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jbottero @ 2013-10-30 22:18:51
jbottero pictureMotorcycle gang
Who says it's a "gang"?
jbottero @ 2013-10-28 18:09:15
jbottero picturePolice Find 3 Women Missing For Years
And in fact the house was torn down. Who knows why Google blurred it.
jbottero @ 2013-10-27 15:46:32
jbottero pictureSR-71C
I was stationed at Beale AFB for a few years and worked with this aircraft. Seeing it take off was really quite awesome, but there are other things about it that amazed me as well, such as the very basic nature of the avionics, really not at all "high tech". An interesting note, whenever we did things with this jet on the ramp, there would be a tent over the open cockpit. This tells me what we thought (think) the resolution of intel sats are.

Another interesting thing:...
jbottero @ 2013-10-23 21:32:22
jbottero pictureFried chicken
Well, pack them in dry ice.
jbottero @ 2013-10-23 19:53:38
jbottero picture'April 1986' by Robert Petersen
You will not find this at the Guggenheim...
jbottero @ 2013-10-22 20:20:32
jbottero pictureFried chicken
I'll take 4. Have them delivered.
jbottero @ 2013-10-22 19:17:25
jbottero pictureIcelandic Air Policing Operation - Taking off Fighter Jets
F-16's ...
jbottero @ 2013-10-22 18:34:00
jbottero pictureFender Headquarters and Fender Custom Shop
High end Fenders are still crafted in the US. I suspect mid-low end instruments are not - which is not to say they lack quality necessarily, Asian manufacturing can achieve the same quality at a lower price which is why things are made there..
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 19:35:32
jbottero pictureAlleged new Nuclear site
Actually, I'm thinking not helos, rock crushing equipment?
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 19:34:26
jbottero pictureAlleged new Nuclear site
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 19:29:47
jbottero pictureAlleged new Nuclear site
Not a lot there. No evidence of big trucks...
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 16:06:38
jbottero pictureHome of Nelle Harper Lee
I know that if you all look this up, you will find that Harper Lee lives with her sister Ann. The address when punched in to Google shows several houses back down the road. But if you look at the mail boxes that have numbers on them, this is the place.
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 15:42:43
jbottero pictureRoseland Ballroom
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 13:34:59
jbottero pictureObama for President
Voted for him twice.
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 12:18:59
jbottero picture'Repeat and Reverse' by Josef Albers
I wonder... Is there some unspoken rule that 80% of "public art" must be hideous?
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 12:18:02
jbottero picture'Column' by Robert Engman
A column of concrete with some holes in it... Ah yes, "art".
jbottero @ 2013-10-19 12:16:48
jbottero picture'Seed of Knowledge' by Seyed Alavi
This reminds me of the Space Seeds in the Mind's Eye animation series.


jbottero @ 2013-10-19 11:58:57
jbottero pictureManeki-neko
The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—often at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko is...
jbottero @ 2013-10-18 19:40:17
jbottero picture1921 American LaFrance Pumper
Wow, how did we miss this in the Fire Truck Safari?
jbottero @ 2013-10-18 19:34:56
jbottero picturePercolating style coffee maker
Notice how it's frosted up to the halfway mark? I think it contains ice water.
jbottero @ 2013-10-16 22:04:48
jbottero pictureSuspicious Activity
What's interesting about this Street View is that *both* before and after, it a different "run", if you advance or go back, the car isn't there.
jbottero @ 2013-10-16 22:01:53
jbottero pictureSuspicious Activity
Just your neighborhood crack delivery...
jbottero @ 2013-10-14 12:27:58
jbottero pictureQF-4 target drones
A sad end to a beautiful aircraft.
jbottero @ 2013-10-14 12:21:30
jbottero pictureF-15 (325 FW)
Disclaimer - I work @ McChord now, but came from mostly fighter bases.

Here is what is going on - and you can see it in the links above that show both jets...

The fighters will fly into the local pattern, in preparation to land,in formation. But normally you don't land side-by-side (though I have seen it).

So, they fly in formation, and one peels off, banks around, and lines up to land.

