Friday, June 23, 2017

The Nose Knows

Straight Up

4th of July gear

Grandkids love this stuff.

Ute man wearing a fringed buckskin coat with bells over a print shirt. - 1880/1910

Friday Open Road

They tried everything at least once.

The McDonnell Aircraft Corp. XF-85 Goblin, the smallest jet-propelled fighter ever built, was a “parasite” designed to be carried by a B-36 bomber. If the host ship was attacked, the Goblin would be launched from the bomb bay to protect it. The Goblin was egg shaped and its wings — swept back 37 degrees — could fold upward. It had no landing gear and was launched from the bomber. It was then recovered using a hook and a retractable trapeze under the parent airplane. For emergencies, the Goblin had a steel skid under the fuselage and small runners on its wingtips.
It was named the Goblin because company founder James McDonnell had previously decided to name the company’s jet fighters after supernatural creatures. The Goblin followed the Phantom and the Banshee.
The tiny fighter was stable, easy to fly and recovered well from spins. However, hooking the Goblin in flight to its bomber’s trapeze was difficult. Its first fully released flight was on Aug. 23, 1948 at Muroc (now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.). Lowered by the trapeze from the mother ship — a Boeing EB-29 nicknamed “Monstro” — McDonnell test pilot Ed Schoch released the Goblin and made three unsuccessful attempts to reconnect the X-85 to the trapeze, but the small jet was buffeted wildly by the larger jet’s turbulence. On the last attempt, the Goblin hit the trapeze with such force that the canopy was smashed. The pilot managed to make a belly landing using the Goblin’s skid on a dry lakebed.
Ultimately, only three of the seven flights of the Goblin resulted in successful connections with the arresting trapeze. The test program was canceled in 1949, and the Goblin never flew from a B-36. Docking had proved too difficult. But by that time, the Goblin was no longer needed. In 1949, the Boeing KB-29P, with its flying boom aerial refueling system, had solved the problem of long-range fighter escort for bombers.
McDonnell built two prototype Goblins, and one joined the collection at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The designer of the Goblin, Henri de Raynbeaux - Flambeaux, on his way home from the McDonnell Aircraft Development Center.

Nice - I want one.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Since when was it illegal to harvest roadkill?

It’s not as rare as you might think.
About 20 other states also let people take meat from animals killed by vehicles. And advocates say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.
Washington state began allowing the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses a year ago.
In Pennsylvania, people can take deer or turkeys that are killed on the road if they report the incidents to the state Game Commission within 24 hours.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown signed the roadkill measure with little fanfare last week after lawmakers passed it without a single “nay” vote.

Hot tubbing done right

I suspect that's a sauna in the background.  Perfect, if so.

Penguins under the ice

Hold my beer and watch this....

Shoshone, Wyoming, circa 1870. Photo William Henry Jackson.

For no particular reason, the Pacific Ocean near San Diego

Cool, and salty

A young John Glenn poses next to the tail of his damaged F-9 Panther. His aircraft was hit with more than 700 pieces of shrapnel, earning him the nickname "Magnet Ass" from his fellow fighter pilots.

Amy Irving, Carrie Fisher, and Teri Garr during Thanksgiving Party at Sibils in New York City - November 21, 1977

Seen behind The Donald at his Iowa rally

Is that a midwest farmer's daughter? 'Cause she's making me feel alright.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Vibrant boat art - gotta love this!

Said to be the hot topic of discussion at the White House and in Peking right now

 Allison’s theory, which he first promoted in 2015, has caught the attention of the Chinese themselves. During a visit to Seattle, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the gloomy prospect of a collision course, saying there is “no such thing as the so-called Thucydides Trap in the world,” while adding that if major nations “time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves.”

Medieval longsword discovered in a peat bog in Poland.

It was discovered in late May by excavator operator Wojciech Kot during drainage operations at the bog in the municipality of Mircze, 12 miles south of the town of Hrubieszów in southeastern Poland. 

"The place where the discovery was made is a wetland and a peat bog. It is possible that an unlucky knight was pulled into the marsh, or simply lost his sword" - told PAP Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Fr. Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów.

 "It is very light - it originally weighed about 1.5 kg. Today it measures about 120 cm" - added Bartecki. In his opinion the sword was very well made; it is well balanced, perfect for fencing.

On the rear bar of the weapon there is a clear sign of an isosceles cross inscribed in the shape of an heraldic shield, probably made by the blacksmith. Bartecki explained that it was a kind of a maker's brand. This symbol was normally not visible, because the bar was covered by a hilt made of wood, bone or antler.

The area first appears on the historical record in the 13th century where it’s mentioned as the site of a few hunting lodges surrounded by forest. The region was part of Ruthenia (aka the Kievan Rus) then and was absorbed by the Kingdom of Poland in 1366 century after the disintegration of the Rus. The Polish governor built a castle in Hrubieszów in the late 14th century. So at least the second half of the century offered good employment opportunity for knights. Or he could have just been riding through and made a wrong turn into the bog.

