Friday, March 31, 2006

Elliot Memorial Gardens

A pauper's cemetery in Madisonville, Kentucky.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Michigan.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Here's Jeff Jarvis' latest rant on the assualt by the FCC on the First Amendment. Folks, this is serious stuff. Yet we hear more about conflicts overseas that will have much less long standing effect on us than the continuing erosion of our free speech rights. I will depart from Jeff's opinion on one point, though. What the FCC is in effect doing is marginalizing the media which it controls: broadcast radio and television. Those media will continue to fade in relevance as audiences shift to sources that are currently outside the FCC fiefdom. The FCC itself will diminish in power UNLESS they move to bring what they cannot control under its regulatory vice. We can only hope that by then an administration is in place that cherishes the democracy that the First Amendment guarantees.

BuzzMachine - Blog Archive - In defense of b*llsh*t

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Cause The Man From Mars Stopped Eatin' Cars

Dr. Phil (our Dr. Phil, not that windbag on TV) tells us about the latest piece of spiffy technology hurtling through space.

Bad Astronomy Blog - Blog Archive - First image from Mars orbiter!

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Monday, March 27, 2006


Connecting tunnel between Northwest concourses at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Michigan.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006


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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Put The Kids To Bed

James Lileks is not very prolific, but his material is always worth waiting for. Not like he generates it all from scratch, he just has a knack for making kitsch all the more enjoyable. So submitted for your approval, the 1977 Frederick's of Hollywood catalog. Anybody out there have any of this lying around in a closet somewhere?

LILEKS (James) the Institute :: Dorcusella

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The Red Tail

A Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400 at the gate. Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Aiport, Michigan.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Steel Sky Saber

I had a chance to visit the Gateway Arch again. The weather was much nicer this time compared to my last visit in December. No small photograph could hope to convey just how awe inspiring this structure is, but I tried.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

A Fixer Upper

Madisonville, Kentucky.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Phil Gets Off the Soapbox and Gets Geeky

Which is just the way we like him. Fascinating stuff. The more we are able to narrow down the early years of the universe, the more we can nail down the Theory of Everything.

Bad Astronomy Blog - Blog Archive - New WMAP results: quantum fluctuations, galaxies, and the first stars

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Inside The Flying Minivan

The Beechcraft B1900D (exterior picture here) is small, loud, and cramped. They should give double miles for enduring this crate.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

How Much Does Free Speech Cost?

Jeff Jarvis on the FCC idiocy. I'm not here to say that people should be able to say whatever they want, whenever they want, I'm only saying that to have this agency as the supposed judge of what is right and decent (and to do it so arbitrarily) is the kind of government intervention I thought the First Amendment was designed to discourage. That's my concern.
BuzzMachine - Blog Archive - The F-and-S analysis

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Modern Spiderweb

Support structure of the main terminal concourse of General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee.

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Straight Lines, Angles, Arcs....and a Flag

Leaving the secure area and entering the main concourse at Dayton International Airport. The airplane is a replica of an early Wright Flyer. Although the Wright Brothers conducted their first flight in North Carolina in 1903, all of their development and much of their subsequent testing took place in and around Dayton.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Current Tenants

Madisonville, Kentucky.

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Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

Easily the cool news of the week, coming to you fresh from Cassini: -- Cassini Finds Signs of Liquid Water on Saturn's Moon

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I'm Ashamed to Say I Used To Live There

In the "this would be funny if it wasn't true" category, our winner this week is New Jersey Assemblyman Peter Biondi. I don't know what's worse: that someone would propose such a turd, or that anybody can be this stupid. Says Jeff Jarvis:
Assemblyman Biondi: My name is Jeff Jarvis. I live in your state. In fact, I live in your own district. What a coincidence, eh? Well, I will vote against you. Again. I will campaign against you. I will stand on streetcorners to tell my neighbors what I think of you. You are a blooming idiot. I get to say that because this is America, damnit.

Your idiotic bill is a violation of my rights of free speech and privacy. It is utterly impossible to enforce. It contradicts federal law in Section 230 of the Communcations Decency Act, the only section of that act that was left standing by the Supreme Court.

BuzzMachine - Blog Archive - NJ's dumb bill on anonymity

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What Is This? #2

Hint: You can find these in public places.

Answer: It's a "Gravity Well", one of those devices in which you drop a coin down a ramp and watch it go around and around until it reaches the well at the bottom. I watched three children spend half an hour dropping coins into this one. Good, cheap fun. Credit to Frick for his correct answer.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sunday Travel - Audio Post 2

this is an audio post - click to play

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Night Out

The DJ is playing at a recent dinner dance. Hartford, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Western Kentucky's Best Kept Secret

If you've been following my musings, you know I love a good meal. Recently, I had been assigned to six (or seven, can't recall) trips to Madisonville, Kentucky. It's a small town, with few good food options. The major exception is a little gem of an Italian bistro called DiFabio's Casapela.
The atmosphere is classic Italian: warm, fun, family friendly, almost to the point of tackiness. One wall is plastered with art literally straight from the table. But you feel at home, and that means something when home is 450 miles away. The menu is standard fare - the real gems are their specials. At any time there are 8 or 9 specials on offer, and they are just tremendous. Consider this: Tuna Florentine - pan seared sashimi grade tuna, served with fresh spinach, applewood smoked bacon, gorganzola cheese, red onions, and pine nuts. Finish that with a portion of tiramisu to die for, a cup of coffee and a friendly conversation with the owners, and you forget that you have to go back to a hotel room.

Madisonville is two hours north of Nashville, and less than an hour south of Evansville. They are open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. If you find yourself within 50 miles, you'll be treating yourself by stopping in.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Forests In Glass

Blogger highlights blogs they find interesting, as a "Blog of Note". Not many interest me, except this one. Some amazing photos of what can be done with petri dishes. Check it out.


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