|Sun City & Pilanesberg National Park|
Impact Craters in Blue. Other structures in Burnt Ochre.
Update March 2019 embellished map caption and added link.
|Sun City & Pilanesberg National Park|
Impact Craters in Blue. Other structures in Burnt Ochre.
Getty Images/iStockphoto / Vladimir Vladimirov
|Honda Civic DX hatchback with Chattering Skull Brake Lights, one of the most annoying customization features imaginable. PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN|
a) driver must enter car through passenger sideReformatted from Urban Dictionary because that's who I am / what I do. Via Dustbury
b) three different brand and size tires - 3 of them missing hubcaps
c) exhaust is held up by half a clothes hanger - other half replaces the antenna
d) backfires every three blocks - loudest backfire being when car is turned off
e) must open door at drive-threws as windows don't roll down
f) you only get one AM station and the tape deck eats all tapes inserted
g) can't open the glove box as the whole thing will fall out
h) if you let go of steering wheel while driving you'll make a u-turn
i) must manually move blinker lever up and down as it no longer blinks on it's own
j) must keep one foot on brake and one on accelerator when at a complete stop
k) has had the same temporary registration sticker in the window for the last 18 months
l) has all the above issues but still has a $200 professional tint job
|Grace Darling Lifeboat Rescue|
|Gravity Defying Spaceship|
|Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax on Star Trek Deep Space 9|
|3-D Printed Object with supports|
|Beaverton Police & Court|
|Cargo Load Planning & Optimization|
It’s important, however, to put this in perspective. Modern humans first show up in the fossil record about 300,000 years ago. For most of the time since then, up until the start of what economist Deirdre McCloskey calls “The Great Enrichment” a few hundred years ago, the average human lived on the equivalent of about $3 per person per day, and the infant mortality rate was as much as fifty times worse that the current U.S. rate. The poorest countries of the world today, including Haiti and Africa, have a quality of life that is still better on average than what most humans have experienced throughout almost our entire existence as a species. In other words, until quite recently, the entire fucking planet was a shithole. - WindyPunditMore about Deirdre McCloskey and The Great Enrichment.
Already, the textile industry accounts for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined; as recycling markets break down, its contribution could soar. - Bloomberg, via Bayou Renaissance ManAirlines burn a large quantity of fuel, but I suspect it is less than 10% of what we burn in our automobiles. Big ships consume huge quantities of oil, but they do it slowly, and there are only a few of them operating, at least compared to airliners. So we aren't talking about the end of the world, but textiles? How does textile manufacturing produce so much green-house gas?
|Languages of the European Union|
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.Via Reddit
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
|Violet Ray Machine instruction book cover.|
|Spooky picture of Violet Ray electrotherapy wand|
|Joseph P. Murphy’s polygon-shaped filling station in LA |
selling “Violet Ray” anti-knock gasoline.
|Gas stations gave away roadmaps|
Please think, indeed, what this says about the sheer agony of Economy Class.Via FlightAware
The seats are closer together than the eyes of a movie villain.
The seats are smaller than the mind of your average congressperson.
As for the legroom, well, it wouldn't even fit an average human head, would it? - Chris Matyszczyk
|Goodman GMH80803BN Forced Air Furnace|
I did pretty well last weekend replacing a central forced air 80k BTU 80% efficiency rated furnace.Iaman relates a couple of stories from Texas:
About a year ago I purchased one online for about $500. Goodman GMH80803BN.
It sat in the basement until Friday when the blower motor on the old one refused to start blowing.
I got my last dime outta that one.
The output flanges matched the sheet metal, so that fitted well. The furnace case is 5.5" shorter, so the whole thing is sitting on concrete blocks, off the floor, which is standard installation technique. I had to shorten the return plunum by 5.5" also, but that cut off nicely with a throatless electric shear.
...which is a tool I should have had 2 years ago when working on my steel roof.
Masterforce™ 12-Volt Cordless Metal Shear
Had one piece of 1/2 black pipe cut to length and threaded by the clerk at Home Depot, hooked up the gas line, color matched the wiring and humidifier transformer and it ran correctly.
The whole job took about 6 hours, once I got started in earnest Sunday about noon, plus a whole day off recovering from the effort, The house got down to 48 degrees, but I kept the basement/bed/bath warm with the pellet stove.
Now going to Muskegon with renewed confidence in re-building a downdraft crawlspace forced ari heating system. Hope to get out there this weekend.
|Milwaukee Hole Hawg|
My landlord Sam, an electrician, and I were talking about Dish network techs coming to the house tomorrow to install wiring. I volunteered to let them in. He was nervous that the salesman couldn't tell him how the cabling would be routed. I offered that Dish would probably send a DACA kid with a Milwaukee Hole hog. to perforate his house.
Sam then related of how he as a 16 YO kid working for his electrician father at $3.35 an hour. By his lonesome, in his old pickup with a AC A-coil bouncing in the back, would follow new mobile home trailers down dusty Texas roads to a clearing in the cedar break. While the truck driver set the home on concrete blocks, Sam would be in the 140 degree trailer, all of 90 lbs dripping with sweat, pounding the hell out of recalcitrant knock out panels, No cordless hole hogs in that day. The new proud owners outside worriedly yelling" Kid, what the hell are you doing to my beautiful new trailer?!?".
Once the panels were popped, the coil installed, he'd route the lines, charge with Freon, connect the house to the pole power box.
