Saturday, September 26, 2009

Have a serving of nostaliga

Via a mailing list, we have A Day In The Life of the Atlanta Municipal Airport, June 1956.

Jets are all fine and dandy, but there is something about the sound of a prop that makes flying an adventure, as far as I'm concerned.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Your tax dollars at work

In 2004, U.S. Rep. David Price inserted a $10 million program into the federal budget, sending the money to UNC-Chapel Hill for a new effort to help deployed soldiers of the National Guard and Army Reserves.

Five years later, the Citizen Soldier Support Program has spent $7.3 million, but the money has accomplished little for the people it was supposed to help. One-quarter of the money has gone to the university for overhead, and a large part of the rest has been spent on well-paid consultants, six-figure salaries and travel.

Once upon a time, when I lived in The People's Republic of Chapel Hill, there was an insurrection and we voted this idiot out. After I left, he was voted back in. (Yeah, I know--it's all my fault. I'll ask President Zero to apologize for me--I hear he's good at such things.)

I would ask what you people down there were thinking, but I guess when the guy brings you 6-figure jobs (which is the kind of income it takes to live comfortably in The People's Republic these days), I know what you're thinking.

Gimme mine!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Right on schedule

(Via Neal Boortz)

The political indoctrination of our children. Remove all sharp and/or heavy objects and liquids from the vicinity of your computer before going clicky-clicky.

Don't you know someone wishes this one would disappear down the memory hole.

On no! A gun-related post!

Yeah, it's been way too long since I've posted about anything that goes bang.

Via The Survivalist Blog, PappaDeltaBravo has a good picture of the permanent wound channels from various handgun calibers. Note that every caliber and loading has a minimum penetration of 12", enough to reach the vital organs in the human body not matter what the angle of entry. Also note that the permanent wound channels are all, relatively speaking, the same size.

What I'd like to see is some high-speed video of the temporary wound channels. My suspicion is that those, along with absolute shot placement, are the prime factors in whether you get a quick stop with a handgun round or not.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Business opportunity

Does anyone remember the the t-shirts from a few years ago with the DeCSS code printed on them? (For the record, yes, I had one. I may still have it in the box of shirts that I can no longer wear and can't bring myself to part with--right along with the Rush concert t's and the Hank Williams Jr. concert t's.)

Well, it seems that there is room out there for something similar in the t-shirt line. El Reg reports that Texas Instruments is trying to keep their weak-ass crypto signing keys for their older calculator OSes from getting out, and are failing miserably.

What is it with big companies? If some hobbyist wants to hack the things, what's the problem? They bought it--it's theirs. Is it that TI is afraid someone might ask them to fix it if Wile E. Hacker bricks it? Are they afraid terrorists might release hundreds and thousands of them via eBay, all calculated to turn the grades of high school algebra students to mush?

TI, if you want to reply I'll be happy to post it. I'd love to post it. I figure it'd be funny as hell, and this blog could use some humor these days.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Real-time ship locations

Via one of my numerous Internet spies, we have this nifty, real-time commercial shipping locator. Not all that useful unless you're a Somali pirate, but interesting.

The many unitended consequences of Cash for Clunkers

We've all heard about the dealers who nearly went out of business fronting money to Uncle Obama, what would have been "good used cars" being trashed and so on. However, I believe we have the best unintended consequence right here:

Pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles were big sellers under the Cash for Clunkers program despite the federal government's focus on replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient cars.

Data released late last week by the Department of Transportation shows that tens of thousands of trucks, minivans and SUVs with relatively low gas mileage were among the nearly 700,000 vehicles sold under the program in late July and August. It even included a handful of Hummers, a hulking vehicle not usually associated with fuel economy.


How's about some Global Warming to go with your Cash, Big O?

*double snork!*

And just for fun...

The Corolla was the top-selling new vehicle, with 29,488 vehicles sold. It was followed by the Honda Civic with 28,456, the Toyota Camry with 27,137 and the Ford Focus with 22,388.

You'll notice that two of those companies are headquartered outside of the US, and none of them were taken over by the government.

*triple snork!!!*


Wired has "12 Shocking Ideas That Could Change the World". While a couple of them are truly shocking (I'm really not to sure I'm ready to end medical privacy), some of them are very cool ("Recruit Autistics"), some are libertarian ("Empty the Prisons") and a few ("End Aid to Africa" and "Overhual the Pentagon") seriously smack of "Why do we keep pursuing the same old failed policies?"

Crisis du jour

With health care "reform" well in hand (NOT!), the Amateur-in-Chief moves on his next topic, global warming:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared that the United States is a serious partner in combating global warming, telling world peers "we are determined to act."

Leaving out the business that this isn't settled science (despite what Algore and the media precious would have us believe), just what does the Big O propose to do?

As the Perpetually Offended would say, "We need to DO-O-O SOMETHING!" So in the spirit of reaching out across the aisle (Don't worry, I promise I won't bitch slap you guys this time), allow me to help out.

Hm-m-m--we need some ideas here. Perhaps we can all go back to horse and buggy days. Nah, that won't work--horses fart, and farts contain methane which contributes to global warming. (Note to self--check out the farts of all those other farm animals, too. I hear cows are really bad in this respect. Send some "undocumented immigrants"--they'll do those nasty jobs Americans won't do.)

Perhaps we should just walk everywhere, and do away with cars. Boy, I'm really going to look forward to that 65 mile daily commute. Mass transit? Yeah, we can build a light rail line for the 4 of us who make the same commute. There's bound to be some stimulus money lying around here somewhere.

We can stop using so much electricity...Hey! Turn off the Internet, and that alone might be enough to solve the problem! (This one has possibilities.)

Of course, we could just wait for some serious science to be done, so that we'd know if this was actually caused by human activity, but that would be too simple by half.