Friday, September 30, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
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
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?
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys
Read the entire thing.
Monday, September 26, 2005
"'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.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 Bungie.net : 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.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
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
I only socred a 67%. The Waianae question helped out, but a Moloka'i/Ka'u question might've helped more. :)