Saturday, March 25, 2023

A Cat In The Hatch

Today’s Caturday post is compliments of our own Par for the Course via World of Engineering:

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Please note: that’s German physicist and Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg - who famously established the Uncertainty Principle – not Walter Heisenberg from Breaking Bad who was certainly unprincipled.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

A Feather Day Morality Play in One Act



In an old abandoned ruin of a hotel, there once lived a flock of birds who had forgotten how to fly.They hopped here and there, eking out a living.

One day out of a broken skylight in the hotel in swooped a huge eagle.
He saw these birds hopping about and said, ” Hey, you are birds. You are supposed to fly. Come, I will teach you”.

And so he taught the birds to fly again.The birds soon soared and swiveled in the atrium of the hotel shrieking with joy.

They were so happy. They had found their true nature.

And so it went for many seasons.

Until one day, the eagle lay his massive body down and died.

The birds were all very sad. They spoke amongst themselves:

What a great eagle he was!
How much he taught us!
How beautiful he was!
How wise he was!
We must never forget him or his words of wisdom.

And so the birds set about writing down all that the eagle had said in a big golden book so they would never forget his wisdom.

And they built a beautiful statue of him so they never forget how magnificent he was.
And they built a temple around the statue so that it would be there forever.
Everyday, they brought flowers to the temple.
They placed fruit at the foot of the statue.
They recited his every word.
Every morning and evening.
They were pleased with their efforts.

And slowly but very surely
They forgot how to fly.

“Remember, they’re not coming after me, they’re coming after you.”

Monday, March 20, 2023

Welcome Spring Equinox

“…every year one day comes, when, although there is no obvious change in the appearance of trees and hedges, the Earth seems to breathe and it is spring.”

Elizabeth Clarke, The Darkening Green

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This year that day is today. I know many of you south of the Mason-Dixon line are already enjoying the warmth of early spring. In Michigan not so much, although it will climb into the lower 50s later this week. Park City is another story. Except for the past few years of drought we’ve always had snow, generally feet of it, come the first day of spring. This year, I understand from my neighbor, it’s more like yards of snow. Not as much as northern California but enough to say confidently the drought is over. The local Global Warmists are alarmed they no longer have the drought around to prove their point; cyclical weather events always eluding their notice.

In other spring news, today is also Oberon Day in Michigan.


It’s the day Kalamazoo’s Bell Brewery releases it’s summer wheat ale, Oberon, back to their lineup to welcome the return of the sun. Wheat beer was originally known as ‘white beer’ in Europe but as we all know that is racist and no longer tolerated.