Tuesday, September 19, 2017


How about this thingy, huh?

It's a Salmson Val3, with some sort of aircraft engine...

I assume also Salmson.

Other than a couple pics, I have't found any details on what is going on here...

Monday, September 18, 2017


Spent a full day floating ten miles of the lower Deschutes river yesterday.

Technically, it was a fishing trip...
But no trout graced hooks presented by anybody other than the guide.
Floating seems like a more accurate description.

I did catch a snail, but it came off the hook.
I don't think people fish for snails.

Good day.
River canyon views, wild horses, cold water...

It was my father's idea, and a good one.

After crawling in and out of a boat all day, standing in fifty degree water and not catching a single fish...
I think I now understand the appeal of fishing.

Friday, September 15, 2017

You Up

BECK - Up All Night from CANADA on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Well, this just hits on my linguistic and color theory buttons.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Dude just really likes Coke, I guess?

Monday, September 11, 2017


This is why we need the internet...


So, it's September 11th again.

Not sure what to think about that.
Haven't forgotten, don't like remembering...

Not much more I have to say about that.

Friday, September 8, 2017


Tough little A tudor right there...

It's for sale, too.
More pics if you follow the link.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Sure, cat video...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I mentioned before that it's fire season here...

Some jackhole kid chucked a smoke bomb in to one of the loveliest spots I have ever been to.

And now that move has turned in to a thirty thousand acre fire.

Fucking people, man...

A lot of fire posts here, lately, I know.
Mainly because there are a lot of fires.
Lots of smoke.
One can't avoid thinking of it, at this point.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Only $189.00 for that?

What a tremendous value...

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day

Hope you have a good weekend...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Man, Aku is such a great villain character...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


I mentioned fire season when things got burning, a few months back.
It's still here...

The Milli fire, over by Sisters is at something like 18,000 acres, as I understand it.

More still, are burning across the state.

The haze is near constant, with the smell of a campfire marking days when air quality is bad.
Only on rare days, when winds shift, is there a chance to see blue sky.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Friday, August 25, 2017

Dr Evil

Oh, man, this is some Dr Evil level of engineering...

At least as good as some sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


What manner of madness leads to this?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


This guy again...
Not only does he hate tires, he seems to take a lot of anger out on dirt.

Sure, it's a commercial, but it's one with some WRC car mayhem...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


"Let me tell you, I have the best eye sight, the greatest eye sight, believe me..."

(Turns around, walks into wall.)

Monday, August 21, 2017


That happened...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Status Update

Strangely, it seems pretty quiet here.

Like, less busy that a typical weekend...

Maybe we have just figured out what to avoid on tourist days.

Of course, there was that plane crash...
And some wild fires are forcing evacuations around Sisters.

Friday, August 18, 2017


A picture of a goat standing on another goat.

There is no hidden message here, I am just exhausted by the world and thought a picture of goats might improve things.

Very slightly...

Thursday, August 17, 2017


I kinda like that...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Yeah, the eclipse...

So, up the road from here, between here and Portland, is Madras.
One of the spots NASA told everybody was a good spot to see the eclipse...

It has a high average of clear days and is right in the totality path.
It is also a tiny, tiny town.

So, there are lots of people headed this way.
To rural, remote, central Oregon.

Predictions are vague and folks are planning on being inundated, overrun, overwhelmed.

Lots of people, two lane highways, peak fire season...

What could go wrong?

Well, they cover that in this article., if you are curious...

Cartoon credit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Found this trick ceramic disc brake upgrade kit on ebay, for cheap...

Monday, August 14, 2017


This weekend, white nationalists, Nazi sympathizers, actual self declared Nazis gathered together to promote their (protected) vitriol and voice their dismay that some statues of actual traitors to this nation are to be removed.

And people were killed...

There are actual Nazis fighting with and killing our fellow citizens.
Nazis, white nationalists, beating and killing people in our streets.
That is a reality of today.

Now if you thought that is active racism had gone away in the past few decades, I am not sure you have been paying attention.
It's been here all along, an unfortunate component of our national identity, really.
Now, again, increasingly obstinate and overt...

