Jan 08-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: January: Jan 08-02
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 - 09:38 pm:

Ever notice the low-resolution and quality of most webcams? This year's Heikinpäivä 2002 will be brought to you in high resolution living color from the Finlandia campus. Actually, it's the view from the window of the Finnish-American Reporter, and the scene will be updated every few minutes, beginning Wednesday.

As a bonus, we will be archiving every frame, so we can assemble a "time-lapse" view of the construction when it's finished. Tune in to the Bridge Cam page when the updates begin!

By E in CA on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 10:14 am:

Great idea !! Enjoying all the pics!

By Scott, Illinois on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 11:35 am:

What kind of camera is being used? Just curious.

Also, THANKS for all the great pictures, links, and more. Your effort and hard work is appreciated.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 02:57 pm:

The live web cam is our old Kodak DC-260, which has taken tens of thousands of shots throughout the U.P., and feels right at home above Northwind Books, in the office next to Finnish American Reporter.

That camera has been through a lot! Almost 2 years ago Jonathan and I were up on Bumbletown Hill around sunset, and we had a little accident. In the dusky darkness Jonathan tripped on some low fence wires and stumbled and fell... right on top of the Kodak. It may have saved his life, because it's very rocky on the Hill. The camera was smashed apart, but we tucked all the parts back in the case, rigged up a shutter switch (which had been broken off) and it has worked great ever since. Hundreds of the shots you see in the Pasty Cam archives were from this camera.

So now the old Kodak has been "retired" to serve as a high resolution webcam. Side note: Somewhere I have a recording made during that fateful evening of the accident on Bumbletown Hill, and maybe I can dig it out for a real audio clip some time, if anyone would be interested.

By susan on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 05:21 pm:

You sure that picture wasn't taken some place in North Carolina or Atlanta? Where's the snow?

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 05:39 pm:

It's very nice to see my old stomping grounds at Finlandia University from this vantage point, the view from my old office there. Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane, Jon! To FAR editor Jim Kurtti and assistant editor Dave Maki, I'm sure you are both very busy right now getting ready for Heikinpäivä 2002 -- hyvä osa!

By Hanky Loon T. A. on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 03:21 am:

Please tell me this is the Frat House just west of Hancock's Portage Hospital and across from a place that used to sell local fish!
It wasn't too far to the left of this fraternity turret that a friend of mine and I hit a "Greek" owned puppy with a "British" MG on our way back to DeMott's Apartments somewhere in the post-Hippie Hey-Day of that long-awaited Spring of 1971...
Snow-forts abounded in West Hancock that February I can assure you!
We brought this stricken labrador puppy to a nearby veterinarian who improvised a leg-splint after which we returned said canine to it's Frat House owners wh

By bj-milford on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 09:37 am:

Hanky, it's not the same house. You're thinking of the PHI TAU house. It's still there and the brothers are going strong. (I'm not sure about the dog) This house is on Soumi's (oops Finlandia's) campus closer to downtown Hancock, across from Gemignani's famous Italian restaurant.
Where IS the snow?

By Sonia, California on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 06:25 pm:

My, How things have changed in the UP!
This location on Ryan St is where the former
Faller House stood. It provided housing and
many happy memories to students attending
Suomi College in the 70's.

By S. on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 11:58 am:

Having been a former "yooper"
and still a "finlander"
i find the U.P. a beautiful place
except for one thing, those
ugly slowbanks are REPULSIVE>
why does snow get so ugly on the
roadways, and yes that comment was
ironic not intended for a scientific

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