Monday Madness

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Bullet Points:

** It’s good for you. “As per the decision, which cited the scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority, the additive is safe to use in a whole range of products, including but not limited to cereal bars, biscuits, pizza, pasta-based products, and whey powder. But don’t worry, because the crickets first have to be checked to make sure they “discard their bowel content” before being frozen.


** Did Civil War/War of Northern Aggression veterans fight in World War One? Check it out.

** 3D Printed Homes –  PHOENIX — Diamond Age, which moved its California headquarters to Phoenix last year, has begun selling its first community of 3D-printed homes starting in the upper $200,000s. Using full-stack robotics, the company can build homes within 60 days, said Jack Oslan, CEO of Diamond Age.

** New Rocket EngineNASA’s propulsion development engineers have built and tested the agency’s first full-scale rotating detonation rocket engine, or RDRE for short. This advanced rocket engine design could change how propulsion systems are built in the future in a big way.

And then there’s the plasma thruster.


Heart Attack Take-Out Food – Yeah, so what?


Yes, both matter


The Glory of Rome

The Romans were different from other major conquerors of the Balkans in that they first arrived in the west. Later attacks were launched from the southeast as well so that by the 1st century CE the entire peninsula was under Roman control. At the height of Roman power, the Balkan peoples were the most united of any time in their history, with a common legal system, a single ultimate arbiter of political power, and absolute military security. In addition, vibrant commerce was conducted along the Via Egnatia, a great east-west land route that led from Dyrrhachium (modern Durrës, Albania) through Macedonia to Thessalonica (modern Thessaloníki, Greece) and on to Thrace. The northwestern part of the peninsula, including Dalmatia along the Adriatic coast as well as Pannonia around the Danube and Sava rivers, became the province of Illyricum. What is now eastern Serbia was incorporated into Moesia, which reached farther eastward between the Balkan Mountains and the Danube all the way to the Black Sea. The southeastern part of the peninsula was ruled as Thrace, and the southern part was brought into Macedonia.

The Romans largely regarded the Danube River as their northern frontier, but in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, their authority was extended northward into Dacia, in what is now western Romania. Dacia had been the home of a people closely related to the Thracians. The Dacians had suffered invasion by a number of peoples, including the Scythians, a people probably of Iranian origin who were absorbed into the resident population.

In the 3rd century BC, they managed to contain Macedonian pressure from the south, but in later years they were much less able to fend off Celtic invaders from the northwest. By the 1st century, AD a substantial Dacian state extended as far west as Moravia and threatened Roman command of the Danube in the Balkans. The extension of the Dacian state and Dacian raids across the river into Moesia prompted the emperor Trajan in the first decade of the 2nd century to march into Dacia, against the Dacian state and Dacian society, and establish a Roman colony that lasted until barbarian incursions forced a withdrawal back across the Danube beginning in 271.


Is he getting scolded for shitting his pants again?


Identify the Tank 




Parting Shot

36 thoughts on “Monday Madness

  1. Looks like a Matilda, one of my faves.

    They have one up at the American Heritage Museum, up in Mass, great collection.


      1. They had to steam clean the oval orifices’ after Slick Willie got done…

        They will have to stream clean after Brandon is carried out for entirely
        different reasons… (though just as disgusting)

        1. I’m sure that the Trumps had to nearly gut the residence and take down to the studs when Barack and Big Mike left.

          1. Trump brought in his own team; done right, ahead of schedule, and under budget. Probably even paid for it himself.

    1. Answer depends if I’m talking to the People’s Front of Judea or the Judean People’s Front. In the meantime I’ll have a couple of grilled wrens’ livers on a stick.

      1. Toad on a stick can cost you a lot if you’re at the right fancy restaurant in Boston.

  2. What is with that woman and her Joyzee “What Not to Wear” off-the-rack from the Ross down the street? Who’s dressing this woman, HRC’s upholsterer? If that doesn’t speak volumes. Oy Vey.

    Printed Homes huh. Conceptually interesting but no thanks. Their overview is the new Levittown…only in plastic, like living inside a milk jug. Wonder how long the out-gassing VOC’s last or how much of hated fossil fuel they’ll need per home? Once the wall finish is sprayed on with the robot arm they’d better hope it doesn’t rain before the roof goes on…their video doesn’t go into a lot of detail and there’s no gallery of completed homes. Looks like a slick “invest in us” website.

    Nice deck…never underestimate a redneck. Reminds me of Foxworthy’s hilarious bit inviting his pals to sit on his Big Deck. That’s a great flood prep solution, just float off while saving the BBQ & beer cooler rescuing your neighbors who’s permit built deck went downstream.

    Lunch – A little light on the cheese.

      1. Appears the two principles are robotics geeks. It’s a variation on a manufactured home, built in place vs. drop in place. Some mfr’d ones are very nice, stacked box ones especially. I’m trying to imagine how the systems are installed in prefinished walls, or how building departments and field inspectors would react. Reminds me of Star Trek’s Replicator on a larger scale. But for me it comes down to “feel” when you walk in…can’t compete with wood warmth.

    1. Yeah, I wouldn’t even want one of them to do the laundry. I’d end up with a big iron scorch mark in the middle of my shirt.

          1. Their keening and howling would be annoying in the extreme. And I’d expect bad breath to go along with it.

  3. The concept behind Ebrahimi’s plasma thruster has been known since at least the mid-’50s – and not just in science fiction – the metals technology for containment hasn’t.
    Travel time to the Centauri system has been estimated at just over a year with this engine – now we just need animal trials with a reliable renewable oxygen system – any bright chimps volunteering?

  4. Since I’m reading this just before lunch, that ‘takeout’ looks REALLY good! And the tricked out G19 and clicker are BOTH good things to have, depending on your ‘setup’… Slo Jo does look like a little kid getting talked to doesn’t he…

  5. 3D Printed Homes
    non-flammable pour-in-place Styrofoam-type housing; 4 units per acre, solar roofs that’ provide sustainable energy: instant towns to absorb our burgeoning “immigrant” population.

  6. Ah, British tanks. I never understood the whole 2pdr not being able to fire HE for an infantry support tank. Eh, Britain, go figure.

    As to the temperance movement, it was in response to an overwhelming problem with alcoholism and all the abuse and issues that goes with alcoholism. It was what it was. And it did help stem the issue. Of course, the introduction of safe drinking water also helped.

  7. As for the bugs, I would LOVE more crawfish in everything… The heart attack takeout – if it fits your diet, why not?
    If we had the room, I would love a porch like that.
    You all be safe and God bless.

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