Archive for June 3rd, 2010

Expect the Unexpected.

I don’t know what I expected, really, but it wasn’t this…

Yet another foundation stone for my argument that women shouldn’t be behind the wheel.

Note:  I’m biased after having one woman pull right out in front of me and another rear-end me – the second incident leading me to the neck problems I have today.


X-ray laser… now is that cool or what?  Now maybe I’m old but I always  thought of the magnets in a free-electron laser as “wiggler” magnets, so the term “undulator magnets” seems a mite peculiar.

The shortest wavelengths I’ve ever been around was vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV), so this really seems pretty cool.  Alignment required better than 5 microns over 15m of length… that’s 0.33 microradians, which is just amazing.  Wicked.

I have seen better than that but we’re talking parallelization of etalon plates that are 2″ in diameter, but this FEL/X-ray laser thing is crazy – it’s in a class by itself.


You CANNOT make this stuff up.

Rehoboth Beach in Delaware isn’t a topless beach — but a few transgender men caused a stir by treating it like one.

Police say passers-by complained after the men removed their tops and revealed their surgically enhanced breasts over Memorial Day weekend. A lifeguard asked them to put their tops back on. The men initially refused, but covered up before police arrived.

[snip] Police Chief Keith Banks notes the men were doing nothing illegal. Since they have male genitalia, they can’t be charged with indecent exposure for showing their breasts. Banks says there’s no need for a specific law to address the issue.

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