Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Historic Japanese Art

Print shows a woman with her head covered by cloth followed by a man carrying a sack on his back, possibly returning from the harvest festival on the day of the rooster.

Friday, November 26, 2010

F-15 Eagles

Three F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron train with Japan Air Self Defense Forces Nov. 17, 2010, off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Twelve jets and nearly 200 Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, partcipated in an Aviation Training Relocation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mike Tateishi)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving turkey for the President, 11/26/29

Thanksgiving turkey for the President, 11/26/29.


Participating in the STS-129 mission's first spacewalk in November 2009, astronauts Mike Foreman and Robert L. Satcher Jr. (out of frame) installed a spare S-band antenna structural assembly to the Z1 segment of the station's truss, or backbone. During the six-hour, 37-minute spacewalk, Foreman and Satcher also installed a set of cables for a future space-to-ground antenna on the Destiny laboratory. The two spacewalkers also repositioned a cable connector on Unity, checked S0 truss cable connections and lubricated latching snares on the Kibo robotic arm and the station's mobile base system.

Image Credit: NASA

Harrat Khaybar

F/A-18F Super Hornet

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 22, 2010) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 catches the arresting wire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during night flight operations. VFA-32 is deployed with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 20, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Darrio L. Davis watches an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 land aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lego Rockets

Students used LEGOs to 'Build the Future' at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The 'Build the Future' event was part of pre-launch activities for the STS-133 mission.

NASA and The LEGO Group signed a Space Act Agreement that features educational games and activities designed to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Marines Test

Lance Cpl. Samuel Morgan, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares the chamber for the Marines and sailors of the MEU to test their new XM-50 field protective masks Nov. 18, 2010. DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. William Greeson, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

USS Sampson (DDG 102)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov 16. 2010) The guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) is underway with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) before a refueling at sea. Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a deployment in early 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Menzie/Released)

Friday, November 19, 2010

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter (Public Domain)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2010) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the Fighting Griffins of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 receives fuel and supplies aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) duirng a logistics and re-fueling stop en-route to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). VMM-266 is assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) and concluded their support of humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in Pakistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marie Brindovas/Released)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2010) An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) delivers pallets of supplies to the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor. Ronald Reagan was diverted from its training maneuvers at the direction of Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, and at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard, to a position near the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor. Ronald Reagan is facilitating the delivery of 4,500 pounds of supplies to CV Splendor after the cruise ship became stranded 150 nautical miles southwest of San Diego early Monday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mikesa R. Ponder/Released)

Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, preparations are under way to reattach the vent line to the ground umbilical carrier plate (GUCP) on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank. A hydrogen gas leak at that location during tanking for Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station caused the launch attempt to be scrubbed Nov. 5. The GUCP is the overboard vent to the pad and the flame stack where the excess hydrogen is burned off. Discovery's next launch attempt is no earlier than Nov. 30 at 4:02 a.m. EST. For more information on STS-133, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thunderbirds are Go!

The U.S. Air Force air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, perform precision aerial maneuvers Nov. 6, 2010, during AirFest 2010 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Pritchett)

War Savings Stamps

Take your change in Thrift Stamps W.S.S.--War Savings Stamps issued by the United States government.

Friday, November 12, 2010


The U.S. Air Force air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, perform precision aerial maneuvers Nov. 6, 2010, during AirFest 2010 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Pritchett)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

AH-1W Cobra helicopter

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 9, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Adam Pond, left, assists Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman Norberto Riegodedios during the recovery of an AH-1W Cobra helicopter assigned to the Flying Tigers of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262 aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9). Denver is part of the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway for a scheduled patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Blair/Released)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

iPad Wallpapers (Public Domain)

Hot Air Balloon

Print shows the balloon of Abbé Miolan and Janinet on fire and billowing smoke while being inflated for an ascension on July 11, 1784 at the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. Abbé Miollan, as a cat, and Janinet, as an ass, walk away as the fire is being fought. The print ridicules the attempt of Abbé Miolan and Janinet to ascend in a hot air balloon.

Monday, November 8, 2010



Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone
who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was
nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a
little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never
wear anything else; so she was always called 'Little Red-Cap.'

One day her mother said to her: 'Come, Little Red-Cap, here is a piece
of cake and a bottle of wine; take them to your grandmother, she is ill
and weak, and they will do her good. Set out before it gets hot, and
when you are going, walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path,
or you may fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will
get nothing; and when you go into her room, don't forget to say, "Good
morning", and don't peep into every corner before you do it.'

'I will take great care,' said Little Red-Cap to her mother, and gave
her hand on it.

The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village,
and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood, a wolf met her. Red-Cap
did not know what a wicked creature he was, and was not at all afraid of

'Good day, Little Red-Cap,' said he.

'Thank you kindly, wolf.'

'Whither away so early, Little Red-Cap?'

