|Tuesday, April 21st, 2009|
|The Obama Effect
Rock River Armory
is running a 4 to 6 month backlog on orders despite an inflation in price of the basic Tactical A4 carbine of about 30%. The run on ammunition in the last few months has been nothing short of incredible. My guess would be that the Dems will not try and resurrect the AWB
until after the mid-term elections as that makes the most political sense. Seems to me getting on the list for 300 bones deposit is a pretty decent options play. Worst case I end up with an AR-15. By the way unlike Governor Ed "I don't have a clue" Rendell
I really don't care weather I am shot by a semi-automatic rifle that's black or has a wood grain on the barrel shroud; either way it sucks. Current Mood: impressed
|Monday, March 30th, 2009|
|Mickey D's Madness
I've had this
same complaint with McDonald's for a long time although shooting up the place is a little over the top... It must be the NY in me with all of those delis and diners that don't give a damn what the time is and get you what you want as long as they are open. I don't know how many times I've been at the airport waiting on line while the breakfast to lunch switch occurs whilst craving a Egg McMuffin.
|Wednesday, March 25th, 2009|
|Monday, March 9th, 2009|
|Friday, January 30th, 2009|
|The last thing anyone needs when they come home from work...
Listening on BPF/fxp0/00:a0:c9:39:94:48
Sending on BPF/fxp0/00:a0:c9:39:94:48
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 14
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 18
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 9
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
|Tuesday, January 27th, 2009|
|Tuesday, January 6th, 2009|
|Rockin like 1999
Ok it isn't much but this little project really threw me back to the good old days. I decided to whip up a little proof of concept Perl CGI to control my Marantz SR7002 receiver
via the RS-232 interface in the back
. As a result I think I might be the first person to mute the SR7002 from an iPhone. Maybe one of these days I will get around to buying that Mac Book and writing a real iPhone app that acts as a remote for this thing. Current Mood: chipper
|Saturday, January 3rd, 2009|
|Tuesday, December 30th, 2008|
|Example of our media failing us badly.
CNN can't read
and I took a few minutes today to actually read through most of the 400 page report since things were slow here in office. It is a very informative and easy read. Of course CNN throws a very misleading headline and tag line on the article about it. The report certainly did not imply the deaths of the astronauts were from faulty seat or helmet equipment. They were already dead or unconscious and almost dead at that point in the timeline. The primary cause of death was from rapid and unexpected depressurization of the crew compartment probably from the pressure vessel being compromised by the forward fuselage crashing into it while breaking up. The report goes on to say that if they were alive and conscious they probably would not experience the lethal level injuries from the helmet and lack of restraints as they would have braced themselves and resisted the moderate ~3G forces during loss of control. Either way it is academic since last time I checked flying through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds sans spacecraft is pretty lethal. Current Mood: bitchy
|Tuesday, December 9th, 2008|
|Sunday, November 9th, 2008|
|Monday, November 3rd, 2008|
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
Last night I went to take a bite out of dinner ended cracking a tooth. It was a moler that had a pretty large filling from years back that eventually weakened on one side and a little piece broke off. Since the tooth was pretty compromised anyway I decided to have it capped. Normally this would be a several week process of drilling, casting an impression, fitting a temporary then getting the real one installed. Not a fun process at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised my dentist bought one of these
bad boys. Basically it is your garden variety CAD/CAM package tuned for dentists hooked up to a hand held laser line scanner. The idea to model the cap site with the laser scanner then tweak the shape of the cap in the CAD system. The best part is he has a tabletop milling machine on-site that can cut the cap out of a blank in 12 minutes. The whole process in the door to walking out is an hour and half and no further visit is needed. I find myself pretty technology jaded but this sort of blew me away. Primarily how the hand scanner had so little in the way of noise in the model data and how easy it was to drag a line around the 3D model
to define the shape of the cap. This took about 5 minutes of tweaking right in front of me. Current Mood: impressed
|Tuesday, July 15th, 2008|
|Crazy Media Day
I started the day off by skimming the headlines on CNN to find the town I now live rated 16th
out of a 100 small cities to live. I always find these sort of lists interesting for some reason. Then this evening I caught the first episode of Robocars
on the DVR and noticed it featured several cameos of Rhubarb working on a team out of Virginia
for the DARPA Urban Challenge
! If that wasn't crazy enough I then flip past Fox News to find that a missing women was discovered dead
near the lake where I golf once a week. Creepy... Current Mood: crazy
|Wednesday, June 18th, 2008|
|Friday, May 23rd, 2008|
|Thursday, March 27th, 2008|
|Sunday, March 23rd, 2008|
|Wednesday, February 20th, 2008|
|My former employeer will be happy
Lately life has gotten busy as heck between work and the house. Not to mention that several trips look like they are in the near future; especially one to a certain South West Asian country. Looking forward to March because my family and possibly others will be coming down to visit. I already have a list a mile long of house projects to get done that week as well as at least 3 rounds of golf with my dad and brother.
Well we really can't turn down the opportunity to shoot a 700 million dollar target with a 10 million dollar missile can we?SM-3 Block 1A hit-to-kill exo-atmospheric intercept
Back in 2006 I posted a journal entry regarding the need for real world testing of the SM3 missile after development really took off post exiting the ABM treaty. This whole topic is interesting to me for two reasons.
1) I used to work for a sub-contractor and we talked about it a lot.
2) I find the popular culture, for the last 10 years or so, about anti-missile missiles being an impossible feat amusing. If I had a dime for every time a satirist would make some comment acting as if some physical impossibility existed preventing any prospect of success. This sounds to me like I imagine those dopes saying that breaking the sound barrier was impossible sounded after Bell X-1.
For instance many failures occurred during the beginning of the Polaris
program. And today we don't walk around under the notion that if a Trident D5
launch were to occur it would be a crap shoot weather or not the target would be incinerated. It's simply a function of 50 years of engineering and development to get from point A to B.
For more background:
For more background
|Saturday, January 5th, 2008|