1. Heywood123

    Heywood123 Porn Star

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    @justpassingthru if your into modern marvels google the Shawmut peninsula which is the area that used to be Boston I'd say about 70% of the city used to be underwater they drove enormous piles and brought crushed stone and earth from nearby quarries by rail to build the infrastructure on
     
    1. justpassingthru
      Just googled it and am reading up on it. Looking for the answer to my first question, which is "why?"
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 3, 2016
    2. justpassingthru
      Another reason to hate Boston, as if I really needed more reasons. Relax, I am referencing the Bruins ...
       
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      Lol I just thought it was a trip to find out they built a city in the harbor
       
      Heywood123, Apr 4, 2016
    4. justpassingthru
      I have been to Boston at least 30 times and this topic never came up. Thanks for the info. It is a good read.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 4, 2016
    5. Heywood123
      Anytime brother
       
      Heywood123, Apr 4, 2016
  2. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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  3. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Fuck it ... Bump :p:D

    Had to find this thread so I could mark it.
     
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      Considering you would have to take my cock out of your mouth to talk, just nod your head lol. :D;)
       
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    3. Lioness
      mmphhhmmphhfhhmmmm
       
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    4. justpassingthru
      ROFLMFAO ... I just pee'd a little.
       
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    5. Lioness
      I'm not quite sure how to respond....:p
       
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      hehe better start planting more meat carrots.
       
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  4. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Greatest Historical Achitectural Achievments: Al Khazneh – Petra, Jordan
    Known as the Treasury at Petra and carved into rose-coloured stone, this amazing architectural achievment is one of the most ornate in the world. Originally built as a crypt around the first century A.D., the sandstone carving is reminiscent of Greek architecture from that time period. What makes it so impressive, even today, is the intricate detail work that has, for the most part, remained intact. There are several legends surrounding the reason for its construction, ranging from theories about it being a treasury for the Egyptian Pharaoh during the time of Moses, to it being a hiding spot for thieves and pirates to stash their stolen goods. Whatever the reason for its construction, its architectural beauty is indisputable.
     
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      Check out the water supply to Petra.
      It was an engineering marvel all on its own.
       
      slutwolf, Jul 4, 2016
  5. slutwolf

    slutwolf Porn Star

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    The Eiffel Tower is not bad
    for a Temporary construction.

    Wonder what he'd have added if he knew how long it was going to stay there.
     
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      Maybe he would have built the upper part a little more sturdy so people could go up there.
       
      msman, Apr 18, 2017
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      the pictures are funny.....
       
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  7. slutwolf

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    34814-atl.jpg There are so many , but here's a local one ,
    figured out by a brilliant engineer in
    1898 , slashing his way through impenetrable forest and climbing 100 foot trees to work out the lay of the land.

    Gov11_06Rail037a(h280).jpg

    He achieved a climb of 433 feet in an as the crow flies distance of 1 1/4 miles at a 1 in 52 grade.

    The previous plan required 9 viaduts and 16 mile detour down the Piopiotia river. ( the whole area is very steep country with deep ravines)
    The only other alternative would have been a 1 in 15 gradient , requiring a 3 rail track and climbing engines.
    (for 6 miles in the middle of the 423 mile main trunk line)
     
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    Some Melbourne Art Deco Buildings, about 10 years ago I was doing night school in the city, whilst there on the 10th floor of the University I had a greater appreciation of Melbourne's Classical buildings. Remember Melbourne is only just over 200 years old ;)
    the Manchester Unity Building (the company not the place)
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    the Century Building
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    some Melbourne Theatres
    the Palais.
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    the Forum (thid one even has gothic gargoyles nestled all round it, one of my favs
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  10. FeltPlay

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      I was doing one last perusal before calling it a day and saw this...you're too funny!!! Yeeehawww!
       
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    2. FeltPlay
      I know, needs some fresh wood stain...
       
      FeltPlay, Jul 5, 2016
    3. Lioness
      The coneflowers are a nice touch!
       
      Lioness, Jul 5, 2016
    4. FeltPlay
      For fragrance...needed.
       