'To my grandmother's.'

'What have you got in your apron?'

'Cake and wine; yesterday was baking-day, so poor sick grandmother is to
have something good, to make her stronger.'

'Where does your grandmother live, Little Red-Cap?'

'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood; her house stands
under the three large oak-trees, the nut-trees are just below; you
surely must know it,' replied Little Red-Cap.

The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice
plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must
act craftily, so as to catch both.' So he walked for a short time by
the side of Little Red-Cap, and then he said: 'See, Little Red-Cap, how
pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe,
too, that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing; you
walk gravely along as if you were going to school, while everything else
out here in the wood is merry.'

Little Red-Cap raised her eyes, and when she saw the sunbeams dancing
here and there through the trees, and pretty flowers growing everywhere,
she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay; that would
please her too. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there
in good time'; and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for
flowers. And whenever she had picked one, she fancied that she saw a
still prettier one farther on, and ran after it, and so got deeper and
deeper into the wood.

Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked
at the door.

'Who is there?'

'Little Red-Cap,' replied the wolf. 'She is bringing cake and wine; open
the door.'

'Lift the latch,' called out the grandmother, 'I am too weak, and cannot
get up.'

The wolf lifted the latch, the door sprang open, and without saying a
word he went straight to the grandmother's bed, and devoured her. Then
he put on her clothes, dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed
and drew the curtains.

Little Red-Cap, however, had been running about picking flowers,
and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more, she
remembered her grandmother, and set out on the way to her.

She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open, and when she
went into the room, she had such a strange feeling that she said to
herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today, and at other times I like
being with grandmother so much.' She called out: 'Good morning,' but
received no answer; so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains.
There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face, and
looking very strange.

'Oh! grandmother,' she said, 'what big ears you have!'

'The better to hear you with, my child,' was the reply.

'But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!' she said.

'The better to see you with, my dear.'

'But, grandmother, what large hands you have!'

'The better to hug you with.'

'Oh! but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!'

'The better to eat you with!'

And scarcely had the wolf said this, than with one bound he was out of
bed and swallowed up Red-Cap.

When the wolf had appeased his appetite, he lay down again in the bed,
fell asleep and began to snore very loud. The huntsman was just passing
the house, and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must
just see if she wants anything.' So he went into the room, and when he
came to the bed, he saw that the wolf was lying in it. 'Do I find you
here, you old sinner!' said he. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as
he was going to fire at him, it occurred to him that the wolf might have
devoured the grandmother, and that she might still be saved, so he did
not fire, but took a pair of scissors, and began to cut open the stomach
of the sleeping wolf. When he had made two snips, he saw the little
Red-Cap shining, and then he made two snips more, and the little girl
sprang out, crying: 'Ah, how frightened I have been! How dark it was
inside the wolf'; and after that the aged grandmother came out alive
also, but scarcely able to breathe. Red-Cap, however, quickly fetched
great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly, and when he awoke,
he wanted to run away, but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at
once, and fell dead.

Then all three were delighted. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and
went home with it; the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which
Red-Cap had brought, and revived, but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As
long as I live, I will never by myself leave the path, to run into the
wood, when my mother has forbidden me to do so.'

It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old
grandmother, another wolf spoke to her, and tried to entice her from the
path. Red-Cap, however, was on her guard, and went straight forward on
her way, and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf, and that he
had said 'good morning' to her, but with such a wicked look in his eyes,
that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would
have eaten her up. 'Well,' said the grandmother, 'we will shut the door,
that he may not come in.' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked, and cried:
'Open the door, grandmother, I am Little Red-Cap, and am bringing you
some cakes.' But they did not speak, or open the door, so the grey-beard
stole twice or thrice round the house, and at last jumped on the roof,
intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening, and then to
steal after her and devour her in the darkness. But the grandmother
saw what was in his thoughts. In front of the house was a great stone
trough, so she said to the child: 'Take the pail, Red-Cap; I made some
sausages yesterday, so carry the water in which I boiled them to the
trough.' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. Then the
smell of the sausages reached the wolf, and he sniffed and peeped down,
and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep
his footing and began to slip, and slipped down from the roof straight
into the great trough, and was drowned. But Red-Cap went joyously home,
and no one ever did anything to harm her again.


iPad Wallpaper (Public Domain)

Hotel Beale sign, Kingman, Arizona

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Space shuttle Discovery

F/A-18C Hornet

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 4, 2010) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). VFA-105 is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Caswell/Released)

Beautiful Painting

Public Domain Video

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross wants clothes to send over-seas to Belgium and Northern France.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Lost Trail

F-16 Fighting Falcon drops two 500-pound bombs

An F-16 Fighting Falcon drops two 500-pound bombs on a target during the Falcon Air Meet 2010 Nov. 1, 2010, at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Azraq, Jordan. The F-16 is with the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris)