Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ha! Thanks to Rick R., we now know that our awesome helicopter landing spot is in BC!

Attention: your "tough guy" membership card is hereby revoked.

Freckles, they are good

She seems irritated.  Maybe she could use a double latte caramel full soy almond milk super gnocchi venti unicorn frapaccino from Starbucks, with sprinkles.


It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom.

In this photo, NASA technicians lifted the telescope using a crane and moved it inside a clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope’s 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe, and will help the telescope peer inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Should'a tightened the lug nuts

I'll never complain about my job again. Climbing the Rope Ladder 380F.T. high. Crooked River Bridge, Central Oregon.

The bridge was designed by the famous bridge architect, Ralph Modjeski, who also designed the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. The Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company built the bridge by cantilevering it out from rock walls on both sides of the canyon.
 A myth arose, fostered by a photograph of men climbing a rope ladder up to the bridge, that the bridge builders camped at the bottom of the canyon and climbed up to work every day. In fact the crew lived two miles north of the bridge in a large construction camp at Opal City.  Opal City was expected to thrive well into the future but it was completely abandoned soon after the railroad was completed.
The first steel for the bridge arrived on May 18, 1911, and was lowered by derrick to the bottom of the gorge. Men climbed down rope ladders to attach cables to the steel beams and the steel was hoisted back up both sides of the canyon as the beams were needed. The first train crossed the bridge only four months later on September 17. Half the rivets holding the bridge together were installed after trains started using the bridge. The bridge was built quickly to facilitate laying the last 25.5 miles (41.0 km) of track to Bend where Jim Hill himself drove the "golden" spike on October 5. 
Dramatic photographs of the bridge's construction were taken by Olof Hedlund of Madras.

Is it nearly May? Then why is wet snow falling over the pass on Highway 80?

It will be an interesting runoff year, assuming it gets warm enough to melt all that white stuff.

Mount Fuji splits the cloud deck


So since the wife isn't at work today, I took what's known as a "dog day" and stayed home to play.  She and I were hanging in the front room just now after lunch, when we heard a pop and then a small crash from the kitchen.

Suspecting cat misbehavior, we went in and discovered that the miscreant was actually Doug, the sourdough starter.  It appears that last night Mrs. CW fed Doug some sweet, sweet flour, stirring it in nicely so all the little yeasty beasties can have a bite.

Doug's current home is a tupperware container, and someone put another container on top, since they stack.

Well, the beasties ate, and ate and ate, and produced so much sourdough pressure, that the pop we heard was the lid blowing off the tupperware, which propelled the other container into the sink.

Doug.  What a scoundrel!

Something serious is afoot.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.
House aides said they were working with the White House to set a similar briefing for members of the House of Representatives.
And isn't it presidential and proper for him to do this.  Let the people's representatives know the score and participate in the decision making process.  They'll appreciate it, and it is the right thing to do.

Dad! They're being mean to me!

Dad's dead and gone, little chubby dictator.  Now that you've pissed off the big boys, you get to suffer the consequences.  

Bucking the trend by returning freedom to the people, Texas begins the process of removing the state from the business of banning knives.

Like every other state should.  Governments are far too involved with citizen's choices and business, and should cut back their nosiness by a minimum of 50%.

Carry the knife you want without worrying about getting the government's permission.  Next up, nationwide constitutional carry.

You are a public figure, and you say one - just one - funky thing, and the creative types run wild with it. Funny

Someone mentioned this over at r/The_Donald, and I had to look it up.  So, for Obama we have ifififif, Okey Doke, and Chew soap (choose hope).

I know I could find multiple uses for this. Won't replace the man cave's 1919 parlor stove, however.

Escape from Sasquatch Bay

Cabin Porn

Don't know where this is, but it looks like the Sierras, and even like Hetch Hetchy somewhere.

Anyone know?

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in a CJ2A with duals!

Convair XFY Pogo

A crazy idea I guess someone just had to try.

Sea ice off Newfoundland thickest ever yet another polar bear comes ashore

Al Gore nowhere to be seen.

“Ice too thick for coast guard’s heavy icebreaker” said a 20 April 2017 CBC report on the state of ice in the Strait of Belle Isle. The pack is thick first year ice (four feet thick or more in places) and embedded with icebergs of much older, thicker ice. The ice packed along the northern shore of Newfoundland is hampering fishermen from getting out to sea and is not expected to clear until mid-May.

NASA Worldview shows the extent of the pack ice over northwest Newfoundland and southern Labrador on 19 April 2017 (the Strait of Belle Isle is the bit between the two).

The same day that the above satellite image was taken (19 April), at the north end of the Strait on the Newfoundland side, a polar bear was spotted in a small community northwest of St. Anthony (marked below,  “Wildberry Country Lodge” at Parker’s Brook). It’s on the shore of north-facing Pistolet Bay on the Great Northern Peninsula, near the 1000 year old Viking occupation site of L’Anse aux Meadows.

