Monday, September 29, 2008

Instapundit.com -

Instapundit.com -: "SO WHICH WILL TURN OUT TO BE A BIGGER DEAL IN THE LONG TERM? China's first space walk, or SpaceX's successful commercial launch test? I'm guessing number two, but I'm happy for both of 'em."

Sorta the same thing. After all, in China commercial is government, or government waiting to happen. Then again, with the bank bailout here in the U.S. it seems that the same applies to our large banking industry.

Kalroy

BakersfieldCondors.com - News & Releases

BakersfieldCondors.com - News & Releases

This cracks me the heck up. Also, if his numbers are accurate I didn't realize Kern put out that much oil. I knew that they were the "county" that produced more than any other county, I just didn't realize that they produced THAT much.

Kalroy

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Zombie Test

Your result for Zombie, Zombie Food, or Zombie Survivor Test...

The Survivor

You are a warrior, a survivor.


You are well prepared and knowledgable and will no doubt live a long and happy zombie-free life. You might want to think about setting up a zombie survival group in your area, an anti-undead militia. But please, for everyone's sake keep it low-key. We don't want the government to think we are on to their scheme so take your band and keep moving.

Take Zombie, Zombie Food, or Zombie Survivor Test at HelloQuizzy

Friday, August 22, 2008

CDR Salamander: What clown did this weld?

CDR Salamander: What clown did this weld?

The Air Force adopted the Navy's job classification training regime under the name of Rivet Work Force. This killed craftsmanship and quality. The Navy has vastly different needs and different limitations of space. The Air Force thought they could join crafts that had an average four year apprenticeship (one of which was already a triple craft) and force train them to journeyman level in less than two years.

It worked okay on the machinist side, but the welder/heat treater/electroplater side failed miserably. Staffs and Techs whose welds can pass certification (submitting the best cert of fifty cert attempts each) but whose welding ability would never have gotten them signed off as proficient in the past. Heat treaters who couldn't tell you what regulations they are supposed to follow or how to repair their own equipment (let alone re-brick an oven).

Allowing this has translated over to the contractor side, because QA has never been exposed to real craftsmanship and come from a pool of workers who have never operated at that level. For instance QA at Edwards AFB couldn't tell you how critical proper brushplating of high strength steel is, let alone what regulations cover plating. Heck, they don't know what the welding pubs or heat treating pubs are, and the military who were once here didn't seem to know any of that with only a single exception (who had been an instructor at heat treating school).

Also hiring standards are lax as people try to fill positions on manpower rosters, rather than fill positions with skilled technicians. I understand that you could go a year plus trying to fill a welding position, while waiting for an applicant who has the necessary skills, want's to live in the desert, and loves the craft enough that they would work for the pay just to work on the cool stuff (I took a 20K cut to work here). Still, you should make the wait and get competent craftsman who don't need a couple of years of training to actually be capable of working without supervision or technical help.

Kalroy

Update: Comment left on the site by I and I.



The level of skill in the welding industry, in general, has gone down over the years. Partly due to advances in technology that allow better results with less ability and skill, and partly because the pay is really not that great, and partly because "good enough" and "get 'er done" have replaced "high quality" and "get 'er done right."

On the government side (military and civillian) this is entirely the government's fault because of their incredibly lax QA, and it's seeming enthusiasm for not enforcing compliance of the standards it requires on paper.

On the contractor side this is all over the map, and depends entirely on what contractors feel they can get away with.

Usually it takes a massive monetary loss, or a loss of life (usually more than a couple) for the government to step up on this. Worse, the government tends to blame the contractors lack of compliance (and they are to blame for part of this) without ever recognizing that the government's own lack of QA oversight and willingness to enforce standards is root of the problem.

Kalroy

Wireless Power Transmission Becoming Viable? - Ozymandias

Wireless Power Transmission Becoming Viable? - Ozymandias
Seems like this will eventually be valid technology. In a few decades. Not the amount of power transmission, but a 25% loss is monstrously huge, even in such small amounts. Granted, that's assuming that our current electrical generating capacity doesn't increase greatly with the addition of coal and nuclear power plants to a level where such losses and waste is more than acceptable. But today, where the only new options seem to be creating wind and solar capacity where 35 square miles adds less than a quarter the generating capacity of a conventional power plant at a fraction of the cost efficiency, it is an important consideration.

