Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Helicopter Friday

The first link in this week's HF is to Jimmy!

I believe those are from the historic last week of Yankee stadium.

I'm guessing they are fueling up the Black Helicopters right about now.

Wait, that whispercopter isn't black.

Eurocopter Tiger:

Super Stallion:

and a tight landing:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

WooHooo!! 50,000!

Well here it is, the 50,000th page view!! and I actually know who it was!!

There is indeed a whopping prize package, just let me catch up a little with the fanfare, I gotta gussy up the joint a little---well, maybe exclamation points and a photo of fireworks will have to do for now.


And The Winner Is----

Congratulations Mr. Jay from the highly esteemed Columbia University higher learning thingamabob down may wish to contact attorneys and finance council as you will receive three prizes:

One fine beer of my choice,

One unit of Socks Glue,

and one grappling hook!!!

You sick bastard, I know for a fact you have always wanted all of the above, enjoy!!

God Bless and thank you for playing A Fine Mess!!!

Update: The potential exists for Jay to run amok throughout the five boroughs convinced he is a brand new superhero with a uniform and grappling hook with the prize package. That is why only one beer was awarded.

This is a responsible blog.

I've Been Waiting for This

On wind farms affecting weather...

Monday, September 22, 2008

More Crazy Stairs


Large Diamond

Ken sent over an article on an enormous diamond recently unearthed.

Leopard Vs. Crocodile


Leopard versus crocodile
Photo by Hal Brindley

Good Riddance

via FMFT

Blue Fish!!!

Sun Soaking


Sooooooooo many pictures.

Everything from a blood soaked loaf of artisan bread to booze soaked sailors.

Check back if that appeals...


I was looking to buy some postcards to send to my awesome lil' buddy PJ when some poor little Asian girl rear ended me. Her car was substantially damaged, my car less so. She was fine though, and so was her son.

I eventually picked up a couple of postcards at Putnam park. My mind took a spell to start latching on to locations which might offer postcards.

Quick! What's the nearest place in your vicinity to sell postcards?

It's not as easy as it sounds.

Notice the park is having ghost tours?



A Fine Mess's fifty thousandth page view should occur sometime today or tomorrow. If I can narrow down the individual maybe I should offer a prize.

A Dog on a Trampoline

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blogger Burping

quite a bit...will have to, it just belched even as I type this...

Just Noticed This

and would feel remiss in not sharing. I will wholesale copy/paste the entire item and with respect link to the source:

"The following letter appeared in the Financial Times yesterday penned by Tim Reilly, Chief Executive of C2G Energy. Although it contains a glaring error, its sentiment rings true today of all days

… I attended a lecture on US history at Cambridge years ago when the professor said something that I still think is profound and insightful about the differences between Europe and America. He said that the inscriptions on the headstones of fallen soldiers in Europe invariably appealed to the sacrifice of the individual for Queen/King, or country, or Mother/Fatherland. It was, in other words, about dying for something physically tangible: “Died defending French soil”; “Died for the Russian Motherland”; “Known only unto God” for the Brits*.

In contrast, in an Amercian cemetery we find inscribed more often than not “Died for democracy” or Died for freedom” on the headstone. It seems that most Amercians die for a concept and a worthy ideal.

We Europeans do not understand how profoundly fundimental this is to Amercians. They believe it so intently that today in American cemetaries mothers will proudly see their sons buried with that epitaph on the gravestone. It is at its best, a movingly unselfish statement by a nation, and an honourable view of its role in the world.

As a Brit, I respect that.

* The epitaph “Known only unto God” whilst is seen on many British servicemen’s headstones, is reserved for those whose bodies who could not be identified."---

I link often to Free Market Fairy Tales and I am sure some of you knew the above's source before reading this line.

Floating Critter

post problem

Update Again: Well we will see if blogger is running more smoothly today. I made sure to get the People's Bank HQ, or, rather, Peoples United HQ, in the shot below as a reference point for the locals like Mr. Nealon.

Posted a couple of photos before and they vanished along with some text...seeing now if things post and stay...

Update: It happened on an update last time, it all just went poof!

September Weather

Happy Birthday


If the dog has fleas does not the flea have fleas?

That phrase is in my head but the closest I can find quickly is Swift's, and below that, this:

"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
De Morgan: A Budget of Paradoxes, p. 377. [back]"

Trapped with a Lion in a Hurricane

That is a nice story.

The beasts have been previously mentioned here.

Battery Questions?

Battery University.


without comment.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sailor Girl

has a photo posted which is very cool. She has some nice photos and is worth checking back in on.

via Maritime Monday


here are 100 for the History Junkies out there.

We all know my favorite is Boston1775, and here he mentions what is sure to be an interesting look at punch drinking in colonial America.

Here is a nice spot to bookmark, the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

That via the Virtual Dime Museum.

Also via VDM is a compelling post with cool photos of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, the Quaker Big House!

Historic Baseball Video

Oddly both myself and Jim took video yesterday.

His, however, should be very cool as he was at one of the last ball games in the house that Ruth built and there were some highly notable plays...I will keep checking to see when he puts them up. As always you may click on the sidebar to check from here.

Adam's Sunday 78 I am having trouble queuing up using the search field on his blog, I will give him a call later, maybe it is the way I am doing it.


That anteater sure hates Osama.

He is really profane so you may not want to click over, just continue on your day.

David Foster Wallace

has gone.

That's a shame. I loved his piece occasioning Bryan A. Garner's A Dictionary of Modern American Usage:

"Tense Present

Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage

I look forward to reading more of the work he left behind.

Update: Adam mentions the passing of Rick Wright

Sea Stuff

It is Maritime Monday.

McCaine Vs. Obama

Who do the ladies prefer when the harsh taskmaster of time sits it out?


via Instapundit