Six More Sticky Tabs

too-many-tabsOnce again, in an effort to thin out the number of tabs on my poor little old computer browser, here’s another batch of uutterly unrelated items that I have not been able to get around to reading, or blog about, or just close the tab. In no particular order:

1. Social Justice Warriors

The team Stan Lee really wanted to create.By someone on Deviant Art perhaps, but I can’t track who
Also don’t know who to h/t for the link. Thanks, whoever.

2. Welles’s Final Masterpiece Reborn

But suddenly and seemingly impossibly, a resurrection has occurred. Long thought to be a lost film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” Welles’ last feature, was released by Netflix on November 2. It is astounding, a stunning echo and assault on “Citizen Kane,” a defiant statement of absolute artistic integrity thrown into the face of an industry that so often seems intent on destroying precisely that, an aesthetic triumph and a final work of devastating emotional power. It leaves the viewer shattered and somehow elevated by the experience.

—Benjamin Kerstein, The Federalist

h/t J.J. Sefton on the Ace of Spades Morning Report

3. When an Asteroid Hit Iceland


An enormous crater believed to have been caused by an asteroid that slammed into Earth 12,000 years ago has been found beneath the ice in Greenland.

The 19-mile-wide impact had remained hidden under a half-mile-thick sheet of ice until it was exposed by a state-of-the-art radar system at the University of Kansas.

Skye News

h/t Kindltot commenting on Ace of Spades

4. Chico is Leaving It All On the Field


“Hey, I do this job every day in this store. It’s my assigned task and usually its okay but I only do it for the money because it gets really monotonous, meaningless.”

She’s a student, I perceive.

“But today those people really needed these clothes in this corner because of the price. And tomorrow more people like that will really need them too. And so I want to make this the best I can for them. So I’m going to put it all back on hangers and arrange them by size. It will be right by the morning. You better go. We’re closing. Thank you for coming in.”

Just a young girl working late in the Clothing Clearance Corner. Doing one of those little jobs; one of those jobs that actually make the world turn. She was leaving it all on the field.

Gerard Van der Leun, American Digest

5. A case study in actual fake news

6. Google Wants to Listen to Your Calls


The patent discusses the technology to analyze the background noise during your phone call and serve up ads for you based on the environmental conditions Google picks up on. Yeah, that’s creepy.

Drew Olanoff, The Next Web

Image: Affected Ryan on YouTube


Slight Printer Malfunction

Why janitors do murder.


Image via Reddit, where commenter rolfcm106 says of cleanup,
“Easier to move office to another building.”

Brought to my attention by Joe Mannix (Not a Cop) commenting on Ace of Spades

Stanley Lieber Changed the World

Marshaling his childhood ambition to be a writer, young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3 (cover-dated May 1941), using the pseudonym Stan Lee, which years later he would adopt as his legal name. —Wikipedia


Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge
A text only story featuring Captain America and his sidekick Bucky. When Colonel Stevens bounces a soldier out with a dishonorable discharge, the soldier vows revenge. But Steve Rogers overhears the soldier’s vow, and he plans to make sure Captain America and Bucky are there to stop him! Created by Stan Lee. —Gamespot

This story had the first instance of Cap’s ricocheting shield trick.

Banner image c/o

In the ensuing decades, Stan Lee created, co-created, or collaborated in the creation of hundreds, perhaps thousands of characters for Marvel comics. Wikipedia lists hundreds. Stan became the face of Marvel, and its bombastic Barnum-like salesman.

Some wise person (which is to say, I forget who) once said, Stan Lee’s greatest creation was Stan Lee. And he has appeared in-character and in cameo in all the media Marvel has generated, comics, games, television, and film. Continue reading “Stanley Lieber Changed the World”

Ruby Falls


Ruby Falls is a 145 foot (44 m) high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. …

The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave, in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. …


Ruby Falls website

The inspiration for this post:

Moron Robbie, commenting on Ace of Spades 2018 Nov 7
478 Our family went to Ruby Falls over the summer. People have been going there for 100 years. No one knows where the water originates.

