Happy St. Valentine’s Day

To you and to those who love you.

And if you want to name a rat after your ex and have them feed it to a snake, you can do it here.

 

Gina

Disney doesn’t love her anymore but the rest of us do.

 

Eye in the Sky…

They’re watching…you.

 

How Fast?

What will happen to WSF’s dog, Bruce Banner, if it’s pelted by gama radiation…we all know and we tremble in fear.

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. Yet in space many strange things happen, including a new proposal by two astrophysicists that blasts creating bursts of gamma rays may be able to speed up faster than light, going superluminal.

This research by the astrophysicists Jon Hakkila of the College of Charleston and Robert Nemiroff of the Michigan Technological University is not going against Einstein’s theory. What the scientists found is that while these bursts surpass the speed of light in surrounding gas clouds, that only happens in the jet mediums, not in a vacuum.

The astrophysicists also think that these superluminal jets can create the time-reversibility that can be observed in gamma-ray burst light curves.

Jet bursting out of a blazar. Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Jon Hakkila likens what they found to skipping stones across the pond. If someone was to throw such a stone into the water towards you, the stone would go through the air in between hops faster than the waves that it causes are moving through the water. As it gets closer, you will see the waves that are produced by each skip in reverse order. The most recently created ones will get to you first and those from the early skips along the water would come last.

“Standard gamma-ray burst models have neglected time-reversible light curve properties,” Hakkila explained. “Superluminal jet motion accounts for these properties while retaining a great many standard model features.”

The new paper here, is published in The Astrophysical Journal.

 

 

Voting Behavior 2020

I sense a trend. Worthy of discussion on a Sunday Sermonette.

 

117 Year Old Nun

Survives the plague, etc. (more here)

Happy Birthday, Sister André

Question: How do you fit 117 candles onto a birthday cake for the world’s second-oldest person? Answer: You can’t.

A French nun who is believed to be the world’s second-oldest person was celebrating her 117th birthday in style on Thursday. There were plans for Champagne and red wine, a feast with her favorite dessert, a Mass in her honor, and other treats to toast Sister André’s exceptional longevity through two world wars and a recent bout of COVID-19.

“It’s a big day,” David Tavella, the communications manager for the nun’s care home in the southern French city of Toulon, told The Associated Press. “She is in great shape. I went to see her this morning. She is really happy. She wanted me to tell her the schedule for the day again.”

It was packed. Some of Sister André’s’ great-nephews and great-great nephews were expected to join a morning video call for her, and the bishop of Toulon was due to celebrate a Mass in her honor.

“She was very proud when I told her. She said, ‘A Mass for me?’” Tavella said.

The menu for her birthday feast included a starter of foie gras, followed by capon with fragrant mushrooms and wrapping up with baked Alaska, the nun’s favorite dessert.

“All of it washed down with red wine, because she drinks red wine. It’s one of her secrets of longevity. And a bit of Champagne with dessert, because 117 years have to be toasted,” Tavella said.

As for packing dozens of candles onto a cake, “we stopped trying a long time ago,” he added. “Because even if we made big cakes, I’m not sure that she would have enough breath to blow them all out. You would need a fire extinguisher.”

 

Religions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, from  the results of the first Austro-Hungarian population census in BiH in 1879.

33 COMMENTS

    • You don’t go up there unless the electronics have been ‘secured’. There is a serious protocol for doing that. You also don’t walk in front of an aircraft on the deck while they’re calibrating fire-control radar because it will literally cook you.

    • Dad was on a range tracking and instrumentation ship. They lost main power, completely. Lost secondary power, completely. Didn’t lose generators for the radars. So the radar techs turned radar power to minimum and they issued flourescent bulbs to crew so one could hold the bulb while others worked in the light.

      That, and the gross tuning of one of the main radars was set by using a 50lb bologna and how quickly it crisped and caught fire when dish was aimed at it.

      • That’s a lot of fried bologna sandwiches. And I’m not complaining, because I learned that you eat when you can and what you can, in the service.

  1. That comm and radar tech is a long way from a sextant and a spyglass. Astounding what the military has at its disposal. I suppose microwave popcorn aboard ship is out.

    Imagine what Sister Andre’ has seen, the breath of society and technology…curious her take on modern society versus other times. Thank God she got over Covid or the CDC and WHO would have to put out another PSA warning anyone over 115 about a 100% death rate. Amazing genes she has. Oh, and pass the red, please.

    Speed of light stuff: Saw a sign: “Everyone eventually gets to meet God, trespassing will get you there faster.” Similar?

    For me, what these guys are into never held interest (except for Star Trek warp drive, a cool application), and likely why I’m not on a grant team delving into such matters. And if these two are suggesting time travel, I’d just get mixed up where I was…although, come to think of it, the Levis I wore in high school would be worth a fortune as apparently the 70’s jeans were limited run. So there’s that.

    • I wonder what Pelosi, Schiff, Jo/Ho and the rest of those creeps will find when they pass, and how they will reflect on their time here.

      • Having been a godly servant, maybe Sister Andre’ will greet them upon arrival to inform them of their transgressions, and a ticket to “not Heaven”. The truth will set them free…from God’s presence, and there’s no political wiggle room.

        • We will all be judged in that place and in God’s good time. I leave it to him. But I wouldn’t want to be them.

          I’m guessing that there won’t be custom churned $25/pint ice cream in Hell?

  2. The upcoming sermon RE: voting trends by religious practices and the lack thereof is relevant to my interests.

      • If God had intended us to vote, L-L, he would have given us candidates…but yes, you’re absolutely correct. Perhaps then it’s our responsibilities to recruit the candidates. But how, and once they’re in, how to keep them pure? There’s the rub.

        • History shows that they will all become corrupt immediately when there is an infinite amount of money to buy them. However when people elect scum like the squad, Mitt, Schiff, Swalwell and Pelosi, it’s even worse. Being ruled by Nero or Caligula or Octavian? There was a difference.

  3. I’ll have to remember that line in the Groucho photo in case an opportunity to use it arises.
    Gina. My new favorite actress.

    • I’ve never had a grand mal seizure, but love – yeah. Something like that, I think. A conversation with Julius Caesar would have been instructive.

  4. That the superluminal gamma ray bursts that really are plain old speed of light is a bit of a disappointment, but not surprising. I take heart that the equations that make energy needed tend toward infinity to accelerate as you approach c also imply that if you can get around that discontinuity at c, the energy comes back down.

    Still, c is far, far too slow to explore even our own galaxy, let alone traveling to others.

    The Star Trek/Star Wars/sci-fi future of zipping around the galaxy is apparently never going to happen.

    • Maybe that’s a good thing. Does the galaxy want us flying around and Californicating it? We have a solar system to play in for the time being.

  5. Re the Carrier ‘mast’, they’re actually out of room. They have ‘other’ things that need to be up there but no place to put them… sigh… Re the church attendance, not surprising that Commifornia is as low as it is…

    • We need a bigger ship? Or maybe a second island the way the Brits did it? An island for aviation and another one for running the ship?

    • The Mohammedans moved in and made themselves at home. A lot like they did in the neighborhood in California where I once lived. The mosque goes up and every house sold in the area after that goes to Muslims – instant ghetto.

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