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August 21, 2017

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JimNorCal

The Atlantic has deteriorated, eh?

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/american-totality-eclipse-race/537318/#article-comments
It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.

Davod

"It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people."

It's simple really. God hates White people, but wouldn't deprive Black people of their sunlight.

glasater

If you've forgotten to get glasses a guy on teevee says you can look thru a colander or cheese grater to see the eclipse.

Marlene

I'm watching on TV (mute,because Shep) and listening to Mark Steyn filling in for Rush.

sbw

So I just took a wrapping paper tube,
--covered one end with aluminum foil taped with masking tape,
--put a small pinprick in the center of the foil,
--cut a small V in the other end to look through,
--taped a 3" circle of a paper plate to the other end as a screen and to see the shadow of the tube to center it,
--put it over my shoulder facing away from the sun and, voila,
--safe eclipse viewer to see a half-inch sun on the imaging plate.

Captain Hate on the iPhone

AllahPander is the sound of shouting into a vacuum.

henry

NASA cameras... https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/#NASA+TV+-+Eclipse+Views+(Raw+Feed)

Dave (in MA)

Even more fun, take a HEAVY DUTY wrapping paper tube, and go around hitting people with it while they're looking up at the sky.

cboldt

Better half will send me into town around 2 - says I can rob the bank then, everybody will be blind.

Tom Maguire
If you've forgotten to get glasses a guy on teevee says you can look thru a colander or cheese grater to see the eclipse.

My colander?!? What am I supposed to wear on my head?

Porchlight

Somebody please tell the Atlantic that since the US is only 12% black, that's likely to be the case no matter how the eclipse path falls.

God would have to center it latitudinally just south of the Great Lakes to get a significantly different result.

I can't believe I'm even responding to this drivel.

glasater

Heh, Dave.

I've stacked 3 polarizing camera filters (my original plan because they're pretty dark even one by themselves) and can see the beginning of it pretty clearly.

Sue

hitting people with it while they're looking up at the sky.

Ha!

Tom Maguire

if you don't have ISO glasses, go bottoms-up with a heavy drinking glass and see if that's what they meant by "beer goggles".

Porchlight

Dave (in MA), I bet the pickpockets are on their marks.

cboldt

That NASA page has a "Fast Forward" button. Pretty cool visual.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

You guys are cracking me up.

Neile Degrasse Tyson says eclipses happen every year so this isn't rare.

Well, it's rare to have so much of the US have a total eclipse, and besides that, few people have the money to travel to wherever there IS an eclipse, so this is a clueless comment.

Clarice Feldman

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-21/one-statistics-professor-was-just-banned-google-here-his-story

daddy

Looks like the murderous Barcelona van driver has been eclipsed: Barcelona attack: Man shot dead in hunt for suspect

Captain Hate

Rocket surgeon DeAss Tyson is correct if you include 0% eclipses.

Extraneus

http://time.com/4890397/solar-eclipse-damage-eyes-protect/

If you look at the sun unfiltered, you may immediately notice a dazzle effect, or a glare the way you would from any bright object, but that doesn't necessarily mean your retina is damaged. According to Chou, symptoms generally begin occurring 12 hours after viewing the eclipse, when people wake up in the morning and notice their vision has been altered.

"They can’t see faces in the mirror, they can’t read the newspaper or the smartphone display, they’re having trouble looking at road signs, and basically they’ve got this center spot in their vision that is intensely blurred," Chou said.

There are no remedies to effectively mitigate the injury, said Chou, aside from waiting and seeing if the patient regains vision. This does happen, but not until at least three months after the injury.

Captain Hate

If you've forgotten to get glasses a guy on teevee says you can look thru a colander or cheese grater to see the eclipse.

Someone who was thinking how to get people to look like lunatics. Probably will post pictures later.

David, Internet Deplorable

On this occasion of the total eclipse, I want to leave this thought with you all.

A day without sunshine is like … night.

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

What is: "turnover in the human eyeball"?

I really am dumb as a post. Just don't tell anyone.

henry

Navy to pause Pacific operations.

glasater

Hey, TM..bet you have two colanders.. ;-)

les nessman

"My colander?!? What am I supposed to wear on my head?"

The properly-attired JOMer should already have one attached to their face, as they traverse the apocalyptic wasteland on their dune buggies.

cboldt

Jane - it is how long it takes for ALL of the fluid to drain and be replaced. Like if you have a cup with a hole in the bottom, and were filling it from the top, how long does it take for all of the fluid to drain and (simultaneously) be replaced.

cboldt

Use your spare colander. actually, I think the idea is to go "fly eyed" and use one colander for each eye. You can use the cheese grater, temporarily, for partial head cover.

cboldt

There is more than one "Salil Mehta." Interesting.

 narciso.