Fucking hell, man...

And now we get to watch as everybody points fingers at some other party, because nobody is personally responsible.
"Oh, the cops should have done more."
"Geez, those counter protesters were not very nice."
"Gosh, I planned a Nazi fun time party, but had no idea people would be naughty and mean."
"Heck, I didn't even know that guy in the car."

These people got together to express their displeasure that a statue depicting a traitorous secessionist, who led an army in the fight for continued slave ownership was being removed...
And to have a goddamned race fear circle jerk, while waving around tiki torches.

This is the state of the nation...

I am not sure if I am more angry or embarrassed.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Good Idea

It's great that we get to think about all this stuff, still, again, more...

Thursday, August 10, 2017


When can scooters stop being a thing?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flopsy Bunny

For more information, please reread the poster...

It should make perfect sense why shit gets serious at about Lady Bird and only gets worse from there.

Given the whole North Korea situation, I think it's a good idea to brush up on this stuff.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Been busy enough that I haven't even had a chance to think about how much I need a dune buggy...

(Which may indicate that I don't actually need a dune buggy.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ya Know

Ya know, that just doesn't seem like a good spot for a bike ride...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flutter Update

In that previous post about fluttering insects, I mentioned a plethora of monarch butterflies...

Turns out I am wrong with that.

The ones all over the place, here, are California tortoiseshell butterflies it seems.
Like that one in the picture...

You can see how one might make that identification mistake, as a butterfly layman.

No doubt, all of the local, native butterflies are pretty pissed off about these damned California butterflies...
Moving up here with their fancy lifestyles, driving up butterfly home prices and all that.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


OK, it is kinda cool as is.

Now if each trick was done regular and then switch, with each light to dark shift...
That would be epic.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Lots of fluttery things here, I notice.

We had a run of some normal looking moths earlier in the spring.

A few weeks ago was a big run of Pandora moths.
Big ones.  That picture is of one...
I guess their life cycle is a couple of years, most of which is in the larva and transition stages which happens underground.
Then every couple years they turn moth, mess around and lay eggs to restart the circle.
This year was one of those moth party years...

Last weekend, I saw more butterflies than I ever have.
Just a swarm of Monarchs, out in the hills and mountains...

And I hear there is another moth species about to show up as well.
The hawk moth maybe?
It's black and white, I think.

So, yeah...

This was a dull post inventorying the various fluttering bugs I have seen this year.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I like boats.
I also like planes.
And projects...

Anybody want to go halfsies on a PBY project with me?

(By half, I mean I have like seventeen dollars to contribute.)

Anyway, pretty neat tour of a PBY.
I have never seen one of these in person, but their history is pretty cool.

Growing up, I hung out with this guy who was a war photographer in WW2.
He had a fondness for these, having spent a fair amount of time in those side blisters.

Monday, July 31, 2017


So, he came in and went off about firing the leakers...
Treasonous, evil, behind the back whisperers.

And then he quits/gets canned.

Was he a leaker, then realized it and self fired?
I think that could be a usable narrative going forward.

This pace of absurdity is brutal...

So, just random cabinet members are doing press conferences now?
Send out the seemingly sane people, tell them to look dour...
(Try to tune out the sound of the whole world laughing.)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Maverick (Pt II)

And McConnell has a sad...

McCain actually went maverick.
Didn't see the coming...
But it does kinda seem like it was an orchestrated flipping of the bird.
What  with McCain inviting reporters to watch the show, on his way to the vote.

And with all of this the hard right folks expose the purity of faith, with exhalations that the source of McCain's cancer is none other than God...
A punishment for the impurity of his conservatism, or something.
That is nice, isn't it?

So, what do you think...
Maybe two months before they give some repeal effort another go?

Thursday, July 27, 2017


THE PRIVATES from Amalgamated Picture Co. on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I am still marveling at the machinations of the Senate, over the past few days.
The whole of it is stunning...

This guy rides in on his high horse to deliver a speech about bipartisanship.

Votes along party lines to move to debate.

Announces that he won't vote for the bill.

Then votes for the fucking bill...

