Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dance off!

Cowgirl freckles are unbelievably good

People think China has the world's largest economy. Not even close.

 United States18,569,100
 European Union[n 1][19]16,408,364
2 China[n 2]11,218,281
3 Japan4,938,644

That's nominal GDP, according to the IMF.  

In fact, if you combine Japan, Brazil, India, Mexico and Canada, those five economies add up to more than China ( 11,567 vs 11,218 ).   Seems a little different if you look at it that way.

The Anglosphere is at 24,166 ( the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand ).

Tapir super powers

He/she is cute.  Mrs. CW would like one, as long as it doesn't bite.

Freckles, they are good

Lots of cool steel there

Hips are good when you're trying to decide on the proper protection.

This I like, and it's your good news of the day

I recall the fear over peak oil, and that fear is the basis for much of the push for renewables like solar and wind.  As much as that is superficially a good idea, the real energy pool is in oil/gas/coal, and making that energy cheap and plentiful is a ticket to high living standards.

 "2017 has already been a banner year for American oil production. U.S. shale producers have gotten their feet underneath them once again, adapting to the low oil price environment by cutting costs and improving efficiencies en route to turning a profit at $50 crude, and we’ve seen output surge accordingly. Since last October, U.S. oil production has increased more than 900,000 barrels per day, but according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the party’s just getting started—it expects American producers to break a 47 year old record for production in 2018. . . .
The United States is already the world’s biggest producer of oil and gas, thanks to a recent surge in production of hydrocarbons trapped in shale. Fracking has catapulted the U.S. to the front of the energy producing pack, so to speak, and now it’s going to hurtle us past another important milestone, into uncharted territory.
Policymakers and the public are both still playing catch-up to this extraordinary transformation. For decades, the U.S. energy debate was framed in terms of scarcity, as the legacy of the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s loomed large in American minds. We’ve moved far, far beyond that, as next year’s projected milestone shows, into a new era of energy abundance.
And just as we once transitioned from a discussion of achieving energy “independence” (a farcical idea) to shoring up energy “security,” we might now shift again to discussing how to achieve American energy “dominance,” as the Trump Administration has described it."

The all seeing round eye robot

What if you were followed around by a cute floating ball that kept taking your picture? Then you might be an astronaut on today's International Space Station (ISS). Designed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the JEM Internal Ball Camera -- informally "Int-Ball" -- is a bit larger than a softball, can float and maneuver by itself but also be controlled remotely, can take high resolution images and videos, and is not related to Hello Kitty. Int-Ball was delivered to the ISS in early June and is designed to allow ground-control to increase the monitoring of ISS equipment and activities while decreasing time demands on human astronautsInt-Ball moves by turning on small internal fans and sees with a camera located between its two dark eyes.

Daily Dose of Granite

Click and embiggen to get the full effect.

On the granite face sloping down from the top of Cloud's Rest, behind Half Dome, I notice for the first time ever a tiny ribbon of water that flows from the top of the rock face all the way to the bottom.  You can see it if you enlarge the picture and look carefully.  It looks like a tiny dark line emerging about half way down from what looks like a granite bowl.  It appears to be snow melt from some hidden patch of snow, and has probably dried up by now (the picture was taken on or around July 3rd).

If I were a younger man, and in shape, I'd seriously consider hiking in from Tenaya Lake to the top of Cloud's Rest, snoop around until I found the top of the ribbon, and then follow it down to the valley floor, if possible, it looks quite steep in places, although you'd be surprised how steep of a slope you can carefully walk down on rough granite.  Probably be a good idea to camp overnight, preferably on some hidden nook way up on the rock face, or in the bowl that is probably the source. Water you'd get from the little ribbon of snowmelt.  If you were stymied by the angle of the mountainside, you could either find an alternative down, or pop back over to Little Yosemite Valley to the south and come down the Mist Trail to the valley.

That, my friends, would be a unique hike and experience that almost certainly no one else has done.  It would have to be timed so the ribbon was running with water, but not so early that there was too much snow and slippery wet rock - that face looks steep in spots.  All you young, ambitious folks, you're welcome.

Raiding Party

A group of 5 Ute Indians with rifles crossing Onahu Creek on horse back. Onahu Creek was originally called Fish Creek and is a tributary of the North Fork of the Colorado River. Photo taken between 1895-1919

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Anchors Aweigh

Big Load

Renowned photographer Ansel Adams in northern New Mexico Photographer: David Roybal Date: 1978

The retardation is strong in this one

Of Course...

White Swan, an Omaha man. - 1883

Your good news of the day

Another huge win for civil rights was scored in today’s Wrenn v. DC decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District of Columbia Circuit, of all places.   The decision invalidates the District of Columbia’s prohibitionist “good reason” constraint on the lawful carry of arms in public for purposes of self-defense.

The case involved a request by the plaintiffs for a preliminary injunction of DC’s “good-reason” law, which constrains the right to carry a firearm in public for personal self-defense, while the law was being challenged on the merits in District Court.

So, it's not really a final win, as the losers will certainly appeal to the Supremes, but it is a very encouraging sign that even on a hyper liberal court there are judges who will protect our constitutional rights agains the liberal assault.

California should take notice, given the recent passage here of state laws intended to make law abiding gun owners into criminals, and making owning a gun very difficult due to the many legal hoops that it is necessary to jump through to buy or feed a firearm.