Shortly thereafter, the second (or third or...
jbottero @ 2013-10-14 11:38:46
jbottero pictureTitanic Museum
Very "kitschy".
jbottero @ 2013-10-14 09:17:45
jbottero pictureDockwise Vanguard
Not to be confused with the MV Blue Merlin which brought toe USS Cole back from Aden.

jbottero @ 2013-10-13 20:58:08
jbottero pictureChinese sub
Chinese sat images always look like you are viewing them through a haze.
jbottero @ 2013-10-13 20:27:40
jbottero pictureSplashmins Fun Park
I have to say, from the sat image, it doesn't look like much of a "fun" park. Unless there is a bar.
jbottero @ 2013-10-12 23:13:39
jbottero pictureJuba Grand Hotel
jbottero @ 2013-10-12 19:38:33
jbottero pictureSpider-Man parade balloon
Many unblurred faces.
jbottero @ 2013-10-12 19:18:38
jbottero pictureThe Dakota
Once home to the Trench sisters, as well as Pearl Ames and Keith Kennedy.
jbottero @ 2013-10-12 09:20:36
jbottero pictureWorld's largest chair
Notice it's right accross the street from the "XXX Lutz" building
jbottero @ 2013-10-08 18:25:40
jbottero pictureF-15 (325 FW)
jbottero @ 2013-10-05 16:04:23
jbottero picturePoliceman
Looks like he's relieving himself.
jbottero @ 2013-10-03 18:59:33
jbottero pictureDildo
I don't know what YOU people are thinking...
jbottero @ 2013-10-02 21:50:24
jbottero pictureNSA Coltano
From the Global Security linky:

The Department of Defense announced today the decision to inactivate and return eight communication sites to Italy. The sites are: Mt. Cima Gallina, Mt. Paganella, Mt. Corna, Mt. Cimone, Mt. Serra, Mt. Venda, Ceggia, and Coltano Communications Site.
jbottero @ 2013-10-02 21:49:18
jbottero pictureNSA Coltano
Looks pretty abandoned both from the sat images and the Street View.
jbottero @ 2013-09-29 20:47:31
jbottero pictureAutomotive yard art
I'll take the bug...
jbottero @ 2013-09-29 20:43:28
jbottero pictureBarbershop Harmony Society
What's amazing is that they have an office that is not just a letter drop...
jbottero @ 2013-09-29 12:49:52
jbottero pictureAmish school shooting
The original thumb is of a farm on the other side of the lot where the school once was (but is no longer).
jbottero @ 2013-09-28 15:26:48
jbottero pictureMir Glushitelya
What is this?
jbottero @ 2013-09-26 20:05:56
jbottero pictureDouble Roundabout
The Brits know how to use these things, but Americans don't seem to understand them...
jbottero @ 2013-09-26 17:48:16
jbottero pictureGuy flashing the Google camera
Here's what he's saying "Hey look at me! I'm a pale scrawny guy with no chest hair! Look at me!
jbottero @ 2013-09-25 17:48:14
jbottero pictureKurt Cobain's childhood home
Actual value around $70,000. List price around half a million. How about "no".
jbottero @ 2013-09-22 21:16:09
jbottero pictureRemains of The Haunted Mansion
It is now a bar.
jbottero @ 2013-09-22 20:47:00
jbottero pictureAtco Speedway (abandoned)
Wow, the corners don't look very banked...
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 20:46:42
jbottero pictureOriginal McChord Hospital
Now home of Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 20:31:01
jbottero pictureRather odd array
There's no large power line leading in to it. It's got to be a sensor array of some kind.
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 20:13:03
jbottero pictureRather odd array
I saw that and noticed that it can't possibly be a power transformer station, not the right equipment. HAARP came to mind immediately.
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 20:03:01
jbottero pictureSteel frames in the desert
Take a look at the blown up structure to the left of this in Google Maps, and than check it out in Bing...
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 16:21:02
jbottero pictureTarget practice, unusual site
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 16:09:30
jbottero pictureTransport plane inside hangar?
I'm not seeing this in Google Maps, I assume the image is from Google Earth?
jbottero @ 2013-09-21 13:08:35
jbottero pictureDestroyed Building
Looking at a different angle, you see a giant tree has come down directly on the building...
jbottero @ 2013-09-20 21:12:06
jbottero pictureBoeing Dreamlifter
I saw those and wondered the same...
jbottero @ 2013-09-20 20:19:24
jbottero pictureAbandoned plane and helicopter
Not "abandoned", used for rescue training.
jbottero @ 2013-09-20 17:42:57
jbottero picturePolice Activity
If you look at Map View (45 deg), looks like the house was due to be torn down.
jbottero @ 2013-09-19 23:35:13
jbottero pictureTest tower (?) at Redstone Arsenal
No (?) about it, that's exactly what it is.
jbottero @ 2013-09-19 21:20:12
jbottero pictureBridge Misalignment
I'd hate to drivin' on that bridge! SPLASH! Into the drink!
jbottero @ 2013-09-19 20:59:48
jbottero pictureSimulated entrance to a facility (?)
It might be for training, but it is Redstone. It could be that they are building a test-stand for some project that need isolation for safty and security... It doesn't seem to be a training area. I speculate R&D.
jbottero @ 2013-09-18 21:21:09
jbottero pictureSpy Satellite Control Center
jbottero @ 2013-09-18 21:05:23
jbottero pictureAlbuquerque Auto Accident
The street address for this shows up as "666 New Mexico 500, South Valley, New Mexico".

