Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sterling Ditch Tunnel Hike

sterling_ditch_lunch_view_thumb.jpgIn 1877 four hundred Chinamen dug a 26½ mile long ditch to bring water from the Little Applegate River to the Sterling Mine. We hiked about three miles along that ditch today.

sterling_ditch_in_the_tunnel_thumb.jpgAt one point, just to save time, they dug a 100-foot tunnel through a ridge. Naturally, we had to crawl through it.
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On the way back we saw some fair sized madrone trees.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Tab Clearing

A few bits of bright news that got drowned out by the stupid news about the stupid Chechens in the stupid city of Boston.

On Monday morning Lisa Fabrizio penned a brief but brilliant screed which deserves more attention than it got.

Tuesday The New York Sun explained why the phrase "value of gold" sounds like the screech of chalk on a blackboard.

On Thursday Brigid, perhaps inspired by some pictures in the Daily Mail, wrote about crosswind landings, and Murphy's Law, inspired by another Brighid, went shopping for a DC-3.

And on Friday Greg called my attention to the good blogger Borepatch who noted the final toast of Doolittle's four surviving Raiders. Go watch the trailer.

And forget the stupid news.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Push the Envelope

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If you don't get audited now and then you're not really trying.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Thatcherism Lives!

Boris Johnson taunts the taunters.
Ding dong, the Soviet Union is dead!
Ding dong, communism is dead! ...

Ding dong! Old Labour’s dead! The Labour Party has given up its ridiculous belief in the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange — the slogan that used to be printed on the back of every party membership card. Ding dong, Clause Four is dead as a dodo.

But I tell you what, my little Left-wing friends, and all you who think it amusing to break out the champagne at the death of an 87-year-old woman. There is one thing that is alive and well — and that is Thatcherism.
Read it all.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

In the Mail Today

Alina_Ibragimova.jpgMore from Alina Ibragimova. Nikolay Roslavets: Violin Concertos.

I already have most of the well-known concertos: a half dozen Sibeliuses, three or four Beethovens, Mendelssohns, Tchaikovsky, etc....

From now on I will be going further and further afield. Roslavets I hadn't heard of before now, and I was prepared to be underwhelmed. But the third movement of the 1st, I sat up and listened.... This is good. Real good.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Insourcing, Resourcing, Outsourcing

This is just plain weird.
Indian textile manufacturer Alok Industries is planning to open its first textile mill in the U.S., in an effort to save money on energy costs, a company executive said....

The mill, which would spin U.S.-grown cotton into yarn or thread, would be a major shift in the textile industry. For years the U.S. has shipped its cotton to mills overseas for processing, and then imported the finished products. Mr. Agarwaal said Alok's mill would spin the U.S. cotton and export the yarn to weaving and sewing factories in Latin America.

He said Alok chose the U.S. for its access to cotton....
But more than that:
"Energy is driving [the decision]," he said.
So let me see if I got this right. We have cheap energy and raw materials and cheap (robot) labor but we still need sweatshops but Indian sweatshops are too expensive so hello, Mañuel Labor!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

More On Thatcher

Peter Robinson has a nice little essay on Margaret and Ron.

And in the blogosphere Stoaty Weasel has some thoughts on
the very public ugliness triggered by Maggie’s death. Out of all proportion to anything she actually did.
Read it all, and maybe buy a coffee cup.

Others in my corner who noted her passing include Port Swiller, Creaky Pavilion, Terrance, Jim Wickre, Murphy's Law, Tam, Lumberjack, Borepatch, and of course Jean Kaufman.

Even John Derbyshire, in The American Spectator of all places, although as the "grandchild of two coal miners" his thoughts are nuanced.

And finally, an Editorial of The New York Sun recommends that you watch this video on youtube.com. I concur. Go, watch it. And then tell me that this wasn't one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher R.I.P.

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1925-2013

We will post a link to a suitable obituary when we find one.

In the meantime, you could do worse than read Claire Berlinski's There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.

Update: No decent obituaries yet, but a good editorial in The Wall Street Journal.

More: From Paul Johnson, also in The Wall Street Journal.

Obituary: Here is a suitable one.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gotta Get Me Some Of This

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