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A Rare Sky

A rare day with clouds here. Makes it almost seem like we’re on Earth instead of Tatooine (click for larger):

Clouds over Kuwait

Clouds over Kuwait

Night on the range

Sunset at the range

Sunset at the range

As seen just before night fire on 8 August, at the A-3 range complex.

GMAS 2010

No, it’s not the Gay Military Acquisition System or the Ghastly Mostly Absorbent Seatbelt – it’s the Great Minnesota Air Show.

The Navy’s Blue Angels were the main event, and put on a great show as usual. My favorite part is the “tactical surprise” or sneak pass (done by the Thunderbirds as well), where the crowd follows the four-ship flight, only to be ambushed by one of the solo planes, approaching right at the edge of the speed of sound. (This video gives you an idea – flying that fast, you can’t hear it coming).

But the real show-stealer was the F-22 Raptor, a plane whose performance is so extreme that it might as well be science fiction. It did maneuvers matched only by the little aerobatics planes: things like flipping over in midair (!); full performance turns inside the space of the airfield; standing the craft virtually on its tail and flying forward at only 90 knots; and a vertical climb that ended in a dead stop in midair, followed by sliding backwards before flipping into a dive.

It’s mind-boggling to write about it and even more so to see it.

Pictures here!

New Photo Galleries

Check out the new layout for my pictures. It’s a work in progress, but you can get the idea.

I’m on a quest for a good web-based, database-driven photo gallery solution, and they seem to be in short supply. For years I’ve just been generating galleries locally using whatever software I had available (for a long time, BreezeBrowser, then later, Adobe Lightroom). The problem with this approach is that every time I wanted to rearrange galleries or change their appearance, I’d have to go back and re-generate all the pages and re-upload them. With a web-based solution, I could change the appearance easily with stylesheets (the way I can with WordPress and this blog).

I tried Zenphoto for a while, but didn’t like it (too hard to adjust the themes). Now I’m using Piwigo, which seems OK, though not exactly what I want. All these PHP-based gallery things are made by Europeans, which means they have all kinds of weird Engrish and bizarre user interface conventions that make no sense to my simplistic American mind.

I guess I’m stuck with it, though, since I don’t want to use Flickr or Photobucket or Picasa or whatever – I’m paying for all this web space, so I’m damn well gonna use it!

IOTD

Clouds

Clouds over Bloomington

Dramatic clouds over the armory, taken on 14 June 2010.

Cemeteries 6 and 12

There are a number of cemeteries scattered throughout the back forty of Fort Gordon; I saw the signs for them as I rode my bike on the Range Road loop and wondered what they looked like. A couple of weeks ago, I investigated two of them – pictures are below.

Cemetery #6 sign

Cemetery #6 sign

Grave at Cemetery #6

Grave at Cemetery #6

Cemetery #12

Cemetery #12

Graves at Cemetery #12

Graves at Cemetery #12

Confederate marker from Chicakmauga

Confederate marker from Chicakmauga

Fall Vacation 2009

Just returned from the annual fall trip – this time, to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. This time, we brought my parents and their shiny new camper trailer. Would’ve been fine except for the blown radiator hose…

Photos here. Note the tragically misspelled biking sign – “peddle” to new heights? Really? Did no one catch that? Obviously not…also note the continued sightings of the rare jackalope – in its natural habitat!

Waxwing madness!

A crowd of waxwings drinking up

A crowd of waxwings drinking up

Today an invasion of Cedar Waxwings descended upon the neighborhood – apparently our birdbath was prime drinking water, despite our proximity to the river. (Click picture for bigger version.)

IOTD

SGT O looks over the capitol

SGT O looks over the capitol

More new galleries

I’ve updated two more sets of images from my taxpayer-funded summer vacation to California.

San Francisco and BT Collins/Sacramento.

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