Test Article 4

A Proposed Park

Balkan Peace Park in the summertime.

The Balkan Peace Park[1] is a proposed park[2] (AlbanianParku Ballkanik i PaqesSerbo-CroatianBalkanski park mira/Балкански парк мира[3][4]) located in the western part of Kosovo, north-eastern part of Albania and south-eastern part of Montenegro.[5][6][7] The terrain is rugged and the park is home to the highest mountains in the Dinaric AlpsMaja Jezerce 2,694 m (8,839 ft) in Albania and Đeravica in Kosovo is 2,656 m (8,714 ft) high. Many lakes are found there especially on the Albanian side. Continue reading “Test Article 4”


R.I.P. Eggplant Crop 2017

Growing organic produce, like these purple Japanese eggplant, is easy, profitable and a sober reminder of the temporary nature of material existence. The young plants suffered through 15 weeks of rainy weather amidst days of scorching summer heat.  Next came  repeated infestations of  flea beetle attacks which skeletalized the leaves, Somehow the plants survived those onslaughts and eventually grew to nearly six feet tall. Beautiful magenta colored flowers attracted pollinator bees and wasps.  flourished and yielded bushels of marketable eggplants. Continue reading “R.I.P. Eggplant Crop 2017”

Test Article 2

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Shinshū Maru was a significant advance in amphibious warfare, having incorporated numerous innovative features, and as such she was shrouded in a veil of secrecy throughout her existence. She could carry 29 Daihatsu-class landing craft, 25 Shohatsu-class landing craft and four armoured gunboats, to be launched from a floodable well deck.

In addition, it was planned that Shinshū Maru should carry aircraft in a hangar within her voluminous superstructure. The aircraft would have been launched by two catapults to support amphibious assaults, but the catapults were removed before completion and the ship never carried any operational planes.

These concepts pioneered by Shinshū Maru persist to the current day, in the U.S. Navy‘s LHAand LHD amphibious assault ships.