Monday, September 18, 2017

These little sanders are very useful for small jobs.

Arctic sea ice extent is up 40% from this date five years ago. Al Gore despondent.

Greenland’s most famous glacier, the Petermann Glacier, has grown substantially and steadily over the past five years.

Pair of Moccasins Early 20th century Plains Indians (Osage, Sioux, or Cheyenne) Pahuska, Osage Village, Oklahoma, USA

That's funny

Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen recreate the iconic photo of a jealous Sophia Loren eyeing the competition.

Sophia Loren, Jane Mansfield

Meanwhile, Hillary! irritates Christina Aguilera with a lusty leer at her ample endowment.

The NFL knows how to be successful, but will they do what they know works?

Both LA teams had horrible attendance, but not at the Ravens vs. Browns game on Sept. 17th!

The anthem, bald eagle soaring, and a flyover by A-10 Warthogs.  Packed stadium.  Kaepernick and his pals would hate it.  Normal Americans love it, and will pay to be there.

The Art of Speed

My Opinion: the world's most sleek and stylish sports car so far invented.  Jaguar E-Type

Ranganathaswamy Temple | Tamil Nadu, India

An amazing confection.

At least he has some protection.

Taking a breather


On the trail

Latest on the mountain lions from our neighborhood Facebook page

2 Mountain Lions in our back pasture tonight about 9:30.

Dogs were going nuts, horses snorting, went out to check with the spot, heard them screaming, found them with the spot by the time we grabbed a gun..they were travelling south and out of our sight.

Vlade Divats shows why everyone loves him

Saucy red headed kid hiccups his way through the Australian national anthem

Mondays, they're like that

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I moved from a blue state to a red state and it changed my life

To Indiana, specifically.

"Never does one ask how the Indiana public schools provide many opportunities that have been cut from California’s public schools because of one budget crisis after another. Never does one ask about the low cost of living that is allowing us to pay off the mountain of debt we accrued in California. And never does one ask about my fellow community members, who are running successful businesses, enriching the city's arts and making a difference for the local environment."

Freckles, they are good.

Get your pirate mask, for riding the bike on cold mornings, or rioting in Berkeley

Noppity nope nope nope.


Canelo’s outside-slip counter

Freckles, they are good

And so is a wild, untamed look.


Gaucho from Argentina, 1860s

Cool Water

”The Vidette - Custer Trooper” – art by W. Herbert Dunton - 1914

Mono Lake, Sierra Nevada, California Albert Bierstadt, 1872

This one I hadn't seen before, but that is what the country looks like around Mono Lake.

Lots of interesting country to explore there.

Winter is coming

Phantoms on the assembly line

A few miles from me there's a mountain lion roaming around, biting off chunks of livestock

This fellow is a calf who was in a pen, which is like being served up on a plate to a wild lion.  One of it's human neighbors actually saw two lions together a couple of days earlier.

Since California won't let anyone hunt lions, they overpopulate the mountains. They're territorial, and young lions have no territory of their own to inhabit, so they come down onto the flats, where people are, looking to find a home, and occasionally an easy meal.  This looks like the work of a young, inexperienced lion.

 Everyone's in the shoot, shovel and shut up mood over there.  Lucky I've got a Rhodesian Ridgeback.  They're bred to hunt lions in Africa, and he's out at night, keeping a gimlet eye on things.  Good boy!

Here he is after a run in with a barbed wire fence last year.