Towards the end he comments on how when people are presented with information, different people can come to wildly different conclusions, which kind of explains the eternal state of human society.
|The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein the Younger|
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|The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein the Younger|
|210 foot long wind blade being transported by road|
Before 2020, the world was a bleak dystopia overrun by Nazis. It never ceased to amaze me how many Nazis I would encounter on a daily basis once I had decided that everyone but me was a Nazi. - Titania McGrath
|Battersea in the Morning|
|Same view using Google Maps 3D|
I have been very idle today, nothing I came across caught my interest until I came across this joke of reddit. It's not even a very good joke. Maybe it's because I poured myself a glass of the sherry I got for Christmas. I'm not a big sherry drinker, mostly I stick to bourbon and beer, but I was curious about it, probably because of the Patrick O'Brian stories I've been reading. Anyway, here goes.
A Soviet archaeology team is in Egypt on an expedition. After some digging, they found a pyramid and a mummy inside it. Unfortunately, they can't determine who the mummy is. They get in touch with the NKVD who arrive a few hours later in the form of three hulking men carrying briefcases. The NKVD goons go inside the pyramid. After a few hours they come out.
"The mummy is Amenhotep XIII" says one of the NKVD goons.
"How did you find out?" asks one of the archaeologists.
"He admitted it", replies the NKVD goon.
My glass is empty. I guess sherry is okay.
|In 1958 Photo-Sonics designs 35mm-4B high speed rotary prism camera for atomic tests in the South Pacific. This camera remains today the world’s fastest 35mm rotary prism camera (3200 pictures per second).|
|What an unbranded cow has cost - Frederic Remington, 1895|
Loosely inspired by the "cattle wars" of the 1880s and 1890s, in which wealthy cattle barons gradually displaced independent homesteaders and small-scale ranchers, Frederic Remington's painting depicts the deadly aftermath of a shootout over the ownership of an unbranded cow. - Yale Art Museum
|15 Amp Single Pole Type QT Tandem NCL-Circuit Breaker $27.96|
|15 Amp Tandem Single Pole Type QT Circuit Breaker $10.72|
|Rossiya Special Flight Squadron IL-80|
|A clip is a bit of disposable metal that holds several cartridges together to facilitate loading them into a weapon. A magazine is container that holds ammunition the supplies the weapon. Only gun nerds care about the difference.|
|The first picture shows Ricardo Montalbán in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The last picture shows him as the host on Fantasy Island.|
A couple of items regarding belief showed up in my email this morning. First was this item from Wondermark:
|#1522; In which a Backstory is established|
Then there was this post by Syafolee:
The bad guys are shooting rockets and mortars at the US Embassy and the C-RAM automatic defense system shot back. I couldn't detect any incoming shells in the video, but then I don't have magic RADAR vision.
What you are seeing in the video is a dense string of M-940 20mm Multipurpose Tracer-Self Destruct (MPT-SD) rounds. The ammunition is specially engineered to self-destruct at a certain distance so that the string of shells doesn't take out a city block miles away. - Tyler Rogoway at The Drive
|Two aircraft from the Rossiya Special Flight Squadron|
Closer one is a TU-214, farther one is an IL-96
I've been running into password problems over the last few months. First, the Chrome browser forgot all my passwords. Then I got an email attempting to squeeze me for some money. I ignored it except it bothered me that he had my favorite password, the one I had been using for all those media sites that require a login. Lastly, Google required a new password.
I'm using the Linux Mint Operating System and I haven't had any trouble with viruses or security for years, so this was a little disturbing. Turns out the Vimeo downloader extension may have been the cause. Google automagically reached out and disabled it in my browser a couple of days ago.
|De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Surveillance Aircraft|
This one happened last week. There was a car dealer across the street. There was a white sign board across the front of the building but there are no signs on it, just some square lights between one and two foot square, spaced 10 to 20 feet apart. If you touch one it turns off, touch it again and it turns on. Not quite sure how this was done as they were a good 10 or 15 feet in the air.
|Truck with Utility Bed|
|Aluminum Underbed Toolbox|
This morning I had another truck shopping dream. This time I am out looking at a 1972 Ford truck, maybe a little bigger than a pickup because it has a polished aluminum tool box hanging underneath the right side of the bed just behind the cab (exactly where you would expect to see one on a real truck). The exterior of the truck is in excellent shape except for one scuff mark on the toolbox. Somebody has gone to a lot of trouble to cherry it out. Then we look at the interior and the vinyl seats have big rips in them and the foam rubber stuffing is working it's way out. The seller wants $22,000 for it. No, that's not happening.
|Someone else's much nicer 1989 Ford F-150|
Back in the real world, I took my son's old Ford pickup into Madison Automotive in St Johns last week to fix some minor problems and also to take a look at the chassis and see if they can figure out why it's such a rattle trap. It should have been obvious, but the truck has a two inch body lift and (illogically) I was hoping for some kind of specialized, but easy, fix. The answer that came back was the entire suspension is worn out and all the bearings and bushings need to be replaced. It can be fixed, of course, but it would cost $2500. Not sure whether my son's affection for this beast could stand that kind of pain.
|Road to Pill Hill|
Meanwhile, I should probably get a different car. The Hyundai is wonderful, but since my back flaked out, getting in and out is a little difficult. An SUV with a higher seat height might be the thing. Diligent daughter thinks we should get something with four wheel drive so she can borrow it to get to work when it snows. She works on Pill Hill and the road going up is probably one of the worst in Portland. Dump a little snow on the ground and it could very well become impassable. Since I have had good luck buying rebuilt wrecks, I am probably going to look around for one of those.
Sarah A. Hoyt writes. And writes and writes. She writes a bunch. I read some of her stuff. Some of it's pretty good, but most of it goes on too long for me. But today she has a fine story. It sounds like it might be at least partly true, but then again it might be entirely fiction. It's pretty great. You can find it here.
Cleaning out my files this morning and I came across this bit of wonderfulness. I got a chuckle out of it, maybe you will too.
That to me was just enough information that you know so I can research it so I can make a blog post out of it it's kind of amazing though I mean it's like it's a brand new 7-Eleven at open this year within the last to know six months or whatever that's crazy or maybe maybe 900 number exactly anyway very new God bless that guy for open and it's at 11 there or is this on Morrison right there so you go to the end of my street 9 for the Max's to take a left it's on the end of the street or end of the block Play Store on my block it's just you have to go around the corner just around the corner so I carry corner from Nordstrom's I think there's another Block in between but yeah minute and 50 seconds so like before you can finish counting the pocket letting your pocket it done very bizarre and you would think like I'll just taste like my Griffith doesn't paid Facebook maybe next year how many many Islamic or maybe maybe it's a nuclear reactor
I use my smart phone's speech-to-text converter to make notes sometimes and I think the radio might have been on while I was recording this and the smart phone recorded everything it heard.