Friday, September 30, 2005

Da Devil and Da Fooz Ball 2

Desert High Scorpions
Good Luck Bobcats!!!!


Update: Bobcats win, 46-6

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tired Flameholder

I've been weary and wore out lately. I've been working on bringing a jet engine flameholder back to serviceable status. It was in terrible shape. It was incredibly out of working limits but still reparable. That wasn't the really bad part. The really bad part was that in addition to the cracks there were older repairs that had cracked back out or that were still cracked because every single previous repair done on it was of such poor quality that the repair was worse than the damage.

This is bad. What was once simply a crack is now a lump of burnt and sugared metal, and what were once simply difficult to access areas are now impossible to access. Four days of work and the flameholder is now within serviceable limits. Aside from the horribly embarassing quality of my work neccesitated by the condition of the part when I got it, it is also horribly stressed. The prediliction that jet engine mechanics have towards getting every crack repaired, even when within serviceable limits, causes a decrease in usable part life, waste of man-hours for unnecessary repairs, and bad blood between the welder/heat treater/metalurgist who understands the part at its basic level and the jet engine mechanic who understands the part at its component level.

So we have two views. The lazy welder who wants to avoid any work possible and force the noble mechanic to install damaged parts on the one hand. On the other hand we have the idiot mechanic who is too stupid to understand that he wants to cause a critical failure in the parts by not listening to the noble welder who wants to save the government money by lengthening the life of the parts, reducing stress on the part and keeping chunks from falling out in flight.

Who is right on this? Well, the Air Force provides the answer. The USAF Technical Orders.


One other thing. I was in Grass Valley a few weeks back and saw a car with a bumper sticker that said something along the lines of "when food has an unlimited budget and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale for a bomber the world will be a better place." Aside from the anti-military sentiment, I realize that the person who put the sticker on and the person who invented the silly thing is incredibly ignorant and has no idea about what they're talking about. Their anti-American military bigotry is obvious but so is their ignorance. We can't get Solar flux (no money) and we can't get a couple of rivets for a needed repair (no money) can't get a little bracket (no money) and can't get the welding rod we're out of (no money) and all of the heat treating tools were old in 1986 and many of the tools in our tool crib were old in 1986 and some of the equipment (eg the hardness tester, brush electroplater, some of the heat treating furnaces, the sub-zero freezer, and even the kitchen sink) were old in 1986. I know this because that was the year I was stationed in that shop. It was my first duty station and that stuff was old back then. Now that I'm working in that same shop as a civil servant it's the exact same equipment, so it's at least a couple of decades old.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"leet speak" in WW2

I've been meaning to blog about this for a long time. It's a hoot, especially (or maybe only for) those gamers who are also history buffs.COUNTERCOLUMN has got it (wherever he got) and it cracked me the heck up.
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
Churchill: i cant afford them
benny-tow: u n00bs know what team talk is?
paTTon: stfu
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys

Read the entire thing.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Abu Ghraib Joke

Compared to this, :
"'This is when they brought out his wife, who was five months pregnant. One of the guards said that if he refused to talk he would get 12 guards to rape his wife until she lost the baby. Amer said nothing. So they did. We were forced to watch. Whenever one of us cast down his eyes, they would beat us.'

'Amer's wife didn't lose the baby. So the guard took a knife, cut her belly open and took the baby out with his hands. The woman and child died minutes later. Then the guard used the same knife to cut Amer's throat.' There is a moment of silence. Then Idrissi says: 'What we have seen about the recent abuse at Abu Ghraib is a joke to us.' "

Abu Ghraib was collegiate hazing.


Friday, September 23, 2005

Da Devil and Da Fooz Ball

Pete Knight High
Good Luck Bobcats!!!!


Update: Bobcats win, 41-0

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Samantha Burns and the rise of the Wakamaru

Samantha Burns nails it. It's a cute gizmo, but it's not much more than that. Gotta go with the Burn on this one.


