Sunday, July 23, 2006

Love from ... And ... The potato

Google Language Tools everyone! Sure, it's the Arabic BETA...but...well, the title is self explanatory. :)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Looking Through the News...

Monday, July 17, 2006

Was President Bush Talking to the Media?

...Or Syria?

Watching various news reports on President Bush dropping the "s-bomb"...I began to notice things that didn't quite equal the truth.

"In a private conversation..."
"He did not know the microphone was on..."
"President Bush said to Tony Blair..."

Well, lets see. The conversation as shown below is now PUBLIC, not private. Sure, Bush did not know the microphone was on, so give the man RESPECT and keep the "private" conversation private. Oh wait...TOO LATE. Lastly, like my first note, Bush was not speaking to Tony Blair he was speaking to the world. Example? Check out the videos below. CNN International anyone?

I am now seeing Wire headlines which state: Bush to Sryia: 'Stop this sh**'


CBS Report Excerpt... (windows media video file 2mb)
CNN Report with full conversation... (windows media video file 9mb)

Bush: Yo Blair How are you doing?
Blair: I'm just...
Bush: You're leaving?
Blair: No, no, no not yet. On this trade thingy...[inaudible]
Bush: yeah I told that to the man
Blair: Are you planning to say that here or not?
Bush: If you want me to
Blair: Well, it's just that if the discussion arises...
Bush: I just want some movement.
Blair: Yeah
Bush: Yesterday we didn't see much movement
Blair: No, no, it may be that it's not, it maybe that it's impossible
Bush: I am prepared to say it
Blair: But it's just I think what we need to be an opposition
Bush: Who is introducing the trade
Blair: Angela
Bush: Tell her to call 'em
Blair: Yes
Bush: Tell her to put him on them on the spot.Thanks for [inaudbible] it's awfully thoughtful of you
Blair: It's a pleasure
Bush: I know you picked it out yourself
Blair: Oh, absoultely, in fact [inaudble]
Bush: What about Kofi [inaudible] his attitude to ceasefire and everything else ... happens
Blair: Yeah, no I think the [inaudible] is really difficult. We can't stop this unless you get this international business agreed.
Bush: Yeah
Blair: I don't know what you guys have talked about but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is but you need that done quickly because otherwise it will spiral
Bush: I think Condi is going to go pretty soon
Blair: But that's that's that's all that matters. But if you, you see it will take some time to get that together
Bush: Yeah, yeah
Blair: But at least it gives people...
Bush: It's a process, I agree. I told her your offer to...
Blair:'s only if I mean... you know. If she's got a..., or if she needs the ground prepared as it were... Because obviously if she goes out, she's got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk
Bush: You see, the ... thing is what they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over
Blair: [inaudible]
Bush: [inadubile]
Blair: Syria
Bush: Why?
Blair: Because I think this is all part of the same thing
Bush: Yeah.
Blair: What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if we get a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way...
Bush: Yeah, yeah, he is sweet
Blair: He is honey. And that's what the whole thing is about. It's the same with Iraq
Bush: I felt like telling Kofi to call, to get on the phone to Bashad [Bashir Assad] and make something happen
Blair: Yeah
Bush: [inaudible]
Bush: We are not blaming the Lebanese government
Blair: Is this...? (at this point Blair taps the microphone in front of him and the sound is cut.)

Transcript from Adam Boulten "Sky News"

Discovery STS-121: Landing Photos

High-Resolution Pictures = My Favorite. So here they come.

Just click the thumbnails for full version.

Welcome Home Discovery

Watch the landing
(wmv 11mb file)

--Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six landed safely Monday, wrapping up a successful mission that put NASA back in the space station construction business.
Discovery touched down on the Kennedy Space Center runway around 9:14 a.m. EDT.

Mission Control had waited until almost the last minute before notifying the astronauts that the weather was good enough to come home.
A last-minute buildup of clouds shortly afterward prompted NASA to switch the shuttle's landing direction. Officials at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina also said they had been alerted for emergency landing duty as a precaution.

The shuttle, with commander Steven Lindsey and co-pilot Mark Kelly at the controls, plunged out of orbit an hour before touchdown with the firing of the braking rockets, and began the hourlong descent. The flight path had the spacecraft coming in from the south, swooping over the Pacific, Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico and across Florida to cap a 5.3 million-mile journey that began on the Fourth of July.

Full Story...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Say it Loud, Say it Proud

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there’s pride in every American heart,
and it’s time to stand and say:

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

July 4th in a Wrap

Well, to start, I went to the pier to watch the shuttle launch and below is the best picture I could get out of my camera. Now, mind you, this is a 5-megapixel, 4x optical zoom camera. I have to say, this is better than the last launch picture I had. Click for a high-resolution version.

UPDATE- I almost forgot...The launch video! Click here.

(wmv file 25mb)

Moving on- I love to take black and white photos-- this one was only minutes before the shuttle launched.

Now to the fireworks. It is July 4th you know. They came out in perfect shape to become desktop backgrounds so feel free to use them.

And the Rocket's Red Glare...

UPDATE: Even North Korea couldn't stop this baby. (heh...)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery rocketed safely into orbit on its first Independence Day launch, despite concerns over damage from foam debris.

After lifting off at 2:38 p.m. ET, Discovery disappeared within seconds into a clear blue sky. "I can't think of a better place to be here on the Fourth of July," shuttle commander Steven Lindsey said to the launch control team before liftoff. "We hope very soon to get you a close up and personal look at the rockets' red glare."

If successful, Discovery's 12-day mission will mark another phase in NASA's recovery from the Columbia accident in 2003. The shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry, killing the crew of seven. The mission, the second since the accident, also will restore a crew of three to the International Space Station. Crews were cut to two after the accident.


The view from the beach was great with the naked-eye...I tried my best with my camera. Those will come later along with video of the launch courtesy of NASA. For now, enjoy these from the pros- Click for the High-Resolution version:

Credit: NASA/George Shelton

Credit to: NASA/Gianni Woods

Also a few from Richard King...from his location, these shots are amazing.

Take a look at this shot of the separation:

As I said before, later today I'll post the pictures I took, along with video direct from NASA.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Stormy Weather...

When she went away, the blues walked in and they met me
If she stays away, that old rockin' chair's gonna get me
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can't go on, everything I had is gone
Stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain't together
Keeps rainin' all the time, the time
Keeps rainin' all the time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Stormy weather prevented NASA from launching Discovery for the second day in a row Sunday, extending a yearlong grounding of the space shuttle prompted by persistent trouble with fuel-tank foam.

"The back-to-back delays cost NASA an estimated $2 million in overtime pay and fuel costs."


Expected Launch Time: 2:38 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, July 4. If the weather cooperates this will be the first space shuttle to launch on Independence Day.

Photo Credit: NASA/ For the second time in two days, the STS-121 crew heads for the Astrovan to take them to Launch Pad 39B and launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. On the left side, from left, are Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Lisa Nowak, and Pilot Mark Kelly. On the right side, left to right, are Mission Specialists Thomas Reiter, Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum, and Commander Steven Lindsey.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Launch Scrubbed

Possible Launch Tomorrow: 3:26PM ET

Direct From NASA TV...

Today's launch of Space Shuttle Discovery has been postponed for 24 hours because of weather. The new launch time will be at 3:26 p.m. Sunday afternoon.


Click Image to download high-resolution version.

Photo credit: NASA

Fly Me to the...International Space Station

That's Right, Launch Day is Here. I'm off to the beach to watch the launch and enjoy the day. High-Resolution pics will come later.

Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie Odom