Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Found: Brooklyn Bridge Blunt

Besides the cigar...Big day today, the hypergraphiac waved at me as I passed him by. It startled me, as I was trying to get close so I could see his piece of paper and photograph!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wear Beard

I saw this sticker this morning on the bridge railing. I just looked up the website, and here's the beard manifesto (in English-they also posted it in castillian):
When you've been wearing beard for a while, the day that you finally shave it off everybody goes like "dude, you really look better, you seem younger". That's why beards are cool. That's why we all should wear beards. Because, these days, to commit oneself to such an act whose consecuences directly lead you to diminish your beauty and your so called youth is brave, really brave. And the world needs brave people. People capable of believing in their ideals, or their beards, despite everybody's opinions. Despite of the fact that everybody's opinions are similar. Despite. To this point, it's quite obvious that these words are not meant to be just a hair thing. It's a proven fact that women do exist, and that hair doesn't grow in their faces. But that's not the point. The point is that they, women, certainly do have ideals. Opinions. Beliefs that shouldn't be shaven. Because they're the reason why you think for yourself. The reason why you're unique. Because they are, after all, what you are. For that, and for the fact that it makes you look interesting, wear beard.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


The hypergraphiac was on the move, even on this cold, blustery November morning. He's becoming an unusual usual on the bridge.

Also, will begin my new "FOUND" series, where I will post pictures of random lost or tossed objects on the bridge.

Today: A bright red glove and a school child's paper cup Thanksgiving project

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The bag lady and the Hypergraphiac

Two bums today. I got very close to the hypergraphiac and his handwriting is very small and organized!

Here's more on hypergraphia from Wikipedia:

Hypergraphia is an overwhelming urge to write. It is not itself a disorder, but can be associated with temporal lobe changes in epilepsy and mania.

Causes of Hypergraphia

Several different regions of the brain govern the act of writing. The physical movement of the hand is controlled by the cerebral cortex which comprises part of the outer layer of the brain. The drive to write, on the other hand, is controlled by the limbic system, a ring-shaped cluster of cells deeply buried in the cortex which governs emotion, affiliated instincts and inspiration and is said to regulate the human being's need for communication. Words and ideas are cognized and understood by the temporal lobes behind the ears, and these temporal lobes are connected to the limbic system. Ideas are organized and edited in the frontal lobe of the brain.

As of current, hypergraphia is understood to be triggered by changes in brainwave activity in the temporal lobe.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Satyr Spotting

There he was, a real life satyr on the bridge this morning! Well, except that he had roller skates instead of hooves.

In Greek mythology, satyrs (in Greek, ΣάτυροιSátyroi) are young humans, possibly with horse ears, that roamed the woods and mountains, and were the companions of Pan and Dionysus. In mythology they are often associated with male sex drive and Greco-Roman art often portrays them with erections.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Brooklyn Bridge Joy Dance

Ok, here's another one!


Today I work from home, so no crossing the bridge for me.

So instead, I post an interesting video I found on You Tube (How did I miss seeing them filming this!): Two dancers evolving on a Schubert melody, shot on the Brooklyn bridge in New York City.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Scribbler

At first I thought I saw the brooklyn bridge bum at the foot of the Brooklyn side of the bridge, but he didn't have a piece of paper. Just as I put my camera away towards the end of my walk, there he was, scribbling away! He has a different jacket on too! Or is it the same on reversed?

Other sightings: a tourist dwarf


This is the grapho-maniacle bum from the bridge. Anyone who can tell me what he's writing gets a prize....

Monday, November 06, 2006

Couldn't tell if this person was homeless or simply someone reading his paper over a trash can...Not sure about that H&M bag....I did see the usual bum at the foot of the bridge, he carried the same brown piece of paper and pencil and was muttering to himself.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

School kids

It was a coooold morning walk, but the sun was bright and warm! Sightings today: joggers Getting ready for the marathon???), cyclists, and school children getting their lesson on the universe. Littlle girl noticed I was sneaking a picture and made a face...

On the way home, already dark, sightings included a huge pile of throw up on the bike lane...hmmm

Thursday, November 02, 2006


An almost full moon on my cool walk home tonight over the bridge

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Big, black bum writing in pen on a torn brown paper bag.
That red-headed bike woman who wears the bandana and goes real slow.
Nice cop in his cop jitney.
My ride to work is like a vacation.


I left work early, realizing I didn't have any lights/reflectors on my bike for the dark ride back. Beauftiful sunset on the bridge! Other sightings: 1) lots of European tourists, 2) regular bum, 3) student artists drawing the skyline 4) cameraman filming a guy accross the lane holding a keyboard 5) saxophone player on a bench

Bike Ride

Yesterday I rode my bike to work, with my friend Amy, who is a pro biker! It was a beautiful warm fall day. I'd forgotten how quickly I can get to work on my bike!