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Posts Tagged ‘WIN’

The .Gif Friday Post No. 607: The Trampoline – Some do it better than others.

Friday, 18 October 2019

[Found here, here, here and here. Nos. 1, 3 & 4 were previously posted. I tried to link to original sources, some of the sites are defunct.]

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Under The BaoBobby Tree

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Way up the trunk it reads, “bOBbY + mArY.”

[Found here.]

Joseph W. Grimes Rides The Cleveland Bicycle

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

[Found here.]

Paper Wolf

Monday, 14 October 2019

Pretty cool paper sculpture kit for under $10. If I was 14 I’d want it, but I’m not 14, and I still want it. [Found here.]

Pair it up with this, and you’ll be your nephew’s Favorite Uncle (or your niece’s Favorite Aunt) forever.

Don’t forget the paint.

Saturday Matinee – A Catfish, Banana Shorts, Steven Wright, Ten Years After & Edgar Winter

Saturday, 12 October 2019

“We be eatin’ good tonight.” [Found here.]

Multi-tasking Bananas found here.

“I saw a sign that said, ‘NEXT REST AREA 25 MILES.’ I said, “That’s pretty big.”

Steven Wright was/is/will be pure awesome, and your pastor never has to block Wright’s commentaries from his 12 year old daughter either. Heavy duty clean comedy.

Ten Years After was (is) one of my favorite blues-rock bands before I knew what blues-rock was. Those English whiteboys played it nasty.

Next up is Edgar Winter, one of the whitest of the white boys, playing one of the biggest instrumental rock hits ever. Personally I liked his brother Johnny‘s stuff better, but so what.
Now about Rick Derringer


Okay, I’m going to roll the dice and ask you loyal followers an honest question. What was your favorite song / band when you were 20 years old? Leave your answers in the comments below. I’ll try not to cringe.


Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll do more stuff tomorrow.

John Harrison’s Contribution To The World

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Self-taught John Harrison spent 43 years overcoming engineering challenges to develop the first marine chronometer. Harrison won a British competition to resolve deep sea navigation problems, but it took him several years to win the full prize.

In 1714, the British government offered a longitude prize for a method of determining longitude at sea, with the awards ranging from £10,000 to £20,000 (£2 million to £4 million in 2019 terms) depending on accuracy. John Harrison, a Yorkshire carpenter, submitted a project in 1730, and in 1735 completed a clock based on a pair of counter-oscillating weighted beams connected by springs whose motion was not influenced by gravity or the motion of a ship. His first two sea timepieces H1 and H2 (completed in 1741) used this system, but he realized that they had a fundamental sensitivity to centrifugal force, which meant that they could never be accurate enough at sea. Construction of his third machine, designated H3, in 1759 included novel circular balances and the invention of the bi-metallic strip and caged roller bearings, inventions which are still widely used. However, H3’s circular balances still proved too inaccurate and he eventually abandoned the large machines.

Harrison solved the precision problems with his much smaller H4 chronometer design in 1761. H4 looked much like a large five-inch (12 cm) diameter pocket watch. In 1761, Harrison submitted H4 for the £20,000 longitude prize. His design used a fast-beating balance wheel controlled by a temperature-compensated spiral spring. These features remained in use until stable electronic oscillators allowed very accurate portable timepieces to be made at affordable cost.

£20,000 in 1714 = ±£3,837,000 in 2018 = ±$4,733,000 USD.

$110k/year is not a bad payoff for a 45 year-long side project. Harrison began as a 21 year-old, and was 66 when he resolved the problem and received the full amount of the prize. He died 17 years later in 1776.

[Image and story here & here.]

Ike Can’t See Clearly Now, Lorena’s Gone. Ike Can’t Seal All Opticals In Mauway.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Her pet turtle burped as she took the photo and the turtle focused for the first time. I have no idea who Lorena or Ike are, and I had to google Mauway. I think it’s somewhere in the Philippines near Manila. All I know is that they make great reusable large envelopes and folders there.

[Image with story found here. Post title from here.]

Saturday Matinee – The Sounds Of Water & Beer, Chick Music, Ten Years After & Robbie Robertson

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Just in time for Oktoberfest. [h/t Nancy H.]

I’m speechless. I hope Archie McPhee got some royalty bucks from this one [via].

Ten Years After was one of my favorite blues-rock bands before I even knew what blues-rock was. Alvin Lee was killer.

Yeah. This. I never quite knew what the song meant, but I still like it [found here.].

Have a great weekend, folks, beware of liars, & we’ll see you back here tomorrow for stuff.

The .Gif Friday Post No.605 – Duck Whisperer, Whispering Dog & The Melon of Mystery

Friday, 4 October 2019

[Found here, here and here.]

Bring Your Kid To Work Day

Monday, 30 September 2019

But is it paddy-trained?

[Found here.]


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