Single Length Golf Clubs

Recently I heard there is a golfer who is using single length golf clubs. (H/T Scott Adams) For those who don’t play golf, the standard golf clubs are of various lengths. The lower the number of the club the longer. Single Length golf clubs are all of the same length. One golfer has improved his game by using these clubs. The advantage of a Single Length club is a golfer would have the same stance and therefore one consistent swing is enough.

Any golfers here who want to opine on this. How about people who love science who want to explain the physics between long and short clubs? For anyone else what is your guess? Is this a fad or will everyone be having these clubs? I remember in tennis how the rackets changed all of a sudden. Has anyone seen a wooden racket recently?

The player causing this stir is Bryson DeChambeau. Here is an article to explain things.

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Rethinking Things

I hope people enjoy this site and get to mix with the great people that are here. This is a different place and does not follow the “dinner party” concept. I want to get across that there will be many types of posts. Some will be “extra hot” with robust discussions and others will be “mild”. The “extra hot” will cause heartburn for some people and might be good to be avoided. For others they love the “burning sensation”. When writing your posts on controversial topics, please add “Mild”, “Medium”, or “Extra Hot” so people can grasp what type of discussion might occur. Some topics are by their very nature naturally hot. B

The other way to think of this place is like sports. Some sports are non-contact like tennis and golf where others are physical like football and rugby. It would seem strange to complain about “Someone touched me!” in football. Or to think tackling someone in golf is appropriate. This is analogous to different types of discussions here. Try to respect the author’s intent on what type of “sport” they are “playing”. This is not a “dinner party”.

Continuing on with the sports analogy. No one gets kicks out of a league or suspended for normal fouls. That is how the game is played. The fouls of one game shouldn’t carry over to another game. They are usually forgotten. In basketball if a player has fouled out in a prior game they start with a clean slate in the new game. They don’t foul out over the first foul of the new game. If they do the ref needs to be fired. Fouls happen and are dealt with in most sports simply and efficiently.

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Beresheet: Israel to the Moon

The Beresheet spacecraft, built by Israeli non-profit company SpaceIL, is scheduled to land on the Moon today.  Landing operations are expected to begin around 19:00 UTC (you can see a UTC clock in the right side of the title bar of this site).  Landing is planned for a site in the north of Mare Serenetatis, on the north-east part of the near side of the Moon, within a 15 km area known to have little rubble or rugged terrain.  Here is a preview of the landing process from SpaceIL.

If successful, SpaceIL will join NASA, the former Soviet Union, and China as the only space programmes to successfully soft land spacecraft on the Moon, and will be the first privately-funded venture to do so.  Beresheet was launched as a piggy-back secondary payload on the 2019-02-22 on the launch of the Nusantara Satu satellite for an Indonesian telecommunications company on a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.  It got a ride to geostationary transfer orbit and then boosted its orbit in a sequence of four maneuvers until a final burn allowed it to be captured into lunar orbit on 2019-04-04, after which it progressively circularised its orbit around the Moon.

The entire budget for the Beresheet mission, including the SpaceX launch fee, is estimated at around US$ 95 million, most of it raised from private sources.  It is by far the least expensive lunar landing mission ever attempted.  Beresheet (בְּרֵאשִׁית) is the Hebrew word for “Genesis” and the title of the first book of the Bible.

Live coverage of the landing will begin at 19:45 UTC on SpaceIL’s YouTube live feed.  (Note that if you click the live feed before the broadcast starts, it will show you a starting time which is based upon YouTube’s guess of your time zone, which may not always be correct.  It’s best to rely on the UTC time and manually convert to your local time.)

Here is a preview of the mission by Scott Manley recorded just before the launch.

