|Velocifire VM01 Mechanical Keyboard|
If the type is too small, Ctrl+ is your friend
Sunday, January 31, 2021
|Cowin E7 Pro Headphones|
I asked for headphones for Christmas and Santa delivered. I wanted them for when I am watching sports with my wife. She's the enthusiast, not me, and she likes to listen to the announcers. Some of the announcers are okay, but some of them just grate on me, so headphones. I hadn't broken them out till today because, well, not that many games, but today I am filling my pill minders for the week (Eleven different pills. Geez.) and I decided I wanted to listen to some tunes while working on this bit of tediousness, but dutiful daughter is asleep as she's working the nightshift these days, so headphones. They work well. Connects to my smart phone using Bluetooth which only took a small amount of fiddling to get working. Batteries are supposed to be good for 30 hours, 20 if the noise canceling feature is turned on. Haven't had to use that yet. Testing the Bluetooth connection, I left the phone in the basement and went upstairs and it continued to play just fine.
Did We Just Discover More 'Oumuamua Type Objects?
Rocketing off to explore strange new rocks is like the basis for half the science fiction stories out there. We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go. A rocket to catch an Oumuamua-like object (the next time one comes by) and carrying a human crew would need to be the size of the Titanic and use nuclear propulsion. Rocket that big would best be built in orbit around the moon.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
New Inventions That Will Take Your Bike To Another Level
Quantum Tech HD
This video is full of clever designs. They are, according to your view, either cool, crazy, wacky, useful or foolish. They are pretty much all designed and targeted at bicycle maniacs, people for whom the bicycle is the be all and end all, or people with a passing interest in bicycles and money to burn. We don't know whether any of them will be successful enough to support a business, but it shows that there are a bunch of people out there trying new stuff. And bicycles are just one the facet of this phenomena. All kinds of people are trying all kinds of new designs for all kinds of tasks.
- working with things
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The Man from Nowhere, trailer USA (HD)
Cinema ad hoc
A grisly Korean crime thriller from 2010. Not only do we have your usual drug smugglers but we also have organ harvesters. Our hero was a special forces kind of guy until his wife got killed in a hit that was supposed to take him out as well. He survived and has become a bit of a recluse. His only 'friend' is a little girl, daughter of a single mother who works as a dancer in a nightclub. Mom sees an opportunity to make some quick money and we know how drug dealers hate getting ripped off so things go to hell pretty quickly.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Radium Girls Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Indie
Radium was used to make luminous paint for watch and clock dials from around 1920 until the 1960's. There is such a small amount of radium on a watch dial that the danger from radiation is negligible, but if you ingest it, that's a whole nother matter, and that's what this girls were doing by pointing their tiny paint brushes with their lips. A microgram a hundred times a day, 300 days a year adds up, and that's what got the radium girls.
Atomic Bomb Inventory
Monday, January 25, 2021
The V-2 Missile Heist
Mark Felton Productions
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Indian Headshakes | What do they mean?
Meen Fried Chicken Curry
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom
The Rolling Stones
Our two leading political parties are two sides of the same coin. Heads they win, tails you lose.
The Democrats have traditionally been portrayed as being for the common man. Republicans are known for supporting business.
The Democrats are a big amorphous blob that spouts vague 'feel good' blather. The Republicans try to think logically but they are fractured on any number of hot-button issues.
I was going somewhere with this, something along the lines of politicians say all kinds of things on the campaign trail, but all that they actually do in Congress is what their benefactors want, and those benefactors are only pushing their issues, which may not be in the best interests of the country.
But we all know all that, so I am not going any further down that dead end road. What I want to know is why Trump didn't fire Dr. Fauci a year ago?
Dr. Fauci's pronouncements were what ruined this year and possibly this country. And who gave him a platform to speak from? Trump. Why did he do that? Was he blinded by 'science'? Dr. Fauci led to lockdowns, lockdowns led to mass unemployment, mass unemployment led to riots (never mind the supposed political motivations), all of which led to Trump's defeat at the polls. You may say the election was rigged, but who got Dr. Fauci up on stage? Sometimes I wonder if he was a plant sent in by the evil Democrats to ruin Trump.