This astonishing piece was apparently found near to what today is the border between Ukraine and Poland, west of the Bug river. It would be great, however, if that isosceles cross inside an heraldic shield would reveal further information. 
What today is the North of Poland had in the 13th century been object of the ‘Prussian Crusades’ (‘Lithuanian Crusade’ in the 14th c), during which the Teutonic Knights attempted to ‘Christianize’ the pagan Old Prussians and Lithuanians. 
In return, and much less ‘Teutonic’, the influence of the Jagiellonian dynasty increased massively in the 14th c. and in the South they fought the ‘Turkish and Tatar wars’. In 1320, most of the principalities of the western Rus’ had either been vassal or annexed by Lithuania.

The tears of the Progs are sweet indeed.

Maybe if they would listen to level headed centrists, like the Tuck, they could do better.  But no, with leaders like Pelosi and Perez, they'll just double down on what isn't working.

Easy fishing in Russia

A couple of “Rosies” working at the Brown Shipyard in Houston during World War II.

New York Supreme Court judge scammed out of $1million by just ONE EMAIL: Jurist wires cash to fraudsters pretending to be her lawyer

Genius.  Just raw, unadulterated genius.

Sattler, a judge in the First District of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, went to police Friday saying she received the email June 7 from someone that she thought was her lawyer.  The imposter told her to send the money to an account in Arizona.
She followed the instructions and wired $1,057,500 to the account, the money was then transferred to a Commerce Bank of China in Hong Kong.

This chick is a judge.   Clearly, her judgment is sorely lacking. Sorely.  Retire her, and replace with someone who at the very least knows not to wire a million dollars to someone who asks for it by email.

The face of a dupe.  But if you live in Manhattan, she'll decide your rights. 

Richard Fernandez addresses the political situation

Well worth a full read.  A taste:

The destruction of future of the Democratic party, which Ossoff was supposed to have been, left the progressives with Bernie Sanders again as the standard bearer of tomorrow.  It illustrates how trapped the Left has become in its own paradigm.  It is an in absurd condition. The obsession with Trump's very real shortcomings obscures the fact that the biggest crisis in American political life today is that of the Democratic Party.  It never really recovered from the Clintons or Obama and it never really came to terms with the economic collapse of the Blue Model.

The American political system is operating in the curious condition of being an impaired state.  It's not really thinking -- about China, Russia, Syria, Kurdistan.  It's not really thinking about anything except half remembered slogans from 1968. Like a person afflicted by a stroke, it can't take a consistent view of external reality because it's regressing into atavisms by a loss of brain function. Democrats are being driven into the Van Jones, Bernie Sanders mode by collapse of its former command structure,  which once kept it inflated like the Big Tent it aspired to be. Leaderless it reverted to type: the screaming, yelling, howling Evergreen State college archetype.

Just the other day I saw that Slow Joe Biden was the front runner in some polls for President in 2020.  Really?  That's an objective failure right there, when you have no one of clear quality to run, and have to fall back on a tired hack of a politician.  I'm sure the party will come up with someone better before then, but good lord, Joe Biden??

The Tuck explains the Georgia election about as well as anyone.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's amazing how popular you become when you have a bucket of fish.

Freckles, even subtle ones, are good.

Weird new quality of light energy.

New research published this week in the journal Nature Physics reveals that light can behave in an even stranger "superliquid" state, in which light particles flow around objects with no friction or viscosity at all. In this state, light exhibits the dramatic effect of "frictionless flow," bending around obstacles with no ripples or swirls whatsoever. Interestingly, this effect can be observed at room temperature and ambient pressure.
This state of superfluidity is sometimes referred to as the fifth state of matter, or a Bose-Einstein condensate. Particles in this state behave like a single macroscopic wave, oscillating at the same frequency, and paradoxically combining the attributes of liquids, solids, and gases.
 A Bose-Einstein condensate is a rare state (or phase) of matter in which a large percentage of bosons collapse into their lowest quantum state, allowing quantum effects to be observed on a macroscopic scale.
"The extraordinary observation in our work is that we have demonstrated that superfluidity can also occur at room-temperature, under ambient conditions, using light-matter particles called polaritons," said Daniele Sanvitto, who led the research group.
As to the practical effects of the discovery, the most readily evident benefit concerns superconducting materials that can move electricity around with virtually zero resistance, according to the research team. Typically, these materials need to be radically cooled, usually with liquid nitrogen. If engineers can find a way to harness superfluidity at room temperature, it could lead to new and improved photonic devices like lasers, LEDs, solar panels, and photovoltaic cells.

Tallest and heaviest structure ever moved by man

Platform Troll A is a natural gas platform for the Norwegian Troll gas field. The picture was taken while moving into position in the North Sea.  In normal operating it's mostly submerged.