Kalroy

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Armed and Dangerous � Blog Archive � A Brief History of Firearms Policy Fraud

Armed and Dangerous � Blog Archive � A Brief History of Firearms Policy Fraud

Lays the smackdown on the anti-civil-rights folks.

Dark Knight Shift: Why Batman Could Exist--But Not for Long: Scientific American

Dark Knight Shift: Why Batman Could Exist--But Not for Long: Scientific American

Wicked awesome for Batman fans. Though I think the assumption that Batman is out ever night, night after night, is supported by the comics and such a real Batman wouldn't be able to do that. I think a real Batman would have a schedule more along the lines of military special forces. Out for a couple of nights, rest for a day or more, and then back out. Though he would need periods of extended vacation every so often just to be able to keep up that pace.

Still, pretty cool interview.

Kalroy

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Oilers' Lowe fires back at Ducks' Burke - Fisking Lowe

Oilers' Lowe fires back at Ducks' Burke - Sports Rumors - NHL - Yahoo! Sports

"Where do I begin?," started Lowe. "He's a moron, first of all."

Well, that's an opinion certainly.
"He's an underachieving wanna-be in terms of success in the NHL."
Again, that's an opinion and is based solely on how one defines success. If riding on the coattails of greatness to six Stanley Cups is your definition, than Burke is a total wannabe.

If earning an LL.B and MBA from Harvard, being hired as Vice-President in charge of discipline for the NHL, being credited for re-viving the ailing Canucks, increasing their attendance, and making them a competitor again, and if building a Stanley Cup contender in one-fifth the time it took Lowe are more along your line of a definition, than Lowe is mistaken.

"He won a Stanley Cup? Great. I've won six Stanley Cups, you want to count rings? Who cares, it's just a little pathetic that he carries on."

Let me point out that all six rings were won as a player. Five with the oilers during their heyday. Now it is without a doubt that I say Lowe contributed to getting those five rings, but I'm pretty sure Gretzky, Kurri, Coffey, Anderson, Fuhr, and Messier had a lot more to do with that, considering that Lowe's points never broke fifty, and from '85 through '92 they only rose above 26 once. As team captain in the '91-'92 season Lowe scored 10 points and was traded to the Rangers.

Incidentally, the cup that Lowe won with the Rangers was also won with the help of ex-Oilers Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish, and Glenn Anderson.
Where Lowe's cup aspirations have faltered have been behind the bench. No cup in ten years behind the bench (not unheard of, and not uncommon). One year as assistant coach, one year as coach (they made it through the first round and were eliminated in the second), and now eight years as GM.
"This guy is an absolute media junkie and I guess he's achieving what he wants because he gets his name in the headlines."

Really? Because Brian Burke doesn't make any headlines in Anaheim, and neither do the ducks. Despite being more community oriented than any other major team in Southern California. Despite having made the playoffs pretty consistently, despite having won a cup, and despite bringing hockey to California in a way that the Sharks and the Kings were unable to accomplish.
"Lastly, he's in a pathetic hockey market where they can't get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on."

See above regarding media headlines. Now, despite this horrible media deficiency, which is shared by more than a couple American teams, the Ducks have consistently sold out home games, and have carried on their community good works.

Brian Burke has faults, but for all that he's regularly regarded as a class act who is both passionate about the game, and about people. He's gone beyond simply being a team general manager and worked with the NHL, as other GMs have, to improve the NHL and the game of hockey.

With all this, I gotta wonder who the real moron is.

Kalroy

Friday, June 20, 2008

Congratulations Spaceman

Congratulations to Edwards AFB's Astronaut nominees!