I mean that seems a lot like some party line bullshit, right there.
War hero, brain cancer, whatever credit you care to give the guy...
That reads more hack than maverick...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


So, senators just voted for a bill with no knowledge of what was in the actual bill...

I mean, that is just good governance right there.

Monday, July 24, 2017


Friday, July 21, 2017


How about a pic of a lovely BSA?

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Tuesday, July 18, 2017


You know, Thrasher magazine...

The OG skate rag.

The punk one, compared to all the others...

I am not sure if this photo makes me think Thrasher is more or less cool now.

Friday, July 14, 2017


The cross section of folks and their thoughts is kinda interesting...

Thursday, July 13, 2017


The Tick is back?

With direction from the guy who created it?

I mean, it seems hard to beat the animated series, but you know, it's still the  Tick...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


So, I guess teleporting is actually a thing now?
Like, are reproducible, actual event...

As reported by folks at MIT-

To perform the experiment, the Chinese team created entangled pairs of photons on the ground at a rate of about 4,000 per second. They then beamed one of these photons to the satellite, which passed overhead every day at midnight. They kept the other photon on the ground.
Finally, they measured the photons on the ground and in orbit to confirm that entanglement was taking place, and that they were able to teleport photons in this way. Over 32 days, they sent millions of photons and found positive results in 911 cases. “We report the first quantum teleportation of independent single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a low Earth orbit satellite—through an up-link channel— with a distance up to 1400 km,” says the Chinese team.

Here is a link to the article, if you want to read more.

It makes me think I need to read some quantum mechanics for dummies books...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Collusion Tease

So, I guess today's narrative is that there is no collusion...

But this guy was really hoping to get the chance to do colluding with the super secret, ruskie lawyer gal.
Plus his bro-in-law and his dad's buddy, who actually was on Putin's payroll for a while.

And she left him with some pamphlets about adopting Russian babushkas and blue balled them on the colludifacation.

Is that the story they are going with, today?  Am I getting this right?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fire Season

It's been a while since I lived someplace that has a fire season.

Think about that...

It's a season, fire season.

Yesterday, I went for a bit of a ramble.
Looping around the Brother John, stopping at some of the lakes up in the mountains
Generally, just poking around some of the things I love about this spot...
And enjoying the cooler air another thousand feet of elevation can deliver.

Heading home, I spotted that low haze, north of town.

It's been hanging in the nineties most days, lately.
Each afternoon brings the wind.
It has been a while since there has been rain.
Things are dry here.

That haze, was from a grass fire, up north of here a ways.
Some little spark that was whipped into a thousand acre fire in the course of an afternoon.

Now this fire isn't really near me, or anything really.
No need for worry, or anything like that, all safe here.

Still, pretty sobering to be reminded how quickly these fires can move/grow.

Friday, July 7, 2017


How about a longish read on the history of democracy in the early days of Rhode Island and what it reveals about our modern political state?

Sounds super fun, right?

Rhode Island’s experiment in egalitarian democracy emerged from economic and political conditions that troubled all the newly independent American states during the 1780s. This is the moment that most textbook accounts of the founding skip quickly over. Ordinary citizens faced a combination of tax hikes and a scarcity of currency, as governments stretched to pay off wartime debts and urban elites passed the costs onto the underrepresented inhabitants of the rural hinterlands. In every state, the postwar economic slump sparked calls for reduced taxation and emissions of paper money to ease the impact of the crisis — measures that would redistribute economic burdens away from ordinary people and towards the wealthy.

If that gets your gears turning, the whole article is over here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


The other day, I was out in public, minding my own business.
Public means people, and there were some there...
Talking about personal stuff loudly...

These folks were on a family outing, three generations, with the new grand kid.
Somehow things turned medical in this conversation between the family and some strangers...
And it comes out that the new baby has a hole in it's heart.
Which seems like kind of a big deal?

There were other medical concerns which were more pressing, but back to the heart hole thing...

They weren't surprised by the whole heart hole thing, because it is hereditary.
Seems that generations of the clan have been born with hole riddled hearts...
The story of how hard it was for the previous kids, the side effects, surgeries, expenses and suffering...
That was shared with a startling tone of normalcy.

