Sunday, May 9, 2021

Russian Army - The Best Hell March | Russia Military Power 2020. Da! Pobeda!


Royal Marines Jet Suit Boarding - Cool, but easily defended against.

Freckles are good




Steph Davis climbing “Glad To Be A Trad” rated 13 in Southern Utah, USA.

Useful Knowledge

                                          Mountain lion paw

The difference between a cat and dog track.

I also keep in mind that the dog paw tends to have the toes out if front of the back pad.  

               A cat track can have claw marks if the cat is really digging in to run or change direction.

The engine bay of a Sikorsky S58.


Photo of a lion in a sidecar at a wall of death carnival attraction at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, c. 1929




Gear for the Ice Age


A 71st Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey helicopter is being refueled by a 522nd Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Combat Shadow II on Jan. 4, 2012, over the skies of New Mexico.


Dinosaurs are not extinct.


Summer Time Fun


I wonder how much noise a Geiger counter would make on that yellow pile?


Losing something?


9.4 inch mortar shaped like a sitting tiger. India, 1770-1799


Powerhouse, Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), 1950


Nordberg 11-Cylinder Radial Stationary Engines at the
Aluminum Company of America installation, Port Lavaca, Texas

England is experiencing its coldest May since record keeping began in 1659, during the Maunder Minimum.

 Snow started falling on Tuesday, May 4, and was deep enough by Wednesday to allow the Lake District Ski Club to open its slopes. Members were “giddy” at the unusual sight of snow-covered mountains in May, according to club president Mike Sweeney. “I haven’t seen snow at this time of year before,” he said.

England’s May CET, which is compiled by the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, reveals that the month’s mean temperature, to May 7, is running at just 7C (44.6F) — this is, significantly, 2.8C below the CET norm, and currently sees England on course to suffer its coldest May since record-keeping began back in 1659. 

Moreover, the current top-spot holder is held by the May of 1698, with its CET of 8.5C (47.3F) — this means that the May of 2021 is not only breaking that all-time 362-year record, it is smashing it, by a full 1.5C (2.7F)!

Latest forecasts are calling for much of the same as the month progresses, with yet more unseasonable snow.

NOAA explains that we may be entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA says this upcoming solar cycle (25) is “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

Meanwhile, here in Redding, we're set up for a string of 90 plus days, Fahrenheit. Brrr! Cold snap for here!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Name These Two


Kitty Not Happy


Sher Ali Khan (in the center with his son) and his delegation in Ambala, near Lahore, 1869. Some tough hombres in that picture.


Volcanic lightning. The “dirty thunderstorm” shot at Calbuco volcano in April 2015, southern Chile.


The stern and rudder of the RMS Olympic (1911) with a man standing next to it for comparison


A ski resort in Lebanon, looking down at Beirut


Hungry bears waiting for sockeye salmon on the shore of the Kuril lake, Russia



Illuminate Things


Skeletons at war


Who hired this guy?


When the train from Nome disembarks passengers


I'd drive that


Gentlemen, start your engines.


Ooooommm. Feel the vibration of the universe. Feel the smack in the head of stupidity.


‘It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit.’ Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl

 Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world’s worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again in uranium fuel masses buried deep inside a mangled reactor hall.

Sensors are tracking a rising number of neutrons, a signal of fission, streaming from one inaccessible room, Anatolii Doroshenko of the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants (ISPNPP) in Kyiv, Ukraine, reported last week during discussions about dismantling the reactor. “There are many uncertainties,” says ISPNPP’s Maxim Saveliev. “But we can’t rule out the possibility of [an] accident.” The neutron counts are rising slowly, Saveliev says, suggesting managers still have a few years to figure out how to stifle the threat.

When part of the Unit Four reactor’s core melted down on 26 April 1986, uranium fuel rods, their zirconium cladding, graphite control rods, and sand dumped on the core to try to extinguish the fire melted together into a lava. It flowed into the reactor hall’s basement rooms and hardened into formations called fuel-containing materials (FCMs), which are laden with about 170 tons of irradiated uranium—95% of the original fuel.

The threat can’t be ignored. As water continues to recede, the fear is that “the fission reaction accelerates exponentially,” Hyatt says, leading to “an uncontrolled release of nuclear energy.” There’s no chance of a repeat of 1986, when the explosion and fire sent a radioactive cloud over Europe. A runaway fission reaction in an FCM could sputter out after heat from fission boils off the remaining water. Still, Saveliev notes, although any explosive reaction would be contained, it could threaten to bring down unstable parts of the rickety Shelter, filling the NSC with radioactive dust.

Friday, May 7, 2021



Ancient Vegas


Interesting perspective


There's a story here.


Goodbye to Winter


Cuteness Overdose! Aaagghhthpppth! Spit spit spit...


Get to da Choppah!


The weekend is almost here!!!


I can think of a few things I'd be willing to run over...


Find the Spider


Cat-Human hybrids are here! Load the AR, it's time to end the nightmare!


The Art of Speed


The next thing you'll probably see is the pilot and co-pilot walking down the aisle with their parachutes on, opening the back door and jumping out.




No, NO! Red Corvette, not a bug...


While upgrading a sewer line in the Israeli city of Lod, they found this Roman mosaic. Wow.


Friday Open Road