Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Art of Speed

The 9 sqm (97 sq ft) Alpine shelter “Bivak II Na Jezerih” in Triglav National Park, Slovenia by Darko Bernik of AO Architecture.

North Dome, Yosemite Valley, Thomas Hill, 1870

Josie Norris, 75 yr old cattle rancher (October 1947)

A great gadget for people with pools. After all, who wants to swim in a pool with dead critters on the bottom?

Who's ready for the weekend? I'm ready for the weekend.

12 billion gallons of water pour into Lake Tahoe amid Golden State heat wave

That's a staggering amount of shining, pure water, and resulted in the lake level rising four inches since June 16.
That rise occurred while intense heat increased evaporation rates from the lake's surface. What's more, water managers have been releasing water from the lake into the Truckee River for the past 120 consecutive days to make room for snow-melt runoff. 
"It's not typical to spill at all," says U.S. District Court Water Master Chad Blanchard. "It's only on the big years when you have to release water."
Water Master?  Now that's a job title for a manly man.  I'll bet Chad has a booming voice, tats and a beard, but certainly no bun.  He probably has so many guns he needs two safes.

 Photographer David N. Braun captures the beauty of winter at Lake Tahoe in March 2017.

Straddling the California–Nevada border, Tahoe is the sixth largest lake in the United States, an outdoor playground for people around the world, and the main water source for the Reno-Sparks area in Nevada, as reported previously on SFGATE. The renowned ecological wonder is fed by 63 tributaries that drain 505 square miles known as the Lake Tahoe Watershed. With a vast surface area of 191 square miles, Tahoe requires an immense amount of water to fill, especially because roughly 100 billion gallons of water evaporates annually.
Now, we should investigate how this water flow affects downstream water storage at Pyramid Lake, another big, if less well known desert lake, which is fed by the Truckee.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hélie Denoix de Saint Marc

On the left here, he was a French résistant during the war before being arrested and deported to Buchenwald; having survived the camp he joined the Foreign Legion, fighting for 15 years in Indo-China, Suez and Algeria before taking part in an attempted coup to overthrow Charles de Gaulle.

The Nose Knows

Straight Up

4th of July gear

Grandkids love this stuff.

Ute man wearing a fringed buckskin coat with bells over a print shirt. - 1880/1910

Friday Open Road

They tried everything at least once.

The McDonnell Aircraft Corp. XF-85 Goblin, the smallest jet-propelled fighter ever built, was a “parasite” designed to be carried by a B-36 bomber. If the host ship was attacked, the Goblin would be launched from the bomb bay to protect it. The Goblin was egg shaped and its wings — swept back 37 degrees — could fold upward. It had no landing gear and was launched from the bomber. It was then recovered using a hook and a retractable trapeze under the parent airplane. For emergencies, the Goblin had a steel skid under the fuselage and small runners on its wingtips.
It was named the Goblin because company founder James McDonnell had previously decided to name the company’s jet fighters after supernatural creatures. The Goblin followed the Phantom and the Banshee.
The tiny fighter was stable, easy to fly and recovered well from spins. However, hooking the Goblin in flight to its bomber’s trapeze was difficult. Its first fully released flight was on Aug. 23, 1948 at Muroc (now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.). Lowered by the trapeze from the mother ship — a Boeing EB-29 nicknamed “Monstro” — McDonnell test pilot Ed Schoch released the Goblin and made three unsuccessful attempts to reconnect the X-85 to the trapeze, but the small jet was buffeted wildly by the larger jet’s turbulence. On the last attempt, the Goblin hit the trapeze with such force that the canopy was smashed. The pilot managed to make a belly landing using the Goblin’s skid on a dry lakebed.
Ultimately, only three of the seven flights of the Goblin resulted in successful connections with the arresting trapeze. The test program was canceled in 1949, and the Goblin never flew from a B-36. Docking had proved too difficult. But by that time, the Goblin was no longer needed. In 1949, the Boeing KB-29P, with its flying boom aerial refueling system, had solved the problem of long-range fighter escort for bombers.
McDonnell built two prototype Goblins, and one joined the collection at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The designer of the Goblin, Henri de Raynbeaux - Flambeaux, on his way home from the McDonnell Aircraft Development Center.

Nice - I want one.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Since when was it illegal to harvest roadkill?