Newest Book Arrival

Well, my newest book arrived today, The Neoconservative Imagination, Essays in Honor of Irving Kristol. I'm not sure who directed me towards Irving Kristol, whether it was Neo-Neocon or Sarah over at Trying to Grok. Hopefully I enjoy it more than Stoic Warriors.


Oh, and Unfounded Loyalty was outstanding.

Update: A Google site search shows that it was probably Neo-Neocon, though further thinking about it leads me to think it might have been the Den Beste himself. Dunno.

Tarmac vs Lakebed

I think I would have chosen to land this thing at the lakebed at Edwards AFB. That's the reason the base stays there. The properties of the lakebed are awesome for crash landings. I recall them landing a B1 whose nose gear wouldn't come out, and watched the film of the F16 crash landing on the lakebed (dirt/sand/alkali shooting out the exhaust as the intake plowed.

The lakebed has a hard crust that allows for safe landings but that breaks up on a really hard landing. This give a softer surface for belly landings, but a harder surface for wheels and skids. Awesome stuff, and considering all the people in the plane I'd try to better the odds (which I'm sure they're doing) but I'd send 'em to Edwards AFB to help better the odds even more. No spark producing tarmac, and a landing surface that is the best for crash landings, and a fire/rescue crew that is trained to a different standard (one involving bomb laden aircraft etc).

But that's just my 2cents.


Monday, September 19, 2005

New Blog

Dawson's Danube, a new blog to read (well probably just new to me). This entry's only reason for existing is to bookmark this page for me to read away from home.


Chicago Heatwave

Here is an interesting take on the tragedy that was the Chicago Heat Wave of '95. Mind you it was a wonderful summer compared to the French Heat Wave Debacle, but for an American tragedy it was pretty bad. The worst part is that the total number will never be known because some of the heat-related deaths occured after the heat wave, and so many of them could have been prevented. I live in the Mojave and we would never see anything this bad here. Different circumstances, of course, such as swamp coolers being effective here and people of all ages being better acclimated to the heat.


PS: No, 9/11 wasn't simply a tragedy, it was an attack. It was yet another act of war perpetrated on America by Islamaist bent on spreading Islam through it's traditional means of Jihad.

Vote's invalidated -: "Some people complain, but I don't see a way around Will Wilkinson's point that allowing unentitled voters to vote is just as bad as barring entitled people..."

It occurs to me that every illegal vote invalidates a legal vote on one side or the other. For instance, an illegal vote for John Doe instantly invalidates a legal vote for his opponent, Jane Doe. My vote for Jane Doe is offset by another person's vote for John Doe; that's the way democracy works, and that's a good thing. When, however, my vote for Jane Doe is offset not by another citizen's vote for John Doe but is offset by a convicted felon's vote, a non-citizen's vote, or an imaginary fictional character's vote, then my vote has been invalidated. Not only did I not get my "one person, one vote" that I was promised, but I lost it not because of a mistake or some idiot's inept handling of a ballot but because someone broke the law.

So yeah, I support voter ID's because I support a citizen's right to vote and the right for that vote to be counted.


An emotional moment and a misunderstanding - Hurricane Katrina -

An emotional moment and a misunderstanding - Hurricane Katrina - "“The pathetic thing in this case was that they were asked if they wanted to move them and they did not,” Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti said Tuesday."

See now, for me the "pathetic thing" is that with the storm coming some people chose to ignore their own parents and leave them there. Of the people who got out, I'd bet that some of them got out because their family loved them enough (and their family was unselfish enough) to go get them and evacuate their parents along with themselves. I have to wonder Rodrigue and his family were when the storm hit and the flooding started. I can understand that he couldn't get mom after the flooding, but if he thought it was so critical that the home be evacuated (and it was) why didn't he evacuate her himself, or have family take her?

