Took the train Saturday to Solothurn, Switzerland for their Pecha Kucha Night #3. I got carried away and presented 3 different projects: Geographical Imaginations, The CAMINANTE Project and The Great American Pilgrimage (Appalachian Trail). Great hosts and quite the Kulturnacht in this great Swiss town outside of Zurich. Thanks again to all!
Have you heard of Pecha Kucha Nights? Check them out. Chances are there is an event organized in your city or region. Great way to share projects and ideas in a vibrant forum. Who said the 21st century public forum was dead? Here I am speaking in Aalen, Germany–one of nine Pecha Kucha presentations I have given in the last 2 years or so.
Check out my 1.5 second “cameo” in the Salzburg episode of Madrileños por el Mundo (MXM). While Sonia Ibáñez steals the show I unknowingly managed to get caught on camera behind an interesting French moustache. Look for it at 16:27-16:28.5 on MXM’s YouTube Channel here.
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My fascination with the Almkanal only grew more with a tour of the Mönchsberg, or Monk’s Mountain, tunnels with Almmeister Wolfgang Peter on the evening of Tuesday, September 22. Construction of this 400 meter tunnel dates back to 1136 to 1143 when the Archbishop wanted to bring water to the protected St. Peter’s Monastery and Church on the other side of the mountain, in the heart of the Old Town of Salzburg. For 3 weeks each September the Almkanal waters are lowered in order to conduct the necessary annual repairs. Tours of the tunnel take place then.
Jump in and feel the flows and rhythms of Salzburg!
The kickoff event to the Salzburger Rhythmanalysis Project (still looking for new name) brought me to boogie board/swim down from near the Untersberg to Nonntal, right before “the Alm” runs into the Monchsberg, the hill protecting and embracing Old Town Salzburg where tunnels create passage for the 1000s of liters passing through per second to reach the downtown core. Listen to Episode TEN A Canal Runs Through It of Geographical Imaginations to learn more about the history of the Almkanal.
My post-float calculations put the distance at just under 6 kilometers. That would be just under 4 miles for those of us (myself, included) working outside the metric system and still with miles.
I ran into the Almmeister, oddly enough, at the end of the day (around 4 PM) right there in the take out spot before the mountain tunnel. He was delighted to know I had just come down the Alm and wanted to share with us some of the temperature data. 17 degrees Celsius (62.6 Fahrenheit) at the time I finished. He mentioned how the temperature will fluctuate during the day as much as 3 degrees C (5.6 F) and that the best time to go is later in the day as the water will have a chance to warm up. We put in near the Untersberg at around 12 Noon but, in retrospect, we could have held off for a few hours more and avoided some of the reaction we had to the cold water. We needed to take some sun half-way through in order to get the body temperature back up. As rhythmanalysts we could have, and should have, taken into account the fluctuating temperature of the water more. We relied more on air temperature to dictate when the water might be warmest.
The water is its warmest around 6 PM to 8 PM. This makes sense now but at the time I was set on being in the water at the warmest (air) time of the day, the afternoon hours of peak sun. This year the Almkanal reached the highest temperature in all of the Almmeister’s years at his post. 22 degrees C (71.6 F) after a heat wave of maybe 10 days or so of high daily temperatures over 32 C (89.6 F). This beat the previous record set in 2003.
Look back soon for the photos from the disposable waterproof camera I used from the water….
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Here is a screenshot of my moment. If you watch carefully (http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-art-of-pencil-sharpening/) between 0:57 and 1:00 I appear briefly as the camera pans the audience of a book signing/talk in downtown Durham, North Carolina. According to my calculations these 3 seconds constitute all of the fame I have been granted thus far in my life. I think it only just that I still could expect 14 minutes and 57 seconds more.
Perhaps when I least expect it?
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In order to grasp and analyze rhythms, it is necessary to get outside them, but not completely: be it through illness or technique. A certain exteriority enables the analytic intellect to function.
This weekend we will enter the flow of the Almkanal from nearby its source and float atop boogie boards—half in the water, half out—towards and through the City of Salzburg. We will document the trajectory with a waterproof disposable camera. This, we hope, will contribute greatly to the Salzburg Rhythmanalytics.
Here is a map of the route thanks to the Salzburger Almkanal:
Salzburgerland beehouse along the Almkanal. Honey bees will create a ball in the winter to protect the queen who is kept warm in the middle of the mass of worker bees. Generally, queens will live 3-5 years. The worker bees will protect and feed her as long as she remains productive with her reproductive duties.