Friday, February 10, 2017

Drone Over Oroville Dam Spillway

For the past couple of days an escalating crisis has developed at Oroville Dam's spillway in Northern California. A hole developed in the spillway earlier this week and the volume of water being released from the dam continues to make the breach greater. The release of water has been out of necessity so that the lake not overtop the dam as a result of the volume of water pouring into the lake behind the dam. As a result, the hole in the spillway and adjacent breach in its wall continue to rapidly expand in extant allowing the adjacent mountainside to be de facto hydraulically mined with the spillway breach water acting as the monitor. Overnight tonight the lake should reach 100% capacity and then the emergency spillway might be used for the first time ever. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ghost Racer

This is the only extant public footage we have of the late Anthony Ray Riso driving his reproduction 1965 Shelby Cobra 427r. Two Saturdays ago, he lost control of this vehicle while driving southbound on Highway 101 at Highway 46 West. His high performance built-for-speed racing car left the road at high speed and tore out part of the guard rail for the 101 Freeway overpass of Highway 46. It then rolled several times and struck a tree, bursting into flames and killing the 32 year-old driver. Passersby vainly attempted to free him from his four-point harness. Riso was married and a father of two children. Below is footage of him in the car as viewed from a residence in Paso Robles, CA, where he lived. I am always haunted by such things since I lost my own father in a tragic workplace accident when I was 15 years old. Such stories remind me of the fragility and ephemeral nature of life.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shooting Stars Finds New Life

The first segment of "Shooting Stars" released by Aussie electronica band Bag Raiders in 2009 has only come to my attention in the past month or so as the musical accompaniment to various internet memes. Tonight I finally found out the name of the tune and who produced it. I'm fairly certain this song was nowhere nearly as popular in 2009 as it is now and that largely due to the lack of exposure to an otherwise timelessly good tune. The video features more than one surprisingly traditional and wholesome moral lessons (one celebrating homosocial friendship and the other celebrating monogamous heterosexual relationships as juxtaposed with man-whoring which is presented early on as unsatisfying) despite the apparently inferred promiscuous early scene in the apartment bedroom. This is reinforced when the two male friends enter a club and see all sorts of women but find them undesirable as they all hide their true faces behind masks which is obviously a metaphor. They find true love only after disaster strikes and the world collapses around them and they are reunited with two women they saw at the club whose true faces are now revealed to them to be beautiful and wholesome. Aside from loving the sound and beat of this track, I love the dreamy atmosphere of this video which reminds me of Alan Parson's Project's "Don't Answer Me". 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Lady Gaga Rocks Super Bowl LI

Last night, Lady Gaga not merely lived up to the hype of her Super Bowl LI halftime performance but crushed it exceeding it with this fine live non-lip-synched performance. Enjoy the initial patriotic medly performance followed by a medley of her greatest hits accompanied by a dazzling visual performance sans technical flops and wardrobe malfunctions such as have plagued other recent Super Bowl halftime shows.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Virtues of Patience, Persistence, & Perseverance

Today into tonight's Super Bowl 51 was a game for the ages, by super bowl or playoff game or regular season game or preseason game standards of greatness. For me the simple takeaway were the virtues of patience, persistence, and perseverance. Tom Brady, love him or hate him, put on a clinic showing the value of those virtues. He seemed to be on his back all game long but kept getting back up off turf and willing himself and his team to victory over a younger and healthier and more energetic team.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ominous Pink Glow Is Gone

I just realized my computer monitor no longer has a pink hue to it as was the case with it before. I also forgot that I moved my radioactive mineral specimen outside wondering if I needed to store it further away and the two events coincide in time now that I think about it. #glowinthedarkKim

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wehrmacht Amputation Image

Earlier last month I encountered this image on Google Images while searching for something else Wehrmacht-related which I can no longer recall. Anywho, I found this image strangely compelling and powerful. This image was shot in Russia in 1942 and shows a German soldier being treated by comrades after taking a high energy hit from a piece of metal (bullet or shrapnel) which amputated his left arm which rests in the foreground. It is highly probable none of the these men pictured survived the conflict. What a waste of fine infantry and humanity. If anybody can tell me more about this as a result of their own prior knowledge I am quite welcome to more information. Photographer unknown.