It was obvious from the get-go that Fauci was making trouble. Why didn't Trump fire him? Not that it matters at this point.
SpaceX Starship Moon Landing
I've been thinking about our plans to go to the moon. SpaceX is making great progress on their Starship, and if things go well, their Super Heavy booster should be flying in a year or two (or three or four). So, barring major calamities we should have established a base on the moon before the end of the decade.
The big reason for building a moon base is to set up a factory for making rocket fuel. Yes, there is science to be done, but if we can refuel our rockets on the moon then we don't have to carry that fuel up from Earth which means we can carry other, more useful stuff.
Making rocket fuel on the moon is going to be a bit of a trick. Some people are talking about collecting water, but water on the surface is pretty scarce. Some geological exploration might uncover some buried mineral deposits that would work better, but that is going to take some exploring. It might take ten years to find a deposit that could be exploited and it could take like amount of time to develop a technique that could convert that deposit into rocket fuel.
Now we might be able to do all that exploration using robotic rovers, but I think we would want people there even if it's just for the publicity. Yes, some people are ga-ga over robots, but people in general are more interested in people. And you know there's nothing like the man-on-the-spot to give you a better idea of just exactly what is going on. [Rover Communications Lost] doesn't really tell you much. [Moon Monster Eats Rover] tells you a whole lot more, especially if there are pictures.
What I am getting at is that we are going to need a Moon base for a long time, and that Moon base is going to require regular shipments of supplies and personal. Plus, you aren't going to want to keep people up there for very long. They could certainly survive for a long time, but coming back to Earth is going to be painful. We may not want people to stay there for more than a couple of weeks, so we are going to need a regular shuttle service to rotate personnel.
I'm thinking we are going to need a rocketship to the Moon every week. Ten years would mean 500 launches. If you could get a dozen flights out of a Starship, then you would need to build 40 or 50 them. The logistics of all this would be a bit of a challenge, especially since it would very dependent on which way the political winds were blowing.
|Calamity Ware Tentacle Plate|
Saturday, January 23, 2021
The White Tiger | Official Trailer | Netflix
An Indian peasant exerts himself and manages to score a job as the driver for the local rich man. It gives you an up close view of the Indian caste system which is just too weird for words. I've seen a couple other movies from that part of the world. The caste system shows up there, but they skirt around the subject. The White Tiger really walks right into it.
Friday, January 22, 2021
The Raunch Hands - The Bomb Song
Unknown asked about this song today. I posted the lyrics 12 years ago because that was all I could find, but now we have Brendan O'Malley writing about The Raunch Hands and lo and behold, we have the original tune that my folks (my dad really) played.
HUGO - 99 Problems
book of BEE
My printer became uncooperative earlier today, so I posted my problem on the Linux Mint Forum
The printer (HP C4385 Inkjet) has been working fine for years. It ran out of paper on the last job and now I can't get it to print anything.
I tried rebooting, no help. Then I cleared the print queue and shut down the computer and the printer and then restarted. No help. When I try to print something the job shows up in the print queue as 'pending'.
After the movie this evening I thought I would give it another shot:
Well, it's sort of solved. The printer finally decided to try and print something and then it promptly chewed up the paper, so it looks like some kind of mechanical malfunction. That's what I get for bragging on it. And letting it run out of paper. Don't let your printer run out of paper. It's liable to go on strike, or even worse, go over to the dark side. Don't be like me and let your printer run out of paper.
Update next day. Printer is working again. I banged it around inadvertently while trying to get a look at the feed mechanism. There is a part behind the feed wheels that comes off for cleaning, and it comes off easily. So I cleaned the wheels and then I fed it one sheet of paper and it printed just fine. Put the full stack in again and it balked. Put a short stack of paper in (maybe an eighth of inch high) and it worked fine. So some, but not too much.
The Next Three Days | trailer #1 US (2010) Russell Crowe
I wouldn't mention these except for irony.
