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crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
"the finger of fate, my friends, is fickle....."

Huntley Ingalls, slide of the Titan, and upper left, the Finger of Fat...
Huntley Ingalls, slide of the Titan, and upper left, the Finger of Fate.
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Indeed.

It was Layton who named the Finger of Fate. There is is, pointing the way, ever upwards.....
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 12:04am PT
Should this go in the fasteners portion of the thread?

What to do with rope if you get enought rope?

I'll bight.

But, chillun...


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got to get things together...

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and keep them together...

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in a file or in a steel 55-gallon drum...

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but you'll have to go to Office Depot and buy some staples that fit.

They'll likely back-order, so hang in there.

It's great to be able to staple two hard copies of ANYTHING anymore. All my stuff's on the computer.

But it's class to have an old-fashion stapler on the desk just to impress, and how much more impressive when it's filled with the right product.

http://www.whitepages.com/business/gotham-staple-co-inc-columbus-oh

Well, the last I heard of Arab
He was stuck on a whale
That was married to the deputy
Sheriff of the jail
But the funniest thing was
When I was leavin’ the bay
I saw three ships a-sailin’
They were all heading my way
I asked the captain what his name was
And how come he didn’t drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus
I just said, “Good luck with that back-order”


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 12:15am PT
What goes on in the the Merced River doesn't always stay in the river.

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OK. Now I'm getting serious.
The South Fork near Wawona Campground.
The South Fork near Wawona Campground.
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At the bend in the river above EC Bridge this morning.
At the bend in the river above EC Bridge this morning.
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Oh, he wore bluuue velll-vet, bluer than...this water, anyhow.
Oh, he wore bluuue velll-vet, bluer than...this water, anyhow.
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Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 3, 2013 - 01:48am PT
Mouse. Dude. Did I ever tell you how much I like your view?

Great thread.

Peace out, brother.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 07:47am PT
It's pretty peaceful in here lately. Thank you, Wayno.

Virtually everything can be viewed. The viewer is himself a camera, if he's a maniac.
Park Service version of the man-camera.
Park Service version of the man-camera.
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Not anything wrong with maniacy. It's single-mindedness ruled by curiosity tinged by madnesss. We all wish we could let it out to show others but convention and tradition are mine enemies, and I fear nobody but the taxman and the DA, and the Taco is not East LA, gracias a Dio.


The following is from
http://dearphone.blogspot.com/2011/06/man-camera.html?zx=57bae82387cf56ec
Man Camera
In James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere Detective Deputy Danny Upshaw - a tenacious and talented young cop whose obsessive, self-destructive nature seems destined to lead him to the same lonely misery that befalls so many fictional detectives (I haven't finished it yet...)* - relates the concept of the "man camera", an investigative technique created by the apparently fictional criminologist Hans Maslick. Ellroy describes the approach thusly:


"In a famous essay, Maslick described a technique he had developed while undergoing analysis with Sigmund Freud. It was called Man Camera, and involved screening details from the perpetrator’s viewpoint. Actual camera angles and tricks were employed; the investigator's eyes became a lens capable of zooming in and out, freezing close-ups, selecting background motifs to interpret crime-scene evidence in an aesthetic light."

In The Big Nowhere, Upshaw's use of the method serves to highlight his increasingly fraught mental state and growing fixation with the case and the killer, supposed rational and professional detachment unravelling in a haze of conflicted, closeted homosexuality and alcoholic self-medicating. But divorced from that context, does this not sound remarkably like a description of the subjective POV killer-cam of the giallo?** And in context, the effect the procedure has on Upshaw's troubled psyche reflects some of the implications that the use of killer-cam has in gialli – a blurring of the lines between audience and perpetrator, a hint of moral ambiguity and a vicarious, participatory quality.

*I have now. He should be so lucky!

** Giallo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒallo], plural gialli) is an Italian 20th-century genre of literature and film, which in Italian indicates crime fiction and mystery. In the English language it refers to a genre similar to the French fantastique genre and includes elements of horror fiction and eroticism. The word "giallo" is Italian for "yellow" and stems from the origin of the genre in Italy as a series of cheap paperback mystery novels which all had trademark yellow covers.--Wikipedia

Earth is not a kind place, normally. It's up to us to try to make it so, Number One from the Washington Galaxy. But I think science has shown that evolution, though it is a fact of life, is itself ruled by the famous fickle finger of fate.



Gene

climber
Jul 3, 2013 - 07:49am PT
Good morning Mouse.

Enjoying the thread.

g
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 08:02am PT
Good morning, Gene.

How do you like my sunset shot from Wash-Button Point-to-the-Sky?
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I think it's truly ground-breaking, earth-shaking, and money-making.

