Intel's Ronler Acres Plant


Silicon Forest

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Educated by Tara Westover

Judith Beheading Holofernes  by Caravaggio ca. 1600
I'm reading Educated by Tara Westover. It is phenomenal.

This painting (Judith Beheading Holofernes, above) gets mentioned twice. The first time is in Chapter 18 on page 162 during an exam in Western Civ at BYU:

The second time is in chapter 31, bottom of page 268, when she is in Rome:
"At the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, I stood before Caravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes  and did not once think about chickens."
 Caravaggio has appeared here before.

twenty one pilots: Heathens

twenty one pilots: Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Feels like a movie which shouldn't surprise me since apparently it is from a movie.

Pic of the Day

I hope you know that like 30 people get shot every weekend in Chicago. It may not be most violent city in America, but it certainly gets noticed. People do all kinds of weird shit, but somehow I suspect this was put together in Photoshop. Still very funny.

The gun looks like an FN-20 4-gun tail turret from a WW2 Avro-Lancaster.

Via Knuckledraggin My Life Away

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pic of the Day

Milky Way Magnetic Field
I don't often read Ethan Siegel's posts Starts With A Bang! They are kind of long and complicated, but I will glance at them, and this image showed up today. I think it's kind of cool.

Monday, October 14, 2019


I've been a little preoccupied lately, but I have been watching YouTube. Here's some videos I enjoyed:

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Turkish Castles

Christian Castle
In season 5 Ertuğrul's tribe is encamped near Söğüt. One set of villains are operating out of a nearby castle (shown above). I haven't quite figured out just what castle it is.

Overhead view of Kizil Kule
In a dream sequence (somewhere around episode 65 maybe), he pays a visit to Kizil Kule, a fortified tower that is near Alanya Castle.

Kizil Kule with Alanya Castle on the hill in the background
Kizil Kule was designed by a guy from Aleppo.

There seems to be a large number of castle ruins in Turkey. Castles.NL has information on some of them.

Prairie Dogs

Stolen entire from Nobody Asked Me…
Out in the wilds of Colorado…
And in the me vs. Prairie dogs, the score is me zero… Couldn’t figure out the wind yesterday afternoon… 30 rounds zero hits, one scare. .22s at 225 yards is not easy in a gusting wind… Dammit…
A long stinking time ago I was flying somewhere and I got to talking to the guy sitting next to me. He had been out west somewhere and he and a friend of his had spent some time shooting prairie dogs. By the hundreds, if I remember correctly. I was shocked. Didn't know there were that many prairie dogs, didn't know you could shoot them with impunity. Different world. I suspect coyotes used to keep the prairie dog population in check, but ever since we ran off the wolves and coyotes, prairie dog populations have exploded.

I remember from watching Westerns on TV that prairie dog towns could be a problem for running horses. (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has an example.) Would walking horses be able to navigate a prairie dog town, or would they just walk around it?

And the gun. A 22 is perfectly adequate for dispatching small animals like prairie dogs, but trying to hit them at 225 yards . . . I can't even imagine. A prairie dog head at 225 yards is like a 64th of an inch at arm's length.