And there these people were...
With a new baby.
With a hole in it's heart.

I mean, maybe you take a generation off when you have that known scenario?
Maybe that is a signal or sign, or something?
Maybe lay off the baby making for a few?

Or not, I guess...
What is one more generation of infant open heart surgery?
If that is the way you've always done it, why not.

Must be a part of compulsive reproduction thing I just don't get...
Or some god working in mysterious ways thing, that I can't understand?

This probably makes me the asshole, right?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Friday, June 30, 2017


Have a good weekend, y'all.

Don't blow your digits off, or anything...

(Yes, I am aware that the sloth-astronaut depicted is probably an immigrant.  We are a nation of those, you know.  Hopefully, the sloth's presence in this image doesn't upset any protectionist ideals you may have and diminish the pleasantness of this post's intentions.  It occurs to me that those wolves may also be Canadian, which takes us to healthcare.  You will need that if you blast a finger off, won't you?  The wolves will, if they lose protected status, for sure.  Suddenly this post has gone from a dumb picture to political commentary.  It was just supposed to be a dumb post with an eagle and flag, along with some nonsense.  Sorry about that, my bad.  Anyway, stay safe and cool this weekend.  Oh shit, now I am thinking about the EPA getting gutted in the name of climate change denial.  Goddamnit, it's just everything isn't it?  Just fucked by those fucking fuckers, the whole lot of it.  Damnit man...)

Thursday, June 29, 2017


How about some shiny destruction as art?

Seems like that kind of day...

Artist credit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Yo, look out Buckeye folks...

The Chicago Transit Authority has it out for you, apparently.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Friday, June 23, 2017

Breaking News

Thursday, June 22, 2017


A trick my phone has started doing recently is letting me know how long it will take me to get home, during the day...

I mean it has done that for a while, a convenient feature when you are not at home and want to know how long it will take you get there.
You know, like if you commute...

I work from home.

And somehow, my phone says it will take me 23.5 minutes to get here.
To get where I am, the same spot.


Better leave work early, to beat the traffic, I guess.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


I bet they would be fun to hang out with at a barbecue...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


What is this?

A voice from the right, confirming we are taking a stroll down a shit covered sidewalk?

Trump has been ruled by compulsions, obsessions and vindictiveness, expressed nearly daily on Twitter. He has demonstrated an egotism that borders on solipsism. His political skills as president have been close to nonexistent. His White House is divided, incompetent and chaotic, and key administration jobs remain unfilled. His legislative agenda has gone nowhere. He has told constant, childish, refuted, uncorrected lies, and demanded and habituated deception among his underlings. He has humiliated and undercut his staff while requiring and rewarding flattery. He has promoted self-serving conspiracy theories. He has displayed pathetic, even frightening, ignorance on policy matters foreign and domestic. He has inflicted his ethically challenged associates on the nation. He is dead to the poetry of language and to the nobility of the political enterprise, viewing politics as conquest rather than as service.

Full piece/prose found here.

Written by one of W's top guys, so the WaPo fake news bit struggles to stick.

Unless this dude was "gotten" by the shape shifting lizard lib's, who run the pizzagate place...

Because, you know, that is the world we live in now.

Monday, June 19, 2017


More information on this thing over here.

Friday, June 16, 2017


Here is a startling bit, regarding clime change-

Climate Central looked at the monthly data using the earlier baseline and found that “if you were born after December 1964, you’ve never experienced a month cooler than average on this planet.”

That is probably not indicative of any trend at all, huh?
Probably should think about that for a minute.

Crap, man...

That is some perspective.

Source article here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Look at all those fun tools.
So many, I can't even think of projects for all of them...
Though I am sure that would change after having them available for a bit.

Nothing of this scale, but we checked out a space similar in concept, here.
A cool space with especially nice people...
And some cool tools I don't have or have room for.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Monday, June 12, 2017


Why do super hero types where tights?

It really doesn't seem like practical attire for crime fighting/world saving...