- Baseball legend Hank Aaron died today. Two weeks ago he got a COVID-19 vaccination. Coincidence? Probably, he was 86 years old after all. - Knuckledraggin My Life Away
- "President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill were momentarily left standing in the cold on Inauguration Day after the front doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren't opened for them – a breach of protocol caused by the firing of the chief usher of the White House hours earlier." - Knuckledraggin My Life Away
|Parts of Brazil with no people living within one square kilometre (80% of Brazil's total area)|
Foreign Born Population in the U.S. (1850-2019)
I came across this the day after we watched Black '47 which was set in Ireland in 1847, just three years before this animated graph starts. I think a static graph would do a better job of portraying this information, but maybe that's just me. It's interesting how there seem to be waves of immigrants from one country and then another. Italy, Germany and Ireland are well represented in the early years. Mexico has been the biggest lately.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
The Mechanism | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
We started watching this Brazilian crime show this evening. I don't know if we'll stay with it. It's kind of frustrating. We have cops trying to nail a money launderer, but he's well connected to the elite and they're all corrupt, kind of like here, so you know nothing is going to happen. They may as well be beating their heads against the wall.
|Northrop F-89D-45-NO Scorpion interceptors, Goose Bay AB, Labrador (Canada), in the 1950s|
I'm reading Command and Control by Eric Schlosser and on page 151 he mentions the F-89 Scorpion. I don't recall ever hearing of the Scorpion. I'm familiar with the F-86 that we used in Korea and the F-100 Super Sabre (it was really cool), but the F-89? Nada. But then I pull up a picture on the net and boom! It hit me, I remember that airplane. I think I may even have had a toy model of it when I was a kid.
|An F-89 Scorpion sits on the tarmac at Indian Springs AFB as an AIR-2 Genie nuclear missile detonates in the distance during the Plumbbob John 2kt nuclear test in 1957|
AIR-2 Genie | air-to-air Nuclear missile
The Atomic Cafe
The Prodigy - Need Some1 (Official Video)
Here it is two o'clock in the morning and I am drinking some kind of champagne because I'm out of beer and for some reason these bottles of ersatz champagne have been piling up in the basement fridge, so why not? I had some kind of bug over the weekend, cold and tired, thought I got over it but today it's back. Went to bed at a decent hour and lay there for a couple of hours but didn't fall asleep, so I finally got up, went down to my cave in the basement and resume my usual sleepless routine of listening to tunes on YouTube and playing solitaire, but none of my regular tunes appealed so I went looking for something else. I don't know whether I really like this or not, the video may as well be from another world, a world that doesn't count for shit to the powers that be but it's where I'm guesstimating half the people in this world live.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Black 47 Official Trailer
Irish Film Institute
Netflix 100 minutes
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a prominent Trump ally, says major retailers have dropped his products amid his continued spread of baseless voter fraud conspiracies and claims that the election was rigged against Trump, which have prompted backlash online and an “imminent” defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems.
I like they way they just throw 'baseless' in there. Some people might think claims on conspiracy and fraud are baseless, but many other people do not. Screw you, Forbes.
First Run of My Webster Engine
|Albanian Air Force Chengdu F-7A|
Albania during the Cold War was nuts. Enver Hoxha was the leader (I thought it was Tito, but that was Yugoslavia). During the 1970's they acquired a bunch of MiG copies from China (Russia wasn't Communist enough for them). view from the porch has the story.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Bullitt Soundtrack - Lalo Schifrin - "Shifting Gears" HD
Lalo started showing up on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and I've listened to some of his tunes and they're not bad. I think you'd call them jazz. Then this one popped up the other day and I said whoa! Here we've got the ominous lead up to the big chase scene and it's the music that gives it that ominous feel.
Boris Claudio "Lalo" Schifrin (born June 21, 1932) is an Argentine-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is best known for his large body of film and TV scores since the 1950s, including the theme from Mission: Impossible, Bullitt and Enter the Dragon. He has received five Grammy Awards and six Academy Awards nominations. Associated with the jazz music genre, Schifrin is also noted for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood from the late 1960s to the 1980s, particularly the Dirty Harry series of films.
