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Shoah

A long time ago, the documentary "Shoah" was released in theatres. For a variety of reasons, chief among them the fact that it was made without period footage, I wasn't interested at the time. As so often happens, the things that one could have had easily and cheaply when young become the things which are diffiult and costly to attain when older. For the past ten years or so, I have been trying to see this in a movie house. I'm aware that it's available on DVD and streaming video, but I want to watch it in a theatre. That's probably not rational, but that's how it is.

One of the difficulties in this is the tendency of art house theatres to leave their old webpages up forever. Searching for "Shoah screening" turns up results all the way back to 2000 or so. There's even one outfit in New York who retroactively made web pages for their pre-www showings, all the way back to 1985. A lot of the result headers don't tell you the date, so you have to inspect each page. Every six months or so, though, I get desperate and go looking. This January, literally two days too late, I went online and did a search, and found out that there was a mass world-wide showing scheduled for Jan 26-27, to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz. I could just *bite* someone.

Anyway, is there any sort of centralized resource that would list showings in advance? Does anyone know? Fandango has an "alerts" thing, but only for theatres in a zip code. You can't do out-of-town searches. Any help is appreciated. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/174128.html
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Strange Days Indeed!

So, Israel, Bahrain, and the Emirates all sitting down at the White House to make peace. Likewise for Serbia and Kosovo. Kosovo recognizing Israel, and Serbia moving their embassy to Jerusalem. The dominoes are beginning to topple, and for the first time in a *long* time, they're falling in our direction. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/173974.html
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Etruscan Grand Prix

So, we finally had a GP from Mugello. I had been certain that it was used once before, although apparently that was wrong. It seems to have hosted testing sessions once, which I suppose is what I was remembering. A lovely track nonetheless, with a long high speed straight. They had, hands down, the very best rendition of "Fratelli d'Italia" that I've ever heard.

Sadly, it turned into a bit of a demolition derby. The first big one with Verstappen you could kind of see coming, when they were packing his engine management unit full of ice before the race. I'm sure the crew didn't expect it to die quite that quickly, but still... It's sad that electronics so dominate racing design these days, but I suppose it's inevitable. The big pile-up on the restart was just plain dumbassery.

It was celebrated as Ferrari's one thousandth F1 race under the current system, although certainly not their one thousandth GP, and I have my doubts about the count anyway, considering that for 1952-53 F1 was more or less suspended in favour of the F2 rules. They have, however, raced in every points-system F1 race except the very first one, the British GP for 1950.

They painted their cars a deep blood-red, which I'd have called Maserati red, but was apparently Ferrari's original 1950 paint scheme, which I'd not known. Both the Scuderia's drivers finished in the points, which was at least a nice consolation prize in a somewhat lacklustre year. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/173585.html
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Meanwhile, in North Korea

It's the chalk mines for you, honourable North Korean Grandpa!

“North Korea has been sending senior citizens and students into a mine in Chagang Province [...] The mine is currently operating at full capacity, with laborers working in 22 hour shifts every day under the supervision of the mine’s management.”

That's completely insane. They're being worked to death, basically like ants. It simply adds to the irony that this is being done to build a hospital, of all things. And WTF is "processed gemstone powder"? Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/173342.html
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Meanwhile...

The President of Zambia's lucky dead fish has turned up missing.

Professor Ngoma said the CBU will use all available available at the institution’s disposal to ensure that the person who ate Mafishi is found and brought to book.

“If means calling the FBI or CIA to investigate this matter, we will do that,” said Professor Ngoma.

And CBU Student Union president Lawrence Kasonde called on the police to help investigate how Mafishi went missing.
Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/173082.html
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Scoundrels, and Farmers

Yeehaw!! Lock 'em up! I am sick to death of all this 'woke' chaos and violence.

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I'm probably going to hell for laughing about this, but... Some bureaucrat somewhere, anonymous and faceless in the vast North Korean instrumentality, decided that it would cheer everyone up if apple farmers gave all the apparatchiks in Pyongyang a kilo of free early apples. Now. Notwithstanding that the apples aren't really ready yet, and most of the crop got ruined by the typhoon anyway. Apparently all of the apple growers are standing there with this deer in the headlights look.

And how miserable must that place be, anyway, if you can buy people's loyalty with a few pounds of apples?

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So, whilst poking through the John Deere catalogue, the 1775NT corn and bean planter (furrows, plants, fertilizes, applies insecticide, and closes - everything in one pass, 24 rows at a time, each row individually controlled) which is what the guy who farms in back of us uses, retails for $250,000. That's just the tow-behind implement. You still need a huge, modern tractor to pull and control it. I'm amazed. I'd not have suspected anything close to that. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/172901.html
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Twisting and Weaving

Bowl of Tomatoes

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The big purple glass bowl is more than halfway filled with tomatoes! Lots of the weird-looking yellow teardrop ones too. Apparently the heat and rain were just right, as we had a ton of them just come ripe all at once.

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Thistle blossom

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A blossom of Canadian thistle. It's classed as a noxious weed, but still I think it's lovely to look at.

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Cropdusting biplane

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Cropduster dude came around, apparently spraying for bugs. I thought at first that it was something to do with the air show planned for Saturday, but he was just spraying.

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Opaque green chrysalis

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A lovely jade-coloured chrysalis. I *think* it's going to be a Monarch butterfly. We'll find out for sure in a few days.

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Some sort of berries

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Some sort of little berries. These are growing everywhere this year. In the background is a solitary yew berry.

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So, summer dwindles to its close. In many respects, it was a rotten summer. I didn't get to attend a single fair, not even the State Fairs. No fur cons, no Egg Festival Parade, and I even had to miss the Indianapolis Five Hundred :P

On the good side, though, I saw vast amounts of baby birds, and indirectly helped their parents to raise them. There are still butterflies, and weird and beautiful plants to enjoy. I had a baby Raccoon come in the yard. And the lunatic in the biplane blasting past 25 feet over my head :)

And there's a few weeks left yet. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/172718.html
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Tractor time!

W00t! Got my new tractor! It's got some improvements over the old one. For one, there's an engine clock, to show you how many hours it's run, and to remind you to service it. There's also a very clever attachment port on the mower deck, which allows you to couple a hose to it, and wash out the inside of the deck. Hook up the hose, and run the deck for a few minutes to clean out all of the grass, etc. I love that! No more running it up on blocks and spraying underneath with a hose. The implement reverse button (allows you to put the machine in reverse without shutting down the power takeoff) is upgraded to a big yellow one, from its previous status as a tiny, black, unmarked one.

I don't especially like the new-style seat^1 (I'll be putting the old one on it), and the fuel window in the tank has been replaced by a meter that connects to a float indicator ^2. I'm not sure whether that's bad or good. This is easier to read at a glance, but the tank window was pretty much foolproof, and let you see directly what you had.

All of the attachment points seem to be the same, so the old attachments should go on the new one just fine.

Sadly, it rained last night, and the sun has yet to come out today, so I can't mow just yet.


^1 I think I'm not alone in that. The dealer had this prominent display of aftermarket seats.

^2 And apparently *just* replaced. The manual still shows the old style window there. Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/172484.html