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      :p
       
      Lioness, Jul 5, 2016
  11. sexpot

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    Tunnel_exit_to_Port_of_Miami.jpg Although pretty amazing,i think the dollar signs took over engineering common sense,considering floridas sinking already,and its
    located between the ocean & Bicentennial Park and the American Airlines Arena on the mainland in downtown, where Miami-Dade County was conducting a study on the effects it would have.[85] This proposal was quickly retracted after public outcry due to the fact that the currently closed off waterfront lot, known as "Parcel B," is slated to soon be a long anticipated public park.[86] There has also been minor controversy over speculation that a yacht allegedly owned by Bouygues may have been bought with public money. A Bouygues spokesperson denied this claim.[87] The owner of the seaplane base on Watson Island has accused the tunnel builders of trespassing for storing equipment on his property as well as for using the road that passes through his property. FDOT and city officials said the use of the land is permitted.[88]In March 2011, one of the sub contractors of Bouygues fell under criticism for the dumping of tunnel fill on sensitive wetlands on Virginia Key. They were supposed to be dumping the fill on Virginia Key on the degraded northwest side, but were found dumping it 80 to 100 yards (73.1 to 94.5 m) from the designated spot,[81] where they damaged wetlands and killed about 40 mangrove trees with a piece of equipment that got stuck.[82] The intention was that they would be allowed to put 55,000 cubic yards (42,050.5 m3) of fill there provided that they use it to build a berm to block the view of Virginia Key's sewage water treatment plant.[83] The fill that was dumped on Virginia Key was mainly rock and soil from road construction and site preparation on Watson Island and not from tunnel boring, which environmentalists object being put on Virginia Key as it may not be as clean.[74] The north point of Virginia Key is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas near the Miami downtown area and has been recently restored as it was previously used as a dumping site for the infill from the Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami Marine Stadium, and Norris Cut.[84]ControversiesEditThe tunnel was officially opened to commercial and private traffic on August 3, 2014, after minor mechanical delays pushed back the originally scheduled June 2014 opening date. The general contractor Bouygues was fined $115 thousand for every day that the tunnel was not open, losing millions of dollars.The first tunnel connecting Watson Island and the Port of Miami was completed in August 2012.,[78] and the second tunnel was completed on May 9, 2013 as "Harriet" emerged back on Watson Island, where digging had commenced in 2011.[79] The roadway construction should finish for an opening on May 15, 2014.[32] The MacArthur Causeway, which currently has three traffic lanes in each direction and a sidewalk on the eastbound side, will be widened to four 12-foot (3.7 m) wide traffic lanes with a ten-foot inner and outer shoulder, as well as a six-foot sidewalk.[80]The tunnel boring machine was longer than a football field at 540 feet (160 m) long,[32] and over 40 feet (12 m) in diameter. It was used to bore two side by side 43 feet (13 m) diameter tunnels, one for each direction, each 3,900 feet (1.1 km) long.[76] The tunnel boring machine itself cost $45 million and was custom built for the Port of Miami Tunnel Project by the German firm Herrenknecht.[24] No explosives are said to be used on the construction of the tunnel.[21] Drilling of the tunnel itself commenced in mid-November 2011, with the drilling machine beginning work on the Watson Island tunnel entrance.[77]The machine, which weighs more than 2,500 tons, was assembled in a 65-foot (20 m) deep pit known as the launching pad located in between two concrete walls in the median of the causeway, which only left a 42-foot (13 m) cutter visible from the road.