The Blue Marble
Yet another Rube Goldberg type marble race track. This one uses some tricks I haven't seen before. As time goes by it seems that people are devising ever more complex arrangements. I wonder what we will see in ten years.
If the type is too small, Ctrl+ is your friend
|The Hunger Games Society|
|Left: The Malaysian lawyer and activist Grace Subathirai Nathan, whose mother was on board MH370. Right: Blaine Gibson, an American who has mounted a search for debris from the airplane. (William Langewiesche)|
So now I'm apparently one of those feeble guys who can barely navigate the DMV to get a driver's license.
My license expired in February. Now they have these "Real ID" licenses that are supposed to be de rigeur for air travel, so I figured I'd get one of those. But they require a trip to DMV. But when I got online to make a DMV appt, the nearest appts were 3 months out.
Long story short my license expired, and I forestalled, but finally got an appt and went to DMV today. I filled out the app online, collected all my paperwork (passport, SS card, 2 proofs of address, etc), put it in a folder and went to DMV.
When I got there, found I had to read a vision chart. I should have anticipated this, but didn't, and only had my crappy glasses with me. Fortunately I passed the eye test.
Then there was a mysterious problem with the computer. Lady called her associate over, and it was determined that the problem was my license was expired for so many months. That means I have to take the written exams -- car + motorcycle. Ah jeez.
I go to the terminal and take the exams. Pass the car exam but the MC exam has inscrutable questions about towing trailers and "slow, tight turns" and I fail. Lady at desk tells me I can take it again (or come back). I sit down and read the DMV MC primer on my phone. Back to the terminal, more weirdo questions about "if your throttle sticks..." Anyway I pass this time.
Something at the end of the test indicates to me that I could have skipped a few questions with no penalty, which I wish I had figured out the first time.
At the end, a victory, my license is being processed and should be here soon. However I am now depressed, b/c I thought I had prepared pretty well, but only defeated the DMV by the skin of my teeth. Could easily have gone the other way.
|Leticia, Amazonas Department, Colombia|
|Leticia, Amazonas Department, Colombia|
|Chichijima Aircraft Ramp|
|Okinawa (center left), Chichijima (center), Iwo Jima (just below Chichijima)|
|Chuck Connors with rifles|
|Large loop cocking lever|
The Rifleman's gimmick was a modified Winchester Model 1892 rifle, with a large ring lever drilled and tapped for a set screw. The lever design allowed him to cock the rifle by spinning it around his hand. In addition, the screw could be positioned to depress the trigger every time he worked the lever, allowing for rapid fire, emptying the magazine in under five seconds during the opening credits on North Fork's main street.Empty the magazine in five seconds? See for yourself:
|Rod Stewart's model train layout|
|Kam Wah Chung General Store|
John Day Oregon
Early in 1941, it became apparent to those in charge of the Nation's defense mobilization that we faced a critical shortage of nonferrous metals, notably copper, and a comparable shortage of machinery and supplies to produce them. Responsive to this situation, the Office of Production Management (OPM) and its successor, the War Production Board (WPB), issued a series of Preference Orders. These gave the producers of mining machinery and supplies relatively high priorities for the acquisition of needed materials. They also gave to those mines, which were deemed important from the standpoint of defense or essential civilian needs, a high priority in the acquisition of such machinery. Gold mines were classified as nonessential and eventually were relegated to the lowest priority rating.Gold was non-essential? Who'd a thunk that gold, the most sought after metal in the world, would be deemed non-essential? Since gold has become the preferred material for plating electronic connectors I doubt that such an order would fly today.
|Aircraft tail codes used to spell out 'Epstein didn't kill himself'|
After World War II Spain was politically and economically isolated, and was kept out of the United Nations. This changed in 1955, during the Cold War period, when it became strategically important for the US to establish a military presence on the Iberian Peninsula as a counter to any possible move by the Soviet Union into the Mediterranean basin. In the 1960s, Spain registered an unprecedented rate of economic growth which was propelled by industrialisation, a mass internal migration from rural areas to Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque Country and the creation of a mass tourism industry. - WikipediaThe Spanish civil war was over before WW2 started, and WW2 finished long before this story got started, so Malpica's injury might not have come from a military battle, except he got hit by an 'exploding shell', which sounds military. Of course he is in the heroin business, so he could have had a run-in with the coasties (or whatever the Spanish equivalent of the Coast Guard is), or it could have been trouble with a rival gang who managed to get hold of biggish gun. Franco was running things and being the defacto king, he wasn't going to put up with any guff, especially from an entitled heroin smuggler. So I could see Malpica feeling his oats in his younger days and getting smacked down. Lucky he survived. Franco was in charge until his death in 1975.
|HIDE front entrance|
|One side of the Brexit protest|
|Other side of the Brexit protest|
|HIDE garage elevator entrance|
|Scene from Gears 5 video game|
Just finished the book Glacier Pilot by Beth Day 1957. Biography of Bob Reeve famous Alaskan Bush Pilot. I bought a biographical signed copy for a $1 at a Unitarian church book sale.
