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A Typical Sunspot   In the cold, clear air of 23–24 Dec 1873 Samuel Pierpont Langley, then director of the Allegheny Observatory and professor at the Western University of Pennsylvania, was viewing the sun using the observatory’s 13-inch Fitz-Clark refractor and created this remarkably detailed drawing of a single sunspot. The drawing, now a solar astronomy classic, was widely reprinted. The version above, a steel engraving by Samuel Sartain of Philadelphia, was included as the frontispiece in Charles Young’s textbook The Sun.

this guy is living in 2030 from r/Damnthatsinteresting

Secret plans helped synagogue pull off massive, maskless wedding

“In recent weeks, organizers worked tirelessly to arrange everything in the best way possible. All notices about upcoming celebrations were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.”

The Satmar synagogue, which has a maximum capacity of 7,000, jammed men onto bleachers filled to the rafters, the videos show. Women sat in the balcony behind a barricade.

Helicopter with Donor Heart Crashes, Firefighters Recover It, Doctor Trips and Drops It; But It All Ends Well 

Every Time His GF Asked if the Baby Was Ok He Would Text Back These 

“Always avoid ‘always’. Never say ‘never’.” – Rhetoric 101

The SAF-T BRA: The Military’s Bullet-Proof Brasiers of WWII

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A snails heartbeat from r/Damnthatsinteresting

Venetie  Drone Views when there were no drones  Kolb never stated exactly how Barbari composed the view, but as Juergen Schultz points out in his classic analysis, it must have been prepared from dozens, perhaps hundreds of bell tower sightings: “… Jacapo’s view is neither a giant landscape drawing made in the field, nor a carefully compiled, foreshortened plan, it can only be a studio fabrication. It must have been assembled mosaic-fashion at the drawing table from a myriad of small view details made from heights throughout the city.”

SONG OF MYSELF. (Leaves of Grass (1855)

Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,
(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab.

Who has done his day’s work? who will soonest be through with
his supper?
Who wishes to walk with me?

Will you speak before I am gone? will you prove already too late?

Lorne Malvo: Your problem is you spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren’t. We used to be gorillas. All we had is what we could take and defend. The truth is, you’re more of a man today than you were yesterday.
Lester Nygaard: How do you figure?
Lorne Malvo: It’s a red tide, Lester, this life of ours. The shit they make us eat day after day, the boss, the wife, et cetera, wearing us down. If you don’t stand up to it, let ’em know you’re still an ape deep down where it counts, you’re just gonna get washed away. — Fargo (TV series)

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  • OneGuy November 23, 2020, 5:57 PM

    That robot hand better be able to do a lot more than that!

  • Jack November 23, 2020, 6:09 PM

    She has a splendid set of knockers, even when they’re cold.

  • Rob De Witt November 23, 2020, 9:17 PM

    Commissar Cuomo: Thou shalt bow down before me.

    Hasidim: Leck mich im arsch.

  • ghostsniper November 24, 2020, 4:29 AM

    From the Venetie article:
    “Kolb never stated exactly how Barbari composed the view,…”
    It’s called “imagination” and involves the ability to see something in one’s “Minds Eye” and then transposing it onto paper. I have been doing it most of my life and it’s my favorite place to be, because I compose it to my liking. An example is the 5116 square foot custom home on the river I am finishing the design of today after working on it for more than a week. Basically, I have been living in this house during that time period and have the ability to see it in a way that no one else can. While mentally “strolling” through this home I visualize things like traffic patterns, furniture placement, ceiling and wall conditions, floor coverings, and of course materials and construction methods. Doing this, putting myself in the picture, allows me to sit at the conference table and converse comfortably and confidently, supported with on-the-fly 3d sketches to bring the client into the picture as well. I have long known that by educating my clients in how to frame a picture in their mind that they too will understand how their new home will perform. Visualization – it’s everything. Almost.

  • Skorpion November 24, 2020, 9:27 AM

    @Ghostsniper: Well put. You’d be surprised how many people lack what should be the basic human capacity to do this.

  • John Venlet November 24, 2020, 1:11 PM

    Gerard, that etching you posted by Mildred Bryant Brooks – Novembe – over at Ka-Ching! is outstanding. Compelled me to go and view other of her works, which all catch my eye. November, though, is one I’d like to own. Thanks.

  • James ONeil November 24, 2020, 1:20 PM

    The verse sequence; starting with Copybooks, in the preceding post, followed by Hollow men, followed by Self’s song is strangely resonant in these strange dazes. Not sure where it would fit in the sequence but T.S’s. Sweeney Among The Nightingales, would round out the era.

  • ghostsniper November 24, 2020, 6:45 PM

    Have you inventoried your neighborhood yet for potential tattle tails?
    They are watching you.

  • Zaphod November 24, 2020, 8:05 PM

    @Rob de Witt: Is that Kosher? Probably… as Cuomo hasn’t just eaten a cheeseburger.

    For those of you who are feeling a little let down by current events, may I suggest heading over to YouTube and watching Hog Zombies? Who knew there was such art and joy in dispatching hogs? As soon as we’re done with the Rona, I’m on a plane to the US to blast me some.

