Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee taken off UVA game due to name"

Via TwitterESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia’s season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
A spokeswoman for ESPN says Lee has been moved to Youngstown State’s game at Pittsburgh on the ACC Network on Sept. 2. The network says the decision was made “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.”
ESPN feared people would not be able to tell them apart.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Whose that Bunny?

She was the star of many and episodic Western TV show whenever they needed a hot blond with a few miles on her. Did a lot of time on a Wagon. In fact most of her shows revolved around transportation.

I just saw her on her TV show last night and I was shocked at her resting bitch face. It was all about a conflict about an air conditioner. I taped it just to hear the theme song but the wife got sucked into the story so we watched the whole thing. That happens all the time with early sixties TV shows that I tape.  

Final clue. She costarred with just about the second worst brother of a star who had a career in movies or TV. No it was not Frank Stallone. 

By the way the fat guy in the bunny suit is not me. It is Avery Schrieber. Remember him? He was a funny dude.

It's a total eclipse of ....err...well it is a 70%'s a day off.

So yesterday we took the day off to see the eclipse. We had the glasses that I talked about and we went with a few friends to Valentino Pier in Red Hook.
This is the pier in Red Hook named after Louie Valentino who was I guy I went to school with all through grammar school and High School. His dad was a big deal in the ILA which was the longshoreman's union. One of my greatest regrets is that I didn't go in the union like he asked. I could have gotten involved in the union and stolen a huge pile of money.

There were a huge amount of people. Well a couple of hundred anyway. Kids. Dogs. Lawn Chairs. It was a party. Everyone looked up at the eclipse. Total strangers fell into conversation. While their dogs pissed on kids. Or their kids pissed on dogs. You see parents don't pay any attention to their freaking kids. The pet owners pay way more attention. They just don't care where their dogs shit or piss. New York. I gotta get out of here.

After 4 o'clock pretty much everyone left and we sat down and had lunch. It is beautiful there. The sea air was beautiful. It was war. I was looking out at the water. I turned to my wife and said "Why aren't we doing this every day instead of only where there is a freakin' eclipse of the sun."

His McMaster's Voice

That was the title of a post at Breitbart and it is right on the money. President Trump has been captured by the Swamp and is being turned out by the Deep State. In his speech he said his first instinct was to get out of Afghanistan. That is what he ran on. That is what he promised. That is what I voted for.

Not 4,000 more hostages to be maimed or killed. For what? To stop terrorism? Have we stopped terrorism after 16 years in that hellhole?

Just as I predicted all of the enemies of normal Americans praised him. The media was on board. Lady Lindsey Graham was coming in his pants. Even old man McCain praised him when he never agreed with anything Donald Trump has ever done. The neocons are ecstatic. They see it is a return to normalcy. More death. More endless wars. More reasons to talk with furrowed brows on CNN or MSNBC.

Portrait of an artist, Pool with two figures, David Hockney

I am really digging the paintings that CBD posts for discussion on Ace.

Each time I see one I think, "Perfect." My impulse is muck it about.

"Military's annual physicals now require mental health assessments"

Via RedditAir Force Col. Brendan Noone, an Eglin Air Force Base physician, said the mental health assessments are also part of routine physicals given to all airmen.

Noone said the assessment is completed online, with airmen answering a questionnaire.

"It is a fairly straightforward questionnaire, it should take less than 30 minutes," Noone said.

Noone said the questions focus on issues like quality of sleep and interactions with other people.

After completing the questionnaire, the airmen must do a phone interview with a mental health representative.

Any "red flag" issues are then referred to the airman's primary care physician, Noone said.

Noone said the goal is to ensure airmen are ready to deploy and are capable of dealing with the stress that comes with deployment.

"There is really nothing to be worried about. We have tried to make a change in the Air Force to let people know that seeking mental health help isn't going to affect your career," Noone said.

He said the goal is to make sure airmen get help when they need it.

(Link to story)

What innocent item gets weird if you own too much of it?

Reddit top voted comments...

Urns filled with the ashes of cremated people on your fireplace mantle.

Furbies. Then and especially now.

pictures of a specific person

VHS copies of Speed

Air Freshener 1-2 You got one and maybe another for backup 3-4 Take your trash out more often 5-6 You're dirty but try to hide it 7-28 You are hiding the smell of your meth lab.. or trying

Cell phones. 1- Completely normal 2- Maybe one is for work 3- getting weird 4+ - definitely drug dealer

Cough syrup


Edit. Okay, y'all, I get it. They're action figures.

Solar Eclipse pics

people attempt to view the eclipse

Accidental pic


"'You will never be forgotten' headstone left behind at airport"

Via RedditDespite the epitaph "you will always be remembered, never forgotten", the owner of the headstone seemingly forgot all about their dearly departed and misplaced the memorial at the drop-off point to the departures area at Terminal One a few years ago, according to DAA spokeswoman Audrey O'Hagan.

A toilet seat and cistern were also found abandoned at the departures entrance in the airport.

A life-size mannequin, human ashes, false teeth and a glass eye were also items consigned to the airport's lost and found section, where they can be reclaimed within a year.

A large of number of abandoned crutches and wheelchairs have also wound up in the lost and found, leading airport staff to wonder whether "some miraculous recoveries have taken place within the terminals", according to Ms O'Hagan.

