Winnipeg River Ice   Leave a comment


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The melt has finally begun in Manitoba.  It is very late this year, it was a stubborn and persistent winter, it would not give up. But now it is getting up to the +10 range. The river ice is breaking up and hopefully the ice jams won’t cause major flooding.

It will take a few weeks before the river recedes to normal levels.  Heavy rains could turn that into months.

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The ice is melting in strange rectangular strips.

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Some of the ice slabs are hitting trees knocking them over.

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Posted April 20, 2014 by markosun in Environment, Manitoba, Winnipeg

The face of Jesus appears in the oddest places   1 comment


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Jesus Christ is everywhere during Holy Week, but one Orlando woman thought she was going crazy when she saw his image in the bark of a dead tree in her front yard.

“It’s Treesus,” the homeowner, Kim, said on the eve of Resurrection Sunday. “I find it very odd. For me, it’s unmistakable, and I’m not particularly religious. So I don’t know what it means.”

The Orlando Sentinel agreed to withhold her full name and address because she fears her home would turn into a mecca of pilgrims wanting to see the image.

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Here the face of Jesus manifests as a stain on a bathroom wall.

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Grilled cheese sandwich, actually this one is the Virgin Mary I think.

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There are no photos of Jesus (okay maybe the Shroud of Turin) and nobody painted him.  So how did we determine that he looks like the guy on the Kit Kat chocolate bar?

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The image seems to materialize in hot places

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Why? Why would the Lord and Saviour, King of Kings, put his face on a bloody banana?  He might only convert 2 or 3 people with this stunt.  He should manifest on a giant billboard in Times Square.

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Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

There have been many instances of perceptions of religious imagery and themes, especially the faces of religious figures, in ordinary phenomena. Many involve images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the word Allah, or other religious phenomena: in September 2007 in Singapore, for example, a callus on a tree resembled a monkey, leading believers to pay homage to the “Monkey god” (either Sun Wukong or Hanuman) in the monkey tree phenomenon.

Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being face.

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Oh wow Jesus, this is really going to help people quite smoking.

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If the guy wouldn’t have gotten the X-ray all the effort Jesus put into this would have been for nothing.

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Posted April 20, 2014 by markosun in Psychology, Religion, Religulous

Mosh Pit Art   Leave a comment


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Ah, the Mosh Pit.  Back in my Punk days I dove into a few swarms as the hedonistic adrenaline in my blood was too much to control.  We called it slam dancing.  Pretty much the same thing. At one D.O.A. gig the moshers were great big wiry punks.  Being shorter than most of them I had to duck elbows most of the time.  But the psychedelics in my head combined with D.O.A. lead singer Joey Shithead’s blasting vocals and the unrelenting frantic guitar bursts made the experience almost nirvana like.

One memorable situation from that gig was when a severely drunk cretin threw an empty whiskey bottle at the band on stage.  Joey Shithead is big, no hair and very mean looking. The drummer spotted the guy who did it and pointed him out to Joey.  Joey grabbed the 26 oz bottle and jumped off the stage and ran towards the perpetrator where he proceeded to smash the bottle over the guy’s head and kick him in the face with his army boots. Joey grabbed the guy and threw him out the front door of the hall. Joey then ran back and jumped up on the stage and the band started blasting again, they didn’t miss a beat, or a beating.

After that gig I thought to myself, what is left? Nothing can match that.

I did consider wearing a mouth guard at the next pit session to protect my teeth from the elbows of the huge galoot punks.

Not all mosh pits were made up of anarchistic, acrobatic alien looking punks. At a Dead Kennedy’s gig the pit was full of drunk mod types. These were pretty tame individuals compared to the hardcore boys that would show at the smaller gigs. The pit was like a slow wave, no real smashing. Just a big, slow throbbing heave that would periodically erupt into frenzied mayhem.  Bloody good fun.

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The art of Dan Witz evokes a sort of hyper-real trompe l’oeil technique, his digital and oil creations giving the viewer the impression they’re about to be enveloped into a mosh pit. The detail and life in his subjects are rendered uncanny as they explode from their featureless “non-space”—we see no bar, no doors, no defined walls, rarely even a floor. It is as if they’re moshing in the æther. Strange perspectives and stylized repetition also add to a slightly “off” feel of the work—Witz both captures the crowd and takes it out of context—the effect is electric. Witz’s work is too informed by old master painting techniques to be described as mere photorealism.

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Posted April 20, 2014 by markosun in Art, Music

Bob Cole still calling Hockey Night In Canada games at the ripe old age of 80   Leave a comment


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If any of the septuagenarians and octogenarians (people in their 70′s and 80′s) out there need any encouragement, look no further than Bob Cole.

Robert Cecil “Bob” Cole (born (1933-06-24)June 24, 1933) is a Canadian sports television announcer and former competitive curler.  He is known primarily for his work on Hockey Night In Canada.

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The guy is like the Energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going. Calling an NHL game is not easy, a person has to be fast and focused. They have to know all the player names and numbers, and they have to call the play with flair and gusto. Bob is still doing that.

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Bob’s first game

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I kid, this picture is from 1942. Bob was only 9 at the time.

Picture below is more like it.

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During his early career in broadcasting, Cole was a successful curler, playing in the 1971 and 1975 Briers as the skip for the Newfoundland team. He also played in the 1965 and 1973 Canadian mixed championships.

Bob’s new sports league below:

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Posted April 19, 2014 by markosun in Media, Sports

Mini Pistol: the Derringer   Leave a comment


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Now here is a little pistol that packs a punch.  This thing could be concealed underneath a guy’s watch band.  Great for countering muggers.

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A derringer is generally the smallest usable handgun of a given caliber. They were frequently used by women, because they are easily concealable in a purse or as a stocking gun. Such weapons designed specifically for women were called “muff pistols”, due to their compact size enabling them to be carried in a muff. Derringers are not repeating firearms—repeating mechanisms such as those used in semi-automatic handguns and/or revolvers would add significant bulk to the gun, defeating the purpose. The original cartridge derringers held only a single round, usually a pinfire or rimfire .40 caliber cartridge, with the barrel pivoted sideways on the frame to allow access to the breech for reloading. The famous Remington derringer design doubled the capacity, while maintaining the compact size, by adding a second barrel on top of the first and pivoting the barrels upwards to reload. Each barrel then held one round, and a cam on the hammer alternated between top and bottom barrels. The Remington derringer was in .41 Short caliber and achieved wide popularity. The .41 Short bullet moved very slowly, at about 425 feet per second (a modern .45 ACP travels at 850 feet per second). It could be seen in flight, but at very close range, such as at a casino or saloon card table, it could easily kill. The Remington derringer was sold from 1866 to 1935.

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The Cobra Derringer was originally released as the Davis Derringer in 1982. When the Davis company went bankrupt in 1998 the designs and tooling for the pistol were bought by Cobra Firearms, who have produced various versions of the pistol ever since. It is available in three frame sizes (Standard, Big Bore and Titan) capable of being chambered for a wide variety of cartridges with various finishes and barrel lengths.

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Currier and Ives depiction of Lincoln’s assassination with a Philadelphia Deringer.

Posted April 19, 2014 by markosun in Weapons

Henri the Philosopher Cat (Le Chat Noir) Part Deux   Leave a comment


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Posted April 19, 2014 by markosun in Animals, Philosophy

Big wind in Winnipeg yesterday   Leave a comment


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Milder temperatures have finally settled on southern Manitoba.  But along with the moderate temps came big winds. 

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Winds last night

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Posted April 19, 2014 by markosun in Weather, Winnipeg

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