May 2011

May 31, 2011

Tankfest!

Michelle and I took the boys to Tankfest at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett today. The FHC is a collection of World War II aircraft collected by Paul Allen (who has way more fun with his money than BillG does, IMHO). I love these old warbirds, and the fact that many of them are flyable is even more exciting.

Anyway, to celebrate Memorial Day, they were hosting Tankfest where local collectors brought their armor and other weapons in. They had three tanks - A Russian T-34/85, a German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, and a more modern British FV101 Scorpion - plus big artillery (including a few German 88s) and jeeps, half-tracks, and other cool WWII era stuff. They were driving the vehicles around and did a little shooting (blanks, of course) as well.

The Jagdpanzer and T-34
A camo German Jagdpanzer and a white Russian T-34

.30 cal machine gun on a half-track
.30 caliber machine gun with US flag behind

Taking aim on a 20mm anti-aircraft gun
Looking through the gunsight of a 20mm AA gun

Andrew (13) manhandling a bazooka
Andrew (13) holding a bazooka that is too heavy for him

WWII era radio set in the back of a Jeep
Close-up view of a WWII radio set

 

As I mentioned I love old warbirds, so it was exciting to see the planes too.

P-40 Tomahawk in Flying Tigers livery
Nose of a P-40 Tomahawk with the Flying Tigers shark face

Warning by the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane
Warning on a Hawker Hurricane asking "Is your oxygen cylinder turned on"

 

I'm looking forward to going back on their flight days to see some of the planes in the air. They have "Mustang Day" coming on up June 4 and especially exciting is the debut of their FW-190 on June 18. This is the only flying FW-190 with the original engine left in the world. You can find their Free Fly Days schedule here.

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May 12, 2011

My First Wikipedia Edits!

Categories: Random junk

I've been a huge fan of Wikipedia for a long time, but like many people, I never made any contributions. However, I finally jumped over the line today and made my first changes. I saw the news that Mascalzone Latino, the Challenger of Record for the next America's Cup, withdrew from the competition. This change wasn't reflected in the articles for Mascalzone Latino, Club Nautico di Roma, 2013 Americas Cup, and America's Cup, so I made the edits.

These were pretty minor, but I am happy to have made a small contribution to this site that I love so much. I hope to make more contributions in the future.

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May 5, 2011

Waiting for the iPad2 in China

Categories: China Photos

This week I’m back in Beijing for the first time since we moved back to the US. It just so happens that I walked past the Apple Store in the posh Sanlitun Village shopping mall last night, the night of the iPad2 availability in China. There was a huge line at least 100+ people deep sitting outside the store. Inside, there were big curtains up so people couldn’t see into the store. Here’s the end of the line. The big white circle of light at the top is actually the Apple logo. The line extends under that sign and around the corner to the left.

ipad2 launch

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