Zintersting he went Norwegian blue that close to the scene of the crime, one guess where the imam had been recently? No not Syria,

matt, deplore me if you must

Is this going to spur Gaia worshipers into ritualistic posturing and maybe mass self destruction?

Oh, that's already happening.

henry

not enough to remove statues... need a bomb. Near Rice in Houston.

matt, deplore me if you must

I think the USS John McCain must have paused operations early.

daddy

Ike Newton didn't need no stinking colander!

Eye injuries of early solar observers

Newton

Another prominent scientist who temporarily injured his eyes by looking at the Sun (though not to observe sunspots) was Isaac Newton. When he was about 22 years old, he looked at the reflection of the Sun in a mirror, while standing in a darkened room — a situation almost guaranteed to maximize damage by dilating the pupil. (The similarity to the case of Fechner is instructive: both were deliberately trying to provoke after-images; both observed the Sun well up in the sky from inside a dark room; both suffered photophobia and retreated to a darkened room for some time; and both eventually recovered normal vision.)
Newton gave a detailed account of his experience some 27 years later in a letter to John Locke [note his use of the y-form of the letter thorn; thus “ye” is to be pronounced “the”]:

The observation you mention … I once made upon my self with ye hazzard of my eyes. The manner was this. I looked a very little while upon ye sun in a looking-glass wth my right eye & then turned my eyes into a dark corner of my chamber & winked to observe the impression made & the circles of colours wch encompassed it & how they decayed by degrees & at last vanished. This I repeated a second & a third time. At the third time when the phantasm of light & colours about it were almost vanished, intending my phansy upon them to see their last appearance I found to my amazemt that they began to return & by little & little to become as lively & vivid as when I had newly looked upon ye sun. But when I ceased to intende my phansy upon them they vanished again. After this I found that as often as I went into ye dark & intended my mind upon them as when a man looks earnestly to see any thing wch is difficult to be seen, I could make ye phantasm return wthout looking any more upon the sun. And the oftener I made it return, the more easily I could make it return again. And at length by repeating this wthout looking any more upon the sun I made such an impression on my eye that if I looked upon ye clouds or a book or any bright object I saw upon it a round bright spot of light like ye sun. And, which is still stranger, though I looked upon ye sun wth my right eye only & not with my left, yet my phansy began to make ye impression upon my left eye as well as upon my right. For if I shut my right eye & looked upon a book or the clouds with my left eye I could see ye spectrum of the sun almost as plain as with my right eye, if I did but intend my phansy a little while upon it. For at first if I shut my right eye & looked wth my left, ye spectrum of ye Sun did not appear till I intended my phansy upon it; but by repeating this, appeared every time more easily. And now in a few hours time I had brought my eys to such a pass that I could look upon no bright object with either eye but I saw ye sun before me, so that I durst neither write nor read but to recover ye use of my eyes shut myself up in my chamber made dark for three days together & used all means to divert my imagination from ye Sun. For if I thought upon him I presently saw his picture though I was in ye dark. But by keeping in ye dark & imploying my mind about other things I began in three or four days to have some use of my eyes again & by forbearing a few days longer to look upon bright objects recovered them pretty well, thô not so well but that for some months after the spectrum of the sun began to return as often as I began to meditate upon ye phænomenon, even tho I lay in bed at midnight wth my curtains drawn. But now I have been very well for many years, tho I am apt to think that if I durst venture my eyes I could still make ye phantasm return by the power of my fans.

Porchlight

Tyson got his masters here at good ole racist UT. Library copy of his thesis has been missing for awhile. Guess someone didn't want people nosing around to see if it was any good.

His dissertation committee evidently said bye bye after the masters. Because they were racist.

https://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/02/star-power/

maryrose

Dave:
My husband and I love your hitting people with the wrapping tube idea and laughed really hard.

daddy

Up here our max Eclipse will be in 9 minutes but it is overcast in fog so we get nothing:(

DebinGA

BOzo's last two Chief of Naval Operations appointees, one still in place, have been submariners. Maybe surface ship training/ops were of secondary interest/

 narciso.

This was his thesis:
adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1992PhDT.........1T

glasater

We're in the just under 97% range and it's getting very dark inside our home which is normally very bright inside without turning on lights.

It's a little eery. Dogs in the neighborhood are quiet also.

No breeze at all.

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

Cbolt,

What happens when you cry?

cboldt

Tear ducts - have nothing to do with the fluid turnover inside the eyeball.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Scott Adams‏Verified account @ScottAdamsSays

Watch me blind half of the country with this tweet: "Hey, President Trump is doing something racist on the sun!"

