Prosperity through fortitude and hard work. (Let's hope, anyway.)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
That's USS Ronald Reagan, CVN 76, with a tender and a supporting destroyer. Awesome that there are probably 6,000 men and women on these three ships.
Now, where America's Day Begins, here's Apra Harbor, Guam with the USS Ronald Reagan entering:
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tonight is the longest night of the year, at 4 minutes after midnight Universal Time. Congratulations, I guess; it's all downhill from here, until the next solstice.
For no logical reason (except that it was very dark inside the tree) I attach a picture of the famous Wawona Tree in Yosemite, which collapsed under a two-ton load of snow in 1969, at the young age of 2300!
Friday, December 19, 2008
That's Pegasus! It's the Navy's X-47B UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle.) It takes off from, and lands back on an aircraft carrier. Flies at 40,000 feet for hours, and hours, and hours. No toilet needed.
I don't know what it costs, but it sure is neat!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
From the Sky Lounge at Roppongi Hills:
And then, an evening shot on a clear day with Fuji-san in the background.
And that's a view not often seen.
(I'm tempted to imagine being there about two centuries ago, when the views of Fuji-san were more often seen than not. Oh, well.)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
living fossil, of course. (Or a mostly-useless herbal medicine.) It's the famed Ginkgo Biloba tree. I remember this from a long-ago Landscape Architecture course. Imagine my pleasure when I found that we had one on the property. It's a great tree to watch during the late Fall.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
This is the Burj, in Dubai. It is to be the tallest building in the world. The crane operator at the tippy top of the construction is said to have not set foot on terra firma for the last 5 years...it just takes too long to travel up to work each day.
There is no market for this building, no large group of companies clamoring for acres of space on the upper floors, and nothing to see from up there except sand and the flat waters of the Gulf anyway. This is being built because someone had the money.
Not a good sign. Anyway, here it is in context:
Disturbing, is it not?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Live sea urchin, fresh from the Pacific. M asked the fish monger to open and clean it, but he said (in broken Spanglish)"No. Do it at home." There it is, up above.
Get the cleaver ready...
So now we have very fresh uni .
The Piedmont Winnackers were able to enjoy it with us. Happy Saturday after Thanksgiving!