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Anybody notice a similarity between Military Historian Richard Holmes and Mr. Peabody?


Mr.-Peabody-Sherman-5 Richard-Holmes

It’s even more apparent if you see Holmes in person.

Trabbie Mania!

Trabbie watchFor the people who think I own a Smart–I hate to break your bubble, but I don’t. I have driven them and I like them (it beats a motorcycle). Actually, I drive a Euro Gas Hog.

I don’t know where you people get your information, since it is usually wrong, but that’s another thing.

On the other hand, my great-grandfather on my mother’s side was from what became East Germany. Provided two World Wars didn’t wipe them all out (I am pretty sure his sister was still alive when it was East Germany), I have relatives in that part of the World. They were from a town in the district where the Trabant was made.

If you think the Smart is bad, I wonder what you lot would think about the Trabbie.

Anyway, it seems there was a lot of “nostalgia” for the old Communist regime after unification since the Former East Germans ended up with a standard of living that was below their Western Counterparts.  It is something called Ostalgie.  It seems there was a lot of this in former Communist countries.  Not sure why.

Although, this is a pretty good story:

Next to nostalgia for everyday aspects of life, ‘Ostalgie’ was also inspired by the absence of unemployment and poverty in the GDR. Indeed, ostalgie could be inspired by the longing of the Ossis (German for “Easterners”, a term for former GDR citizens) for the social system and the sense of community of the GDR. When the renowned West-German magazine Der Spiegel asked former GDR-inhabitants whether the GDR “had more good sides than bad sides”, 57% of them answered yes. To the statement of the interviewing journalist that “GDR inhabitants did not have the freedom to travel wherever they wanted”, Germans replied that “present-day low-wage workers do not have that freedom either”.

It is amusing seeing people get sentimental for the Trabant since the things were pretty bad.  Sort of like the Skoda and Lada.  I think this watch is a hoot though.  I’ve also had some opportunities to make cracks about being a trabant fan since I have been trying to locate Zwickau registration stickers (the German authorities obliterate these to show the number plates are invalid).

Anyway, to each his own.

It’s gone grail on me

This is a bit of personal slang: “Go grail”HolyGrail

Something “goes grail” if it has been really conspicuous until you need it, then it becomes impossible to find no matter how hard you try.  The item in question does not need to have value only to have been obvious at one time and then seems to vanish without a trace.

Also, the item doesn’t need to be unique–only impossible to find. This is unlike the original grail. What makes something (or things) go grail is that it was obvious one minute, and impossible to find the next. This is due to the legend being more about the search than the object. Likewise, this is more about the search than the object, or objects.

Origin–the legend of the holy grail.

That paintbrush seems to have gone grail on me.
My boots seem to have gone grail on me.
My wallet (keys, cellphone, etc.) has gone grail.

Instructions for the Salewa DBP crampons

I figure I now own these crampons, I can post this set of instructions that the seller put up for them.

Also, I did mention that the screws are M4 x 0.7 x 10mm. The lock nut is an M4 as well. The screws you buy may not be flush with the crampon (they may stick out about an mm), but they will work.

OK, I am too lazy to retype this as well.

Salewa Instructionsc

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Abraham Lincoln?

Via George Takei and Oh Myyy who came up with the picture.

Lincoln NyeI’m curious as to how much Bill Nye could be like Lincoln. Supposedly, Lincoln’s voice was higher pitch than most people expected.

Good Lord, could the man be the spitting image of the 16th President?

I just found out that he is a Washington, DC native.  I wonder if he gets chilly feelings when he goes near Ford’s Theatre.

Anyway, to quote Grace Bedell

Hon B Nye…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Ham’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell

Salewa DBP Crampon screws and nuts

Salewa 1 Salewa 2If you have a pair of old Salewa crampons like these that are in need of a screw or lock nuts.

You need to get these M4 x 0.7 x 10mm.  The lock nut is an M4 as well.

The Physics Of Mass Killing

Excellent article on how firearms technology enables mass killing which takes it beyond the “cosmetic features” talk.  I strongly suggest that anyone involved in this issue read this article.

The Physics Of Mass Killing.

One trivial criticism the P228 comes with a 13 round magazine, but accepts larger.


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