Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oh, Aye!

A gun that was shot out of the hands of a suicidal man by a sniper.

And one of the coolest plaques a man could have.


On a tip from Kimber Warrior

Highest quality.  Last for generations if cared for.  In that way it reminds me of good cast iron cookware.  Take care of it and it will take care of you, your kids, your grand kids, etc.

Replica Nieuport 11 in the colors of the Lafayette Escadrille.

October Tomato Harvest

The cherry tomatoes were overloaded, and it's October, and I've got farm laborers right here filled with agricultural enthusiasm.   Harvest those bad boys and girls before it rains!

They've been on the vine long enough to be silly sweet.

The yellow pears are especially good.

70% of the 'maters harvested.  Enough for soup, I'd say.

More Iceland

It's time from wine

 We had some guests today, and so we took them wine tasting in the Lodi region.  The haul for everybody was astounding.  

In Brazil, there's an apartment building with a 40 storey spiral staircase attached to the outside meant as a fire escape (xpost r/evilbuildings)


Freckles, they are good.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Decks awash!

Maybe the cultural tides are shifting.

Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.

An attendee at the event — where tables sold from $5,000 to $100,000 to benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes — commented on a YouTube video that “George was asked nicely to stop making Trump jokes by a man in front row [Maffei] who just donated $250K.” But “George doesn’t, continues. Gets booed.”

Trying to recover and sensing the audience turn, Lopez said, “Listen, it’s about the kids . . . I apologize for bringing politics to an event. This is America — it still is. So I apologize to your white privilege.”

Lopez then announced a video segment — but he did not return to the stage, and a local newscaster took over the hosting duties.

Yeah, George, insult the audience, there it try to do good with their money, by saying that.  It would probably go over in your prog circles, but not anywhere else.

Seems folk are getting really tired of all the hatred and insanity out there in progressive circles.  About time.



The youngest daughter (or should I say dottir) is in Iceland with some school pals, and horrors, it looks like she rented a car.  Teenage girls loose on foreign roads!  Can anything good come of that?

The open road.  She's my kid for sure. My oh my, am I jealous!


Old Iron and Stainless Steel

Well, great temp and sunshine here, so I wandered down to the barn and gathered up five of the block planes down there.   I think in the next couple of weeks I'll take the irons out and hone them up.  A nice collection from cheapo to good quality.  The Lie-Neilsen is the clear winner of the bunch, it weighs about 40% more than the next heaviest and the iron is thickest. 

Also, I managed to find an ancestor's old straight razor.  I gotta believe it belonged to August Svensson, given that it comes from Eskilstuna, Sweden, but it's also possible it was E. B. Alton's as well.
Get a load of that gnarly leather sheath!

SSA must stand for 'stainless steel something.' 

Made by the Mellgren Company, in Eskilstuna, I presume.  I should do a little research and see what I can find out.

The edge on this is still sharp, although not shaving sharp.  I'll take this down to the barn too and see if I can hone it up.

Update! Found this info:

Straight Razor Manufacturers and Dates of Operation
Trademark: SSA (Svenska Stalsmides Aktich)
Sole North American distributor: Eric Mellgren of 114-118 West 39th St, New York City
ca. 1918 - 1920

This is funny but true: Dear Millennials: Your ‘Stodgy Old Parents’ Were Way COOLER Than You

How often do you have the chance to see what mom and dad’s wild side looked like, back in the day?