I didn’t find anything about “no one knows where the water originates,” and Wikipedia thinks it knows, but in any case, pretty neat.

A Century Since Armistice (updated 2PM)

New material added at the end, as of 2pm CST.

Memorial Bridge, Bartlesville, Oklahoma


The WWI Memorial bridge in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, features decorative pillars with plaques memorializing locals who served during World War I. (Names include my grandfather and other relatives.)


Originally carrying US 60, the main East-West road, it was supplanted by a modern four-lane bridge in the 1960s. The Memorial fell into disrepair. The plaques were removed for preservation. It became laced with graffiti.

Then in the 1990s, a great effort was made to repair and revive it. The graffiti was cleaned away and the bridge got a paint-resistant coating. Lamps on the pillars were repaired and lit again, and the plaques were cleaned up and returned to their rightful positions.

I have some photos of the grand re-opening, somewhere, down in the catacombs. Meanwhile, photos by others.  Postcard from etsy. West End by GMeador on Flickr.

This is a rather hastily-thrown-together post, and I’m grateful for links provided by others, especially on Ace of Spades.

The Last Night

Armistice Day, The Last Night of WWI and a Bridge Into Hell
Patrick K. O’Donnell on Breitbart

Many Americans have no idea why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. Those who know that the holiday began as Armistice Day typically think of it as a day of victory and peace.

However, for those on the ground in Europe the last twenty-four hours before the cessation of hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, that day was nothing less than hell on earth.

Continue reading “A Century Since Armistice (updated 2PM)”

The Ouachitas

Images on this post are hot-linked, subject to implicit permission of sources. If something seems to be missing, please let me know in a comment.

Here is what it looks like here in NorthEast Oklahoma:

66 best images about Osage County, Oklahoma on Pinterest

That photo is actually from the county next to ours, where the terrain is a lot more rugged; it’s flatter where we live.

It’s been a long, long time since I visited here:

Oklahoma Fall in the Ouachita Mountains | Flickr

The Ouachita Mountain Range, located throughout southeastern Oklahoma, is characterized by rolling, rocky terrain and pine-covered hills. The mountains were originally home to the OuachitaTribe and received their name from the Choctaw language ‘ouac’ meaning buffalo and ‘chito’ meaning large.

Prairies stretch across much of Oklahoma, but the state also holds mountain ranges, including the Ouachita Mountains in the southeastern corner. Formed over 300 million years ago, these mountains are a highly eroded remnant of a much larger range, one that may have stretched from Texas into southeastern Canada.
NASA Earth Observatory

November 2, 2009 – Ouachita Mountains —

The Ouachita Mountains extend 186 miles east and west, between Little Rock (Pinnacle Mountain), Arkansas, and Atoka, Oklahoma. Lying south of the Arkansas River and the Ozark Mountains, the Ouachitas include Mount Magazine, Petit Jean, Nebo Mountain, the Fourche Range, the Cossatot Range, Black Fork Mountain, Jackfork Mountain and the Potato Hills. Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain are among the highest points in Arkansas and Oklahoma. … The Talimena Scenic Drive lies entirely within the boundaries of the 1.78 million – acres Ouachita National Forest.
Talimena Scenic Drive

If I remember my High School Geology correctly, the Ouachita range was once higher than the Rockies are today. They are very old, even in geologic terms.

The Ouachita Mountains (/ˈwɒʃɪtɔː/), simply referred to as the Ouachitas, are a mountain range in western Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. They are formed by a thick succession of highly deformed Paleozoic strata constituting the Ouachita Fold and Thrust Belt, one of the important orogenic belts of North America.[1] The Ouachitas continue in the subsurface to the southeast where they make a poorly understood connection with the Appalachians and to the southwest where they join with the Marathon area of West Texas.[1] Together with the Ozark Plateaus, the Ouachitas form the U.S. Interior Highlands.[2] The highest natural point is Mount Magazine at 2,753 feet.[3][4]



Unsolicited, unpaid, unaffiliated, but if they want to send me some candy, I’d not return it.