[74] According to NBC Miami, as of June 2011, 899 jobs had been created by the project, with over 70% being from the 305 area code (Miami-Dade County).[23] The construction is projected to take 47 months, with the tunnel being finished in 2014.[12] The French firm Bouygues Construction has been put in charge of operating the tunnel boring machine, which was nicknamed "Harriet" in July 2011 after a naming competition was sponsored by MAT and the FDOT, and carried out by the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida.[75]The tunnel boring machine was built in Germany and had to be re-assembled in Florida after arriving in crates on the 168 metres (551 ft)[68] cargo ship Combi Dock 1[69] on Thursday, June 23, 2011[70][71] and being assembled in the median of the causeway[72] where the construction is taking place. Both directions of the MacArthur Causeway have remained open during the assembly of the machine except for nighttime lane closures and delays on the westbound side.[73]Work on the Port of Miami Tunnel project began on Watson Island and Dodge Island, including work on the MacArthur Causeway, in May 2010.[66] Groundbreaking on the construction project was unannounced and considered secret, as the groundbreaking was scheduled for June 2010,[6] but actually took place on May 24, 2010,[67] without ceremony.Construction on Watson Island (March 2011) Preparing for construction on Watson Island (September 2010) ConstructionEditBenefits/related projectsOverviewHistoryThe project was approved in December 2007, but was temporarily cancelled a year later. Construction began in May 2010. The tunnel boring machine began work in November 2011 and completed the second tunnel in May 2013.[7] The tunnel was opened to traffic on August 3, 2014.[8]The tunnel was first conceived in the 1980s as a way to remove traffic to PortMiami that was congesting downtown Miami streets. Prior to the tunnel's opening, the only route for PortMiami traffic was through the streets of downtown Miami; that traffic, especially trucks, was considered detrimental to the economic growth of downtown and a planned project to expand the port's capacity would increase the volume of trucks through downtown. Those issues would be remedied by the construction of the tunnel, allowing traffic to move between PortMiami and the MacArthur Causeway (which connects to Interstate 95 via I-395) without traveling through downtown. In the first month after opening, the tunnel averaged 7,000 vehicles per day; nearly 16,000 vehicles travel to the port each weekday.[1]The PortMiami Tunnel (also State Road 887; formerly Port of Miami Tunnel) is a 4,200 feet (1,300 m)[3] bored, undersea tunnel in Miami, Florida. It consists of two parallel tunnels (one in each direction) that travel beneath Biscayne Bay, connecting the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island with PortMiami on Dodge Island. It was built in a public–private partnership between three government entities—the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami—and the private entity MAT Concessionaire LLC, which was in charge of designing, building, and financing the project and holds a 31-year concession to operate the tunnel.[4][5][6] ← SR 886 SR 907 → Toll · Pre-1945) SR (Former · US · Interstate · Florida State Highway SystemHighway system SR A1A (MacArthur Causeway) on Watson Island North end:pPort Boulevard on Dodge Island South end:Major junctions2014 – present Existed:Maintained by FDOT Route informationState Road 887 State Road 887 markerwww.portofmiamitunnel.com 5%[2] Grade43 feet (13 m) per tunnel Width15 feet (4.6 m) Tunnel clearance−120 feet (−37 m)[2] Lowest elevationSea level Highest elevation35 miles per hour[2] Operating speed2 (per tunnel) Number of lanes4,200 feet (1,300 m) LengthTechnical7000 (August 2014)[1] Vehicles per dayNone TollAutomotive TrafficMAT Concessionaire, LLC OperatorFDOT OwnerAugust 3, 2014 OpenedBouygues Construction ConstructedMay 24, 2010 Work begunOperationDodge Island EndWatson Island St
     
