*Good grief, there’s full Moon, too, Clicky? …/bites lip… There’ll be lunatics abroad tonight…*
As promised in yesterday’s missive, Dear Reader, Cade has very kindly whizzed across the 137th installment of his wonder ramblings for your pleasure. I also mentioned yesterday that today, Friday 13th of September, has a connection with 137. Well, two actually…
… The date when written out UK style is 13/9…
*/Tuts… I haven’t finished yet, Clicky…*
… And 139 is a Twin Prime with 137…
*Told ya… /sticks out tongue…*
… Plus as September is named for ‘seven’, the date can be conceived as 13/7. Then there’s the Alternative Thinking 37 sync…
…Raphael at that site has been thinking deeply and alternatively about ‘137’ for the longest time, and has amassed a 137 treasure trove. Yesterday he published a splendid post, the first in ages. 37 is the 12th Prime and today, of course, is the 37th Friday of 2019…
*Yeah, yeah, and 37 is also the atomic number of ROOB ID, I AM… /smokes… It ain’t about me, Clicky…*
… That’s why I am delighted to be able to present the Text US Okie Devil’s 137th missive for the LoL of it today, Dear Reader…
Didn’t get the job – got the rejection email earlier. No big deal really – been turned down and/or ignored for prolly a thousand jobs over the past few years. But this one I was qualified for somewhat, and, I aced the typing test. 40 wpm average with a 98.5% accuracy on a 5 minute typing test ain’t that bad, especially for someone who typically doesn’t type by sight. In fact, I never type by sight. Like read something, and type it at the same time. I’m quite impressed with my typing test result. That’s no mean feat.
(me being impressed with myself)
Don't ask why I put that there
^DIE KRUPPS ~ Schmutzfabrik^
SO! What’s up over in Merovee land, eh? Was not my intent to kick a hornet’s nest. Just trying to understand what’s being said. Cade is not known for being the sharpest knife in the drawer, and it’s kinda nice to know where he stands.
^Front 242 – Rhythm of Time (Victor the Cleaner)^
From a learning standpoint, how did I just refer to myself? Would that be considered 2nd person? 4th person? Did some reading, and everything on this seems to center around pronouns, but I referred to myself by name.
So yeah...3rd person
I guess in order to refer to yourself in the 4th person, you need both 1st and 3rd person. Wait…didn’t I do that? I used both “Cade” and “he”.
^Jump – Funkatarium^
How long until Trump spins his anti-e-cig/fake news crap as a trap. That’s what I’m wondering. Like, some kind of double-cross to “expose” fake news sources…
Was reading Leg Iron’s latest post, and it really got me to thinking that PT will likely spin it. He’ll have to, assuming the “fake news” angle actually sticks. Where in the fuck did this vaping legislation even come from? Talk about coming from left-field, I woulda been less shocked if to hear that the President was introducing legislation that limited the number of toilet paper sheets citizens could use when wiping their butts. Not to mention, the limited reading that I’ve done is indicative that this is a regional problem. Meaning, the state in question should deal with it, not the Federal government. Something else is going on here, and I don’t think it has anything to do with THC, black market products or even vaping.
^Front 242 – Happiness (Dance Mix By Underworld)^
Kind of a holdover thought from the previous missive, but have you ever been somewhat submerged in water, had something float up next to you, you tried to push it away, and it winds up floating even closer to you? Or you try and pick it up from underneath the water, but it runs away from your hand? Or you try and distance your entire body from it, but it follows you? That’s kinda what I was thinking with respect to a body moving through a space, how to identify other bodies, and how to know how to react to those bodies without becoming unnecessarily entangled with those bodies because of your actions. I was thinking more about inorganic kinds of things, but these concepts aren’t much different in a lot of cases than dealing with organics. Like swatting at a wasp is likely to just irritate the fuck out of it. Same could be said of a leaf in a pool of water.
That’s what I’m thinking of. To relate, the reason that supersonic travel is out, is because it’s destructive as hell. Commercial passenger parabolic space travel isn’t going to be much better. To relate even further, I just looked up some figures for SpaceX’s Falcon rockets.
For Falcon 9: 156.1 ± 4.9 dB (unweighted) at 125 ft.
