R.H.Beck: “Baseball game near the wreck of the USS Memphis, Santo Domingo 1917,” AMNH Digital Special Collections
With two bystanders admiring the ‘ship caisson’.
Woolwich Dockyard 4th July 1814 “Floating Out Day" HMS Nelson
Mt. Fuji Seen Above Mist On The Tama River - Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Dully she shudders at the solid water,
A pause, and spray stings angrily over.
She plunges, and the noisy foam leaps
Marbling the moon-grey sea. Loud in the
Untrammelled winds roar songs of
Free as the petrels hovering astern
Her long lithe body answers to the swell.
Pardon if all the cleaness and the beauty
Brave rhythm and the immemorial sea
Ensnare us sometimes with their siren
Forgetful of our murderous intentions,
Through our uneasy peacetime carnival
Cold sweat of death rained on us like a
Even this grey machinery of murder
Holds beauty and the promise of a
(written while serving on H.M.S. Carnation, 1942)
Closest you’ll ever get to seeing a WWI-style destroyer. This is the USS Corry which was a Clemson Class destroyer. This is in the Napa River just a mile from Mare Island, California.
Wow. I’ll have to find a way to visit next time I’m in the bay area.
The Versabar ‘VB 10000’. And giant Claw.
I’m pretty sure the company owner is a frustrated super villain.
Dr. Villain. He didn’t spend seven years in evil university to be called super.
Sheldon Cooper: Yes, the Doctor Doom to my Mr. Fantastic. The Doctor Octopus to my Spider-Man. The Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel… You know, it’s amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.
It seems you may have a point. I propose the following-
Degrees of Villainy:
- High School Drop Out = ‘Minion’
- High School Graduate = ‘Villain’
- BS. = ‘Super Villain’
- MS. = ‘Master Villain’
- Phd = ‘Dr. Villain’
[credit where it’s due: Sheldon Cooper quote and links from TV Tropes. ]