Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Latest project

This is what rail transport in Baltimore could look like, as dictated by the 2002 Rail Plan. The Metro Subway extended eastward to I-95 and Martin State Airport. The Light Rail system with a second northern branch and service to the malls in Columbia. The new east-west light rail Red Line. And multiple-unit service operating with 15-minute headways on the Penn Line and Camden Line.

(Click for a larger version.)

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's the little things

I've been home from college for almost two weeks now. During that time, I've had no trouble readjusting to the house I'd lived in for eighteen years. I haven't fallen off my (railing-less) bed. I've gotten remarkably few stubbed toes. And I can still navigate the twisty route through the dining room in pitch black.

It's not the big changes that confuse me, either. New carpet? Okay, looks nice. New vehicle? I drive it most days; I'm used to it by now.

It's the little things.

The former basement lights were old clunky recessed fixtures that probably violated multiple fires codes. Even with new 100W-equivalent compact fluorescents, they were never quite bright enough either. So my parents replaced them with tube-style fluorescents, which are brighter and safer. But, unlike CFLs, they take about half a second to light.

During that half-second, I get about 3 steps down the basement stairs. The unexpected half-second in which [i]I can't see the stairs[/i] is enough for me to trip almost every time.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I'm not dead.... yet

College is taking all of my time and then some right now. Summer will hopefully bring adventures, rocketry, and longer posts. But for now, you get a photoblog. Brookline Hills station on the D Branch, from above...
...and in HDR:
An Amtrak train passes Hyde Park at track speed:
 A commuter rail train blows past Forest Hills: