Red Line at 100

Yesterdays’s post about the Boston Trolley Meet was more about playing with the iOS WordPress app, and the HTML 5 <video> element, but it did remind me that there was another recent local centenary that I’ve been meaning to talk about: the 100th anniversary of the opening of the initial section of the MBTA’s Red Line. The original section of the Red Line opened from Harvard Square to Park Street on March 23, 1912.

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Seen at the Boston Trolley Meet

There was also a presentation from one of the restorers at the Seashore Trolley Museum, and I picked up several issues of Rollsign, plus a copy of the 1947 transportation report for Boston. I also saw, but couldn’t afford, a rollsign from one of the Boeing LRVs.

(Note- this video and post were shot and composed on my iPhone.)

Update: The video, which uses the HTML 5 video element, is only viewable on Safari, as far as I can tell. I’d have to create a second encoding for Firefox and Opera users, which kind of limits the usability of adding video through the iOS WordPress app.

Second update: unlike the WordPress web app, you can’t switch easily between WYSIWYG and raw code modes– and the app (or the OS) aggressively converts encoded angle brackets to actual angle brackets– leading to accidental tags.

Third update, 4/30: Created WebM and Ogg Theorea versions, and changed markup to use video and source tags, instead of video with a single src attribute. It’s now visible on Firefox and Opera, and I assume Chrome. What a nuisance.

Creating a Bootable Snow Leopard External Hard Drive

I am reluctantly getting ready to upgrade my laptop to OS X 10.7  Lion. (The “reluctantly” part is a subject for another post). Because I have some PowerPC apps, including a couple of favorite games that I still use, I decided to pick up an external hard drive, and install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped.

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