No, I Didn’t Join

You will find that the Virtual Mirage will have some blackout days between now and the end of September. Eventually, there will be interesting tales to tell. My consulting work is picking up and that’s a good thing because it helps my bottom line. So if there are lapses of a day or a week in a blog that has been known for consistent posting, you understand why that is.


Sampling the Inter-Stellar Meteor

(h/t Claudio) The Kamchatka meteor produced a blast with ten times the energy of the Hiroshima bomb, leading Loeb to put Siraj to work on calculating the past trajectories of the fastest meteors in the CNEOS catalog – CNEOS is NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies. In an email yesterday morning, Loeb explained that numerous factors went into the study. Siraj was able to work with the position and velocity of the meteors at impact while factoring in the Earth’s gravity as well as that of the Sun and planets.



Saul Gone

Better Call Saul is an American crime and legal drama television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Part of the Breaking Bad franchise, it is a spin-off, prequel and sequel to Gilligan’s previous series, Breaking Bad. The series ended and I admit to having enjoyed the series. It dragged at times, but all in all, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, were entertaining.


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  1. Make hay while the sun is shining! When an opportunity presents itself a person needs to jump on it. I’m sure we will somehow muddle along without your insightful articles, at least for a while. Keep your head on swivel!

  2. Ya know LL, that’s not very “equitable”, leaving us in the dark here and there whilst you run off for business. I’m mean, c’mon man, what are we gonna do all day? Talk about unfair.

  3. I see experts who complain they can’t shoot an M14 offhand full auto wel heres what I was taught at camp gieger back in the mists of time you my notice they it has a hinged butt plate you open the butt plate set it on your shoulder with your trigger hand palm you push down with your ooff han in a ready sling but why you stand up in a fire fight I don’t know your frien d truckwilkins

  4. Okay, taking LL’s lead on developing new business opportunities in this time of economic “uncertainty” (as some would define it), I JUST lost my dream job to that Fenton guy: White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator.

    Man, almost gained some serious Woke Points…missed it by a hairless cat.

    • You could be the National Equity Coordinator if you’re willing to wear black face like a Democrat or a Canadian PM.

      • Is that job still open? Thx! (pretty sure I have some black boot polish somewhere)

        BTW, nice plane seat…that’s doing it right for an overseas flight. I refuse to fly Cattle Car Class (altho, come to think of it, I refuse to fly altogether, at least until they get their collective heads out of their rear-ends and start treating people like I believe that picture indicates, with respect…well, some flyers don’t deserve even a bag of peanuts).

        • It isn’t the in flight experience, wretched as it is, but the whole terminal experience that keeps me driving two days each way.

          • Us as well.

            MrsPaulM used to fly all the time so was Pre, I just followed her around…didn’t hurt to sit upfront, altho United Domestic 1st Class looks like steerage compared to that UAE Business Class.

    • Forget about Fenton (who looks like the typical overfed apparatchik of 40 years ago). The real action is with the Deputy WHNMPR, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis. Take a look at this photo of the good doctor. (yes, a Twitter link; sorry, the alternative was a link to “HIVPLUS” magazine) I for one welcome our new leather fetish-pentagram wearing sodomite overlords. (“Well, hello there, Daddy!”)

      Between this “gay activist doctor” and Sam Brinton at DOE, it appears that whoever is running the White House has a bald, deviant, white man fetish. FFS. Did I fall into a bad “alternate history” science fiction novel? This is not Western Civilization. This is the nightmare fever-fantasy of a high-IQ, full of resentment, envy, and never-to-be-satiated eternal lust for revenge kind of person.

      Speaking of Brinton in charge of nuclear waste at DOE, there’s a theory that he was placed there (post turtle) to serve as an ideal fall guy for the upcoming totally-planned yet Entirely Unforseen Nuclear Accident wherein some major metropolis (such as NYC) is contaminated. That’s a little out there in my book, but what say you lot?

      • The above sounds horribly black-pilled, I know. Charlotte Brontë has a response to that:
        I know poetry is not dead, nor genius lost: nor has Mammon gained power over either, to bind or slay: they will both assert their existence, their presence, their liberty and strength again one day. Powerful angels, safe in heaven! they smile when sordid souls triumph, and feeble ones weep over their [supposed] destruction. Poetry destroyed? Genius banished? No! Mediocrity, no: do not let envy prompt you to the thought. No; they not only live, but reign, and redeem: and without their divine influence spread everywhere, you would be in hell–the hell of your own meanness, (Jane Eyre)

        She’s right. I was listening to the divine Patricia Janečková singing Bach’s Ave Maria as I was typing the above. The world is yet full of goodness and grace, if only we are open to perceiving it.

          • I was listening to the Bloodhound Gang singing “The Lap Dance is so much better when the Stripper is Crying” and thought of Joes son Hunter.

  5. I have to admit that when I started reading that article on the interstellar meteorite, I was sort of just skimming and mentally not paying a lot of attention.

    Until the point when they said it was stronger than iron meteorites. That got the “so what was it made of?” thoughts going.

    Interesting little mission they’re putting together. They should ask Elon for that other million they need. That’s “sofa cushion change” to Musk. And maybe they discover an new alloy to make Starships out of. OK, that’s going too far.

    • It’s interstellar, which makes it more interesting. I don’t know that we’ll get THERE anytime soon, but who knows how much interstellar stuff is floating around in our Solar System?

      • That already exists and is used as armored glass in places like the President’s Limo. Aluminum oxynitride is more optically clear, lightweight, and durable than traditional bulletproof glass.

        • The other fun SF-movie-plot-sounding thing about the meteor story is that it landed off Manus Island, where the US recently decided to build a new military base…


  6. While gone, you be careful out there. There are liberals waiting to shut you up for having an opinion different than theirs. Oh, I forgot, you carry. Then just enjoy your pursuit and any downtime you might have.

  7. Wyoming
    Of the 23 counties in Wyoming, Liz Cheney won two. Her home county, Teton (Jackson Hole) 4,000+ votes and Albany, (Laramie home of UW) by 300+. Trust fund snots and university liberals. A jackalope would have done better.

  8. Nice to see your business picking up, but please be careful.

    I’ve watched Breaking Bad, and it’s an excellent series. I haven’t watched Better Call Saul, but my son has, and he said it was great. And neither of us has seen El Camino.

    Things here continue in Pretty Much Normal Mode, and had TLG and TNLG over today. The weather’s been great, antennas are being moved around and ground rods driven, and a bunch of other Home Owner Stuff has been accomplished. Next on that front is cutting and stacking the big pieces of the HUGE ash limb that broke off last Spring. Still not sure how I’m going to split it, but at least all I have it all in ~16″ lengths so after it’s split, it will feed the fireplace nicely.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…..

  9. Dr Jim I have had luck splitting logs by cutting a notch a few inches from the edge and inserting a splitting wedge. Slab it off like using a fro making shingles but thicker . Those PCs can then be split easily in half .
    I’m working with red oak, ymmv.

    • Thanks, Kiki. I’d considered just cutting them, but that’s a lot of wated effort. Hadn’t thought about notching them to make the split easier.

      I’m cutting ash and apple that’s been “drying” outside for about 18 months….

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