Great stories; learned about reindeer hair affect on aviation oil relief valves, flying on/off mud flats, beaches, river sandbars, crevased glaciers, antiaircraft guarded military fields.... the US Aleutian military buildup prior to Pearl Harbor.
Bob had just a couple crashes and lived to be 78 by being a stickler for safety, adherence to checklists, performing maintenance and rebuilds much earlier than called for by factory specs.
This surprised me. My land lady, a Canadian born Chinese woman whose father was a Canadian WW2 hero has introduced me to a rich multi-ethnic community. She lent me a book of poems by Jim Wong Chu - Chinatown Ghosts. [Here's one Iaman recorded:]
In this book of poems I saw a picture of an "Iron Chink", a old heavy iron mechanical contraption.
I thought "wow, that's bold, someone's not worried about being called a racist". Deciding to check myself I googled "definition Chink" google returned
"a narrow opening or crack, typically one that admits light."
And then another definition, "A slight, metallic sound, as of coins rattling in a pocket."
Then saving my sanity Wikipedia returned details of what I thought of as a ethnic slur, which led to an article about Salmon canneries:
"Afterwards, many workers were replaced or reallocated with the invention of the iron chink, a butchering machine said to replace up to 30 Chinese workers"
I've been around enough to know it is best to judge a person on their own merits. But being raised in white communities, then as a 16 year old entering the nascent world of integrated military I have seen my share of overt racism, and see how easy it is for the unthinking to rely on racism for a quick ego boost..*I thought two instances of 36 might be an error, so I checked. Turns out 36 squared is 1296, which is almost 1300.
Now having inserted myself into the Chinese dominated culture of Burnaby I wonder about living in a society that is overwhelmed by another culture.
Canada and China are of equal size yet China has 36 times the people, 1,300 Million vs Canadas 36 Million.*
I experience a bit of this influx at the pools here, many times a lap lane will have 5 swimmers, often all Chinese. I do get a ego boost when swimming with the typically smaller chinese doing a breast stroke with their short arms, No matter how quick and fit they are , I often lap them with my 10% longer reach doing a crawl. Of course I am not swimming with >6'5" Olympic caliber Chinese swimmers.
|Dmitry Enteo pelts representatives of Moscow's LGBT community with eggs|
When a commenter asks on his VKontakte page if he means to say that Putin will sit next to Christ's throne in Heaven, Enteo says, ‘Maybe.’ So why would something so obviously idolatrous, be put forward by a self-professed Orthodox Christian? Part of the answer lies in a tradition of Church-State relations that goes back to 4th century Constantinople. In the Byzantine Empire, the Emperor, and not the Pope, was regarded as God's steward on Earth. ‘In the nature of his body the king is on a level with all other men, but in the authority attached to his dignity he is like God,’ wrote the 6th century deacon, Agapetus, in what appears to be part political doctrine, part flattery directed at Emperor Justinian. Over a millennium later, in Russia, with its Byzantine heritage, Tsar Alexei's clerk, Ivan Timofeyev, would pen the following: ‘Although the Tsar is as a human in his essence, he is by his power equal to God, for he is above all, and none on this earth is above him.’ Popularising this idea was government policy – a 17th century Russian etiquette handbook instructs the pious to respect and fear their Tsar just as they would God.Which is just one more brick in the wall that keeps democracy out of Asia.
Enteo, in other words, was putting a post-modern spin on thousand-year-old propaganda.
|Incoming: The Chicxulub Impactor By Stephanie Osborn|
|Gravity anomaly map of the Chicxulub impact structure. The coastline is shown as a white line. A striking series of concentric features reveals the location of the crater. White dots represent water-filled sinkholes (solution-collapse features common in the limestone rocks of the region) called cenotes after the Maya word dzonot. A dramatic ring of cenotes is associated with the largest peripheral gravity-gradient feature. The origin of the cenote ring remains uncertain, although the link to the underlying buried crater seems clear. - Wikipedia|
|Vietcong woman with M72 LAW|
|Milky Way Rotation|
|Texas State Highway 130|
|Capitalists kowtow to China|
|Aluminum reacts with iodine. The reaction produces a lot of heat so that the iodine sublimates and produces the characteristic violet vapor.|
|Battle of Stamford Bridge (1066) by Peter Nicolai Arbo (1870)|
It is one thing to disagree with someone politically and hope that ones own views triumphs. This is perfectly normal. However it is quite another thing entirely to try and ruin the life of someone who disagrees with you politically.Via View From The Porch
Such an attempt encapsulates the type of personalities involved in the PC witch-hunts . I am surprised that more is not made of the obvious personality disorders / deep level neuroses associated with those involved.
If I was to witness a man on the street racially abusing a random stranger unprovoked I would assume that the man is laboring under some sort of defect of reason . I would assume not unreasonably that he has an underlying personality disorder and that the racial abuse is a symptom of this disorder.
In a similar vein it is clear that the type of people who accuse others of being racist, sexist etc on the flimsiest of pretexts have serious personality disorders and or/ anger issues. It clearly goes much deeper than whatever the apparent matter at hand is.
I wonder if PC ideology makes its strongest proponents vicious attack dogs who have no compassion for those they seek to destroy or perhaps it is a case that the ideology attracts these sort of people in the first place. - Caleb