Astronaut Pilot Category:

MAJ SCOTT A. HERITSCH, AFFTC

MAJ JASON T. DIGIACOMO, 419 FLTS

MAJ JENNIFER L. JEFFORDS, 419 FLTS

LTC DANIEL D. DAETZ, 411 FLTS

MAJ CARRIE A. REINHARDT, 416 FTS

MAJ RYAN B. REINHARDT, 416 FLTS

CPT MICHAEL B. NIELSEN, 416 FLTS

MAJ SCOTT A. CAIN, 416 FLTS

MAJ DOUGLAS O. CREVISTON, 416 FLTS

CPT GRANT A. MIZELL, 418 FLTS

MAJ AARON A. TUCKER, 418 FTS

MAJ JASON D. DOTTER, 411 FLTS

MAJ SCOTT A. MCLAREN, 445 FLTS

MAJ LEONARD C. KEARL, 416 FLTS

CPT STEVEN W. SPEARES, USAFTPS

LTC GREGORY P. GILBREATH, USAFTPS

MAJ GREGORY R. WOOD, USAFTPS

MAJ MICHAEL P. DAVIS, USAFTPS

MAJ JACK D. FISCHER, 411 FLTS

MAJ FRANK A. DELSING, RAF TPS

MAJ MATTHEW M. BERGGREN, FRENCH TPS




Mission Specialist Category:

CPT MATTHEW S. CASPERS, USAFTPS

CPT JEFFREY S. DILLARD, USAFTPS

CPT LESLIE R. SNODGRASS JR, USAFTPS

CPT MATTHEW C. WROTEN, USAFTPS

CPT DAN ITSARA, USAFTPS

MAJ JOSHUA A. LANE, 419 FLTS

CPT BRIAN J. NEFF, USAFTPS

MAJ STEVEN T. GRACE, 418 FLTS

MAJ PAUL E. KLADITIS, 772 TS

MAJ JOHN R. SHINOSKIE, USAFTPS

McCain campaign ad features Medal of Honor music, composer 'dismayed' - Joystiq

McCain campaign ad features Medal of Honor music, composer 'dismayed' - Joystiq

The comments typically degrade into ugh, but not as bad as actual liberal sites. Gotta say I get a bit miffed with all the hating against trailers and non-city folk.

Kalroy

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fools and "Frauds" Survive, Idealists Leech or Die

"Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war."

John McCain's opening line is his rejection of Homer, Virgil, and most of history's stories and tales of war. It is an embrace of leftism in the West that is designed to weaken the West in the face of its enemies. Historically talk of war has always been about glory, toughness and romanticism so as to motivate one's people for survival. Those people who find war too abhorent, or without honor and glory are people who will be forced to choose servitude, destruction or find a protector willing to do violence on their part. Mind you, just because all of history demonstrates this doesn't mean that it will always be true, but wishful thinking will not change this.

Kalroy

Sunday, June 08, 2008

LucasArts.com | Fracture

LucasArts.com | Fracture

I hope they did an exemplary job of fleshing out the female character. I have gotten sick of female characters in video games and movies for the sole reason of have a female character. This is even more true today when people like Joss Whedon have shown us female characters that aren't just rescue plot points or male characters with vaginas.

The developer diary showed that they felt they needed a female character for the sake of having a female rescue character and then added on powers, plot points, etc. Hopefully she'll be more Kaylee and less Vicky Vale.

Kalroy

Friday, June 06, 2008

Ace of Spades HQ

Ace of Spades HQ

Power Line: Who's to Blame for High Gas Prices?

Power Line: Who's to Blame for High Gas Prices?

Well yeah. It's an open secret. Though if Obama becomes president they may try to pull a fast one and open it all up with conditions that keep them all closed so they can claim to have solved our gasoline prices.

Kalroy

Last of the Few: THE FINAL WORD ON NUTRITION....

Last of the Few: THE FINAL WORD ON NUTRITION....

Video: GHIII 100% perfect Dragonforce's 'TTFAF' - Xbox 360 Fanboy

Video: GHIII 100% perfect Dragonforce's 'TTFAF' - Xbox 360 Fanboy

Wicked Ahsome!


Kalroy

BLACKFIVE: On properly insulting our enemies

BLACKFIVE: On properly insulting our enemies

Okay, I'll go with it.