This shot was taken before it got quite that dark.
I'd like to know who isn't enjoying this ride.  Point them out.
I'd like to know who isn't enjoying this ride. Point them out.
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I was alone when I took this one the morning before.
From the Wawona road at sunrise, if one dares to try to make it so.
From the Wawona road at sunrise, if one dares to try to make it so.
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I will refer you to the music of Stockhausen, as well.

http://www.stockhausen.org/new_music_boxes.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 08:44am PT
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and

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and

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were all taken following this photo, and it is No. 420 in my pictures folder which is entitled Graveyard Rambler.
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I left the pipe on the picnic table and had to return for it. The spot was deserted except for this kid and his dad, who was irritated he wouldn't come get back in the car. They left, though, so I was free to speculate about where to take this thread and I decided to go up to Glacier Point.

As fair warning, the crappers at GP are filled with ammonia gasses straight from Venus' atmosphere, I swear! Use only as a last resort before crapping in the woods. A man can't think and stink if he can't breathe.

On the other hand, the one at Redbud on the El Portal section of the Merced is pretty decent, and the one at the Wawona picnic area's seen better days.
Wawona's refreshment center.
Wawona's refreshment center.
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Martin Luther had visions on the toilet, too, you know...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 08:58am PT
This was taken at 5:45.
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See the contrail?

This was taken at 5:47.
See the sliver of the moon, upper right atmosphere, over 220,000 miles...
See the sliver of the moon, upper right atmosphere, over 220,000 miles away.
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The contrail has totally evaporated, indicating HEAT ON EARTH!

GOOD MORNING, Central Valley, and other hot spots across the nation.

A. C. TO ALL MEN OF EARTHY GOOD WILL.

Peace on the rest.

Unreal time has been suspended temporarily and we are now back in sidereal time.

Have a Julian Day.

The Julian Date (JD) of any instant is the Julian day number for the preceding noon plus the fraction of the day since that instant. Julian Dates are expressed as a Julian day number with a decimal fraction added.[2] The Julian Date for 02:26, 25 June 2013 (UTC) is 2456468.6020139.

An astronomer needs to know the number of days since noon at Greenwich on 1 Jan 4713 BC.

Thank God I'm not an astronomer and Gary Duncan is One!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 09:16am PT
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Gary Grubb/Duncan/Cole/Duncan long time back.

Not sure the Julian date would do any good here.

But a date with Mona might cuz it usually does.
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Stormy Monday/Lee Michaels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB-fjROIH2U
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Mona can't be played on these machines.
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And she doesn't want to play with these machines.
Machines from Bright's Museum, Plainsburg, CA.
Machines from Bright's Museum, Plainsburg, CA.
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She loves these slots, though! Pay-out after pay-out! Bumpity-bumpity-bump!
At Mona Wins Casino in Awberries!
At Mona Wins Casino in Awberries!
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A tribal casino might do well out on Highway 49 near Oakhurst.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 10:00am PT
I was looking for more treasures along the side of the highway when this crew came roaring up the hill like a house afire.
East Fork Bridge of the Chowch. R. on Hwy 49.  Cal Fire's on the job!
East Fork Bridge of the Chowch. R. on Hwy 49. Cal Fire's on the job!
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I had just found a nickel, then I found a nut, which I have misplaced since, and then I found a plumbing fitting of plastic--a nipple.
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One for Mona to play with.
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One for me to fool around with.

This is going better than I expected; I thought I had a roadside trifecta based on the letter N. It turns out that it's one better than that if I toss in the city limits sign from Nip.

I had just gotten out of the car a bit earlier after driving down Darrah Rd. and Triangle Rd. very near where the Carstens Fire forced folks from their homes all over the 'hood last week. I got out and noticed immediately that the AC in the car had absorbed the smell of the char from the fire!

On the way back to Middle Earth I shot this house fire wreckage, which is fenced and labelled NO TRESPASSING. Smokey Bear ought to set up an exhibit here.

This probably didn't happen in the summertime or the whole hill would have likely burned off. It will probably happen sooner or later.

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 3, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Mornin Mouse,
Flamin Hot lately eh!
115 yesterday at mi casa.
Stay Coool!
Tad
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 11:32am PT
No settin' the woods on fire today, Tad. I'm going to the Rev's to attend his weenie roast in the mornin' tomorrow, THE FOURTH OF JULY!

What's that make USA, 238?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNCLE!

That should sit well with the conservatives...

