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August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse



By Wolfgang Strickling-Eclipse 2017 Android App, Geodata from OpenStreetMap

For those that don’t want to journey to foreign lands to see a Total Solar Eclipse, but want to experience one, then this is your year.  The new moon will block out the sun and you can see it if you are in the right location.  From Oregon to South Carolina a 70 mile path of totality will arc across the continent; if you are not in the full shadow you will still see a partial solar eclipse anywhere in the lower 48 (75% obscured in Las Vegas).

From our perspective the moon will first “touch” the sun ~1 hr 15 min before totality, and then similarly, the shadow of the moon will be off the moon ~1 hr 15 min after totality; this is where direct viewing is not good- get some eclipse glasses or other means.  The totality will last from 2 min to 2 min 41 sec along the center of the path.  During the total solar eclipse the moon will block the entirety of the sun allowing the corona to become safely visible to the naked eye; this is the rare experience that many travel around the world to see.  The temperature will drop about 20 degrees F. Continue reading ‘August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse’

The Day After

Just some thoughts for the day.flag_of_the_united_states

Everyone appears to be shocked by the outcome of the election.  But here are some themes that the USA should not be surprised by.

America loves an underdog.  29% was the chance that fivethirtyeight gave for a Trump win.

Name recognition.  People knew who Trump was before he ran for the office.  He may or may not be a successful business man, but the brand is known.  His view of press was that any press was good.

Americans do not like to be told what to do.  Trump tapped this so easily; suggesting that the media is supporting the other side since the first negative story.  Any story that had a negative view of Trump was now put in a bin of distrust because the media likes the Democrats.  Any one of the Trump missteps would have sunk any campaign; here is a list from the “biased” media.

America has been divided by the two party system.  If your not on my team, then I am not supporting you.  My party can do no wrong; your party can do no right.  Republicans showed up and voted for a change after 8 years of a Democrat.  We also have the echo chambers where one can go to have our thoughts reinforced with the side of the story we believe.  Looking at you: Fox News, MSNBC, Brietbart, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Gawker Media, etc, etc.  If you want to be informed you have to research the contrary side that is not being reported by which ever group is cherry picking facts/ideas that support their view.  Continue reading ‘The Day After’

Donald Trump and America

debate%20logoThis appears to be the take away from the third debate: if I lose, the election was rigged.

When asked if he would accept the results of the election, Donald Trump said the following:

“I would look at it at the time.” [What? I think it would be good to understand the process and know that there will be a winner and a loser, and it could be you] Continue reading ‘Donald Trump and America’

The Internet Archive

ArchiveThe Internet Archive is a resource everyone should be aware of.  I first learned about it when I was looking for old websites for politicians that were no longer around, a friend of mine said matter-of-factly, “use the Wayback Machine.”  Like it was something everyone knew about.  The site archives versions of web pages so you can look for a specific date and pull up the form of the web page at that time.

Hey look! Google had a yahoo exclamation point in 1999!!!!!!Google

I recently saw some news stories about classic games that have been archived at the site.  These are games that typically are not compatible with current computer operating systems without some third party emulator that may or may not provide playablity (speed, response, sound, etc.).  There is a whole section of software available on the site.  OR Tr

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VP Rules

Image result for seal of the vice president of usRecent Bob Corker comments as to who should Donald Trump select as his running mate has made the rounds this week.

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The qualifications for VP are the same as for the President:  at least 35 years of age; natural born citizen; and presumably could not have previous served 2-terms as president (for the B. Obama and B. Clinton fans)- although this last one has not been tested in the courts.

One other consideration:  the 12th Amendment.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President…

This happened with Dick Cheney, who was a resident of Texas along with GW Bush.  So prior to his announcement he changed his resident status to Wyoming.

If Ivanka joins the ticket, If she does not change her residency from New York, then New York’s 29 electoral votes would not be available to that ticket.

The other calculation would be to create a ticket with the broadest appeal, or strategic selection, as in a popular candidate from a swing state with a large number of electoral votes (e.g., Ohio, Florida).

So this is basically a non-story, but I just wanted to provide some background that may not be provided in other news sources.

Nevada License Plates

nevada2Some new details on the eight-year replacement cycle for standard Nevada license plates.

I’ve posted about this before, here.

The cost is now reported to be an $8 fee for the reissued plate.

Again, I would like to reiterate that this program does not provide any added benefit to the citizens of the state.

Enforce the current laws and regulations regarding legibility of license plates; we don’t need a DMV budget item along with a fee to replace all license plates every 8 years.

May the Fourth

StarwarsWednesday, May the Fourth is the unofficial Official Star Wars Day.  For those not aware, a typical parting phrase from the Star Wars movies is “May the Force be with you.”  I don’t recall any letters from the movie series, so who knows if characters signed letters that way.
Anyway, since the movie phrase closely resembles the day spoken in a certain way, that day is now Star Wars Day.  Cliffs notes here.
For the Las Vegas area here are a couple events scheduled:

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