Netflix has an outstanding and engaging documentary on four friends with Asperger’s who’ve formed a comedy group, “Asperger’s Are Us”. Here it is on YouTube, for those without access to Netflix … …
“The huge, red star Betelgeuse , which marks the hunter’s shoulder in the constellation Orion, may have swallowed up a companion star not long ago, a new study suggests.
Betelgeuse is a “red supergiant” that will soon die in a supernova explosion. As the name of its stellar class indicates, Betelgeuse has bloated immensely as the end of its life has neared. Although Betelgeuse’s mass is just 15 to 25 times that of the sun, the star is currently about 860 million miles across, or 1,000 times wider than Earth’s star. (If you put Betelgeuse in the sun’s location, the red star’s surface would extend past the orbit of Mars and into the asteroid belt.)
Such an enormous star should be spinning slowly, since rotation rate decreases as size increases. (Think about how ice-skaters control their spin speed by bringing their arms in close to their body or extending them.) But that’s not the case with Betelgeuse, which is rotating at a blazing 33,500 mph, astronomers said.
“We cannot account for the rotation of Betelgeuse,” study lead author J. Craig Wheeler, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement. “It’s spinning 150 times faster than any plausible single star just rotating and doing its thing.”
But Wheeler and his colleagues may have an answer. Their computer models suggest that Betelgeuse’s puzzling spin could be explained if the giant gobbled up a companion roughly the same mass as the sun 100,000 years or so ago. (The angular momentum of the companion’s orbit would be transferred to Betelgeuse, speeding up the giant’s rotation to its current rate.)
This act of cannibalism likely would have spurred a cosmic belch of sorts, causing Betelgeuse to blast a cloud of material out into space at about 22,400 mph, Wheeler said. Indeed, astronomers have spotted a shell of matter at roughly the distance from Betelgeuse that this scenario predicts, he added.
Although there are other possible explanations for this space cloud, “the fact is, there is evidence that Betelgeuse had some kind of commotion on roughly this timescale,” Wheeler said.
Betelgeuse lies about 640 light-years from the sun. Like other supergiants, it will die young; the star is only about 10 million years old. The sun, by contrast, is nearly 4.6 billion years old and is only about halfway through its life.
The new study was published on Dec. 19 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.”
Originally published on Space.com.
THIS is leadership ….
One of Claude’s secret delights has always been in antique postcards. I hope you all don’t mind me sharing some from my collection.
Both of these shown in this post are from about 1911 …
(Reuters) -Leon Russell, who emerged in the 1970s as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much-in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday at age 74.
Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, his wife said in a statement on his website.
Russell suffered health problems in his later years, having surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010 and suffering a heart attack in July 2016.
“He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January,” said his wife, Jan Bridges.
Russell’s period of stardom as a performer was relatively brief, but Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, engineered a comeback for him in 2010 when they collaborated on an album titled “The Union.”
“He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter,” John told ABC News.
Russell recorded more than 35 albums and also excelled as a songwriter for other performers. His “A Song for You” was recorded by Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and good friend Willie Nelson. The Carpenters, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet and George Benson all covered Russell’s “This Masquerade,” with Benson’s version winning the 1976 Grammy as record of the year.
Russell was known as “the master of space and time” in his 1970s heyday. He wore a cocked top hat, and with salt-and-pepper hair past his shoulders and a beard that reached his chest, created an inscrutable image that was equal parts shaman, tent revival preacher and cosmic ringmaster.
He ruled the stage with piano-banging abandon and, backed by a multi-piece band and a backup chorus, put on a show that was a roiling stew of rock, soul, gospel and country.
Russell’s last performance was July 10 in Nashville
Ain’t Got No
When I was first introduced to the concept of the liberal arts and its revival called the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy), I thought to myself – at last, the keys to understanding the spelling and illicit word magic that so continuously are used against us.
I have not altered my opinion or understanding of this fact. For the attorney class relies on the use of master techniques of classic logical fallacy and coercion through word trickery for its profit in suit. The advertising industry relies on the public’s mass hypnosis through the lack of knowledge of the liberal arts and the inability to form logical thought processes to instantaneously recognize how advertising techniques rely on purely fallacious rhetoric without adherence to formal logic or correct grammar in order to sell concepts and products that no one actually needs (or sometimes really…
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Was recently looking into brain/mind mechanics and came back upon the issue of conspiracy theories/theorists and how it relates.
One of the things that struck me about the people who conceive, cultivate and promote conspiracy theories and the rest is that it isn’t just 1 or 2 conspiracy theories with them. It’s an endless array.
… that’s a BIG red flag to anyone, or at least should be if you’re going to be honestly objective.
Add that to the fact that the bottom line is it’s THEORY promoted (that’s inexplicably accepted) as “fact”.
An extreme conditioned pattern of theories based purely on suspicion, leading back to “suspicious mind” with “intention bias” (“nothing happens by accident“) that mixes with “proportionality bias” (“extreme events/consequence must have extreme causes“) that then becomes “bias projection” (end application) that misinterprets theory for/as fact and furthers them as such.
“Everything (must) mean something”, the Achilles’s heal for those with intelligence. Order, sense, structure, pattern, meaning, our minds crave it while some egos demand it.
Similar to seaing an undastendang dis sentunce evun tho itz cumpleetlee massed up & unfinis____.
Better representative are the incomplete black and white images where our mind completes the missing info so much so that we actually see what is truly not there.
Intention bias and bias projection are huge factors.
It’s where one imagines motive and assigns it and reacting outwardly to their own assignation/ conclusion.
It doesn’t just contain itself to grand scale conspiracy theories either, it manifests consistently in other, smaller areas, as well.
Reading into things, between the lines, etc.,. just being a generally suspicious person
Anyone believing in conspiracy theories should look into this, objectively. If you study and/or enjoy psychology, it should be fun, amusing and possibly enlightening.
-I’m not pointing a finger here without pointing one at myself as well (I’m in between a “minor” and a “moderate”).
But (if you believe in any “conspiracy theories”) see where you might fit. Shits and giggles.
Watch and listen to some of the conspiracy theorist gurus/talking-heads, note how they self insulate against any type of questioning, critique or criticism while constantly grooming their audiences that they are of “elite knowledge” and of “superior intelligence” (everyone else are idiots and/or the “enemy”). 100% cult-like, employing the very same mind control they profess to be vigilant against.
-deliberately or just victims preying on victims?
In fact, they took the actual MKultra conspiracy and made lucrative careers from it, milking, building and feeding off paranoia, fear and hate, conjuring “boogeymen” everywhere.
Just some really embarrassingly bogus shit that hinders dramatically the ability to uncover actual conspiracies.
I’m going to add a couple videos on the subject that I think are very germane and interesting ….
cannot resist ….
Pomegranate, Cake, Cheesecake
If you’ve got a minute, check out this food-porn site (and be sure to bring tissues because it’s drool inducing!).
Marianne slept slowly out of this life yesterday evening. Totally at ease, surrounded by close friends.
Your letter came when she still could talk and laugh in full consciousness. When we read it aloud, she smiled as only Marianne can. She lifted her hand, when you said you were right behind, close enough to reach her.
It gave her deep peace of mind that you knew her condition. And your blessing for the journey gave her extra strength. Jan and her friends who saw what this message meant for her, will all thank you in deep gratitude for replying so fast and with such love and compassion.
In her last hour I held her hand and hummed Bird on a Wire, while she was breathing so lightly. And when we left he room, after her soul had flown out of the window for new adventures, we kissed her head and whispered your everlasting words
So long, Marianne”
Maui street musician/busker, Kekoa Alama, plays Matisyahu’s “One Day” in a Paia coffee shop, completely unaware that the audience member singing along is actually Matisyahu (who was on Maui for a 2 day music festival at the MACC).
Gonna miss this president …. bigtime ….
… that is all, carry on ….
( jump to 3:28 where the real magic begins … )
(from ultimateclassicrock.com) “Since Prince‘s death, the video of the night he blew up the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a performance of the Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has been shared ad infinitum on social media. Now, some of the musicians and other people involved in the event, including Tom Petty, have remembered that performance in a new oral history.
As the New York Times reports, it came together when Joel Gallen, the producer and director of the ceremony, wrote to Prince asking him to play lead guitar — he was already going to be there because he was being inducted. But when it came time to rehearse, there were problems. Marc Mann, Jeff Lynne‘s guitarist, recreated Eric Clapton’s famous solo in the middle note-for-note. “And we get to the big end solo,” Gallen says, “and Prince again steps forward to go into the solo, and this guy starts playing that solo too!”
Before leaving, Prince reassured Gallen that, even though they didn’t get to rehearse it the way Gallen envisioned it, everything would be fine when it came time to the performance. Let Mann do the first solo, he told Gallen, and he would take over for the end. “They never rehearsed it, really,” Gallen continued. “Never really showed us what he was going to do, and he left, basically telling me, the producer of the show, not to worry. And the rest is history. It became one of the most satisfying musical moments in my history of watching and producing live music.”
The next day, Prince stepped out of the darkness and blew the roof off of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Petty, who had a perfect view of the proceedings, recalled it with awe. “You see me nodding at him, to say, ‘Go on, go on,’” he said. “I remember I leaned out at him at one point and gave him a ‘This is going great!’ kind of look. He just burned it up. You could feel the electricity of ‘something really big’s going down here.’”
But there’s still one pressing question from the evening: What happened to the guitar that Prince threw up in the air after his solo? As you can see above, although the camera lingers on Prince for several seconds, it doesn’t seem to land. It’s something that’s puzzzled Steve Ferrone, Petty’s drummer. “I didn’t even see who caught it,” he said. “I just saw it go up, and I was astonished that it didn’t come back down again. Everybody wonders where that guitar went, and I gotta tell you, I was on the stage, and I wonder where it went, too.”
So much truth within this breakdown …
A fantastic and energizing must-read from one of the best writers on WordPress (or anywhere) … (it’s better read from the author’s site) …
I’ve never been shy concerning my attitudes toward the Second Amendment and the consequences of its misinterpretations by the Supreme Court; I’ve also never shied away from countering ANY argument in favor of universal gun ownership/possession. Guns have one purpose and one purpose only: to kill. Unfortunately for critters everywhere — humans especially — said purpose is massively overused, to the detriment of ‘we the critters,’ each and all. Similarly, the concept of rationality, of ‘control’ of the issue, is typically and constantly dismissed/disallowed because of the irrationality implicit in each and all of the arguments used to support the ‘universal gun ownership’ premise.
Bottom line: regardless of today’s conservative irrationality, guns are useful only to those who are interested in killing, and useless to those who are not. It remains, sadly, an essentially impossible task to do the logical thing and rid ourselves of the Second Amendment, in spite…
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