Always, the Democrats/Progressives seek to take away our individual rights, and socialize us into a mass of squirming, squealing dependents with no will or motivation other than to appeal to the whims of our political rulers.

Came to work Monday to find this in the parking lot.

Turned out the couch was a fold out bed too.  Heavy.  We figured someone dumped it in our lot late at night, and this guy just came along at some point and moved in.   Probably a comfortable place to crash, if you're homeless.

Fun with TOW missiles

via Xbrad

Monday, July 24, 2017

Loading nice blue bombs in a B-18 Bolo

You will pay for your insolence, dog.

This is hilarious: Sticky-fingered socialist Bernie Sanders is apparently stealing his neighbor's Washington Post subscription, as any good socialist might do.

Don't know if this is really true, but it should be.

A man living next to Sanders apparently called the Post to complain that he was hardly ever receiving his subscription. After an investigation into the matter, the paying customer realized that it was his neighbor, Senator Sanders, who was stealing the paper right from under his nose. 
Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane when they are in Washington DC, live in this house on Capitol Hill, ok? Part of their vast real estate empire. They’re like wannabe Trumps with their real estate holdings.
The next-door neighbor…their neighbor on Capitol Hill called the Washington Post and told the Washington Post that they were cancelling their Washington Post subscription because their very expensive Sunday Post stopped showing up. Not there this week, last week, the week before, then it was there one week but the week before it wasn’t delivered, so I’m cancelling my subscription to the post because your delivery person never gets to me. I’m paying for it but it never gets to me.
The Washington Post said, “Please, do not cancel your subscription to the Washington Post. We will investigate with the delivery person and we will get back to you.”
So the Post investigated. They got back to the person cancelling their subscription to the Post and they said, “Listen, we talked to the delivery person. Our delivery person claims has seen you come out of your house again and again and grab the paper on Sunday mornings. Immediately as the paper delivery person delivers the paper, they’ve seen you come out of your house and pick up the newspaper. So, sir, you are lying to us.”
[The neighbor] said, “Oh, ok, I’ve been coming out and picking up the paper?”
“Yes, and we got a description from the delivery person. You are an older man with gray hair, balding, and little round glasses…”
And the guy said, “I’m like, you know, in my 50s and I’ve got a full head of dark hair. But, my neighbor is Bernie Sanders.”
And Bernie Sanders has been coming out every  Sunday morning and stealing his next door neighbor’s Washington Post.


Tahoe is full for the first time in 11 years, and stunningly beautiful in all its blue-water glory.

In the first three weeks of January alone, the region received nearly a full winter's worth of snow. Then came February, and the Sierra Nevada was slammed yet again with moisture-packed chains of storms fueled by weather systems known as atmospheric rivers or the "Pineapple Express."

By winter's end, the Sierra snowpack was among the largest in recorded history.
And then the hot weather hit, the snow began to melt, sending water pouring down the mountainsides into the lake. 
When the first heat wave of the season hit in mid-June, more than 12 billion gallons of water flowed into the lake in a single week. Between June 16-23, the lake level rose four inches. 

To further understand the significance of a four-inch gain in a week, consider that during the spring snowmelt season in 2015, the lake only rose 2.5 inches over several months.
On July 9, the lake level peaked at 6,229 feet, a hair shy of 6,229.1 feet above sea level, the point when it reaches full capacity. The last time it reached near full capacity was 11 years ago.

Mondays, they're like that

50% of Canadians live south of the red line

And apparently they also drank up the Great Lakes.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Emilia Clarke rocks the caterpillars

Your good news of the day

Who would you vote for?  Awesome rocker?  

Or up tight church lady?

"Stop that right now young man! And wash that filthy hair!

Lithuanian Forest Brother Partisan in 1919 Wearing German Helmet

Amazing, kid! Now turn that ear into a fortune.

Cue the Jaws music

Man Skills

New moon, Big Hill Lookout in the El Dorado National Forest, and a visit with the Milky Way.

The youngest daughter and I went up to the Big Hill Lookout last night, just to the west of Ice House Reservoir in the El Dorado National Forest, to do some night photography, as it's a new moon and very dark.

Got there early, with about an hour and a half of light left.  Fortunately, the smoke from that Detwiler Fire was in a long strip to the west, over the valley, and it was nice and clear up in the pines.

Below, a view of Union Valley Reservoir and the rolling hills of this part of the forest

30 miles away to the south east, Round Top where Highway 88 crosses Carson Pass, our normal area of operations.

Directly east of us, the Crystal Range, starting with Pyramid Peak on the far right, bathed in alpenglow.  Just over those mountains is Desolation Wilderness, and just beyond that, Lake Tahoe and finally, just beyond the curve of the Earth, the Silver State, Nevada.

Getting dark, and the daughter adjusts her gear.

Wonderful blue as the light fades behind a lonely pine.  We painted the tree with a weak flashlight to make it pop out a little.

The Milky Way streaks across a wheeling sky.  Campers fires light the night below at Union Valley.

One of the towers at the lookout reaching up towards the Milky Way, with lights from the central valley of California behind.  The streak of dark orange just above the horizon is the smoke cloud from the Detwiler Fire far to the south in Mariposa County.

Got back to the house at about 1:30 in the morning.  The air up on the lookout was cool and pleasant, a nice change from the burning heat during the day.  All in all, it was a productive evening out with the kid, and we learned some tricks to make the night sky look good.