Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Wong's New Baby


9/11 Tribute - Part III

Click the banner image to go see a very well done 9/11 Tribute site..


Down - "Bury Me In Smoke" live

Friday, September 2, 2011

9/11 Tribute - Part II

102 Minutes That Changed America - For 102 minutes on September 11, 2001, the world looked on in horror as terrorists flew hijacked passenger planes into New York City's mighty twin towers, destroying the iconic buildings and killing more than 2,700 people. Watch unfiltered videos from nine New Yorkers who witnessed the day that changed America.

Click the image above to go to the interactive site..


Moraine Lake - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

CTE!                                                                                                                                     Via - (NSFW)

Moraine Lake Wiki

More pictures here..

Thursday, September 1, 2011

9/11 Tribute - Part I

This is the beginning of an 11-day tribute to the heroes, the memory of victims, and the overall national mourning of the tragedy on September 11, 2001. I'm gonna do my best to post one each day. NatGeo is already airing documentaries for these two weeks, and they are very good, but haunting.

FDNY Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto                                                                     Image Source

The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, and the last fireman to escape the devastation, Richard "Pitch" Picciotto was on a stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors of the North Tower when it collapsed on September 11, 2001. An FDNY battalion commander, his is the harrowing true story of an American hero, a man who thought nothing of himself and gave nearly everything for others during one of our nation's darkest hours. Picciotto tells an outspoken account of that indelible day, shaking and inspiring audiences to the core.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, acting boldly to save innocent lives as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn—and then to buckle. Already a veteran of terrorist attacks, Picciotto was present fighting a similar battle after the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993. Again inside the North Tower, where he found himself years earlier, burdened by an eerie sense of familiarity, he focused his concentration on the rescue efforts at hand. But it was there in the smoky stairwells that he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. He then made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to assist a group of disabled and infirm civilians in their struggle to evacuate the inferno. And it was there in the rubble of the North Tower that Picciotto found himself buried for more than four hours after the building's collapse.

Having discovered that members of his team and a 59-year-old grandmother also were alive nearby, he and his men used their radios to send out Mayday calls until they made contact with a firefighter on the ground, and a search party was dispatched. When the light finally appeared about four stories above, he climbed upwards, reached the top, and saw the "unfathomable, mind-boggling destruction." And even then, it was not until after he organized the rescue of the others that he walked across the rubble to safety.

Picciotto's book, Last Man Down, is a tribute to the 343 firefighters and 2,400 civilians who lay dead in the rubble that surrounded him on that day. And moreover, it is a heartfelt remembrance of a day of infamy and profound humanity. The book was an immediate New York Times bestseller upon its release in May 2002.

Chief Picciotto is also a former New York City police officer, and has served as a fire marshal, an arson investigator, a lieutenant, and a captain prior to becoming chief in 1992. He is a 28-year veteran of the FDNY, and for the past nine years, he has presided over the department's Battalion 11, covering Manhattan's Upper West Side. He is the recipient of departmental awards and commendations for his bravery and meritorious service.

"People call us heroes, but we were just doing our jobs."FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto


First Day of School


What It's Like to be Shot at With an AK-47


Anyone Else Have One of These as a Kid?

Via - (NSFW)

I think I probably went through two or three! Loved that game..

The Snake We Found at the Beach Yesterday Morning

Cute little guy we found at the edge of the Port Aransas tide was about 14-15 inches long, but thicker than most snakes which are that long - probably adult male index finger width. Anyone have any idea what type of snake this is? We looked around a bit, but couldn't pinpoint it. He was very much alive, and very much unhappy. He probably wasn't very healthy either, because he didn't run from us.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cool Sink Design


Images of Hurricane Irene Aftermath

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Click the image above to go see a great set of aftermath images..

More here, and another great set here..