Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Moon Shot

See the funny shaped cloud behind the two cute girls in the picture above? That's the plume of the Lunar Recon Observer riding on an Atlas 5 Rocket. This was the first rocket that NASA has sent to the moon since Apollo 17. The idea is to use this rocket to place a small satellite into lunar orbit. Once there it's going to look for a good place for humans to set up base. But it's also doing something very remarkable. It's going to release an impact device and send it straight into a dark crater near the lunar south pole. The idea is to blast lunar material into the moon sky and see what's there. Scientists are hoping to see traces of pretty, sparkly, ICE. Very cool. I'm glad we were there to watch it launch. Here is a really cool video animation of the mission profile.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Horse Floater Freedom

Horse Floating is apparently the "art" of grinding down the teeth of a horse. In Oklahoma the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association wants it to be very expensive. Thereby protecting their business model which is this: Go to school for around 8 years, graduate, and join a monopoly enterprise protected by government. Our human health care system is much the same. It's terribly expensive solely because of the education requirements one must meet before one can perform services. Imagine if the guy who repairs your car's brakes was first required the get a doctorate in mechanical engineering. He'd be paid well and the brakes on your car would cost thousands of dollars to fix. Why, in a free society, can I not have anyone I wish grind down my horse's teeth? Thanks for the link Radley.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The crown jewel of Formula One, Monte Carlo. This weekend is the Grand Prix of Monaco. Here is a brief video detailing the circuit and the particular challenges this race course has to offer. It's an amazing thing to watch.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Click It or Ticket

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign from the NHTSA is now in high gear. We tax payers pay for their adds on radio and television. They warn us to buckle up or be punished. How, in the Land of The Free, did we ever come this? It is an affront to freedom for government to decide for you what is safe behavior and what is not. I wear my seat belt because it's a good idea and I have a strong sense of self preservation, but it should not be a law.


Thanks for the video Bundy. I like this guy's use of LED lights and a giant light bulb to indicate his capacitor charge.
Potato Guns = Old and Busted.
Coil Gun = New Hotness.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Stealing is Bad, MmmKay?

There are many politicians in Palm Beach Florida that are dirty, crooked liars. So many in fact, that Florida Atlantic University is now offering a Public Ethics Academy.
Why do people in public service need to be taught right from wrong? Why do we, as a society, allow ourselves to be ruled by the least among us?
From the Sun Sentinel

The academy is receiving its money from training services, including a contract with the city of Hollywood. In Palm Beach County, three county commissioners, Mary McCarty, Warren Newell and Tony Masilotti, have been arrested or imprisoned in recent years on corruption related charges. “It’s almost been a perfect storm,” said Norman Ostrau, a former chairman of the State Ethics Commission who heads the new academy. “Everything has come together, with Palm Beach, with us here in Broward. There is just an absolute need.”

How can anyone think there is nothing wrong this? I have the perfect nominee for their first professor.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I Don't Hate Vests

Left 4 Dead is a great game! It's a Team Based Zombie Survival First Person Shooter. Or as I like to call it: TBZSFPS. You and your friends play as one of 4 zombie apocalypse survivors. You have Bill, the grizzled war vet, chain smoking curmudgeon who is like a crazy uncle. You have Louis, the disgruntled corporate drone who is finally taking charge of his life. You have Zoey, a pretty girl with grit, a terrible attitude, and terrific aim. And then you have Francis.

Left4Dead is a blast and the best TBZSFPS ever. Of course it's the only TBZSFPS ever but I digress. It's appropriately rated M for mature. You can find it on Steam and when I and my friends are not playing WoW, we're blasting zombies.

Monday, January 26, 2009

You Need To Effing-Wake Up!

"These were the stores that didn't do what they were supposed to do. We may go three or four more months and try this again. So if you're not doing what you're supposed to do then you need to wake up and start doing it."

Those are the words of Effingham County sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. Sheriff McDuffie just completed a 6 month investigation of local "Gas Stations". Or, as I like to call them, "Sin Stations". These Sin Stations were running illegal child-slavery operations out of the back offices. A gang of former Russian KGB agents had formed a vast underground criminal empire to smuggle toddlers straight out of daycare and into coal mines in West Virginia.
No, just kidding. They were just a bunch of small business owners who happened to run afoul of Georgia's anti-gambling laws. These brazen thugs had the temerity to operate video gambling machines in their Sin Stations. Right out where CHILDREN could see them! Well not any more! Effing-Sheriff Jimmy and his team of Effing-Deputies shut it right down. There is even video of these brave heroes in action. Watch and let the criminals tremble in Effing-Fear as the Effing-Deputies show these Effing-Sinners how business is done in Effingham County. It's Effing-Scary!

Be sure and stop by one of your local Sin Stations to buy your Georgia Lottery tickets.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Numbers Games

Recently the Stamford Connecticut Narcotics and Organized Crime unit spent a month investigating Soloman Muson and some of his friends. It seems they were running an illegal numbers game. He must have been a real Tony Soprano. After all, they spent a month doing an investigation. They seized his Mercedes and a bunch of cash. Oh ya, it was a 1997 Mercedes. And the cash? They found less than 3,000 dollars.
Small potatoes compared to the Big Boys who run scams like this one:

In 2008 Connecticut sold
$998,147,892.00 worth of lottery tickets.

This is an actual ticket sold in Connecticut.

Here is another one. This ticket will set you back $30.00. For ONE