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Oct 21

On Monday, KMR got together for a good old fashioned punkin party. Ambre’s mom was nice enough to donate a crapload of pumpkins and we did our best to turn them into questionable veritable works of art.

KMR Pumpkin Carving On Monday, KMR got together for a good old fashioned punkin party. Ambre’s mom was nice enough to donate a crapload of pumpkins and we did our best to turn them into…

Oct 20

Oct 19

A Cold Day in Hell - Hell Ride III

A Cold Day in Hell – Hell Ride III

10687015_774178275953949_3567798589191078204_nThe Capital City Cyclotrons held their third annual Hell ride on Saturday, October 18th. After meeting up at Quarterkick, the KMR contingent (Chad, Dennis, and Gee) loaded up the bikes and headed for Lansing.

photo by Mike Hartel

photo by Mike Hartel

The weather was not entirely cooperative; it was cold and there were patches of rain, but the dedication prevailed and everyone had a good ride…except for that one point…

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Oct 18
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Dog fouling has been an issue for some time at this Bexley postbox. The box is sited at the entrance to a recreation area where dogs are let off the lead to run free. We have taken the decision to re-locate the box further away and we apologise to customers for the temporary disruption to their service.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Dog fouling has been an issue for some time at this Bexley postbox. The box is sited at the entrance to a recreation area where dogs are let off the lead to run free. We have taken the decision to re-locate the box further away and we apologise to customers for the temporary disruption to their service.”


Oct 17

Oct 16

todaysdocument:

David Greenglass, member of the infamous Rosenberg atomic spy ring, passed away in July of this year, as was widely reported earlier this week.

Arrested in 1950, Greenglass was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union along with his sister Ethel Rosenberg, brother-in-law Julius Rosenberg, and another member of the ring, Harry Gold.  Unlike the Rosenbergs, Greenglass avoided the death sentence by pleading guilty and providing testimony against them.

During World War II, David Greenglass was a U.S. Army machinist working on the secret Manhattan Project to develop atomic weapons. His brother-in-law Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet sympathizer and spy, and recruited Greenglass into passing secrets, such as the drawing shown above, from his workplace at Los Alamos National Laboratory to Soviet agents.

But what about the Jell-O box?

Like a “Best Friends” necklace, pieces of the Jell-O box could be matched, and the spies would be able to confirm their identities.

The Greenglasses were living in Albuquerque when a man (Harry Gold) came to their home, introduced himself saying “Julius sent me,” and produced a piece of Jell-O box. It matched the one David Greenglass was holding. 

A Jell-O box was introduced at the trial. It was not the original box, but “trial transcript shows that the prosecution introduced this facsimile Jell-O box to represent the recognition signal.” The evidence is now part of the holdings of the National Archives at New York City.

During the subsequent trial, the Rosenbergs denied all espionage allegations, but on April 5, 1951, the couple were ultimately convicted and sentenced to death for their role, with Greenglass’ testimony helping to seal his sister’s conviction.   

Supporters of the Rosenbergs lobbied for a pardon and their  two children, ages 10 and 6, even petitioned for their parents’ lives in a poignant letter to President Eisenhower, but no avail.  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed on June 19, 1953. (The letter from Michael and Robert Rosenberg to Eisenhower is currently on display in the Making their Mark exhibit at the National Archives.)

More at Prologue: Pieces of History » Fat Man, Little Boy, A Packet of Jell-O

(See also the recent post from obitoftheday: “The Man Who Turned His Family In”)

(Source: research.archives.gov)


zoomar:

The Midnight Murder.

zoomar:

The Midnight Murder.


dvdp:

Lunar eclipse October 8, 2014
via

dvdp:

Lunar eclipse October 8, 2014

via


Oct 15

Metropolis II (The Movie)

(Source: vimeo.com)


Oct 14
retrogasm:

Carl Sagan’s senior high school yearbook picture.

retrogasm:

Carl Sagan’s senior high school yearbook picture.


Oct 13

jtotheizzoe:

silicongarden:

Looking At Every Synapse In The Brain Is Breathtakingly Beautiful

A reminder that the brain is not an orderly system of wires connected end-to-end, but rather the most powerful ball of tangled Christmas lights on Earth.

So often we see neurons drawn in isolation, but cutting into a section of brain is like slicing through a mashed-up wad of multicolor Play-Doh snakes, except everything is the same color, and it’s really small.

Sometimes I wonder if my analogies make any sense. Just go with me here.

(Source: gizmodo.com.au, via scientificillustration)


Oct 12

Grand Rapids Ghost Riders’ 10th Anniversary Ride

Grand Rapids Ghost Riders’ 10th Anniversary Ride

In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, the Grand Rapids Ghost Ridersplanned a 30 mile ride out to a cider mill, followed by some awesome chili and a great bonfire.  A small crew from KMR joined in the fun and had a really great time. The weather was perfect, and the ride was great with a lot of fall color, feeding goats, a corn maze and loads of mopeds. Big thanks to the Ghost Riders for…

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