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Posted on 2006.09.10 at 18:46
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Went to the Watervliet Arsenal Museum today on the suggestion on Bill (ex-Army artilleryman). It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States. The museum traced weaponry from the 1600s through modern times - most of it developed there. There were two highlights to this tour. One, was the development of the GBU-28 "bunker buster" used in the first Gulf War which was made out of a surplus of old 8-inch artillery barrels taken from deactivated M110 howitzers - conceived, engineered and built in just 22 days, and the other highlight was one of the employees who took an interest in us (after overhearing Bill giving my boss and I his own tour) and took us off the tour to show us their newly restored belt-driven low-rpm Civil War era machine shop! He turned it on and everything started moving and spinning through a series of cranks, pulleys and gears. Everything was oiled and working. It was fascinating. He stamped our leather wallets with the official Civil War 'Watervliet Arsenal' stamp of that era. What a great tour! It also dawned on me that this was the first time I'd been anywhere where the civil war was from the Union perspective. Being from Texas, I'd only ever visited Confederate sites. Hindsight being 20/20, I probably should NOT have worn my 'General Lee' shirt to this event. Live and learn. I took a ton of pictures, but I offer you this, thanks to photogoot's recent successes, a macro of a gravity-fed oiler circa 1860:

If we were going to see what Albany had to offer today, I wanted to see the USS Slater, the only memorial/museum Destroyer Escort ship still afloat. My first ship was the USS Alabama. Later, I was onboard six aircraft carriers currently serving (and I saw the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor). This would be the smallest military ship I've toured. I was planning on just poking around and taking some snaps, but we were rushed over to a tour group just starting, and instead received a wonderful guided tour from a man who had served aboard a DE during WWII. You couldn't ask for a better guide:

That collage everyone is doing. What's with all the porn? I laughed heartily at all the cocks that showed up on my friend's page - and luckily I had none of that - but I did an extensive collection of...um, women. Which is pretty funny, because I'm pretty boring and don't have a lot of interests. All I'm going to say here, is click at your own risk. You've been warned!

Yanked from Everyone on my friends page:

Create your own! Originally Written By ga_woo, Hosted and ReWritten by darkman424


Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2006-09-11 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe the search engine just felt that you needed more porn in your life.
ehowton at 2006-09-11 01:47 (UTC) (Link)
That's entirely possible.
dreamkatch at 2006-09-11 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
I got some major porn too, but if you click on the pic that you get it will change. The ones that I got major porn for were, "Tori", "Tool", and "Faeries"
ehowton at 2006-09-11 02:24 (UTC) (Link)
I got one for 'banter.' Some things are just beyond me! Thanks for the tip.
galinda822 at 2006-09-11 03:02 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you got at least one days break from the tedious work! Sounds like you had a full day too...hope you had fun!
ehowton at 2006-09-11 10:06 (UTC) (Link)
Hawaii: Two weeks of 16-hour days, one day off.
England: Two weeks of 16-hour days, one day off.
Albany: Two weeks of 16-hour days, one day off.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here.
photogoot at 2006-09-11 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
Bravo on the “gravity-fed oiler” image! Excellent use of depth of field and I absolutely love the soft tones from the classic natural side lighting. The man working in the background is the icing on the cake; I must see a larger version when you have the time. What camera are you using these days, if you tll me you did this with your camera phone I will throw myself from a bridge! Glade to hear you are going home soon, and as a hero none the less.
ehowton at 2006-09-12 03:07 (UTC) (Link)
drax0r's old Kodak EasyShare 2.2 Megapixel fixed-lens w/Macro setting. I took seven of these with varying degrees of success. This was was the sharpest. There was no way in hell I was going to get 'underlighting' to make this look anything near the Galileo thermometer, so I had to use the few windows to my advantage, I'll send all the originals to you, along with the X-700 body I found and never sent you!

Glad you liked it.
drax0r at 2006-09-12 08:47 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like a really cool way to spend the day off. I can totally imagine visiting a place like that armory with Bill's commentary. Reading it here is almost like being here, without the benefit of having learned anything about artillery.

The boat you toured looks really cool too. Several years ago I toured the WWII carrier U.S.S. Lexington down in Galveston. It was fantastically cool and I've wanted to tour more naval ships since. Living in Dallas, opportunities for that sort of thing are limited.

Nice porn, ass. I would have commented while at work, but it didn't seem appropriate.
ehowton at 2006-09-12 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
It was a good day. Bill was like a school girl in a candy store.
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-09-14 01:56 (UTC) (Link)
*Laughs* I got almost nothing but porn, also- that's why you CLICK the images through before taking the code. You can choose non-porn images for your interests, and if there aren't any, you just delete them from the collage. That's what I did. *Shrugs*
ehowton at 2006-09-14 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
You can delete them? How would someone be able to determine what your interest is? (Then again, what does some chick with her hands down her pants have to do with any of my interests?) Ok, that was a bad example. LOL...too funny.

Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-09-15 00:36 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that literally made me laugh- hard.

Yeah, when you go to the page, there are directions at the top left (I think it was the left). They say something like, "Click to change a picture for an interest- each interest has 10 different pictures" and "to delete an interest from the collage, press Ctrl and click the image." THEN, after the editing, you click for the codes. After a LOT of editing, I got a semi-decent collage of my interests- porn free.
ehowton at 2006-09-15 02:55 (UTC) (Link)
Glad I made you laugh - hard. I really don't have time for things as pedantic as 'directions' but thank you for that verbose and highly accurate tutorial!
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-09-15 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to be of useless service. *Bows*
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-09-15 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
No, when you visited the Watervliet Arsenal you should have been proud to have been wearing your 'General Lee' shirt. The Yankees are the ones who started the War of Northern Aggression and the last battle of that war was in Texas and the Confederate troops won that battle.

Like the nude pics in the collage.

I knew you were a perv!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-09-15 12:22 (UTC) (Link)
It's always nice to have a history major comment on my blog.
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