk in lectures...

5 comments:

Becky said...

Watching stuff get knocked down is cool. I have to admit, it took me a few minutes to find out how to open the link successfully though. In the end, I downloaded and opened with VLC, which seemed to do the trick ...

DuncMcRae said...

Aah. It's a streaming vid file in Windows Media format, so it should automatically open up in Windows Media Player... same format as all the wedding videos last summer. That said, VLC is much better.

Becky said...

Thought it had something to do with Windoze ... I think I have actually (grudgingly) got WMP on my mac but, come to think of it, I only ever use it for Argo World ...

Anonymous said...

I've often considered knocking down projects in the same way. Xansa towers was lucky to stay unscathed!!

we needed Fred Dibnah on the team.

Anonymous said...

That was McDougal btw...

I have to do this blogging lark in German and my german is rubbish so I tend to submit things early, delete things I shouldn't and generally go around in circles.

splendid.

2-1... a damn shame...