Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Red Rectangle lights up

What's the Red Rectangle?  

No one knows for sure.

But now we have a better image of it.

Hubble Telescope Captures Sharpest Image Yet of Mysterious Red Rectangle

"This new image gives scientists the best understanding yet of the structure of the Red Rectangle, according to a statement from NASA. Instead of a rectangle, it appears that the nebula around the star is shaped like an "X," with ladder-like rungs of glowing gas connecting the four arms."

Here's the picture:

Compare to an older one from 2004:

Republican Party seeing how low it can go

The Pew Center reports on just now unfavorably the Party of Trump, aka the former Republican Party, is viewed right now by the American public.

GOP's favorability rating edges lower

The money sentences:

Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. Unfavorable opinions of the GOP are now as high as at any point since 1992. ... In October, 37% viewed the Republican Party favorably and 58% viewed it unfavorably. The decline in favorability since then has largely come among Republicans themselves: In the current survey, 68% of Republicans view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.
All of those low numbers are downright good news for the U.S.A.

Here's some more:

"Just 28% of independents view the Republican Party favorably, while 37% say they have a favorable impression of the Democratic Party."

Even more good news. I recommend reading the rest; those numbers are very insightful.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lili Simmons is pretty darn nice looking

I have to admit that I started watching the last season of Banshee because Eliza Dushku is guest-starring on it.  Banshee is a guilty pleasure, a film noir mix of sex and violence and drugs and thievery and sadism and murder and general all-around bad doin's in Pennsylvania Amish country.  One critic said that Banshee County, where it fictionally takes place, is the most dysfunctional county in America.

Not far wrong.  But after I started watching, I realized that actress Lili Simmons, who plays Amish girl gone bad (really, really bad) Rebecca Bowman, who happens to have been brutally murdered at the beginning of this finale season, is very appealing.  Hard to be wholesome when you're as bad as she is, but she gives it a go.

I figure there were some sexy pictures of Lili around somewhere, and I was right, there are -- see below.  And if you want to see more of her, there are screen caps and probably videos of the sex scenes that she's been an integral and unclad part of on Banshee.  Not hard to find;  trust me.

Sometimes a team beats the odds

If there's any lesson to be taken from Leicester City winning the Premier League (which they clinched with Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur), it's that sometimes a team, or an individual, can overcome the tremendous odds against them and win.

I kinda wish that would happen for the teams that I want to win.  But it's pretty rare.

Congratulations, Leicester City.  All the underdog teams that dream of glory can now look at your example and say, "If they can do it... then we have a chance too."

Unless you're the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, of course, because the hockey gods have apparently decreed that they're never going to win the Stanley Cup.  I might have more words to write on this subject,  because I have quite a few mixed thoughts right now.  And there are more actions yet to happen (or not happen) to be considered.

Lighthouse of the Week, May 1-7, 2016: Pachena Point, BC, CA

This week's lighthouse, Pachena Point, is another one of those lighthouses situated in a casually magnificent location on the Pacific Coast of North America.

Here's more information about it:

Pachena Point, BC

"The lighthouse, an octagonal wooden tower with sloping sides, was built to a height of thirty-eight feet nine inches high from its base to the lantern deck. In addition to the lighthouse, a double dwelling was also constructed along with a square fog alarm building. John S. Richardson, Pachena’s first lightkeeper, lit a temporary life-saving beam, in the form of a lantern on a gas tank, on September 1, 1907."

It was being restored in 2015 and according to the very up-to-date Lighthouse Friends Web site, the scaffolding came down in April 2016.

Three pictures:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Has Petra got a new man?

I've always liked Petra Nemcova, for her looks first, and then her courage after the Indonesian tsunami (which killed her boyfriend at the time, and she had to spend hours in a tree with a broken pelvis), then her looks again as she represented Ultimo.  And she's had a few romantic relationships since, but nothing stuck.

Well, she might be seeing how a champion Formula 1 race car can act as a boyfriend.

Lewis Hamilton is seen leaving Berlin hotel with supermodel Petra Nemcova morning after sitting side-by-side at Laureus World Sports Awards

Of course, they could just be good friends.  We'll see.

Daily Mail makes an interesting mistake

I look at the Daily Mail almost every day.  It covers the gamut from tragedy to triumph, science to society, plus boobs and buns.  Not a bad mix.

But I had to do a screen capture of a headline that they ran a couple of days ago.  Here it is:

Think about it.