Thursday, May 27, 2010

Valhalla welcomes another one home

Medal of Honor recipient and true hero passes at the age of 100.

John Finn, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, died Thursday morning at the age of 100 at the Chula Vista Veterans Home.

John Finn was a hero on a scale that few in my generation can comprehend.  Wounded, to the point where there would have been no dishonor in giving in to the pain and falling from the fight, he instead chose to give the enemy the full measure of resistance that he could bring to bear.  Of course, he joins the chorus that rings from every decorated veteran I've ever heard:
He downplayed his heroic efforts during World War II and said he was just doing his job. “I read about other guys with the medal who lost their lives or really suffered in wars and I think about myself. I was just an uneducated man who got mad as hell one day,” he said in 1984.
The man himself delivers the quote of the article:
“I can’t honestly say I hit any, but I shot at every damn plane I could see.”
Sir, a grateful nation is saddened by your passing.  May you find peace and rest, for you've earned that, and then some.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Awesome and sad all at the same time

An artist named Brian Dettmer is making some beautiful art by carving into books to reveal layers of the interior. Part of me cries that books had to die to make his art. The rest of me has had my breath completely taken away.

Images were originally taken from Centripital Notion.
Per the artist, more information is available at,, and

Thanks go to my good friend Toni for the initial link, she always finds the interesting stuff.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Overheard in the living room...

Bex and I are watching "Deadliest Warrior" during dinner, and the Zande v. Aztec Jaguar episode is on. Bex has just seen the costumed Jaguars.

Bex: "Hey. Lethal furries!"


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Going to Jared will end the world!

So, if one were to go to Jared, and buy their "Pandora" bracelet, it would come in a box, no? Therefore, wouldn't the recipient of your gift be opening Pandora's Box?