It's 1,549 feet tall.

Inside one of the legs.

The CNN folk upon learning that their boy Ossoff didn't make the grade.

Millions of Soros money for a minor state election - wasted.  Faces of horrified media dupes - priceless.

Now we'll be hearing the following from these same sour faced partisans:

"The R next to Handel's name stands for RUSSIA, not Republican."


"The fact we had so much money to throw away is a testament to the growing tide of #resistance against this illegitimate tyrant! So technically you cuckservatives lost yet again!"

"There's no way the Republicans can win this election too. Can we call the military or national guard to demand a recount? The Russians must be behind this win too."

WashCompost: Here's 10 reasons why Ossoff actually won! YOU WON'T BELIEVE NUMBER 7! (You will.)

Viking war axe.

Kutenai woman poses on a horse on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana - Boos - 1905/1907

A bit of a nightmare - bamboo scafolding

Planning and teamwork make it happen


A man's tool

How the upper crust lives. Victoria, scion of the Swarovski gem fortune, marries Werner Mürz in a style the rest of us can only dream of.

Read the rest of this with a "Hogan's Heroes" German accent for best effect.

For some reason this story entertained me immensely.

The language the Daily Mail uses to describe these things is just laughable.  I'm taking the liberty of modifying it in certain places.  See if you can tell where.

The 23-year-old Victoria Swarovski, who is also a famous singer in Austria, married her childhood sweetheart and property investment boyfriend, Werner Mürz, over the weekend in Trieste, Italy, in a show-stopping three-day bash.

The happy couple stretched the festivities over three days in the Italian sun, with three outfit changes for the bride.  That Italian sun is hot, and even a winsome and svelte Swarovski lassie can stink up a dress after a few hours.

They kicked off the luxurious weekend with a 'pasta and love' welcome dinner at The Piazetta at the Falisia Resort and Spa the night before the wedding and hosted a 'farewell brunch' the day after the wedding ceremony.

Pasta and Love.  Lovely.  Don't get any pasta sauce on your dress, Victoria, or ve vill send you to Russian Front, and revoke your membership in the "Beautiful People" Club!

The crystal heiress stunned in a 46kg custom-made gown, which reportedly cost over £700,000, and came embellished with 500,000 ice-like Swarovski crystals.  That's an eight meter veil and train, encrusted with glittering, snapping, clinking Swarovski jewels.   

Ze beautiful couple vill haf 1.4 beautiful kinder.  No more, no less.

The oddly plain cake.  Victoria seems to have a two handed death grip on Werner's mitt.  Don't knock that pile over, sweetheart!

Ze best part ist naturally ze festivities.  

On Friday, following the ceremony at the cathedral of San Giusto, Trieste, guests enjoyed a wedding meal at Maxi’s Restaurant Portopiccolo.

Bird's eye view of the party venue, with it's complement of super yachts.  That is a place I will never go.

Victoria's mother, Alexandra, is a journalist and her father, Paul, works for the family business. 

The guest list included her aunt, Fiona Swarovski and her son Nicolas Pacifico Griffini, real estate tycoon and Karstadt owner, René Benko, together with his wife Nathalie, industrial magnate Peter König, construction company owner, Claudio de Eccher with wife Laura.

Other notable attendees included Saudi Arabian businessman, Ahmed Ashmawi, Munich based investor Zafer Sanlik with wife Anja, TV-host and model Sylvie Meis and her fiancé Chabel Aoud and model Barbara Meier with boyfriend and real estate investor, Clemens Hallmann.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his puss were in attendance, as was Auric Goldfinger.  Hey, Auric, the bride's eyes are up here!

Model Sarah Brandtner added some glamour to the guestlist, whilst Pharma entrepreneur Willi Beier and rapper Kay One were also at the event.  

The evening event had a red and white theme and  Victoria plumped for a red couture Michael Cinco crystallized red high-low gown for the bash - and the designer shared a stunning video of her donning the design on Instagram.

Herr Blofeld and Werner Mürz were seen huddled together, over tumblers of Jaegermeister, planning the annexation of Lesser Upper Slobovia and the city state of Spitzflugenstad.
After that, the World!

Dress designer Michael Cinco is one of the most lauded Middle Eastern designers and has dressed the likes of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.

The couple are currently enjoying a lavish honeymoon around France. The heiress has been keeping her 132,000 Instagram followers up-to-date with her trip and snaps show her relaxing on a superyacht and shopping at Dior in St. Tropez.

After that, Victoria will depose Cersi Lannister from the Iron Throne, and bedazzle the Red Keep with a trillion Swarovski gems.  Werner will have the job of keeping Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons at bay, so Vicki can continue to live in her accustomed life style.

Well, best of luck to the newlyweds.  But, I'm still sore that the post office lost my invitation.  Send jewels.