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Do You Want Fries With That?

fries

The Entree contains:

bill of fare

From the left: .357 Magnum, 9 mm, .380, .410, .30-06, .300 Winchester Magnum, 7.62X39, .223

July 21, 2018   3 Comments

One Small Step

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Commander:

Neil A. Armstrong

Pilot: Columbia Command Module

Michael Collins, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Pilot: Eagle Lunar Module

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Colonel, USAF

Launched: 16 July 1969 UT 13:32:00 (08:32:00 CDT)

Landed on Moon: 20 July 1969 UT 20:17:40 (15:17:40 CDT)

Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility (0.67 N, 23.47 E)

Returned to Earth: 24 July 1969 UT 16:50:35 (11:50:35 CDT)

It has been 49 years since a human first set foot on another natural body in the solar system and we have digressed to the point that we can’t duplicate that feat.

July 20, 2018   4 Comments

Follow The Money

This is personal opinion based on experience in the intelligence community, law enforcement, and business.

Trump has had a half dozen bankruptcies and regular banks and financial institutions won’t go near him, much less loan him money. Putin holds all of Trump’s paper [IOUs, notes, mortgages, etc.] and can foreclose on him at any time. Trump won’t show his tax returns because he doesn’t want people to know he’s broke.

Trump hasn’t been a real “player” for years. He has been making his money leasing his brand, not creating or building anything. He is a loser and doesn’t want people to figure that out.

July 19, 2018   6 Comments

A Cinema Visit

The goodThe 
bad

And The ugly

Theme Music

July 19, 2018   4 Comments

A Sample

tile grouting

The little bag was the quick collection of rounds, including a .410 shot shell (the red tube). In the gap between tiles on the lower left you can see embedded .223 (AR-15/M-16) rounds.

Fortunately there were no loud noises other than a litany of rude names for the individuals who though this would be a good idea.

July 18, 2018   6 Comments

My Mosquito Trap

Golden Silk Orb Weaver

The gold color is visible in the lower right. The threads are eight times stronger than steel, and some cultures actually use the webs to make fabrics.

July 17, 2018   5 Comments

Rehabbing Again

I just started working on an apartment that has a new wrinkle in interior decoration: embedding live rounds in the grout between floor tiles. .25, .223, 9mm, etc. I’m working alone to reduce the possibility of an accident. I’ll try to remember to take some pictures.

Oh, I got pictures of my newest mosquito trap that I’ll post.

Update: I dug out enough rounds to fill a half gallon milk bottle.

July 16, 2018   11 Comments

Remnant Beryl – Day 2

Remnant BerylPosition: 38.6N 62.4W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 420 miles [ 675 km] South of Halifax, Nova Scotia..

The Beryl has degenerated to a remnant low. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 15, 2018   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Beryl

Subtropical Storm BerylPosition: 38.1N 65.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb.

Currently about 460 miles [ 740 km] South-Southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The remnants of Beryl have reformed over the Gulf Stream as a subtropical cyclone at Noon CDT.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 14, 2018   No Comments

Happy Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day

France

Thank you for the help with the Revolution.

Some background.

July 14, 2018   No Comments

Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Yes, it’s Friday the 13th again. The 13th falls on a Friday more than any other day of the week, so get over it. It’s only valid in in English and Portuguese speaking countries, so go visit a Spanish-speaking neighborhood for the day.

If you want to blame someone, it’s the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII that created this imbalance. [He obviously didn’t have a problem with the number on any day.]

July 13, 2018   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Chris – Day 7

Post-Tropical Cyclone ChrisPosition: 44.4N 57.7W [10AM CDT 1500 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 36 mph [57 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [140 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 987 mb ↑.

Currently about 275 miles [ 440 km] Southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

This is the final National Hurricane Center advisory on Chris.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 12, 2018   No Comments

Hurricane Chris – Day 6

Hurricane ChrisPosition: 39.6N 63.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 29 mph [46 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 40 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 980 mb ↑.

Currently about 700 miles [1125 km] Southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 11, 2018   No Comments

Stuff

I spend way too much time dealing with eye drops, but the surgery was apparently successful as I now see much better without glasses than I have for years with glasses.

Unfortunately what I’m reading is that Trump still refusing to admit that he didn’t get a deal with North Korea, all he got was a photo op. He did things backwards which dooms the negotiations. Kim is the only one who can make decisions and he won’t talk to anyone other than Trump after Singapore. This is something Trump would know if he had a allowed a seasoned Asia specialist brief him. The North Koreans won’t denuclearize until the US does, and maybe not even than.

To make matters worse, Trump as started a trade war with China, so Xi has no reason to help Trump out. As a matter of fact, Trump’s treatment of NATO and the EU pretty much guarantees that the world will ignore US sanctions.

On the abducted children front – if DHS had kidnapped the kids, they would have had a method of connecting the parents and children, so the charge should be human trafficking and people should go to prison.

July 10, 2018   4 Comments