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The Last Holden Has Been Built In Australia

It’s a sad day for those of us who liked knowing that there was a company building big, V8-powered beasts, just like here in America, down at the bottom of the Earth. The company was GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden, and today they finished their very last car.

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150th Anniversary of the Alaska Purchase

On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas

Wara Art Festival 2017 Time-Lapse

The Wara Art Festival in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture is a showcase for art, but it’s also a harvest festival. Giant sculptures are constructed of rice straw leftover for this year’s rice harvest.

The Wara Art Festival all started in 2006 when the local district reached out to Musashino Art University to seek guidance on transforming their abundant amount of rice straw into art. And in 2008, the very first Wara Art Festival was held. Since then, every year the school sends art students up to Niigata to assist in creating sculptures made out of rice straw. The festivities have ended but the sculptures are on display through October 31, 2017.

In this video, watch students from Musashino Art University build one of the sculptures for 2017.   

 

and in St. Louis

Meanwhile, aboard the Space Station

Astronauts aboard the @Space_Station captured this amazing image of the Moon’s shadow over the U.S. during #SolarEclipse2017.

Total Solar Eclipse 1979

The Great American Eclipse

Sorry about the ads, was worth it to see this… 

It will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years (last one was in the 1979). The next total solar eclipse visible over the continental U.S. will be on April 8, 2024, which is 7 years away.

73rd Annual Gerry Rodeo

Gerry Rodeo

2017 Gerry Rodeo

73rd Annual Rodeo August 2 – August 5, 2017

Wednesday thru Saturday Evening Performances   8:00 P.M.

Saturday Afternoon Performance   2:00 P.M.

Famous Beef Barbeque Dinners  Each Evening   5:00-7:30 P.M.

– Click to see the brochure

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentines Day

Close this port!

A grey-hat hacker going by the name of Stackoverflowin has pwned over 150,000 printers that have been left accessible online. For the past 24 hours, Stackoverflowin has been running an automated script that searches for open printer ports and sends a rogue print job to the target’s device. The script targets IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) ports, LPD (Line Printer Daemon) ports, and port 9100 left open to external connections. From high-end multi-functional printers at corporate headquarters to lowly receipt printers in small town restaurants, all have been affected. The list includes brands such as Afico, Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Oki, and Samsung. The printed out message included recommendations for printer owners to secure their device. The hacker said that people who reached out were very nice and thanked him. The printers apparently spew out an ASCII drawing of a robot, along with the words “stackoverflowin the hacker god has returned. your printer is part of a flaming botnet… For the love of God, please close this port.” The messages sometimes also include a link to a Twitter feed named LMAOstack.

St. Joseph Lighthouse

Photographer Joshua Nowicki captured photographs of the St. Joseph lighthouse at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Michigan and it’s beautifully (and completely) covered in ice. And because the thick icicles that accentuate the lighthouse are angled back from the strong winds, it looks like an alien sculpture that’s frozen in time.

This sort of crazy icy effect happens a lot to various structures when the cold hits but that doesn’t make it not stunning to see. You can see more photos from Nowicki here. They’re absolutely lovely.

72nd Annual Gerry Rodeo

Gerry Rodeo

2016 Gerry Rodeo

72nd Annual Rodeo August 3 – August 6, 2016

Wednesday thru Saturday Evening Performances   8:00 P.M.

Saturday Afternoon Performance   2:00 P.M.

Famous Beef Barbeque Dinners  Each Evening   5:00-7:30 P.M.

– Click to see the brochure

Website

The Thrill Is Gone… RIP B.B. King

Riley "BB" King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

Riley “BB” King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

B.B. King, 15-time Grammy Award winner, member of the Rock and Roll and Blue Foundation halls of fame, has passed at 89.  Lucille has been widowed.

B.B., a name morphed from his Disc Jockey name at WDIA, Beale Street Blues Boy, has been a resounding voice in blues since the early 40s.  His style, and Lucille, are some of the most famous names in blues.

The story of Lucille:

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RIP Prince

Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Wikipedia Article

Hate to, but:

“But life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.”

― Prince, 1999

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentines Day

Miss you already Roddy

I am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all outta bubblegum.

R.I.P Roddy Piper (April 17, 1954 – July 30, 2015)

71st Annual Gerry Rodeo

Gerry Rodeo

2015 Gerry Rodeo

71st Annual Rodeo August 5 – August 8, 2015

Wednesday thru Saturday Evening Performances   8:00 P.M.

Saturday Afternoon Performance   2:00 P.M.

Famous Beef Barbeque Dinners  Each Evening   5:00-7:30 P.M.

– Click to see the brochure

Website

The Thrill Is Gone… RIP B.B. King

Riley "BB" King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

Riley “BB” King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

B.B. King, 15-time Grammy Award winner, member of the Rock and Roll and Blue Foundation halls of fame, has passed at 89.  Lucille has been widowed.

B.B., a name morphed from his Disc Jockey name at WDIA, Beale Street Blues Boy, has been a resounding voice in blues since the early 40s.  His style, and Lucille, are some of the most famous names in blues.

The story of Lucille:

Read more »

45th Anniversary of Apollo 13

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

The flight was commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. “Jack” Swigert as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module Pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for the original CM pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded by the flight surgeon after exposure to German measles.

Apollo 13: Lovell, Swigert, Haise

Apollo 13: Lovell, Swigert, Haise

Original crew photo. Left to right: Lovell, Mattingly, Haise

Original crew photo. Left to right: Lovell, Mattingly, Haise

This is the insignia of the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission.

This is the insignia of the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission.

RIP James Best

James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane

James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane

James Best (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015) was an American actor, who in six decades of television is best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also worked as an acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician.

Best was born as Jules Franklin Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926. His mother was the sister of Ike Everly, the father of the pop duo The Everly Brothers. After his mother died in 1929, the three-year-old James was sent to live in an orphanage. He was later adopted by Armen Best (1897-1984) and his wife Essa (1896-1988) and went to live with them in Corydon, Indiana. He served honorably in the United States Army Air Forces as a gunner on a B-17 bomber during World War II.

James Best on Frontier

James Best on Frontier

James Best on Twilight Zone

James Best on Twilight Zone