No sanction, no assistance

…the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
(…) May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy

From George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 18 August 1790
Moses Seixas to George Washington, August 17, 1790 From George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 18 August 1790

Details here. Additional background there: Haven – From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, an exhibition at the Library of Congress and permanent exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Safety… Third

That guy is Mike Rowe. He says it even better in his reply to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News: ‘Dirty Jobs’ guy says Safety Third is “a conversation worth having”.
More from wher this came from at Defenitively not the motto of this famous youtube guy.

I found this while investigating the meaning of the sticker this other guy (his website) had on his workbench.

French Guys, you better check zis:

Depuis le 1er mars 1994, l’article 223-1 du Code pénal prévoit que : « Le fait d’exposer directement autrui à un risque immédiat de mort ou de blessures de nature à entraîner une mutilation ou une infirmité permanente par la violation manifestement délibérée d’une obligation particulière de sécurité ou de prudence imposée par la loi ou le règlement est puni d’un an d’emprisonnement et de 15000 euros d’amende. »

Old snowshoe

Photo: Roman Clara/Bolzano regional government
Photo: Roman Clara/Bolzano regional government

World oldest, dating late Neolithic age, between 3,800 and 3,700 BC (5,800 years ago). Discovered by chance in 2003 at an altitude of 3,134 metres (10,280ft) on the Gurgler Eisjoch glacier… by an eminent dotore of Italy’s Istituto Geografico Militare. Just 500 years older than “Ötzi“, whose body was found not far away, according to “officials at a Bolzano (ITA) conference, it belongs to Otzi’s grandad

    Let’s be technical here a few seconds here:

  • Ötzi was found on 19 September 1991 “at 3210 m above sea level near Tisenjoch/Giogo di Tisa in the Schnalstal/Val Senales Valley” (according to South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano), on the Hauslabjoch (according to Wikipedia), “between Fineilspitze and Similaun in the Ötztal Alps” (Wikipedia). There is a memorial (detail) is located nearby (well, this is crowbased data, so YMMV: someone pointed out that the geodata for the detail picture is falsh). OSM data (sic) shows the “exact location” (exakte Ötzi-Fundstelle) where the body was discovered at 46.7793692/10.8404561. This is consitent with the other geographical reference used when relating to the area of the discovery : Finailspitze (sometimes spelled Fineilspitze, in Italian: Punte de Finaile), 3514m, is the nearest summit to the West and ‪(Kleiner) Similaun‬, 3363m, the nearest to the East. A mountain lodge called ‪Rifugio Similaun‬ (German: Similaunhütte) is located between the monument and Similaun, and Hauslabjoch is symmetrically located between the monument and Fineilspitze.
  • The snowshoe was found “near a pass on Gurgler Eisjoch glacier” – not sure where the glacier is, but OSM geodata for the Gurgler Eisjoch‬ pass has 46.7687911/11.0048965 for coordinates, with an altitude of 3134m

Both locations are not far from the Ötztaler Hauptkamm, a very high mountain range, one of the few things in the area which are in the same place since 3,800 BC and currently marking the border between the present states of Italy and Österreich (“Eastern Empire”, Austria). Using Andrew Hedges‘ JavaScript page based on the Haversine Formula (details and other calculator here), we compute the distance to be 12.58 km (Ötzi being West, and snowshoe East). So, yes, not very far. I would say 2 days away (walking). A few minutes in helicopter, weather (an pilot nerves) permitting, of course.

News on Bolzano’s “Iceman” museum website. The initial source (other than Bolzano’s museum piece, but as the pres conference was suposedly in bolzano, I believe they knew all about it, no?) is an article in The Telegraph (September 12, 2016): World’s oldest snowshoe found on a glacier in Italy’s Dolomites. But I like this one better: Shoe that lay in prof’s office is nearly 6,000 years old.
Question, why is The Telegram the unique single source? After all it is the newspaper who published “Oetzi the Iceman may have been ceremonially buried” (signed by Nick Squires, 26 Aug 2010). Much more interesting than:

The copper used to make Ötzi’s axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume. His murder over 5,000 years ago seems to have been brought about due to a personal conflict a few days before his demise, and the man from the ice, despite his normal weight and active life-style, suffered from extensive vascular calcification.