For Falcon Heavy: 160.9 ± 4.9 dB (unweighted) at 125 ft.
Now, to put that in perspective. Like, those numbers… they need some perspective. Wanna come along?
It's gonna get loud
^Finitribe ‘We Have Come’^
As you can see, @ 156.1 and 160.9 decibels, the Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy rockets are hip deep in the intolerable pool. I think a shotgun blast is around 140 decibels, most commercial aircraft are around 130 decibels, and anything around those numbers and above is where the pain thresholds lay. So if we’re gonna have commercial parabolic space travel carting your tubby ass from Dallas to London in 30 minutes, let’s see what the locals are going to have to deal with.
‘Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1850 flights per day and serving 64 million passengers a year.’
Source = Google – 12 September 2019 @16:22
Now, at 1,850 flights per day for a single airport (D/FW), we kinda need to know what the average passenger load for commercial aircraft is.
What is the average amount of passengers on a plane?
Those numbers look reasonable to me, and it’s something we really need to consider seeing as how, currently, rockets can’t even carry a single person, let alone hundreds. But to be fair, parabolic space flight is likely not the smartest of options for someone traveling from Dallas to Austin or even Dallas to New York. It’s unlikely that 1,850 rockets are going to be blasting off from D/FW each day, so let’s get a bead on the number of international flights that leave from the Metroplex.
‘Overall, DFW Airport has service to 223 destinations, including 56 international and 167 destinations within the United States. Fifteen of the 27 passenger airlines that serve DFW are foreign-flagged, and 12 are domestic.’
Source = Google – 12 September 2019 @ 16:27
That doesn’t tell us much, but some further reading implies that there are 30 flights per week from D/FW to London area airports, which means an average of 4.2 flights per day.
Q: Could we handle 4 rocket launches per day in this area?
No idea, and that’s only the London service. Glass sales are going to go through the fucking roof.
^Skinny Puppy – Tin Omen^
What is the cost effectiveness of devising a system for aircraft that could avoid a bird? What about a system that could avoid an insect? Is that overkill? Altering the course of a 200/300 ton jet just to avoid a mosquito? Especially a mosquito.
Those things suck
^A Split Second – Flesh (Full 12″ Version) (Official video)^
Maybe there’s a balance in the quanta that we are missing. Some something in the ether that knows when and where we are being sloppy as fuck, and maybe where we need to improve in certain areas in order to advance in other areas. Like say… oh, I dunno… maybe in order to increase a certain medical treatment from 30.6% effectiveness to 45.9% effectiveness, all it takes is a reduction of 5% in the number of plants killed by herbicides. That energy has to come from somewhere right? It’s gotta go somewhere too, and there has to be some kind of sustainable something to get it there.
^symphonix – everything you want^
How much of a reduction in life you figure it takes before there’s an implication that life is no longer needed and/or no longer wanted here on our planet. You think it possible that there are solar/galactic/universal audit trails? If so, prolly going to be a lot more audit trails nested in there. Almost like Synthetic CDO’s that are based upon and travel from to and through some base structures. Damn, that sounds like a logistical nightmare. Boy…I sure hope there are some folks thinking in streams like these. Our administration costs could skyrocket if we aren’t somewhat prepared for administratives like that.
For anyone so inclined to wander
^A SPLIT SECOND – MAMBO WITCH (EXTENDED VERSION) 1988^
Joining the galactic community sounds expensive.
Of course, I hear joining the EU is pretty goddamn expensive too.
Apparently, leaving the EU is pretty goddamn expensive as well.
^Story of an Artist by Daniel Johnston^
Hey, Greenpeace! You guys/gals have paid positions?
Greenpeace activists hang from Houston bridge in protest ahead of Democratic debate
I know a guy who is looking for work. He’s OK with heights and types @ 40 wpm.
^B-Movie Nowhere Girl – 1982 (HD extended ver.)^
The time has come…
The time is now…
!!!RANDOM WIKIPEDIA ATTACK!!!!
I don't even know if I remember how to do this, but I'm willing to try
From today’s featured article…
Tahiti Rail – an extinct species of rail that lived on Tahiti. It was first recorded during James Cook’s second voyage around the world (1772–1775), on which it was illustrated by Georg Forster and described by Johann Reinhold Forster. No specimens have been preserved.