Harp seals are now abundant in the pack ice of southern Davis Strait, providing polar bears with an ample source of food when they need it most and therefore, a strong attractant to the area.

All the photos taken this year show fat, healthy bears – not animals struggling to survive.
Then there's this:

Actual Soyuz/ISS docking better than Hollywood's Interstellar version

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mondays, they're like that


Classic Iron

Hedy Lamarr, 1930's

I can only hope that this is my problem this year

Ayakulik River - Kodiak Island, Alaska

Arbor Low in Derbyshire, England

Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, quarried from a local site, which form an egg-shaped circle, with monoliths at the entrances, and possibly a portal stone at the south entrance. The stones are surrounded by an oval earthen bank and ditch. There is also a large pit at the north entrance, which possibly contained a stone. Some of the stones are broken; some of these fragments may originally have been joined together, such that there were originally between 41 and 43 stones. 
The bank and ditch of the henge, as well as its two entrances, were probably established in the Late Neolithic period, with the stones added later, some time before 2000 BC. The site seems to have been in use until into the Bronze Age, which was when the outer bank was reconstructed so that the round barrow could be erected. Few henge monuments in the British Isles are as well preserved.

Norsafe GES 52 lifeboat droptest

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gun Porn - Boberg

Cute but deadly

Find the dog - Canine Camo

Like old planes?

If, like me, you could look at vintage aircraft for hours, you should know that Old AF Sarge has a post up on the NAS Pensacola with a tub full of great old airplanes.

My favorite:

How'ja like to be the nose gunner on that bird?

Trump, the master of trolls, schedules a big rally right on top of the big White House Correspondent's Dinner.

So many of them will have to miss it to cover the rally.

Didn't help, I suppose, that the media chose “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj to host, who has described Trump as the "White ISIS."

They'll probably respond by inviting Obama, Hillary and Bill to attend.  Then, Trump can arrive unexpectedly by helicopter with a giant "Trump" painted on it in a whirl of noise and dust, say a few words, and totally upstage them all. 


My Gallant Hero

Talk about playing the golden oldies!

Last November, piano tuner Martin Backhouse was having a hard time with some sticky keys on a 1906 Broadwood & Sons upright piano he was overhauling for The Community College of Bishops Castle. Martin found the problem when he removed the keys: eight parcels full of gold coins.
The school alerted the Finds Liaison Officer for the region, Peter Reavill, and he and his colleagues at the Portable Antiquities Scheme examined and catalogued the hoard. Inside seven cloth-wrapped parcels and one suede drawstring pouch, they counted 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns ranging in date from 1847 to 1915, issued in the reigns of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. The weight of the coins totals more than 6 kilos (13+ pounds) of gold bullion.

Leatherman Crater c33Tx Combo Straight/Serrated Blade Knife

Trump, unlike Obama, uses his position to rescue an American and her people trapped in an Egyptian prison. The MSM simply cannot give him full credit. Althouse has a good commentary on the success and it's interpretation by the media.

WaPo prods us to think of the Trump administration in terms of "confusion" (it's the old "chaos" template, that alternates with "evil" in the elite media's coverage of Trump):
What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion. Although the president received wide praise for his decision to punish Syria for its presumed chemical weapons attack with a barrage of cruise missiles, the administration has been criticized for contradictions over policy toward Syria and Turkey, and misstatements on the U.S. response to North Korea’s weapons activity.
Successful action is camouflaged in verbiage about things that have been said. Some of his words may sound like confusion, but that doesn't mean Trump is confused about what he is saying. Maybe he knows how to use words. There's an awful lot of evidence that he does. You can look down on him and call him confused, but when the results come in, you ought to question your analysis of what he is doing with words. 

Deep jungle predators live among us

Thank God serious and dedicated people are in charge now.

Let's see how the head of the Russian or Chinese military would do in such a challenge.

Sixty-one years old, and runs a sub-5 hour Boston Marathon.   Bad-ASS.   Our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is a warrior.  
I first met Joe Dunford almost 30 years ago, when he was a newly-minted Major, the Marine Officer Instructor at Holy Cross. Even to a First Lieutenant, there was something special about him, his leadership, his command presence.  General Dunford went on to do pretty well.  I next saw him as a Colonel in Iraq, serving as Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Division, under MajGen James Mattis.  The ADC?  BGen John Kelly.   (The shirt he is wearing in the photo, "Team Kelly", is in honor of Marine 1st Lieutenant Robert Kelly, the son of General John Kelly.  1stLt Kelly was killed in Iraq Afghanistan in 2010)  General Dunford was promoted quickly through the General Officer ranks of the Marine Corps, in fact never wearing two stars, as he was selected for Lieutenant General before he'd pinned on his Major General promotion.  Of course, General Dunford went on to serve briefly as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps before being selected as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.