Nov 30, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday: Yeah, so I've had a lot going on...

It has been a bit hectic between holidays, a trip to Nevada for an air show, and trying to stay caught up with work.  I didn't even realize it was Tuesday until I looked at a conference call reminder!  What the hell?  This week has already been about 5 days long it seems...

But I have been remiss in bring you your dosage of bad ink, so away we go!

These portraits always turn out so well, don't they?

Something to aspire to I guess.

Is that the Pillsbury Dough Boy?  And on a Crescent roll??

At first I thought this was nasty, but that is just my twisted brain.  It still is a bit off to me.

Nothing says "I am your next middle manager" in a job interview like stick figure neck porn.

What can he say?  He's a fan of outlets.
I am just a little curious about the need to document the date.  And why with just a slip of paper instead of a newspaper like a ransom demand?

Nov 29, 2010

Why are you even reading this?

It's been pretty butt-cold (not an actual meteorological term) outside lately as winter preps us Coloradans for it's icy death hold, so I thought some pretty warm weather boat music was in order...

Step brothers style...


Nov 27, 2010

Long distance Thanksgiving

We stayed at home this year for Thanksgiving, just the three of us.  It was really pretty nice, no pressure to make a bunch of stuff or have the happy family moments.  But we did do the high tech version of the holiday by setting up the laptop and Skyping with Kathy's sister and hubby who were hosting the big shindig back outside of Seattle.


Skyler thought it was pretty cool, getting to watch DVDs and watch the party at the same time.  He is nothing if not a multitasker...

Nov 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday I stole these slides from the Huffington Post, much like my ancestors stole this country from the natives.

Happy Thanksgiving, now go eat way too much.









Nov 24, 2010

Road Trip! The final frontier...

I will wrap up the air show bits and stop boring you senseless now (promises, promises I hear you all say) and put up some links to a bit of video from the air show.  I still have a bit of Fernando to post but that will come later.

To set the stage for the pathetic video clips you are about to see, I have a JVC handheld that has no viewfinder and one of those pop out screens to look through.  It is fine for the occasional home movie, video of Skyler and the dogs and whatever.  But outside in the bright light tracking high speed jets, it rather lacks shall we say...

In order that they were taken, here we go.

B-25 rollout and flying


A-1 and B-25 startup, flying, rollout


Viet Nam era SAR demo


F-18 Demo


F-18 and Grumman F6F Hellcat


F-86, P-40, P51


F-22 and Heritage flight


A-10 and rollouts


F-22 Raptor


Heritage flight


F-16 and Helo inflight refuel demo


Thunderbird Demo

Nov 23, 2010

New TSA Bumper Stickers

In light of the new procedures that has everyone up in arms about flying, TSA has issued a series of bumper stickers to help spin this in a better light!

Nov 21, 2010

Road Trip! Part 3: It's a big damn dam.

Updated: Uh yeah, about those pictures all over the place and the spacing issues?  The new blogger editor sucks...

I will be posting some video of the airshow in one of the next postings, but am having a bit of trouble trying to clean it up and figure out how to join a bunch of different videos into one decent one.  My camera is a pretty poor one, and you view through a pop out screen on it.  So there is not a viewfinder to look through and zoom up close with.  Needless to say, in bright light with fast moving jets, I lost them and lost focus a lot.

But I did get some decent pictures and video of a Sunday morning trip out to Hoover Dam and the new Memorial bridge.  They just completed the bridge, and it is amazing!  All of the traffic on the highway used to have to wind down a curvy road and go across the top of the dam.  Now it bypasses the dam and goes over the bridge.


This is at the start of the trail that takes you to the bridge.



The start of the bridge.

This is the old curvy road that goes across the dam







The dam from center span.














Plaque showing the construction story.



You can't go any farther.  I was hoping it would take you under the bridge and you could see the downstream side.

That is the parking structure to tour the dam.

Oddly enough, the center of the span is not the state line between Arizona and Utah.


This was interesting, these are where they took the core samples of the rock to see if it would support the bridge.

Artsy shot...

From the parking structure.