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

Oh good.

Dave (in MA)

Rocco, if it's good enough for Newton...

Jack is Back!

Watching it on Weather Channel and they are playing this creepy electronic music. But still better than having Shemp explain it to me.

cboldt

The first stationary NASA camera just went through all of totality. Now I wish I had traveled somewhere to experience that. Very strange event with the sun blotted out, and corona visible.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

NYT Business‏ @nytimesbusiness

Having a dispute with siblings over the family summer house? Try transformative mediation

=======================================

Now we get a clearer view of why they missed the Trump voters.

Captain Hate on the iPhone


Hey, TM..bet you have two colanders.. ;-)

View master.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

For those who don't get totality, Chiquita Banans brings us---The Banana Sun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=64&v=eP2Kr7dfKws

 narciso.


Democracy dies, you know thevdrill:http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/08/u-s-civil-rights-commission-wants-no-enemies-on-the-left.php

cboldt

USA Toady on Eclipse Superstitions

Some people take it a step further: They believe we’re all going to die.

Trump's fault ...

matt, deplore me if you must

Time to smoke and drink Coronas!

mike in houston

Henry, thats the same house where the kid got 5 years for possession of poisonous gas. Parents are artsy fartsy types

daddy

I thought this bit from Newton was interesting and I await an explanation from Anonamom, probably saying something like it was perhaps only one optic nerve in the back of the brain:

Newton: And, which is still stranger, though I looked upon ye sun wth my right eye only & not with my left, yet my phansy began to make ye impression upon my left eye as well as upon my right. For if I shut my right eye & looked upon a book or the clouds with my left eye I could see ye spectrum of the sun almost as plain as with my right eye, if I did but intend my phansy a little while upon it.

I know that old Pirate trick of wearing an eye patch, so that at night they could instantly uncover the covered eye and would instantly have night vision that their opponents wouldn't have, so for an initial few minutes they would have an advantage in murder and rapine, etc. Guess the suns rays overpower that.

Okay A'mom. What's the answer?

Dave (in MA)

Annnnnnd it just got cloudy.

henry

Supposed Awan corruption exposed. IT purchase fraud. Here Rep. Yvette Clarke NY-9 her chief of staff.

start the perp walks already.

Dave (in MA)

Time to stare at coronas and smoke retinas!

cboldt

Smoke coronas, rauchbier, and smoked retinas

mike in houston

A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.

Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.

Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.

Schneck was holding two small boxes that included duct tape and wires.

When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said.

Federal authorities said one of the tubes contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a "highly explosive compound" used as a primary explosive. Nitroclycerin, in its purest form, is a contact explosive.

"ln its undiluted form, [nitroglycerin] is one of the world's most powerful explosives," according to the statement.

Schneck was arrested about 11 p.m. Saturday in the park, a source said, following a day of protests that drew hundreds of people to Sam Houston Park protesting a Spirit of the Confederacy statue. The Saturday event also drew counter-protesters.

daddy

Miss M,

Very clever ad at 01:28:)

Porchlight

Warm smell of coronas
Rising up from the air

lyle

Awesome awesomely awesome totally total racist eclipse in Sun Valley!!

Buckeye

Just got a text from Jr. After rock climbing in Kentucky this weekend he decided to head to Tennessee to get the "total" immersion.

derwill, yet another adorable, irredeemable deplorable

Okay that was really cool. And eerie. What was especially interesting was how the quality of light changed as it got darker. Not at all like a regular sunset. Very flat light. And the air was utterly still. And the shadows as it got darker were all weird. Hard to describe.

Our equines out in the pasture were totally unfazed by it, though. Just kept eating their heads off.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

It is going to be a close-run thing here whether we get an eclipse or cloud cover.

derwill, yet another adorable, irredeemable deplorable

Also the temperature really fell fast. I had to run inside to get a sweatshirt.

Gee, do you all think climate might have something to with the sun?

"TOO BAD ABOUT USA MCCAIN"

Bizness whining about lost productivity becuz eclipse!

Imagine how they see 2 weeks paid vacation. "They get 10-15 hours off for sleep and relaxation EVERY DAY.."

What a yuge cut into their profit margin.

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Gee, do you all think climate might have something to with the sun?

You just confused ManBearPig

Threadkiller

NASA says #14 lens. I used this chart and decided that stacking two #10s would be sufficient:

https://i.stack.imgur.com/u8yzV.jpg

"TOO BAD ABOUT USA MCCAIN"

55 rounds cost $61,000,000

Obama, you've been beaten badly.

http://trumpgolfcount.com

DrJ

Flush!