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Petrified Sand Dunes

Southwest Utah is known for having, and showing plainly, strata from all geologic periods.  Snow Canyon, ten miles northwest of St. George, is included in a state park featuring giant Navajo sandstone petrified dunes accented here and there with big messy piles of black volcanic rocks, all in a wide open valley with vistas and sunshine all day long. Looking north in late March:

A dune can be a quarter-mile long, hundreds of yards across, and a couple hundred yards high.  Yet it is easy to climb, being nicely-ridged, hence providing good footing.  No technical arts are necessarily required; just scramble up and look around many of them.  Cloud shadows dramatize the hills across the valley floor:

The Snow Canyon dunes, like all the formations exposed in Utah, have one thing in common with snowflakes: no two are alike, as far as we know. Looking south from the top of a dune we see an outrageous formation:

John Wayne starred as Genghis Khan in an interesting-looking 1956 movie filmed in part in Snow Canyon.  I’m sure the best scenes must have been shot there so I have put popcorn on the shopping list for when the library coughs up The Conqueror.

We merely climbed a handy dune and ate sandwiches under a brilliant blue sky with cool breezes caressing us from all directions, each originating in a hypnotizing vista.  None of us had imagined anything like this fantastic and beautiful place.

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Monday Meals: Educated Potatoes

This is a plate of “Educated Potatoes”. I am being free with the translation. The Japanese is 大学芋, Daigaku Imo. The first two characters mean “big” and “learning” therefore “college/university”. The last character means “potato’.

As you look at the picture you will see this is not your normal plate of fries. They are not deep fried and they are candied. They are not your normal white potatoes but sweet potatoes covered in a syrup with sesame seeds. This plate came hot and sticky.

I will let みきママ, Miki Mama show you one way to cook them. Notice the long chopsticks used in cooking. You can also hear that paper towels are called “kitchen paper”. I think it comes from their use in cooking. The amber liquid used is honey in making the syrup if you are wondering. At the top of the video screen is ヒンヤリ, hinyari and カリカリ, karikari. This means chilled and crisp. The kids are sure cute at the end of the video.

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Pete, can two play at this game?

Buttigieg to Pence: ‘If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator’

10 Cents to Buttigieg: If you got a problem with who Pence is, your problem is not with him — your quarrel, sir, is with his creator.

I suppose Pete gets to pick and choose what he considers important and knows the mind of the creator. (He might be running for saint.) It was great grandstanding but I think it fails the logic test.

I am for disagreement but I think it is a little much to use god as a prop.

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“Got a Rocket in Your Pocket?”

I never knew about this company. It was the first company to sell ball point pens after the war and sold for $12.50 in 1945 at Gimbels. 5000 on the first day. Their famous catchphrase was “It writes underwater.”


(The video is in Hindi but you can make out the story. The company is in India now.)

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And Then There Were Two…

On Saturday, my Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the Michigan State Spartans 61-51 to advance to the NCAA championship game, where they will play the Virginia Cavaliers, who earlier that day beat the Auburn Tigers 63-61. Here are some highlights from the Texas Tech-Michigan State game:

As a bonus, on Friday the Texas Tech cheer and pom squads won two national championships at the National Cheerleaders Association finals in Daytona Beach. Here’s a video of the cheer squad’s winning performance:

It’s a great time to be a Red Raider!

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Do You Remember When……. ?

      • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
      • It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
      • Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
      • Nobody owned a purebred dog?
      • When a quarter was a decent allowance?
      • You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
      • Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
      • All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
      • You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
      • And you didn’t pay for air.
      • And, you got trading stamps to boot?
      • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
      • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
      • They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed . . .and they did?
      • When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car… to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
      • No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
      • Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like,”That cloud looks like a …”
      • and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
      • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
      • And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?
      • When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
      • Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
      • Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
      • But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
      • As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
      • Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that”?

      I am sharing this with you today because it ends with a double dog dare to pass it on.
      To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.

