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Friday Cat Blogging

Surely You Jest

Cat Blogging

You want me to move?!

[Editor: CC is annoyed that people keep entering and leaving by the front door.]

Friday Ark

June 26, 2015   No Comments

Stuff I Saw

In Repub Presidential hopeful news Bobby Jindal joined the circus the same day that Univision dropped all connection to to Donald Trump, including the Miss USA pageant, because Trump bad-mouthed Mexico and its people.

SCOTUS came down 6-3 that the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act [‘Obamacare’] was bogus, but they are stalling on releasing their decision on marriage equality.

A kind of neat product I stumbled upon is a ‘smart’ smoke alarm battery. YMMV, but smoke detectors are a pet peeve of mine.

June 25, 2015   No Comments

So You Know

I’m feeling a lot better these days, but I have been entertaining out-of-town guests, which has reduced my available ‘Net time. They left this morning, so I hope to return to the regular blogging.

June 24, 2015   9 Comments

Litha

Today at 11:38AM [CDT] is the Summer Solstice, technically considered the “first day of Summer”, but the mid Summer by much of Europe.

Many Wiccans celebrate the day as Litha, while computer programmers honor their predecessors, the druids, who build the first solid-state computing devices, the megaliths, like Stonehenge.

The Slavs celebrate St. John’s Night, Иван Купала [Ivan Kupala], the battle between the White god [Белобог – Belobog] and the Black god [Чёрнобог – Chyornobog] for control of the Sun. The Black god always wins and the night begins to expand.

The sound track to the battle is Иванова Ночь на Лысой Горе [Night on Bald Mountain ] by Модест Петрович Мусоргский [Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky], which everyone should play very loudly.

Archæoastronomy tracks all of the important solar events, another of the many things I learned from Andante.

June 21, 2015   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

End Of His Rope

Cat Blogging

How about some service here…

[Editor: Wonder waiting for his ‘staff’ to untangle the rope.]

Friday Ark

June 19, 2015   2 Comments

Random Thoughts

The remnants of Bill are still causing problems, currently in Arkansas on its way to the Ohio Valley.

Another Bush is running for President. The former governor of Florida, John Ellis Bush, is running as a monogram – J.E.B.

Donald Trump rubs salt in the wounds of a lot of investors in his real estate disasters by noting that he is a billionaire while his projects keeping going bankrupt. College students can’t cancel their student loans, but billionaires don’t have to pay for anything.

I see that the usual suspects are trying to spin the attack in Charleston, South Carolina as the act of a ‘lone wolf’ who was a mental defective, rather than another white supremacist terror attack.

June 18, 2015   12 Comments

Tropical Depression Bill – Day 3

Tropical Depression BillPosition: 33.7N 97.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 10 mph [16 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 50 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb ↓.

Currently about 65 miles [ 105 km] North-Northwest of Dallas, Texas.

The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory at 4AM CDT and the Weather Prediction Center took responsibility for the storm, which is a wide-spread flood threat.

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.]

June 17, 2015   4 Comments

Tropical Storm Bill – Day 2

Tropical Storm BillPosition: 29.5N 97.0 [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [350°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [250 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↑.

Currently about 45 miles [ 70 km] North of Victoria, Texas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Port O’Connor to San Luis Pass.

At 1PM CDT the storm was inland over Matagorda Island.

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.]

June 16, 2015   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm BillPosition: 27.1N 94.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [105 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Currently about 155 miles [ 250 km] South-Southeast of Galveston, Texas.

The NHC finally declared Invest 91L a Tropical Storm. The real threat is for flooding as the storm brings even more rain into an area that has been waterlogged since Memorial Day.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to High Island.

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.]

June 15, 2015   No Comments

Magna Carta

Arms of King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, and Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project’s translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2015   No Comments

Invest 91L

The National Hurricane Center designated a low pressure area on the Yucatan Peninsula Invest 91L on Saturday.

Today the area moved over the Gulf of Mexico and was investigated by a Hurricane Hunter mission this evening. Currently it has 80% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next two days as it moves northwestward across the Gulf.

If the computer models are correct, this will be a rain event for East Texas which is still saturated from its last rain event.

June 14, 2015   2 Comments

Flag Day

US Flag

Adopted as the flag of the United States of America by the Flag Resolution of 1777 enacted on 14 June, 1777.

The flag was first flown from Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777. It was first under fire three days later in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777.

An official flag has a rise to run ratio of 1 to 1.9 [the flag should be 1.9 times as long as it is high] with the canton [the dark blue part] that rises over the top seven stripes with a run of 40% of the flag’s run.

The only time you will see a “correct” US Flag is if you see the official colors of a military unit. Most flags are 3’X5′ or 4’X6′ instead of 3’X5.7′ or 4’X7.6′.

Frances Bellamy, the Baptist minister and socialist who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance was from Rome, New York.

June 14, 2015   2 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Leisure Class

Cat Blogging

[Editor: Hadley doing what he does best … nothing.]

Friday Ark

June 12, 2015   4 Comments

Status Update

Because my recovery is not proceeding as quickly as I had hoped, new content will be sparse for a while yet. Hopefully the medical system will start resolving some of my issues in the near future.

June 3, 2015   14 Comments