h1

What am I looking at?

October 22, 2014

eiffelnight

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

eiffelday

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.

eiffeltourblueprint

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

h1

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

USS_Constitution2

uss-constitution1

And some tattoos:

uss_constitution3

Kudos for the full Boston -

uss_constitution4

h1

What am I Lego loving?

October 20, 2014

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-2-640x480

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 . . .

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-1-640x480

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-3-640x480

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-6-640x480

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-5-640x480

Ancient-Greek-town-made-by-Lego-4-640x480

Reblogged from wordless Tech.

h1

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

 

h1

What is in your arts and minds?

October 15, 2014

shane

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.

h1

Where am I perching on tattoo Tuesday?

October 14, 2014

birdsnest

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:

birdsnest2

birdsnest1

birdsnest4

 

h1

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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 118 other followers