What am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 21, 2014

uss-constitution5I am celebrating the launching of the USS Constitution on October 21, 1979. The ship was built in Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in Boston for a cost of $302,718.

On October 17, the ship was underway for her last trip around Boston Harbor until 2108.  U.S.S. Constitution will be open for limited viewing until entering dry dock in March, 2015 for a three-year long restoration project that is estimated to cost between $12 and $15 million.

During the restoration, workers are expected to re-copper the ship’s hull, replace worn riggings, change out old planks on the gun and berth decks and make general repairs to the stern, bow and captain’s cabin. The ship is expected to be back in the water by 2017. By spring or summer 2018 it should return to its familiar spot on Pier 1 at the Navy Yard. Ref. Fox News.

U.S.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship afloat.

Constitution ’​s stated mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs, and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty US Navy personnel and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy Commander. Constitution is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Ref. Wikipedia



And some tattoos:


Kudos for the full Boston -



What am I Lego loving?

October 20, 2014


This ancient Greek town is made entirely of Legos and was created by Lasse Vestergard.  It took him two months to complete and measures 7.5 x 9 feet.

Look at the details . . .






Reblogged from wordless Tech.


Where am I living on Terrapin Day?

October 16, 2014

turtle-house-in-desert-awesome-shelterThis turtle house may be located in the Gobi Desert.  I don’t know anything more about it, but thought it was appropriate for Terrapin Day.

Terrapin is a term used in English for several smaller species of turtle living in fresh or brackish water. Terrapins do not form a taxonomic unit, and may not be very closely related, although many belong to the families Geoemydidae and Emydidae. A distinction between turtle and terrapin does not exist in other European languages. The name “terrapin” is derived from the Algonquian word torope used for Malaclemys terrapin. In the UK red-eared sliders are known as “red-eared terrapins”.

Ref: wikipedia

Here are some more -

 terp6aDiamond Back Terrapin

terrapinRed-eared Slider

terrapin_5973Spiny Terrapin from Asia



What is in your arts and minds?

October 15, 2014


I am stunned – by this carving of a moose skull and antlers by Shane. Go here to see more of his work.

I thank Rethorykal Questions for this post.


Where am I perching on tattoo Tuesday?

October 14, 2014


How about this wonderful birdsnest chair bed thingie?  It is from OGE Studios and it also comes with white “eggs.”  I would go for the Easter egg look, though.

Some tattoos:






What am I droning on about?

October 13, 2014

This is a video of the X-47B taken from the deck of the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.  When you watch the video – biggen it up.



Ref.: Wordless Tech

More about the tests here.


How’s my writing?

October 11, 2014

elmore leonard

October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules to Good Writing

Here is the short version:
  1.  Never open a book with weather.
  2.  Avoid prologues.
  3.  Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
  4.  Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … he admonished gravely.
  5.  Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
  6.  Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
  7.  Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8.  Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9.  Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
  10.  Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

You can read the full NYT article here.



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