Sunday, September 29, 2019

British author George Beardmore finds a parachute mine. Sept 29, 1940

Setting one off after sitting on the floor of the sea for decades.

Looks like fun

Speed: 150

Come on down, Hooo-man.

Not a Snowflake

Float plane in the Fall

Glacier Dog


Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4. The Lexington was found 3,000 meters (about two miles) below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.

Even a very few freckles help

This guy should buy a lottery ticket - his luck it strong.

Oh brother.

Be ready for TEOTWAWKI

Oh yes.

Dunes in Mars’ Danielson Crater

Shave of the Day

Keeping and bearing (ready and able to use them) arms has always been the obligation of a free people. Those who abrogate this responsibility are subjects, not citizens.

During the Viking Age, there was a man called Þorgnýr the Lawspeaker. 

The Lawspeaker’s office made him spokesmen for Swedes who owned their own farms—while not ‘citizens’ in our sense, they were a class of ordinary free people whose interests sometimes differed from those of their kings and lords. 

One such king, for reasons of pride, tried to draw Þorgnýr’s people into an unwanted war. This resulted in an outcry, and the king held a public meeting to persuade the people to go along. 

Þorgnýr spoke at this meeting, and reminded the King that seven previous kings had been drowned in a nearby well when they proved resistant to the advice of the people, and should reconsider his war.

And so he did.

As an aside, the letter þ, or thorn, is pronounced as "th" is in the word "thick."

Bring on the rocky roads.

Shasta yesterday morning, and today

A bit of overnight snow up there.


What the bug sees just before hitting the window


Bob's having one of those days

Winter protection

MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Blue Knights of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365

Just give him the carrot.

Fully engulfed, and rolling...

The Boss, "Yogi, go pull one of those dumpsters up front."

Yogi, "Sure, boss."


Heading for space

Saturday, September 28, 2019

It's best if you keep all four tires on the ground.

Freckles, they are good.

A very young Liz Taylor

She's glaring

Jean Besancenot     Young Berber Woman, Tinerhir, Drâa-Tafilale, (Todgha Valley), Between the High and Little Atlas Mountains, Southern Morocco      c.1935

Perfect timing with a high shutter speed


Despite their ominous appearance, these waterspouts – like most of their kind – are fair-weather phenomena unrelated to tornadoes. They can form when cold, dry air moves over warm waters. As warm, moist air rises from the water’s surface, air is drawn in from the surroundings to replace it. Any vorticity in that air comes with it, growing stronger as it gets pulls in, thanks to conservation of angular momentum. That action creates the waterspout, which becomes visible when the warm, humid air cools enough to condense and form a cloud wall. (Image credit: R. Giudici; via EPOD)

With the right suspension, this kind of airtime is good

I love this place. I'd set up a cot, a fridge, and then live there.

One of the best Parliamentary confrontations I've seen. The jeering! The vocabulary! The rumbly English oratory! And John Bercow - just the best fun!

Keep those feet warm in the cabin