Time Machine: San Francisco 1906

I haven’t done a Time Machine entry in a while, so here’s a look at life in America more than 100 years ago. This is Market Street in San Francisco, on April 14, 1906, as taken from the front of a trolley car. Horse drawn carriages, cars dodging in and out without any sense of safety and people just walking in the middle of the street. Also notice how well-dressed folks are.

The first thing that strikes me is the total anarchy of the street. The automobile drivers are lunatics. People just walk out in the middle of the street. Kids play chicken with the trolley. How many bodies were they picking up off the streets every day? This is not safe. But you sense this is what life was like throughout American cities. The streets were packed and lawless. People survived.

Some history, from YouTube:

The origin of the film was an enigma for many decades, and it was long thought to have been shot in September of 1905, after being dated as such by the Library of Congress based on the state of construction of several buildings. However, in 2009 and 2010, film historian David Kiehn, co-founder of Niles Film Museum in Niles, California, dated the film to the spring of 1906 from automobile registrations and weather records. Kiehn eventually found promotional materials from the film’s original release and dated the film to April 14th, 1906, and finally gave credit to the filmmakers, the Mills Brothers.

Four days later, the great San Francisco Earthquake hit. Thousands dead. The city destroyed.

And the city looked like this:

It’s the same route, but notice that the film is reversed.

Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski Play ‘Mortal Kombat X’

Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski are in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but managed to have some videogame fun. Some pretty vulgar language here.

Lynch doesn’t like to speak at press conferences. Based on this meeting with Conan O’Brien, I sort of realize he doesn’t want to say anything at press conferences because if he does, he’ll get in trouble. However, I do like how he walks out in disgust after the disembowlment.

Also I will never play this game because of the result of the women’s battle.

Stealing the police car seemed like a good idea at the time

A woman in Pennsylvania suspected of shoplifting was put handcuffed in the back seat of a police car and left alone. That did not go well.

She climbed into the front seat with her hands behind her back, and took off, going more than 100 miles an hour. I have no idea how that’s possible.

And when you see a woman in handcuffs behind the wheel of a police car with its siren blaring (and no cop in sight) how should you answer the question, “Will you help me drive, please?”

The actual video is nine minutes long. You can see it here.

Great ball of fire

NASA has taken 100,000,000 images of the Sun. The compilation above is a group of photos NASA took with the final image being the 100,000,000th.

According to the space agency:

The Advanced Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun on Jan. 19, 2015. The image shows the glow in the solar atmosphere of gases at about 1.5 million Kelvin.

Deflategate: An analysis by Shaq

So, Shaquille O’Neal and the folks over at the NBA on TNT wondered what would happen if there was an advantage to using a deflated basketball for free throws, given that the New England Patriots were do successful using deflated footballs:

So as Shaq proves, it doesn’t matter if a ball is deflated, he can’t hit free throws anyway.

I figure there’s cheating in all professional sports, but either New England does it more, or it’s worse at hiding its cheating. I tried to think back to the Patriots cheat I first remembered. It had to be this:

The 1982 Snow Plow game against the Miami Dolphins. Long before Belichick and Brady. If you go over to NFL.com (click this link) you’ll see that Don Shula is still pissed off about that one.

Meanwhile the Oakland Raiders are piss off over this:

Ah, yes! The “Tuck Rule.”

But honestly, wasn’t Eric Allen cheating by hanging out on the sideline and listening to the play call?