Golly gee, if Clint likes him he must be okay.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter | The worlds first Mach 2 fighter
The Atomic Cafe
I am starting to develop a feel for the development of aircraft over the course of the 20th century, but I think my feelings could do with some structure. People invested enormous amounts of time and money developing these machines and it seems like every one exceeded the capabilities of previous aircraft in some manner: bigger, heavier, faster, flying higher or father, carrying more people or cargo. I might have to put together a spreadsheet. The early Cold War era is particularly intriguing because it seems like great advances were made and they all kind of pointed to the Apollo mission to the moon. After that, it all seemed to be polish and refinement and computers.
|General Curtis LeMay - A. Y. Owen|
- "I'll tell you what war is about. You've got to kill people and when you kill enough of them, they stop fighting."
- "We scorched and boiled and baked more people in Tokyo than went up in vapor in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined."
|California Bear - Gone To Texas - Melissa Reese|
This here post mirrors my thinking almost exactly. It's great because it saves me having to write it.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
|US Navy E-6B Mercury leaving Des Moines International|
TACAMO History Channel
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Apollo 11 - a Lego Story
I just came across two posts about prohibition, one on Mad Jack's Shack and another on Yard Sale of the Mind . They approach the subject from two different angles, but both are instructive, especially in light of the current political climate.
Bonus words from Yard Sale of the Mind :
Scofflaw Was Created for a Contest
In 1924, a wealthy Massachusetts Prohibitionist named Delcevare King sponsored a contest in which he asked participants to coin an appropriate word to mean “a lawless drinker.” King sought a word that would cast violators of Prohibition laws in a light of shame. Two respondents came up independently with the winning word: scofflaw, formed by combining the verb scoff and the noun law. Henry Dale and Kate Butler, also of Massachusetts, split King’s $200 prize. Improbably, despite some early scoffing from language critics, scofflaw managed to pick up steam in English and expand to a meaning that went beyond its Prohibition roots, referring to one who violates any law, not just laws related to drinking.
Incitatus was the favourite horse of Roman emperor Caligula (reigned 37–41 AD). According to legend, Caligula planned to make him a consul.
|The Lion and the Puppy by Leo Tolstoy|
Как поговорить с кошкой, не обидев ее Толстойwhich Google translates to:
How to talk to a cat without offending her TolstoyGoogle that and I find that the Los Angeles Review of Books has something to say:
THE RUSSIAN NOVELIST Leo Tolstoy, also a gentleman farmer, operated an ancestral estate called Yasnaya Polyana that included a small school for the children of the peasants who labored there. Tolstoy was known to drop by from time to time and share stories that he wrote himself, which, in his typical modesty, he predicted would be read by “thousands, even millions.”Today Borepatch is suffering from a gloomy outlook and quotes Hilaire Belloc. Who the heck is Hilaire Belloc, you might ask? I know I did. Once again Wikipedia provides:
In 1988, the children’s novelist and Russia expert James Riordan translated several of these for a collection called The Lion and the Puppy: And Other Stories for Children, published first by Henry Holt and Company. The cover has a nice picture of a lion and a puppy; the illustrations by Claus Sievert are lovely throughout. My children fell in love with that picture, and they wanted me to read them the book. My first thought was: Children’s stories by the author of the inspirational The Death of Ivan Ilyich? But pestilence has closed the schools and home reading was important. Tolstoy wrote them; they couldn’t be that bad. Now I sincerely wish I had never touched them.
The first story turned out to be the only one we endured together. It’s about a hungry lion in the zoo, whose keepers comb the streets for stray cats and dogs to feed him. Tolstoy recounts the lion coming for a puppy that got lost by its master: “Poor little dog. Tail between its legs, it squeezed itself into the corner of the cage as the lion came closer and closer.”
The lion decides not to eat this puppy, and they become friends. Until we get to page two, when the puppy, now a year old, suddenly sickens and dies. So what does the lion do? “[H]e put his paws about his cold little friend and lay grieving for a full five days. And on the sixth day the lion died.” The end.
Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (1870 – 1953) was a British-French writer and historian and one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. . . .
His writings encompassed religious poetry and comic verse for children. His widely sold Cautionary Tales for Children included "Jim, who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a lion" and "Matilda, who told lies and was burned to death". . . .
