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An expert on nothing with opinions on everything.

300 Pulsars and Counting …

Pulsars are a kind of neutron star, a city-sized remnant of a supernova. Neutron stars contain more mass than our Sun in a ball less than 25 km across.; they’re the densest matter we can see directly. They possess strong magnetic fields, produce streams of energetic particles, and spin quickly.

This visualization shows 294 gamma-ray pulsars, first plotted on an image of the sky as seen from Earth and then transitioning to a view from above the galaxy. The symbols identify different types of pulsars. Young pulsars appear to blink in real time—except for the Crab because its rate is only slightly lower than the video frame rate. Millisecond pulsars appear steady because their pulse rate too quickly to see.

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is credited with the discovery of 294 of these pulsars. The Crab, Vela, and Geminga were among the 11 gamma-ray pulsars known before Fermi launched. Other notable objects are also highlighted. Distances are shown in light-years.

Video Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Although Bill Schmalfeldt engaged in some atrocious  behavior, there were times when it seemed he had been added to Team Kimberlin for comic relief, like the Porter in Act 3 of Macbeth, to provide a chuckle before things get darker. Eight years ago I wrote about things Found In My Email In Box.

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I received a couple of emails from the Cabin Boy™ this afternoon. The first included this picture …Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 1.17.22 PM… and the text of an email that he claims was sent to the manager of the apartment building where he now lives.

From: Concerned Badger <i1642642@trbvm.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Subject: safety risk
To: [redacted]@cardinalcapital.us

From: Concerned Badger <i1642642@trbvm.com>
Subject: safety risk

Message Body:
Does Bill Schmalfeldt  in Juniper #108
still have the assault rifle he is brandishing
in this photo?


Gun owner. Restraining orders in
multiple states. Criminal stalking
record in Maryland. Are you connecting
the dots yet?

This mail is sent via contact form on Canticle and Juniper Courts http://www.canticlejunipercourts.org/wp

He followed up with this second email.

From: Bill Schmalfeldt bschmalfeldt@[redacted]
Subject: Re: A serious question
Date: 30 November, 2015 at 19:52 +00:00
To: himself@wjjhoge.com

I guess what I’m asking is, someone had to know your wordpress files URL to enter it into the Archives.is website. Therefore, I feel comfortable in assuming that whoever asked you for the URL is one of the people harassing the management of this apartment complex. And in the absence of any one else to blame it on, sir, as it was your file and you are responsible for it’s use, I am just going to assume it was you and add you as a defendant in any upcoming action.

Now, I think you’ll have to agree that I have been respectful and gentlemanly. And the gentlemanly thing to do would be to send me a quick response.



Wow! I never realized just how bad the Cabin Boy™ google-fu was! All one has to do to find that image and a link to it is to google Bill Schmalfeldt and select the images options. One doesn’t have to scroll down very far to find that image.GoogleBSGoogleBSzoomAll one has to do is click on the thumbnail to discover that it’s located at Hogewash!, and only a couple more clicks are needed to download the image or be taken to a page that uses it.

The Cabin Boy™ wants me to tell him who was connected to Hogewash! at the time the image was archived, but I can’t. The connection log that I have been running for the past couple of days is only 2,000 hits deep, so it doesn’t go far enough back to cover yesterday afternoon. Even if I could provide the information, I wouldn’t. It is my policy not to respond to such requests except when required to do so by law or court order.

The Cabin Boy™ can assume what ever he wishes, and he has the right to sue whomever he wishes. Before he sues anyone, he might want to try to remember whether he’s filed five frivolous lawsuit or whether he’s filed six. I’ve lost count myself, but being as how he hasn’t had such a great record in court, he might want ask himself if he feels lucky.

Someone ought to ask him, “Well, do ya’, punk?”

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A man’s got to know his limitations.

Holiday Deals Continue

Cyber Monday is over, but Holiday deals continue at Amazon.

Discover the thrill of passing GO instead of than landing on Boardwalk Barad Dur with a hotel fortress while playing The Lord of the Rings Edition of Monopoly.

When you shop using the Amazon links here at Hogewash!, you pay the same price, and the blog receives a commission on the sale. Thanks for your support.

Holiday Deals Continue

Cyber Monday is over, but Holiday deals continue at Amazon.

Today’s featured deal here at Hogewash! is on the Shure SM57 microphone. The SM57 is the microphone of choice for many sound engineers for miking instrument amplifiers. It’s also the standard lectern mic used by the White House Communications Agency.

When you shop using the Amazon links here at Hogewash!, you pay the same price, and the blog receives a commission on the sale. Thanks for your support.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the more pleasing things about The Saga of Team Kimberlin has been the abject failure of all of their failed predictions that the direst of dire direness would befall those of us who reported on them. This TKPOTD ran six years ago today.

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During my afternoon coffee break yesterday, I took a look at Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread (Gentle Reader, I do that so you don’t have to) and found the item shown on the left in that site’s home page sidebar. It links to an old post about The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance LOLsuit, the first of four losing LOLsuits TDPK filed against me.

57F Osborne’s “prediction” that TDPK would file more frivolous LOLsuits did not require any special insight, but it was the only thing Bunny Boy got right about the course of his boss’ lawfare.

Nothing else proceeded as he had foreseen.

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What kind of person would think showing two years employment as Editor of Breitbart Unmasked on his resume is a good idea?

A Record Black Friday

While Black Friday went well here at Hogewash! with a near record number of clicks on links to Amazon (thank you), gun dealers did especially well that day. The FBI reports that a record number of Black Friday background checks were made on the National Instant Criminal; Background Check System (NICS) for firearm purchases.

There were 214,913 checks, up 5.5 percent from the previous record set in 2017 and up 10 percent from 2022. Black Friday, 2023, was the third-busiest day in NICS history.

Not every NICS check is for a firearm purchase, but the number of them is a good gauge of gun sales.

The Southern Crab

He2-104An unlikely pair of stars may have created this oddly-shaped nebula resembling nesting hourglasses. Images taken with Earth-based telescopes show the larger, hourglass-shaped nebula, but the Hubble telescope, reveals a smaller nebula embedded in the center of the larger one. See the insert The entire nebula is called the “Southern Crab Nebula” (He2-104) because it looks like the body and legs of a crab as seen from ground-based observatories. The likely source of the the larger and smaller nebulae is a pair of aging stars buried in the glow of the tiny, central nebula. One of them is a red giant, a bloated star that is exhausting its nuclear fuel and is shedding its outer layers in a powerful stellar wind. Its companion is a hot, white dwarf, a stellar zombie of a burned-out star.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign first appeared six years ago today.

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ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Caller’s POV. Phone rings twice. Line picked up.

ZOMBIE: (Telephone Filter) Hello.

JOHNNY: Good morning, Pete. It’s Johnny Atsign. You left a message on my answering machine.

ZOMBIE: (Telephone Filter) Right. I was checking to see how the investigation was going on The Grouch’s story about his banking problem.

JOHNNY: I was just writing up my notes. I can give you a brief summary over the phone.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading