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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours :-) Oh, and he also has a neat English Bulldog called 'Kosmo'.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TBBT viewing tip

Some of my blogreaders are also fans of TBBT - The Big Bang Theory - a nerdy TV series I also enjoy. Season 11 of The Big Bang Theory premiered on Monday, September 25, but unless you live in the US or Canada, you’re going to have a hard time watching it.

Now blogreader Noor Ballan has sent me a link on how to watch via a VPN (virtual private network), useful for all fans not in North America. Noor wrote " The 11th season is premiering next week, and I'm so excited about it! But since I'm outside the U.S., I spent a lot of time figuring out a way to watch it. There is a good article that I think will help your users watch the new season, and I thought you might want to share it with them: link here. This way, we'll all be able to see how Amy answers Sheldon. : )"

Hi Noon, thanks for the link, which I'm passing on as per your suggestion :-)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Reforestation numbers

Germans really do like their woods & forests. 32% of Germany's area is wooded, some states more than others : Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz achieve 42% forestation, city states like Hamburg and Bremen even achieve 12% surprisingly. The most northerly state, flat and maritime Schleswig-Holstein, only manages 11%.

The average tree is 77 years old, but there are some many hundreds of years old, even locally. The average oak is 102, beech 100, pine 96. Youngest are the Douglas firs, averaging 45, grown for building material. The oldest (lime) tree dates from 760 AD.

Enjoy your autumn equinox today; time for a forest walk again :-)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Expo

Mrs. Luecke and her merry band of seven quilters put on their annual exposition last weekend, so I went over to Fuerstenberg and photographed the best dozen (imho) to show you here. Scroll over each quilt to see the title of it. Sadly, I forgot to make note of the attributions (who sewed what).

This next one is an optical illusion. All the vertical red columns are made from the same colour cloth :-)

Mrs. Luecke's website (in German only) is

Comments (2)
Cop Car wrote " How thoughtful of you to post the quilt photos, Stu. Gorgeous! I love the bright colors, although I must admit that a few of the patterns make my eyes swim. I did go to the website and even followed a couple of links that it contained. I'm not a real quilter (you've probably seen photos of my poor attempts at small quilts), but our 35-year-old granddaughter is trying to learn. Thank you." De nada.
Hattie (Hawaii) wrote " Hi, Stu/ I like the first one best. It reminds me of a Hundertwasser, and the colors are wonderful." I'll pass that on.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thankyou, Cassini

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. Ice geysirs blasting up into space from the surface of Enceladus. Space-time curve around the Sun. Water-ice on the surface of Phoebe. Rocks close-ups on the surface of Titan. Spokes in the rings of Saturn. Multiple ring transits. Lakes of liquid methane on Titan. The eyewall of a 500 km/h hurricane on Saturn's south pole. A transit of Venus and of an exoplanet. . . And your Pale Blue Dot.
As you cremate me, all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain :-(

Comments (6)
Pergelator wrote " Very nice." Thankyou, Chuck :-)
Ed (USA) wrote "I like the use of the Blade Runner speech!" May we never lose our sense of wonder :-)
Cop Car wrote " Cassini's passing is sad; but, "all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain"? I think not. The data are still around, "forever" - and being processed for at least another year. As I recall, data from one of the Voyagers yielded an unknown moon - during data review 10 years after-the-fact. Perhaps Cassini's legacy is richer than we yet know. Nice posting." Thankyou, CC. Cassini already discovered 7 (I think it was 7) as then yet undiscovered moons of Saturn. In the movie Blade Runner, I always wondered why the androids didn't upload all their memories/data into the corporate cloud, thus achieving some kind of immortality :-( Still, Hollywood movies never were completely logical... And so to bed, perchance to dream of electric sheep? ;-)
Cop Car replied " Philip K Dick would be proud. Having read the 1968 edition of the book, I needed the reminder of the re-titling. I think that I did see the 1982 movie on TV many years after reading the book. I understand that a Blade Runner 49 movie is being released in about one month." We have to wait a little longer, for the translation :-(
Barbara (UK) asked "Shakespeare?" Indeed, it's a line from Hamlet, but also used by Philip K Dick, with the electric sheep appended :-)
David (IL) notes Best Cassini photos here :-)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sweden changed sides 50 years ago today

50 years ago today, Sweden changed from driving on the left to driving on the right. Dagen H : it went surprisingly well, having been well prepared. Follow the link for Wikipedia's good account thereof.

Back in the middle ages, people rode their horses on the left, so their right hands were free to draw a sword or tilt a lance. As freight carts got larger, the carters rode on the rear left horse (of 6,8, or more). So they drove on the right, the better to see where their wheels were in opposing traffic. As motorised traffic arrived, there was a need for legal regulation . In the early 1900s some countries including Canada, Spain, and Brazil even had different rules in different parts of the country :-)

Gradually, on different dates, various countries have changed over , the history is interesting. China drives on the right, except for Hong Kong which still drives on the left, a UK inheritance. The Apollo Lunar Rover was steered from the left seat as in situations with driving on the right. Were they expecting opposing traffic? ;-)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Bat-shit crazy signs :-)

Given my choice of header for today's blog entry, you probably thought I was going to knock Donald Trump again, in particular for his pardon of a 4th amendment violator who shall remain unnamed.

'Tis not so, for on sunday's bike ride for breakfast in the corner cafe´ in Meinbrexen village , we saw this sign offering bat-shit for sale! Buckets of the stuff, on display between the jams and chutneys, too. Hygiene writ small?

Turns out the local church's belfry was being renovated after several centuries and said belfry was full of bat-shit :-) The enterprising shitty church is now giving away bat (-Fledermaus) Guano(-shit) in exchange for a donation to the church (thus avoiding taxation), as shown above.

The second crazy sign is one I saw in the UK a couple of years ago. I'm still wondering how you get into or out of the building, given that the door is to be kept closed at all times? Why didn't they just brick it up?

Local resident Hils told me it's a fire-door and should have continued on the next line except when in use ;-)

This last one is just outside the main gate at the Royal Navy Dockyard in Portsmouth UK. In accordance with naval dockyard practice, buildings are no longer just numbered, but labelled by their contents.

I just wondered what the creeping/creepy man on the sign is supposed to represent? Bat-shit crazy sign, or US espionage personnel or what?

Comments (4)
Cop Car wrote " And I thought you were going to be writing about opera! I have a terrible time trying to decipher pictograms. The CIA sign is just weird." If there had been a jukebox in the cafe´(there isn't) I would have sacrificed 50c (sic!) and played Meat Loaf's "Like a Bat out of Hell" ;-)
John (UK) looked at the locked door photo and sent this photo link ;-)
Doug (Canada) wrote "The CIA sign shows them butt fucking everyone"
Hattie (Hawaii) wrote " Fledermaus guano? Dunno. Remember Colonel "Bat" Guano? from Dr. Strangelove? " I mostly remember Peter Sellers' excellent performances :-)

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TBBT Viewing Tip
Reforestation numbers
Patchwork Quilt Expo
Thankyou, Cassini
Sweden changed sides.
Bat-shit crazy signs :-)
3 Neat Eclipse Photos :-)
Great American Darkness
Rare SG41 found!
Hollywood Humour
Thin Man Fail
Visit to Venice
Lake Garda Mountains
LBGT marriages legal
Stagger McFly
Aircraft Museum
ecce libri : Hobbitus ille
The HP warehouse
Bode River scenery :-)
On turning 73
Time to die :-(
Learning to fly...
In Memoriam : Klacks

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