(Link to more)


Dappled, non-stick photos of the 2017 eclipse from my mailbox:
I don't have any filters so I took indirect pictures of the partial eclipse we had here. 
Two of those utilize the leaves on my walnut tree to form multiple pinhole cameras, the other is a picture I took of the image cast by a "pinhole" camera I made using a scrap of walnut through which I bored a half inch diameter hole. 
Eclipse is over, as you were.
Photo by Sixty Grit
Photo by Sixty Grit

Photo by Sixty Grit

Question for Sixty: Are you going to butcher that walnut tree someday for its wood?

chin / forehead rotation

This is Josh Whedon. Never heard of the guy. But I should. Apparently he's famous. Apparently I even watched the shows he's produced. And apparently behind the scenes he's been very naughty.

But I don't care.

His ex-wife cares. And politically-minded bloggers who focus on things such a feminism care. But I still don't and these concerned people cannot make me.

What I do care about is how nature compensates for dudes who lose the hair on their heads.

It's absurd.

They grow it other places. Their necks, their chins, their shoulders, their torsos, their ears. It's a testosterone thing. And it really does balance.


Ace wrote about him today, in a chiding way. That's where I saw the name. But no photo. So I looked in browser images.

He looks like a nice person.

Were I to post this on a Photoshop site then a commenter is sure to say, "seamless." Referring to the inept lazy absence of feathering and tonal blending that results in sharp edges such as cut out of paper with scissors. A harmless slam. Knowing I'm just being silly and not trying to make art. 

dimpled non-stick pans

One of my brothers sent me a twelve inch pan that he likes using himself. He likes it because it is heavy aluminum and distributes heat well. It heats up quickly and it cleans easily.

I don't like odd cookware. My brother comes up with the strangest things. The surface is dimpled. Now how weird is that? Why would they even do that? I resisted accepting this pan. James knows that about me and he wishes it wasn't so.

James gave instructions on cleaning when he burns things in his pan. He uses a fingernail cleaning brush to get into the dimples. (My nails are so short a brush is ridiculous.)

Right off the bat I burned what I was cooking. But instead of scrubbing the pan as instructed, I added water to the pan and deglazed it as you do making a sauce. It took less than a minute. Since it heats up so quickly the cleaning was a snap. The burns rinsed right out. No soap. No scrubbing.

We both learned quickly to use the pan at greatly reduced heat.

I told my brother all this. He was so pleased to hear I overcame my resistance that he sent me two more pans. Now I have two twelve inch pans and one ten inch pan.

For myself the ten inch is more useful. That's the way it goes, I have two of the less useful pans and one of the more useful pan. It is now my go-to pan. Boom. Straight to the top. It's the best most useful pan that I own. It's the easiest to clean pan that I own. And I'm all for ease.

James told me he bought them at Costco.

He likes to drive. I don't. I'd buy mine through Amazon, however the way Bezos is going with his Washington Post and with his enduring private war with Trump over taxation and his silent unrecognized war with Trump supporters, I'm up to considering driving around for a pan.

So far I've made two omelets using this pan. The ten inch is slightly too big for that. I could use another ten inch pan and an eight inch pan mostly for omelets.

The thing is, their ceramic dimpled surface is so slippery I cannot fold and roll an omelet out the pan as accustomed. It's too slippery. The entire mass just slides all over the pan when I try to catch an edge and fold it over the filling and it will not roll out as it should sort of like an egg burrito. It just slides around. It's fun playing but I really need some friction. So I have to contrive a new way of folding and rolling and tucking and fixing to get the right shape on the plate. The pan is fantastic for omelet cooking and poor for omelet shaping. I think it's worth the delightful problem of shaping. I'd much rather have it slipping and sliding than have it sticking. It is by far the better of two opposite problems.

I notice Amazon is all over the board with pricing. I notice too there are non-dimpled versions, and another color, a darker gray and not white ceramic surface. They have metal handles so they can go into the oven and they are dishwasher safe. I've run a scratch pad over mine but without any real need for rubbing or scratching. I must say, so far, these pans are rather amazing.

I cannot account for why other reviewers think differently. I must assume they're just stupid. They probably refuse to learn to turn down the heat. I don't know. I didn't read them. I don't have patience for people who contrive reasons to not like the things that I like. It's so simple, just stop burning things.

No link. The pans come individually and in sets. The cost varies widely depending on type, size, and number of pans. And Amazon isn't the only place to get these. And Costco puts them on sale.

The name is Greenpan. I look for "dimpled." Even though that's still very strange.

(You can get dimple impressions on your pancakes with these pans. They impressed dimples on ice cream cones and on fondant potatoes. So the dimples are not necessarily disconcerting.)

You should buy one.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?

In the announcement, Simon Rogers, data editor of Google News Labs, wrote:
Now, with ProPublica, we are launching a new machine learning tool to help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting.

The Documenting Hate News Index — built by the Google News Lab, data visualization studio Pitch Interactive and ProPublica — takes a raw feed of Google News articles from the past six months and uses the Google Cloud Natural Language API to create a visual tool to help reporters find news happening across the country. It’s a constantly-updating snapshot of data from this year, one which is valuable as a starting point to reporting on this area of news....
On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It's presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes — information that should be available with a quick Google search, it should be noted. But a quick glance at the list of partners for this project should raise some red flags...