He also collaborated with G. K. Chesterton on a number of works.Hoo boy. What a cheerful bunch.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
|Fire - Credit: Shutterstock|
California Is Worse Than You Think by William L. Anderson
I look around and I see disaster looming. California is sliding toward the abyss. I don't understand how Illinois has not imploded. The Federal government owes pert near 30 trillion dollars, which is like $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) per person. Telsa stock is, by any conventional measure, extremely overvalued. Bitcoin continues to exist even though it's basis is simply an enormous installation of computing machinery that spins arcane symbols and burns electricity.
Some people believe in Bitcoin. I imagine it's value comes from shielding people from the tax man. I mean can you tax a figment of someone's imagination? Tesla might, in ten years or so, grow big enough to realize it's current value. The Federal government can continue to borrow money as long as someone will lend it to them. Or they can just decide to print more money like they did last year to fund the stimulus checks. People have been warning us about the foolish fiscal policies in places like California and Illinois for years, yet they are still operating.
I really wonder what's going to happen. I like to think that when the crash happens, fiscal conservatives will use the opportunity to beat people over the head about financial prudence, but I what I fear is that some snake oil salesman will sell them a new bottle of snake oil and people will gobble it up.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
P-80 Shooting Star - America's WW2 Combat Jet
Mark Felton Productions
The P-80 first flew near the end of WW2. The USAF used them up until 1997. Some other countries are still using them. Some military aircraft are like houses. If they don't get burnt down or blowed up, they'll last darn near forever.
|In which Hot Takes are Served Fresh|
Click to embiggenate
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Prices to hire an LNG carrier ship have reached new heights. It now costs $350,000 a day to hire one of these ships. Evidently, it's worthwhile proposition because even after paying the shipping costs, the gas can still be sold at a profit in Asia.
LNG carriers remind me of the Nostromo, the cargo ship from the first Alien movie. Giant, high-tech ship with just a handful of people on board. If they weren't such mundane, everyday things, it would make a great setting for a science fiction thriller. Of course, I doubt anyone in their right mind would allow a crew of film makers on board one of these ships. That just sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, I'm reading along and I come across this phrase: "modern two-stroke LNG carriers" and I wonder what the heck is that? They have some new technique for compressing gas? No, it's just engine basics. Some engines (automobiles for instance) are four stroke and some engines (chainsaws, go karts) are two stroke. Likewise some diesel engines are four stroke, like Caterpillar, and some are two stroke, like Detroit Diesel.
|This might be the Suehiro Maru No. 8*|
I got this from a pdf from MAN Diesel and Turbo. I'm reading along and I come across this bit:
The first LNG carrier was the 150 m3 forerunner Suehiro Maru No. 8 from 1962 (scrapped 1983) with a four-stroke diesel engine as prime mover.
The capacity of the LNG Abalamabie (shown at the top) at 170,000 cubic meters is over one thousand times greater than the Suehiro Maru's capacity of 150 cubic meters.
*Turns out there is more than one Suehiro Maru No. 8. I couldn't find any pictures from the correct era. This picture supposedly came from a YouTube video, but it's not actually in there. It looks old, and it only exists as search result, so it's like a ghost picture, which is kind of appropriate for a ghost ship.
P.S. Just out of curiousity, I checked my browser's history. Putting this post together took about an hour and generated 150 entries in the history log visiting maybe 75 different pages.
De HAVILLAND HYDROMATIC AIRSCREW PROPELLER AIRCRAFT BRITISH EDUCATIONAL FILM 75764
The video combines two short films. The first one is assembly and installation and runs about 16 minutes. I found it totally engrossing. The second one is about testing. Not so interesting, though a few bits were a little confusing. Evidently when the engine is running it provides the oil to operate the hub, but when it is not there is an electric pump that supplies the oil to turn the blades into their feathered position.
|Pitch Control Cam|
Monday, January 11, 2021
We Need a New Media System by Matt Taibbi
That's what I've been saying! Matt, I could kiss you! No, wait, would that be considered gay? A hug? Eh, maybe not. I handshake and warm congratulations (on agreeing with me, the king of my world). That would be the ticket.
