2008 Image Archive

In case anyone is wondering, the sign says (approximately) - "cozy wozy".

In case anyone is wondering, the sign says (approximately) - "cozy wozy".

Update 2010-06-21: Yes, li'l Cozy Wozy is still alive and well.

Julpyssel

2008-12-14 02:03

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

myspys

Vattugatan 15

Taken from the very edge of the construction project happening near the south-west corner of the station. The "Waterfront Building" will be built here, consisting of a congress centre for up to 3000 people and a 418 room, four-star hotel.

Taken from the very edge of the construction project happening near the south-west corner of the station. The "Waterfront Building" will be built here, consisting of a congress centre for up to 3000 people and a 418 room, four-star hotel.

When the building is finished at about 2010 or so, perhaps even the website[a] will be available.

Stockholm Central Station

2008-12-08 02:21

Central Station
Stockholm, Sweden

Central Station, HDR

Taken from the bridge across the platforms.

Taken from the bridge across the platforms.

Stockholm Central Station

2008-12-08 01:35

Central Station
Stockholm, Sweden

Central Station, HDR

View from the battery commander's station. The stench in here was terrible. Many of the abandoned buildings of Fort Baker have found new uses as shelters and toilets.

View from the battery commander's station. The stench in here was terrible. Many of the abandoned buildings of Fort Baker have found new uses as shelters and toilets.

Battery Spencer

2008-09-03 07:16

Battery Spencer
San Francisco, California

Battery Spencer, USA 2008

I also went on a speed-hike to Mirror Lake, which was all dried up this time of year and more "Mirror Puddle", being about three by twenty meters in size, with a depth of half a meter.

I also went on a speed-hike to Mirror Lake, which was all dried up this time of year and more "Mirror Puddle", being about three by twenty meters in size, with a depth of half a meter.

Yosemite Again

2008-09-06 16:04

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, California

USA 2008, Yosemite National Park

Team tiedown. One lassos the neck, the other lassos both rear legs.

Team tiedown. One lassos the neck, the other lassos both rear legs.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 21:30

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

Mutton scramble - like the calf scramble, but for the up-to-seven littlest cowboys and cowgirls.

Mutton scramble - like the calf scramble, but for the up-to-seven littlest cowboys and cowgirls.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 21:17

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

Ladies breakaway. Due to the strength required to tie the calf down, the cowgirls lasso the calf and then let it run away. The lasso is not attached to the horse in this case.

Ladies breakaway. Due to the strength required to tie the calf down, the cowgirls lasso the calf and then let it run away. The lasso is not attached to the horse in this case.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 21:13

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

Sometimes the horse is toowild to even get out of the box. The rider escaped unharmed in this case.

Sometimes the horse is toowild to even get out of the box. The rider escaped unharmed in this case.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 21:02

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

Calf scramble for the 8-12 year old crowd. A ribbon is tied to the tail of the calf and the one who gets it is the winner.

Calf scramble for the 8-12 year old crowd. A ribbon is tied to the tail of the calf and the one who gets it is the winner.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 20:48

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

Tiedown - lasso the calfand tie it up. The lasso is attached to the horse and the horse will keep the rope taut once the calf is caught. The rider dismounts and lifts the calf and dropit to the ground on its side or back before tying up the calf's legs. Scoring is based on time taken.

Tiedown - lasso the calfand tie it up. The lasso is attached to the horse and the horse will keep the rope taut once the calf is caught. The rider dismounts and lifts the calf and dropit to the ground on its side or back before tying up the calf's legs. Scoring is based on time taken.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 20:41

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

More ranch saddle.

More ranch saddle.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 20:28

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

The "ranch saddle" event - stay on the horse for eight seconds, one hand only.

The "ranch saddle" event - stay on the horse for eight seconds, one hand only.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 20:27

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

The national anthem is played.

The national anthem is played.

Rodeo

2008-08-30 20:14

Stock Yards
Fort Worth, Texas

Stock Yards, USA 2008

When taxing to the gate for the last time, two fire trucks hosed the plane as a salute.

When taxing to the gate for the last time, two fire trucks hosed the plane as a salute.

Dallas, Texas

2008-08-26 14:28

Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Dallas, USA 2008

Captain Bill (ret.).

Captain Bill (ret.).

Dallas, Texas

2008-08-26 14:39

Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Dallas, USA 2008

I listened a little on the radio on on the bus to the ferry, and in what can only be described as some serious synchronicity, there was a program about alcoholic seniors. (Retirees, to be precise.)

I listened a little on the radio on on the bus to the ferry, and in what can only be described as some serious synchronicity, there was a program about alcoholic seniors. (Retirees, to be precise.)

Now, no picture sums up the ferry trip as good as this one. I saw people - including senior citizens - carting and carrying four, five, six, seven of these boxes of beer. The tax free shop even had little baggage carts one could borrow to haul more.

Åland

2008-08-02 18:59

Åland
Åland, Finland

Åland, Åland 2008

Memorial to the Austrian vicims of the Nazis at Schwedenplatz. A transcript, where I have inserted capitalization and punctuation as I see fit:

Memorial to the Austrian vicims of the Nazis at Schwedenplatz. A transcript, where I have inserted capitalization and punctuation as I see fit:

Niemals Vergessen

Hier stand das Haus der Gestapo. Es war für die Bekenner Österreichs die Hölle. Es war für viele von ihnen der Vorhof des Todes. Es ist in Trümmer gesunken wie das tausendjährige Reich. Österreich aber ist wiederauferstanden und mit ihm unsere Toten, die unsterblichen Opfer.

Approximate translation (trying to preserve idioms) into English is:

Never Forget

Here stood the house of the Gestapo. It was Hell for the confessors[b] of Austria. It was the antechamber of death for many of them. It is buried in ruins, as is the Thousand-Year Reich[c]. But Austria is reborn and with her our dead, the immortal victims.

The Gestapo, however, was not some kind of all-knowing Big Brother - in order to inflict its suffering on its victims it was almost entirely dependent on a complicit population:

As historian Robert Gellately's analysis of the local offices established, the Gestapo was for the most part made up of bureaucrats and clerical workers who depended upon denunciations by ordinary Germans for their information. Indeed, the Gestapo was overwhelmed with denunciations and spent most of its time sorting out the credible from the less credible denunciations. (...) 80% of all Gestapo investigations were started in response to information provided by denunciations by "ordinary" Germans; while 10% were started in response in to information provided by other branches of the German government and another 10% started in response to information that the Gestapo itself unearthed.

Wikipedia[d]

Unlike Germany, which has done more than any other nation to uncover its crimes during WW2, Austria has hidden behind the excuse that they, too, were invaded by Hitler. But the fact that large parts of Austrian society was totally behind Hitler can't be denied, and it is only recently that Austria has started to examine its own actions during the Nazi era.

Vienna Light Table 5

2008-01-24 20:42

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

Memorial to soldiers from Hütteldorf who fell in WWI. The memorial is in front of the Hütteldorfer Pfarrkirche.

Memorial to soldiers from Hütteldorf who fell in WWI. The memorial is in front of the Hütteldorfer Pfarrkirche.

Vienna Light Table 5

2008-01-24 12:00

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Vienna

[a]

http://www.waterfrontbuilding.se/

[b]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessor_of_the_Faith

[c]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Germany

[d]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestapo#Daily_operations