(Link to more)

Under The Corner, Erik Johansson, Photomanipulation, 2017

"Iran: Top priority to protect nuclear deal from US"

Via Instapundit Al Jazeera is reporting that Iran’s mullah dictatorship has decided it must protect the nuclear deal it made with Obama. This is a 180. Last week the ayatollahs and their terrorist cohort were pounding their robed chests and declaring they’d just walk away from the agreement — you know, to trump Trump.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the top foreign policy priority for his new government was to protect the nuclear deal from being torn up by the United States.
“The most important job of our foreign minister is first to stand behind the JCPOA and not to allow the US and other enemies to succeed,” Rouhani told parliament on Sunday, using the technical name for the 2015 agreement that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme.
“Standing up for the JCPOA means standing up to Iran’s enemies,” he said on the last day of debates over his cabinet selections.
Now think about that quote from Rouhani, and assume the translation is fair and accurate. Does that mean Obama was Iran’s friend?

(Link to story)

Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship

Via Instapundit: “This crash came days after the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald were relieved of command. That warship was damaged badly in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors in June. . . . This marked the fourth mishap for U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific since February. Aside from the USS McCain and USS Fitgerald incidents, the Navy crusier USS Antietam ran aground dumping over 1,000 gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay in Februray. In May, another cruiser, USS Lake Champlain, hit a South Korean fishing vessel.”

How are they going to dodge Chinese submarines if they can’t dodge commercial shipping?


The eclipse started early today...
Photo by Sixty Grit

Salem, Netflix


I resisted watching this because,

Even as it started through the first few episodes, as it gets rolling slowly it does not appear promising. Just the same wearisome material rehashed and as viewer I threaten myself to give up the effort and just stop watching. Just another set piece for the junk heap. And it's so ugly. The Puritan conceits expressed all over again. Cotton Mather again. We hate him already.

Then something happens. In the series witches are real. And the townsfolk are sincere in their efforts to identify them and to rid their towns of them. And there are a lot of them. Both men and women.

The writers add tons of new twists to how witchcraft manifests, the witches' practices are far more extreme and exceedingly imaginatively written.

Right off we see women bearing teats in unusual places on their bodies. That's just one way to identify witches when accused. It's how they nurse their "familiar," cool word, that, great innovation. It's just the sort of word choice the people of the era would use. It's a creature, any creature, insect, spider, mouse, anything, that identifies with a witch to do her bidding. Any bidding. The familiar chooses the witch. So these creatures appear throughout the series, doing unGodly things for the witches and returning to nurse.

Any witchcraft that occurs requires blood from the witch, so we see them poking themselves to draw their own blood and all witchcraft is an exchange. It's a sacrifice. It's why witches are so awful, they've learned to trade the things that they love for power so they all eventually reach a point where they cannot love anything.

And that makes for tremendous dialogue between them. It's wonderful. It's horrible. Normal interaction is not possible.

The witches speak to each other horribly. None can trust any other. They form hives, not covens, while all trust between them is temporary and always broken.

And they all do perfectly horrible things such as you've not seen in movies or television. Episode by episode these very strange innovations accumulate and boom you're hooked and going one episode directly into the next, eager to see what the writers devised. You will not see many of these things anywhere else.

The native Americans have their own form of witchcraft that intermingles with the story.

And the scenes come on you unexpectedly. I find myself going, "What?" and rewinding to catch the critical transition. In one scene a woman is taking a bath. No mention of how or who brought up the water and heated it. All we see is a beautiful dark woman in a gorgeous copper tub. Our eyes are drawn to the room and its design, the accouterments, the architecture. It looks like she's committing suicide. She cuts her own wrist and bleeds into the bathwater. A new camera angle and the water is cleared. A man of lower social rank enters the room and reports to her something important to her. He did his duty to her. He was loyal. His report concludes, the woman stands up and tells the man he can stop averting his gaze from her. Hesitantly the man looks at her and that is the key to her witchcraft. The water drains from the tub through the man who begins to choke. He spits out more water from his mouth than his stomach could hold. The bath water pours out of his mouth. He chokes standing in the room as her bath water drains through his mouth onto the floor of the room.

Now, writing for a witchcraft story, who would even think of that? It's utterly new. There is no physical connection between the tub drain and man standing there. Yet the tub drains through his mouth. How incredibly impressively imaginative. That's nowhere to be found anywhere in witch related literature. And the series is loaded with such imaginative scenes. Every episode has such an amazing scene. There is simply no way for a viewer to predict what these witches will do.

It's fun!

Many characters speak with a British accent. And that's a bit annoying. I am so tired of hearing "hot" for heart, but that's my particular bug up my butt. And so what. In the story they're all fresh from England. The witches' story came directly from England.

Turns out Cotton Mather is one of the more sympathetic characters. They turn that around on us. The writers humanize Cotton. He is one of the heroes. However his dad is a real creep. But turns out his dad really did confront very real witchcraft in this story and he was not a principal in the mass hysteria that we learned from American history. We learn of his actual travails and his actual encounters with the Christian devil. So his activities are explained rationally. Still, we don't like him. And he's still an awful character and we don't care when he dies. Plus a witch uses his head to conjure his ghost from Hell to attain specific information for her within a specific timeframe. The limits they put on the witches' spells are convincing. Every character is so awful in their own way that I found myself not caring what happens to any of them. There is so much death and so much horrible activities that I don't care who lives and who dies. They're all awful. And that's a great relief from the tension that builds as we go. A little boy is introduced, fine, die already. The character comes predisposed to horror so I don't care if he lives or dies.

