Friday, January 20, 2017

Scripture of the Day - Daniel (2:21 & 4:17)

Tonight this passage of Scripture popped into my head as I pondered upon today's inauguration of the 45th President of the United States (or vice versa):
".... so that all peoples may know that God reigns sovereign in the realm of mankind and appoints in authority as He wishes, including even the dregs of humanity." ~ Daniel 4:17 (Kimicus ad Aburdum translation)

Whilst looking up that passage in my bible I chanced upon this passage which jumped off the page at me in the context of the same theme as the passage prior:
"And He changes the times and the seasons. He removes rulers and appoints rulers." ~ Daniel 2:21 (Kimicus ad Absurdum translation)

Picture of the Day - Yuge Wine

Today Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States. Tonight I arrived home to find this on my kitchen counter. My buddy/slumlord/neighbor/brother-by-another-mother Mark had ironically and sarcastically purchased some bottles of this in recent weeks in order to have fun with it with various friends which he certainly did. The 2014 Trump Meritage Monticello Red Wine blend possesses a loudly bombastic nose immediately followed by audaciously cyrillic notes of populist pandering and obdurate self-promotion, midtones of banal narcissism with pussy-grabbing musky elements, and an insufferably long-winded and overstated finish. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved). 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Graphic of the Day - Climate Anomalies 2016

Tonight I saw this graphic tweeted by NOAA on Twitter. Many/most of these facts/incidents/realities I already knew about but some I did not. The times they be a-changin'. Courtesy of NOAA (all rights reserved).

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Titanic Touchdown


Tonight on Twitter I noticed a tweet linking to this article and read it and watched its accompanying video which is above. I find this otherworldly footage fascinating and wondrous. I'm surprised I missed seeing this before now, but better late than never. In case you're wondering and haven't yet clicked on the link, this is about Saturn's moon Titan.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Channel Surfing the Northridge Quake


Twenty-three years ago this morning the M6.7 Northridge Earthquake slammed the Los Angeles Basin killing 57 people. This is a mash-up of recorded live coverage from various television news outlets. This is how I experienced the earthquake that morning, flipping from television station to station and even recording it much as this person did. However,  my VHS cassettes are not digitized and saved to Youtube... yet. I watched some of these same live segments replayed here. This is Part One of a series of twenty-four such segments with links to the next-in-sequence appearing on the player on this blog page after the video ends AND being at right of the video player on the corresponding Youtube page for this video if one goes there. Someday in in the not-too-distant future we will be doing this again for another SoCal quake. Be prepared!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Graphic of the Day - Drought Busted


As this image clearly demonstrates, the recent series of Pineapple Express Pacific storms, coming a year after one of the most powerful El Niño events on record failed to bring much rain to the southern half of the state although the northern half did receive decent rain amounts, has shrunk California's five-year drought to a considerate degree in a very short period of time despite the current weak La Niña. Current weather models are showing another Pineapple Express setting up across the Pacific and thus another deluge approaches California. God is good! Image courtesy NWS (all rights reserved).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Toro-Villa-San Simeon Creeks Kim Day

Today I needed a Kim Day and so I took one with some special friends and their family, fellow members of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and some of their family. An awesome day was had by all and I got out of my cage and finally got to rockhound, and at the beach after phenomenal recent storms, no less! We started at Toro Creek Inlet at what I have always called Hole-in-the-Wall Beach which is owned by a petroleum company and not state parks so it is a popular dog beach. Our middle adventure was at Toro Creek Inlet and adjacent beaches. Our last stop was my beloved San Simeon Creek Inlet which adjacent beach I consider to be "my beach." Cool stones were found by everybody and we topped the day off with some grub from Main Street Grill in Cambria. I even got to have my Natter-Nutty Smoothie from Sandy's Deli across the street, a concoction I have chistened "sex in a cup." My buddy Ron disagrees and likens it to "foreplay in a cup." Apparently, he has experienced better sex than I have. Whatever.

Beach at Toro Creek Inlet with Morro Rock in the background.

Exploring Toro Creek may reveal fresh agates and biconoid material or even the occasional Chumash arrowhead.

Villa Creek Inlet with abalone farm on the coastal hill in the distance.

Ron and his son find a small gravel bar formed in front of a seaweed plant that washed up in the recent storm.

This is mid-January on the Central Coast. Guess why I live here? That is Point Buchon in the distance.

This is very similar to another image I posted a few images up but I can't resist including it as it is so idyllic a scene.
San Simeon Creek recently blew out the summertime sandbar as a result of the recent Pacific storms. It was pushing directly out into the ocean sans any major right turns up the beach as it will do later as the creek seasonally reduces flow amount and the ocean starts pushing back at the creek and damming it up with sand and gravel during the dry season.

This is the best kind of gravel in which to rockhound and beachcomb at this beach: right after major rains and storm waves have moved substantial volumes of material about the beach and down the creek from the Santa Lucia Mountains from whence the material originates.

This was one of the prettier stones (brecciated jasper with quartz fill) I saw all day and it was fairlyi large (6"x5"x4") this is as I found it having not yet picked it up when I shot this image. The stone was donated to the driver of our expedition.

To our amazement, five C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets of the United States Air Force ambled by way too close to the beach to be legal. We didn't mind as it was exciting to see them as they headed down to Vandenberg AFB en route from probably Travis AFB.

A wave surge enters the lagoon created at San Simeon Creek inlet by the ocean trying to wall off the creek with sand and gravel as it will eventually succeed in doing this spring as with every year.

This view is up the beach looking towards the bird rookery (sea stack in the distance).
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).