Archive for October, 2010

Coyote on the outflow

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

… of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone:

Coyote on the outflow

I think that’s the better picture, but this one, taken a short time earlier, is a nicer one of the coyote itself:

Coyote on the outflow (earlier)

One of the nice things about having a girlfriend who likes to travel is that I get the opportunity to see things like this. I’d never been to Yellowstone until we took a trip there about a year ago.

Miscellany 12

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Bohemian Rhapsody performed on ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro.

NPR’s feature on Lyle Ritz.

Tchaikovsky did what? (I recently ran across a printout I made of this page some years ago. The page is gone, but has preserved it.

Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death.

I keep getting mailers suggesting that I sign up for receiving mail ballots for all future elections. Here’s one reason why I haven’t.

A cause of rising ocean levels that is not attributed to “global warming.” I remember reading about the falling levels in the Edwards Aquifer a couple of decades or more ago. I can’t imagine that things have gotten any better in the time since then. Fresh water supplies are going to become more and more important as time goes on and population increases.

Vessels such as this were being proposed way back when I was in the Navy. I’m sure it’s got impressive speed, but there’s not a lot of visible armament. It looks (to my long-out-of-practice-and-behind-the-times eye) like one gun emplacement on the foredeck, and something that looks reminiscent of a Vulcan/Phalanx close-in missile defense system up top. If that’s all there is, it’s a continuation of a trend that dates back to at least the 1970s – I can remember looking at our warships and comparing them with the Russian K-class warships, which bristled with weapons in comparison to ours. Still, the armament necessary for a given ship depends on its mission.

This makes more sense than I like. It might not be a deliberate aim, but it certainly seems to fit the facts.

Let’s stuff the ballot box

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

If the three of you who read this site and aren’t Bunk go here and vote for me, I can win adulation and the accolades of my peers.

Lucky Me

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

I was over at Cassandra’s last night, and listened to this. I think she’s right about it.

In about ten hours

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

… it will be 10:10:10 on 10/10/10.

Make of that what you will.

How’s that again?

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

While computer software engineers, the guys who write the software, are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs, rising 32 percent over the next 10 years, demand for computer programmers, the guys who write the instructions for a computer to use that software, is expected to shrink 3 percent in the next decade.

Just because

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

I don’t know what it’s supposed to be (apart from a door), but I kind of like the look.


Easier than doing it myself

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’d collected a number of links to various takes on the abhorrent 10:10 video, and had thought of doing a post rounding up the assorted reactions I’d come across.

Luckily for me, The Daily Bayonet has done exactly that, almost certainly better than I’d have managed.

I’ve been seeing these graphs a lot, lately

Friday, October 1st, 2010

They’re as severe a criticism of the current state of the American educational establishment as the report, A Nation at Risk, was in 1983, when it famously stated (in 1983!), “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”

The graphs are a lot quicker and easier to understand than the report. It’s instructive to see where we were on the graphs when A Nation at Risk was released, and to see just how effective adding money to the education system has been in improving results.

Agricultural rustlers

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’ve read before about people who’ve rustled saguaro cactus in Arizona, and people who’ve awakened to find that black walnut trees on their property have been logged in the night, but this is the first time I’ve heard of anything on this scale.