Case Closed (Season 11) – The eleventh season of the Case Closed anime was directed by Kenji Kodama and Yasuichiro Yamamoto and produced by TMS Entertainment and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. The series is based on Gosho Aoyama’s Case Closed manga series.
Clarence Stein – an American urban planner, architect, and writer, a major proponent of the Garden City movement in the United States.
Pauline Jani – a Zimbabwean netball player who represents Zimbabwe internationally and plays in the positions of goal keeper and goal shooter. She was a member of the Zimbabwean squad which finished at eighth position during the 2019 Netball World Cup, which was historically Zimbabwe’s first ever appearance at a Netball World Cup tournament.
Donald Meek – a Scottish-American actor. He first performed publicly at the age of eight and began appearing on Broadway in 1903. Meek is perhaps best known for his roles in the films You Can’t Take It with You (1938) and Stagecoach (1939).
Telephone Exchange Building (Norwich, Connecticut) – a historic building at 23 Union Street in downtown Norwich, Connecticut, behind Norwich Town Hall. Built in 1906-07, it was the first purpose-built telephone exchange building in the city, and is a little-altered example of period exchanges built by the Southern New England Telephone Company.
Trechus Flavocinctus – a species of ground beetle in the subfamily Trechinae. It was described by Jeannel in 1922.
¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? – a novelty Christmas song. 12-year-old Augie Rios had a hit with the song in 1958 which featured the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra. Written by George Scheck, Rod Parker, and Al Greiner, and copyrighted in 1958, the copyright was renewed and is owned by Ragtime Music. The song was originally released on MGM Records’ Metro label. The 45 record single was backed with the song “Ol’ Fatso (I Don’t Care Who You Are Old Fatso, Get Those Reindeer Off My Roof).”
Michael Riegler – a retired Liechtenstein alpine skier who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Vapor (Novel) – he second novel by American writer Amanda Filipacchi. It was translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Polish. The novel was praised for an energetic originality showcasing a “prodigious postfeminist talent.”
Bursera – a genus with about 100 described species of flowering shrubs and trees varying in size up to 25 m (82 ft) high. They are native (often for many species endemic) to the Americas, from the southern United States south through to northern Argentina, in tropical and warm temperate forest habitats.
Jay Ansill – a composer and folk musician, known primarily as a Celtic harpist and fiddler. Ansill has released several solo albums including Origami, A Lost World (an adaptation of poems by Robert Graves), and three privately released tributes to The Incredible String Band.
The Apotheosis Of Saint Thomas Aquinas – a 1631 altarpiece painting by Francisco de Zurbarán, now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville. It shows Thomas Aquinas ascending to heaven, surrounded by four other Doctors of the Church.
Alfredo Malerba – an Argentine pianist and musician, producer and screenwriter, with an illustrious career. He wrote tangos such as Besos brujos, Te lloran mis ojos, Canción de cuna, Cuando el amor muere, Un amor, Cosas del amor and Vendrás alguna vez.
Ward No. 14, Kolkata Municipal Corporation – an administrative division of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in Borough No. 3, covering parts of Ultadanga (Murari Pukur) and Bagmari neighbourhoods in North Kolkata, in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Aldwyn Sappleton – a Jamaican track and field athlete, who specialized in middle distance running. He won three medals, including gold in the 1500 metres, at the 1999 CARIFTA Games in Fort-de-France, Martinique. He is also a four-time All-American track and field athlete, while playing for the Oklahoma Sooners, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
I had to sort through missives 001 through 081 to find that formatting. Dunno why I thought there was more to it than that. Oh well, was kinda fun to scan some of the older writings. I’ve discovered that I am somewhat…wordy.
^Anne Clark – Our Darkness^
Speaking of being wordy, ever heard of this?
