Thursday, November 23, 2017

Oumuamua - Asteroid From Beyond

Pretty cool:
Such interstellar objects are thought to pass through our Solar System pretty frequently, but they’re usually moving too fast, and they’re usually too faint to see. With `Oumuamua, astronomers got lucky: the asteroid entered our Solar System at an angle, coming in close by the Sun, and then passed by Earth on its way out of the Solar System. That gave astronomers the chance to catch it with ground-based telescopes. “I think it’s really neat that we had this visitor, however briefly, and we had a chance to look at it up close,” says Meech.

"I Thought Turkeys Could Fly"

A Commercial Product With People Like Me In Mind

And not because it’s gluten free ... Butler's Land of Nowhere.

Love Tucson Regional Ballet, and Guy Atchley's Composition!

At Mission San Xavier del Bac, just outside Tucson.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Naomi Campbell’s Magic, Egyptian House

From 2011:

It’s Naomi Campbell’s future home. Click through to inspect it closely. The house is actually a holiday residence and although we see rendered images of a project and distant photographs, the house was apparently already built on a private island in Turkey.

Aerosols, Hurricane Season 2017

No Help For California

And California's GOP Congresscritters play along:
California’s Democratic governor, its two Democratic senators, and its 39 Democratic members of Congress asked for $7.4 billion. With only one exception, California’s Republican delegation boycotted a request for disaster funding for their own state.

Yesterday the Trump administration responded to California’s request:
While the request includes anemic supplemental funding for states ravaged by hurricanes, it contains no funding whatsoever for rebuilding the communities in California devastated by the recent wildfires…. “For the Administration to not request even a single additional penny to help rebuild the communities devastated by the worst fires in California’s history is mind-boggling,” [said the two congressmen who led the disaster relief effort].

This brings the toxicity of partisan politics to jaw-dropping levels. California Republicans won’t even stick up for their own state, and a Republican president offers nothing in response to an enormous natural disaster.

Walter Cronkite Presents The Chicago Fire

Happy to Report Explosives Were *Not* Required to Clear the Kitchen Drain

But a lot of time was!

Noir, On Ice