The witches are scientific. That allows for some wonderful modern special effects. The characters become more modern to us as the story develops such that they appear to be modern people displaced anachronistically and fairly stuck in their time. They use an orrery that was hardly common back then to track the path of a comet which was not even scientifically understood in that time. It's an adorable little model with a very cute little comet with a comical comet tail inserted into it. It clicks ahead like a clock as the witches' plans advance aligned with the cosmos. A scientific Puritan is impressed when he sees it and with the witches' scientific knowledge that they've kept secret for centuries. The scientist equates the witches with actual historic scientists persecuted by the church.

The story develops that the witches want their own separate New World.

It's a nice touch in a series loaded with such touches.

A blind woodsman appears fairly early. He's a very strange character with a shaved head and short mohawk and eyes turned blue with cataracts. He's blind. We discover he actually sees better than any other character by his alternate modes of vision that surpass his eyeball vision. He's very creepy in the woods, his woods, sneaking around and witness to all that goes on there. When witches need something seen with extraordinary sight then they seek out this character. At one point the man stands face to face with a witch seeking his preternatural sight. He reaches his fingers into his eye sockets and removes both cataract eyeballs leaving two blank darkened eye sockets without any apparent pain, and places his eyeballs into the witch's hands then moves closely to kiss her, their mouths connected, her holding his eyeballs, she now has his supernatural vision, receiving images important to her inquiry. The visions stop. He pulls away. He asks the witch, "Did you see what you needed?"

A witch knows that a citizen helper is captured and being interrogated. The writers set up two scenes, the guy being interrogated brutally and another of women standing at a table with horrible object, an animal skull specifically. The witch really needs the prisoner far away to shut up. She forces the animal skull's mandible open. In the other scene the prisoner's mouth juts open painfully. His interrogator is amazed and shocked that his prisoner is stroking out on him, his mouth wide open. The witch puts something inside the animal skull's open mouth. The prisoner sticks out his tongue far as it will go. The witch slams the animal skull's mouth shut. The man bits off his own tongue and with his arms tied above him, he bleeds from his mouth all over his torso and onto the floor. His interrogator shocked that his prisoner can no longer speak. That is the type of witchcraft these women do throughout the series. Shocking us wonderfully one episode to the next. It's fantastic.

The writers introduce ideas that do not appear in historic record. There is no mention of a gully. In the story there is a gully in the woods where bodies are dumped. Not buried. Human bodies left to rot in one specific gully in the woods. They make the woods out to be exceedingly creepy. It's a wonderfully false description. And it takes extremely perverse minds of writers to conceive it. I'm impressed. The plague comes, bodies are collected and dumped in the gully. Here's a macabre twist. The witches disassociated with the town and on the run from Salem justice sleep in the gully among the corpses using dead bodies as pillows. Because no one will go there. No one will find them. And that's fine with the witches who make no distinction between upscale human comforts and open pubic graves of rotting corpses.

The women suffer horribly throughout the whole thing. They subject themselves to horrors for their witchcraft. They're constantly bleeding themselves for their craft and without even wincing.

Right off we see see the historic chair dunking mechanism that modern readers find so terrible and strange. It's too hard to watch. I skip ahead. But that's the least of the horrors these characters endure.

The plague is actually a witch's spell used to manipulate the course of power. She kills half the town so that the course of power moves her direction.

I'm still watching. I'm genuinely hooked. I'll have to rewatch the whole thing because I'm doing other things around here and missing quite a lot of it. When I do watch it again it'll be like an entirely new series. This is turning out to be one of my favorite Netflix series. The writers have done a wonderful job at perverting the historic Salem witch trials to a splendid new series filled to the brim with surprises. If you like weird shows that beat the pants off the zombie idea that's taken hold then you'll like this series.

It sounds like I'm selling this show. I'm explaining why I like it so much.


From the top-rated comments:
 I agree with you about today's American women being nothing but gold diggers. This song, like it or not though, came from a bygone era before feminism destroyed any decency women had. Today? Forget it!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Where's Waldo's balcony?

Let's play a game.

Actually, I thought this was funny. And terribly sad at the same time. Not just regular sad. A place like this in Mexico, every balcony will be loaded with flowering plants. Often the same type. You see that a lot. It creates a wall of hanging plants like people imagine Nebuchadnezzar's hanging garden of Babylon.

While in Tokyo a similar place will be loaded with bamboo poles suspended horizontally and used each day as clotheslines to air out their sleeping quilts. Or else dry out their clothes. So you see quilts and clothes hanging all over the place. Every single apartment. Everyone doing the same thing.

While in Denver you see everyone's bicycles, their fake plants that bloom even in winter, and their cheap outdoor furniture.

It's the beginning of the end of the season. Days are shorter and nights are cooler. This little aerie is not long for the world.

And that's a good thing because I'm getting really tired of being water boy every day.

The Best and the Brightest Part Duex

“Among those dazzled by the Administration team was Vice-President Lyndon Johnson. After attending his first Cabinet meeting he went back to his mentor Sam Rayburn and told him with great enthusiasm how extraordinary they were, each brighter than the next, and that the smartest of them all was that fellow with the Stacomb on his hair from the Ford Motor Company, McNamara. “Well, Lyndon,” Mister Sam answered, “you may be right and they may be every bit as intelligent as you say, but I’d feel a whole lot better about them if just one of them had run for sheriff once.” It is my favorite story in the book, for it underlines the weakness of the Kennedy team, the difference between intelligence and wisdom, between the abstract quickness and verbal fluency which the team exuded, and the true wisdom, which is the product of hard-won, often bitter experience. Wisdom for a few of them came after Vietnam.” David Halberstam.