Bad place for an accident, one would think...
jbottero @ 2013-09-18 18:08:45
jbottero pictureLoitering at A Vacant house
"Loitering" is such a pejorative term.

"Hanging out" would be much more accurate.
jbottero @ 2013-09-15 19:51:31
jbottero pictureJeffrey Dahmer's Childhood Home
It's pretty creepy that the house is still there and appears to be occupied.
jbottero @ 2013-09-15 12:25:16
jbottero pictureDoomsday Castle
The call people like this "preppers", I call them "nutters".
jbottero @ 2013-09-14 10:43:28
jbottero pictureCal-Neva (Frank Sinatra's Former Casino)
Hardly "Frank Sinatra's" casino, as he only had a part ownership for 3 years in the 60's ...
jbottero @ 2013-09-08 19:03:34
jbottero pictureWhere's Waldo
Yeah, OK, umm... 1990's?
jbottero @ 2013-09-07 17:14:58
jbottero pictureGuitarist
Looks like a little cop action going on with that bum... Downtown Seattle has a serious problem with "aggressive" panhandling and general street-thuggery...
jbottero @ 2013-09-07 15:47:06
jbottero pictureNo face blur
What I find more shocking is how filthy the car is...
jbottero @ 2013-09-05 19:47:51
jbottero pictureBody in a pickup truck
Sure... That's what they SAY...
jbottero @ 2013-09-04 18:32:23
jbottero pictureAbandoned Psychiatric Hospital
Nice series.
jbottero @ 2013-09-02 20:43:47
jbottero pictureAbandoned Asylum
Outstanding series, Xaba.
jbottero @ 2013-08-31 13:35:48
jbottero pictureYucca Airstrip
The hanger is around 100 feet across. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper's wings are around 65 feet tip to tip.

