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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
10:17 pm
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
7:43 pm
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
5:31 pm
Monday, March 9th, 2009
9:49 pm
Dude ever hear about International waters?
To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee

That's not breaking the law this is breaking the law.
Friday, January 30th, 2009
12:08 am
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 port 67 interval 4
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to port 67 interval 5
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to port 67 interval 14
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to port 67 interval 18
DHCPDISCOVER on fxp0 to port 67 interval 9
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
11:08 pm
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
1:02 am
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
11:45 am
Deja Vu
Obama's NASA strategy for moon landing

Yea we can use the Atlas rocket family, to launch manned flights, in an effort to speed up a moon landing program to beat a communist competitor in a space race. We shall call it project Mecury.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
7:53 pm
Example of our media failing us badly.
CNN can't read

So mattw 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
5:59 pm
Sunday, November 9th, 2008
1:46 am
Please implement SUBSAFE. Thank you, the management.
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
11:46 pm
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
10:01 pm
Expensive Dinner
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
2:02 am
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
12:19 am
Just caught an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay shot in my home town. Crazy

Current Mood: amused
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
2:04 pm
And people wonder why we have the Second Amendment...
Even coming from Maxine Waters this shocks me; although I suppose that is my fault.

Current Mood: shocked
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
10:26 am
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
10:50 pm
Vacation Is Over
I took this past week off from work while my family was in town. My dad, brother and I managed to get in three rounds of golf despite the crappy weather (Lochmere, The Crossings & Knight's Play) . The Crossings is an amazing golf course. Very challenging and beautiful. The best part is we had the course to ourselves on Thursday morning. I suspect that is what retirement feels like. I also installed 4 ceiling fans and a pile of other projects and appointments taken care of. One project was to re-arrange the office. So I disconnected my desktop computer for the day and didn't get around to setting it back up until Saturday morning to find it didn't boot. Apparently the Intel SATA RAID controller, built into the south bridge, lost the fact the second drive in my boot partition was part of the stripe set. All my important stuff is on a separate mirror set but this proved to be a huge pain in the ass none the less. The drive is fine and I assume all the data was there sans some bit of meta data the RAID controller uses to determine the volume description. Well I ended up wiping the volume and re-installing again since the docs describe no method of re-attaching the disk to the stripe set.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
11:09 pm
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
9:54 pm
Dialing in the home theater
So I've been fooling around with the home theater, or at least the bits I have so far, for the last few weeks. The Saturday before new years I picked up a pair of B&W 684s for the fronts. BTW new years eve was a lot of fun mostly because I got to see some people I hadn't seen in a long time. I didn't feel like buying speaker cable that day so mattw was clutch in flying in from Florida earlier in the day and lending me his set of spare cables. This weekend joe714 was nice enough to lend me his powered sub woofer to fool around with as well.

My overall impression is very good. The system sounds great and even better since the speakers are broken in. Some little annoyances I am going to either workaround or have to deal with have popped up. So TWC does not stock a SA set top box that does HDMI but not DVR, although SA makes them TWC refuses to see the case distribute them. One is left with HD component, no thanks, or a box that does DVI; which completely shocked me that they would have and distribute to customers. This is fine with me but it does mean I have to run TOSLINK or S/PDIF between the receiver the the cable box. That is not really a deal breaker up front however I would like to use HDMI pass through in the future to drop the audio to the TV directly when I don't want to use the amp to listen the TV. This can only be done if the audio is in the HDMI in the first place. I decided the long term best solution would be to get a cable box that does do HDMI directly and a 2 port HDMI multiplexer. Then run two separate HDMI feeds up to the TV and this would allow me to select either way cutting the receiver out when I don't care. This will also solve my second issue. The Marantz, as far as I can tell, won't let you double book an HDMI input for two separate input presets. In other words while I am listening to iTunes via the Airport Express on AUX2 I can't have the video for the TV playing as well because the HDMI input from the cable box is already mapped to the DSS input. If I wanted to dump S-Video or Component out of cable box as well I could map that to the AUX2 input then up-convert to HDMI to the TV. This might be a nice hack until I get around to the better solution.

List of things to do:

1) Hang TV on the wall (Wall mount kit on order)

2) Get a center channel

3) Install secondary left and right channel speakers on the living/dining room wall.

4) Get rear channels

5) Replace existing entertainment center

Current Mood: tired
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