Tuesday, August 22, 2017


At least sell the items if you think they are simply trash.  That way you'll get more than zero.  Idiots.

Following the revelations of one of its angry archaeologists, it emerges that the curators of Stockholms Länsmuseum have been ordering the systematic destruction of newly found artifacts from the Iron Age and the Viking period under the guise that it would be too burdensome to process.

Coins, arrow heads, ritual amulets, weapons, jewellery and weights that were kept in the past are now directly dumped into metal recycling bins upon discovery instead of being treasured and displayed.

It's a good excuse to terminate all employees who had either gave the ok to do this, or did it and said nothing.  Good riddance to bad rubbish, they can lose their jobs and tell how it feels to be sent to the proverbial recycler themselves.

The Gods are angry with this.

This looks like a fun read

Big Horses

B-17 Those lines!

Tools, Kit and Gear

British Vogue, November 1954. Photo - Norman Parkinson

A sense of style sadly missing from our current times.

Sun Prairie’s Powdersmoke Revival

Well worth the 10 cents

Hilarious. But the President needs better ties.

Hakalahl, Nakoaktok chief, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing front, holding copper Wanistakila (“takes everything out of the house”-a reference to its value) - Curtis - 1914

Monday, August 21, 2017

Started off so well...

There are plenty of whales left

Freckles, they are good

Chemists confirm that whiskey really does taste better with a splash of water

Hey, it's science!

The reason is guaiacol, an aromatic oil that gives the liquor its signature smoky flavor. Guaiacol is present in guaiacum, a kind of slow-growing shrub with pretty purple flowers, and, as relates to whiskey, the compound is also present in something called wood creosote.
To make whiskey, distillers create a mash, or fermented alcohol solution from a mixture of grains, yeast and water. If you’ve ever wondered what, besides spelling, separates American whiskey from Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky, the answer is (at least in part) the ingredients. Broadly speaking, American whiskey (also called bourbon) is usually made from corn; Irish whiskey from a blend of malted and regular barley; Scottish whiskey (Scotch) from only malted barley. After the mash is made with its respective grain, whiskey makers pour it in distillers, or special containers that boil off the methanol—alcohol that famously makes humans go blind. That leaves behind ethanol, the alcohol that we think of as, well, alcohol, along with the flavors of the original mash. The remaining liquid is put to age in charred oak barrels, which is where scotch gains it’s guaiacol. Charring wood creates wood creosote, so as the liquid interacts with the barrel’s walls, guaiacol migrates into the liquor.

Unless you're drinking your whiskey through a bendy straw, you're sipping from what's known as the liquid-air interface—the top. But when whiskey is more than 50 percent alcohol, as is the case with some of the finer varieties, guaiacol tends to hang out deep in the glass. Adding a bit of water moves guaiacol closer to the surface, where you can better smell and taste it, creating a more satisfactory flavor.

So there it is!   Splash some water into the dram,and enjoy your medicine!

Ready for the eclipse

Or, just wait a few hours, and the whole country will be plunged into darkness, an event we call night time.

I'd like some of this weather where I live, thanks.

Wonder how much that thing weighed, and how front heavy it was.

Late in 1903 John Walter Christie, an American mechanic, engineer and inventor, started designing extraordinary vehicles with the most unusual engines and transmissions. His point of view wasn’t as common as others. He aimed at designing a concept that pulled (like a train or carriage), instead of pushing (like a boat). That is how he came to front wheel drive. But he went a step further placing the engine transversely between the front wheels, just like Alec Issigonis did some 50 years later when he designed the Mini. Christie was the first serious proponent of front wheel drive cars in the US.

These are fun to play with

But, matches are better.

And yet, a flameless lighter is probably best of all.

Tools, kit and gear

Looks like a character from GOT

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mondays, they're like that

Can't let go of the weekend, but can't make the jump to the work week.

Avenger on the deck of the USS Anzio, Typhoon Cobra, December 1944

Again! Another high tech warship knocks heads with a freighter

USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca.  Come on, how hard is it to keep from running into another ship, even in a crowed sea lane, where one would think you'd be hyper vigilant?

Beautiful boat.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft.

Update: Not good.  

Ten US sailors were missing after a US destroyer collided with a merchant vessel in southeast Asia, the second serious accident involving American Navy ships in the region in little more than two months.
Search and rescue efforts were launched  after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with the Alnic MC east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement.
The destroyer was currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

F4F Wildca,t Sgt. R.W.Greenwood in cockpit at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

Dave sees the issue

Maybe that's because the DNC have no time to raise funds. They are all out instigating rioting a in cities, burning USA flags, plotting sedition & race wars.

He ran away because he couldn't stand his name

Cats prefer names like 'Ranger' or 'Whiskers.'  And don't call them a "Fluffy Rag Doll."  They have their pride.

The boy thinks I should buy this for movies and photo editing

Background: our current TV is about 15 years old, and is only the third TV the wife and I have ever owned as adults.  We usually stream content over the internet through our computers nowadays, and rarely turn the tube on. We literally never watch regular TV channels.  He thinks we could do all that we do do with this big screen, in 4G.


Going to get a coffee