Ku'u kupuna are lucky. Culturally we would be stigmatized for abandoning them.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Console Wars

My five readers (six including the rough guy who threatens to make me work the airshow) know I'm a gamer. They also know that I have an interest in the XBox 360 and the PS3. I love reading Major Nelson for a look at XBox, XBox Live and some XBox 360 stuff. I used to read Major Ynos (get it? It's Sony spelt backwards) an anti-XBox website because I enjoyed the satirical way he wrote. At least I think that was the way the site was designed. It used every liberal media MSM hack possible to attack the XBox in the same way the NY Times attacks anything not liberal. I finally got tired of it. It took too much effort to read and I can't be bothered with it the way I bother to check out CNN and the LA Times.

On the other hand there is The Console Wars | Xbox 360, Playstation 3 PS3, Revolution, a site that provides a view and information about the console wars without having to slam any of them. I'm liking it a lot. If you're interested in the next generation of consoles that are coming out this is the primo site for you.


Book In

Okay, two new books just came in from Amazon (AMAZON ROCKS!!!). Stoic Warriors, The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind, and Unfounded Loyalty, An In-Depth Look Into the Blind Love Affair Between Blacks and Democrats. A book on Duke Paul a Bellatrix seems to be on perpetual backorder which is unfortunate. It's by the same guy who wrote an outstanding treatise on 14th century armor and is responsible for re-printing the archaeological report on the excavation of the Battle of Wisby site.

Considering my track record I won't promise to let ya'll (all meaning five) know what I thought of the books but I'll try after I find time to read them. Still don't know which one to read first, but I may give it some thought after dinner. Yummy.


Monday, September 12, 2005

Gay Patriot on Gay GI museum

Gay Patriot: "As we remember that history, let’s find another means to honor gay and lesbian veterans. And let us do so in a way that shows their sexuality was incidental to their service to our great nation."

I love that idea. Having served with at least one gay Airman and knowing more than a couple of gay veterans, I think this would be a great idea, especially in the context that Gay Patriot suggests, ie. "... And let us do so in a way that shows their sexuality was incidental to their service to our great nation." For the people I know their sexuality WAS incidental to their service (Oh, and "a great way to meet women...") and I think this selflessness on the part of so many gay servicemen and women is noble and deserving of a level of respect commensurate with that sacrifice. Sacrifices are made by GIs from the day they choose to serve. A greater sacrifice is made by gays who choose to serve and who may be called on to make the same ultimate sacrifice as other GIs.


PS: Granted that for some, many, more gays; not being flamboyant and in your face is not difficult and is not much of a sacrifice, but they still sacrifice that right along with many others.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sick Sucks

Had a nice couple of days up in Grass Valley with my youngest. Went to a classic car show, 68 GTO, 68 Cami, and 1940 Packard were my favorite. I had hoped to see a 68 Dodge Dart (pattern here?) but not a Dart to be seen.

Eight hour drive home after that. Ugggh. Long long drive at the end of the day.

Sick now. Running a low grade fever, body aches, tiredness, a little nausea and dizziness. Still planning on going to work tommorrow, but I won't really know until the morning rolls around. It's about 8pm now and I'm gonna hit the sack soon. Still fighting the fatigue and tiredness like some little kid though.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Put up or Shut up

Okay, Uncle Jimbo, over at Madison has a post that I found both illuminating and entertaining. With lines like this:

OK now anyone still wanting to run their mouth, detail to me the training you have conducted in evacuating Non-Combatants from war or disaster zones. Tell me about the logistical coordinations you made to allow helicopters to operate far from their bases with mechanics and fuel. Explain to me how you organized engineering crews to open roads allowing the first vehicles to approach on the ground.

Regale me with the training you have given state and local police in many areas how to respond to a terrorist attack and deal with the chaotic aftermath. How to maintain public order and ensure that a lawless state does not develop. Talk about the Emergency Response plans you have consulted on and the training exercises and evaluations you have conducted to see how robust our capabilities really are.