      • And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.
      • How many of these do you remember?
      • Candy cigarettes
      • Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
      • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
      • Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
      • Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
      • Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
      • Newsreels before the movie
      • P.F. Fliers
      • Telephone numbers with a word prefix….(Raymond 4-601).
      • Party lines
      • Peashooters
      • Howdy Dowdy
      • 45 RPM records
      • Green Stamps
      • Hi-Fi’s
      • Metal ice cubes trays with levers
      • Mimeograph paper
      • Beanie and Cecil
      • Roller-skate keys
      • Cork pop guns
      • Drive ins
      • Studebakers
      • Washing machines with wringers
      • The Fuller Brush Man
      • Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
      • Tinkertoys
      • Erector Sets
      • The Fort Apache Play Set
      • Lincoln Logs
      • 15 cent McDonald hamburgers
      • 5 cent packs of baseball cards – with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
      • Penny candy
      • 35 cent a gallon gasoline, (I remember 29 cent gasoline!)
      • Jiffy Pop popcorn
      • eeny-meeny-miney-moe
      • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Do Over!”?
      • “Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
      • Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
      • It wasn’t odd to have two or three “Best Friends”?
      • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was “cooties”?
      • Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
      • A foot of snow was a dream come true?
      • Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
      • “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense?
      • Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
      • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
      • War was a card game?
      • Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
      • Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
      • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

      If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
      Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their “grown-up” life . . .
      I double-dog-dare-ya!

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Service….

Again I will bore my fellow Ratburgers with another short from a CD that I made some before I retired 15 or so years ago.

At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the meaning of the word  “service“… the act of doing things for other people.

Then I heard the terms Internal Revenue Service, Postal Service, Civil Service, Service Stations, and I became confused about the word “service.” This is not what I thought “service” meant.

Then recently, I overheard two horse breeders talking and one of them mentioned that he was having his stallion service a few of his mares.

SHAZAM!

It all came into perspective. Now I understand what all those “service” agencies are doing to us!

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How about Some Brass Band Music?

L'Avenir de Lignières, Concert annuel 2019Tonight was the annual concert of my village’s brass band, L’Avenir.  The brass band has two major concerts per year, in the spring and at Advent, and performs at events such as the 1er août and Désalpe.  The band often has joint concerts with other bands in the region, both in Lignières and their homes, and competes in regional and national contests and has historically performed very well for a volunteer band from a village of around 1000 people.

Vin: membre d'honneurThe concerts turn out a substantial fraction of the village.  I’m not skilled at estimating crowds, but this one pretty much filled up the school gymnasium where it was held, and I’d guess there were around 350 people there.  I rarely miss a concert, but this was one where attendance was obligatoire, because I was to be made an honorary member of the band due to my support over the last quarter century.  (If you knew how rudimentary my musical talent is, you’d appreciate what an honour this is.)  I got a specially inscribed magnum of Neuchâtel Pinot Noir and applause from the crowd.

Let’s get to the music.  Here are three of the pieces from the concert.  These were recorded with my Canon S100 pocket camera (the same one that froze solid at the South Pole, but worked fine when it thawed out and continues to soldier on six years later), then converted with OpenShot to OGG (Theora/Vobis) format at 360 pixel resolution with medium quality video, but full CD-quality stereo audio, which is what matters.  I’ll bet you can’t turn your computer speakers up high enough to be as loud as it was in person.

The repertoire is varied: lots of classic brass band material like marches, but also jazz, classical music like Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite and, as you’ll see and hear, movie music.  Goutez!

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Election Day April 7th

[I wish the photos were better.]
It is election day here. Before election day cars go around with loud speakers. The photos shows the cars of two candidates from the Jimintou Party. This is the same party as the Prime Minister Abe. The first picture is of Hirai Machiko. She is speaking across the street. She is the one in the sash. She is running for the city council and  this is her third election. The second picture is for Kawabe Nobihiro. He is running for the Prefecture Assembly and is a new candidate.  He is the one across the street wearing a sash. Both candidates are using their campaign cars’ loud speaker to amplify their speeches so I wanted to show you the set up.

(Sorry these web pages are in Japanese.)

The first candidate. 

The second candidate.

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