Knowing how things get blown out of proportion, thought I'd give you an update. We in SW Florida are expecting some weather on Sunday night and early Monday. Looks like the brunt of it may miss us. We can hope.
Hurricanes are no joking matter and I have taken precautions...truck is full of gas...have some propane for the grill. Water, beer,(oops is that one of the things I should have on my list?). Anyway, I have what I need for a few days.
I will check in on Monday, assuming I have Internet.
Damn Republicans come to our fair state and bring Hell down on us.
Every year Beloit College publishes a fun list that tries to capture the mindset of that year's incoming freshling class. Beloit just published the list for the college class of 2016. The list usually gets a fair amount of media attention and this year is no exception. The list touches on lots of topics technology, movie and music stars that the students do (and do not) know, television series and politicians. I sometimes call it the "List Designed to Make Everyone Feel Old".
One of the items on the list this year caught my eye.
"72. Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight."
Really? That caught my attention since most ISS astronauts average about six months or so on a typical mission. There have been a couple of really long duration space flights but those were mostly back in the days of Mir. So of course I had to look up the list of spaceflight records and it turns out only two people spent more than one year on single space flight (and two who JUST missed it). The longest spaceflights are
Valeri Polyakov, January 8th, 1994 to March 22, 1995 (437 days)
Sergei Aydeyev, August 13, 1998 to August 28, 1999 (379 days)
Vladmi Titov and Musa Manarov, December 21, 1987 to December 21, 1988 (officially listted at 364.9 days)
That's it. The entire list of people who have spent a year in space (give or take day) on a single spaceflight and two of them were well before the class of 2016 was born. Since most of them were born in 1994, that means they were about five when Aydevev landed and ended his year in space. I seriously doubt many members of the class of 2016 remember his landing (and I bet most adults in the United States don't remember it!)
For cumulative time in space, it looks like there are 27 people who have spent at least one year in space spread out over multiple missions, seven of whom are still listed as active astronauts. I don't count these since Beloit's list specifies a single spaceflight.
In this case, I would say that got it exactly backwards. For the class of 2016, they cannot remember the last time a human spent well over a year in a single spaceflight (save for a few of them with eidetic memory!)
Hello, my Do-Bees and Don’t-Bees!How are you?It’s supposed to warm up as the week wears on.My veggie garden will appreciate that.I’m already seeing some things shut down for
Speaking of depressing, I’m so sorry that I missed last
weekend’s get together.At the last
moment, Junior decided that he was going to go with Señor Zanza and me.As we left the house, Junior tripped in our
driveway and smacked his chin on the cement.It bled like crazy.I applied
some of my Wound-B-Gon Ointment,™ filled a towel with ice cubes and held it
against his chin.I knew, though, that
it would require stitches, at the least.I was fearing a cracked or broken jaw, and/or damaged teeth.
It turned out that all that the wound required was six
stitches.X-rays of Junior’s head showed
nothing.(Tee-hee.)While we were in the ER, I urged Señor Zanza
to attend the get together “stag.”I told him that I would join him there after Junior was bandaged up.He said, “No, my place is here with you and
your son.”Oh my, such loyalty.I swooned a little when I heard that.
The whole thing took 4 or 5 hours.I understand that is not uncommon when the ER
is busy.So we missed the get together
and Junior received a wound that he was showing off to his friends the next
day.On the way home from the hospital,
though, Junior’s jaw was still full of the anesthetic they gave him in the ER.His speech was slurred and he drooled
constantly.(Sounds like some of old my
dates.Oh dear.)The towel that once held ice cubes was now
his drool rag.We’re not nasty enough to
post a video of that on YouTube, but we are nasty enough to use it as a
bargaining chip with Junior.Whenever he
disobeys me now, all I have to say is, “OK, I’ll upload that video, then.”He becomes compliant immediately.
The campaigning for the fall elections is already in full
swing.I don’t mind the mailings so much
as the robocalls.Some leave a message,
some don’t, but it’s always a number I don’t recognize and it’s never legitimately
for just me.The politicians excluded themselves
from the national and state do-not-call registries.They have no shame.That, indeed, may be the secret to success in
The landing of Curiosity on Mars was a major technological achievement.Bravo, NASA, bravo!It’s good to have something to feel good
about again.If all goes as planned,
this rover will be sending us data and photos for months.It is stunning to think of all the work that
had to be done to make this possible. Thank you, NASA, thank you.
