THE SPHINX—ROCKS AND OTHER STUFF

The Editor:   What is happening with rocks, LL ?

Spelunker Cat:  A bunch of stuff.  Here is an old carving, even older than most Supreme Court Justices.  It tells of an old comet that hit the Earth.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/21/ancient-stone-carvings-confirm-comet-struck-earth-10950bc-wiping/

Here are some old rocks, sculptured by nature.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rock_formations_in_the_United_States#/media/File:Canyon_de_Chelly_Spider_Rock.jpg

Pro sports will soon be a thing of the past.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pro-gaming-may-soon-eclipse-sports-including-basketball-and-baseball-2017-04-22

You should always have 2 dogs or cats, to keep each other company in your absence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4432134/What-happens-dog-leave-alone.html

Here are some famous rocks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Rock

These are Amigo’s favorite rocks.

http://www.liquor.com/recipes/white-russian/#gs.RPRO7WI

http://www.thedailymeal.com/neat-straight-and-rocks-how-order-cocktail/42414

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lyrids in Southern Skies
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)

Explanation: Earth’s annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked before dawn on April 22nd, as our fair planet plowed through dust from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher. Seen from the high, dark, and dry Atacama desert a waning crescent Moon and brilliant Venus join Lyrid meteor streaks in this composited view. Captured over 5 hours on the night of April 21/22, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant, a point not very far on the sky from Vega, alpha star of the constellation Lyra. The radiant effect is due to perspective as the parallel meteor tracks appear to converge in the distance. In the foreground are domes of the Las Campanas Observatory housing (left to right) the 2.5 meter du Pont Telescope and the 1.3 meter Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) telescope.

Tomorrow’s picture: when galaxies collide

THE SPHINX—TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGING

The Editor:   What is changing, LL ?

Beach   Cat:   America is changing.  Here are two links.  This isn’t a good sign for anyone’s future.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/census-more-americans-18-34-now-live-parents-spouse

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/04/20/Report-1-in-3-US-young-adults-live-with-parents-22M-are-idle/7811492686237/

California is out of lettuce.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-19/salad-shortage-could-last-until-may-following-californian-deluge

Oakland land is expensive.

http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Rockridge-teardown-real-estate-Oakland-19-offers-11083945.php#photo-12560534

It is too crowded to have fun surfing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/sports/its-a-nice-night-for-surfing.html?_r=1

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mt. Etna Lava Plume
Image Credit & Copyright: Dario Giannobile

Explanation: Mt. Etna has been erupting for hundreds of thousands of years. Located in Sicily, Italy, the volcano produces lava fountains over one kilometer high. Mt. Etna is not only one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, it is one of the largest, measuring over 50 kilometers at its base and rising nearly 3 kilometers high. Pictured in mid-March, a spectacular lava plume erupts upwards, dangerous molten volcanic bombs fly off to the sides, while hot lava flows down the volcano’s exterior. The Earth’s rotation is discernable on this carefully time, moon-lit, long duration image as star trails.

Tomorrow’s picture: April showers

THE SPHINX—THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER

The Editor:   What is tough, LL ?

Eight O’Clock Cat:   Work is tough for this “snowflake”, who works at Starbucks.  He melts under the pressure.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/04/21/starbucks-barista-who-trashed-unicorn-frappuccino-not-getting-fired

Here is the ingredients list.  You get 1/5 of your calories in one cup.  You would save money by eating   10 packets of Dixie Crystals.

https://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/unicorn-frappuccino-blended-cr%C3%A8me

Here is a coincidence.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/total-chaos-cyber-attack-feared-multiple-cities-hit-simultaneous-power-grid-failures

Here is a tough commute.

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20170419/truck-drags-car-in-cajon-pass-wont-stop-and-its-all-on-video

Here is one of those tough hospital decisions.

http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Sequoia-Hospital-fined-for-mistakenly-removing-11087925.php

Princess Cruise Lines is still poisoning the ocean.  It’s a tough decision, to dump or recycle.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/04/20/Princess-Cruise-Lines-fined-40M-for-intentionally-polluting-ocean/8681492698987/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=5