This is one of the two large collectors where the water enters into the turbines.






















And now for Fernando's tour of the dam and bridge!

My shirt is my "Label" shirt I got at an inclusion conference.  It says Feisty and non-compliant.



DON'T DROP MEEEEEEEEE!!!














Now for some video of all the stuff you just saw:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK_Jhf-enfw

Nov 18, 2010

Road Trip! Part Deux.

After leaving Arches National Park, we headed back west towards Nellis AFB. 

We left the beauty of Arches and dropped down into the western Utah/Eastern Nevada area, and the terrain changes to more typical desert with a lot of bluffs.


Russ booked us into the Stratosphere which was pretty darn easy to find even without any driving directions (which I left sitting on my desk at home).  All you do is point the car towards the many lights and look for the tallest lights.

Fernando is excited about being there!

 We made it into Vegas about 9:00 or so and grabbed a quick bite to eat and a couple of beers to unwind from the drive.

Turns out Fernando likes his Guinness and his football at the sports book.
A short night of rest and we are up and at it early for the air show!  The event is two days, Saturday and Sunday.  They run it very well, all the parking is at the Las Vegas motor speedway and is free.  Then you go through bag check and metal detectors and board buses that take you onto Nellis AFB.

While getting off of the bus and walking along a path that leads you through the fenced perimeter, the Air Force security team is putting on a not so subtle show with their police dogs having them attack some poor junior airman in a big padded suit.  Then you enter the show area and it is one of the longest flight lines in the world for an air show.  There is 8000 feet of fence along the flight line!  You get to have a good view no matter where you stand.

There are an amazing amount of static displays to look at before the show starts.

 This is a specialized dune buggy designed for the SEAL teams to use.  60-plus Miles per hour, and a whole lot of firepower.
 
The C5 Galaxy cargo aircraft is the largest in the US inventory.  The front opens as you can see, and it opens with a ramp on the back also.  It can carry two main battle tanks.
The C17 Globemaster III is a slightly smaller cargo aircraft that put on a show at Nellis in 2008.  They are not flying at the show this time due to the ongoing effort to determine what happened at a crash up in Alaska just prior to an air show up there.
The CV22 Osprey takes off vertically like a helicopter, then the rotors transition forward for flying like an airplane.
Inside the Osprey, room for troops and cargo.

The Euros were represented by the Euro fighter.  Look at the canards on the front of that thing!
The F15 eagle.
The new F22 Raptor, which put on one hell of a show!  More on it with video in my next post.
The A10 Warthog, a close ground support aircraft.

 Fernando perched on the business end of the A10's Gatling gun.
They also had a lot of WWII vintage aircraft, this is a B25 which was made famous by Doolittle's raiders.
This is a 4 seat EA6 carrier based electronic warfare jet.  It jams enemy radars, and does a lot of other interesting things they dont tell you.
The E2 Hawkeye, a carrier based radar surveillance aircraft.  That big dome on the top rotates.
The massive B52 bomber.
Under the wing of the B52, those flaps are the size of barn doors!

 The bomb bay of the B52 is even big enough to haul the wide load of Fernando!
Russ and I were walking along and he pointed out these guys all lined up taking pictures.  Russ is an excellent photographer, so we had to go over so he could talk shop with these guys.  Russ said we are looking at about 15 grand in camera equipment right there!
This little dude was smart wearing the hearing protectors during the flights, it was loud.
This is the Strike variation of the F15 Eagle, a two seater and loaded for ground attack.
The f16's the Thunderbirds fly lined up on the flightline.
A Korean war vintage Super Sabre.
A Viet Nam vintage F4 Phantom.
The F22 Raptor

I took a couple of shots of the landing gear of the C17.  This thing sits wide and has a lot of tires, so it can land on an unpaved runway.
An oddball experimental small amphibious search and rescue plane.
Red Bull sponsers some restoration projects, this is a WWII vintage P38.
The F16 the Thunderbirds fly.
A Red Bull WWII vintage P51 Mustang.

I will stop boring you now and put up another post in a few days with video from the show.