Thank you for reading my blog this week.I love getting together like this.It feels like home to me.I hope you enjoy it. I love you all.
Little Beloit College has a great gig going where they get lots of publicity at the start of every school year by putting out The Mindset list designed to give college professors insight into this year's incoming freshling (freshling: less sexist but more offensive that freshmen) class. It's a fairly long list: 75 items so I am not going to post the entire thing, but you can read it here. I must comment on a few of my favorites, of course.
10. On TV and in films, the ditzy dumb blonde female generally has been replaced by a couple of Dumb and Dumber males. I still see plenty of ditzy blondes on television. 15. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all. Bad news for the future of talk radio. 19. The Green Bay Packers have always celebrated with the Lambeau Leap. Just because most of you are in Wisconsin. 23. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles. Some of these are good things. 24. White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited. Very good things. 40. A bit of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, has always existed in space. Just cool. 45. While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’sBreaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances. A show that should keep anyone from doing meth. 60. History has always had its own channel. Although it has gotten pretty sucky (Can you say "Ancient Aliens"?) 72. Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight. Actually, only two men have spent more than a year on a single spaceflight (a third spent 364 days on one flight) and the most recent one landed in 1999, so I think someone dropped the ball on this one. What are your favorites? What did they miss?
Yes it has been a long time for me to get more of my wildflowers named. Last month and this month are really crazy times in this house. I don't know if anyone knows right now we are in a drought here. All of the pictures I have taken in the spring that most of the flowers are gone already. I am so glad we went out to get the pictures when we did.
This is a Compass Plant. It is really funny how we found this one. Drew had picked me up from work one day, we were going down Green Bay Rd. and Drew seen this flower and he turned the car around. We pulled on the side of the road so I could get a picture. At first we thought this was a Sunflower but then when I looked it up I found out it was a Compass Plant. If you look at the flower it is like a compass for the sun dial the way it is tilted up.
This is a Trumpet Creeper Vine. This is another really funny story how I got this picture. We had just left Sanders Park on our way home. On the corner by a stop light at Taylor and Wood Ave. I looked out my window and asked Drew what that was he said just a minute and turned the corner pulled by the curb so I could get a picture. I just could not believe this is growing on a electrical pole.
This is a Day Lily it was taken at Grant Park in South Milwaukee. Drew and I decided one day to take a trip out that way. We went for a walk by the beach and then Drew pulled on the side of the road at wanted to see if he could find any wildlife in the trees by the lake and he also found this flower for me. I noticed one thing with this flower, since we took the picture I have been seeing them all over now.
This is a Black Eyed Susan we seen it at Pritchard Park. Just driving through there looking around and I seen this so I took a picture of it. In this park we have seen baby Goslings so we would go and see how much they have grown.
These are Brown Eyed Susan taken at the Root River. Drew went for a walk here while I was at work one day and seen them. He took the picture for me. I was really surprised when I came home and he showed this picture to me.
I know some people get the two flowers mixed up. What I am talking about is the Black Eyed Susan and the Brown Eyed Susan. I almost did but then I looked how many pedals, the leaves and the difference with the brown center area of each flower. That is the only ways to figure out which one it is.
This is a Thistle Plant at Schoop Park. This was another day while I was at work and Drew went for a walk. This one was really hard to figure out what kind of plant it was. That is what happens when he goes for his walks and I am at work. But I do figure out what kind they are but it takes me awhile to do that. It is a very pretty plant too.
I hope you enjoy the crazy way we go out and look for wildflowers. I have to say one thing it is fun going out there and looking for the wildlife and the wildflowers. We take turns doing the driving and taking pictures. I hope all of you enjoy these pictures.
Update: This sure got pushed down the page, and with very little feedback, I must say! If you are out and about, please stop by. We'll accept you even without an R.S.V.P., but expect to be harassed. See you there! ;> (kk hijacked this blog) Just a little reminder -
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