Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another Great Lakes wreck - this time, a train

Close on the heels of the discovery of the second-oldest shipwreck in the Great Lakes, a wreck hunter named Tom Crossmon of Minnesota has found something else -- in this case, the derailed locomotive CPR 694, which went off the tracks and into Lake Superior on June 9, 1910.

The article at the link below has a seven minute video about the find.

Train found at bottom of Lake Superior, 106 years after derailment

A very close conjunction

Whether or not you have a view of the sky on August 27, and whether or not you're reading this before or after August 27, that night has a very unusual and rare astronomical event;  a planetary conjunction (two planets appearing very close together in the sky) between Venus and Jupiter.

In this case, very very close.  Almost on top of each other.

Here's a good video about it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paul Krugman on politics, climate change, and Trump

Paul Krugman had a very good piece in the New York Times on climate change and Donald Trump, echoing some of the tribalistic concerns voiced by other writers (including my small self here on thie blog, occasionally).

I provide a link to the article here:  The Water Next Time

And below are some excerpts.  The emphases (underlining) are mine.

"Or to put it a different way, we face a clear and present danger, but we have the means and the knowledge to deal with that danger. The problem is politics — which brings us back to Mr. Trump and his party.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that when it comes to climate change, as with so many issues, Mr. Trump has gone deep down the rabbit hole, asserting not just that global warming is a hoax, but that it’s a hoax concocted by the Chinese to make America less competitive."
and this:
... "It’s interesting to ask why climate denial has become not just acceptable but essentially required within the G.O.P. Yes, the fossil-fuel sector is a big donor to the party. But the vehemence of the hostility to climate science seems disproportionate even so; bear in mind that, for example, at this point there are fewer than 60,000 coal miners, that is, less than 0.05 percent of the work force. What’s happening, I suspect, is that climate denial has become a sort of badge of right-wing identity, above and beyond the still-operative motive of rewarding donors."

Based on a recent article in The Hill ("Poll:  Climate is most divisive issue in U.S."), the tribal allegiance of the hard right-wing to climate change skepticism makes what Krugman writes ring true.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Another August sonnet - "but who's counting?"

I've had more chances to be poetic this August.  So below, I hope you enjoy one of my fun ones.

but who's counting?

In basic elements she is the same;
her components no different than those
who like her are a woman! So her frame
is legged and possessed of pairs with ten-count toes
or fingers, plus the special type with cur-
vatures appealing and arousing; still,
it is the singularities of her
that alter both my wisdom and my will.
For one of them does kiss me, on my lips
or on my own distinct uniqueness; and
there is another place between her hips
that too is primal -- there, when my demand
is matched to her acceptance, she transforms
to one whose sole existence transcends norms.

Lighthouse of the Week, August 21-27, 2016: Orient Point, NY (The Coffee Pot)

Did you know that Long Island, NY, has 24 lighthouses?

Neither did I, until I looked at this map:  Lighthouses of Long Island, New York

I looked down the list, and thought that Orient Point (The Coffee Pot) looked intriguing.  It turns out that the lighthouse itself isn't the most photogenic (hence the nickname), but location, location, location:  it can still make some great photographs.

Here's more about it (it was built 1898-1899):  Orient Point, NY

It is currently privately-owned.

A map, and then three nice pictures are below.

from slack12 on Flickr

Friday, August 19, 2016

Just a little ... bit ... lower

I don't try to hide my admiration for the talent, charisma, fitness, and All-American beauty of dancing star from Dancing with the Stars Julianne Hough.   And while she has a great figure, with all the necessary components, one of her outstanding components is her dancing-sculpted butt.

Below is one of the better photographs I could find of this particular component.

Now, it would be enjoyable but unlikely that Julianne would provide a view of her bare derriere (except maybe to her paramours, who are very fortunate guys).   However, during her vacation with Nina Dobrev, Milissa Sears, the fortunate Brooks Laich, and a few others, Nina, Julianne, and Milissa offered a glimpse of at least the top of their bare bottoms.

And that was very nice of them to do.

Click this to see that

(this shot has garnered 3,530 comments at the time I looked at it)

Now, some of the comments aren't exactly favorable.  So should we judge harshly?  Well, the nature of the beast of the type of dancing Julianne does is to be artistically sexy -- and one of the reasons she's a star is because she does that quite well.  So yes, this might be a little risky or risqué (take your pick), but that's an element of how she's built her stardom.

Now, if she posed for a nude photoshoot, their might be more disapproval, and it might more radically affect her wholesome+sexy image.  It would also be very nice of her to do -- but I don't expect it.

About Milissa Sears:  she's the wife of  TV's Flash hero/villain Teddy Sears, who was responsible for setting up Julianne and Brooks, which has worked out pretty well (it appears).

About 90% of the pictures I could find of her are with Teddy, so here's one in which she looks quite fetching.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Really cool shipwreck find in Lake Ontario

A band of veteran shipwreck hunters that searches the Great Lakes found one of the most significant finds of their shipwreck-finding careers:  the wreck of the sloop Washington, which was built in 1797 and went down in a storm in 1803.  According to the articles that I've provided as links below, this makes it the second-oldest ship on the bottom of the Great Lakes.  (I doubt there are any ships older than this still afloat on the Great Lakes, either).

What got me was the amazing preservation of the ship.  I guess wood doesn't deteriorate a lot in the cold low-oxygen darkness of the freshwater Great Lakes (and as support, they do underwater salvage logging in Lake Superior).

Here's a shot from the underwater ROV that surveyed the ship after they found it with side-scan sonar.


Rare 18th Century Sloop Washington Discovered in Lake Ontario.

Watch the moment explorers find 'very special' 200 year old Canadian sloop shipwrecked in the Great Lakes (Daily Mail, with ROV video)