|Thea Foss, AKA Infanta|
|John Barrymore (left) and totem pole.|
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|Thea Foss, AKA Infanta|
|John Barrymore (left) and totem pole.|
|Rubicon Trail, Lake Tahoe & Reno Nevada|
|Boska Cheese Slicer|
|1965 Volvo pv544|
I bought this 1965 Volvo pv544 and had it brought home Saturday. Needs assembly, but the body is incredibly restored. It includes 99% of all parts necessary for re-assembly, including all new rubber seals.If you are going to undertake a restoration project, this is the way to do it. Pick up a project that is almost done, that way you have a chance of completing it. This one looks good, but it is still going to take a great deal of work to finish it. What's that rule of thumb? The last 10% of a job takes as much effort as the first 90%. Of course, that depends on much of a perfectionist you are and how much time you are willing to spend cleaning up bits that no one will ever see.
My big decision is what windscreen to buy; they come in 3 colors: clear, green and green with a blue shade.
|Home made hose clamp tool #1|
|Home made hose clamp tool #2|
|Bogatyrs (1898) by Viktor Vasnetsov. Left to right: Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich|
According to legends, Ilya Muromets, the son of a farmer, was born in a village near Murom. He suffered a serious illness in his youth and was unable to walk until the age of 33. He could only lie on a Russian stove, until he was miraculously healed by two pilgrims. He was then given super-human strength by a dying knight – Svyatogor – and set out to liberate the city of Kiev from Idolishche to serve Prince Vladimir the Fair Sun. Along the way he single-handedly defended the city of Chernigov from nomadic invasion and was offered knighthood by the local ruler, but Ilya declined to stay. In the forests of Bryansk he then killed the forest-dwelling monster Nightingale the Robber, who murdered travelers with his powerful whistle.He must have made an impression. Russia is still enamored of him.
In Kiev, Ilya was made chief bogatyr by Prince Vladimir and he defended Rus' from numerous attacks by the steppe people, including Kalin, the tsar of Golden Horde. Generous and simple-minded but also temperamental, Ilya once went on a rampage and destroyed all the church steeples in Kiev after Prince Vladimir failed to invite him to a celebration. He was soon appeased when Vladimir sent for him. - condensed from Wikipedia
|Ilya Muromets bomber 1914|
|Russian Ice Breaker Ilya Muromets|
Wikipedia has an article
|Volga River Cruise Ship Ilya Muromets|
|Sabotage by Barse-Miller|
The last shop I worked in, a few years ago, was the backroom of a used car dealer. Nice place, and the dealer was a truly decent person.He goes on to compare this mindset to some of the shenanigans going on in Washington D.C., but this was the best part.
On my first day I was given an auction car to go over, with the goal of reconning it to reliability for our lot. I don't recall the make or model, just that it had an ABS module under the hood.
The vehicle had a dash lit like a Christmas tree, with all sorts of warning lights on. It only took about 15 minutes to zero in on the ABS module under the hood, and a physical inspection found the gang-connector had been backed off enough to lose connection.
Now, the connector on that thing carries a locking tab, and simply can't back off by accident. Not without destroying the whole shebang. It had been disconnected on purpose.
When I showed Dean what I found, and the easy fix, I made the comment "I have no idea how that could happen". Dean laughed, and explained.
It was 'auction sabotage'. Buyers (car salesmen mainly) purposefully sabotage the cars going into the sales lane in hopes the warning lights and inoperable features will drive down prices for them. The thing is, it never works because everyone there knows all about it. That doesn't stop the idiots from continuing to do it though, even at the risk of being permanently black-balled from the auction.
Huh.... I had no concept of a thought process that underhanded and deceitful. It presented an entirely new challenge, and not long after that day I transformed myself into an expert on the ways of scheming, low life, sack-o-crap, auction car-buyers.
|World of Warcraft|
A weird little rabbit hole leads me to this: there seem to be a lot of people who imagine they can treat what other people say as a sort of modeling clay out of which they can fashion anything they like, and then attribute their own newly-form idea back to the original author. - Joseph MooreThis sounds a whole lot like what goes on in the media and in high level government "investigations".
The basic thesis of Martin Gurri's The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millenium is that "the information technologies of the 21st century have enabled the public, composed of amateurs, people from nowhere, to break the power of the political hierarchies of the industrial age." The result has been "the mass extinction of stories of legitimacy". Gurri believes this informational meteor strike has caused the political upheaval we see around us.I think Gurri is spot on.
|A hired reader reads to cigar makers hard at work in Cuban cigar factory, ca. 1900-1910.|
|A picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, is on display at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, on Oct. 11. STIAN LYSBERG SOLUM/NTB SCANPIX/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES|
|Magnus Robot Fighter|
Stop using the term 'market capitalization' when you should be using 'market valuation'. Capital is what you invest in a company. The stock market valuation has nothing to do with the amount of money invested.This morning I open a story (also from Forbes):
Yes, I know, everybody does it. That doesn't make it right.
The last instance I came across was in your story about George Pedersen.
|Ash and smoke from Popocatepetl volcano seen from Puebla, central Mexico|
|Eleven hour flight to nowhere|
|KLM Boeing 747-400 Combi Floor Plan|
|Mobil Oil Flying Horse Logo|
|Areas of Influence of Major Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations within DEA Field Offices|
The pie charts seen on the maps show the percentage of cases attributed to specific Mexicancartels in an individual DEA office area of responsibility.To me, the DEA is just as bad as the drug cartels. The only reason the DEA exists is to restrict the flow of drugs so as to ensure prices and profits remain high, and given the falling price of drugs, they aren't even doing a very good job of that.
|Þrídrangar Lighthouse, Iceland|
|Boeing Paint Hangars at PDX|
|PDX Ground Run-up Enclosure|
|Google Search Console Report|
|Stupidity leads to a new Mercedes|
|Map of Superfund sites as of October 2013. Red indicates currently on final National Priority List, yellow is proposed, green is deleted (usually meaning having been cleaned up).|
I've had an awful lot of jobs in my lifetime, and in moving from one to another, have had the opportunity to think about what makes them worthwhile. I've concluded there are four important criteria: interest, excitement, challenge, and fulfillment. I've never worked anywhere where I could find all four to quite the same extent as at EPA. I can find interest, challenge, and excitement as [board chair of a company]. I do have an interesting job. But it is tough to find the same degree of fulfillment I found in the government. At EPA, you work for a cause that is beyond self-interest and larger than the goals people normally pursue. You're not there for the money, you're there for something beyond yourself.At first, I thought this was great. His description of what makes a job worthwhile is spot on. And in general, I think the EPA is a good idea. Too many people were dumping really nasty shit all over the place. But when you start getting into cases, well, it gets a little fuzzy as to just what is 'nasty'.
|Batwoman with Molotov cocktail|