Kalroy

COUNTERCOLUMN: The Adjunct of Evil

COUNTERCOLUMN: The Adjunct of Evil

GayPatriot � Gay Bashing in Amsterdam goes Unnoticed in US

GayPatriot � Gay Bashing in Amsterdam goes Unnoticed in US

Power Line: Bad news on the employment front

Power Line: Bad news on the employment front

The local high school just had graduation last night. Gotta wonder if a new year of graduates looking for work affected these stats. Makes me wonder, not enough to research it myself, whether this has been a yearly thing.

Kalroy

Bowling With Our Own by John Leo

Bowling With Our Own by John Leo: "Putnam is hopeful that eventually America will forge a new solidarity based on a “new, broader sense of we.” The problem is how to do that in an era of multiculturalism and disdain for assimilation."

Huh? That's funny, as I recall we already had a broader sense of we. Rather, it would be a broader sense of us, or U.S.

Pity we don't push that sense of identity.

Kalroy

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV's Niko pops up on SNL - Joystiq

Grand Theft Auto IV's Niko pops up on SNL - Joystiq

Has SNL become so bad that this crap could actually make it into the show? There is such potential for a GTAIV skit, and this is the best they can come up with?




Kalroy

Friday, May 09, 2008

Soldiers Say Porn Ban May Hurt Morale

Soldiers Say Porn Ban May Hurt Morale

This and the noseart deal caused me to vote democrat all those years ago. I helped screw the country over by voting for Clinton. Hope there's no repeat.

Kalroy

Thursday, May 08, 2008

wcbstv.com - Drivers Conserving Gas As Prices Continue To Rise

wcbstv.com - Drivers Conserving Gas As Prices Continue To Rise

Do the math, driving slower from New York to California (L.A.) is not a one hour difference, it's an eight hour difference. So doing 73mph versus 60 mph is a good nights sleep. The big difference is how much is your time worth?

Kalroy

Friday, March 28, 2008

No Flying Nipple Rings

Woman says TSA forced her to take off piercings before takeoff - BostonHerald.com

Ridiculous whiner. If your piercings are relatively new they might close and be a major pain in the ass, but otherwise you can easily remove them and put them back on. I had to do it for an MRI, and they were recent enough that it was a bit difficult to put them back in, but, meh. No big deal. She needed to file complaints and it's a good thing that this is coming to light, but the whiny crying is, well, whiny.

What is a big deal are TSA officers without the wisdom and knowledge to know enough about body piercings to let them by after a simple wanding. This is all I've ever had to worry about when flying and I've never had to remove my piercings. It's the ignorance of these particular TSA employees, their supervisors, and the system that allowed such ignorance that are problem. Considering other such anecdotes it seems like it might be a rather pervasive problem with the TSA.

One other thing, if the TSA website, that none of us ever reads, does state that piercings might have to be removed, than there is no excuse for freaking out, because no one is forced to not educate themselves on what a pain in the ass flying may be in this day and age. I doubt whiny girl is the only person who never read it, and who suffered for it. Heck I ended up throwing away a 15 year old zippo because they disallowed them a few day before I flew. That one still hurts (more than removing my piercings ever did). Perhaps I should go cry about it.
Kalroy

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What Fred Said

Fred said...

Much as I despise Islam and consider it Satan's work, I actually have more respect, on a human level, for Muslims than I do for the filthy, venal, and slothful dhimmis in our own countries who do Islam's bidding by going after those who fairly criticize Islam. Our own people are doing this!!!

Muslims are being faithful to Ummah and Qur'an. On some level I can respect that, even if I consider them my enemy. Yes, one can and should respect one's enemies.

But I consider our Western dhimmis unworthy of respect. It is they who function as the Fifth Column for the Islamic jihad.

2/27/2008 09:47:00 PM  

Posted over at The Belmont Club

Monday, February 11, 2008

Red Wings coach

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wouldn't talk about the call.

"My thought is there's no sense discussing it," he said.

Just shows Mike Babcock is a class act.