Sunday, March 30, 2008


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Casino

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park in Santa Cruz, California. Founded in 1907 and operated by the family-owned Santa Cruz Seaside Company, it is California's oldest surviving amusement park and one of two seaside parks on the West Coast of the United States (the other being the Santa Monica Pier).

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Santa Cruz Harbor

Sailboats wait for their day. Heh, sailboats. Get a motor.

Santa Cruz, California.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An Iconic Writer Enters A New Dimension

From Dr. Phil at the BAblog, I learn of the death of Arthur C. Clarke, after a long illness at the age of 90. One of the last of a generation of writers (which included Ray Bradbury(still with us), Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert and others) who not only defined the genre of modern science fiction, but stoked the imaginations of generations of young people around the world to look outside of the confines of our home planet as well as questioning traditional belief.

Bad Astronomy Blog » Arthur C. Clarke, 1917 - 2008

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Estep Used Cars and Portable Buildings

If it's Amish built, you know it's quality.

Pikeville, Kentucky.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Fresh Coat

Back in June of last year, I blogged about a weathered (one reader called it "rustic") sign that greets all travelers to the Tri State Region. Now I'm not sure if that picture embarrassed the local leaders, but in any case, they took action to make the sign better. That's right, there's nothing that a coat of paint can't fix. Now THAT'S state of the art.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Stepptown Feed Store

Stepptown, West Virginia.

I received a comment (thank you!) on the previous post about how grim this region is. The thing was, there were no shortage of scenes like that. It was hard to take pictures because there was a new scene around every corner. It's hard to select a scene to shoot when they all are stark. It's tough here. Really, really tough.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

But There's A Light On For You

The drive from Huntington, West Virginia to Pikeville, Kentucky run through some of the most poverty ridden areas I've ever traveled through. Sorry if the blog seems down for the next few posts.

Thursday, March 06, 2008


Even in a busy airport, sometimes you are the only one on the tram. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Monday, March 03, 2008

AMH Seacoaster

Say hello to my weekend yacht.

Not buying it, huh?

This exotic looking piece of aluminum is the AMH Seacoaster, a technology testbed built by a company hoping to win big time Navy contracts. From what I could tell, the contractor wanted to show that this technology would be used to move large amounts of personnel and materiel rapidly over great distances into ports not large or deep enough for standard transport ships. I could not find anything to indicate whether the Navy actually bought it.

Panama City, Florida.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

But It Looked Like It Might Be

News from researchers goes against a theory proposed by NASA that recent pictures from Mars suggest the presence of liquid water. Instead, what looked like water or ice flows may just be dry surface debris flowing downhill. And that's good news either way. And it's what the scientific process is all about. An observation prompts a theory. More observations are taken to either prove or disprove the theory. If the evidence supports the theory, the theory gets stronger. If it disproves the theory, then it's discarded and science moves on.

So think about it. There's a theory that was postulated about 150 years ago, and rigorous science has not been able to prove it wrong in all that time. Pretty strong theory, eh?

Bad Astronomy Blog » Liquid water on Mars? Maybe not.

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