It’s not as rare as you might think.
About 20 other states also let people take meat from animals killed by vehicles. And advocates say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.
Washington state began allowing the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses a year ago.
In Pennsylvania, people can take deer or turkeys that are killed on the road if they report the incidents to the state Game Commission within 24 hours.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown signed the roadkill measure with little fanfare last week after lawmakers passed it without a single “nay” vote.

Hot tubbing done right

I suspect that's a sauna in the background.  Perfect, if so.

Penguins under the ice

Hold my beer and watch this....

Shoshone, Wyoming, circa 1870. Photo William Henry Jackson.

For no particular reason, the Pacific Ocean near San Diego

Cool, and salty

A young John Glenn poses next to the tail of his damaged F-9 Panther. His aircraft was hit with more than 700 pieces of shrapnel, earning him the nickname "Magnet Ass" from his fellow fighter pilots.

Amy Irving, Carrie Fisher, and Teri Garr during Thanksgiving Party at Sibils in New York City - November 21, 1977

Seen behind The Donald at his Iowa rally

Is that a midwest farmer's daughter? 'Cause she's making me feel alright.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Vibrant boat art - gotta love this!

Said to be the hot topic of discussion at the White House and in Peking right now

 Allison’s theory, which he first promoted in 2015, has caught the attention of the Chinese themselves. During a visit to Seattle, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the gloomy prospect of a collision course, saying there is “no such thing as the so-called Thucydides Trap in the world,” while adding that if major nations “time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves.”

Medieval longsword discovered in a peat bog in Poland.

It was discovered in late May by excavator operator Wojciech Kot during drainage operations at the bog in the municipality of Mircze, 12 miles south of the town of Hrubieszów in southeastern Poland. 

"The place where the discovery was made is a wetland and a peat bog. It is possible that an unlucky knight was pulled into the marsh, or simply lost his sword" - told PAP Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Fr. Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów.

 "It is very light - it originally weighed about 1.5 kg. Today it measures about 120 cm" - added Bartecki. In his opinion the sword was very well made; it is well balanced, perfect for fencing.

On the rear bar of the weapon there is a clear sign of an isosceles cross inscribed in the shape of an heraldic shield, probably made by the blacksmith. Bartecki explained that it was a kind of a maker's brand. This symbol was normally not visible, because the bar was covered by a hilt made of wood, bone or antler.

The area first appears on the historical record in the 13th century where it’s mentioned as the site of a few hunting lodges surrounded by forest. The region was part of Ruthenia (aka the Kievan Rus) then and was absorbed by the Kingdom of Poland in 1366 century after the disintegration of the Rus. The Polish governor built a castle in Hrubieszów in the late 14th century. So at least the second half of the century offered good employment opportunity for knights. Or he could have just been riding through and made a wrong turn into the bog.

This astonishing piece was apparently found near to what today is the border between Ukraine and Poland, west of the Bug river. It would be great, however, if that isosceles cross inside an heraldic shield would reveal further information. 
What today is the North of Poland had in the 13th century been object of the ‘Prussian Crusades’ (‘Lithuanian Crusade’ in the 14th c), during which the Teutonic Knights attempted to ‘Christianize’ the pagan Old Prussians and Lithuanians. 
In return, and much less ‘Teutonic’, the influence of the Jagiellonian dynasty increased massively in the 14th c. and in the South they fought the ‘Turkish and Tatar wars’. In 1320, most of the principalities of the western Rus’ had either been vassal or annexed by Lithuania.

The tears of the Progs are sweet indeed.

Maybe if they would listen to level headed centrists, like the Tuck, they could do better.  But no, with leaders like Pelosi and Perez, they'll just double down on what isn't working.

Easy fishing in Russia

A couple of “Rosies” working at the Brown Shipyard in Houston during World War II.

New York Supreme Court judge scammed out of $1million by just ONE EMAIL: Jurist wires cash to fraudsters pretending to be her lawyer

Genius.  Just raw, unadulterated genius.

Sattler, a judge in the First District of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, went to police Friday saying she received the email June 7 from someone that she thought was her lawyer.  The imposter told her to send the money to an account in Arizona.
She followed the instructions and wired $1,057,500 to the account, the money was then transferred to a Commerce Bank of China in Hong Kong.

This chick is a judge.   Clearly, her judgment is sorely lacking. Sorely.  Retire her, and replace with someone who at the very least knows not to wire a million dollars to someone who asks for it by email.

The face of a dupe.  But if you live in Manhattan, she'll decide your rights.