Those were the guys who got us into Vietnam. Those are the guys that got us in war after endless war. In Asia. In the Middle East. They told us that Russia was a monolithic great power. That we needed to depose the Shah of Iran. That we should invade the Bay of Pigs to overthrow Castro. That we should use th Mob to kill Castro. That Saddam Hussien was a threat to us when all he was was a threat to the House of Saud and their oil billions. That we needed to support the Muslim Brotherhood in the "Arab Spring." That we needed to depose Qaddafi. That Iran will not develop nuclear weapons if we bribe them with millions in cash. On and on and on. They have been wrong just about every time.

Trumiph of the Deep State.....the Endless War is not going to is going to be escalated.

Trump to address nation on Afghanistan policy Monday night By  Politico 

President Donald Trump will address the country Monday night when he will provide an update on his administration's plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.
The details of what Trump will announce are not clear, but he is expected to approve sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Don Rickles Roasts Jerry Lewis

"Man stabbed after haircut gets him mistaken for a neo-Nazi"

Via Twitter: This Colorado man is avowedly not a neo-Nazi.

But he believes his long-on-top, buzzed-on-the-sides haircut got him mistaken for one — and nearly stabbed to death by a confused anti-fascist.

Joshua Witt, 26, escaped his brush with hairdo-doom with a defensive slice to the hand and three stitches.

“Apparently, my haircut is considered a neo-Nazi statement,” he told The Post Saturday, as his account on Facebook garnered 20,000 shares.

Witt says he’d just pulled in to the parking lot of the Steak ’n Shake in Sheridan, Colo., and was opening his car door.

“All I hear is, ‘Are you one of them neo-Nazis?’ as this dude is swinging a knife up over my car door at me,” he said.

(Link to NYPost)

The Ramblas, Spain attacks in 17 tweets

peach melba popsicles

Idea lifted from Smitten Kitchen, you can read the whole article here. She is a charming writer.

These photographs belong to them. And there are more photographs at the site. They're the best photos of peach popsicles that I've seen. Compare if you like, Duckduckgo [peach popsicles]

Oh man, I am so going to use my marble working surface for background. This woman really knows how to take pictures. I'm going to copy her all over the place, emulate her style choices.

Maybe I had just wait until I do these myself. Maybe Smitten Kitchen will sue me to take down this post. I don't know. I'm so enthralled with her effort I couldn't wait to show her off.

But first, before this, I searched for [things to do with peaches] and was directed to Survival Mom. Brenda lists thirty things to do with peaches. Although the url says fifteen. On the site at the link there are links to all of these with photos. Here is her list:

1. peach lemonade
2. peach salsa
3. peach butter
4. peach ice cream
5. peach pancakes
6. grilled peaches
7. curried peach sauce
8. peach cobbler
9. peach chipotle BBQ sauce
10. peach spinach salad
11. peach fruit leather
12 peach preserves
13 peach muffins
14. dehydrated peaches
15. canned peaches
16. chilled peach soup
17. peach pound cake
18. peach smoothie
19. pickled peaches
20. peach caprese
21. peach mustard sauce
22. peach meatloaf
23. peach stir fry
24. peach jam or jelly
25. peach drop cookies
26. peach crumble bars
27. peach pie filling
28. peach and brie quesadillas
29. peach and tomato salad
30. peach and prosciutto pizza

Well done. Great ideas.

As for myself, I was I was not thinking of all these strange things, I was thinking peaches included in a salad but not particularly with tomatoes. My idea is crispy lettuce and most likely with homemade blu cheese dressing made with top blu cheese, not bottled, and not skimpy on the cheese either along with other things like watermelon, grapes, pecans, possibly even avocado, large chunks of a variety of different things on the plate. Possibly shrimp. The idea is derived from an iceberg wedge salad that I prepared for a party of twelve that was a hit with the diners. I kept the fruit away from the blu cheese so the diners would let them touch the dressing at the table. They control the dressing, not me. And I heard with my own ears twelve people go, "Wow, wow, wow." not just once but each person multiple times as first they had naked watermelon chunk, then watermelon chunk adulterated with blu cheese that they controlled then went, "Wow!" Then the same thing with avocado, and with grape, and with strawberries. Every diner learned new taste sensations causing each one to say "Wow!" more than once. I sat there and laughed. Then went, "Wow!" myself because it really is extraordinary. This was three years ago.

A week later a small note appeared in my mailbox. "Thank you for making the salads." The note included a Whole Foods gift card for $100.00. That was a first in my lifetime. I did it for fun. I told this story to the clerks at Whole Foods and they're all standing there listening with interest not once interrupting, wide-eyed and mouths agape. They're adorable. To a person they really are all foodie types.

And I thought of peaches with cheese but not mozzarella. I'm an antimozzarellaite right now because there are so many options for cheese that have actual flavor and mozzarella is fresh cheese that was milk ten minutes ago. It really doesn't add much to anything. Except stretchy goo when melted. So the caprese did not look interesting to me. I'd rather have milk.