Me either. Damn interesting tho. Sounds like Van Deusen and Beard were at odds as to exactly what the root cause of this condition was, but it seems they were in agreement that it was related to some kind of detachment or dissociative something. REALLY interesting that it was associated with “anyone who lives within the monetary system” and also a “culture-bound syndrome”. No fucking wonder the condition has been deprecated, redacted and/or relegated to the footnotes. Can’t have people thinking that society and/or monetary systems can make you sick. This was all going on in the big fucking middle of the Industrial Revolution too. Ya think maybe people were lamenting days gone by? Developing a hate for the future via a really fucking nasty and confusing present?
^Killing Joke – Eighties^
Are you fucking shitting me?
Google Says a Change in Its Algorithm Will Highlight ‘Original Reporting’
First Trump appears to kowtow to fake news, and not a day later, Google is changing their algorithm to give precedence to “whoever gets there first”? Are you really trying to tell me that news reporting agencies and media groups aren’t completely inundated with moles and informers who get paid to steal stories/information prior to publication so the competition can scoop them? Not only that, did Google really just throw it’s hat into the peer-reviewed and/or authentication/validation ring? Whoever appears first in the results is authentic/genuine?
Fuckin-a…and I thought I was an idiot for spending my days pondering time-travel and teleportation. You guys are fucking morons. Of course, thinking about it now, there is a flip side. Anyone engaging in journalistic thievery are going to somewhat expose themselves by rushing to print and trying to beat everyone else to publication so that Google will boost them in the rankings. It’ll take some time for all that to shake out tho. Could be a lot of heads roll. I take my earlier thoughts back Google. Well played.
^Nothing in the Sun – Ceremony^
Thinking about that now, there is another downside tho. This could potentially give basically “data monopolies” to certain publishers. I write about all kinds of stuff that I hear in “the news”. Am I no longer allowed to write about it? This kinda smacks of broadcast news back in the 1970s and maybe 1980s. You get the story, or you don’t. If you beat the competition to a story? They may not bother reporting on the story at all.
But yeah, I’m wondering as to what exactly will constitute “originality” within the scope of specific events. Not only that, but how are you going to handle those common courtesy types of references. Like, where USA Today will start off a story with “The New York Times is reporting that…”? Especially when the story devolves to “But CNN has reported that…”.
How you gonna handle shit like that?
In cases like that, the story has become the story itself and the stories themselves, and an entirely new story has emerged as a result of the original reporting on…whatever in the fuck they’re reporting on. Anyway, I would think a purveyor of information (Google) is not going to be able to retain your illusory image of non-bias with a change like this. May as well go ahead an clutter up the empty space on that main Google page with paid advertisements and other bullshit. The cloak of your plain-covered wrapper advertising an unbiased Google is completely blown.
^Belouis Some – Imagination (Official Video) (HD)^
Maybe someone is simply missing their monopolies?
Seeking that olden fyre of yore.
Thing is…was that monopoly ever yours?
Or did you just read about it.
Is “olden” and “yore” in the same sentence…overkill?
Even if I’m purposely attempting to be ironic and/or overly expressive and excessive?
^Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way (Video)^
Much pee pee needs to come out of me.
K…I’m back. I was washing my hands seeing as how I touched my small and filthy penis, and made the mistake of looking in the mirror whilst I swashed my mitts. As I looked at myself, I got to wondering if there are some better glasses frames out there for me. Maybe these black horn-rimmed glasses aren’t the best for a face like mine.
A face like mine
What kind of eyewear would best compliment a face like mine. The only thing that I could come up with that might better compliment my face, is a welding mask. I wonder if they make those welding masks with a prescription-strength glass.
^The Cure – Lullaby (Official Music Video)^
Impossible. Teleportation is impossible. The complete disassembly and reassembly of a lifeform is impossible. There’s no precedent…there are no precedents. There are no models…there’s nothing but science fiction and fantasy.
I agree with you on all counts
On all counts, I agree with you wholeheartedly.
^Billy Idol- Flesh for Fantasy (lyric video)^
Sometimes, there just isn’t enough to talk about in order to accommodate all the images I stumble across. I am wondering how your week was.
How the fuck are you? All of this bullshit is pointless without you, and I have a concern for your well-being. Kind of a passive concern, also a clueless concern, but a concern nonetheless. Been watching a lot of compilation videos lately of road ragers, and you are likely out in that mess day after day. Gotta be rough. Seems like the slightest of things will set someone off, and mistakes on the roadways are strictly taboo. No margins for error. No margins at all based on what I’ve been seeing. I wonder if there are people who get in their cars or on the motorcycles or whatever, and get out on the roadways for the specific purpose of finding someone to get pissed off at.
