Comet P/2016 BA14

An insignificant, but fairly close asteroid, turned into a 3,000 foot wide comet, grazing Earth at a record close distance. Actually close enough for ground based telescopes to get some pretty neat images of it:

Which always makes me wonder, if we can’t really detect a half-mile wide comet grazing the Earth with any real idea of how big it is, which directly determines how big a threat it is to us, then MAYBE we should invest in technology that would allow us to do a better job doing that than, oh, guessing at life on planets billions of miles away.

Cory Booker drove to Hawaii?

One of my favorite tweeters, Richard Nixon, had this to offer this morning:

Which threw me back to a post I did on Corey a few years ago:

Now, to be fair to Corey, that diatribe is a muddled mess leading to a suggestion to open a New Jersey diner in Hawaii. That really isn’t necessary or a shortcoming of Hawaii.  And, quite frankly, is a waste of taxpayers time and money discussing it on the floor.

However, what perplexed me most about Dick’s comment was “the far left will love him”.

This was Corey’s thoughts on “far left” not too long ago:

So, he’s not “far left” by his own definition.  He just wants to decriminalize drugs, and agrees with every single thing Obama tells him to, including selling out Israel for Iran.

Nancy Pelosi on Economic Development

Remember that one time when Nancy Pelosi claimed we’d lose 500 million jobs every month until we passed Obama’s Stimulus package?

Just to be clear, there are only about 300 million people in the United States. Although Factcheck went to great lengths to cover Nancy on this one, she did it more than once.  Nancy was never one to let obvious facts get in her way.  Or, for that matter, common sense.  “You have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”, “I was for it before I was against it.”  The list of stupid Pelosi quotes and actions is long.  Really long.  However, the good people of this town continue to vote for her in huge margins:

That’s San Francisco.  These voters could care less that the person they are voting for can accomplish simple math, has any comprehension of the congressional process, or for that matter, apparently will send the US to war without any clue whatsoever why we are going.

Now, these same people whine a lot about term limits.  Let me put this as clearly as I can.  If you are willing to vote for very stupid, corrupt people, repeatedly, for decades, what difference does it make who the candidate is?  The problem to me is not not “term limits”.  Every Representative is limited to two years.

The problem is the voter.  Until they actually think, we’ll just get younger Nancy Pelosi’s, or worse.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey to me is the most important sci-fi movie ever made. For a lot of reasons. Not withstanding the remarkable imagery. When watching a movie, the imagery is what a person remembers the longest. No one did it better than Stanley Kubrick:

It’s also one of my all-time favorites of any genre, for a lot of reasons. I’ll probably tackle them later. It’ll definitely take more than one post to express my admiration for this film.


Remember all those things I complemented The Martian about?  Interstellar is everything that is wrong that I listed.  Matthew McConaughey delivers a sometimes over-the-top performance. There’s lots of drama.  Lots.  There are two serious WTF moments.  The second one takes the movie in a direction no movie has ever gone before.  I still don’t understand it.  The movie defies several well known laws of physics.  And, it takes liberties with pretty well documented natural phenomena that makes it real, real, difficult for a science buff to sit comfortably through, especially at two and a half hours.

All that being said, if you go into this just wanting to watch a good story, with SOME good acting, and have the ability to ignore the numerous plot holes.  This is a good one to watch.

I can’t do that tho.  Going to give it one thumb for entertainment value based purely on the incredible WTF moments, and that’s it.

The Martian

One of my favorite movies of 2015 by far was The Martian.

Just a very well done movie.  Easy to watch for anyone of any age.  Language is a little dicey for real young kids, but that’s the worst of it.

Now, I’m a science-fiction buff.  I like space movies.  I like it most when they at least pay some homage to reality.  It’s possible to have a good plot without freakish glaring holes.  This is one of those movies.  Science buffs like myself can enjoy the movie.  We’ll notice some sticking points, but not enough to wreck the movie.  Matt Damon tosses in just the right amount of humor and emotion.  Good movie.  All thumbs up.

That Mike Brown rant continued

In 1988, the Cincinnati Bengals BARELY lost the Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers.  It was the second time in seven years they had lost to the 49ers in the Super Bowl.  It was only a matter of time before they got it.

In 1990 they returned to the playoffs and beat the Houston Oilers in the wild card game.  They then lost to the Los Angeles Raiders.  To date, that was the last time the Bengals won a playoff game.

Paul Brown died the following year.  Paul’s son Mike took the reigns.  George HW Bush was president.  9/11 wouldn’t happen for another decade.  The Iraq war hadn’t happened.  It would actually be another 14 years before the Bengals would even make a wild card appearance.  Once they finally did make it back to the playoffs in 2005, things haven’t gotten much better:

Week Opp 1stD Bengals Opps
2015 Playoffs
WildCard L Pittsburgh Steelers 16 18
2014 Playoffs
WildCard L Indianapolis Colts 10 26
2013 Playoffs
WildCard L San Diego Chargers 10 27
2012 Playoffs
WildCard L Houston Texans 13 19
2011 Playoffs
WildCard L Houston Texans 10 31
2009 Playoffs
WildCard L New York Jets 14 24
2005 Playoffs
WildCard L Pittsburgh Steelers 17 31

That makes Mike Brown 0-career in playoff games. That’s 0-lifetime. That’s 0-7 when given a chance.  With the rather successful last five years or so, his win-loss record has skyrocketed to 42%.  Mike Brown has GOT to go.  For whatever reason, he doesn’t get it done.

Now, where I’m going to probably get some bad vibes, is the fact that Marvin Lewis has now been there for thirteen seasons.  In those 13 seasons, he’s now 112-94.  That’s about a 55% clip.  But most importantly, he’s now 0-7 in playoff games.  That includes the very embarrassing meltdown to the Steelers last season.  Those stats would get a coach fired anywhere else after about 5 seasons.  Marvin brought them up a notch, but that notch seems to be the best he can do.

Very simply, if the Bengals perform the same or worse as they did last season, Lewis has GOT to go.

Very simply, Mike Brown has GOT to go anyway.  The only thing he’s done is get a stadium no one really wanted.

Free Bird

Greatest solo of all time? How about the greatest performance of the greatest solo of all time?

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird (Live August 21st… by DarrylNoah