Friday, June 9, 2017


Some Apollo era goodness...

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Lead with your strengths, they say.

I could write a post on current events, but I would guess you are at saturation with that stuff.

Personally, my response to a news alert on my phone has gone from "I wonder what's happening" to "what the fuck did he do now" and will probably stay that way for a bit...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


What do you think the odds are of landing that cleanly?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Did you know Oregon had it's own Badlands?

I didn't really either.
We can just keep it a secret and leave any Badlands notoriety to the Dakota's.

Anyway, this past weekend we took some time to get out and enjoy the area.
You know, before the summer sun starts baking things.
Just a  short hike, well, a three mile hike to check out what is just a few minutes east of here.

I will let this video give you an idea of what things look like...

It's still on the spring side of things here, so the tiny desert flowers were putting on their show.
Really lovely stuff.

The video doesn't deliver on the scent from the juniper trees.
You'll have to imagine that...

Monday, June 5, 2017


Friday, June 2, 2017



It's national doughnut day?

Might have to do something to celebrate that.

I don't even remember the last time I had one...

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Might as well break some records while building your space rocket launching plane, huh?

There is more on this thing here, here or really any place covering it.
Every story seems to be based on the same press release...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

That's a lot of negative vibes, man...

There have been a lot of negative vibes all over, lately.
That whole euro tour, man, that was just one discouraging moment after another.
The stabbings up in Portland...

I could post about any number of depressing things...
Just don't have the head space for all those negative vibes, right now, man.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dog Food

Care to know what my current food peeve is?

It's "bowls."

Sure, they have been around for a bit.

KFC had one of the first I remember, with mashed potatoes and crap.
Those Chipotle burrito bowls.

(Because I guess the tortilla is just to much when ordering food by the pound.  And that is gonna get me started on calling torillas wraps, too.  Those are not "wraps" people.  Look at them, they are clearly tortillas with perhaps some chlorophyll.)

Anyway, back on the left coast bowls are big.
I walked past a restaurant over the weekend whose whole schtick is bowls.
There is one on our list of places to try, which I resist at present, on principle.

Because of the bowl.
I don't know, man, it just bugs me.
It seems like lazy cooking and presentation.
Or I don't know...
Sure I get deconstruction and reformatting ingredients, I understand all of that.

I, maybe, just want a little more execution than what gets put into what I serve the dogs...

Let's just try to be civilized people, a bowl is only a half step away from a trough.

Have some dignity.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Wait, what?

He goes to Israel, meets up with the PM of Israel, then at a photo-op for the press he say he never mentioned Israel to the Russians?

Regarding the source for classified information he spilled to the Russians...

Dude, you are doing it right now, you are mentioning Israel right now, while you say you never mentioned Israel, from Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reduce Crime

Simple enough...

Thursday, May 18, 2017


OK, so here is a dumb transition topic of conversation for you: Lunch.

You know, I moved, across the country...
Opposite side of the continent.

I still work for the same folks, so I follow their regular schedule.
It's an early start and that would seem like the hardest part to deal with...
Starting my work day at six in the morning.

But no, that hasn't been an issue at all, really.
Sure, I wouldn't mind lounging in bed longer, but no big thing.

The hard part about that schedule is eating.
First, maybe it's because of the long days, the altitude shift or whatever...
I seem to always be hungry.
Second, what kind of eating schedule goes well with that?
My peers are off to lunch about the time I am ready for cereal.
Cravings for random foods kick in about the time most restaurant kitchens are doing prep work.

First world problem, for sure.

Thought I would share...
It's 9:00 AM here and I am craving some Thai noodles.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



In what has to be the most comedic global political move in history, Putin is offering to provide transcripts of Russia's diplomatic meeting with Trump to congressional investigators.

“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Putin added, “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”

That is from the WaPo, here is the story.

Of course the caveat is that the administration has to ask for them.
Which is just another layer of comedy gold...

Good stuff Vlad, seriously.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Twitch is streaming all of the Mr. Rogers episodes as some sort of fund raiser for PBS.

Wouldn't you like to watch 866 episodes of Mr. Rogers?