Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Christmas Tree

The Norsemen Cometh

This Wall Street Boom is a Problem

It's due entirely to the tax cut that will explode the national deficit. It's money that's better-used elsewhere and the harbinger of a coming collapse:

Coincidance

Bitcoin: Today's Tulips

Nutso:
Markus’s trades raised many red flags. He never paid transaction fees and reportedly paid seemingly random prices for bitcoins. Most curious of all, we identified many duplicate transactions in which the amount paid was changed from an implausibly random price to one that was consistent with other trades that day. In the end, we have concluded that Markus did not actually pay for the bitcoins he acquired; rather, his account was fraudulently credited with claimed bitcoins that almost certainly were not backed by real coins.

"Post"

Saw this. A little too pat, in the classic Steven Spielberg way, but OK.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

English Beat - Ace of Spades - January 13, 2018


Doors opened an hour late. Glad I wasn’t early! I had an extra ticket. Fortunately Joe the Plumber wasn’t interested in going. Way too gay for him; maybe not gay enough for me. We would see.


Seemed like a happy crowd.





Since I was given the "English Beat" tickets for free, I wanted to give away my extra ticket. I hung around the front door, and failed to connect with several needy people, but I had faith. There's always someone who needs a ticket.

Eventually I was approached by a woman who asked if I had an extra ticket. She had a ticket, but her sister didn't. I brought her sister in. They were sweet and grateful and asked if I wanted money or a drink, but I wanted neither. Just as I had received the tickets, I wanted to give a ticket, freely.

The two sisters were big "English Beat" fans:
W.: English Beat played at my sister’s wedding.

M.: English Beat played at your sister’s wedding?

W.: They’ll play for anyone if you pay them enough.

Later, I saw the woman again. I understood that her name was Tije. I had never heard that name before. "What kind of name is that?" I asked. She explained she was Indian. "What tribe?" I asked. "The tribe from India," she replied. I looked at her blankly. "Oh!" I finally replied. "Now I get it!"

A Sacramento band, "Noche Oskura" opened. Pretty good. Their fans were there.

















The band is releasing their new single from their new album soon. They hinted they will return to Sacramento before 2018 is out. They even suggested next week.

Sharing Tips on the Flu

Cheeto Mussolini Takes A Step Too Far


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Michael Manley - A Life in Theatre! (Part 3)

Following up my first and second blogposts.


Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical - September 7, 2017 - Poole, Jekyll's manservant (Mike Manley) and Utterson, lawyer and friend of Henry Jekyll (Scott Minor).


DMTC, Shenandoah, November 1992. (From a caption in the Woodland Daily Democrat (Nov. 19, 1992): Charlie Anderson (Michael Manley) consoles his daughter Jenny (Julie Bock) when hope of finding the youngest son seems lost. The son was kidnapped by Union soldiers. — with Mike Manley and Julie Bock Thompson in Davis, California.


DMTC, "Kiss Me Kate," 1995. Katharine (Dawn Roe), Harry Trevor (Mike Mike Manley), Petruchio (John Chitambar), Gangster #1 (Steve Isaacson), and Gangster #2 (Mark Fejta). — with Mike Manley, Steve Isaacson and Mark Fejta at Varsity Theatre.


DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 31, 2007, Bioboard post — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


DMTC, "Carousel," November 13, 2009, Bioboard post — with Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Les Miserables," June 27, 2014, Bioboard post — with Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Into the Woods," November 12, 2015 — with Eimi Taormina, F. James Raasch, Jori Gonzales, Nancy Jones Streeter, Tony Ruiz, Mike Manley, Elysse Endter, Cyndi Kreafle Wall and Patrick McCann.


DMTC, "Into the Woods," November 11, 2015 — with John Ewing, Nancy Jones Streeter and Mike Manley in Davis, California.



