Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Railton Mobil Special, is a one-off motor vehicle designed by Reid Railton and built for John Cobb's successful attempts at the land speed record in 1938.

On 15 September 1938, the Railton Special took the land speed record from Thunderbolt at 353.30 mph (568.58 km/h), also being the first to break the 350 mph (560 km/h) barrier. Eyston re-took the record within 24 hours (357.50 mph / 575.34 km/h), holding it again until Cobb took it a year later on 23 August 1939 at a speed of 369.70 mph (594.97 km/h).

After the Second World War further development and sponsorship by Mobil Oil led to renaming as the Railton Mobil Special. It was the first ground vehicle to break 400 mph (640 km/h) in a measured test. On 16 September 1947 John Cobb averaged 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h) (385.6 & 403.1) over the measured mile in both directions to take the world land speed record, before the American Goldenrod set a new mark for piston-engined, wheel-driven LSR cars eighteen years later.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Somewhere in the Faroe Islands

Tjørnuvík is the northernmost village on the Faroese island of Streymoy in Sunda Municipality. The 2002 population was 64.  Its current church was built in 1937

Blasting Off

Tucked in close

Tall/Long Mandan or Miwatani Hanska was a chief of the Oohenompa Lakota (Two Kettles).

There is little known of Long Mandan’s private life, except for an alleged quarrel with the hotspur Gall of the Hunkpapa. 
“It happened that a Sioux named Long Mandan went up to the Ree village at Fort Berthold, and took a Ree wife. Gall thought this a disgrace — a kind of treason — for a Sioux and a head man to go and live with the Rees. Gall went up and ran off some of Long Mandan’s horses”
(Stanley Vestal, New Sources. of Indian History, 1850-1891, p. 221 f.)

Freckles, they are good.

Happy day before Friday

The acceleration to the weekend intensifies.

Argentine glacier throws off some major bergs

Actual size of a RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

'It's like someone reached in from space and drew a line with a purple magic marker across the Earth'

Alberta, Canada sky watchers chasing the northern lights have partnered with scientists in an effort to explain the appearance of a curious ribbon of purplish light that everyone is calling "Steve."
The feature is attracting attention for its silly name, as well as the way it was discovered, said Eric Donovan, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary.  While photographers have been taking pictures of the phenomenon in the night sky for years, Donovan said a serendipitous drink at a pub near campus last year prompted the recent interest from scientists. 
"Social media has provided a bridge between these amateur sky watchers, who are very talented photographers and very prolific finders of the aurora, and the scientific community," Donovan said.  
Talk at the pub turned to a photo of what aurora chasers were calling a proton aurora. Donovan told them that was incorrect, as proton aurora are not visible to the naked eye.
"Myself and some other scientists decided we were going to try and figure out what this thing was," Donovan said.
Steve is theorized to be a ribbon of very hot and fast moving gas moving at a speed of about six kilometres per second in a westward direction.

"Now what we're doing is trying to figure out what is exactly causing this, why the gas is moving so fast, why it's so narrow, why it's so long in the east-west direction and why it's so common," Donovan said.
In any case, the odd purple color and streak like shape are beautiful.  Has anyone reading in Canada seen this "Steve?"


Dad reflexes to the rescue.

Doing dadding right.

The ER is going to have a tough time with that.

Note to self: Never go bungee jumping in third world countries, like Bolivia

With the EMP threat from the Norks very real, it might be time to get serious about investing in a generator.

I'm on a well and I'll need that water for sure.

So much skill, style and panache stuffed into one duck

NOW they tell me. I missed a near lifetime of steaks and burgers because of this.

Pass the ketchup...

Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say.

Of course, after a bunch of years eating steaks and lasagna, the pointy heads will change their minds again and decide it's the worst thing in the world to do.

There are, however, dissenting points of view:

Leading the the critics was Professor Alun (sic) Hughes, associate director of the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at University College London.
He said: "This editorial is muddled and adds to confusion on a contentious topic. The authors present no really new evidence, misrepresent some existing evidence, and fail to adequately acknowledge the limitations in the evidence that they use to support their point of view."
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said the claims about saturated fat were "unhelpful and misleading".
He added: "Decades of research have proved that a diet rich in saturated fat increases 'bad' LDL cholesterol in your blood, which puts you at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke."

I guess the science isn't settled.  I'll keep eating vegetables and statins, thanks.

Enraged, shooting a revolver from a speeding car. Naw, never gonna hit your target.