Here's a couple of quotes from his post that I really liked:
Drifting apart into two separate tribes, with a separate set of facts and separate realities, with nothing in common except our hostility towards each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share. - Mitch McConnell
Instead, outlets like CNN and MSNBC took a Fox-like approach, downplaying issues in favor of shoving Trump’s agitating personality in the faces of audiences over and over, to the point where many people could no longer think about anything else. - Matt Taibbi
P.S. I was sure I had written about YouText, the next great website / service, but Blogger's search function couldn't find it. Weird. Is Blogger crushing my dreams? Here's another post where it gets mentioned: Text R Us
Update Tuesday. Commenter Bruce points out that there is a YouText website, but it's more like a sexting service, which is not what I am looking for. I am going to have to come up with a new name, well, somebody is, if it's ever going to be implemented.
The name 'Hannah Arendt' sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn't quite place it. That's okay, Wikipedia, my modern miracle memory aid is just few key clicks away.
Hannah Arendt (/ˈɛərənt, ˈɑːr-/, also US: /əˈrɛnt/, German: [ˈaːʁənt]; 14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was a German-born American political theorist. Her many books and articles have had a lasting influence on political theory and philosophy. Arendt is widely considered one of the most important political thinkers of the 20th century.
. . .
In 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power, Arendt was arrested and briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo for performing illegal research into antisemitism in Nazi Germany. On release, she fled Germany, living in Czechoslovakia and Switzerland before settling in Paris. There she worked for Youth Aliyah, assisting young Jews to emigrate to the British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel). Divorcing Stern in 1937, she married Heinrich Blücher in 1940, but when Germany invaded France in 1940 she was detained by the French as an alien, despite having been stripped of her German citizenship in 1937. She escaped and made her way to the United States in 1941 via Portugal.
Bonus word of the day: conglutination
Noun. conglutination (countable and uncountable, plural conglutinations) An adhesion, or gluing together. The agglutination of an antigen, antibody and complement by the addition of a serum agent.
This one's meaning is fairly easy to discern just from its spelling. The prefix con- is used in many words like complex and compound. The next three letters look an awful lot like 'glue' and the parts of the compound suffix (which is all the rest of this moderately long word) are familiar enough to suggest that the word means 'a bunch of stuff stuck together'. Well, I guess my phrase is a few letters longer. Sheesh.
|Representative Mary Miller (R-Illinois)|
Joseph Mussomeli has a few cogent words to say about the Mary Miller's unfortunate choice of words.
Joseph Adamo Mussomeli (born May 26, 1952) was an employee of the United States Department of State and is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia and the Kingdom of Cambodia.
|Race Cars on the Moon|
This popped up on a smallstars video about proposed near-term missions to the moon (at the 19:30 mark). On one hand it's a completely ridiculous waste of time and money, it's silly and frivolous. On the other hand, it is probably going to generate a ridiculous amount of excitement among the ten-year-old boy* crowd, and that crowd includes a fair percentage of grown men, so hoorah! Let's go racing!
|Cessna Skylane - From Hemmings Motor News, an Oldsmobile advertisement for the 1964 Oldsmobile with the Jetfire Rocket V-8 engine which was installed in this Cessna. - Kent Vandenberg|
The whole story can be found here. The link goes to a PDF of an article by Roger Huntington that was published in Car Life. It's a fascinating account of what went into this engine installation. Learned things I didn't know, like hydraulically controlled propellers need 275 PSI of oil to operate, a V-8 engine gives off 6,000 BTU of heat per minute, and some people know how to make gears.
I follow a bunch of blogs on Feedly, most of them are conservative and some of those can be fairly classified as wingnuts. A lot of what I see is rubbish. I try to avoid stuff that is just bellowing outrage, but now and again I come across something that makes sense.
We've all been hearing very vocal accusations about how large sections of the government has been conspiring to undermine the President, but you know, anyone can accuse anyone of anything, and there is always a great deal of accusing going on. But determining if there is any basis for those accusations is very difficult, especially if you have anything else to do, so I tend to disregard these accusations. I mean they might be true, or they might not, but until someone proves criminal wrong doing in a court of law, nothing is going to happen. So rage against the machine if you want but don't expect me to jump onto your bandwagon.