Great, now that Jesse Jackson, Robert Kennedy, and Michael Moore and damn near everybody else have sat down they also need to STFU!

I mean, how can you go wrong with that? No, he's not curtailing free speech, he's curtailing idiot speech. The type of speech that I've heard a lot of in my life. It's not that we don't have the freedom to speak our minds in America (barring certain exceptions) but that doesn't make our opinions valid. Just being able to speak doesn't mean you are free from criticism, or that you have the right to be heard. No one needs to listen, and no one needs to let you go unchallenged. Frankly, if you're opinion is invalid then I don't really need to waste my time with you. I'm not saying that you have to be an expert to opine, but at least have some knowledge of what you speak of and, more importantly, understand your ignorance of the subject (and that one includes all "experts").


Monday, September 05, 2005

Fight the Flood!

Bungie (my Halo Heroes) have become my game dev heroes. It has reached out to the Halo community in an effort to help the recovery efforts needed because of hurricane Katrina. If you're a Halo nut, like me, go to : Top Story, take their advice and buy a shirt. I'm going to have to wait until Friday (we are broker than broke right now) to buy mine, so I hope ya'll beat me to it.


Eject! Eject! Eject!: TRIBES

Eject! Eject! Eject!: TRIBES

Read it.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Fight Night and the 360

Here's part of an e-mail I sent off to someone, and realized it might make a decent post. Sorta like my comments posts. Rather it's exactly the same only totally different. I added a bit to the quote for this post.

I just read this in the September "Game Informer" magazine, and thought you might enjoy it. It's regarding the Sony E3 demo of the game and the upcoming XBox 360 version.

No matter how they felt about the show as a whole, nearly everyone who attended E3 agreed that Sony's press conference was a highlight, thanks to some truly stunning videos of the PlayStation 3 in motion. One such video was EA's Fight Night Round 3, which featured fast and furious footage of two photo-realistic boxers slugging it out with brutal intensity. Demonstrated by EA Chicago studio head Kudo Tsunoda, the video amazed viewers with its realism, from the way the boxers' expressions changed as the fight progressed to the way their flesh rippled when cracked in the face with a devastating hook. There was no denying that the footage looked great -- too great, some claimed. Soon after the footage was released onto the internet, rumors began swirling about its origins.

So stunning was the demo that skeptics immediately decried it as a fake – something prerendered, designed to oversell the capabilities of the PS3 and generate hype. Something so detailed and smooth, the naysayers claimed, simply could not exist, even on the powerful hardware unveiled by Sony earlier in the conference. It’s an elaborate fake, they said. Guess what? It’s not. We’ve played it. Fight Night Round 3 is the real deal, and those who couldn’t believe that the PS3 could generate such amazing gameplay are about to get another shock: Fight Night Round 3 is also coming to Xbox 360.

The talented crew at EA’s Chicago Studio began working on the 360 version of Fight Night mere months ago, and already it looks nearly identical to the PS3 footage shown at E3. When finished, the two versions should be practically indistinguishable.

Two things. First off, the Sony PR machine was incredibly successful with this demo. Secondly, I think this statement demonstrates something that Microsoft has claimed, the power and ease of use of their SDK software. EA was working on the PS3 version for some time, and within a couple of months they were able to make an XBox 360 version that is almost comparable to the demo, and expect that both versions will be indistinguishable from each other.

Oh, and the magazine gives the release date as winter 2006, and TBA on the PS3 version. Myself, I'm not interested in fighting games. I'm more a Halo, RPG, racing fan. You'll notice I had to name Halo outright since I'm also not a huge FPShooter fan, though I'm a big FPSneaker fan.


Saturday, September 03, 2005


TikiPundit: You Dang Right I Score 70%! Waddabout You?
I only socred a 67%. The Waianae question helped out, but a Moloka'i/Ka'u question might've helped more. :)