Posts filed under 'Washington DC'

Friday Quote & Monkey Blogging

This week’s quote is from Men, which… I have absolutely no memory of watching.

I go naked, better to incite the pity of God.

Maybe I should try that. I can always use more pity, and God-pity is the potentest kind.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s monkeys…

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Action monkey!

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Contemplative monkey!

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Plushy monkey!

I like monkeys.

1 comment December 21st, 2007 at 08:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Friday Quote & Pygmy Hippo Blogging

This week’s quote is from David Lynch’s Lost Highway:

There’s nine people here, and I’ll let you ask seven of ’em. And if you get that price from one of them… I’ll let you ask the other two.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pygmy hippos…

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nom nom nom…

October 19th, 2007 at 07:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Friday Quote & Elephant Blogging

This week’s quote is from the timeless Shaquille O’Neal classic, Steel:

Success has never been enough for me. I have to see my enemies cower, panic, and fail.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s elephants…

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Kind of sad, really.

1 comment October 12th, 2007 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Billy Wilder-Jack Lemmon-Shirley Maclaine classic, Irma La Douce:

Shows you what kind of world we live in – love is illegal. But hate – you can do that anywhere, any time, to anybody.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pandas…

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Hooray, pandas!

1 comment October 5th, 2007 at 09:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Friday Quote & Otter Blogging

This week’s quote is from Insignificance, a bizarre little Nicholas Roeg film starring Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe, Gary Busey(!) as Joe DiMaggio, Tony Curtis(!) as Joe McCarthy, and, um, Henry Jaglom’s brother as Albert Einstein:

Did you know that according to the laws of probability, you drink a little piece of Napoleon’s crap? Maybe Mussolini’s. But more likely Napoleon because he’s been dead longer.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s otters…

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I like otters.

September 28th, 2007 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Final Bizarre Air & Space Photoblogging

Some rather strange and creepy goings-on at the Air & Space Museum…

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Umm… This can’t be right.

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So, uh, how’s it goin’? You on break or somethin’?

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Okay, that’s enough for me. I’m out of here.

1 comment September 21st, 2007 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Friday Quote & Honey Bear Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Tin Drum. Don’t even ask me to explain it:

Look, if you please, at this extraordinary potato: this swelling luxuriant flesh, forever conceiving new shapes… and yet so chaste. I love a potato… because it speaks to me.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s honey bears…

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Yes, I went to the zoo when I was in DC.

September 21st, 2007 at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Final Airplane Photoblogging

The last of the airplane pics, although I still have a little bit of Air & Space weirdness in reserve.

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A Japanese Zero, or possibly its successor, the Oscar.

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In color!

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The underside of some sort of carrier-based Navy fighter plane.

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Um, a prop engine.

3 comments September 20th, 2007 at 11:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space Biplane Photoblogging

I like the old-school aeroplanes.

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This was a lovely red-and-white checkerboard pattern, but it actually looks much better in B&W. No, really.

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It kinda looks like it’s leaping.

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The Germans used a rather… interesting camouflage pattern.

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Biplane wheel!

September 19th, 2007 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Still More Random Air & Space Photoblogging

Once again, a theme completely fails to emerge…

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Disembodied legs! Perhaps they are the ghosts of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

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Speaking of Charles Lindbergh…

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Voyager or Pioneer or some damn thing. It’s got a dish, anyway.

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Huh.

September 18th, 2007 at 11:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space Old School Plane Blogging

Some old-timey planes from the Air & Space Museum:

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Very early spy plane.

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A Wright Brothers prototype.

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I think this might be a mail plane, but I’m not positive.

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The possible mail plane’s wing and landing gear.

September 17th, 2007 at 11:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space Rocket Plane Photoblogging

Rocket planes!

…I got nothin’.

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4 comments September 16th, 2007 at 01:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space Rocket Engine Photoblogging

Rocket engines! Um, not really a whole lot to add to that. Pretty sure the big ‘un is from a Saturn V. They only had room for a quarter section and used mirrors to make it look complete.

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1 comment September 15th, 2007 at 02:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Random Spacecraft Photoblogging

Just some random space-related shots:

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The historic Apollo-Soyuz coupling, reflected in what I assume is a communications satellite.

