Sunday, January 28, 2007

I need a cool intro...

Something with boats. And traditional flair. And a big star. Like... Bruce Campbell...

In other news: For what seems like a couple of centuries, I (and any number of historians, museum educators and historic seaport interpreters) have been trying to teach people the difference between cobblestones and Belgian blocks, or setts.
Most Americans refer to roads paved with Belgian blocks as "cobblestone" roads. In seaside communities, or at least in communities that like to pretend they have some economic "sea" component, Belgian blocks and cobblestones came from the same place: a ship's hold, where they are employed as easy-to-move-and-remove ballast. "Cobblestones" are irregularly-sized, rounded due to a river's or ship's motion, and of many different materials. "Setts" are regular-shaped, shaped by man, and are usually granite. "Belgian blocks" are setts, regular-shaped, man-made, and convenient pavers. Those are what you see on streets in historic parts of town. They were stored onboard the same way they are laid on the street.
As always, the writer of
this piece in the Fall River Sunday rag is wrong. Although I am not familiar with the thoroughfare mentioned in the article, I am certain it is not paved with cobblestones. Cobblestones are rarely pavers. Belgian blocks are. (Those round cobblestones are decorations lining sidewalks, but were probably pavers in the 14th Century). The writer above is used to using "common terms" to describe everything, whether he’s referring to television, weather, sports, or politics. He is imprecise, unstudied, and often just plain wrong. The problem with "clever" newspaper writers around the SouthCoast is that their ego-wracked musings are in no way edited. Incapable of accurately describing their physical world (due to their delusional narcissism, mostly), they fall back on useless common fallacies, which are hard to contest, since a lie repeated blah blah blah... Over thirty incorrect descriptions of setts, including some by some dufus from the DPW, and one very figmental and inaccurate definition of cobble. Most SouthCoasters cherish an authority confirming a misconception. I'm all hopped up on this because today I got a look at one of the freebie vanity rags that further deface my environs. I don't work in publishing around here because these turds are embarrassing. More later this week.

So, to review: These are Cobblestones

and these are what you use to make streets. Now you can work for any historic repaving project anywhere. Unfortunately, not for any newspaper.

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