Tuesday, June 22, 2021





See Ya!


This made me chuckle


Your Friendly Smile of the Morning


A little to early on the leap there, Bowser.


Sigh. But they saved money hiring an unlicensed contractor.


Wisdom from an unlikely source


Sure, I'll pick up some milk on the way home...


Just one cruise missile...


Mercedes Weirdmobile


Water Storage


Monday, June 21, 2021

Beautiful evening here in Redding, but a long stretch of hot weather ahead. Need a winter reminder.


Oh, is it hot in the middle of summer? Do tell?


June 21st is the longest day of the year.  After today it's downhill to winter.

Your Friendly Smile of the Day. Bonus: Freckles!


Heh. Now get me some plywood seeds.


Local Color

 Mount Shasta creates a lenticular cloud as the atmosphere tries to squeeze over its 14K foot peak.

Pluto's Cave, an old lava tube north of the mountain.

The horse has to be laughing.


Stay Hydrated


Can anything be cooler than this??


No. Thank. You.


An interesting chart. I can't vouch for its accuracy, or whether any of these countries really has more or less of the official figure.


Mondays, they're like that.


Sunday, June 20, 2021



Well, looks like he picked up a rock


I mean really, this is embarrassing.


Lois is a pack animal


Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer In Beverly Hills, Ca, 1958.


No, NO, I love this tree!


Sunday Porch Picture


Third Largest Diamond Ever Dug Up In Botswana


Looks like a piece of ice.  Expensive ice.

An enormous diamond has been unearthed in Botswana, according to a series of tweets by the Botswana government. 

On Wednesday, the government of Botswana tweeted that 1,098-carat stone, believed to be the third-largest diamond ever found, was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi by Debswana Diamond Company's acting managing director Lynette Armstrong. 

They gave it away?  To the government??

Sounds like a bribe.

Masisi said the diamond would be sold, and "proceeds will be used to advance national development in the country." Sure.

He added, "Debswana should use this latest discovery as an inflection point, for the mine to use its technology to realize more of these large discoveries."  More free diamonds, please.

Your Friendly Smile of the Day


Not my breakfast this morning, unfortunately.


Everyone living dangerously




Dude! Don't just stand there...


Heavy Metal.




Maybe a good idea, especially later this summer.


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Drought and scorching heat, both worsened by La Nina weather effects, have significantly depleted the water supply at Northern California's Lake Oroville. The lake's current water levels are hoovering around 700 feet above sea level, but if 640 feet is breached, then officials will likely be forced to close the Edward Hyatt Power Plant for the first time since it opened in 1967.

The lake's record low is 646 feet, and the state's Department of 

Water Resources expects that level to be observed in August

Recent water levels.

The set up.

Earlier this month, at least 130 houseboats were evacuated from the lake as water levels continued to drop. As a result, any lower and boat ramps would be inaccessible. 

Further, if the Hyatt plant closes, hydroelectric generation for the state's grid would be affected. At full capacity, the plant can power up to 800,000 homes. 

The article doesn't address this, but I wonder how much water the DWR had to release to maintain flows in the Feather River for fish.  That's important, but environmental laws often demand idiotic wastes of water for a marginal fish habitat when, in years like this, that water would be better retained. 

It should be an interesting late summer/fall here.

Tough Characters


                                                 Serbian Partisan, ready for about anything.

Someone said to be on the deck crew of a US carrier during the 50's

Soviet soldiers somewhere in the Afghan mountains.

Your Good News of the Day -- A slo-mo revolution.


This rocket booster from the Shenzhou-12 launch landed on a civilian road in China.