Bit-O-Honey first appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago. Bit-O-Honey was a new kind of candy bar consisting of six pieces of candy wrapped in wax paper and then packaged in a wrapper. Almond bits embedded in a honey-flavored taffy made for a long- chewing candy. Today, Bit-O-Honey is made by the Pearson Company.

Wish I’d kept track of who linked to Old Time Candy, because I’d tip the ol’ mindful topper to ’em. Fond memories of what kept my childhood dentist busy, and other nostalgic gunk.

Apparently, this isn’t just some nostalgia site. You can buy all this stuff.
BIT-O-HONEY – 1.7 OZ BAR – BOX OF 24 BARS $26.99 Continue reading “Retrospective”

Seven Sticky Sites

too-many-tabsYou work and you work, and you scrub and you scrub, but you just can’t seem to close out all those browser tabs. Old tabs are like old fat, harder to get rid of.

So, here are a half-dozen utterly unrelated items that I have not been able to get around to reading, or blog about, or just close the tab — some of them hanging up my browser for weeks. Now I can just leave this one page open. In no particular order:

Winamp returns in 2019 to whip the llama’s ass harder than ever

winampDevin Coldewey at
h/t Son M

The charmingly outdated media player Winamp is being reinvented as a platform-agnostic mobile audio app that brings together all your music, podcasts and streaming services to a single location. It’s an ambitious relaunch, but the company behind it says it’s still all about the millions-strong global Winamp community — and as proof, the original desktop app is getting an official update as well.

Used to use Winamp exclusively. Moved on years ago.

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster (1909)


Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it’s as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notions including instant messages (email!) and cinematophoes (machines that project visual images). —Paul Rajlich

h/t SMH commenting on Ace of Spades

13 Android Settings You Should Change Now!

android-settings-to-change.jpgPublished by ThioJoe on Tue, 01 Aug 2017

Android has a lot of default settings that might be OK for most people, but there are some that really everyone should change. These might be settings related to privacy, security, or just plain convenience.

IT Professional Single-Handedly Builds Two-Storey House Using YouTube Tutorials

built-own-house-via-online-tutSpooky on Oddity Central, October 2nd, 2018

A young system analyst from Brazil managed to save about half the cost of building a two storey brick house, by doing all the work himself, instead of hiring a professional construction crew. With absolutely no construction experience behind him, he turned to YouTube tutorials and advice from family and friends.

There’s always some hidden extra in stories like this. Like, “advice from family and friends” was how much of the equation versus video tutorials?

Feghoot of the day

wall-o-textTake a look at this work of art from 2013 by Ace of Spades regular contributor WeirdDave on Increasingly Uncommon Common Sense blog and see if you can guess why I haven’t got around to finish reading it.



Leftover Halloween Candy

Not sure who to h/t for this, but it was probably someone on Ace.
Source: PowerlineBlog

Helium, iPhone’s Kryptonite

Why a Helium Leak Disabled Every iPhone in a Medical Facility

Daniel Oberhaus,, Oct 30 2018


The bizarre incident happened during the installation of an MRI machine and was a surprise to everyone except Apple.

…the MRI installation involves supercooling the giant magnet in the machine by boiling off liquid helium. This evaporated helium is usually pumped out of the facility through a vent, but this vent was leaking the helium into the rest of the facility. … helium atoms can wreak havoc on MEMS silicon chips. … Apple recently defected from traditional quartz-based clocks in its phones in favor of clocks that are also made of MEMS silicon. Given that clocks are the most critical device in any computer and are necessary to make the CPU function, their disruption with helium atoms is enough to crash the device. …

h/t Misanthropic Humanitarian on the Ace of Spades Halloween ONT