Inside the vestibule of the Old Mariposa Jail.  Ever'body got rats, ev...
Inside the vestibule of the Old Mariposa Jail. Ever'body got rats, even in jail, y'all.
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But their dead don't seem to care one way or t'other.
But their dead don't seem to care one way or t'other.
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And inMerced, we feel the same, generally.
And inMerced, we feel the same, generally.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 11:42am PT
From Mariposa I went 49 to Darrah Rd.  I missed the turn-off to Jersey...
From Mariposa I went 49 to Darrah Rd. I missed the turn-off to Jerseydale and found I was on Triangle Rd. What the hell. I'm not really in charge of this bus. Gas is running short. Press on.
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I wanted to go to Jerseydale to picturate some giant oaks that overlook the Merced South Fork. There are Indian grinding holes around them. The view from up there is special. I had no reliable map, just the one in my head, which more or less resembles this one.
The problem with bird's eye view maps is that I am a road-dented mouse...
The problem with bird's eye view maps is that I am a road-dented mouse.
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On the way over the hill to Bootjack from Mariposa. The ourcrop shown is along the Chowchilla East Fork. Afternoon thunderheads are trying to promise something, which hardly will forestall our heat wave or the incipient drought.
I was searching for Shady Groves and Bridges when I set out from Merce...
I was searching for Shady Groves and Bridges when I set out from Merced on this trip.
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On the walk over to the bridge on Darrah Rd. is this reminder that the...
On the walk over to the bridge on Darrah Rd. is this reminder that the spot is a local hang. And home to swallows.
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The wall under the bridge is a work of bird art.
The wall under the bridge is a work of bird art.
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Hidden treasures are all over the place.  Like a mother lode of subjec...
Hidden treasures are all over the place. Like a mother lode of subjects.
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On the other side of the bridge is standing water.  It's now July, aft...
On the other side of the bridge is standing water. It's now July, after all. This creek, I think, is called Snow Creek. It's just above the turn-off from 49 on Darrah.
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More standing water downstream from the bridge, showing the earlier si...
More standing water downstream from the bridge, showing the earlier siting of a concrete piece of bridge building. Compare to the Gay Bridge.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Reuge Music Box.  Karlheinz Stockhausen masterpieces by Reuge.
Reuge Music Box. Karlheinz Stockhausen masterpieces by Reuge.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
TIME OUT for the Way Back Machine.
The Ostrander welcomes you with gracious accomodations for your yuleti...
The Ostrander welcomes you with gracious accomodations for your yuletide endeavors. Come in peace, leave in joy!
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the Reverend Mathis cookin'up.
the Reverend Mathis cookin'up.
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These are some Jeff gave me I forgot to post.

the ReverendMathis and Limber "Lumbergirl" Linda Halvorsen readying fo...
the ReverendMathis and Limber "Lumbergirl" Linda Halvorsen readying for the Tuolumne winter.
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Linda in Tuolumne.
Linda in Tuolumne.
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At Ostrander Hut.  1973/74.
At Ostrander Hut. 1973/74.
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the Rev told a story about his only encounter with PCP, at Ostrander Hut where he was caretaker for the winter prior to Weams' coming, when I was there in May to his place in Greeley Hill.

I can't recall the circumstances of how it was ingested into his system,but knowing our fearless leader back then, likely some dude said, "Here." And he said, "Well, okay, if you say so..." He's changed, believe me!

He was upstairs, and remember angel dust is a muscle relaxant. He reached out for to steady himself as he passed through the entry through the floor leading from the upper room of the hut down to the common room.

He missed and fell head over ass over air over tea kettle and landed on his feet, no sh#t, smiling and smelling rosy.

Smells like yarn from his socks to me, but the Rev NEVER LIES!
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And Bobby D. never cries.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Now, just a word from beyond.  You jack wagons might not cotton to Mou...
Now, just a word from beyond. You jack wagons might not cotton to Mouse's palaver. Shove it where Bill Wendt went. I taught him everything I knew about obvuscation and relative truth. Give him a chance. Peace. Out. Millis.
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Faux'istory is my forte this July Fourth, so expect a burst of the wurst.



I am a vicious lie-way man.

More than truth's a joke to me.

Less than that means nothing.

And that's how it is with me.

Like ham with turkey stuffing.

It's all good with history.

With a missed quote here,
And an estimate there,
Here a guess,
It's a mess,
Nobody will confess
That they much perfer it that way...

Cha cha cha

Nothing against Mr. Exacto, Clint. He's pretty sharp when ya need him. Respect. Happy First of July. :)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 3, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
Great thread, fascinating photos and a climber's toe-nails... keep on flamin'
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
You lose yourself, you reappear You suddenly find you got nothing to fearAlone you stand with nobody nearWhen a trembling distant voice, unclearStartles your sleeping ears to hearThat somebody thinks they really found you

BOB DYLAN - IT'S ALRIGHT, MA LYRICS
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