Whose birthday am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 28, 2014


Dedicated on October 28, 1886, today is the 128th birthday of the Statue of Liberty, standing on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.  A gift from the people of France, the statue is 305 feet high, is composed of copper, wrought iron and steel, and was designed by architect, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.  For “the true story of the Statue of Liberty, click this link.

Want more views?  Visit the crown cam.

I remember traveling to NYC with my sister and two aunts when I was nine.  We did all the tourist stuff including climbing to the top of the statue.  I loved it.




And the tattoo:



What am I eating/drinking?

October 25, 2014

rummy bears

Rummy Bears from Serious Eats ( Mark Falkowitz)

This is brilliant!  Why did I not think of this?  Think about jello shots . . . how much more fun with booze-infused gummy candies.

Here is the How To by Erin Zimmer:

Pour enough liquid over the gummies to completely immerse and cover them, with a little liquid peeking out on top. How long should they infuse? Many sources suggest three to four days in the fridge. We left them sitting out on the countertop and after a few hours, their little bear bellies swelled up and they already tasted pretty boozy. Between five to eight hours was the sweet spot for us to achieve the best squish. The bears will lose their firm chew and take on a texture of jiggly Jell-O. They should still be pleasantly squishy, not liquefied. Over-infuse them and they’ll just become a gelatinous mess of bear ooze.

I am on my way off to the candy store. Here are a few other delicacies to consider:

rummy bears2Gummy Coke Bottles in Jack Daniels

rummy bears3

Tequila Worms – forget the worm in the bottle and add your own gummy worms!

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And Little Green Apple Frogs in Vodka

Hа здоровье!


What am I sappy spider blogging?

October 24, 2014

goliath spider

“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” Piotr Naskrecki said about his encounter with the Goliath Birdeater Spider in the rainforest of Guyana.

Okay, this is not sappy spider blogging – this is Creepy,  Enormous, NIGHTMARE spider blogging.  This specimen has a leg span of up to a foot, 2 inch long fangs and a fist-sized body.  The Goliath also has hardened feet that make it sound like horses hooves when it walks.

It gets better:

When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was “cute,” he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are “extremely painful and itchy,” and can stay there for days, he said.

I’m never going there, nope, never.

Read more here at Live Science.

Photo credit: Piotr Naskrecki


What am I looking at now?

October 23, 2014


I’ll be looking through welder’s glass to see the partial solar eclipse this evening.  It will most likely be overcast, but I am hoping to see a bit of it before nightfall.  I hope you get a good view.

Take a look at the cool animated graphics at Shadow and Substance.  Scroll down to see all the info.


What am I looking at?

October 22, 2014


If you stand underneath the Eiffel Tower at night, this is the view you will have.


And this is what it looks like in daylight.

The Eiffel Tower is my all time favorite building- edging out the Chrysler Building and the Terminal Tower in MHT.

Some facts:

The tower weighs around 10,000 tonnes.

There are just over 18,000 metallic parts in the tower, held together by 2.5 million rivets.

They were assembled by 121 workers, while 50 engineers and designers produced the blueprints.

It shrinks by about six inches in cold weather, and can grow by six inches on a sunny day.

It’s painted with 60 tons of paint every few years to stop it rusting.

It sways a couple of inches in the wind.

It’s the most-visited paid monument on Earth.

The photos and the facts are from Buzzfeed.


Scans of the original blueprints and a 360 degree tour can be found at the Eiffel Tower website.


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.


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