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November 2006 – Stephen Skory

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Month: November 2006

Red Shoe – 1996

Red Shoe – 1996


Red Shoe, by Elizabeth Murray, is situated near La Jolla Vista View in the far South corner of campus. This is probably the least-visited of all the Stuart Collection items. Not only is this item blocked by two large parking lots from the active part of campus, it is buried in a grove of Eucalyptus trees. It is one of my last Stuart Collection items for this reason.

It is made up of cedar and paint using a technique similar to boats. It is open so one can look inside and see its simple construction. The heel is high in the air indicating that the person wearing this shoe would be taking very long steps, and this would be the trailing foot. There is a yellow shoelace tangled on the side, but there is only one eyelet. There are odd, angular rocks littered near the shoe which, frankly, I don't understand.

I have strong feelings about this piece. I don't like the randomness of it (rocks?) because it's half-hearted. If you're going to be random, you should go all the way. Here, Murray has mixed children's fables with Dahli-like solid object manipulation. It's just not well done in my opinion.

Google Map Favorites

Google Map Favorites

I'm going post crazy tonight.

Here are some sites that use Google Maps in ways I find interesting.


This site allows you to tag, with rectangles, any area of the earth at a wide range of scales. The image above shows the San Diego Velodrome which I tagged myself. This is a great time waster even if you're only exploring.

Solar Eclipses

This site shows the path of all the total solar eclipses for the next thirty years. Clicking on the map brings up statistics for that spot on the earth. Start planning for the next one in the USA, in 2017!

Earth Sandwich

Ever wonder how to make an earth sandwich? First, put a piece of bread down where you are, and then quickly (before it gets eaten by your house mice), using this tool, put a piece of bread exactly 1/2 the way around the world. This tool tells me that my second piece of bread would get very soggy in the Indian Ocean.

RC Helicopter

RC Helicopter

It's time for you to step up and buy me something that will start my film-making career. A Radio-Controlled Helicopter with a gyroscopically stabilized video camera.

If you go to the website for the heli they have several videos you can watch made with this $2,400 toy. They seem to suggest it is good for businesses like golf courses and utility pole inspectors to buy. Forget that. I want to go have some fun with this. I'll plan some sort of obstacle course between trees and power lines. Yeah, that's a good way to not cut out the power to my neighbors and lose my helicopter. Remind me to rub off the serial number before I go have some fun.

Feel free to send me the Video Glasses ($390), too.

Fun Pics

Fun Pics

I saw this out on a bike ride recently. Just how am I to cross at the intersection without going past the closed sidewalk?


Someone parked this awesome Buick Eight in the parking lot next to my building on campus. Here is more information about the Buick Eight, which featured an inline 8 cylinder engine and an early automatic transmission called Dynaflow. Here's a great print ad for the car on Plan59, a for profit repository of historic American print advertisements. The car doesn't change color from one picture to the next, it's my cell phone camera trying to white balance the image. The perspective photos have more accurate color than the close-ups.


I want portholes on my Volvo.