And I did think of peaches with deli meat but not necessarily prosciutto. It's not my favorite. Not even my favorite ham. There are tons of other deli options. I'd like to fix a plate with peach cut up as an apple, flavorful cheese of any type, and sliced meat of any type. With roasted nuts and possibly jumbo raisins. Because I love raisins with everything. And the huge ones are best.

I also thought of peach waffles. Blueberry waffles as well. And I'll try that. But I'm a little bit afraid the fruit will fry in waffle iron where it touches and possibly stick and possibly be a little difficult to clean and I'm lazy about that.

Also peach smoothie but not with yogurt. Ugh. Who even thinks of that? Yogurt people do, I suppose. For me, it would have to be real ice cream. No fake-o ice cream. No substitutions. Or it would have to be soda water and rum. And lime. For a peach rum dinger.

So those were my ideas compared with their ideas. While I have my popsicle molds sitting right there waiting for room to open up in the freezer. Surely I can shove ripe Colorado peaches into those things.

I ate an entire watermelon by myself.  A few weeks ago.

A big one.

With seeds inside it.

And even that wasn't enough watermelon to satisfy me for the season. So I bought another huge watermelon and it's sitting in there only half way consumed. I offered some to a guest who refused, and I'm all, "What?" Who in their right mind refuses watermelon? It's incomprehensible. I took off a large chunk and processed it to water, chilled it and drank it. It's wonderfully weird. The whole time thinking what I must do to assure great watermelon popsicles. Freezing things dampens their flavor, so the flavor, whatever is chosen is best extended. Or condensed. Maybe boiling awhile to condense and intensify watermelon flavor, maybe a touch of sugar and lime which is added to pretty much all flavors of paletas, Mexican style popsicles. I tried thinking of things that will not affect flavor too much like almond extract and vanilla extract, cinnamon and other spices, like allspice, nutmeg or curry. Basil is probably the best bet for fresh herb for both watermelon and peaches. Maybe a touch of salt.

Same thing with peaches. I'd add a small amount of sugar and lime, possibly basil. But not enough to overwhelm the peach flavor. I'd process them with skin for their color and process beyond chunks.

But I really don't know until I try it. And I cannot try watermelon or peach popsicles until I have space in the freezer.

These photos from Smitten Kitchen show the same mold as I use. It takes flat wooden sticks for old fashioned style popsicles. Then you have to deal with the stick. It must be centered after the mixture is partially frozen. And it must be discarded after the popsicle is consumed. And of course they must be purchased separately beforehand. While the plastic molds available designed for children (aren't they all?) have their own plastic inserts that self center as part of their drip protection and handles.

From Smitten Kitchen. Brenda uses vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce along with peaches for peach melba popsicles. So three flavors in each one. And boy, do they ever look great.

She makes a simple sugar syrup 50/50 sugar and water because it freezes better than plain sugar. The peaches around here are so ripe right now there's enough water in them already. When they're cut they leak all over the cutting board and the plate. Incidentally, this will work for mango and orange, kiwi, and other fruit and berries as well.

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole raspberries
2 cups peeled chopped peaches in chunks
1/8 teapsoon almond extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt or non dairy ice cream slightly sofened to soft-serve consistency.

More directions at the site if you need them.

I mentioned these popsicle ideas to a friend visiting yesterday and pointed to the molds sitting on the dining room table and the guy goes, "Oh my God! I make popsicles all the time. I make really super tart lime ones."

He's stuck on one flavor.

I've yet to repeat a flavor.

I mentioned that I just made some with commercial chocolate milk and they were wonderful. I didn't stop eating them until all ten were gone. Better than milk with Ovaltine because that tends to settle during freezing while commercial thick chocolate milk is homogenized so it freezes uniformly. He was genuinely surprised with the idea. "So you made fudgesicles!" And the page that I wrote for them zoomed in page views well past all the other entries around it to over 1200 views presently. Apparently it surprises other people too. And I thought it might be too ordinary to post. This paletas book from Amazon is loaded with similar ideas. As mentioned most all popsicles take lime juice. This book is where I learned that. Except for that one thing about lime juice, the whole time I was reading it I was also thinking, "Who needs this book? I already know you can make popsicles from anything, especially fresh fruit and berries."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

You want you eclipse glasses? I got your eclipse glasses right here....

So everybody is losing their shit about the solar eclipse. The wife loves this bullshit and she ordered our special protective glasses a month ago. But guess what? They screwed up the shipping. They had the zip code off by one number and it was returned. When we got the tracking number and I called the post office and they told me it was sent back and there was nothing they could do.

I called the company and they said they couldn't send it back until they got it. They were sold out. So we were screwed. Again.

We went on line to buy them. Of course the prices were outrageous. Most of the vendors were sold out. We finally contacted the company that makes them and they would only sell us 25 pieces. With overnight shipping and Saturday delivery we paid through the balls. We wouldn't even be there in time for the delivery so I had them shipped to the pet food store that opens at 8AM.

So I take out our glasses and put a sign outside. We were selling them for $15 a pair. Seems like a lot right? Well I just told the people look you can buy it or buy two cups of coffee at the new coffee shop on the corner that is paying $18,500 a month rent. You don't want it? Fuck you with a rusty spoon.

I sold them all in two hours.

This craze reminds me of  the cabbage patch Dolls. Remember that craze? Well I have a funny story about that.

