Archive | March 6, 2018


The Editor:  What is conking, LL ?

Stupid Cat:  It means hitting the head.  The Apple employees in California are conking their heads on the glass walls of their new building.

Here are some California cattle that got loose from the Ponderosa, and have become habitat killers.  They could conk them on the head,  and they would wake up at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

California got some help with the drought.

California ranked dead- last in quality of life.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Colorful Airglow Bands Surround Milky Way
Image Credit & Copyright: Xiaohan Wang

Explanation: Why would the sky glow like a giant repeating rainbow? Airglow. Now air glows all of the time, but it is usually hard to see. A disturbance however — like an approaching storm — may cause noticeable rippling in the Earth’s atmosphere. These gravity waves are oscillations in air analogous to those created when a rock is thrown in calm water. Red airglow likely originates from OH molecules about 87-kilometers high, excited by ultraviolet light from the Sun, while orange and green airglow is likely caused by sodium and oxygen atoms slightly higher up. While driving near Keluke Lake in Qinghai Provence in China, the photographer originally noticed mainly the impressive central band of the Milky Way Galaxy. Stopping to photograph it, surprisingly, the resulting sensitive camera image showed airglow bands to be quite prominent and span the entire sky. The featured image has been digitally enhanced to make the colors more vibrant.

Tomorrow’s picture: arcs, jets, and shocks