itstactical:

Recycled Firefighter takes old hoses used by local fire departments that have battled flames for 10-20 years and creates something new out of them. One of the results is a highly durable and highly resilient waterproof rubber wallet that makes it one of the toughest around.

A pair of hapless British paras that fell prey to the obviously better trained and equipped Fallschirmjager of FJR2. We showed them mercy as fellow paratroopers, however the one on the right tried to escape and naturally had to be dealt with. 

Been thinking of my days reenacting Brit para with the recent anniversary of Operation Market Garden. 

Collings foundation 2013

Things Missed

Been thinking about things I miss most about being home. I have been gone since last November. That is 2013. Long time. 

1. My daughter. I don’t get to see her enough as it is, but being deployed makes it worse. Makes me feel like I am missing so much. 

2. Phone calls with friends. I’m known to be a talker. The art of the conversation is dying. Most folks just wait for their turn to speak. Like two ducks quacking at each other. Worse, now it’s all texts. 

3. The morning after one of my friends parties when we ale all very hung over and we get coffee (I usually volunteer) and have breakfast together. Then raid the local flea market. 

4. The hang around time at a reenactment when one or more of us go all goofy. Storytelling in the bunker. Laughing so hard that my gut hurts. 

5. Driving in the fall, colors are in full fury. Windows down, cold air whipping around and music blasting. 

There’s more, but this is all I want to share for now. 

The locks actually made parts of the railing collapse. Saw the same thing in Rome a while back. While all this seems so romantic its destructive, I’d rather show my affection by another less destructive method. 

I can think of dozens of better things to do to show my affection for my dearest than adding a lock to a bridge. Apparently the weight of locks can be measured in tons. No wonder there is damage. 

More on the next chapter.

I have discovered, much to my eternal chagrin, that as a 40 year old teenager. I can no longer abuse my mortal coil in a manner that I did with such zeal through years in the Navy, reenacting and my fraternity years. 

I have suffered two sports injuries here one land sailing (okay okay, land crashing) and one working out. The physical therapy worked on my knee and I am now damn near 100%.  My neck muscle strain is another matter. annoying as hell. It will also require some physical therapy. Gonna hurt, but pain lets you know you are not dead right?

So I am learning that I need to build in recovery time before i go off climbing volcanic formations or land sailing. I still heal well, and am not bound for the rocking chair by the fire just yet. The Indiana Jones/Jack Kerouac adventure junkie is not done yet. No sir, not by a long stretch. 

Many places left to photograph. Many places left to explore. I feel like I have only scratched the surface. I have hit most of the 50 US States and 74 countries (seriously need to do a count to be certain on that). I know it is more than 60 but anyway, plenty of acreage to experience. 

The last month or so of this deployment nears. I have a lot to do. There’s interviews for a better civilian job ahead, a move closer to friends. Helping Andrea get moved too. I did like working the railroad, but it is not what people think. I hated the no camera rule. So many great shots I could have gotten LOL. The work is dirty, dangerous and the pay is less than stellar. 

This is the one I crashed. My knee was already swelling up!!!

And re-climbed the Ardoukoba volcano a week after the fact. I wore only a ace bandage, and earned a full on brace after this!! LOL

I can just see my dear loved ones rolling their eyes, but when in Rome right? I do not want to be 80 (if I make it that far) and regretting not doing something. 

futureinterface:

WarGames (1983)

Would you like to play a game?
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WarGames (1983)

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WarGames (1983)

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futureinterface:

WarGames (1983)

Would you like to play a game?
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WarGames (1983)

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WarGames (1983)

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WarGames (1983)

Would you like to play a game?

historicaltimes:

Entering the state of Georgia, 1936 by Dorothea Lange.

man-and-camera:

Hey! So I’ve received a bunch of questions asking how I take my star photos, so I’ve decided to make a post about it.

Basically to get the stars to be vibrant and not washed out, as well as the Milky Way to stand out brightly, you need several factors. Firstly, gear is actually very important in night photography.

As for gear, a good DSLR body, one which is capable of a high ISO without noise is vital. I shoot on 2500-3200 ISO. As for a lens, one which can go super wide, both in focal and in f/stop is just as important. I use a Canon L 20-35mm f/2.8, shot at 25 seconds on f/2.8 at 20mm focal.

When setting up your shot, you want to use the rule of 500. This is basically a simple rule to stop your stars being blurry due to the Earths rotation. Simply divide 500/your focal length. For example, since I shoot at 20mm, I do 500/20 = 25 seconds.

To get your shot in focus, you have two options. One, use your liveview and zoom in 10X on the brightest star you can find. Turn your focus to manual, and fiddle with it till the star is sharp. You’d think it’d be full back, but its not on most lens. Generally infinity is slightly back from full turn. Your other option is to crank the ISO to its highest settings, and take a photo, readjust the focus, and repeat till it’s right.

When planning a photo, location is crucial. I use cleardarksky.com to check weather, cloud clover and astronomical viewing for that night at that specific location. As well, I use the Dark Sky app on my iPhone to see the extent of light pollution surrounding the area I am. Pointing your lens in a direction of a big town, even if its 50+km away will affect your shot.

Finally, know which part of the night sky you’re shooting. For British Columbia during most of the summer, the Milkyway rises due south at approx. 11pm for an average estimate. It varies, but for most purposes that’s all I plan my shot on.  

Hope this helps!

fnhfal:

The Islamic State - Kurdistan 

Just a grenade throw away…………

poboh:

Wind in the Rigging, Montague Dawson. (1895 - 1973)

onedoomedspacemarine:

peashooter85:

The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History
During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.
During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 
German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Brilliant.
onedoomedspacemarine:

peashooter85:

The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History
During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.
During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 
German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Brilliant.
onedoomedspacemarine:

peashooter85:

The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History
During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.
During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 
German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Brilliant.
onedoomedspacemarine:

peashooter85:

The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History
During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.
During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 
German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Brilliant.

onedoomedspacemarine:

peashooter85:

The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History

During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.

During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 

German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Brilliant.

fnhfal:

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near Suruc

US Made M-60 Patton tanks……

allergic-tosociety:

Chris McCandless (Alexander Supertramp)

Die by your own misadventure and lack of knowledge of the wilderness…….

allergic-tosociety:

Chris McCandless (Alexander Supertramp)

Die by your own misadventure and lack of knowledge of the wilderness…….