The Trump Presidency is over.....Steve Bannon

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

That is the unvarnished view of Steve Bannon after he jumped or was pushed out of the White House. He is one of the few remaining nationalists in the Administration. He was the major factor in President Trumps election. Don't let the fake news media and the conservative cuck commentors  in their bow ties and spats on their Caribbean cruises where they spout nonsense and collect money while failing in everything they ever try to do.

Without Steve Bannon and the Nationalists Trump would never have become President.

"Man jailed for trying to frame his wife on Craigslist"

Via Drudge:  A Washington Township man who posed as his estranged wife on Craigslist in an attempt to frame her for his own murder could serve just a day in jail, or almost two years.

The sentence of up to 23 months will run concurrent to the sentence Christian Koelsch, 30, previously received on a simple assault conviction.

That conviction stems from a domestic violence incident he wrote about in the Craigslist advertisement in which he posed as his wife, requesting someone to help "her" "take care of" her ex-husband, even if it meant killing him.

Police determined Koelsch was behind the advertisement after Craigslist provided information about the ad and the account that created it. That information allowed police to determine Koelsch created the ad.

Wednesday, Koelsch pleaded guilty to false reports-falsely incriminate another person in connection to the Craigslist ad, and was sentenced to a minimum of one day and a maximum of 23 months in Franklin County Jail.

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"Dating is dead"

Via InstapunditWhen I was in my twenties and had a date, this is what I would do. I would wake up early like it was Christmas and wash my car. Hand wash. None of this driving through a machine bullshit. Then I would hand pick the the songs I wanted to play and load the CDs into my six disc changer in the trunk. Then I would go workout so I felt good about myself. Then I would drive to the movie theater to buy the tickets in advance so we wouldn’t have to wait in line (this was before the internet). And of course, dinner reservations were already made. After getting ready, I would pick her up from her apartment. I would park my car, walk to the door, and knock. I would compliment her appearance and mean it as we walked to my car. I would open the door for her. And if there was a spark and things went well on the date, she’d get flowers or a note or something she can actually hold in the next few days.

If you’re a male in your twenties, you may read this and think, “Wow, what a loser.” Well, okay. But this process is what made dating fun, exciting, romantic, and fulfilling. It made the date a mini event, something to look forward to. It wasn’t just about the person. It was about the whole date experience. But more importantly, It gave two people a real chance because effort was put into it. Today, a date is a coffee or a drink but not dinner because what if they don’t look like their picture. Today, a date is “I’ll meet you there”. Today, a date is a thirty minute Skype call. Today, a date is a general meeting. Today, a date is not really a date because there’s no such thing anymore.

I get that we meet people online now. I get that there’s false advertising. Yes, I’ve been catfished before and it sucks. Instead of creating a space for romance, curiosity, build up, foreplay, and flirting, we just want the punchline. We want to check the boxes as fast as we can. Because we have options. And no patience. We know we can swipe and find another prospect while our date is in the restroom. So dating just becomes a bunch of lottery balls boucing in the glass box. Except the lottery balls are faces and the glass box is our phone.

So how do we change this?

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How to Safely Watch The Eclipse or CNN

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"Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist"

Via Reddit: President Donald Trump has decided Steve Bannon will be out as White House chief strategist, multiple outlets reported.

The decision on the controversial Bannon comes after Trump drew ire for comments following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bannon was the former publisher of Breitbart News and once said the publication was the platform for the "alt-right." The Associated Press recently issued guidance that the term "alt-right" should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.


Photo By Sixty Grit

Related: Wal-Mart Applies For Patent For Blimp-Style Floating Warehouse

There are two disused wooden blimp hangars in Tustin, CA, which date from WW II. One of them is slated for destruction. What a publicity coup if one of the big retailers would refurbish, preserve, and use these white elephants.
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@Sixty Grit: The hangars are made from Douglas fir. They look gray because of age and exposure. Can you just imagine the growth rings in that old wood?

Friday, August 18, 2017

WKRLEM: We need to send the Marines to the Embassy!

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

I didn't notice any owls.

Oddly, I saw this on a British site about four years ago, I think. It's a scene depicting a Confederate soldier being hanged for the crime of sabotaging a Union Railroad. The concept is shown beautifully. It's one of those things where the criminal is made out sympathetically. I guess that makes the guy antihero because we're not supposed to sympathize, but we do. I always thought protagonist is the hero and antihero is another guy who opposes the hero but now I'm not sure. For an old film the surprises really are shocking and deft. I like this a lot.

All this history will be wiped out should we allow our irrational emotional most violent left to have their way exactly along the same lines as Chinese cultural revolution. And they are too arrogant, too self-righteous, and far too stupid to allow this. And all because they lost an election that they thought they had in the bag. No, Children, you don't get your way no matter how loud your tantrums.

I could not find this clip by way of browser search. Results were clouded hopelessly with present day irrelevancies, including civil wars in other countries, no matter how the search is phrased. Search engines wanted me to see anything except the film I was looking for without knowing its name. Then in Youtube I searched [confederate hanged] and bang there it is right at the top of the first page. Instant find. There are two clips listed. I chose the longest one. Because it really is worth seeing if only as cinematographic éclat.

Stop me if this looks familiar. I'm having that weird déjà vu thing happening all up inside my head. I might have shown this already.

Oh, good grief, I did. Just now looked in that search box up there ↖︎.

Fine. Let's have it again.

