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Memorial Day 2017

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is a military cemetery on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis County, MO. It became a National Cemetery in 1866.  It became my father's final resting place when he passed in 2010.

Some folks are very articulate in expressing their thanks to our nation's veterans for their service to our country in words. I always fall short when I attempt to do so, and hope my choice to speak in the language of images will exhibit my appreciation.

Thanks, Dad. Thanks to all those laid to rest at JB. Thanks to all those who have served or are currently serving. And a very special thanks to all those whole life was sacrificed in service to our country.

The 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time(?)

According to Time Magazine, the images included in this article are the 100most 'influential' images of all time. While I would certainly not quibble with the notion of these being some of the most 'iconic' images of all time, I'm not entirely sure I buy the idea they were all truly 'influential'.

But to Time's credit, they do provide something of a backstory for each of the images.

What say you? Influential? Iconic? Or.....?

Historical Photos from Daily Banannas

Quite an interesting collection of historical photographs can be found at Daily Bananas. Everything from a humorous shot of Arnold Schwartzenegger posing at his first body building competition at the age of 16, to a couple Civil War era shots, to one of a celebration on the night Prohibition was repealed, and a number of WW1 & WW2 shots.

Good stuff!



'We Were Here' - The 116 Photos on Voyager(s)

Check out this article about the 116 photos chosen for inclusion on the 'Golden Record' aboard both Voyager 1 & Voyager 2...launched in 1977.

A couple outtakes from the article.....

When Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched into space in 1977, their mission was to explore the outer solar system, and over the following decade, they did so admirably.
But NASA knew that after the planetary tour was complete, the Voyagers would remain on a trajectory toward interstellar space, having gained enough velocity from Jupiter’s gravity to eventually escape the grasp of the sun. Since they will orbit the Milky Way for the foreseeable future, the Voyagers should carry a message from their maker, NASA scientists decided.

The Voyager team tapped famous astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan to compose that message. Sagan’s committee chose a copper phonograph LP as their medium, and over the course of six weeks they produced the “Golden Record”: a collection of sounds and images that will probably outlast all human artifacts on Earth.

A little disconcerting to consider the entirety of human existence will be 'explained' to the universe in the contents of this 'Golden Record'.

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