The irate seating customers were invariably soothed when the felt the cool air blowing. Ah home sweet trailer!
Sam then went on to the next trailer install.
|Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer|
[Child:] "The Major and the soldiers and Mycroft told me what war is like. They say it's the second worst thing in the world."P. 123
Man: "That's an interesting definition. What did they say is the worst thing?"
Child: "Not having anything worth fighting for in the first place."
I was caught driving with a suspended license in Massachusetts, officer said the judge probably won't charge me if I get my license back in 5 weeks. I'm a college student with a few tickets and no crimes, do I need a lawyer to settle it?I had to think about how to answer this for a bit. I started to answer several times, trying various versions of 'what kind of an idiot are you?', but given that there is a small possibility that there is a reasonable explanation for this situation, I decided I needed to try again. I finally ended up with this.
Do you need a lawyer? That kind of implies you either have the money to hire a lawyer, or you think you can get the money. What’s the problem? Oh, you were driving with a suspended licence. Huh. And they thought you were smart enough to go to college. Is this what we have been reduced to? Answer questions that shouldn’t have to be asked? Or is it that the world is so complex that younger people can no longer distinguish between a venial sin and a cardinal sin? I mean there are so many sins these days, and if you listen to what’s being talked about, they are ALL cardinal sins, which is a lie, but everyone does it so it must be okay, right?
|Number of bookstores in the United States from 2004 to 2018|
The number at the top is 37,500. The number at the bottom is 22,500.
Borders' rise and fall: a timeline of the bookstore chain's 40-year historyJudging by the graph and this timeline I'd say the number of bookstores in the USA probably peeked at 35,000 right around the turn of the century. That's like one store for every 10,000 people.
By Nathan Bomey
July 18, 2011
This timeline provides a historical perspective of the rise and fall of Ann Arbor-based Borders Group Inc. from its inception in 1971 to its liquidation announcement this afternoon. [40 years]
1971: Brothers Tom and Louis Borders open an 800-square-foot used bookstore called Borders Book Shop at 211 S. South State St. in Ann Arbor.
1970s: Louis Borders develops a software system that allows the store to manage inventory and accurately project sales, giving Borders a competitive advantage that lasted at least two decades.
1991: Borders starts integrating music and movies into some of its stores.
1992: Kmart Corp. acquires Borders. At the time, Borders had 21 large stores and was valued at about $190 million.
1994: The bookseller is the largest retailer in downtown Ann Arbor.
1995: Borders spins off from Kmart and goes public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Feb. 4, 1997: Shares close at an all-time high of $44.88.
March 11, 1997: Borders executes a 2-for-1 split on its stock.
January 1998 to January 1999: Borders expands its store footprint by 25.5 percent, adding 52 superstores in the biggest one-year expansion in its history. By January 1999, the company has 256 superstores averaging $256 in sales per square foot.
May 1998: Borders launches an online retail presence for the first time at Borders.com.
August 2001: Borders contracts with online retailer Amazon to sell products online.
August 2004: Borders signs deal with Starbucks Corp. to run Seattle’s Best Coffee cafe operations in its stores.
2005: Borders posts its most recent annual profit: $101.0 million.
July 2006: Borders has nearly 36,000 employees worldwide.
September 2007: Stock hits then-six-year-low $12.28 a share.
March 28, 2008: Stock closes down 28.5 percent to $5.07 after Borders says it lost $157.4 million in 2007.
May 2008: Severing ties with Amazon, the company launches a new Borders.com.
2009: Borders posts a $187 million loss in 2008.
Dec. 9, 2010: Borders posts $74.4 million loss for third quarter, acknowledges possible cash crunch in early 2011.
Dec. 31, 2010: Stock plunges 22 percent to $0.90 a share.
Feb. 11, 2011: Ackman acknowledges $125 million loss on Borders investment.
July 18, 2011: Borders announces plans to liquidate. Some 10,700 people will lose their jobs, including 400 in Ann Arbor.
On the other hand, this smells a lot like constructive termination. That’s when an employer doesn’t technically terminate an employee, but it makes the employee’s situation so bad — taking away responsibilities, badmouthing them to the public, assigning them all the worst tasks — that they quit on their own. Constructive terminations are common when dealing with employees who are protected from at will termination by law or contract — civil service employees, union employees, and tenured faculty. - Windy Pundit
In 1974, the U.S. thought that the best way to preserve its ICBMs (Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles) from Soviet nuclear strikes was to load them in C-5 Galaxy airlifters and keep them on the move.Via Quora
A three-stage Minuteman, 56 feet in length and 86,000 pounds in weight, was attached to some parachutes that could drag it out of the cargo hold and then point it upward, then it was loaded into a Galaxy and air launched over the Pacific from the aircraft: a timer ignited the rocket motor and the missile flew for about 25 seconds before it cascaded into the Pacific Ocean.
|Dynamic Memory Allocation|
|New England Primer 1764|
|The Grapes of Wrath - Armed Services Edition|
The Stroh violin is much louder than a standard wooden violin, and its directional projection of sound made it particularly useful in the early days of phonographic recording. Regular violins recorded weakly with the old acoustic-mechanical recording method, producing a thin, whining tone. The Stroh violin improved this by producing a fuller, louder sound with better tone.
Stroh violins were common in recording studios, but became rarer after record companies switched to the new electric microphone recording technology in the second half of the 1920s. - Wikipedia