Clipping The Eclipse

It was a wonderful event…

Or so this Chap heard, from someone who does not live at the base of a west-facing mountain.  He understands there are, oh, oodles of photographs from all one’s friends, who are dying to share them.

And yet, as this Guardian feature delicately points out, photographic enthusiasm may be little substitute for skill. Especially when the subject is, as here, just a little tricky and elusive… Still, better luck next time, what?

So difficult to get the ideal placement
Timing is everything — too soon, or too late?
Over the shoulder, maybe?
A telescopic view
Creative use of a skillet for safe viewing
Creative use of a fingertip?
Creative subject priority

And a little live(?) action…

Of course there’s always that one who just won’t follow the safety card…

For him and all others goose-stepping to that same drummer, the Chaps offer a few words from Talking Heads.

“No sense of harmony, no sense of time…” How prescient.

The Chaps Eclipse Eclipse Guides

There are many Eclipse ‘dos and don’ts’ floating around …

… some even including the term “widdershins.” But this Chap at least found this among the more useful. That is, no less useful than many.

One understands Ms Raitt will be having her say on the matter, too.

And why not …

… and the chaps would be remiss if not to guide you with our own insights …
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There’s That Name Again

This Chap Noting Axios Reporting …

… this 5 Minutes Ago

“Steve Bannon’s next moves will be all about the billionaire Mercer family… Bob Mercer and Steve Bannon had a five hour meeting Wednesday to plot out next steps, said a source with knowledge of the meeting.”

“Bannon has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out, according to friends. He’s told associates he has a “killing machine” in Breitbart News, and it’s possible he returns to lead their editorial operation.”

“A source familiar with Breitbart’s operations told me they would go “thermonuclear” against “globalists”that Bannon and his friends believe are ruining the Trump administration, and by extension, America.”

“Watch for Breitbart’s Washington Editor Matt Boyle to be a central figure in this war — which has already begun — against White House officials like HR McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn, and Jared and Ivanka.”

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On A Lighter, If Scratchier, Note

This Chap has long been looking to make his fortune.

.. well, pension, now he thinks about it.

… and one of the latest whiz-bang schemes centered around all those old grooved circular things most of us have cluttering the closets. Just what do you do with those things, when you’d love to hear them but when even CDs are now a little, well, passe?

Heh! I just bought one of those yesterday!

The Chap thought he had a partial solution. Then blow us down if someone doesn’t come up with something that is, annoyingly, free.


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When You Can’t Say Anything Nice

Readers of The Chaps might be forgiven…

… for the mistaken impression that the Brits are always unfailingly polite and eschew indulgent pungency. The Chaps being in the nature of proper English Chaps, and all that, and aware of our status as guests in another country, do tend to be fairly polite and circumspect regarding prominent characters in U.S. life.

Until now, that is, when we finally have the opportunity to indulge in some of the wonderful phrases the Brits — and our less-reserved Northern neighbors — reserve for well-deserved insults. And what better target than this one?

MAGA Man himself, seen here surrounded by golfballs bearing his new brand

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