Postal thermocromic stamps in commemoration of the total solar eclipse

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If you have more questions or want to start with the hobby of stamp collecting, head over to /r/askstampcollectors :)  /r/stamps too.

"Fighting Nazis doesn’t make ‘antifa’ the good guys"

"... history is relevant today because of the depressingly idiotic argument about whether it’s OK to equate “antifa” — left-wing radicals — with the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rabble that recently descended on Charlottesville, Va. The president claims there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest and that the “anti-fascist” radicals are equally blameworthy. He borrowed from Fox News’ Sean Hannity the bogus term “alt-left” to describe the antifa radicals."
The term is bogus because, unlike the alt-right, nobody calls themselves “the alt-left.” That’s too bad. One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism. Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional right with their racial hogwash.

The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to American liberalism. These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition. But many liberals, particularly in the media, are victims of the same kind of confusion that vexed so much of American liberalism in the 20th century. Because antifa suddenly has the (alt-)right enemies, they must be the good guys.

They’re not. And that’s why this debate is so toxically stupid. Fine, antifa isn’t as bad as the KKK. Who cares? Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?

In these tribal times, the impulse to support anyone who shares your enemies is powerful. But it’s a morally stunted reflex. This is America. You’re free to denounce totalitarians wherever you find them — even if they might hate the right people.
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Egyptian hieroglyphic breakdown for ten words

One of the teachers of one of three Yahoo Egyptian hieroglyphic groups running presently has died so my mailbox has been flooded with consolation messages. Of course everybody is shocked. She was a very good teacher.

An assistant has taken over her duties and for the first time this session we see the actual hieroglyphs being discussed in the text. This new teacher is telling her student how she is reading the texts and I must say it's the best that I've seen so far. She used the JSesh program to type her hieroglyphs and that does take a thorough knowledge of their Gardiner codes assigned to each glyph. As I showed you, a letter for the category, animals, parts of animals, plants, birds, buildings and so forth, then a number for the specific glyph. All birds are G-something, for example. So you use those codes, or you use the internet designation for their sound values to type. But that's a bit tricky because glyphs have different sound values, and their codes change on whim by the power of particular Egyptologists. For example we began learning that italicized i stood for English "i" but then a powerful British Egyptologist changed that to italicized j for some strange reason of his own. And I don't like that. So I stick with i. And now we learn the sound value is actually English "A." Also there already is a well known, highly used A symbol, the Egyptian eagle that differs slightly from a regular eagle. It can be a bit confusing. I expect it all drives the programmer types a bit batty. And incidentally, I notice that programmer types are very good at managing all this. They impress me.

The teacher broke down twenty or so Egyptian words. I re-drew only my favorite ten. Also, the letters representing sounds are not always the real sound, as I just mentioned j, there are others because our keyboard is limited. We need three types of sounds that approximate our "H" sound so Egyptologist use capitalized H, lower case h, and X for that guttural sound heard in Middle East languages and in German that sounds like you're working up a loogie from your throat to spit and that English writers think of (sort of) as a fairly gross H, or maybe a GH. At any rate, a sound that we do not have in our language so we don't have a letter for it. So when you see the circle with horizontal lines through it like levelers, and see it's assigned H, it's not really an H. It's that weird sound.

The glyphs might display different sizes because I resized each page to 500 to fit here on Blogger.

If you choose to look through, I honestly think you'll not see a more straightforward explanation on how these things are decoded.

I meant to say "oddly" not oddy.

Make that nine. I removed one because it didn't resize well at all. 

"Iceland close to becoming first country where no Down's syndrome children are born"

Via InstapunditIceland is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a child with Down's syndrome.

Pre-natal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy.

While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to 85 per cent choose to take it.

It’s called the Combination Test, and uses ultrasound and blood tests – as well as factoring in the mother’s age.

This determines whether the foetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down's syndrome.

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BBC: "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack""

Via RedditSpanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.

Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.

Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.

Spanish media have named Moussa Oubakir, 18, as the suspect.

He is the brother of Driss Oubakir, whose documentation was allegedly used to rent the van involved in the attack.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack". He has announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Friday.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

WKRLEM: Be careful....if they know you have this on your computer a communist is coming to your house to destroy it.

"Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery"

Via Drudge:  Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

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what is the loudest thing you've managed to sleep through?

Reddit top voted comments....

A black bear violently shaking the RV I was sleeping in at 3am. It was very vocal and determined to somehow get into my RV. As this information was relayed to me by my significant other.

Not myself, but a friend of mine slept through a bombing alarm in a warzone.

Fell asleep during a NASCAR race once. My dad used to make us leave at like 4AM to go NASCAR races in NH and, not only was Loudon the most boring track on the circuit, I'd be tired as shit by 3PM.

My mom won tickets to go see New Kids on the Block back in their heyday, I was probably about 8-9. I had no real interest in them and got bored about halfway through, so I fell asleep amid 15,000 screaming girls and some loud pop music.

ThatDeafDude - Due to my username, almost everything. I don't know WHAT I've slept through, though.

Keith Haring, dolphins and divers

"Democrats move to formally censure Trump over Charlottesville"

Via Drudge:  “A president of the United States cannot support neo-Nazis. It’s just beyond the pale,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I hope Republicans who have expressed outrage with what he said put their money where their mouth is.”

Just three Democrats have signed onto the measure, but Nadler says he expects more to follow.

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