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USS Texas Hardhat Tour

May. 16th, 2007 | 01:45 pm
location: Work
mood: chipperchipper

I participated in a hardhat tour on the USS Texas recently. It was a neat experience. I am posting the photos (slowly) to a flickr gallery available here --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/8015956@N04/sets/72157600221642689/

I have e lot more to upload, but putting relevant, correct comments takes time. Very steampunky dieselpunky ship.

The photo below is a picture of a gyrocompass on the navigation bridge. It has a patent date of March 4, 1918.

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Grindhouse OMG!

Apr. 15th, 2007 | 11:09 pm

I just saw Grindhouse. Folks, leave the kids at home, but if you like Taranino and Rodriguez films, you'll love it. Rose McGowan is stunning.

14 Breasts, gallons of gore, brains, zombies, flesh dripping, Nazi Werewolf chicks, and a car chase.

Joe Bob says check it out.

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Experiment with embedded video

Apr. 13th, 2007 | 10:22 am
location: Work
mood: busy

trying something new - very cool 7 minute video on metacafe:

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The Hole - video powered by Metacafe

so ok, the embedded video part no workie, but the link does work.

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What is it about Steampunk anyway?

Apr. 12th, 2007 | 05:47 pm
location: Da Hizzlehouse
mood: contemplativecontemplative

I was recently introduced to the wonderful quirky world of Steampunk. Here is how it happened. I was surfing and found a blog entry for the awesomely cool Steampunk keyboard by the marvelously talented Mr. Jake Von Slatt ( see it here at the http://www.steampunkworkshop.com/ ). I then somewhat obsessively, er, compulsively devoured the rest of his site, and started to investigate all things steampunkian. I now visit Brass Goggles http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/ every day, and I’ve even become acquainted with Abney Park http://www.abneypark.com/ . I feel like I’ve suddenly found out that the things I always thought were very cool are also appreciated by others. What a concept!

This all leads me to wonder…what is it about steampunk that I find so compelling?

I think there are a number of things. There is a sense on chivalry and honor that is sorely missing in these modern times. There is also a creative empowerment, the sense that a person could make wondrous inventions using his or her own hands, hard work and ingenuity. There is also a naive innocence surrounding progress and technology. I believe much of that innocence was lost during World War 1, and probably any that remained was destroyed during World War 2. Prior to World War 1, progress was viewed with an innocent enthusiasm. With any new power or technology that appears in our modern, jaded (and more realistic) times, we seem to weaponize it first. Maybe its no wonder that some of us look back to a past that might have been. Heck it beats sitting around the forest with a bunch of dudes beating on drums.

Image from http://www.crabfu.com/steamtoys/info_faq/ another awesome site

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Not having fun yet

Apr. 12th, 2007 | 05:02 pm
mood: exhaustedexhausted

Isn’t life fun some days? Last week my son, who is 10 years old and autistic, got sick. He rubbed his face so much that he got a nasty crusty rash. I took him to the doctor and we got an antibiotic ointment for the rash. The only problem is that he won’t let me put it on without my wife and I basically holding him down. It is looking better….I need a cold beer.

Note: my son soes NOT like going to the doctor

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First Entry

Apr. 8th, 2007 | 06:44 pm
location: Upper Stratosphere
mood: contentcontent
music: none

OK, here's the first entry. Just started this whole LJ Thing. I am currently watching an interesting Anime series called 'Last Exile'. It's pretty good so far, very cool flying ships and air armada battles. I am interested in seeing how the whole plot thing unfolds. More info can be found here: http://www.lastexiledvd.com/

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