"TOO BAD ABOUT USA MCCAIN"

Is the money saved at EPA a wash after canceling those health club memberships?

Trump the fiscal lion...

squaredance

derwill: what sort of horses do you keep, if you do not mind me asking?

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Fun Stats

Days Trump has spent at Mar a Lago:

25

Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (7 so
far):*

~$14,392,000

Days Trump has spent at Bedminster:
25

Cost of flights to Bedminster (8 so far):*
~$5,911,000

Trump has visited his clubs once every this many days since his inauguration:
3.9

Projected visits to golf clubs in four years:
370

Projected visits in eight years:
740

Total times Obama golfed during his eight year Presidency:
306

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Bell Telephone Hour - "Our Mister Sun"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=MJudfn86JEQ

Interesting that the opening is a quote from the Psalms "The heavens declare the glory of God.."

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Trump is goosing your ganders..

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Trump tweet for everything, indeed! He's like an oracle!

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Oops. For those who can't right click:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHxcI-IXcAAs6pt.jpg:large

Miss Marple the Deplorable

David Martosko‏Verified account @dmartosko 9m9 minutes ago

I'm literally watching a reporter on CNN stare into an eclipse that's come out of totality. No glasses.

Spunk

Katrina Pierson, appeared on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning to defend keeping Confederate statues on display as politicians and activists call for their removal, saying Americans love their “good and bad” history.

ADVERTISING

“Those monuments have been there for a very long time and suddenly Nancy Pelosi wants to actually help these anarchists and these violent protesters tear down pieces of America, American culture and American history,” she said. “Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with.

Spunk

Oracle, carbuncle...as long as he shits on Blue Collars.

 narciso.

Now these folks are nit worth the expense:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/anti-israel-leaders-hosted-state-dept-seeking-drive-wedge-u-s-israel-alliance

Miss Marple the Deplorable

It's actually pretty dark here although we don't get a total eclipse. I can still see shadows outside but everything is muted and the sunlight is a deep gold, like when sundown approaches.

henry

narciso, sounds like a routine meeting blown out of proportion by the rotating "traitor to Trump of the week" posse.

Barbara

Not at all like a regular sunset. Very flat light. And the air was utterly still. And the shadows as it got darker were all weird. Hard to describe....and the temperature fell really fast.

derwill,

We didn't have the "event" here in So. Cal today, but that's exactly as I remember an eclipse that occurred here when I was a kid.

derwill, yet another adorable, irredeemable deplorable

A Morgan and a donkey to keep him company, squaredance.

exdemocrat

Stephen Green seems to be thinking the same way I am regarding big data's risk from playing censor:
https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/273450/

cboldt

NASA cam in the Smokies was awesome

Marlene

Fox is showing the event at Clemson. Our young Eagle Scout friend must be having a great time.

 joan

Now I wish I'd gone to a place in the path of totality. We had ninety percent, and as it got darker, I got so emotional. This planet is so fragile. Beautiful.

henry

exdem, the idea that if you ban some speech, you are responsible for speech you don't ban might be a problem for Google et al. Unfortunately Congress would fix the problem by legalizing the censorship going on now (as long as their own campaign websites are immune).

Marlene

Trump and Melania and other folks watching from the Truman balcony.

Jack is Back!

What the hell is it with people including reporters crying over the eclipse?

cboldt

Joan - so many awe-insipring things around us, and we mostly take them for granted. "Fragile" is a pretty variable thing. A good size asteroid strike, and the atmosphere is going to seriously heat up, but the planet will still be here.

Barbara

In the movie, "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court," Bing Crosby played the Yankee who used his knowledge of an anticipated solar eclipse to wow the locals and get out of trouble.

Then he had to show that he could make the sun reappear. I've been thinking of that this morning. Crosby waved his hands and said, "Walla, Walla, Washington" and when that didn't work, he began reciting the stops on the Long Island railway line (I believe) ending with "Perth Amboy" and the sub reappeared.

If only that technique could be used in reverse to make a few noisesome politicians disappear.

Barbara

**sun**

JimNorCal

More corruption. Obamacare architect.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/20/chief-obamacare-architect-sacked-after-fraudulent-billing-investigation/

Under the terms of the settlement, Gruber will no longer work as a taxpayer-funded economic consultant for the state's health care system and he won't seek to be paid any money he might be owed, reports the Rutland Herald, a Vermont newspaper.

For its part under the agreement, the Vermont's attorney general will not pursue legal action under the Vermont Civil False Claims Act.

Barbara

For its part under the agreement, the Vermont's attorney general will not pursue legal action under the Vermont Civil False Claims Act.

Too bad, JimNorCal. Gruber is one of the most vile people on the planet.

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