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Pictures taken during July 2007

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My new phone!
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A quarter for scale
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My desktop, now with an image from LEO
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This is a bit misleading, I haven't quite gotten SSH working, but I'm close!
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I did get IRC working however!
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#general on Topaz's server
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The list of users in the chatroom
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The desktop with full brightness
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A full QWERTY keyboard!
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Looks like I've finally got a camera phone
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Seeeee?
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Now that's a beautiful sight: SSH on my cell phone
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Aunt Teresa and Gragra in the backyard
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Gragra looks thrilled
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Becky sits on the couch
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She looks skeptical of something
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Some A-10 gunships flew over our house
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They were doing flybys of Fenway park
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There they go!
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They sounded a lot different than civilian planes
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Flying behind a tree
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Here they come again
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These are basically one enormous gun with an airplane wrapped around them
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Flying overhead
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Bye airplanes
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Becky put on my dad's old Vietnam jacket
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The buttons were on the "wrong side"
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Burke!
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Good times, right dad?
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If you're going to be one..
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Infantry
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Becky loves the USA
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Fun fun
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Dad strapped 6 spinners together and got the Super Spinner
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My dad's alarm clock and my alarm clock
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This is what I get for buying the cheap flight
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My boading pass
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It was rainy in Boston
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The view from my seat: 4D on a Boeing 717
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That's a big engine
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A plane taking off
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Above the rain!
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Clouds
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Puffy clouds
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Some other clouds
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Hey look, clouds!
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You can see the camera in the reflection
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There are clouds over there too
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The wing and the sun
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We were still climbing at this point
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Some neato cloud structure in the distance
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Looking down on the rain
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Yep.. clouds
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A hole in the clouds!
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The flight attendant said I could use my GPS. Which makes sense since it doesn't transmit anything
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I thought we were near Worcester... just a bit off
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A smoke stack!
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Cruising altitude! For some reason we never really approaced the typical cruising speed of 570 mph
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A coastline on one of the great lakes
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A marina?
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So many sqaures!
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Past New York now..
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Fields
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A boat!
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Milwaukee approaches
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Lots of boats
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A school
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A nice coastline on Lake Michigan
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Coastline
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Some houses
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It's amazing how well you can see stuff on the final approach and landing
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A runway
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The terminal
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FedEx!
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My flight is the third from the top
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Inside a jet engine
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The back of an airplane
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See? Milwuakee
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My airplane, a CRJ200
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People getting off a similar airplane
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I better not get on the wrong plane
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This plane has smaller jets
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A guy in the baggage area
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A woman loading food onto the plane
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Bringing a bridge thing up to my plane
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Note the cool heat waves behind the jet
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Some prop plane takes off
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More jet heat waves
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This guy gave me a look as I took all these pictures
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Getting on the plane
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I hope these engines work
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I was all the way in the back
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The view from my seat
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The wing
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Good to know
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The view from my seat.. again!
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Button Man is waving at me
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See? I told you it was a CRJ200
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Apparently you can only get off the plane if it lands correctly..
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A piece of my Professor's Cube fell under the chair and it took me like 15 minutes to get
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Ooo, baggage carousel
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It's like they read my mind
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See? Minnesota
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Now this is something new...
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Baggage carousel!
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Tilted..
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My bag found me!
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The first picture I take of Wacko since 2002 and what's he doing?
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Wacko's got a Wiimote and he knows how to use it
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Start by pointing up..
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Emily's turn
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Topaz gets into bowling
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Wacko's got a nice camera
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He thinks he's cool
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Wacko on a hillside
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Emily goes to check out the vent Wacko's looking at
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Wacko and Emily lift the grate up
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He wanted me to crawl down there. Needless to say, his efforts were futile
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A waterfall
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Some bridge
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Smokestacks
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A cool old mill
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Gold Medal
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The top of the building
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One of Wacko's friends climbed up there
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Nothing but the best
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A bridge
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The smokestacks from before but more zoomed out
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Geese
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Wacko looks at the ground
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Wacko looks.. somewhere else
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Cranes!
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Emily snaps some shots while Wacko looks around
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Wacko and the mill
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Emily and Wacko pose in front of Gold Medal
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Now it's my turn
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Wacko took these shots
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What's over there?
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This shot came out great, just click it.
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Emily looks around
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Emily standing in front of Gold Medal
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Emily standing in front of Gold Medal.. with slightly a different exposure
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Emily takes a few pics
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This is why you have to take sneaky pictures of Wacko
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A nice pic of some grass
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Wacko's back with his tripod
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Some plants with Gold Medal in the background
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A similar shot
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Emily takes some pictures of the waterfall
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Now I take some pictures of the waterfall
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I like how the post cuts the water in half
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The post
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I was way too close to the water
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Looking down the water fall
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With a longer exposure..