Today I have finally came across a piece that makes a pretty good case for why the established bureaucrats might actually have been working to undermine President Trump.
Why Trump Voters Don't Trust the People Who Count the Votes by Ryan McMakin
Of course, I don't trust anyone except my family.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
NOBODY KNOW MY EVIL FRIENDS PUSHED ME INTO THE WELL TILL MY GHOST CAME BACK WITH POWERS FOR REVENGE
Nigerian Movies Plus - New Movies
Got a $5.46 charge from Google on my credit card last month. I have no idea what it was for, so I filed a dispute on-line and just got a robo reply:
After reviewing your claim, we were unable to confirm fraudulent activity in this case, so no refund will be provided by Google at this time. If you would like to pursue the matter further, you can reach out to your financial institution.
Well, if you were committing fraud, you would deny it too. So I go to the Chase website and point and click until I get to this:
If you didn't authorize this transaction, call us right away at the number on the back of your card.
So I call, slog through the robo-cop menu system until I finally get to a real person where we go through the usual sign / counter sign / secret handshake rigamarole. We finally get to the heart of the matter and he tells me that the dispute resolution department is closed on weekends, I'll have to call back on Monday. Of course.
The $5.46 is inconsequential, but if they do it once, they might do it again, so it's best to squash it right now. It's a probably a result of all my passwords being compromised when the Vimeo extension to the Chrome browser got hacked. Right now I just want to know what the heck these hackers bought that cost $5.46. I mean, that's a weird price, right? Seems like every price in the world these days ends with .99. What costs $5.46? Oh! I just had a thought. If it was done in foreign country, the price might have ended with .99 in the local currency, but when it went through the currency convertor it turned it into this weird price.
I could go on about the pros and cons of the technological morass that is Google / Amazon and the credit card companies, but that could take me forever and I think it's time for lunch, so I'm going to stop here.
*The movie is here because this was the first thing that popped up when I Googled the title, and since Nigeria is famous for scams it seems like it might appropriate header for this post. Also, a movie from Nigeria? I mean it makes sense, Nigeria is a prosperous country, well, some parts of it are, so why wouldn't they be making movies? I don't think I've seen any real African movies. I mean I've seen a few Hollywood movies filmed in Africa, but's not exactly the same thing, is it? Anyway, I only watched the first minute or so, so I have no idea it is any good. I'll try and watch a little more later.
Update November 2021 replaced missing video with something from the same outfit with a similar title. The original title included the phrase 'pushed me from the roof' while this one says 'pushed me into the well'.
Update April 2022 noticed the video is missing. Went to the poster's page and they have over 150 similar movies. Take your pick.
World War II Color Photos of OS2U Kingfisher
I found three sites with good collections of photos of this airplane:
|Downed American airmen near Truk await rescue on the wings of an OS2U Kingfisher|
In 1942, a Navy pilot flying a Kingfisher rescued America's World War I ace, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, and the crew of a B-17D Flying Fortress (see NASM collection) forced to ditch in the Pacific. With Rickenbacker and two other passengers, the bomber and its five-man crew had left Hickam Field, Hawaii, bound for Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands group, 2,898 km (1,800 miles) southwest of Hawaii. The Flying Fortress wandered off course and the crew got lost. When the aircraft eventually ran out of fuel and ditched, the eight survivors put to sea aboard three life rafts. Several weeks passed without food or water. By chance, a Kingfisher crewed by Lt. Willam F. Eadie, pilot, and L.H. Boutte, radioman, spotted the raft carrying Rickenbacker and two other crewmen. Eadie strapped the sickest man into the gunner's seat, and then he lashed Rickenbacker and another man to each wing. A Kingfisher could never take off with such a load, so Eadie began to taxi toward his base on Funafuti Island, about 64.4 km (40 miles) distant. Soon a Navy Patrol Torpedo boat met the airplane and the other five men were soon rescued. Only one of the eight failed to recover from the long ordeal. - Clasp Garage