Ritz Theatre

After the Final Curtain

View of the auditorium of the Ritz Theatre. View of the auditorium of the Ritz Theatre.

The Ritz Theatre in Carteret, New Jersey originally opened on September 1, 1927. According to an article in “The Carteret Press,” which ran the the week before the opening, “it [was] the first modern theater to be erected in the borough and is up-to-date in every respect.” The 1,000 to 1,200 seat Ritz (accounts on the number of seats differ) was designed by local architect John Gliva. It was a vaudeville and silent film house until September 1928, when a Western Electric sound apparatus was installed to allow for the showing of “talkie” films.

The lobby of the Ritz Theatre. The lobby of the Ritz Theatre.

The theater closed on January 31, 1965, and the building was converted into a sewing factory. However, during the conversion the building was not gutted — instead, walls were built inside the auditorium, which covered and protected the ornate plasterwork. After the…

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Lion : Finding your home on Google Earth

Needull in a haystack


This is the most interesting and inspiring story that I have come across in a long time.

Separated from his older brother at a train station, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta. Nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth.

The story

Vanity Fair — David Kushner

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Every Little Bit Helps – Subtle Changes to Make Your Home Look Like A Million Bucks


If you’re serious about making your home look more awesome, you need to take action now. There are, of course, plenty of big changes that you can make. But, there are also subtle things you can do as well that will really make a big difference. So, check out these ideas and try to use them to make your home even better.

DIY Facelift: When it comes to subtle changes that will make your home stand out you need to think about what you can do yourself. Often you’ll find that a DIY facelift can have a great impact on sprucing up your home. And this is something you can do yourself without much hassle and for limited cost. Try to make some changes yourself where possible, such as painting the property and making repairs. These small changes can make a huge difference and they don’t have to set…

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Feminism and Cognitive Bias

Erratic Expeditions

Recently, I traveled to Mahabaleshwar in Goa. I was standing in a handicraft store looking at the molds and designs of different things kept for viewing and buying. There were numerous household items, like pan, chakla-belan( used to flatten and round dough ), pots, jars, cutting knives and trays etc.

My first reaction to this was – ‘Why do these stores have mainly female-centric items?’ I could not identify with them. This was certainly not the first time this had happened. It happens when I accompany my mother on shopping.

This incident made me feel a little uncomfortable with myself. It made me feel like my belief in ‘equality’ had been a pretense all along. Was this unique to me? Was I being hypocritical?

Confused, I emailed my Philosophy Professor. (We are currently being taught ethics and morality.) He wrote to me – ‘We are all cultural…

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From Breakbulk To The Container

The Arts Mechanical

The shipping container, the vessels that carry them and the land vehicles that carry them represent a revolution in the way cargo gets moved across the world. The full impact of that revolution is still being felt.  The one thing that is certain is, that like it or not the world is going to be more connected than it has ever been in history as getting stuff from point “A” to point “B” has never been cheaper. To understand the full impact of the revolution We need to start at the beginning.

For most of history the way a ship was loaded cargo did not really change very much. Loading a ship  was backbreaking labor over gangplank or lifted from a lighter onto the ship with a capstan. This limited the size of what could be put on board.  For most of history most cargo vessels were not much different than this one. Whatever they…

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