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Harmony on the seas

The boys have just been writing on this Harmony ship:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-36304174

I need to be careful courting fate by attacking the ship, with my own still unproven but we’re agreed that this one doesn’t look safe. I made a poor attempt to defend it, speaking of stabilizers below, which obviously take care of roll attenuation but haiku immediately pointed out pitching.

harmony of the pitching

Rocket retrieval v soul retrieval

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the JCSAT-14 communications satellite at Cape Canaveral, Fla, early Friday, May 6, 2016. The Falcon 9 first stage also landed on a droneship while the second stage continued on, delivering the spacecraft to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. (SpaceX via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches the JCSAT-14 communications satellite at Cape Canaveral, Fla, early Friday, May 6, 2016. The Falcon 9 first stage also landed on a droneship while the second stage continued on, delivering the spacecraft to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. (SpaceX via AP)


 
Update: Despite the low odds of success the Falcon 9 rocket stuck its landing on an automated drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Rockets landing at sea are now a thing, apparently.…

The rising chimp

Came in late from the yard, shall post Chuckles’s rising chimp problem:

Imagine that there is an even rope of negligible weight draped over a pulley wheel, which permits it to slide perfectly freely. Equal lengths of the rope descend from either side. On the left side, the rope ends in a 10 kg weight. On the other side, perfectly level with the weight, is a young chimp, also weighing 10 kg.

When you give a signal, the chimp will start climbing the rope. Which of the two, the chimp or the weight, will reach the top first?…

To be noble or to be destructive, that is the question

Yesterday I blogged on being a bit maudlin, then up came this youtube on SV Lulworth 1920 and the mood changed to that of wonder:

Often, these youtubes of boats are adverts – come to our ye olde boat restaurant etc. or someone else carrying on but this one, s Ian Parker-Joseph noted, was a bit different. He puts it better than I could:…

Ken Ham’s Ark

Oh I do like this one, via Chuckles, who headed it: “James at Work”:

Ark-Building Creationist Explains Why It Was Totally Cool

Yo, c’mon you Creationists, ra, ra, ra. Huffington Post, home of the godless and leftist:

Ken Ham, the creationist behind the giant Noah’s Ark replica nearing completion in Kentucky, received some pointed questions on Twitter from those who have a problem with the central message in the biblical story. 

Ken Ham?  Excellent name, excellent.  Naturally, the narrow-minded Huffposters who believe in nothing beyond their eyes see all sorts of nefarious doings in this on the part of God and they’ll find the kookiest individuals who claim to be Christian and make fun of them, just as the left does with the GOP RINOs who are not real conservatives.…

Not total honesty on safety railings

Just woken by the neighbours’ noise again, TV blaring at 3 a.m., do not need it. Anyway, that’s sleep for sometime. Writing this at 3.30 a.m., shall post it at 13.30.

Looking again at that pic from the top of the What’s Wrong post [think we could gaze on that for some time, those of us actually past it, LOL]:

anything wrong here

… it seems it’s an old boat which has been refitted, so why the missing safety wire is a mystery – but it’s more even than that.…

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