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Thursday Bridge Blogging

by PeWi Sat Oct 22nd, 2005 at 02:43:23 AM EST

Back from the front page ~ whataboutbob

Yes, it is time for a Thursday Bridge Blogging, you might wonder, that I am very early today, well I have a conference starting at 9am and have to finish some more charts till then, also I expect to be too exhausted to do  much afterwards.

but there are some images that are always welcome. f.e Galloping Gertie...

But this week is more of a meta thursday bridge blog.

i googled for Bridge blogging, hoping that recent efforts had been reflected, but was curious to discover that there was in fact a wiki entry for Bridge blogging

sorry but I quote from there in extenso now:

What are BridgeBlogs?

Hossein Derakhshan (aka. Hoder) proposed three models for ways people can use weblogs to communicate between cultures: windows, bridges and cafés. Windows allow us to look into another culture, but not interact - an example might be a weblog of someone in another country, talking about her daily life to her friends and family. We've got a chance to look in, but we're not invited to interact.

Cafés are complex spaces where groups of people can meet to discuss in ways that they can't meet in the real world, due to geography, politics or language.Joi Ito's IRC channel is a good example of a café.

Bridges are more interactive than windows, but less complex than cafés. They're usually the project of a single blogger, or a small group of authors. Bridge bloggers write for an audience outside their everyday reality - for instance, when Ory Okolloh writes about corruption in Kenya, reaching family at home and readers at Harvard, she is bridge blogging. (And when people comment on her blog from outside Kenya, they're bridging back.

Some other great examples of bridge blogs:

Editor, Myself - Hossein Derakshan's English-language blog

Where is Raed? - Salam Pax's blog from Baghdad, now on indefinite hiatus. One of the original and most widely known bridgeblogs.

Black Looks - Sokari Ekine's blog on African Women's issues

Screenshots - Jeff's Ooi's blog on Malaysian politics

We're interested in creating an index of these types of online spaces, with a special emphasis on bridge spaces. This index, as it grows will be a resource for people who want to understand what's going on in different parts of the world from a personal perspective, as well as a journalistic or encyclopedic perspective. We hope this will be a resource for the mainstream media as they look for local voices to expand coverage in parts of the world they routinely fail to cover, as well as for individuals.

including IRC chans, Usenet lists, Yahoo groups, etc?

yes, if they meet other aspects of the definition. It's easiest for us to track blogs and wikis because of RSS, but we're very open to the notion that lots of this content is posted in other kinds of spaces... EthanZ 16:20, 6 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Everybody that links to Salam Pax, has to be taken seriously of course. Well, he (and my brother...) brought me to the blogging world.

there are others of course: emergentchaos he has the snappy quote: those bloggers who make an effort to blog about their country in a way that an outsider or foreigner can understand


Asteres says this:
?? ????? blog, ??????? ?? ???? ??? ??? monitor ??? ????????? ??? ?? ??????????  ?? ??????? ??? ?? ?????? ??? ?????????? ??? ???????? ????????????? ???  ???????, ????? ?? ?? ?????????? ??? ?????????? ??? ??? bridge blogging;
O.K.? O.K.

(those are supposed to be greek letters....

It all started however with this call by Rebecca MacKinnon.

more is here to find

But seriously, are we a bridge(and not a freight train) here at European Tribune.

I would most certainly think so.

With these rather fractious thoughts I wish you a good Thursday.

Update [2005-10-19 23:4:51 by PeWi]:this is an interesting link collection and he blogged about bridges as well.

Thanks to Dope on the slope - Chronicling the Brooklynization of two Tennessee hillbillies.

So if you don;t want to discuss Bridge blogging, just repost your favorite bridges again.

(I expect lots of Forth's)

by PeWi on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 10:47:35 PM EST
Just to prove you that the Forth isn't the only bridge try this one, the first one.

Abraham Derby III's bridge of 1779 spanning the Severn at the appropriately named Ironbridge, Shropshire. When I lived in Shropshire in the 60s, I remember how spooky this bridge felt on a dull winter's day.

The other image is from further south in England.

The bridge over the Thames at Marlow, completed in 1832. I know this bridge very well, both from my early childhood and early adult life. It was a regular feature of walks in both periods. The Wiki entry on this bridge gave me a fact I never knew, it was the prototype for the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest.

Eats cheroots and leaves.

by NeutralObserver on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 04:21:47 AM EST
Hang on what happened to my images?

Eats cheroots and leaves.

by NeutralObserver on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 04:23:27 AM EST
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Ah silly me.

The Iron Bridge

Marlow Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Eats cheroots and leaves.

by NeutralObserver on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 04:27:11 AM EST
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Check out last week's Bridge Blogging, in the comments :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 06:03:12 AM EST
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I've walked across that lovely Marlow bridge (and sadly, I might add that it is the only bridge in Europe that I can say that about)!

Here's a covered bridge from Valley Forge, PA:

by CabinGirl on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 08:11:53 AM EST
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This is a bridge near the Kunlun Pass in Tibet, along the new Tibet Railway (to be opened in one or two years), which is the new world's highest railway. The bridge itself, with deck height at 4767 metres, is the railway bridge built at the highest altitude. (From SPIEGEL ON-LINE-s photo series.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 06:07:42 AM EST
A supplement to last week's discussion on animal bridges - at the Innsbruck-Wörgl railway line doubling in Austria, where two webcams follow the construction of a gallery (= tunnel opened to one side), now I can show half of the deck of the animal bridge over the old line lifted in place:

Image hosted by PicsPlace.to

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 06:13:31 AM EST
Here's the Royal Gorge bridge in southwestern Colorado. It was built as a tourist attraction and is completely pointless, as the road is only a single lane and doesn't lead to anywhere. It's about 1000 feet above the river. There's a tourist train that goes along the Arkansas river at the bottom of the gorge, and this is a very popular place for rafting and skydiving (off the bridge).

by asdf on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 08:15:59 AM EST
That's some bridge!  I bet it would feel pretty interesting out in the middle during a high wind.
by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 10:08:25 AM EST
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Last week, I showed the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi river, so today I thought it was only fair to show the first road bridge.

It was opened on January 23, 1853 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Minneapolis has a scenic riverfront, with a large collection of bridges, and they have a nice web site with pictures and histories of their past and current bridges.

by corncam on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 11:23:57 AM EST
Reposting the bridges seen in Portugal earlier this week and posted in my windfarm blogging diary:

The bridge in Pinhcao

The new highway bridge, and the old road bridge in Peso da Regua

An old railway bridge not far from the above two, as seen form the highway:

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 05:14:07 PM EST
I found this in one of my sources (a railfan source that, as an archive, is very useful even for professionals):

...BLN 751.0139][PT] Regua - Lamego: ...a steeply-graded metre-gauge branch from Regua did once cross the hills to reach Lamego, 15km to the south, and that construction began towards Vila Franca de Naves on the Linha da Beira-Alta, a further 95km south.  On a visit in 1990, remains included not only the disused rail bridge next to the road bridge over the river Douro at Regua but, 4km to the south, a sizeable concrete-and-stone viaduct built on a horseshoe curve across a valley, with trackbed disappearing into a hydro-electric power-station, and probably into a tunnel beyond.  Though it was clearly built for a railway, walking along the formation revealed no visible artefacts to confirm it had ever actually carried trains...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 06:50:20 AM EST
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And a great picture of the Viaduc de Millau, from the website of Le Monde:

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 20th, 2005 at 05:18:17 PM EST

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