Monday, October 31, 2022

Geography Div (Trick or Treat subsection)

 It's that day (or night) again when the little ghosts and goblins will be knocking on neighborhood doors and extorting sweets from the populace. What are they going to get? Depends on where you live, eh?

Saturday, October 29, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Talk about weird group names ... The Purple Headed Cobras doing Lonesome Without You at the 2022 festival in Galax, VA.

Bailey Coe: guitar, Ruth Shumway: fiddle, Andy Lowe: banjo, Joe Hannabach: bass and Gregg Welty: mandolin

Monday, October 24, 2022

Geography Div (Broken Treaty subsection)

Imagine what our Congress would look like if the "Indian Territories" negotiated over the years were states of the union. 

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Monday, October 17, 2022

Geography Div (Population adjustment subsection)

 Here's an interesting redraw of the USA where every state has (more or less) the same population.

by u/mikevago

Methodology: I tried to respect existing state borders wherever possible (which is why you get a few western states chained together that are pretty spread out geographically). I got my data from the US Census’ very cool county-by-county 2020 population map, and the only counties I had to break up were Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

The average population of the states is 6.6 million, and most of these are within half a million of that. Brooklyn is the biggest outlier at 6153515; West Texas is the largest at 6894256.

And some state abbreviations you may be unfamiliar with (West to East):

PC is Pacifica (Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam)
CN/CC/CS are North, Central, and South California (flipped the abbreviation to avoid confusion with the Carolinas)
NG is Los aNGeles (since LA was already taken)OC is Orange County
WT/ET is East/West Texas
DL is Dallas
HU is Houston
NF/CF/SF is North/Central/South Florida (the southernmost part of Florida is part of Puerto Rico)
PT is Pennsyltucky
NY is Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Jersey City
BK is Brooklyn, Staten and Long Islands
MD is still Maryland, and includes Washington DC.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Heard this on the radio yesterday, nice song. Wildfire doing Quiet Country Town.

Robert Hale - Guitar, Curt Chapman - Bass, Johnny Lewis - Banjo, Matt DeSpain - Dobro, 
and Scott Napier - Mandolin

Monday, October 10, 2022

Geography Div (view thru the windshield subsection)

 Having driven on the left for nearly six years, it took a while to get used to the majority view.

Several countries have tried to "phase in" driving on the right, but starting with the lorries first didn't work out too well.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Spending a week in Arizona, so thought I'd give some space to a favorite "local" band, The Sonoran Dogs.

Here they are from the Pickin' in the Pines festival held in Flagstaff last year doing Footprints in a Song.

  • Peter McLaughlin – guitar / vocals, Mark Miracle – mandolin/vocals. Tyler James (Walls) – banjo / vocals. ... Brian Davies – upright bass / vocals.
  • Sorry - couldn't find anything on the fiddler.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

One of my favorite groups, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen doing the title track from their new album, Hold On.

Frank Solivan - Mandolin and lead vocal, Mike Munford - Banjo, Chris Luquette - Guitar and Jeremy Middleton - Bass