I had an interesting thing happen last week when I went into a local thrift store (New2You) to look for pitchers to add to my ceiling collection (based on the collection hanging from the ceiling in a public house in Cornwall). I found a couple of small ones I liked and went to pay for them. The woman at the cash register asked if there was anything else I might like. I told her I had come in specifically looking for a Santa pitcher for the holidays. She turned and motioned to some framed prints on the wall behind her and said something to the effect that “We have these.”
It took a couple of seconds for me to realize the mispronunciation of “picture” as “pitcher” has become so ubiquitous the disconnect is heard even when the words are pronounced in accordance with the speaker’s intent.
Oh well …
The reservoir is looking better than it has in several months. But it is only a drip in the proverbial bucket.
Along with that storm, we had strong winds. They had winds in the 80 mph range north of here in Montague. That’s hurricane strength. Our strongest was only ~30. That’s enough.
We need SNOW, and lots of it … 150% of normal at least. We did get a flurry late sunday, enough to whiten the ground for a bit. I hope that is a promise of more.
Another of my friends is dying. She had lymphoma a few years ago and got past that. But it is back … in multiple spots … and is inoperable.
This year’s harvest ended in August. I am hoping this is a single event, not the start of another harvest.
Candles burning …
Anyone else notice how the past is appearing in unexpected places?
A “time capsule” found in New England …
Hidden tefillin found in the Czech Republic …
The layout of Old Sarum resurfaced in Somerset …
Yesterday was spinning at Amanda’s near Yreka. Holiday potluck at her place is a tradition for the group. An interesting thing happened … one of the “Ladies” brought a full spiral-cut ham. After it was set out, she asked the group to pay for it since it was so big a contribution. Whhaaaat! Then this morning, while making out my shopping list for the week, I discovered those hams were on a BuyOneGetOne sale.
The gift I put in the exchange was 4 ounces of Merino fiber and a dragon wrapped around a bell (for a bell ringing spinner). Cindy, who raises angora rabbits, got it. I got a set of glass tchotchkes… three white sheep and one black.
The picture was taken by Leslie (front right). Now on to another year of spinning and knitting. The Peacock yarn from Spinzilla awaits. I start Mikayla’s shawl after all the holiday fuss is done. In addition, I have some lovely Blue-faced Leicester fiber called “Blackberry” waiting to be spun. I’ve not spun Leicester before. No project in mind for it yet.
A friend has a friend who works at JPL and here’s a response to my question about space photos from last week …
I put your question to a bunch of astrophysicists, and they said there were several reasons for the non-spherical shape of supernova debris. First, the stars are rotating before they explode, so the gasses tend to get thrown out radially from the axis of rotation. Also, the rate of spin varies a lot with distance from the equator, causing different centrifugal forces on material at different latitudes. But the wild card, according to one of them, is that they’ve seen huge waves set up in stars just before they explode, which introduces extremely non-linear forces on the material being ejected.
… and my son explained …
When we look through glass holiday ornaments we perceive the sphere as a sphere almost entirely because its smooth surface reflects light from other sources on the observer’s “side” of the sphere in a very particular way, primarily due to the relative brightness of the light source and the interaction between the surface of the sphere and the atmosphere we breathe. What we perceive as “halos” around stars are simply those areas of truly spherical aggregations of matter which, from our point of view, contain the largest number of reflective particles aligned in a straight line between the infinite distance and our eyes or recording devices. On a piece of paper, draw a circle to represent a sphere, using a wedge-tipped felt pen. Now take a ruler and a very sharp pencil and draw a line through the exact center of the sphere. The fine line will intersect the felt marker line in two points: one will be invisible to you because it is, from your point of view, behind the star, while the other will be between you and the star but will be invisible to you because the vast majority of light it reflects will be aimed away from you, back at the star at the center. Now draw two lines parallel to the first, one above and one below, which intersect the circle in such a way as to pass through the maximum possible amount of the thicker circle before re-emerging. These lines represent areas where a spherical field of space debris becomes visible to us at great distance because the irregular surfaces of the component bodies scatter much larger proportions of the light from the central star in our direction.
Things are a bit clearer now (even though I failed Physics three times). But as I told my son, I still like the idea that we are being shown only what we are able to understand and accept.
There are still tomatoes to go on the bruscetta for the radio club potluck this evening.
Rain and light snow flurries this morning.
And a note on gift giving …
Not all gifts need take a physical form. Some of the greatest acts of generosity involve simple gestures of understanding or sympathy.
So “til next week …