May wanna keep an eye out for pricks like that
^Lords Of Acid – Take Control^
Speaking of these videos that I’ve been watching, some of the “UK Road Rage” videos are pretty funny, some are downright depressing, but there seems to be an overall theme as to establishing who is right/wrong in a given situation. Like, actively pursuing justice in real time. No court, no judge, no jury, no law…have this out, right fucking here, right fucking now.
This isn’t endemic to just and only the UK, but on watching these videos, I woulda assumed that British drivers would be a tad more friendly, and MUCH more forgiving than drivers in America. Small roads, narrow roads, close quarters, lots of twists and turns, lots of intercepts and crossings, few lanes, and MANY more types of vehicles operating in the same environment, not mention lots of pedestrians. Seems like you’d almost have to be a friendly and forgiving person to survive in such an environment.
That appears to not be the case. What really stands out tho? The curses. I’ve watched enough of these vids now to kinda get the feeling that the first word(s) out of a driver’s mouth on the video is indicative of where that person is from.
Ewe steeyoupid iddy-ought
(you stupid idiot...trying to emulate the accent...tee hee)
What the hell?!
Upon watching vid after vid, trends began to appear. I could only assume that people from a certain area have more of a propensity to respond a certain way, or call someone a certain something, based on the regional dialect. “Bellend” was the one that kinda got me to thinking, as it appeared that maybe people in the northern regions were more apt to use this word first. Not that I am an expert in British accents, but I do try and keep my ears open/be mindful of them. Was also kinda surprised that the use of “bollocks” is rare in these vids. Did hear it a few times tho. Anyway, just thought that language thing was kinda interesting.
^Deadmau5 + Kaskade – Move For Me [Extended Mix] (1080p) || HD^
Oooooh!!!! I fucking LIKE that one. Wanna see what it looks like at a faster speed? Me too, but I’m not gonna add it here. You wanna speed it up yourself? Right click the link, copy image address, go here, paste the link address in the box, upload the image, and tinker with the speeds to your heart’s content. I’m gonna warn you in advance tho, that one does not speed up well. Speed seemed to cap for me at about 1000%. I’m sure an image with less frames would do better, and at 120 frames total, that image is a shade beefy.
^A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)^
This post is now about…images.
^LaTour – People Are Still Having Sex^
This post is now about…images.
Anyone have any interest in…images?
^Tragic Error – Tanzen 1989 (original clip edited, HQ sound)^
This post is now about…images.
Anyone have any interest in…images?
Reflective surfaces…your proximity to them…what is it?
^A Split Second – Muscle Machine^
This post is now about…images.
Anyone have any interest in…images?
Reflective surfaces…your proximity to them…what is it?
Reflective surfaces…your interest in them…what is it?
Which reminds me, anyone else notice all the “asteroid” and “asteroid close approach” news lately? It’s been almost daily for several weeks now. Is someone trying to tell us in a roundabout way that some new NEO tracking system has come online and it’s now not only being used, but being used to great effect? If so, I can only imagine how much bad news is ahead, and not just and only the operating costs. Guess I could search for press releases regarding any new tracking systems, but it just seems weird that some new asteroid is in the news almost every goddamn day.
Weird things are strange
^OMC – How Bizarre^
Is it just me? Or do we have a discrepancy between this and this?
Thought maybe I’d be clever and see if there was a song named 137, or maybe a song centered around 137, but found those tones instead. Listened to the first to see how clear it was, then checked the second to see how clear it was, and immediately noticed there was a discrepancy between the two. Wanna see how bad it is? Do this:
- Open the first video in one tab, pause it, then open the second video in a second tab and pause it as well.
- Once you have both vids open, start playing the first vid, pop over to the other tab and start playing the second vid.
- You should hear some oscillation with both vids playing at the same time.
If you wanna play further, open that second link in a tab, then open this in another tab. You’ll get a similar oscillation, but it’ll be different because one is a sine wave, and the other is a square wave, whereas the first two were both sine waves.
