Thoughts Gallery January 2005
January 1
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Today is the first day of the rest of your life..... What do you plan to do with it. I plan to start building an estate or chateau grouds. 
January 2
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In thinking about what I want in a estate, I would like to have a water feature on the grounds. Preferrable something that would allow access to a subteranean room for lounging.
January 3
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I like the vaulted ceiling and exposed wood ceiling, giving the room a lofted feel full of natural light.  Spent the evening with some old friends Saurabh & Courtney Mathur, as they came down to enjoy a warm winter from Washington DC.  Their little daughter Kiran has grown just as quickly as Noah, and they spent some time trading toys back and forth in Noah's toy room.
January 4
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I like the exposed skylight area and open stair entry area up to the 2nd floor room.  Spent the evening visiting Dawn & Brandon Bishop and their new son Dominic.  He was born last week 8lbs 9 ounces and 17" with a full head of dark black hair.
January 5 
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A nice model of a round house on a hillside...
January 6
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Another angle of the same roundhouse...
January 7
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Entry sketch up to the round house...
January 8
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Can I have a giant tennis ball next to my house!
January 9
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Interesting apartment designs I came across...
January 10
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Another interesting structure....
January 11
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Another interesting structure....
January 12
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Another interesting structure....
January 13
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Another interesting structure....
January 14
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A theme park design for manmade trees in Las Vegas I came across.
January 15
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I really like the overall design concepts of the trees.
January 16
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I would just incorporate living spaces into the bottom structure of the tree designs
January 17
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World's Largest Passenger Plane Unveiled
TOULOUSE, France - Airbus showed off its giant A380, a double-decked behemoth that could revolutionize long-haul flying, at a lavish ceremony Tuesday with European leaders gathered for the first official look at the world's largest passenger plane. Airbus is betting its newfound status as the world's leading jet maker on the "superjumbo" that has a 262-foot wingspan, a tail as tall as a seven-story building and which cost $13 billion to develop.
French President Jacques Chirac, as well as the leaders of Britain, Germany and Spain — Airbus' other three government backers — and CEOs from the 14 airlines and freight transporters that have so far ordered the A380 attended the elaborate ceremony at company headquarters in Toulouse, southern France. Chirac said the debut of the A380 "is for all of us a moment of emotion and pride" and "a great success for Europe."
Airbus has already taken 149 orders for the $280 million plane, "which for a plane of this size that has not yet flown is an extraordinary commercial performance," Airbus CEO Noel Forgeard said.  Airbus says companies have options on dozens more and that the program will break even after 250 sales — an objective it hopes to reach within three years. In all, the company expects to sell 700-750 aircraft; "It's a plane that will fly for 30 to 40 years," Forgeard said.
Airbus trailed Boeing Co. until 2003, when it delivered more planes than its U.S. rival for the first time — a feat it matched last year, with 320 deliveries to Boeing's 285, and is likely to repeat this year. Sustaining that lead will depend partly on the outcome of Airbus' audacious bet on strong demand for the A380. Airbus plans the first test flight of the 280-metric ton (308-ton) plane sometime before March 31.
In a three-class cabin layout, the A380 will carry 555 passengers — 33 percent more than the plane it is designed to displace, Boeing's veteran 747. The A380 has 49 percent more floor space — leaving additional room for features such as on-board shops, bars, casinos or even nurseries.
On a full tank, it will also carry passengers 5 percent farther than Boeing's longest-range jumbo, Airbus claims, producing costs per passenger that are up to one-fifth below its rival's.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the A380 as the "only commercial plane designed from the outset to minimize the impact on the environment." How the plane's extra space is used will be left up to airlines, whose A380 cabin designs have remained closely guarded. In the future, low-cost carriers could operate the A380 with a single economy-class configuration accommodating as many as 800 passengers.
Virgin company chief Richard Branson said his airline, which has ordered six A380s, will offer private double beds for first-class passengers and casinos. The chairman of Dubai-based carrier Emirates, which is so far the largest A380 customer with 45 orders, said the plane was a "key element in our future growth" and offers "the widest cabin of any aircraft in the world." "It provides lower seat-mile costs and carries more passengers further and consumes less fuel than its competitors," Sheikh Ahmed bin Saee Al Maktoum said.
Chew Choon Seng, CEO of Singapore Airlines, said the A380 would increase passenger and cargo capacities "without increasing aircraft movements and without congesting the skies and adding to congestion on airport taxiways and runways." Singapore Airlines will begin using the plane for services to London and Sydney when it becomes the first carrier to carry commercial passengers aboard the A380 in mid-2006, he said.
