Golly, ya think?

Mr. Capelli forgot (or space precluded him mentioning) Trump’s incessant repetition that Congresswoman Maxine Waters possesses a “very low IQ,” but other than that omission I’d say he nailed it.

No deaths reported in THIS?

All 103 people on board this plane survived. It’s Aeromexico flight 2341, an Embraer E190. It got to the end of the runway today and didn’t lift off.

Forty-nine people were hospitalized, including the pilot and a passenger who are in “critical but stable condition,” but no deaths were reported, [Durango Governor] Aispuro said.

A girl who suffered burns was also hospitalized, Aispuro said.

Whatever deity these folks believe in should be thoroughly thanked this evening.


Two weeks ago I bought a new flat-screen computer monitor to replace one which was refusing to turn off and/or slow to turn on. That one was an HP1907 that was first released for sale in 2006. It weighed 15 pounds. I had it on top of a metal stand with a pullout keyboard tray.

I got the new one home, took it out of the box and installed it (easy-peasy). It works great. It’s clearer than the old one and the extra inch of width is a help.

I’ve noticed that my view angle to the screen keeps getting skewed away from perpendicular, and it’s taken me numerous adjustments and puzzling to figure out why. The new monitor weighs 6.6 pounds, nearly nine pounds less than the old one. If I cross my legs I occasionally bump the keyboard tray, and guess what? Because the new monitor is so much lighter, I can actually shift the stand if I nudge it too hard.

Problem identified, but solution still a work-in-progress.


Last Friday I went up to Tripler for a PET/CT scan. The doc wanted a good view of my lungs. I’d had one done in June after my COPD hospitalization in May, and he wanted to check something he’d seen there. I went back today for a follow-up, and whatever it was has gone away (he thinks it was residual inflammation of the lung tissue left over from the May exacerbation), so he’s happy, as am I. I’m one of those lucky people who takes well to the broncho-dilators; my ability to expel air goes up about 15% after using one. He told me to continue using them and come back to see him in a year unless something untoward happens.

I always like it when doctors tell me they don’t need to see me for a year. It inspires confidence.

Will the world ever forgive America?

This was done deliberately by the President of the United States and his Cabinet members. He and they are soulless creatures who, if there is a Deity, will receive proper retribution.

Click that picture to read other similar tweets. It’s horrific and it’s the United States of America doing it. That “city shining on the hill” is being razed every day.

Eight more years of legal driving

One and a half hours at the Satellite City Hall later, I have a renewed-for-eight-years drivers license. There was a $40 fee to the State of Hawai’i plus an earlier $5 fee for a notary to attest that I am Linkmeister and $25 to the State of California’s Department of Public Health for a certified copy of my 67-years-ago birth certificate. I’m gonna be legal till I’m 76!

Getting a driver’s license is more complicated than it once was since Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 following the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Americans now must carry a Real ID, which is, as of Jan. 22 of 2018, required to get on an airplane.

Starting January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel.

My passport is long since expired, I have no military ID, and Hawai’i is compliant. Thus, I had to get a license with a gold star signifying I’d met the requirements for a Real ID.

The birth certificate I have is an uncertified photostat deemed unacceptable by the State of Hawai’i (I went down a month or so ago and showed it to them). So I had to get a certified copy from my state of birth. I was born in Oakland/Menlo Park in California, so I had to write to that state’s Dept. of Public Health and pay them a fee for the hassle. They wanted their request form notarized for fear any old schmoo could claim to be me and get a copy.

Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy

This is a rather startling duet. Melua was born in 1984 and was twelve when Cassidy died. There was a program called “Duet Impossible” which aired on television channel BBC One in the UK some years back. It digitally matched current performers with an artist whose work they considered a major influence, and Melua felt Cassidy was one of hers. I imagine the tape of Cassidy was from one of her performances in DC.

I have to thank Donald Steiny at Facebook for pointing me toward Katie Melua; I’d never heard of her till today, but she can really really sing. Cassidy I’ve known about for years.

Aerial picture of Fissure 8, June 29, 2018

Isn’t this beautiful?

The USGS Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) team conducted a flight on K?lauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone to collect video in the upper lava channel of fissure 8. When it is dark the incandescence (glow) of lava is easy to see against the darkened surroundings. Overnight UAS missions are the most efficient way for geologists to observe the lava channel to identify overflows and breaches of the channel. Scientists also use the video to assess lava flow velocities, which are measured by tracking surface features in the stationary video view. Using UAS for this type of investigation has many advantages because the aircraft can hover above hazardous areas and it utilizes stabilized gimbals and mounts so that the video captured by onboard HD cameras is steady and smooth. Information obtained from this mission was relayed to Hawai‘i County emergency officials to aid in issuing emergency alerts and notices about the timing of evacuations. Video by the U.S. Geological Survey and Office of Aviation Services, Department of the Interior, with support from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

It’s the speed with which the lava is flowing that amazes me. Kilauea has been erupting since the mid-1980s, but always in kind of a slow oozy way. This is new.

Performing men, answers thereto

I’m disappointed more people didn’t play, but that’s the way it goes. Maybe the news has been so unremittingly bad that frivolity seemed out of step.

Here are the answers:

1. J Pierpont Finch: Leading man, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” played first on stage and screen by Robert Morse

2. Roger Thornhill: Leading man, “North by Northwest,” played by Cary Grant

3. Joe Bradley: Leading man, “Roman Holiday,” played by Gregory Peck

4. Joe Clay: Leading man, “Days of Wine and Roses,” played by Jack Lemmon

5. Max Cady: Ex-con and rapist out for vengeance in “Cape Fear,” played by Robert Mitchum in the original and Robert De Niro in the remake

6. Rowdy Yates: Cattle drover on “Rawhide,” played by Clint Eastwood

7. Bert, the friendly cop in “It’s a Wonderful Life”: Ward Bond of “Wagon Trail” fame. Amazingly, he had roles in 13 films which were nominated for Best Picture.

8. LCDR Quinton McHale: Ernest Borgnine in “McHale’s Navy.”

9. Col. Andrea Stavrou: Greek resistance fighter, “The Guns of Navarone,” Anthony Quinn

10. Curly Washburn: “City Slickers,” Jack Palance