Sunday, October 4, 2015

NASA Photo of the Day

September 29:

Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse and Lightning Storm
Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Antonio Hervás
Explanation: What's more rare than a supermoon total lunar eclipse? How about a supermoon total lunar eclipse over a lightning storm. Such an electrifying sequence was captured yesterday from Ibiza, an island in southeastern Spain. After planning the location for beauty, and the timing to capture the entire eclipse sequence, the only thing that had to cooperate for this astrophotographer to capture a memorable eclipse sequence was the weather. What looked to be a bother on the horizon, though, turned out to be a blessing. The composite picture features over 200 digitally combined images from the same location over the course of a night. The full moon is seen setting as it faded to red in Earth's shadow and then returned to normal. The fortuitous lightning is seen reflected in the Mediterranean to the right of the 400-meter tall rocky island of Es Vedra. Although the next total eclipse of a large and bright supermoon will occur in 2033, the next total eclipse of any full moon will occur in January 2018 and be best visible from eastern Asia and Australia.

Minster Oktoberfest Weekend Links

I didn't make it to the local Oktoberfest celebration, but that still didn't prevent me from being late with the weekend reads:

Not Just Another Number 30 - SBNation

Donald Trump's Misadventures in Professional Football - Priceonomics

Sneaker Wars: Inside the Battle Between Nike and Adidas - GQ

Monsanto To Chart Growth Plan as Farmers Feel Squeezed - Wall Street Journal

Drought Is Driving Beekeepers And Their Hives From California - The Salt

Beef Isn't For Dinner Anymore as Americans Devour Cheaper Pork - Bloomberg

Farmer digs up woolly mammoth bones in Michigan soy field - Washington Post (via the journalist)

Why It Was Easier To Be Skinny in the 1980's - The Atlantic.  Fingering the feeding of antibiotics to livestock, which screw with gut bacteria.  Don't know if I buy that, but it is interesting.

Dick Cantwell's Beer Is Immortal - Seattle Met

Volkswagen's Villains - Slate

Atomic Summer: An Essay by Joni Tevis - Longreads

The Man Who Launched The GOP's Civil War - Politico

How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina - Backchannel

Voter ID and driver's license office closures black-out Alabama's Black Belt -

Closures announced Wednesday will leave 28 Alabama counties without a place to get a driver's license.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Lot of Happy Trees

FiveThirtyEight analyzes the work of painter Bob Ross on "The Joy of Painting":

The Jefferson Grid

Bridgeport, Wisconsin

Wired highlights an anonymous artist's Instagram account:
Artists like to say they think outside the box. The anonymous photographer behind The Jefferson Grid is all about the box.
Well, the square, actually. His oddly addicting Instagram account is a steady stream of Google Earth screengrabs, each revealing an area covering exactly one square mile. It provides a riveting glimpse of landscapes that may look ordinary, even boring, from the ground while providing an easily grasped sense of scale.
The title is inspired by the top-down planning system established by the Land Ordinance Survey of 1785, which divvied up the vast prairies of the midwest into a neatly ordered checkerboard. Each parcel of land, suddenly defined by unnatural borders, began taking on a life all its own. “It’s fascinating that a survey system invented more than 200 years ago still affects the way things are organized and the way people live,” the photographer says.
Yes, the rectangular survey system has definitely left its mark on America.

Lenny's Garage

Lenny's Garage from Peter Crosby on Vimeo.

A Night Off

After nine days of work, the rain held up harvest.  I guess I'll try to catch up on the weekend's work with a few stories you can check out:

The Reckoning: Football, Love, and Remembering Paul Oliver - SBNation

The Last Years of Ernie Banks - Chicago Magazine

This Pest Has Shut Down South Florida's $700 Million Fruit Industry - The Salt

Farmers Flooded From Homes 'Like Pests' as Asia Plans 500 Dams - Bloomberg

Investors are Mining for Water, the Next Hot Commodity - New York Times

One Company Is Making A Killing on Brazil's Sinking Real - Bloomberg.  Meat-packing king JBS.

How A Little Lab In West Virginia Caught Volkswagen's Big Cheat - NPR

The Art of Handling a PR Implosion - Priceonomics

On Eve of Pope Francis's Visit, U.S. Catholic Church Grapples With Growth and Decline - Wall Street Journal

America's Most Admired Lawbreaker - Huffington Post

How the DMCA may have let carmakers cheat clean air standards - ComputerWorld

The West is on fire - and the U.S. taxpayer is subsidizing it - The Conversation

Oh Canada! Four in Ten Americans Want Wall on Northern Border - Bloomberg.  Damn, there are a shit-ton of stupid people out there.

The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out - FiveThirtyEight.  Speaking of stupid people, here's a long list.  Of course Jim Jordan and Tim Huelskamp make that list.

The Fight for the Soul of the Republican Party - Bloomberg.  What soul? Good thing idiots wasn't a category in this poll:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Boehner Is Out

I'm middle-age, and I've never voted in a federal election in which John Boehner wasn't on the ballot. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

If The Cuckoo Don't Crow

If they aren't having relations with dead pigs, British folks are telling stories like this:

If The Cuckoo Don't Crow from Steve Kirby on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RIP Yogi

He was much more than just a font of funny quotes:
Berra starred on Yankees teams that dominated baseball during his 18 years playing in pinstripes, from 1946 to 1963. He played in 14 World Series and was on the winning side 10 times, both records. He also holds World Series career records for at-bats (259) and hits (71).
The American League Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1954 and 1955, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the same year the Yankees retired his uniform, No. 8.
“He would beat you in some way, whether it was with his defense behind the plate, a great throwing arm or that clutch hitting that every winning ball club must have,” recalled former Yankee pitcher Don Larsen, who threw the only perfect game in World Series history in 1956, with Berra behind the plate.
Another baseball legend leaves us.