Airbus hopes to sell 750 superjumbos to airlines operating services between the busiest airports, mainly in Asia, which serve as hubs, or stopovers between connecting flights.  Boeing, on the other hand, sees demand for only 400 jets larger than its 747 over the next two decades, as air passengers increasingly gravitate toward direct flights aboard a new generation of smaller, long-range jets like its planned 7E7.
The superjumbo's entry into service next year is a challenge to already stretched airport infrastructure.  London's Heathrow airport says it is spending over $800 million, providing everything from double-decker passenger ramps to enlarged baggage conveyors capable of processing 555 passengers on one flight. Other airports are spending billions more on similar improvements, but there is concern that some may not be ready in time.
January 18
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Mr. Potato Head Goes to the Dark Side
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - A spud on the dark side. That's how toy maker Hasbro Inc. is promoting its latest Mr. Potato Head figure, Darth Tater. The toy spud will be available next month, ahead of the May release of "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith," the latest installment in that film series. Darth Tater will come with a light saber, cape and helmet, in addition to the regular Mr. Potato Head accessories such as eyes, mouth and nose.The Pawtucket-based toy maker says children will be able to "have all kinds of mix n' match, Mr. Potato Head fun with this wacky spud dressed as the infamous `Star Wars' villain, Darth Vader." The toy will retail for $7.99.
January 19
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French police arrested four men in southern France after a search of their vehicle revealed a statue of Father Christmas made of pure cocaine. Inside they found four Christmas crowns and a statue of Father Christmas on a base. Subsequent examinations showed all were made entirely of aggregate cocaine, an extremely rare method of disguising the drug, according to police. The cocaine, which weighed about 5.5 kilos (12 pounds), could be reconstituted thanks to a chemical process, investigators said.
January 20
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Tarsier hunter-turned conservationist Carlito Pizarras inspects one of his tiny wards at a forest reservation in Corella on Bohol island in the central Philippines. Officials say the tiny tree-dwelling mammals, sometimes called the world's smallest monkeys, are in danger of extinction due to the disappearance of the country's forests.
January 21
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A Tarsier stares out from inside its cage at a captive breeding center in Loboc on Bohol island, in the central Philippines. Officials say the tiny tree-dwelling mammals, sometimes called the world's smallest monkeys, are in danger of extinction due to the disappearance of the country's forests.
January 22
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Details of an undated handout photograph, issued on January 18, 2005, that is to be used as evidence in a court martial in Osnabrueck, purports to show Lance corporal Darren Larkin standing on an Iraqi detainee and corporal Daniel Kenyon taking a photograph in the rear. Three British soldiers pleaded not guilty at a court martial on Tuesday to abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi civilians in May 2003, although one admitted he had beaten a detained man.
January 23
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A coqui frog sits on a leaf in El Yunque rainforest in Caimito, Puerto Rico. Mayor Harry Kim of Big Island, Hawaii, says he needs $2 million just to begin controlling the spread of the tiny but noisy coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but an annoying pest whose shrieking can shatter quiet nights on Hawaii.
January 24
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If you ever get tired of just blowing up sand in Iraq you can always wonder up north towards Russia and find an equally importnat oilline for many other countries around the world.
January 25
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You've had a hard long day's work and are wondering where you need to play the latest roadside bomb, here's a detailed map of the various oil structures around Iraq.
January 26
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January 27
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This combination shows an image, left, posted on an Iraqi militant Web site and an image provided by toy manufacturer Dragon Models USA of an action figure named ' Cody' in a box. The Web site posted the photograph of what it claimed was a kidnapped U.S. soldier, but doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity and the U.S. military said no soldiers were missing. Dragon Models USA, said the figure in the photo resembled one of its military action figures originally produced for sale at U.S. bases in Kuwait.
  January 28
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Nine-month-old Milagros Cerron is carried by a doctor at the hospital in Lima. The Peruvian baby dubbed the 'Little Mermaid' because she was born with a rare condition in which her legs are fused, will have surgery this month to try to separate them, doctors said.
January 29
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A huge mountain of cow manure is seen smoldering at a feedlot near Milford, Neb. The estimated 2,000-ton pile of burning cow manure spontaneously combusted about two months ago and continues to smolder despite attempts to douse it.
January 30
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This is a view of the Vermont Teddy Bear's Website showing the Valentine's day bear called 'Crazy for You Bear'. The bear is in a strait jacket with commitment papers and is meant to convey out-of-control love. The executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says the bear is 'a tasteless use of marketing that stigmatizes persons with mental illness.'
January 31
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Interesting how the airline wreckage appears around the building.  What happened to the supposed airline wreckage around the pentagon?
An aerial view of the Canadair Challenger 600 corporate jet that crashed into a building after failing to take-off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.