Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lighthouse of the Week, May 24-30, 2020: Mystery lighthouse

I haven't played this game for awhile, so I hope that it works.

I am behind schedule by a couple of days, so the :Lighthouse of the Week from last week is this post. 

Then in a couple of days I'll reveal the answer, and give the full treatment to this light station.

So, what's the name of this lighthouse -- and where is it?

You didn't think I was going to make it too easy, did you?

What did you say your name was again?

Karren Rita Brady, Baroness Brady, CBE is a British sporting executive, politician, television personality, newspaper columnist, author and novelist.   She's been in management positions for a few of the top-flight (Premier League and Championship) soccer teams. 

All of those are great accomplishments!   She's also a mother of two, fathered by her husband, also a soccer player (or as the Brits say, "footballer"), a male named Paolo and a female named Sophia.  Their last name is Peschisolido (officially via the name of their father).

This post is about Sophia.

OK, I'm done now.

(But there's more of Sophia to be found, if you care to look around.  Nothing of the starkers variety that I can tell, but some good visual entertainment nonetheless.)

How goes it in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has it tough.   They had to suffer through Scott Walker's governorship, and now they have a legislature of Republican commandos who try every means possible (most of them nefarious) to thwart the decent governing efforts of the recently elected Democratic governor.   And the Supreme Court, which still has a conservative Republican majority (sad as that is), continues to rule in ways that are against the public good.

So, let's review the most recent travesty of justice.  The governor attempted to extend his stay-at-home order, but that was overruled by the aforementioned idiots on the Supreme Court, and this allowed numerous Wisconsinites to get out of the house and into the crowded bar, to do one of the things Wisconsinites do well -- drink.  Beer gets the publicity, but anything in the category of "contains alcohol"  does the job.

So, to review, the WI SC  (ha ha ha!) overruled the governor on Wednesday, May 13, and many Badgers hit the bars that day.  So if you give COVID-19 five days to start sickening those infected, there should have been an uptick in cases starting around May 18 or so.

So what happened?   I'll consult the New York Times.

You can see where May starts, on a rising trend.  Then there's a dip in the infection rate.  The low point of the dip is May 13.   If you use this interactive graph online, you can see how many new cases of infections there were each day.

May 14:   377
May 15:   574
May 16:   514
May 17:   203
May 18:   151
May 19:   279
May 20:   573
May 21:   318
May 22:   665
May 23:   428
May 24:   377
May 25:   284

So five days after the bar crawl, er, reopening, May 18 didn't have a big number of cases.  But if we assume more people like to hit the bars on the weekend, then the "big days" would be May 15 and May 16, Friday and Saturday.  Five days after May 15 is May 20.    And the new cases hit 573.  Slight fall-off the next day, but a big comeback on the 22nd.

It's not scientific in the slightest, but it is more than just a bit suggestive that the bar reopening that was aided and abetted (not using that phrase incorrectly) by the WI SC sponsored a big increase in infections.,

Like I said, it's tough living in Wisconsin with the political alignment the way it is. But the conservative Republicans don't seem to have a problem making it easier to get sick and die.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Lighthouse of the Week, May 17-23, 2020: Coney Island, NY, USA

Leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend during the strange year of 2020, when Memorial Day will be like no other (did I suddenly channel The Bachelor?), I chose the Coney Island Lighthouse.  Most of the time, people would go to New York's Coney Island for Memorial Day weekend.  This year, not so much.

But the lighthouse is still there.

Let's learn about it.

Well, there's a lot to learn.  Coney Island Lighthouse at Lighthouse Friends

Simply, according to the Lighthouse Directory, the Coney Island Lighthouse is a "Sanibel Class" skeletal tower.  Here are the characteristics of these towers:
"Beginning in 1884, the Lighthouse Board adopted a standard plan for skeletal lighthouses having a square footprint. This plan was used for lighthouses with heights up to about 100 feet. The lighthouses have octagonal watch and lantern rooms, each with a gallery. In taller towers, a distinctive feature of the design is an extra leg running about half way up the side of each face. Shorter towers (65-75 feet) have only three sections and lack these extra legs."
The Coney Island tower is the first of the shorter design.

Below, three pictures and a four-minute trailer from a movie about the lighthouse.

This one is a model, and a good one.

A Bendtner article

For some reason (and you can search this blog for the name "Bendtner" if you doubt me), I've been fascinated by the soccer playing career of Nicklas Bendtner.

So here's an update.

'I lost a lot of money, an unrealistic amount': Nicklas Bendtner reveals he frittered around £5.4m gambling on poker during his early days at Arsenal

I was surprised to find out that he's still been playing -- though with a few exceptions, nobody's playing right now.   He is currently on the team from Copenhagen, his hometown.

One of the most unique spellings ever

While I am sorry that the woman in the story was attacked by a bison -- they are, after all, wild animals, so these things happen -- I had to note the unique spelling skills of the Daily Mail's sub-headline writers.

Old Faithful is a hot spring of water that periodically produces eruptions when the water below the surface boils and forces a column of water into the air.

The general name of this phenomenon is geyser (from the Icelandic geysir).

So where Old Faithful is located is Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin.

I have no idea where the Upper Greyson Basin is located.

I just have to provide this in case it's hard to find

The remarkable two-facedness of Senator Lindsey Graham, illustrated by Lindsey Graham, playing both sides of himself.