Oleg Zabluda's blog
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Summer/Winter Solstice and Aphelion/Perihelion cocktails:
Summer/Winter Solstice and Aphelion/Perihelion cocktails:

1 oz Limoncello
2 oz Blue Gin
Lime/Lemon juice, bitters, etc... 

Limoncello symbolizes the Sun, Blue Gin is the cold Earth, get-drunk-fast (быстро вставляет), because Earth moves faster in Perihelion.

1 oz  Limoncello
2 oz  Cognac

Lemocello symbolizes the Sun, Cognac symbolizes warm Earth.

"Winter Solstice" 
1 oz Limoncello
2 oz Vodka
3 oz Eiswein
Lime/Lemon juice, bitters, etc... 

Lemoncello  symbolizes the Sun, Vodka symbolizes cold, Eiswein symbolizes ice and snow.

"Summer Solstice"
3 oz  Limoncello
6 oz  Dry Champagne

Lemocello symbolizes the Sun, Dry Champagne symbolizes dry heat and sand.



Summer Solstice is today at 4:09 pm PDT.
Summer Solstice is today at 4:09 pm PDT. This is a good time to repost my old email from  Dec 21, 2010 (winter solstice 03:38 pm PST) debunking the common misconception that Winter/Summer solstice is the latest/earliest sunrise (not!) earliest/latest sunrise (not!), shortest/longest day (not necessarily!), with examples and explanations.

Surprised? Look at the table (all times are PST, location San Francisco  

                  Rise Noon  Set  Day
07 Nov 2010 6:14 11:53 17:05 10:23 Earliest Solar Noon in SF
06 Dec 2010 7:11 12:01 16:51 09:40 Earliest Sunset in SF
21 Dec 2010 7:21 12:08 16:54 09:33 Shortest day in SF
03 Jan 2011 11:00 am PST  Earth Perihelion
06 Jan  2011 7:25 12:16 17:06 09:40 Latest Sunrise in SF
11 Feb 2011 6:37 12:24 17:44 10:40  Latest solar Noon in SF

In the first approximation, the sunrise and sunset are symmetric
with respect to solar noon. [1] But true solar noon not only does not happen at 12:00pm in a timezone (which is obvious since the timezone has positive width), but does not happen at the same time every day. In fact, between Dec 06 and Jan 06 it moves by 15 min. [2]

The reason for this is so called "equation of time"

So during this period, it's a tug of war between the equation of time (EOT)
(which is at it's maximum) and the first derivative of sunrize/sunset
times (which is actually "=zero" at solstice) because the times
themselves are at the extremum. EOT wins.

Now, often  shortest day is the same as winter solstice, but
not always. It's actually obvious if you know that solstice
is an exact invariant moment in time (and happens at different
times of the day in different years). but the "day" depends
on timezone. So, simply by picking a timezone where
the solstice is close to midnight, you can make either the previous
or the next day shortest. The reason these shortest/longest days in SF happens to be the days of the solstice, is because the solstice happens far from midnight. 

[0] Sunrise 7:21am (Azimuth 119°), Sunset 4:54pm (Azimuth  241°)

[1] In the second approximation, the Sun moves against the celestial
sphere between sunrise-noon-sunset.

[2] The reasons it changes so quickly during this period are exactly
1. close to a solstice (so the Sun is where ecliptic is parallel to
the celestial equator, so all of the [constant] motion of the Sun along ecliptic contributes to the motion along the celestial equator (cos 0 = 1)
2. the earth is close to the perihelion, so the [angular] motion of the Sun due to Earth orbiting is the fastest. Both effects are additive.

True solar noon moves by 31 min over the year.


1972 seems to be quite a fluctuation in the production of good movies, as we've noticed long time ago.
1972 seems to be quite a fluctuation in the production of good movies, as we've noticed long time ago. Of course, there is some age bias. 1972 is old enough to produce "classics", but not so old as to be irrelevant. On the other hand, it did not repeat in either 1971 or 1973. Still, could be the usual Poisson stuff, can't tell without knowing the total number of good movies. The only other explanation is the release of PONG in 1972.

Fiddler on the Roof
A Clockwork Orange

The Godfather
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Sting
Mean Streets
Jesus Christ Superstar

There must have been more in 1972. I only listed the movies we actually watched and loved.


Hot Russian tennis players in ultra-short skirts, can't be all that is interesting about the stupid game forever.
Hot Russian tennis players in ultra-short skirts, can't be all that is interesting about the stupid game forever. To spice it up, after Chair Umpire yells "Finish Him/Her!" (also flashing on the scoreboard), a player should optionally use his/her signature Fatality, just like David Nalbandian did, with the extra points going towards the overall score.
David Nalbandian angrily kicks Linesman in Queens Final [17/6/12] - BBC One (ORIGINAL VIDEO)
Graphic blood effects - check, brutal fighting techniques - check. Of course, myopic tennis people don't see pure gold, even when it hits them straight in the face (or shin, be as it may). Should also play the
Mortal Kombat Theme Song Original


Mortal Kombat Fatalities part 1
Mortal Kombat Fatalities part 2


Yoga Drunkasanas
Yoga Drunkasanas



List of people banned from praying for in a Russian Orthodox church.
List of people banned from praying for in a Russian Orthodox church.

Can't vouch for authenticity, but it reminds us of "Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge's" (Классификация животных Борхеса)

Marianna  being kicked out of this church for being a Yogi (and other things) would add nicely to our collection of being kicked out of
- Catholic Mission (Marianna's skirt too short)
- Fancy restaurant (Oleg's beard too long)
- Charlotte neighborhood with $350K houses (car is too old)
- etc...


http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Медведи_открывают_огонь (1990)
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Медведи_открывают_огонь (1990)
... Штирлиц убегает с качками 
it's the same Terry Bisson (1942-) who wrote the the better known (to me)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They%27re_Made_Out_of_Meat (1991)

I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."

"No brain?"

"Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat!..."

"So ... what does the thinking?"

"...The meat."

"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal!  Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."
"And we marked the entire sector unoccupied." [...]

Futurama, Season 1, episode 1 "Space Pilot 3000"

Bender: Bite my shiny metal ass.
Fry: It doesn't look so shiny to me.
Bender: Shinier than yours, meatbag.


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