From South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano: Ötzi – a treacherous murder – with links to Central Italy


[On] February 27th, 2010, (…) in Constitución, Chile (…) a magnitude of 8.8 (…) quake and the tsunami it produced completely crushed the town. By the time it was over, more than 500 people were dead, and about 80% of the Constitución’s buildings were ruined.
As part of the relief effort, an architecture firm called Elemental was hired to create a master plan for the city, which included new housing for people displaced in the disaster. But the structures that Elemental delivered were a radical and controversial approach toward housing.
They gave people half of a house. (…)
The approach has its roots in a building methodology made popular by the 1972 essay, “Housing is a Verb,” by architect John F.C. Turner. Turner made the case that housing ought not be a static unit that is packaged and handed over to people. Rather, housing should be conceived of as an ongoing project wherein residents are co-creators.

From: Half a House – 99% Invisible
As pointed out by Jason Kottke, “they’ve built How Buildings Learn into the process of home ownership”. More posts related to HBL.


La tempête (1810?) – Auteur anonyme

Je m’en vais de par la ville,
Pour y faire mes adieux ;
Mes adieux à toutes les filles
Qui ont pour moi les larmes aux yeux,
Ainsi qu’à ma bonne amie
Qui pleure pour son amoureux.

Nous sommes cinq frères sous les armes,
Tous les cinq bien distingués :
Brise Barrière et Tranche Montagne,
Traverse Murs et Sans Quartier !
Et moi qui me nomme La Tempête,
Je suis partout renommé.

Mon grand-père était gendarme,
Mon père était lieutenant.
J’ai deux frères dans l’avant-garde,
Les deux autres sont au Piémont ;
Et moi qui me nomme La Tempête,
Je suis chasseur de renom.

Nous aurons pour récompense
Quelque boulet de canon
Qui nous brisera les membres
Et nous mettra sans façon
Par derrière nos tranchées :
Nous servirons de gazon.

Nous aurons pour récompense
Quelque boulet de canon
Qui nous brisera la tête :
Morts de mauvaise façon !

Une de ces chansons qui se retrouve aussi bien dans les milieux anarchistes ou anti-militariste que sur les CD de promos de saint Cyr!

Ours des Pyrénééées

  • nounours09: Cet inconnu – il n’y a que sur PT qu’on peut parler d’Ours sans s’eng…
  • Le camembert de l’Ours (meilleur que le vray camenbair des zalpes) – un article du site (belge!) La Buvette des Alpages, “L’actualité des brebis et de tout ce qui tourne autour” un site qui parle de la sauvegarde de l’ours des Pyrénées, de la cohabitation entre le pastoralisme et les prédateurs, de la faune de montagne et de l’environnement.
  • L’Ours des Pyrénées, entre mythe et réalité (Association Patrimoine Seixois)
  • Les Territoires du Patrimoine, Réinvention du «terroir» et politiques de patrimonialisation en Couserans, Arnauld Chandivert, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Comparatives en Ethnologie – CERCE, université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, Mars 2007

    Rotate EXIF

    (Drawing by Calvin Hass, published on his page: JPEG Rotation and EXIF Orientation)

    Solution: exiftran.

    To autorotate all jpeg files in the current directory:
    exiftran -ai *.jpeg


    I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts I went to the woods (sea) because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

    – Henry David Thoreau


    Why I think Tesla is building throwaway cars, by Russell “Syonyk” Graves.
    Tesla is inventing everywhere. And letting owners tinker with their cars as you do with your VW Type 1 is a no go.
    You get what you pay for. You can’t have both warranty and servicing (with the implied promise that your car will always be as good as advertized) and the ability to DIY for cheap. Because a Tesla (and more and more products which interact with a central system) is not a stand-alone device but a terminal.
    Of course you can still tinker with your Tesla (there is possibly some legal technicalities here). However, you won’t have any warranty, and the parts that rely on the central system wont work. Which, incidentally, mean that the whole car wont work.
    Even thought the purpose of government is the protection of property, and if you can’t fix it you don’t own it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy a Tesla. Or wait a hundred years.