Friday is a slow blogging day usually. And I’m hurting all over after having chopped/sawed and split/mauled two cords of wood. I need to get a twenty ton ram (gas powered) log splitter next year. That changes the whole dynamic. I’m also trying to decide whether to get more exotic with wood racks or to just pound in a couple steel fence posts and set the wood on lengths of 3″ PVC (a favored style here in the Arizona highlands). I constructed a fancy and esthetically pleasing wood rack for half a cord on the covered deck/outdoor living area, but there’s no need to store it all there.
(link) A team of divers filmed a rare glimpse of a huge transparent egg sac containing hundreds of thousands of baby squid.The stunning underwater video was filmed by Ronald Raasch, 48, as he was diving with two other team-members from the research vessel REV Ocean in the cold waters outside Ørsta, Norway.On October 5, the team of divers was swimming back to shore after visiting a WWII shipwreck about 200 metres from the coast, when they had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a mysterious object.Floating 17 metres below the surface and 15 metres above the ocean floor, was a giant transparent orb which the divers quickly identified as a 10-armed squid’s egg sac.
(link) Physicists from MIT have now provided the first known example of a fractal arrangement in a quantum material.
The patterns were seen in an unexpected distribution of magnetic units called ‘domains’, which develop in a compound called neodymium nickel oxide – a rare earth metal with extraordinary properties.
Many of the State Department people are graduates of Satan’s Vatican. They feel that it confers an elite status on them and calling them ’employees’ when they are in that self-aggrandizing position insults them and their alma mater.
I don’t know. The work that they do is neither dangerous or arduous and there are a lot of social perks to being an FSO. They pay is not spectacular, so they’re not getting the really outstanding Harvard types. If you’re gay and an underachiever, and graduated from the right school, you can join the nest. MOST of them hate President Trump.
President Trump (starting with SECSTATE Tillerson) started downsizing the State Department. I participated in some of those early moves as a contractor/hatchetman. The purge apparently continues. The question of “tell me what you do here?” caused some of them some consternation. A few cried. Slide a paper across the desk, “Write down your schedule for the next ten days” caused some to ask, “Are you kidding?” Some wise ass in Mexico City told me that it was classified. We got through that hurdle with blinding speed and found that he didn’t do anything that actually required a security clearance above “Confidential”. A pox would help clear out the dead weight. I have a history of working cooperatively with the State Dept. When Heinz needed somebody to behead people (figuratively), John Kerry hired my small firm to handle the discrete nature of the biz. They didn’t care about politics. They just wanted things handled right.
Jim – Now I’ll have to start referring to Romney as Pierre from here on out. I like that better than Mittens as some have been calling him. Noe Delecto-Danger seems like an inspired pairing for some office. Which one would be best remains to be seen.
I’m not so much into demeaning Mitt Romney as I am disappointed in him. He’ll remain a senator from Utah until he doesn’t want the job anymore. Just one more deep state type who will work as a closet liberal in much the same way as he operated when he was governor of Massachusetts.