PLATE LIFTING EQUIPMENT. LIFTING EQUIPMENT
PLATE LIFTING EQUIPMENT. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SERVICE COMPANIES. STEREO EQUIPMENT COLUMBUS.
Plate Lifting Equipment
- an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
- Mental resources
- A tool is a device that can be used to produce or achieve something, but that is not consumed in the process. Colloquially a tool can also be a procedure or process used for a specific purpose.
- The process of supplying someone or something with such necessary items
- The necessary items for a particular purpose
- The act of equipping, or the state of being equipped, as for a voyage or expedition; Whatever is used in equipping; necessaries for an expedition or voyage; the collective designation for the articles comprising an outfit; equipage; as, a railroad equipment (locomotives, cars, etc.
- (lift) the act of giving temporary assistance
- (lift) raise: raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
- aerodynamic lift: the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
- Move (one's eyes or face) to face upward and look at someone or something
- Increase the volume or pitch of (one's voice)
- Raise to a higher position or level
- Cover (a metal object) with a thin coating or film of a different metal
- a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
- Cover (an object) with plates of metal for decoration, protection, or strength
- coat with a layer of metal; "plate spoons with silver"
- home plate: (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score; "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"
Illness came calling when Richard M. Cohen was twenty-five years old. He was a young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, and his foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For thirty years Cohen has done battle with MS, only to be ambushed by two bouts of colon cancer at the end of the millennium. And yet, he has writ-ten a hopeful book about celebrating life and coping with chronic illness.
"Welcome to my world," writes Cohen, "where I carry around dreams, a few diseases, and the determination to live life my way. This book is my daily conversation with myself, a chronicle of the struggles in that exotic place just north of the neck. At the moment, my attitude checks out well. I do believe I'm winning."
Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with his wife, Meredith Vieira (host of ABC's The View and the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire). Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while he may not have chosen to live with illness, illness did choose him. Written with grace, humor, and lyrical prose, Blindsided presents a life brimming over with accomplishment and joy in adversity.
In this moving and engrossing memoir, veteran television news producer Richard Cohen relates a life spent dealing with multiple sclerosis, first diagnosed when he was 25 years old and just getting started in the competitive world of broadcast journalism. As his career progressed, he struggled not only with the disease but the touchy question of how much of the truth about himself to share with colleagues and potential employers. Cohen spent much of his life running from the onset of the disease's symptoms from which his father and grandmother also suffered. Defiantly, he took challenging, sometimes extremely dangerous assignments in Lebanon, Poland, and on the domestic political campaign trail, even as his body deteriorated. But over the course of Blindsided, it becomes apparent that illness had actually built Cohen up even as it ripped him apart. Without the physical and mental toughness required to navigate a journalist's life while fighting back loss of eyesight and poor equilibrium, it's doubtful that the flaky kid we meet early in the book would transform into the award-winning professional Cohen eventually becomes. His marriage to journalist Meredith Vieira, every bit his equal as both newshound and deadpan cynical comic, gave Cohen the stable family life and children he needed when MS made it impossible to continue in a traditional news job. But two bouts with colon cancer in the late 1990s tested his resolve and his family's patience. While Cohen is both courageous and inspirational, Blindsided is not the overly sentimental cliched tale that stories about fighting illness often become. He refuses to paint himself as the hero (except when making fun of his own failure to be heroic) and recounts in detail the strain that he put on his marriage and children. Stories such as this often end with the memoirist arriving at a state of peace and mental clarity but again Cohen remains more compelling and credible by offering no such pat answers. As with most people fighting to preserve their families, their lives, and their bodies, Richard Cohen's is an ongoing struggle. --John Moe
Victorian 'brass & wood' camera
The recent discovery of an old family album containing Victorian Carte de Visite photographic portraits prompted what is turning out to be a fascinating journey.
Research into the subjects and the photographers has revealed much information, but in addition, the early history of photography, the equipment and processes has become a whole new area of interest.
I have been fortunate enough to spend some 'hands on' time with this Victorian camera. It is 'The International' half plate tailboard model by Lancaster of Birmingham.
The heavy brass lens is a Lancaster Rectigraph f10 with Iris Diaphragm.
Like so many Victorian tools and pieces of equipment it is a functional piece of beauty.
Focusing is controlled by winding the little brass handle on the back board, which in effect moves the lens back and forth,
The plate drops in, once the photo has been set up using the rear glass. Lift the plate cover and hey presto! There is no shutter mechanism - just use your hat or similar to cover the lens!
These four shots show the camera ready for action and also closed-up for storage, and of course the lens itself.
This is not something you see often these days, well not in Australia anyway - plate racks. This wasn't a gym molested by a national conglomerate who pumped out another cookie cutter facility, it was a suburban gym lacking large revenue making do with relics of the past that still serve them well. The only time we see these down here are in olympic weightlifting clubs. I did a bit of digging and found a room with some very old bumper plates well past their use-by date and some rotting lifting platforms. This had glory days but alas, now it's just a condensed, machine filled space like any other.
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