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Moonlight. (Clair de Lune)

Sometimes it is just best to sit back, relax, and enjoy serenity.

This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden.

The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.
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The Wheelchair Ramp And The Building Inspector.

image courtesy WJLA Washington)

Ninety-one year old Evelyn Strahle could no longer navigate the stairs of leading from her porch to her sidewalk of her Prince George’s County, Maryland home. Her husband David couldn’t help manhandle her up and down the stairs as he is the sprightly age of 94.

The couple’s son, Bob, who is in the construction business, built his parents a ramp so his mother could get in and out of the family home.

If the job was done by a company, it was estimated to have cost $5,000. Instead, the son bought $1,700 worth of wood and supplies and built the ramp.

However, what neither the Strahles nor their son secured was a building permit for the ramp.

Enter into the picture the Prince George’s County government.

A building inspector from the County stopped by twice while the son was visiting his parents and told the family that the ramp needed a permit.

The son drew up a set of plans as to how the ramp was constructed and offered to fix any deficiencies the County found.

That wasn’t good enough for the County whose building inspector said the ramp needed to come down.

In fact, the County launched a legal proceeding against the Strahles to remove the ramp.
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Palm Bay: The Johnson Campaign Response. It’s Strange To Us.

The Johnson campaign has released a statement in response to the information that we talked about the other day in a post. At the time, we said that as there was not much known about the alleged incident, people would have to decide for themselves whether what was disclosed mattered to them in deciding who to vote for.

As we discuss below, we think the statement from the campaign should be added to that equation.

Here’s the statement:

Campaign Official Statement of 2015 Incident

We can confirm there was an arrest. As a result of an investigation all charges were dropped. The record was expunged by mutual agreement to protect all parties involved. This information was not released prior because that is the entire purpose on an expungement.

The other party involved in the incident is aware of the current political attacks and at the request of the family, the campaign had not released a statement up to this point. We have been asked not to share further details about the incident to protect their privacy, and to avoid the same attacks, slander, and libel that I and my campaign manager have faced in recent weeks.

Local authorities have opened an investigation into how this information was obtained and disseminated publicly by people involved with our opponents’ campaign.

Since the incident in question, Kenny is a current certified A Plus Volunteer with Brevard Public Schools which requires an extensive background check by the State of Florida. He was awarded the 2018 Partner of the Year Award from Brevard Public Schools.

Our campaign is focused on how to come together as a community to move our City forward, together. We are focused on running a positive campaign for the betterment of our community. It’s unfortunate that others have felt the need to resort to negative campaigning and petty politics. This type of political mudslinging is exactly what’s wrong with government and why it’s time for a change at City Hall.

We understand this response will not and cannot satisfy everyone. We encourage that you vote based on who you think will best serve the City of Palm Bay and the community. It is important to remember there is another party involved, and they deserve the privacy and protection they have requested. For that reason there will be no further comment on the matter.

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Cheerleaders Stop Selling “Racist” Tee-Shirts.

Cheerleaders at the Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia have been told the shirts they were selling to raise money were an example of “racism” which we guess make the cheerleaders “racists.”

The shirts read:

“In Dodge County, we stand for the flag, kneel for the cross, that’s Indian pride.”

(Before anyone goes off and thinks this is about the term “Indian,” that is the mascot of the high school.)

The shirt is obviously a commentary aimed at some athletes who are kneeling in “protest” because they feel that minorities are treated badly in this country.

The shirts were labeled as “racism.”
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Cocoa Beach: Dogs On The Beach. At Least It’s Not Cows On The Beach.

image courtesy The Daily Mail.

In case you missed it, earlier this year the City of Cocoa Beach decided to allow dogs on the beach as a trial basis. The move was not without controversy and we certainly hope that the dog owners who pushed for this will act in a responsible manner.

The city commission approved a proposal Thursday night that will allow dogs on a section of Ocean Beach. The ordinance begins July 15 and is in effect for six months.

That will essentially be a trial period to see if dogs and sunbathers can get along, then commissioners will re-evaluate it.

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Dogs are currently banned from almost all of Brevard County beaches. The exception is Canova Beach Park, which released the hounds in 2012 and has since become a popular spot for dog owners looking to have a little fun in the sun with Fido.
Dogs at Brevard County beaches

The amendment will allow dogs on the stretch of beach from 4th Street to 16th Street from 6-10 a.m. and from 5-7 p.m. (and then 5-9 p.m. during daylight saving time). Dogs will have to be on a leash and owners are required to pick up after them.

For those who think this was a bad move, we offer that it could have been worse. Much worse. The City could have voted to allow cows on the beach.

Yes, cows.
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Palm Bay: Draining Or Adding To The Swamp?

As we get closer to election day, things are getting more and more heated and perhaps not in a good way.

After last week’s mess over a racial slur spray painted on a candidate’s sign for the Palm Bay City Council Seat 5, that same candidate is embroiled in another controversy that is more like rain on a summer afternoon in Florida – it is covering everyone.

People posting in various forums claim that candidate Kenny Johnson has an arrest record from an incident that occurred in 2015. We will not get into the charges as they don’t seem relevant to us, but as of this writing, there doesn’t seem to be a conviction. Even if there were a conviction as some have suggested, the sentence seems to have been community service.

By the lack of a conviction or even a conviction with community service as a sentence, it seems somewhat obvious to us that the infraction was either not proved, or minor.

Which leads to the next question: “how long do we, as voters hold someone accountable for their past actions and statements?”

Before you answer that, some statistics may be in order:
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We Are At A Loss For Words On How To Describe These Things.

Let us introduce you to Strandbeests.

Designed / created / built / envisioned or what ever you want to call it, they are the brainchild of Theo Jansen.

We aren’t sure whether they are proof of a concept or some type of kinetic sculpture or something else, but they do have a certain elegance that is fascinating.

There are no motors (all wind powered) and it is very easy to see them rolling down the sands of Cocoa Beach.


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Well, This Is A Crappy Ending To An Odd Case.

Thomas Tramaglini
(image courtesy ABC News.)

The track and football field at Holmdel High School in New Jersey was experiencing a rather weird problem: someone was defecating in and around the area.

Every day, the staff would come out and find a pile of human excrement that the staff had to clean up.

The staff and the police decided to do something about, and decided they would first find out who was using the grounds a their own personnel toilet. They installed cameras to cover the area.

Before too long, they had video of the person “dropping trou.”

The police made the identification of the culprit.

It was the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tramaglini. You read that right – the SUPERINTENDENT OF THE KENILWORTH SCHOOL DISTRICT!

Police in New Jersey on the hunt for a mystery pooper at Holmdel High School set up surveillance that led them Monday to superintendent Thomas Traglini.

The arrest of the Kenliworth Public Schools superintendent followed weeks of employees finding feces on a “daily basis” near or on the high school football field and track, Holmdel Police said.

Tramaglini, 42, was arrested around 5:50 a.m. on the athletic field, which is about 3 miles from his home, NJ.com reported.

He was charged with defecating in public, lewdness and littering in connection to the pooping problem.

The fact that this clown was doing this is bad enough, but it gets worse – much worse.
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