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      I could have traveled the length of the tunnel faster than the time it took to read that longwinded post lol. I like tunnels though, especially if they aren't busy and you can put it in 8th gear and walk on it.
       
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      Well,other than WikPetered",i couldnt explain it better-Having been down there workin for a shipping company at the time when a part of that tunneling machine came through...just a part of it..my gosh,it was grizzleyGIGANTIC!..when they were finally churning through below,you could hear and feel it for a few miles out..and they ran into a multitude of headaches along the way...i left just prior to its opening.
       
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  12. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    This one has always amazed me and I am truly curious WHEN (not if) she will tumble ???

    I added Italy to our European tour next month as well as France. I want my sweety to see this structure as well as the Eiffel Tower.

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      There has been a contest for many decades for someone to devise a plan to keep the Tower upright. There is a really huge monetary prize for the successful engineer.
       
      Mr Smith 36, Apr 18, 2017
  13. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    The Gherkin is pretty cool ...

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    The view is quite breathtaking too ...

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  14. Mr Smith 36

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    I can't believe no one mentioned the great Pyramids. Building those structures at the time they were built was absolutely amazing.
     
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      We have a winner ...

      Post #27 from conroe4 just without pictures and I actually did comment on it. My mind isn't what it used to be lol.
       

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      Ah, not surprising in the least. Conroe and I think alike. Somehow I missed it. Or maybe I seen it as I was scrolling and read it subliminally, and that's why I thought about it... Still the pyramids were a monumental achievement for the time, there still are many mysteries concerning the structures.
       
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      I had to look twice as well and expected to see pics so almost missed it.

      They are in sad condition and are weathering poorly and in desperate need of restoration. I find the mysteries surrounding them interesting as well.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
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      Considering how old they are they seem to be weathering time well. I wonder what the area actually looked like when they were built.
       
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      True enough but they are in bad shape. Ironically enough humans are partly responsible for the damage. Just like in Athens where the Parthenon was being eroded by visitors releasing "sweat" (salt) that contributed to the wear and tear the same thing happened in Egypt before they suspended most tours inside the structures ...
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
  15. MissRachael

    MissRachael Don't Let The Blonde Hair Fool You!

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    The Eiffel tower beats ANY modern building.
     
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      They seemed to like me quite a bit. But that might have been because I spent some time on Pig Alley.
      Can I ask what age you might be? I may have climbed the tower before you were born.
       
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    3. MissRachael
      I'm 23
       
      MissRachael, Apr 18, 2017
    4. MissRachael
      But I do believe they cut the elevator cables in 1942 so maybe you're right! ;)
       
      MissRachael, Apr 18, 2017
    5. msman
      No, it wasn't that long ago. Probably in the early 1970's.
      That was before you were born.
       
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      A little bit, yes lol
       
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    Nuff said. This joint is HUGE.
     
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      I love both Australia and her people but the Opera House was also meant as a gathering place for the world to come to ...

      It wouldn't have the same appeal if they built it on the Thames or Rhein LOL.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
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      Truth be told, I love Aussies but have a morbid but very real fear of big spiders. Turned down two free trips to Oz as a direct result of my fear.
       
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    4. justpassingthru
      Don't know where you are from but if you are ever in the USA you might want to avoid Arizona then lol. Spiders there can almost drag off small animals ... not to mention scorpions there too.

      I have been there many times (OZ) and would go more if it weren't a 20 hour plane ride.
       
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      I'm from the UK, we don't have big spiders. Just tippexed Arizona off my world map too!
       
      MissRachael, Apr 19, 2017
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      Arizona appreciates your courtesy!
       
      shootersa, May 19, 2017
  17. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    It was actually sold as scrap a couple time by scammers lol ...

    Victor Lustig was that brainiac.
     
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      Yeah, I did it twice this week! Shhhhh
       
      MissRachael, Apr 18, 2017
    2. justpassingthru
      Did you ever see that French guy on Guiness that eats car, planes, bikes and anything else he can get his hands on, he wanted to eat the Eiffel tower one time LOL.

      He actually has extra rows of razor sharp teeth like a shark ...

      When Guinness awarded him a plaque he cut it up and ate it lol.
       
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      Monsieur Mangetoute
       
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg An example of British Brutalist architecture ....20 miles from where I used to live and work. I think it looks pretty cool from a distance, which is handy because if you go inside the smell of piss and other expelled bodily waste, is often very foul, due to druggies and homeless people..The local council have grandiose plans to convert large parts of the structure to youth education, whilst retaining the bus station and some of the multi- storey parking...
     
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      Sounds like a re-election promise to me lol. Good luck getting that proposal to fly with taxpayers.
       
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    My sweety loves bridges as do I and she is really looking forward to seeing The Peace Bridge today in Derry ...

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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Doesn't this look like a fun place ??? This is the Kilmainham gaol in Dublin ... it is a museum now.

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