The gods too are fond of a joke

So said Aristotle …

They must be as, after a couple weeks of spring-like weather, the following greeted me this morning.

hungry asked for a picture of the inside of my car, but the snow was too heavy 😀

We had a flurry while I was getting those pictures ready, then the sun came out and started to melt things, now it's snowing again. 🙄 Gotta love the Irish weather.

In other news…

I'm in the middle of a two week mid-term break from college. No classes, but a couple of papers, a presentation, and a tricky-ish Java programming assignment due when I get back. I'll have to make a trip in tomorrow to get some books from the library. The weather should have improved by then.

Have my tickets to Vancouver booked. The travel agent found a direct flight, non-stop Dublin to Vancouver. Usually you have have to go through Heathrow, so this will make things easier. Got a good price too, which doesn't hurt. 😉

And Finally

Came across this amazing machine in my wanderings on the web. Located in Russia, this "ship tram" piggybacks vessels over a dam.

Here are some interesting facts i’ve found about this boat lift:
it has 78 wheels and moves with a speed of 1 metre per second; the turntable is 106 metres in diameter with angle of 140 degrees; the level difference is 104 metres, full length – 1510 metres, on-ground part – 1180 m; carrying capacity – 8100 tons.

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37 thoughts on “The gods too are fond of a joke

  1. You have a nice site and interesting photos and stories.I especially like your banner and background! 🙂

  2. must be the all powerful sanshine again…you must have done something to annoy her :eyes:never mind, it's sleeting here right now 😦

  3. Who, me? :angel:The weather was mad all day. It snowed, then the sun was blazing and it started to melt. Then we had rain, which turned into snow, more sun, more snow, the only constant was the temperature – bloody freezing.

  4. We were experiencing a balmy 40F today.. Absolutely Gorgeous!Comfortable without a jacket. Ohhhh btw .. in North Central Vermont (New England) USAAbout 1.5 hrs. from Montreal.

  5. Thanks clean 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them :)She seemed completely oblivious to it. On the other hand, my fingers and toes were frozen from being out for about an hour. Someday I'm going to find a pair of gloves that allow me to work with my cameras.

  6. Ahh! :up: I'll bookmark that one to come back and look at on the next ridiculously hot day! ;)(That poor clydesdale must be so cold! :eyes: )And those twilight ones are astonishing! :up:

  7. Much nicer today. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the snow is melting. There's still a good bit up in the hills though.

  8. we too have snow on the mountains – where it belongs. The black squirrel thingy is doing its thing properly finally….

  9. That is a lot of snow there :eyes:Do you enjoy? :DI can see some beautiful hills in your new photo. Do you walk there sometimes?

  10. Kim, Yeah, :left: :right: that sounds believable :whistle::devil::star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:Elke,It's a lot of snow for Ireland, but not for Canada. Can't say that I enjoyed it. I must be getting soft.I love the view from my front door. Sometime I do go walking up in the hills. I haven't been for a while though. 💡 I should go soon.

  11. When you lived in Canada, there wasn't snow or were you just too used to it then, MJ?That boat-lift is amazing! I would have some trepidation walking under the bridge when a huge barge is being transported above! People are so clever to build such things. That list photo in your comments section is spectacular! You really live in the country.Are there any standing stone near you?

  12. Oh, there was snow. (And snow and snow and snow 🙄 )You're not the only one to wonder if the supports were strong enough, it was in the comments of the page. I guess they know what they're doing.I am in a good spot, far enough out to make it seem rural, but only a few minutes drive from town. No stones, but there is a rath nearby.

  13. I read all the comments about the boat transporter. I still would be hesitant!You are so happy in Ireland! :heart:Oh, those raths are called Indian Mounds here. Here in Indiana they are usually in shapes of snakes. How cool, the same kind of thing, two different continents!

  14. You should go, when the snow is melted. I think you will find some first little signs of spring. :idea:Btw: what's with your broken hand? Is it healed again?

  15. The snow is completely gone now. It never lasts more than a day or two. This bit hung on for a while longer that usual. When I get some time I think I'll go up to the rath. I've never actually been there :oAnd the hand is fine now, pretty much back to the way it was before.

  16. Wow amazing machine indeed! 1 metre per second, it's quite fast for the weight it has to carry :eyes:

  17. I thought it sounded fast too, so I worked it out Louis. 1 m/s is 60 m/min or 3600 m/hr. So that's 3.6 km/h or roughly 2.2 mph. Which I think is about walking pace. Whcich doesn't sound that fast. But then the NASA Crawler-Transporter only goes 1 mile an hour.

  18. Oh, I actually saw the NASA Crawler-Transporter — it is sooooooooooooo huge! It goes very, very slow. I would say it is less than one mile an hour.

  19. I saw the Nasa crawler too when I was about 10, Yes it's big! Nice discovery Richard, a very stylish machine. :up:

  20. You're right Elly, I think 1 mile per hour is the top speed. It used to go 0.9 mph until they found that there was less vibration at 0.8 mph.:star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:I saw a documentary about the Falkirk wheel. It is elegant, not only in looks. An engineer explained how the two arms are always balanced, even when only one side is carrying a boat.

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