December 24, 2011

A Christmas Tree: I Haz One

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December 22, 2011

Does Anybody Remember This?

This XKCD  strip jogged a memory.

Back in the 80's there was (at least in Virginia) a fad for some years where there were generic foods on store shelves. By generic I don't mean store brands..I mean GENERIC..

How generic?
This generic.

One of my teachers was really enthusiastic about these as they did away with brand names and consumerism. I was too young to realize that this probably meant she was a commie. She gave me the impression that these were government products, but I don't think that was the case. At the time, we were not well off and my folks did buy them. I remember the green beans being decent. A quick search though brings up very little info other than the above pic (which was without context) and a painful reminiscence about generic beer.

So...what was the deal with these? Was it a government program? Was it a short lived company trying to save on advertising costs? What?
Does anyone know?

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December 18, 2011

Simplifying the Impossible

Over at Jerry Pournelles place there is commentary on an extended missive he received via mail on the subject of the Dean Drive and how to fix the problems in that system by adding a cat to the mechanism.

A brief excerpt:

Orient the vehicle so the driving (cat) end of the cradle is pointed AWAY from the intended post-cat-activation direction of flight. Using the vessel’s ordinary means of propulsion (assumed for this experiment to be either a rocket, ion thruster, or similar reaction engine), place the vessel under a sufficient amount of acceleration that the cat does not experience microgravity. This initial baseline acceleration should be along the line between the astronaut station and the cat station, towards the cat.

Place the astronaut in the chair and the cat in the harness. While the astronaut holds the cat at arms’ length, attach the hook to the cat’s harness and inspect all fastenings for proper attachment and locking.

Given the obviously earth shaking nature of this breakthrough I am loath to publish more here for fear of patent infringement.   However, you can view the future yourself over there and while you're at it subscribe.

I note a good deal of complexity seems to be inherent in the proposed system. Therefore I propose a simpler arrangement which is described behind this tag, Here at Brickmuppet Blog, we try to make the impossible simple.

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December 10, 2011

What I Learned at the Debate

The 3,547,862,241st Republican debate was heavily hyped.

However, there were no stitches and no one got hit by a chair.

Romney endorses gambling.
Newt is now the guy to beat.
Perry had his best debate ever but he is still painful to watch at times.
Bachman did better than usual, until she introduced  "9-9-9" into the first debate that should have been free of it. She went downhill from there....
When Paul is good, he is very very good and when he is bad he is horrid.

It is not too late for the RNC to lawyer-up and seriously consider implementing Plan Don.

But enough of this.

On to the important questions.

Here are two dullahans having tea.

How do they have tea?

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