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An even longer exposure! You can see how the bubbles blur
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Wacko and Emily look across the water
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Another great shot of Wacko and Emily
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A water tower
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A water tower and that Pillsbury sign
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Gold Medal from a slightly different angle
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An old support
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This thing hasn't exactly withstood the test of time
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Old bridge, new bridge?
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Another big support
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Wacko and Emily check out the bridge
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With exposure to show the sky..
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It's pretty corroded
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Emily climbs up the side
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Wacko looks around the base
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Emily checks out the scenery
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Rusty old support
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A bolt
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Wacko ventures out onto the "bridge"
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Note the sign in the background
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Wacko is a scofflaw
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So is Emily
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Now if this isn't a good desktop I don't know what is
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Gold Medal Flour!
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Another big sign
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I want some blankets
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Emily checks out this structure
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Some gross moss
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Wacko and Emily sneak behind this column thing
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A messed up old building
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A water outlet and some dripping
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Same pic but.. sideways!
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Wacko looks to see what Emily is doing
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I told him "You're going to regret that picture!"
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Neato ruins
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Emily and Wacko get nearer the edge
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What's over there?
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Lots of moss where the dripping lands
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Wacko's rented house in Minneapolis
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OMG ANTS!!
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So many ants!
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There was a ridiculous amount of ants
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Robokitty!
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Emily caught robokitty
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And robokitty is not pleased
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Wacko shows off his spiffy mask
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Minneapolis skyline
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Wacko drives along
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A yellow bird eats from the bird feeder
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He's a very bright yellow bird
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The Mall of America sign
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Giant LEGOs!
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They're very large
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Giant LEGO bump
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I put my sunglasses there for scale
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A LEGO space station and shuttle!
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The full structure
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A big creepy LEGO clock
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See? It's really made out of LEGO bricks
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LEGO Fett!
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LEGO Death Star!
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LEGO triceratops!
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LEGO brontasaurus
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The LEGO space station from the same level
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Space shuttle
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A spacewalking astronaut in an MMU
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LEGO spacewalkers!
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Floating around the shuttle
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LEGO shuttle!
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LEGO blimp
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Timberland Twister
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Some people riding the Timberland Twister
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People in LEGO's free build area
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Roller coaster action shot
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Some people roll away
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I hate spinning coasters
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This guy was checking out the show
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He seemed to be having a good time
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A show having something to do with Hairspray
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The back of the LEGO shuttle
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Timberland Twister again
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The underside of the car
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There goes Timberland Twister again
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Topaz checks out the coasters
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Here they come again
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Holy crap! That's a lot of Rubik's Cubes!
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So many!
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What's the one thing I pose in front of? The Rubik's Cubes
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These flight sims were pretty sweet
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We did the WWII planes first
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A simulator
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They didn't move but they were still fun
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That's right, I finally caved and bought a brand new Nintendo DS Lite
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Here's the picture on the back
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The first thing you see when you open the package is Mario being a creep
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The DS came in a foam bag
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This is the last time you're ever going to see it with no fingerprints
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The bottom
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The DS open
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Oooooo
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It says this warning every time
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It fits so nicely in my hand
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The Mall of America is right next to the airport, so the planes fly really low
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I didn't time this right but if you look at the tail of the plane you get an idea of how close it gets to the mall. This is an unzoomed picture
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We went to one of those scary places where the guy cooks right in front of you
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Luke found my fear amusing
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Topaz's Mom and Tom
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The chef made a lot of fire
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Our chef showed up a few minutes later
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My koala kicks Topaz's koala's ass
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I won with the kangaroo too
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I could call Australia a tie
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Keeping Time and Keeping time II
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Weird fortune
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Miso soup! Unfortunately I didn't think to take pictures of the delicious sushi we ate
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I got my actual age!
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A cool sunrise as seen from the airplane
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Big cloud, big light
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You can just see the edge
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In between cloud layers
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Cloud layers!
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A plane leaving contrails in the moist air
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A river in Massachusetts
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Zooming in a little
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Turns out I was near Franklin, MA
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I took a picture of the GPS so I'd know where to find it
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Some nice clouds
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Cloouds
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Nice sky
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A weird path along the ground
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Clouds in the distance
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Nice gradients
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Almost a black sky
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Clouds
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More clouds
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Cloudy McClouds
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Some fluffy clouds
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A bunch of fluffy clouds
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Airplane wing
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Flying through clouds
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We were just about to fly into this cloud
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Hey I know that city!