    The O’Neill Ops channel is something similar, but at the same time very different. Coastal types wouldn’t recognize the multiple levels of skill and intelligence *and* artistry seen here even if you drew them diagrams. But there are other ways to learn.

  • Zaphod November 24, 2020, 8:06 PM

    *as *long* as Cuomo…

  • Zaphod November 24, 2020, 8:15 PM


    Which is why in any insurgency it becomes prime directive of both sides to force everyone to declare an allegiance and demonstrate it by actions; fence-sitters are not tolerated.

  • Snakepit Kansas November 25, 2020, 5:16 AM

    Ghost & Skorpion,
    God gives us different skill sets which can be enhanced over time with desire, practice and training. We have all seen panoramic views from on high in various pictures. Most folks in that time had never seen such prior, so possibly that picture would have been challenging to develop. I admire folks that can imagine something then make it become real. I have to work at that, as it does not come easily.

  • Anonymous November 25, 2020, 6:20 AM

    Saw this comment over at Weaselzippers:

    The question I have yet to see seriously discussed at length on any blog is the scenario under which Biden is eliminated. Don’t rule out assassination BEFORE January 20 since that will be sufficient reason to round up Trump and his administration and conduct show trials. The “softer” way would be the “Scalia treatment” that he dies peacefully in his sleep. That way Jill and Kamalatoe get to rule the roost. I’m sure the arguments on both sides are flying fast and furious at the pedo-orgies in Davos about now.

  • Annie Rose November 25, 2020, 6:33 AM

    I guarantee that everyone has a Block Mother just waiting to turn you in and they are spying on you. When we moved into our neighborhood, we had no idea for five years that we had a Gladys Kravitz formally complaining about us to our village every spring.

    She thought that our sump pump discharge was flooding her property every spring when the rains came after a deep thaw. She lived diagonally and uphill behind our suburban property. We thought our public works department was just being overly helpful to want to come by and chat and check our outside hose -and just take a look around our yard, as my husband worked with them in another department. They assured us that our hose was correctly placed. When they finally asked to check inside our house, we then discovered that she had complained for five years about us. But it wasn’t until she got a friend high up in our Community Development department that the real nastiness began for the next five years.

    We, along with all of our neighbors near her backyard fence line, were continuously harassed and threatened by village officials. These idiots believed this nut-that somehow water was flowing uphill from our swales that were downhill from hers and flooding her backyard. Years of surveyors and officials and wasted tax dollars -and even one day the village manager (I yelled at him to get the hell off of my land!)-tramping across our backyards, and threats to us that a pre-existing shed that was 10 feet from the swale and everyone’s hedges would have to be removed.

    One neighbor who lived directly behind her, being from Ukraine and worried about government goons, decided to hand dig out his beautiful hedges to try to appease her, as she was always complaining to him. The rest of us decided that we would hand dig out the 1/2 inch “bump” of dirt that supposedly was too high in our swales and retrench the swales, just to get her and the village off our backs.

    It’s been 8 years and every spring when the snow pack melts and we have heavy rains her backyard still floods. The complaints finally ceased once and for all after I wrote her a formal letter stating that we would have our attorney file charges of harassment against her if she ever filed another complaint against us. We found out later that she had targeted every single neighbor on her block for almost 50 years in similar ways. Imagine what these nuts will now do over perceived political slights and emboldened by our new socialist overlords. My husband wants to move to an area with a lot of acreage and woods and few neighbors.

  • ghostsniper November 25, 2020, 7:42 AM

    “…Biden is eliminated…”
    Why eliminate him?
    The prez is little more than a figurehead and the past year, at least, has shown that no matter what he does it is the people behind the curtains that are running the show. Trump tried to do what he could but he seriously underestimated what he was up against.

    The depth of the criminality in the US gov’t is breathtaking in scope and beyond the grasp of most normal folks. Further, the criminality probably cannot even be completely ascertained. Like the gov’t debt (fairy tale – $23tril) which is estimated to be over $2000 tril by people that have been paying attention, the true answer will never be known.

    Bush 2 said it best, “This suckers going down!”, and there is most likely no way to prevent it. Delay? Possibly. Prevent? No. You are living in the end times of the US gov’t and many millions of people will pay the ultimate price for it.

  • Gordon Scott November 25, 2020, 2:58 PM

    I think Ghost has the right of it. Yes, Joey B. is non compos mentis. That’s a feature, for a lot of the folks who will be running things. Why 25th amendment him? The press will eagerly buy any crap story they’re fed, and you can always put an Adderall in his pill calendar when you need him to deliver a marginally coherent sentence.

    Kamala? There’s a reason she has not answered a single question from the press since her selection as veep. She’s not smart, she cackles, she comes off as utterly insincere. No one likes her. It will be much easier to prop up Joey as needed than to try and make her appealing.

  • Casey Klahn November 26, 2020, 5:43 PM

    I’m watching Charlie Brown Christmas. Amazon has flagged it for having “foul language”. No doubt, they mean the Bible verses.