Archive for April, 2019

Snow What

Thursday, 25 April 2019

[Found here.]


The Blue Angels

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

About midway through the Cleveland Air Races in 1946 an event placed somewhat inconspicuously on the program was dutifully announced over the public address system. The man said that a Navy Flight Exhibition team in four Grumman Bearcat fighters would demonstrate Navy precision flying in formation. On the team were a Lieutenant Commander, a Lieutenant and two Lieutenants Junior Grade. They were all Naval Aviators with combat records.


Such a four-plane formation employed so skillfully in the last war [WWII] gave cause for its leader, out-numbered fifteen to one, to exclaim without hesitation,

“Red Leader to Carrier, I have 60 Zeros surrounded and am proceeding to attack!” All of his four planes got back and were accredited 17 “kills.”

This week in 1946 Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Chester W. Nimitz ordered the creation of a flight demonstration team. In 1949, the team took the name Blue Angels.

This 1950 Proceedings article explains the Blue Angels’ early history.

Selective Demolition.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

[Found here.]


Monday, 22 April 2019

[Found here.]


Sunday, 21 April 2019

Saturday Matinee – Robert “Junior” Lockwood, Robert Johnson & Eric Clapton

Saturday, 20 April 2019

That’s Robert “Junior” Lockwood Jr. (1915-2006)

I had no idea of Lockwood’s pedigree when he showed up at an early morning jazz appreciation class I took in college. For him, it was all about the blues, and his lecture/demonstration blew me away.

He was taught guitar by Robert Johnson (1911-1938), the legendary King of the Delta Blues (and the Grandfather of Rock and Roll) hence the nickname Robert “Junior.”

Most of Robert Johnson’s songs have been covered by modern musicians, but I hadn’t heard the original “Hellhound On My Trail” until today. It’s got unusual chord patterns and rhythms:

You sprinkled hot foot powder
All around your daddy’s door.

Here’s Eric Clapton’s version from 2004, and it’s just as disturbing.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember that everything’s gonna be alright.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 581 – Alien Abduction, Johnny Flame-O & Batman Wusses Out

Friday, 19 April 2019

[Found here, here and here.]

Lapland Traffic Safety Measure

Thursday, 18 April 2019

[Found here.]

A Canine Intellectual

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

…or an Hasidic Retriever?

[Found here.]

Bailing Water is a Union Job

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Hourly wages plus guaranteed overtime, pays.

[Image found here. Original image found here via Tineye.]

Here’s the true story via Google Translate:

Heavy rain yesterday / Rufisque totally under water: Citizens are sounding the alarm. (Images)

Fortes pluies d’hier/Rufisque totalement sous les eaux : Des citoyens tirent la sonnette d’alarme. (Images)

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