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Hello Boston!
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Boston skyline
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So many houses!
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Lots of houses
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Thousands of buildings
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Residential houses
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Boston skyeline again
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A target with a target on it!
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The camera is choosing the settings at this point
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A great shot of the Boston skyline
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Logan terminals
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Logan Airport!
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The airport with Boston on the side
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Logan!
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A plane taking off
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There it goes
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Islands
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Boats!
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Runway 27?
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Boston buildings
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More tall buildings
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Boats speeding past each other
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A big island
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Islands
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A bridge
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Islands and Boston
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So many buildings!
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Piers
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Sand bars
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The colorful gas tank
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Sketchy LNG tanks?
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A highway
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A big rotary
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Rotary on the highway
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Highway
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An overpass
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Lots of buildings
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An interesting road structure
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A mall complex
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Four baseball fields
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A golf course
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A radio tower!
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Cars on the highway
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Another golf course
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A building complex
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Some weird poles in the water
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A large building
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Sun reflecting on the water
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Boats
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This guy was checking out the scenary too
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A boat in the water
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Containers
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Logan's control tower
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The sketchiest redlight camera ever
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This things is practically duct taped up there
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I like to think that this sign says "BIMBAP!"
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Isabelle is bored
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Meh
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This fire alarm sponsored by Siemens???
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My new Megaminx
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It's really a Rubik's Dodecahedron
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It's pretty heavy and makes nice strong "click" noises
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It's pretty intimidating when scrambled
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I couldn't believe it! We showed up 6 hours early and there's still a line
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Unreal
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Oh well, time to get in line
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The line goes along the outside of the building
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Yep, I went to Barnes & Noble
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Barnes & Noble employees kept the line under control
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Team Potter?
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Getting closer..
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A helicopter was taking pictures of the line
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A Barnes and Noble employee
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A cosplayer talks to someone in a car
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Another cosplayer waits in line
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A little cosplayer heads to the store!
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Staples wasn't happy about how we were blocking the door
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The book wasn't actually 784 pages long
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The gave me this pamphlet on the way in
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The back..
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That's a lot of pages
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Whooo
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People waiting around the store
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Some people caught up on their reading at the last minute
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Meghan, Becky, and Friend sat around
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This is their "natural" pose
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"Are those the books?" "I can't confirm or deny that"
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I got a spiffy hat
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Cosplayer with flash
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Cosplayer with no flash
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The final line
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Everyone gathered around the cash register
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Meghan and Becky look at something
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Becky looking around
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Hi Becky
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That guy's got his copies
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People getting books
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Everyone was excited
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This employee was directing people with military precision
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This way please
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Come on come on
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This woman held people back until hat man said it was ok
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An Azkaban prisoner!
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Meghan looks crazy
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What a ripoff of Where's Waldo!
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This guy had a wizard hat
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Employees bagging books
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The infamous boxes
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Almost my turn!
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This guy sold me my book
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There it is!
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My copy
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More boxes, audio books, and normal books
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Stacks of books
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This guy takes out more books
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Bagging my book
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There was a big line outside
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You should've pre-registered!
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I had my book out in the parking lot by 12:14
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I was ready to read by 12:40
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I put on a pot of coffee, it was going to be a long night!
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A real squishee machine!
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Isn't this supposed to be behind the counter with Apu?
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Buzz Cola too!
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My very own squishee
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Clark James decided that his queen sized bed wasn't big enough, so he supersized..
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..with this enormous...
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..king sized mattress
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A non-flash picture
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Go, James, go!
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Making some progress..
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He's half way there!
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Sweaty Bryce takes the lead
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It's hard to pull a mattress
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Almost there!
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Clark James poses next to his giant bed
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Bryce thinks it's funny
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Bryce stands near the old mattress
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Clark James manhandles the footboard around the corner
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Bryce gives me a look
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Bryce and Clark James start moving up the stairs
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Up you go
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Clark James is looking a little out of his mind here
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The assembled bed
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"It rules!"
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Well that was fun
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Bryce didn't help with the final assembly
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He rotated it later so the headboard was up against the wall
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There's not much room left over
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It's really high off the ground, too
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Only the finest minds of our generation work at Radio Shack
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James poses with some weird colorful drink
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His nose piercing placeholder fell out so James had to use an earring for a day until he could get a replacement
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Muffie wears a lovely outfit to the mall
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