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Photos from the Air and Space Museums now up

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Air & Space Dulles Photo Set | Air & Space Downtown Photo Set



The new Air and Space out at Dulles was absolutely wonderful for a space junkie like me. I also loved some of the old aircraft, especially the early Pan Am commercial airplane. Seeing the Enola Gay in one piece was neat too, since only half of it was in the American History Museum (I think...) 10 years ago, and the other have was getting restored at the Paul Garber facility. So, I have seen both halves separately and together now. Getting to see a space shuttle up close was pretty awesome too!

I had been to the downtown Air & Space nearly 10 years ago, but it was nice to get back there too. They had a new exhibit of the Wright Flyer and they have added the SpaceShip One - the first privately funded ship to go into space. I was also happy to get some better pictures of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega, since the photos I took last time didn't come out very good and I was quite disappointed. I took lots and l…

Aaahhhhhhhhh

I love fall. No two ways about it, it's my favorite season although it's followed closely by spring and all the beautiful wildflowers it brings to Central Texas. I figure this comes from being a life-long Texan and when that first strong cold front of the season comes through and finally breaks the heat, it is such a welcome relief.

The first burst of Canadian cold air is working its way through town right now and it is finally starting to feel like fall in Texas. Now if we could just get some of those cool fall colors on the trees...

Washington DC Photoset up

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I've put up a new Washington DC photoset over on Flickr of some of the photos I took when we were walking around DC a couple of weeks ago. If you like those, you might want to take a look at the photos from my last trip to Washington and Baltimore in 1997.

More new photosets coming soon!

Irony so thick you can cut it with a knife

And now for a small rant from me -

In honor of National Banned Books Week, a teacher in Conroe, Texas assigned Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 - a book about censorship and free thought whose title refers to the temperature at which paper burns. Ironically, it is often a challenged or banned book. Now, it is being challenged once again by the father of one of the students even after his daughter was given an alternative assignment.

From an article about the incident - "It is ironic in the truest sense that a fictional book on book banning is now the target of a request to remove it from school curriculum." And a quote from the father - "There's no reason for it being read."

Actually, sir, you are demonstrating the exact reason why this novel SHOULD be read.

Austin Area Quilt Guild 2006 Show and Photos

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I went to the AAQG 2006 quilt show over the weekend. I only took pictures of some of the quilts that particularly caught my eye because I forgot to bring my larger compact flash card for my camera! Here's the Flickr photoset

Also over the weekend I finally finished stitching the binding on a quilt I have been working on for ages. I'll take some photos of my own stuff and get them up on the website eventually. :)