Nice Entertainment News photos

A few nice Entertainment News images I found:

Men and camel
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The CCTV Headquarters is a skyscraper in the Beijing Central Business District. The building is the headquarters of China Central Television. Groundbreaking took place on September 22, 2004 and the building was completed in December 2008. Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA were the architects for the building, while Arup provided the complex engineering design. It stands at 234 metres (768 ft) tall and has 51 floors.

The main building is not a traditional tower, but a continuous loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 4,100,000 square feet (381,000 m2) of floor space, creating an irregular grid on the building’s facade with an open center. The construction of the building is considered to be a structural challenge, especially because it is in a seismic zone. Because of its radical shape, it has acquired the nickname dà kùchǎ (大裤衩), meaning "big shorts".

The building was built in two sections that were joined to complete the loop on December 26, 2007. In order not to lock in structural differentials this connection was planned to be completed at the coldest time of night when the steel in the two towers cooled to the same temperature.The CCTV building was part of a media park intended to form a landscape of public entertainment, outdoor filming areas, and production studios as an extension of the central green axis of the CBD.

An adjacent building in the complex, the ‘Television Cultural Center’, burned down in a spectacular fire ignited by fireworks on Lantern Festival day, February 9, 2009, before the building’s scheduled completion in May 2009. It was to have the Beijing Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a visitor’s center, a large public theatre, and exhibition space. Its shell remains visible from the main intersection of the new Central Business District through the window of the main CCTV headquarters building.

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the contract from the Beijing International Tendering Co. to construct the CCTV Headquarters and the Television Cultural Center by its side on December 20, 2002. It is among the first of 300 new towers in the new Beijing CBD. Administration, news, broadcasting, and program production offices and studios are all contained inside.

Before the transistor, microchip, internet or television, there was … the vacuum tube (1/100)
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Image by Jamie McCaffrey
100 x (around the house photos) 1/100

The recent cold snap that’s hit eastern Canada drove me to pursue indoor projects. One of those is refurbishing an antique 1935 Crosley Buccanner radio. I’ll document it with the odd picture over the next few months.

First step was to check over the wiring, some of which I had to replace when I initially acquired the radio in 2005. Then it was time to remove, dust off and inspect all the vacuum tubes and shielding. Then using a variable transformer the voltage was slowly raised from 0 to 110volts, and after ~20 minutes of warming up the tubes I was able to pull in some local AM radio stations. Not bad from my desk in the basement with some stripped wire for an antenna. Thankfully I kept my original notes and research, from when I spent about 2-months on the project in 2005 and then had to drop it for more pressing matters.

The radio originally sold for in 1935, That’s about 0 in today’s dollars. A major purchase for a family to make, but in those days the radio was central to most families as the sole source of real-time news and entertainment and probably had more of an impact than any single computer or TV would in today’s household.

The Crosley 635 brings in the AM radio band, MF and low HF radio bands. There was no FM radio bands in the 1930s. AM radio was for local/regional stations and MF/HF would bring in the national and international radio stations. MF/HF were also the frequency range where the police departments used to operate – with the big whip antennas on the tops of their cars.

I consider it a New Year’s resolution, after several years of procrastination, to have the radio fully restored and on a shelf in the house, this year.