Afghanistan

Science Experiments

Monday, April 11, 2011 

Home from Afghanistan to find some very interesting science experiments waiting for me.

Yogurt residue grew into a lovely pattern of furriness. Almost makes you want to pet it.

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Coffee beans should have been fairly sterile after making coffee, so perhaps the mold there was donor from the yogurt cup.

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Whatever was left over in the plastic container seemed to seed a variety of mold types.

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A strong dose of bleach and some scrubbing got everything sterile again.

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Kandahar

Sunday, April 3, 2011 

KAF would be very nice base, quite photogenic. Aircraft take off night and day, the fighters taking off on afterburner are like a free fireworks show every night. The A10s are some of the coolest planes ever and there aren’t that many places to see them any more.

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The downside to the base is the Poo Pond. It is, perhaps the most famous feature of the base. It was built by the Russians, a gigantic open cesspool.

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The smell… the smell is truly incredible. Imagine being locked in an overfull outhouse on a hot, windless day, but spreading downwind for miles and inescapable. It is one of those things that is better experienced vicariously.

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But at sunset, aside from the retching stink, it is quite photogenic – the black, viscous liquid is mirror like, still and reflects the sunset just beyond the bio hazard signs.

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Category: Milphotoplacestravel

KBL pix

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

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A few more pictures from Kabul

Sunday, March 27, 2011 

Urban livestock is a key element in recycling efforts.
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The rooftops are open space and free of modern clutter
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Category: Milplacestravel

Streets of Kabul

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 

Most of the bigger streets in Kabul are paved, but the smaller ones are a lot more photogenic.

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Almost any street frames the mountains.
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Kabul scenes

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 

Most of the roadside ditches are blocked, and emptied by hand, perhaps an invitation to a game.
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Trash disposal is  a bit primitive in most places, but there’s a series of recycling steps that take place involving scrap collectors, goats, cats, children, and burning.

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Kids are kids no matter where.

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Happy 1390!

Monday, March 21, 2011 

Sal e now mubarak!

Children’s work,

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Panorama of Kabul,

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Herds of traffic.

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Some Pictures From Afghanistan

Sunday, March 20, 2011 

The mountains from our compound

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Horse drawn cart in front of a small truck in front of the hospital.

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A small street-side cemetery

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Debate O Rama

Friday, October 3, 2008 

The debate was entertaining. Sarah was not the trainwreck we’d all hoped for after the Couric intervierws, but it had its moments.

I thought most remarkable was that she occasionally went off script and got lost.  The prep worked, but I guess they couldn’t cover every possible question.  There were moments where the Sarah we came to know and love from Couric came out.

Otherwise she filled the time trying to be cute and mugging for the camera, rolling her eyes and making cutsy expressions and spouting folksy aphorisms.

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