Friday, May 11, 2018

Picture of the Day - Zombie Apocalypse PSA

Today at Atascadero High School, I encountered this poster on the door to the staff restroom adjacent to the Student Health Center. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Picture of the Day - CAL FIRE Aerodrome

I found this Google Earth image on Twitter tonight. It shows numerous CAL FIRE aerial assets parked on the tarmac at an unidentified airfield. In this image we see six of CALFIRE's 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers and 10 of its 14 OV-10A airtactical aircraft (air attack planes).
Image courtesy of Google Earth (all rights reserved).

Monday, May 7, 2018

Nocturnal Kilauea

The ongoing eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii continues to captivate me. Below is a USGS video published this morning showing events yesterday.
REMINDER: this is really more of a change and escalation of an eruption which actually began in 1983 and has periodically escalated in the past such as in 1990 when a similar change and escalation sent it into Kalapana Gardens which destroyed it. This time, the community of Leilani Estates is being destroyed by an eruptive fissure. This contrasts with the 1990 eruption which destroyed property by way of lavas flows from elsewhere sending lava into the community. This current phase has featured a rather intense earthquake swarm capped by a M6.9 earthquake and a few M5s and many smaller quakes.

Picture of the Day - Mark Is #1

So there is a new safety webcam on my alley.... to test how vigilant is my Slumlord Sauron and his All-Seeing Eye, at a random moment I visually let him know he is #1 in my book, which he summarily captured for posterity. Image courtesy of Slumlord Sauron a.k.a. Mark (all rights reserved).

Sunday, May 6, 2018

R.I.P. Krautchan

I discovered the chans several years ago, coming to the party rather late in the game. I've never posted even once on any chan, forever a lurker. I found them to be a veritable gold mine of fresh memes (I refuse to call them "dank") and even older memes which I'd somehow missed. One of my faves was the late Krautchan (oft-referred to as "KC" by fans), a German language image board. Having never posted there let alone shitposted, I don't qualify as an authentic "Bernd", the honorary title of all "anons" (anonymous posters) there. Earlier this year Krautchan was finally killed off (closed down by the host nation) once and for all by the uber-PC SJW German guberment. This followed repeated shut-downs previously due to racially-themed un-PC shitposting there. Each time it reemerged from sanctions such as its near-death experience in 2016 for which the above image macro refers. Alas, poor Krautchan, I hardly knew ye!

Picture of the Day - XXXIII-Year Chip

Earlier this evening I attended an an "open" (as in non-alcoholics are welcome) speaker's meeting (A.A.) in Atascadero. The older fella (66 years old) sitting next to me was wearing his most sentimentally important chips, including his latest chip (33-year chip) in a cool custom badge-like epaulet on his road bike jacket. I christen him "Jerry Garcia" and he served in Vietnam nearly getting himself killed more than once as an army truck driver. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved)

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Wine Club Manager's Credo

One of my brothers by another mother is Mark whom I've known since 5th grade and from whom I've rented the place across his carport since 2009 here in downtown Paso Robles. He works at a top-tier local winery. His smart phone is an iPhone and is particularly important to his career. Something happened this week in regards to it that inspired me to reconfigure the U.S. Marine Corps'  Rifleman's Creed to make it apply to his phone. I had fun doing this and I hope you do reading it.

Wine Club Manager's Creed:
"This is my iPhone. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My iPhone is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My iPhone, without me, is useless. Without my iPhone, I am useless. I must dial my iPhone true. I must dial more accurately than my coworkers who are trying to take my job. I must out-dial them before they out-dial me. I will...

My iPhone and myself know that what counts in this industry is not the size of our pours, the number of minutes spent on the phone, nor the amount of dank smoke we make in the parking lot after work. We know that it is the wine club member totals that count. We will recruit more...

My iPhone is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its apps. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my iPhone clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God, I swear this creed. My iPhone and myself are the defenders of my winery. We are the masters of our competitors. We are the saviors of my career.

So be it, until victory is my winery's and there is no worthy competition, but high membership levels!