DMTC's "Into the Woods," November 12, 2015. Cinderella (Jori Gonzales), Witch (Eimi Taormina), and Cinderella's Father (Mike Manley). — with McKinley Anne Carlisle, Josh Endter, Jori Gonzales, Cyndi Kreafle Wall, Eimi Taormina, F. James Raasch, Mike Manley, Ashley Marie, Patrick McCann, Josh Smith and Dannette Vassar at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


DMTC, "Les Miserables" (Performance picture), June 29, 2014 — with Jan Donowitz Isaacson, Gabe Avila, Dannette Vassar, Eimi Taormina, Scott Daugherty, Scott Scholes, Mike Manley, Andy Hyun, Ryan Favorite, Jeff Nauer, Mary Young, Kaylin Davis Scott and Hugo Figueroa Rojo at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 24, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 24, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 24, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 24, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 24, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 25, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 25, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 25, 2010 — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Martin Lehman as Petrucchio and Mike Manley as Baptista in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 26, 2010 — with Martin Lehman and Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 26, 2010. — with Mike Manley at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 26, 2010 — with Mike Manley and Martin Lehman at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).


Mike Manley as Baptista and Martin Lehman as Petrucchio in DMTC's "Kiss Me Kate," February 26, 2010 — with Mike Manley and Martin Lehman at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC).

Great Pictures!

Courtesy of Kate. The anticyclonic tornado picture is to die for!:
Grand Prize and Nature Winner. Jaw-dropping, rare anti-cyclonic tornado tracks in open farmland narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado, on June 5, 2015

Having Trump as President Costs Us International Power

Strangely, the supposedly-liberal media have mostly not discussed how Kim Jong Un completely-won his recent squabbles with Donald Trump. Kim got exactly what he wanted and the United States got nothing. Reporting on this inconvenient result is probably just too awkward for the press, but the event didn't go unnoticed. Vladimir Putin, for one, took note:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “shrewd and mature” and had won the latest standoff with the West over his nuclear and missile programs.

“I think that Mr Kim Jong Un has obviously won this round. He has completed his strategic task: he has a nuclear weapon, he has missiles of global reach, up to 13,000 km, which can reach almost any point of the globe,” Putin told Russian journalists at a televised meeting.

I Decided I Needed to Watch AMC's 2009 Remake of "The Prisoner"

I like this Village poster:

Thought-Provoking Article on Extraterrestrial Water

By none other than old classmate, Michael Zolensky!:
Organic matter in extraterrestrial water-bearing salt crystals

Queenie H. S. Chan, Michael E. Zolensky, Yoko Kebukawa, Marc Fries, Motoo Ito, Andrew Steele, Zia Rahman, Aiko Nakato, A. L. David Kilcoyne, Hiroki Suga, Yoshio Takahashi, Yasuo Takeichi and Kazuhiko Mase.

Abstract

Direct evidence of complex prebiotic chemistry from a water-rich world in the outer solar system is provided by the 4.5-billion-year-old halite crystals hosted in the Zag and Monahans (1998) meteorites. This study offers the first comprehensive organic analysis of the soluble and insoluble organic compounds found in the millimeter-sized halite crystals containing brine inclusions and sheds light on the nature and activity of aqueous fluids on a primitive parent body. Associated with these trapped brines are organic compounds exhibiting wide chemical variations representing organic precursors, intermediates, and reaction products that make up life’s precursor molecules such as amino acids. The organic compounds also contain a mixture of C-, O-, and N-bearing macromolecular carbon materials exhibiting a wide range of structural order, as well as aromatic, ketone, imine, and/or imidazole compounds. The enrichment in 15N is comparable to the organic matter in pristine Renazzo-type carbonaceous chondrites, which reflects the sources of interstellar 15N, such as ammonia and amino acids. The amino acid content of the Zag halite deviates from the meteorite matrix, supporting an exogenic origin of the halite, and therefore, the Zag meteorite contains organics synthesized on two distinct parent bodies. Our study suggests that the asteroidal parent body where the halite precipitated, potentially asteroid 1 Ceres, shows evidence for a complex combination of biologically and prebiologically relevant molecules.

