Archive | February 2016


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Here is some good TV for 4 weeks.


The Editor:  Why is there so much anxiety, LL ? A%3BDa

What Me Worry Cat:  There is very little to be anxious about, if you maintain a worthy house ( country ).   Americans take pills because the doctors are not trained in preventive medicine.  They give pills out like prizes in Cracker Jack boxes.  If someone is joked about it is like finding a frog in their Cheerios.

Here is one reason to be anxious.  By the time the TSA employees get through fondling you I want a cigarette and a shower.  If you don’t get fecal matter on your food tray, you get some disease from Ethiopia or Guatemala.

Maybe the new airline employees can figure out a workable plan.

Maybe even have a cigarette.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Julius Caesar and Leap Days
Image Credit: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., Wikimedia

Explanation: Today, February 29th, is a leap day – a relatively rare occurrence. In 46 BC, Julius Caesar, featured here in a self-decreed minted coin, created a calendar system that added one leap day every four years. Acting on advice by Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes, Caesar did this to make up for the fact that the Earth’s year is slightly more than 365 days. In modern terms, the time it takes for the Earth to circle the Sun is slightly more than the time it takes for the Earth to rotate 365 times (with respect to the Sun — actually we now know this takes about 365.24219 rotations). So, if calendar years contained 365 days they would drift from the actual year by about 1 day every 4 years. Eventually July (named posthumously for Julius Caesar himself) would occur during the northern hemisphere winter! By adopting a leap year with an extra day every four years, the calendar year would drift much less. This Julian Calendar system was used until the year 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII provided further fine-tuning when he added that leap days should not occur in years ending in “00”, unless divisible by 400. This Gregorian Calendar system is the one in common use today.

Tomorrow’s picture: starburst galaxy


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The Editor:  Who is leading in the Fulmer Cup, LL ?

NCAA Cat:  The Tennessee Volunteers are in big trouble over an institutionalized sexual abuse problem.   People never learn, every new generation makes the same mistakes.

Here is a Duke player showing good sportsmanship.

HRC:  Did Ding Dong Un compare me to the South Korean President ?

Witch Cat:  He did.

The Donald:  Why are most of the old established Republicans out to get me ?

Political Cat:  You are a threat to their lobbyist kick-back Ponzi scheme.  Here is Harry Reid defending The Donald.

PETA:  Do cats get tired of snow, PC ?

Sunshine State Cat:   They sure do, here is one who ” hit the road “.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

IC 1848: The Soul Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Roberto Colombari

Explanation: Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. The Soul Nebula houses several open clusters of stars, a large radio source known as W5, and huge evacuated bubbles formed by the winds of young massive stars. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is usually imaged next to its celestial neighbor the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The featured image appears mostly red due to the emission of a specific color of light emitted by excited hydrogen gas.

Tomorrow’s picture: caesar’s bonus day


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Quote of the week.


Race Cat:  Daytona gets a remodeled track and closest race in history.

Here is another kind of driving.

Here is a tasty treat.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

Northern Pluto
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Institute

Explanation: Gaze across the frozen canyons of northern Pluto in this contrast enhanced color scene, imaged last July by the New Horizons spacecraft. Currently known as Lowell Regio, the region has been informally named for Percival Lowell, founder of the Lowell Observatory. Also famous for his speculation that there were canals on Mars, in 1906 Lowell started the search that ultimately led to Pluto’s discovery. Pluto’s North Pole itself is above and left of center in the the frame. The pale bluish floor of the broad canyon on the left is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) wide, running vertically toward the south. Higher elevations take on a yellowish hue. New Horizon’s measurements have determined that in addition to nitrogen ice, methane ice is abundant across northern Pluto’s Lowell Regio.

Tomorrow’s picture: soul of the queen


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Here is good news from a snake.


The Editor:  Is this about real snakes or politicians, LL ?

Rattle Cat:  It is about both.  Here are some real snakes.

Here are some snakes that the European governments let into their country.   The Progressives want to do the same to America.

There are even snakes in the water.