May 05, 2015

First World Problems

Kvetching lurks below the fold. As compensation, here is a view of the most awesome transportation network ever...



Note Meteor Jr was actually a real project. Note too that the suffix "Junior" was because Goodyear had bigger things in mind. The math worked (though the third stage would have to be redesigned as re-entry issues were greater than supposed). Goodyear also was pitching Zeppelins for passenger and freight throughout the '50s. 
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May 03, 2015

Meanwhile...

While Baltimore is the focus of the news...

Stuff continues to happen...

Finland has sent activation orders to 900,000 reservists
No, that is not a typo, the number is nine hundred thousand. 
This is not a full mobilization, but the country is sending letters to all reservists clarifying where they are to report in the event of one.


The Iranians have seized the MV Maersk Tigris. The vessel is registered to the Marshall Islands. This gets complicated because while the Marshall Islands is an independent country, they are a US protectorate. The US, New Zealand and Australia have arrangements like this with several of their former territories. The upshot is that this is exactly the same legally as if it were a US ship. Note that earlier on the 29th, the Maersk Kensington which IS US flagged, was intercepted and ordered to heave to in the same area but refused. There is more on this here. It appears the the Navy is going to be convoying US ships through the straits of Hormuz

There is some further oddness going on in the hermit kingdom. Of course I'm sure that an unstable regime with nuclear weapons is nothing to worry about



Finally, there has been some good news. There are reports that ISIS head Al-Bagdadi has suffered a case of extreme chiropracty due to some US bombs. This could strike at the heart of the caliphates legitimacy. More verifiable, is that 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria have been rescued from Boko Haram. These are not the girls who were kidnapped last August but some of the many other girls that have been kidnapped by the Islamist group.   


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May 02, 2015

Brickmuppet Interactive!

Congratulations loyal readers! As a free perk of reading Brickmuppet Blog, you get to take part in cutting edge technology decision making.

Click here and tell me what you see, what you hear, what browser you are using and if you got the harem ending.

For those who do not wish to partake in such a meta exercise,  here is some scenery pr0n. 


MinasTerith (?) by Yo Shimizu
That other thing by Dick Dale and Shaft

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April 28, 2015

Exam Heck

Exams begin Thursday and last into next week.  Additionally, it appears that one of my classes was actually in the sociology department and so requires APA style as opposed to Chicago/Turabian. Fortunately, I've been given the option of re-submitting it...


Experimenting, training, testing and retrying. My life is just like this picture, but without the respectability, cute girls, cutting edge tech and prototype karatebot. 


Karatebot training by Sukabu


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April 27, 2015

Baltimore

What I'm seeing on television now is truly dispiriting. The police seem completely overmatched and the people of the city are helpless before the mob. The mayor's behavior has been bizarre: An hour ago, I watched a fellow show Fox's Leland Vittert where he had been struck with bean bags (after throwing bottles at police). Vittert asked him if he intended to stay out and continue to protest. The fellow said that he intended to but "of course, if they imposed a curfew we'd have to respect that."
At that point I learned that the curfew isn't in effect yet.
Why?

Baltimore was much more important to the history of this nation than is generally appreciated. In addition to being the city that stopped the British advance up the coast in 1812, it is the place where, thanks to Lord Baltimore, religious freedom was first made the law of the land in North America, 366 years ago last Tuesday. 

...and now it burns.

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April 26, 2015

Right Time. Right Place.

"Wow." Indeed.

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Almost Finished

...but not quite.

Thus, there is no content here, just a red bean bun...



...and hungry eyes.
 

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April 23, 2015

Final Stretch

Next week exams begin. I've got one paper to finish and a few miscellaneous assignments to turn in Monday. In the interim, here is Calbuco...


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April 19, 2015

Slight Reprieve

Posting will continue to be intermittent, perfunctory and generally inconsequential. 

As compensation for this, as well as the banality beneath the fold, here are Hanako, Rin and Paddlefoot

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What the Hell?

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April 17, 2015

Apropos of Nothing

 
"Nothing at all."

Miki here is a game sprite and as such can't be doxxed, fired, DDOSed or otherwise struggled against in any meaningful way. 
Oh, and on a completely unrelated note, she is totally the one who pointed out to me this Harlan Ellison rant from 1994.

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It Seems That I Had Misinterpreted the Situation

It's not that the Russian government is expansionist.

RUSSIA is.


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April 16, 2015

Obligatory

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Some Space News

The New Horizons probe is fast approaching Pluto, an astronomer has identified 50 objects that could well be Dyson spheres and the first color photos from Ceres seem to indicate that the dwarf planet has been, at least at one time tectonically active, though the mystery of the bright, shiny spots is still unsolved. 

We've asked one of our Crack Team of Science Babes to comment on these developments. 


"Wait...What was that middle thing again? 'Cause it sounded like there was somethin' crazy in there."

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April 15, 2015

6 More Days

Tuesday is the last day of classes and I still have about 13 pages to write spread over 4 different research projects. Thus, I'll remain scarce for a bit. 


In the meantime, here is some mundane mechatronic móe by Sukabu.




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