Sunday, April 22, 2018

Asperatus cloud in movement.

This riled me up

Can't embed for some reason, so linking.

I miss Reagan.

High voltage undersea cables, in cross section.

  • Two concentric rows of silver dots are steel armoring cables.
  • The very thin layer directly below the armor is a copper shield
  • The solid black mass is a plastic filler for structural support.
Inside that filler you have 4 independent cables. There are 3 high voltage conductors for 3 phase power. Those layers:
  • Thin White - Jacket/conductor screen
  • Black - Outer semiconductor
  • Thick White - XLPE electrical insulation
  • Black - Inner semiconductor
  • Center - Copper power conductor
The 4th small cable in the upper left is probably an armored fiber optic line. Used for transmitting information needed to operate the circuit and monitor the cable integrity.

He's not fat he's just big-furred.

Mrs. CW wants one.

The manual, or Pallas' Cat of Central Asia has the longest and densest fur of all the feline species.

Oh, aye! Looking out from a window on the International Space Station, an astronaut captured this rare photograph of the Scottish Highlands.

First harvest, Radishes

These things germinate from seed in about two days, and now, about a month later, voila!

Mrs. CW and I tasted one this morning, and it was good.

Surfers nope out on a giant wave at Jaws, Hawaii, 2015

Under a Wave

Comfort Food

Oooh! Lava lake rising to the brim at Halema'uma'u Crater in Hawaii.

It's gonna overflow and send the scientists screaming!   Pele be angry!

The slowly rising lava lake at Kīlauea's summit was very close to the rim of the Overlook crater, and floor of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. This afternoon the lava lake was roughly 6 m (20 feet) from the rim. This photo was taken from the Jaggar Museum overlook, which had superb views tonight.

Close, so very close...

Level on April 4th.

A Splat, Gracefully Executed

Just the thing to mount on the back of that Power Wagon

Nerves of Steel

She calls it, "War and Some More War (with apologies to Tolstoy)"

So close you can smell him

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Linstock, used to light a cannon from a distance, Italy, c. 1600

Mysterious Beauty

Interesting color for a Power Wagon

This confuses me

Bare Bones


An informative read for any trout fisherman or woman.

We always inventory the stomachs of any sizable trout we catch.  That is also a very educational action.

Shave of the Day

Local Gent Field and Stream soap, Rainbow synthetic brush, C.F. Wolfertz & Co vintage straight out of Allentown, Pa., Proraso eucalyptus and menthol aftershave.

25 laps on leather, both sides, two passes on the face, one seeper only, nice clean shave to start the weekend.

God Speed, little panda

No wonder his eyes bulge


The feed bill for that is probably astronomical, as would be the bill from the large animal vet.

It's the sound it makes

Crew of the Manx King, 1917 - young and tough

Apex Predator

Ready to go

What is that?

Apparently it spits out pickup trucks.

Natalie Wood, looking very girlish.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gah-Gos-Sha-De-Bay, Called Joe Broad, Chippewa - Gill - FEB 1908

Big Blades

SIGONELLA, Sicily (June 20, 2011) Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Omar Viraclass, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, installs a propeller on the number two engine of a P-3C Orion aircraft. VP-45 is deployed to Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operation Unified Protector. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Lucht/Released)

Steel Art

Knitting - it's not just for scarves anymore

Drone footage of Killer Whales in clear water off San Diego

F-18 chases Tomahawk missile

More on the Rod of God

The 107-country Outer Space Treaty signed in 1967 prohibits nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons from being placed in or used from Earth's orbit. What they didn't count on was the US Air Force's most simple weapon ever: a tungsten rod that could hit a city with the explosive power of an intercontinental ballistic missile. 

During the Vietnam War, the US used what it called "Lazy Dog" bombs. These were simply solid steel pieces, less than 2 inches long, fitted with fins. There was no explosive — they were simply dropped by the hundreds from planes flying above Vietnam. 
Lazy Dog projectiles (aka "kinetic bombardment") could reach speeds of up to 500 mph as they fell to the ground and could penetrate 9 inches of concrete after being dropped from as little as 3,000 feet. 
The idea is like shooting bullets at a target, except instead of losing velocity as it travels, the projectile is gaining velocity and energy that will be expended on impact. They were shotgunning a large swath of jungle, raining bullet-size death at high speeds. 
That's how Project Thor came to be. 

Instead of hundreds of small projectiles from a few thousand feet, Thor used a large projectile from a few thousand miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size (20 feet long, 1 foot in diameter) tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching a speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound.
The rod itself would penetrate hundreds of feet into the Earth, destroying any potential hardened bunkers or secret underground sites. More than that, when the rod hits, the explosion would be on par with the magnitude of a ground-penetrating nuclear weapon— but with no fallout. 
Such a weapon could destroy a target with 15 minutes' notice.

The Donald is starting to build a reputation.

OBAMA: “North Korea is the biggest problem you’ll have while in office, I didn’t fix it in 8 years”
TRUMP: Hold my 9 iron…

When playing dodgeball, make sure the softball pitcher is on your side.

Rods of God, said by some to be the weapon used by the US to destroy North Korea's test site

True?   Who knows, but it's an interesting thought.

This seems like pretty big news: North Korea is abandoning it's nuclear arms program.

North Korean Leader Kim's full statement (via KCNA):
  • First, in the course of struggle to carry out the party's translation, we carried out the nuclear test and the underground nuclear test, the miniaturization and the lightening of the nuclear weapon, and the project for the development of the ultra-large nuclear weapon and the transportation means sequentially and faithfully realized the nuclear weaponization. I declare it solemnly.
  • Second, from April 21st, Juche 107 (2018), the nuclear test and the intercontinental ballistic rocket test will be discontinued. North Korea's nuclear test center will be discarded in order to ensure the transparency of the suspension of the nuclear test.
  • Third, the suspension of nuclear testing is an important process for global nuclear disarmament, and the DPRK will join international efforts and efforts to halt the nuclear test altogether.
  • Fourthwe will never use nuclear weapons unless there is nuclear threat or nuclear provocation to our country, and in any case we will not transfer nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.
  • Fifth, we will concentrate all the efforts to build up a strong socialist economy and mobilize the human and material resources of the country to dramatically raise people's lives.
  • Sixth, we will establish a favorable international environment for the construction of a socialist economy,and will intensify close dialogue and dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community in order to protect the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the world.

    Let's see how the MSM can spin this news.

Mysterious Beauty


Around the house

Spotted this old yellow tomcat hanging around the back yard this morning.  He's probably the explanation for the yowling/howling at 3am the other morning.  It was most likely wild cat sex with one of our fine lady mousers.  Jokes on him, they're all fixed.

Shave of the day this morning.   Getting better at building a lather.  This batch looks like it needs some sprinkles and a spoon.

Play stupid games, ....

Get it, Lassie!

Freckles, they are good

Good tools are a pleasure to use