Storming of the Bastille Reenactment | Bearded Ladies Cabaret | Philadelphia PA

Yet another clever, sensational, ridiculous and historically accurate theatrical reenactment of the ‘storming of the bastille’ to celebrate ‘Bastille Day’, created by Philadelphia’s local ‘bearded ladies cabaret‘. The drag queen Edith Piaf who MC’d the event was once again hilarious. He/she fabulously orchestrated the whole affair, along with a live orchestra. Characters appeared from throughout France’s history in a theatre of the absurd that yet percolated with clever innuendoes to modern politics as well, staged before the backdrop of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

With cue cards for the crowd to play along, the crowd of all ages could enjoy being part of the show. These specs in the sky are not birds, but ‘tastykakes‘ being thrown from the wall of the castle. In response to the peoples complaint that there is not enough bread to eat, Marie Antoinette retorted “Let them eat cake”. The Bearded Cabaret version of this was for Marie to speak from the fortress “let them eat tastykakes”, which were then tossed by the hundreds into the crowd.
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And along with the oohs and awes and participatory responses and cheers from the crowd in this very interactive and festive event, no one went away without a smile or a tastykake.

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And to bring the storming of the Bastille to a contemporary hue, Pussy Riot, the Russian political punk band also took the stage.

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Here’s a link to more pics of the festivities a female Napoleon on horse, a black skinned, white wigged Ben Franklin, who did some fine song and break dancin’, a guillotine that ‘cut the cake’ literally, and a French baguette, who then was donned in a white cloth when he became the ‘ghost of french bread’. Mixed in with the pics are a few random shots of the drive back through Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch) country with Amish horse-drawn buggies in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

I took this photo only because i named this orphaned squirrel "Kiki"

I took this photo only because i named this orphaned squirrel “Kiki”

Ah yes, and there I am lingering on into the evening, celebrating with others at the tents hosted by a local restaurant, with beer in hand and Marie Antoinette by my side. carol_and_marie_antoinette

What is an outdoor festival, without a little fire dancing?
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Hershey Antique Auto Show 2012 October 10th – 14th | Early Magnetic Technology Applications

Here are lots of pictures of the Hershey Antique Auto show that I took 2012.

Hand-cranked magneto generators are electric generators that use permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current.

I happened to attend the first hours of the first day of the Antique Auto Show in Hershey, PA, having randomly heard some people speaking English with an obvious German accent the evening prior, which beckoned me to approach them. The pair are from Bern, Switzerland, colleagues here to attend the auto show. Ironically, they ran into someone from a town within 30 km. of their home town, 5,000 miles away there at the show. The one also spoke with a few Canadian men speaking French from Montreal. Quite an international crowd, not surprising considering it’s the largest auto show of its kind in the world.

I was delighted that I could converse with the two of them in German, and also help to translate here and there when it was needed. The Swiss German dialect is a more staccato & tonal version of HochDeutsch “High German”, and though I’m sure that they could obscure what they wished to say if they had the intent, it is parallel enough that I was able to understand and converse.

I appreciate all sorts of luxuriously simple designs, and naturally took pictures. I’ve learned a bit as well. As usual, I’m drawn to things of an electrical and magnetic nature, since having done my blog on plasma cosmology, which fascinates me.

I found myself curious about these objects, which I subsequently learned are magnetos, electrical generators that use permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto Hand-cranked magneto generators were used to provide the ringing current in early telephone systems.

Magnetos were adapted to produce pulses of high voltage, used in the ignition systems of some gasoline-powered internal combustion engines to provide power to the spark plugs. As this wiki link about the magneto reveals; the “Production of electric current from a moving magnetic field was demonstrated by Faraday in 1831.”

Hey, this is all new to me, as a curious by-stander!

Though this isn’t car related, check out the earliest sound recording devices, these cylinders actually contain tunes!

I’ve learned through viewing a few websites in my research that the first sound recording devise was invented by Thomas Edison.

Here’s a link regarding the history of recorded music, with all the insights and information about inventors over the period from 1877 to the present. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/51727

Emile Berliner was an early developer and inventor of audio technology including the Gramophone (sound recorder). He was the first inventor to stop recording on cylinders and start recording on flat disks.

Here’s an older version of the LP, the flat disk of a gramophone.

Emile Berliner an inventor of audio technology including the Gramophone (sound recorder). He was the first inventor to stop recording on cylinders and start recording on flat disks.

Here are photos of the Hershey Antique Auto show 2012.

And the multitude of car parts and lovely early automobiles are in the following images.

as well as here

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/czv0qi75suyg8j4/-9ygEnCtHu