TOTD 2018-06-01: Is Finland the Texas of Europe?

I am sick as a dog, still having chills shaking me like a leaf.  But I made a promise, and I intend to keep it.  Sorry if this is silly.

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Publix demonstration

The Left love demonstrating.  They are constantly marching and rallying, ginning up outragey feelings in search of that street-protest vibe of the 1960s.  Even high-school Leftists are nostalgic for the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam-War marches.   They all want an emotional high, preferably with a tiny waft of tear gas in the air.

Florida high schoolers targeted Publix Supermarkets for a die-in.  Publix is a grocery store chain that is strong in Florida and Georgia and has many stores in five other Southeastern states.

Of course fawning media gave this protest national coverage.  The kids from Parkland learned that, so long as they mouth the causes of the Left, they will gain nationwide media attention.

The reason for the protest is that Publix made a political campaign donation to a Republican who votes with the NRA.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/publix-suspend-political-donations-protest-parkland-students/story?id=55455651

I did not scour the internet, but a casual search only turned up one case of a reporter actually doing some reporting other than passing along David Hogg’s press release.  This article is about who receives political donations from Publix.  This is relevant because Publix immediately folded and announced that they would quit making political gifts.  Of course, in the Southeast, if Publix is giving proportionately, then their overall giving will tend to favor Republicans.  This article is focused on Alabama:

Following the money: Who may be affected by Publix stopping political donations?

I added “hobbies” to the categories attached to this post, because the Parkland students have made political demonstrations into a hobby.


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TOTD 2018-03-30: The Moon, Up Close and Personal

Since 1994, Fourmilab’s Earth and Moon Viewer has provided custom views of the Earth and Moon from a variety of viewpoints, using imagery databases which have evolved over the years from primitive images to gigabyte-scale mosaics collected by spacecraft.  Views were originally restricted to the Earth, but fifteen years ago, in April 2003, the ability to view the Moon was added, using the global imagery collected by the Clementine orbiter.  These data were wonderful for the time, providing full-globe topography and albedo databases with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels.  This allowed viewing the Moon as a whole or modest zooms into localities, but when you zoomed in close the results were…disappointing.  Here is the crater Copernicus viewed from an altitude of 10 km using the Clementine data.

Moon, Copernicus crater, 10 km altitude, Clementine data

It looks kind of like a crater, but it leaves you wanting more.

That was then, and this is now.  In 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched into a near-polar orbit around the Moon.  In its orbit, it is able to photograph the entire lunar surface from an altitude as low as 20 km, with very high resolution.  This has enabled the assembly of a global mosaic image with resolution of 100 metres per pixel (total image size is 109164×54582 pixels), or about 5.6 gigabytes of 256-level grey scale pixels).  This image database is now available in Earth and Moon Viewer.  Here is the same view of Copernicus using the LRO imagery.

Copernicus crater, 10 km altitude, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imagery

Bit of a difference, don’t you think?  But it doesn’t stop there.  Let’s swoop down to 1 km above the surface and  look at the central peaks.

Note the small craters and boulder fields which are completely invisible with even the best Earth-based telescopes.

Thanks to LRO, you can now explore the Moon seeing views that only astronauts who orbited, flew by, or landed there have ever seen with their own eyes.  And the entire Moon is yours to explore, including all of the far side and the poles, where Apollo missions never ventured.

The Clementine and LRO imagery were collected a decade apart.  The technology which has enabled this improvement continues to grow exponentially.  The Roaring Twenties are going to be interesting.

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New Camera – Big Fun!

Olympus OM-D, E-M10MarkII, Micro-Four Thirds.   Have 14-42 and 40-150 zoom lenses, both with circular polarizing filters.  Weighs about 1/10th of my older Olympus E-3 which used the much larger Four Thirds format lenses.  Slightly higher F #’s with the new one, but for the size, don’t care.  The new one has WiFi: Crikey!

From this am, only using AUTO; a sunny morning, finally:

Still water because my new pond pump, 2.7 HP Century V-Green, is variable speed, and this low setting oxygenates the water, only using 100W.  I am a control freak, in spite of PGE’s wishes.

 


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Spring Spring!

So, yeah, I am having serious trouble with Spring fever this year.  We didn’t go the the beach this week because my perfect spouse contracted the Crud.  Postponed until 4-2.

My camera activity is getting an upgrade.  I cracked the glass over the function display on my beloved Olympus E-3, so it’s retiring.  It’s only good for fair weather action now.  My new camera is an Olympus OM-D Mark 10 II:  Micro four-thirds, 15.6 Megapixel, 5-way internal stabilization, screamingly fast AF, 8.5 fps, and built-in WiFi.  Woof!  Until I get it on Monday, here’s a few iPhone shots from yesterday:

Our pink Magnolia is raring to go.

The maximally green-thumbed spouse’s late winter flower basket adorns the deck.

We begged the Camellia and it finally listened.

Water is up to 53F, so the fish are chowing down, their most potent skill.


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A Thinker

Deborah C. Tyler is usually interesting to read at American Thinker.  Today she’s a must read.

This is perfect:

Collusion?  By personality, Donald Trump is the last person who would secretly collude with anybody.  Everybody knows that Trump would not collude with Christ Himself if the chance arose.  Collusion is for people who lack confidence in their ability to accomplish a purpose and turn to underhanded methods.  If there is one defining feature to Donald Trump’s personality, it is tremendous confidence in the belief that he can accomplish his goals. Collusion is sneaky behavior that gives the other collaborators great power.  Trump would not grant that kind of power to anybody.

As always, worth reading the whole essay.  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/everybody_knows.html

Cheers!  Visitors in a previous spring:


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