|Popularity maps of Oscar contenders|
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[S]erendipity is a fortunate or pleasing coincidence. A coincidence need not necessarily always be fortunate.I was trying to think of 'serendipity' this morning, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. 'Coincidence' I had, but I knew there was another word with similar meaning that started with an S. Five or ten minutes of mucking about with other stuff and the answer popped up, but now I am wondering what the difference is and why serendipity did not show up as a synonym on the Thesaurus.
|Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows - John Constable 1831|
John TruluckSo regular old romance, no hi-faulutin' literary reference.
71 missions from May 1943 to April 1944. P-47 plane name was 'Lady Jane', for his future wife. DSC/ DFC w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster 5
|Loading Ammunition into P-47 wing magazines|
|Mariana Islands (Blue Markers) in the South Pacific|
Orange Markers are Okinawa (upper left), Palau (lower left) and Marshall Islands (lower right)
Tokyo is near top center, Taiwan left center, and Manila is lower left.
|Hillsboro Chevron, and what do you know? One island is closed.|
|Major Airports in Nigeria|
Lagos (lower left), Abuja (center) and Kaduna (upper right)
|Pur Sang Reproduction of Bugatti 35|
Ettore Bugatti built his first Type 35 in 1924, and by 1931, the company rolled out more than 300 of these racing cars in different specifications. Today, finding an original example is a huge undertaking, but those looking for the driving experience instead of just an investment can always call Argentina's Pur Sang. - Road & TrackOh? Somebody is building reproductions of an iconic pre-war race car in Argentina?!? I root around and I find a great story on Petrolicious:
|This 8,000 year-old giraffe rock carving in DaBous, Niger is considered one of the finest petroglyphs in the world. The giraffe has a leash on its nose implying some level of taming the animals. It was found relatively recently on the top of a granite hill by local Touaregs and dates to the Kiffian era of 7,000 - 9,000 years ago. (© Mike Hettwer)|
|2Pack, GU10 120V 35W MR16 Q35MR16 35 watts JDR Halogen Bulb Lamp|
|Delflazacort Molecular Structure|
There are three separate issues here. One is whether people who would benefit from this drug can get it. Two is whether the drug company is making so much money from the sale of this drug that they should be publicly flogged. And three is whether people taking this drug are getting any benefit from it. While we might like to think that these issues are all tied together, they are not. They are in fact completely independent. I suspect Marathon, like most everyone in the health care industry, is gaming the system in order to maximize their profits. All this fuss about the price of this drug is entirely a political tempest designed to stir up more s**t so nobody notices that what is actually happening, which is that the big monkeys are stealing all the monkey biscuits.And yes, I'm on a three-points-make-an-argument kick this morning.
|The Hay Wain, John Constable, 1821|
|Trident Missile shortly after launch|
|California Pumped Power and Harvey's Bomb|
Oroville Dam is at the upper left, Helm's Creek Pumped Power Plant is at the lower right.
|Iqualuit, Canada (red marker right in the middle)|
Greenland is white area in the upper right, Hudson Bay is in the lower left.
|Antonov An-124 UR-82007 in Zurich|
|Scoop by Evelyn Waugh|
Lord Copper, the newspaper magnate, has been said to be an amalgam of Lord Northcliffe and Lord Beaverbrook: a character so fearsome that his obsequious foreign editor, Mr Salter, can never openly disagree with him, answering "Definitely, Lord Copper" and 'Up to a point, Lord Copper" in place of "yes" or "no". - WikipediaOlder son corrects my pronunciation of Evelyn, telling me it is more Evil-in, or prehaps Eve-lyn, as opposed to the woman's name of Ev-el-in.
|Cartier Love Bracelet|
|Toy cosmonauts line a shelf in the Moskva Department Store, one of the largest and most modern in Moscow. The toy dolls were among several suggest gifts displayed in the stores as shoppers prepared for the 50th anniversary of Russia's revolution celebrations.|
|Typical Smart Phone Sensors|
|Old Cars for sale at the Grand Palais (warning: autostart music) in Paris, France.|
|1936 Talbot Lago T150C. Artcurial Motorcars|
The setting here is at least as important as the car.
|1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Figoni & Falaschi. Artcurial Motorcars / Christian Martin|
|Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonian Singh in the Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan|
Because I needed a picture of a Khan, and who is the most memorable Khan? Ricardo, of course.
|San Carlos de Barlioche|
". . . they were a forward-looking group of musicians who had stronger avant garde/ experimental credentials than anyone else in their field and that I thought it was time to forget all about the murders, suicide, skull jewellery, arson, political extremism and to simply concentrate on the music. In return for my flight I had written a long feature on the history of the band and the solidity of their leftfield musical credentials for a Norwegian paper. It was a very lengthy feature and before I got to the long coda where I commanded people to stop talking about the murders, suicide, skull jewellery, arson, political extremism and concentrate on the music instead; I recapped the band’s history, including all the stuff about the murders, suicide, skull jewellery, arson, political extremism and whatnot." - John DoranThe way he repeats the catch phrase reminds me of Donald Rumsfeld's apology for his 'Axis of Weasels' remark.
|Silicon Forest by Brian Borrello|
At the Interstate/Rose Quarter Max Station
Illuminates the surroundings at night using the solar power that has been collecting during the day.
|A search was conducted at this hotel in rue de Ponthieu (8th arrondissement), where the main suspect of the attack of the Louvre would have stayed. LP / OLIVIER ARANDEL|
No explosives found on himPaint bomb? Perhaps balloons filled with paint that he was planning to throw on the most famous paintings in the museum. I suspect these nut cases are coming to the West to make a nuisance of themselves because the secret police back home would have crushed him.
On Friday morning at around 9:45 the man burst into the gallery of the Carrousel du Louvre carrying two backpacks. After he approached the soldiers on patrol, he took out two machetes to attack them. According to prefect of Paris Michel Cadot, the man rushed at the soldiers, “uttered threats” and shouted “Allahu Akhbar”.In the report, the aggressor, aged about thirty, was seriously wounded in the flank and buttocks. He was conscious when taken away by the ambulance. No explosives were found in his backpacks.The man fought and risked being killed to try and gain entrance to the Louvre with a satchel full of PAINT BOMBS. - Le Parisien via Vlad Tepes.
|Preloaded, Disposable Stapler, on eBay for $9.|
|Disposable staple remover from iRemedySupply for $1.|
|Steam Train to Hell|