^Kevin Seconds – 137 Song^
Hope your Friday the 13th is and/or was a good one.
cYa | cFa
^The Human League – Being Boiled [Original Maxi Single]^
*Cade’s also written a post for his own site, Clicky?*
5 thoughts on “Missive From ‘Merica: Missive #137”
I’ve read about two types of (fictional) teleportation (aside from the ol’ beam me up Scotty type).
One of them actually transported the physical body, but you had to be unconscious to go through it. In the moment of transportation, when the physical body is disassembled then reassembled, the mind is free of all physical constraints. Conscious, it experiences infinity in a moment and comes out the other side completely crazy.
The other didn’t transport anything. It made an absolutely perfect atom-for-atom replica of the traveller at the destination, then destroyed the original. The ethics in that one are a minefield, but it does make for an interesting story idea – what if the original escapes after the copy is made?
Neither is possible with modern knowledge, but the ‘replica’ method might be more feasible than disassembly – beam all the bits somewhere – reassembly.
I don’t think I’d travel in either one though…
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That would be the Stephen King short story, ‘The Jaunt’…
That is an interesting story idea. What if the replica person starts to disintegrate because the escaped original is still alive?
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I’m familiar with both of those types as well, One is illustrated in Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”, and the other is illustrated somewhat in that movie “The Prestige”, cept a little weird how they pull it off in that movie. There’s a similar concept in that movie “The 6th Day”, but again kinda different.
Regardless, I guess I think a lot about how “time travel” and “teleportation” would likely have to be figured out somewhat simultaneously, and that’s a tall order, so I think primarily about the time travel that we already know somewhat + how to move through it in various ways without being some poison pill. Would suck to figure all that crap out, only to come face to face with some interstellar guardian that slaps the shit out of me for unauthorized access to restricted pathways.
The time travel that we know somewhat is the now, and we expend a lot of energy and resources to move through that time via our own methods. That kinda makes me think that both matter and time are some kind of gooey sludge that is by and large pretty goddamn difficult to navigate. That said, there’s all kinds of neato stuff that we can see that seems to move pretty well, and we keep getting these glimpses of things that are moving in ways we only previously could have never imagined. That’s kinda lead me to believe that there are some ways to “teleport” without really teleporting at all. Not in the ways that we currently think of teleportation anyway. Positioning is one. Being in the right place at the right time for some tumblers to align, here and there coexist in the same relative space, and off you go. (that’s the short version) Something like what they explored in Stargate, except nothing mechanical/no middleman.
And it may sound grim, but I’ve also wondered if death itself may be a form a teleportation. I myself am still kinda in the grey areas regarding life after death and reincarnation and similar, but some of the reading that I’ve done over the past few years have kinda revealed that this might actually be a damn good way to get around the Universe. A transfer of energy from A to B, B to C, and so on. There was some guy I read about who did some research on body weight at the time of death, and it seems to me he calculated the soul weighed 21 grams or 23 grams or something like that? Anyway, there appeared to be a weight change at the moment of death. With the advent of batteries, we know that a fully charged battery will not bounce, where as an empty/dead battery will bounce. Maybe there’s something going on to try and keep that charged battery here? Let the empty/dead one go?
Of course, there’s all kinds of crap in your way, and especially if you’ve got your heart set on a specific destination that requires you survive a certain amount of time here. Not to mention that a global calamity and/or global catastrophe could cause one hell of a sudden population problem elsewhere in the cosmos. That only need happen a few times to cause someone higher up the chain maybe rethink the process.
Guess I’ve been thinking about the Bible and some other old texts too much lately. Lots of stuff in those writings that seem to hint and maybe something just like that could be going on. Earth being a staging area or rest stop or whatever prior to moving on? Seems possible I guess. I’ve no idea.
^Ohgr – Lusid^
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It was indeed Full Moon. I had a look because I was awake. But I nearly missed it. Fortunately, I have got back into the habit of popping Black Grapes and consequentially avoided my usual bout of depression which normally tells me when it is happening.
Glad I didn’t miss this one. I won’t be here next time.
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I saw it too. The weather has been lovely today and the sky this evening has been clear of cloud 😀