I'd like to see this "stealth blimp". Covered with a skin of tin-foil?
jbottero @ 2013-08-25 19:02:46
jbottero pictureBlack Dolphin Prison
Also, looking at the Google map above, enable Photos, and you will see that in those two green squares of lawn out front are the "Black Dolphin" statues... Made by the prisoners themselves I hear.
jbottero @ 2013-08-25 18:18:33
jbottero pictureBlack Dolphin Prison
Nope, not a duplicate. Completely different locations. The one you linked to is the wrong location. It might be a prison, but it's not Black Dolphin. Also note the comments on the map you've linked to.
jbottero @ 2013-08-25 09:19:43
jbottero pictureNaval Consolidated Brig
Right nest to a golf course! Wonder if they get to play... Probably not.
jbottero @ 2013-08-24 09:57:14
jbottero picture'Gymnast III' by William Tucker
Gymnast? Looks like something else.
jbottero @ 2013-08-19 21:31:18
jbottero pictureYucca Airstrip
Those types of hangers are pretty common for UAVs. I don't think it's big enough for a blimp.
jbottero @ 2013-08-17 13:50:50
jbottero picturePike Place Market
I grew up in Portland in the 70's, most parts of the city (except NE, where MLK Blvd is) were safe at any hour, with a very healthy community. Baaaah, now I sound like an old man... GET OFF MY LAWN.
jbottero @ 2013-08-17 10:05:35
jbottero picturePike Place Market
Now nothing more than a tourist trap. With the exception of an over-priced butcher shop, there is nothing of interest here for people that actually LIVE in Seattle. Overpriced but un-notable restaurants and coffee bars, a "farmers" market where most of the produce is about as close (or far) from the actual farmer as at Safeway... And public bathrooms filled with junkies. Tourists and aggressive bums is what Pike Place is known for these days - Pike and Pine around 2nd. Ave is possibly...
jbottero @ 2013-08-16 22:28:54
jbottero picturePolice Telephone Box (TARDIS)
Funny! Sort of an "Easter egg".
jbottero @ 2013-08-11 16:41:09
jbottero pictureNational Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame & Museum
Here's the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association web site...


I've got to have one of their T-shirts to prove my Sports bona fides at work!
jbottero @ 2013-08-11 16:37:40
jbottero pictureNational Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame & Museum
Who would have thought!

Does ESPN cover this sport?

But seriously, nice - and funny - find...

jbottero @ 2013-08-10 15:43:28
jbottero pictureLee Harvey Oswald Gravesite
jbottero @ 2013-08-04 15:34:42
jbottero pictureOld-Time Ladder Truck
No kidding! I passed up this earlier while looking for stuff outside, didn't think to check for an Inside View.
jbottero @ 2013-08-04 09:16:34
jbottero pictureOshkosh Airport Fire Truck
jbottero @ 2013-08-03 17:49:29
jbottero pictureNokomis Fire Department
Grass / wild-fire truck.
jbottero @ 2013-08-03 14:09:46
jbottero pictureClark County Fire Department Training Center
A pumper and a ladder truck.
jbottero @ 2013-07-29 18:43:47
jbottero pictureWWVA Radio Towers
Yup, that's what made me look for the towers.
jbottero @ 2013-07-28 13:59:20
jbottero pictureMarina Oswald's House
Not too bad...
jbottero @ 2013-07-28 08:35:33
jbottero pictureGiant purple dinosaur
Barney's been taking too many steroids...
jbottero @ 2013-07-27 22:35:17
jbottero pictureRemnants of the Oriental Powder Mills
Nice map.
jbottero @ 2013-07-27 18:50:17
jbottero pictureTruck accident
jbottero @ 2013-07-27 13:59:44
jbottero pictureMotorcyclist
jbottero @ 2013-07-19 17:37:44
jbottero pictureMaid café
I only eat at cafes where the waitstaff wears a French maid's apron and nothing else.
jbottero @ 2013-07-17 23:00:59
jbottero pictureFord's Atlanta Assembly Plant
Not anymore...
jbottero @ 2013-07-16 22:36:53
jbottero picture2007-09-06 - Suspected site of Israeli strike on Syrian nuke base
There is now a large containment structure over this site.
jbottero @ 2013-07-14 18:47:13
jbottero pictureUnion Pacific Passenger Train
Also, the UP takes this train on the road with UP executives and a "private" train. Iv'e seen it in Portland, and asked the porter what it was, he said UP execs sometime travel on it.
jbottero @ 2013-07-14 14:30:06
jbottero pictureCarol Burnett's House
The front "looks" like a house, but it's really just a big giant box with no yard... Wow.
jbottero @ 2013-07-14 10:45:37
jbottero pictureHell's Angels Toronto Clubhouse
jbottero @ 2013-07-14 09:47:05
jbottero pictureOregon City Amtrak Station
Indeed, this Street View dated 2012 shows the restored station: