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Sacramento Autumn Leaf Fall Finally Seems To Have Started In Earnest On Friday, December 2nd

Sacramento Autumn Leaf Fall Finally Seems To Have Started In Earnest On Friday, December 2nd

The autumn leaf fall in Sacramento seemed delayed this year. Don't know why. Leaf falls here are often like this:Here is my house Friday afternoon, showing the beautiful red leaves of the gum tree.

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2016 NorCal Ragga Jam Session in Sacramento with Laure Courtellemont

2016 NorCal Ragga Jam Session in Sacramento with Laure Courtellemont

What an awesome time! She is a marvel: the most-inspiring dance teacher! Lovely pix of lovely ladies after the Laure Courtellemont workshop (and a couple of guys too).

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RIP, Bella the Dog

RIP, Bella the Dog

Poor Bella. The cancer had made her life increasingly-miserable.It was hard to know when to put Bella down. At least near Sparky's end in 2009, his personality changed as the heart disease accelerated. It was easier to tell when to end the suffering...

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RIP, Gilbert Martinez

I never knew him, but knew OF him, as drummer for Miller Hilites.

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A Big Slab of Buried Ice at Utopia Planitia

Even though Mars' Utopia Planitia is at mid-latitudes, they can detect a significant slab of water ice buried there - enough to fill Lake Superior:

It was found using a radar mapper on MRO. Called SHARAD, it sends pings of radar down to the surface, which are reflected back up to the satellite and...

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"Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"

Leighton posted this. I had never heard of this article, but it may well have been the inspiration for "Saturday Night Fever".

My sense in the Seventies was that the revolution in music and lighting technology over the previous decade laid the ground for Disco. I remember seeing discos as early as 1970, but...

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Carrier Took Trump ‘Hostage and Won’

What a joke of a deal: Sanders key point: If corporations want cushy tax cuts, all you have to do is threaten Trump and say "we're moving to Mexico.""He has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange fo...

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My Sleep is Disordered of Late

I just finished breakfast. It's 3:30 p.m. Feels like the day is slipping past.

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Vince Gilligan’s Symbolism

Vince Gilligan’s Symbolism

I'm continuing to look at symbolism in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul". I was struck by the similarities in composition between this image of Jimmy McGill's Nail Salon office and Salvador Dali’s 1954 “Corpus Hypercubus”.


Dali was convinced that the separate worlds of science...

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The Interwebs Are Dark

The Interwebs Are Dark


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