Saturday, September 30, 2017

Portrait of Ku-Te-Tso-Ka-Simi (No Coat), Blackfoot, in Partial Native Dress - Sweeney - JUN 1923


Air France Airbus A380 grenades an engine over the Atlantic, makes emergency landing at a small airport in Canada

That's a well blown engine alright.   It'll be interesting to find out why such a catastrophic failure occurred.

Flight records show the Airbus A380 aircraft, travelling under flight number AF66, was diverted to Canada's Goose Bay airport on its journey from Paris to Los Angeles.
Air France confirmed there was "serious damage" to one of the plane's four engines before before it landed safely.

These planes can easily fly on the three remaining engines, but who knows what damage an explosion like that might have done to the wing.  What if the engine starts tearing off in flight?  It looks from the above picture to have damaged its mounting to the wing.  Better safe than sorry, and get on the ground asap.

I wonder if Air France will refund the passengers, or charge extra for the exciting, E ticket ride that they got.

Reminds me of that orange cat a few posts back

Back when publishing books was done right

The super secret cellar stash here at the CW ranch

The Art of Speed

From the time before cars were made of plastic

Retro, but lovely. I should set something like this up now, as I've still got a box or two of old records.

Freckles, they are good

Tools, Kit and Gear

Cold weather is chili weather

The Art of Speed

Determined to get that chicken dinner

Almost....but no cigar

Bird Rattle, Blackfoot - Curtis - 1909

Friday, September 29, 2017

Proposed State of Jefferson

I'd add a few county's to the south, but not bad.  Might be some interest in Northern Nevada as well.

Let the weekend begin!

Tough day at the office

Blackburn Shark torpedo bomber

Dolmen, near Castelo de Vide, Portugal

Truth stuns the UN, accustomed as they are to lies - watch all the way through.

The Mount Rushmore of Selfies

Leaders of the Uniparty.

I'm conflicted about this image.  On one hand, it's good in this time of partisanship to see former presidents of both parties socializing amicably.  On the other hand, the infamous bold faced lying and multiple stupid decisions of these three are to a very large extent the reason we are where we are today.  Bush is said to be an honest man, yet if so how should he explain his happy familiarity with the other two?

Trump is pilloried as a liar, yet his falsehoods are of piddling significance compared to what these three men have told the American people to their face.  

Not happy these days with our political class.

Friday Open Road

For the Game of Thrones fans

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Diablo powerhouse construction, 1935

U.S. Navy Curtiss CR-3 A-6081


The Art of Speed

Rainbow trout in bubbles


Big slab of granite, estimated at 1300 tons, peeled off El Capitan today in Yosemite

It killed one person who was hiking along the base on the way to a climbing route, and injured another.

The rock fall occurred on the Waterfall route on the east buttress of El Capitan.  A climber above the fall posted this on a climber's forum and titled it "Holy F**ing Shit!"

The place where it broke off.

Comparison before and after the fall.

Ken Yager, president and founder of the Yosemite Climbing Association, reviewed photos of the cliff face and debris field, estimating the relatively thin piece that broke off covered an area big enough to fit five houses.
“It cratered and sent stuff mushrooming out in all directions,” said Yager.
Rock falls are common in Yosemite but seldom fatal. Kevin Jorgeson said he and climbing partner Tommy Caldwell witnessed a massive rock fall in the same area while they prepared for a trek that made them the first people to free-climb the Dawn Wall route on El Capitan in 2015. 
“Yosemite is just a really active, wild place. It’s always changing,” Jorgeson said. “It doesn’t make it any less tragic when someone gets in the way of that.”
Like climate, the Valley is always changing.  I guess we should thank God it didn't kill anyone else.  Best wishes to the injured person for a quick recovery.

The rock fall adding to the talus slope below

From above.

Granite dust on the ring road