One Reason Aussie Fires Spread So Readily

Frickin' arsonists:
[S]o-called 'firehawk raptors' – birds that intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks. ... These flying firestarters are spread across at least three known species – the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)....

..."Most of the data that we've worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples… They've known this for probably 40,000 years or more."

According to the team, firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched.

"The imputed intent of raptors is to spread fire to unburned locations – for example, the far side of a watercourse, road, or artificial break created by firefighters – to flush out prey via flames or smoke," the researchers write.

This behaviour, documented in interviews with the team and observed first-hand by some of the researchers, sees prey driven toward the raptors by a wall of flame, enabling them to engage in a feeding frenzy upon fleeing or scorched land animals.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Michael Manley - A Life in Theatre! (Part 2)

Following up my previous blogpost:


DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 29, 2007 — with Martin Lehman, Kris Farhood, Monica Parisi, Mike Manley and Clocky McDowell.


DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 29, 2007 — with Kris Farhood, Mike Manley and Monica Parisi.



DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Clocky McDowell, Kris Farhood, Monica Parisi, and Mike Manley.



DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Martin Lehman, Mike Manley, Kris Farhood, and Monica Parisi.



DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Clocky McDowell, Kris Farhood, Monica Parisi, Mike Manley and Martin Lehman.



DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Monica Parisi, Mike Manley, Martin Lehman, Kris Farhood, and Clocky McDowell.


DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Kris Farhood, Martin Lehman, Monica Parisi, Mike Manley, and Nic Candito.


DMTC, "La Cage aux Folles," December 30, 2007 — with Ryan Adame, Mike Manley, Kris Farhood, and Monica Parisi.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 9, 2012 — with Joel Porter, Shane Osterhoudt and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri, Mike Manley, and Rich Kulmann.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri, Bryan Pro, Mike Manley, and Rich Kulmann.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri, Mark Deamer, and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri, Mark Deamer, Mike Manley and Bryan Pro.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri and Amber Jean Moore.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri and Amber Jean Moore.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012. — with Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Scott Minor and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012. — Titanic survivors on the Carpathia, with Rebecca Wilson, Steve Mo, Mike Manley, Laura Sitts and Adam Sartain.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Joel Porter, Adam Sartain, Shane Osterhoudt, R. Douglas Barbieri, Kyle Hadley and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley, David Ewey, Steve Mo, Stacy Sheehan, Ashlyn Marie Barbieri and Carrie Ceniseroz Rothman.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley and Ashlyn Marie Barbieri.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley, Steve Mo and Stacy Sheehan.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mary Young, Mike Manley, Bryan Pro, Jan Donowitz Isaacson, Laura Sitts, Ashlyn Marie Barbieri, Richard Kulmann and Dannette Vassar.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Anthony Swaminathan, R. Douglas Barbieri, Bryan Pro and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with R. Douglas Barbieri, Mike Manley and Bryan Pro.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Jan Donowitz Isaacson, Dannette Vassar, Elizabeth Fernandez, Mike Manley and R. Douglas Barbieri.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Dan Mason, Mike Manley, Travis Nagler and Jabriel Daniels Shelton.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Joel Porter, Shane Osterhoudt and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Joel Porter, Shane Osterhoudt and Mike Manley.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Steve Mo, Mike Manley, Mary Young and Dannette Vassar.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Steve Mo, Mike Manley, Mary Young and Dannette Vassar.


DMTC, "Titanic," April 11, 2012 — with Mike Manley, Dannette Vassar, Jenny Plasse and Hannah Wallace.


DMTC's "Into the Woods," November 15, 2015. Baker (Tony Ruiz), Cinderella's Father (Mike Manley), Witch (Eimi Taormina), and Court Steward (Patrick McCann).