Friday, July 26, 2013

The Great Center City Waterway


Wilson's Creek hidden under Scenic Avenue

We have already established that numerous waterways in the city of Springfield are being used as avenues for cryptid activity. It should come as no surprise that rarely seen creatures can easily find egress in and out of the city - The great majority of Springfieldians have no idea that such wild corridors exist.

Perhaps the largest is the Jordan Creek/ Wilson's Creek system that runs from its 0.6 mile subterranean path through the center of the city, under the Grant Street Viaduct, and on to the southwest, joining Fassnight Creek downstream of Elfindale (a neighborhood with its own strangely mythical history) and onward toward the town of Battlefield.  Jordan Creek meets Wilson's Creek within an industrial district, yet, as pictured here, we see that the system provides ample seclusion and resources for wildlife.  Cursory examination at various trail accesses uncovers ample signs of wildlife, but so far little evidence for the presence of the Elusive Urban Skunk Ape or the previously reported giant catfish has been uncovered. 

On Monday we will begin a planned two week excursion of the waterway via foot and kayak to more accurately map and detail the corridor.  We will be posting our findings, so stay tuned...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Giving Meters are on the loose!

Sharp eyed Springfieldians should be on the lookout for mutants in our midst:  Various parking meters in the downtown area have been spotted exhibiting remarkable adaptations!  These are the "Giving Meters", their beneficial mutations allowing them to collect money for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Friday, July 5, 2013

PechaKucha Night is Coming! July 6th at 8:30pm

PechaKuchaX-poster-lowresWhen word was leaked that PechaKucha Night was coming I was initially rather concerned and quickly did some research to find out what kind of creature the PechaKucha was and what precautions Springfieldians needed to take.  Thankfully, it turns out that the PechaKucha is in no way related to the ChupaCabra - "PechaKucha" is a Japanese term for "Conversation", and PechaKucha Night at the IdeaXfactory at 531 N. Booneville is an opportunity for local artists, architects and designers to present their ideas.  Each presenter is allowed 20 slides with 20 seconds for each slide - that's 6 minutes and 40 seconds of high energy artistic PowerPoint, all taking place during the Contemporary Art Street Jam on Booneville.  I'll be sure to attend!

I wonder if they'll let me take 6:40 to spread the word about Urban Cryptids?