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It’s, um, a space toilet.

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Just some rockets standing around, chillin’.

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I liked the interaction between the shadows and the rocket’s own decorative pattern.

1 comment September 14th, 2007 at 11:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space Ballblogging

Balls!!!

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September 13th, 2007 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Random Air & Space Photoblogging

Absolutely no theme whatsoever:

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Jet engine innards, I believe.

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Landing gear/undercarriage of, um, a plane of some sort.

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Mmm… Rockets.

Next up: Balls!

1 comment September 12th, 2007 at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Air & Space American Airlines Photoblogging

Yes, there’s a bit of a theme here…

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American Airlines mailplane.

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American Airlines jumbo jet.

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Absolutely nothing to do with American Airlines.

September 11th, 2007 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

B&W Smithsonian Photoblogging

Well, not all Smithsonian. One of them is a Metro stop on the way to the Smithsonian…

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September 10th, 2007 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Farewell NMAI Photoblogging

The last of the NMAI photos. The second one seems particularly appropriate as a farewell photo.

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1 comment September 9th, 2007 at 12:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

NMAI Learning Center Photoblogging

Alas, I am almost done with the NMAI photos. These are from the museum’s learning center, with computers and audiotapes and reference materials and that sort of thing.

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1 comment September 8th, 2007 at 04:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Return To NMAI Architectureblogging

A return to pictures of NMAI’s beautiful architecture:

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September 7th, 2007 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Patriotic NMAI Photoblogging

I have to admit, I found the subjects of the first two photos rather surprising. The U.S. has not exactly given the American Indians a whole lot of cause for patriotism, ya know? The third photo is just a partition thing that I liked ‘cuz it was green.

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September 6th, 2007 at 07:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

More NMAI Exhibitblogging

Some of the more whimsical exhibits from the National Museum of the American Indian:

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This crab is clearly wondering just how he ended up inside a museum.

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That’s a nasty habit – his mother would not approve.

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Motherhood.

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Fatherhood.

September 3rd, 2007 at 12:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

NMAI Sculpture Photoblogging

Some actual exhibits from NMAI:

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I think this is most likely an Inuit hunter, but I’m not entirely sure.

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Nifty medallion, which I believe is contemporary.

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Baby seal! With a miniature Man Vs. Polar Bear fight scene in the foreground.

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Tire Walrus! And his good friend, Polka-Dot Spoon Walrus.

September 2nd, 2007 at 12:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

NMAI Exterior Photoblogging

I actually did take a whole bunch of photos of the exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian, but was generally pretty disappointed with them. Here are a couple of the less disappointing ones:

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Next up: Actual exhibits!

September 1st, 2007 at 06:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

NMAI Mostly Conference Room Ceilingblogging

Yes, even their conference rooms are photogenic…

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Part of the conference room ceiling.

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I’m not actually 100% sure this was actually in the conference room, but it was definitely on the ceiling.

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A different but similar part of the conference room ceiling…

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Definitely not the conference room at all.

1 comment August 30th, 2007 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

B&W Voyager Photoblogging

Not the space probe (that would be a bit tricky), but the first plane to fly around the world without refueling:

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August 29th, 2007 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

Smithsonian Air & Space Photoblogging

I only had a few minutes in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum… the first time.

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SpaceShipOne, the culmination of Paul Allen’s lifelong dream of being the first private citizen to put Evel Knievel in space. I understand that the biggest technical challenge was building a big enough ramp (although lining up the 3,000 buses was tricky too).

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This is really a much better picture, but it doesn’t capture the 70s daredevil paint job.

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Some sort of early American jet fighter.

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…And the base of a flagpole in front of the museum.

August 28th, 2007 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Washington DC

And Yet Still More B&W NMAIBlogging

Some more pics from NMAI, to be followed by a brief Air & Space interlude:

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Maybe if I don’t look at The Hypnotic Vortex Of Doom directly…

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No… can’t help myself… it is… too strong…

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I think I’ll just go outside and contemplate for a little while.

August 27th, 2007 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,People,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Non-Concentric NMAI Photoblogging

Some more National Museum of the American Indian photos, taken far far away from The Hypnotic Vortex Of Doom:

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1 comment August 26th, 2007 at 02:28pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

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