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One night in August 2012, after months of unexplained seismic activity and mysterious bubbling on the bayou, a sinkhole opened up on a plot of land leased by the petrochemical company Texas Brine, forcing an immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne’s 350 residents—an exodus that still has no end in sight. The sinkhole initially spanned about an acre. Today it covers more than 24 acres and is an estimated 750 feet deep. It subsists on a diet of swamp life and cypress trees, which it occasionally swallows whole.

It celebrated its first birthday recently, and like most one-year-olds, it is both growing and prone to uncontrollable burps, in which a noxious brew of crude oil and rotten debris bubbles to the surface. But the biggest danger is invisible; the collapse unlocked tens of millions of cubic feet of explosive gases, which have seeped into the aquifer and wafted up to the community.

Texas Brine’s operation sits atop a three-mile-wide, mile-plus-deep salt deposit known as the Napoleonville Dome, which is sheathed by a layer of oil and natural gas, a common feature of the salt domes prevalent in Gulf Coast states. The company specializes in a process known as injection mining, and it had sunk a series of wells deep into the salt dome, flushing them out with high-pressure streams of freshwater and pumping the resulting saltwater to the surface. From there, the brine is piped and trucked to refineries along the Mississippi River and broken down into sodium hydroxide and chlorine for use in manufacturing everything from paper to medical supplies.

What happened in Bayou Corne, as near as anyone can tell, is that one of the salt caverns Texas Brine hollowed out—a mine dubbed Oxy3—collapsed. The town blames the regulators. The regulators blame Texas Brine. Texas Brine blames some other company, or maybe the regulators, or maybe just God.

2003 SeaSwirl Striper 2101 Dual Console
200HP Evinrude outboard with approx 100 hours
Excellent condition, well maintained
E-Z Loader single axle trailer
Located close to US95; 1 hr North of PhiladelphiaIMG_1437 IMG_1438  IMG_0399 IMG_0398 IMG_0397
-Garmin GPSMAP 3010C (10” color GPS)
-Garmin GSD 20 sounder module
-full instrumentation w/ compass
-locking cabin door w/ porta potti
-deck washdown
-30 gallon aerated live/bait well
-huge in-deck storage locker w/ pump
-two 16 gallon fish boxes w/ drains
-tackle drawer
-full set of bow cushions
-Sunbrella full canvas
-105 gal fuel tank
-dual batteries
-dual aft jump seats
-dual storage compartments for fishing rods
-rod holders
-anchor locker
-pull up cleats for bumpers
-auto bilge
-boat cover
-no bottom paint

Original Owner
Extremely well maintained
Motor flushed after each use
New plugs and tune prior to winter storage
Stored high & and dry during H. Sandy
Currently shrink wrapped
Shows extremely well

Versatile Boat: A very robust and seaworthy ocean capable 2003 SEASWIRL STRIPER 2101 DUAL CONSOLE, powered by 200 HP Evinrude two stroke, fuel injected outboard motor, with unsurpassed flexibility combining the best features of a fishing boat and a very comfortable family bow rider for up to 8-people. Having been used only a few times each summer since new for cruising, it has approximately 100 hours on the engine and is in excellent condition.

$28,500.00 [sold – thank you Striper Owner’s Forum]

Thanks Charlie and Ed for a fun and informative visit, and especially for the great work. The transfers of my 50-60 year old 3″ 8mm home movie reels were a kick to watch, so I’m especially thanking you for my sisters in advance of them watching their young selves on DVD. But that’s child’s play compared to Ed syncing the sound to my circa 1970 16mm film of DC’s Lloyd McNeill and the group Love, Cry, Want – that was really well done. Video archeology at it’s best.

It’s kind of hard to fathom how much modern and antique equipment you fit in your studios. I realize the barn is pretty large, but the amount of equipment could fill a building fourfold bigger. Just breathtaking… It’s a good thing there is an elevator to move the new machines to the production studio on the second floor not to mention the heavy cartons full of reels that move between floors. Who would think any of this is contained in what from the outside simply looks like an old barn? And what barn has a diesel backup power generator and an elevator??

I cannot even begin to count all of the machines on hand: several Thompson Spirit DataCines (now DFT), half a dozen 2″-video Quadraplex telecines, Scream, Lipsner Smith ultra sonic film cleaner, ovens, monitors, every kind of broadcast video deck.  Watching Charlie demonstrate the grain reduction, color correction and emulsion scratch eliminator blew my mind – so impressive. Restoring 2″ broadcast video tape from the 60’s and 70’s – amazing.

Then there’s the equipment graveyard. Providing parts to the industry, repairing your own equipment, hacking your machines to do what the manufacturer says they cannot do, even hot rodding your jukeboxes, incredible fun. You could fill a museum with this collection.

I can see why broadcast studios and companies like HBO drop big loads of old film and 2″ video reels for you to process. What a unique and interesting profession you’ve chosen to do for 30+ years.

So for my friends, here’s a brief tour of the joint located just outside of Philly, taken with my handy iPhone:

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Wheel spats add both aerodynamics and style

Just the most beautiful car ever produced: 1938 Talbot-Lago T-150, with rare teardrop (goutte d’eau) coupe body, hand-made by French coach builder Figoni et Falaschi. Sir William Lyons, the owner and designer of the C, D and E-Type Jaguars complimented the shape by calling it “positively indecent.”


From a frontal drag perspective, the aerodynamics of this 1930’s design is equivalent to a modern day Corvette ZR-1.

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Double Bubble

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Double Bubble

Screaming sewing machine…