Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Russian supply rocket blows up after launch.

NASA is counting on Russia as well as Japan and Europe to keep the orbiting outpost stocked, now that the space shuttles are no longer flying. The shuttle program ended in July with the Atlantis mission; a year’s worth of food and other provisions were delivered.

That burning sensation?  Shame.  Pure unalloyed shame.

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Totally Rad


Things be looking good…

Spacecraft Data Confirm MESSENGER Orbit and Operation

Data from its first three days in orbit about Mercury have confirmed the initial assessment of the spacecraft team that MESSENGER is in its intended orbit and operating nominally.

“The team is relieved that things have gone so well, but they remain busy as they continue to configure the spacecraft for orbital operations and monitor its health and safety in the new environment,” says MESSENGER Project Manager Peter Bedini, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

Today the navigation team delivered an orbit determination that will span MESSENGER’s first four weeks in orbit. Starting on March 23, 2011, the team will begin commissioning the science instruments. That day the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer, Magnetometer, Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer, Mercury Laser Altimeter, Neutron Spectrometer, and X-Ray Spectrometer will be turned on.

Interesting ground track – it’s a high-inclination highly elliptical orbit that seems to have it’s major axis sort of parallel to the equatorial plane so I guess it looks right.  I guess I expected more dwell at one pole over the other but that would seem to be counter to the stated goal, wouldn’t it?.

XKCD has a great diagram to compare relative radiation doses.

Everything I’ve heard from folks says that the Sievert isn’t really a good measure for acute doses but you gotta start comparing apples to orangutans at some point, right?   It’s a guideline or rather, an illustrative guide.

It’s also been fuzzed to prove to the venerable XKCD God (Randall) that I don’t want to blatantly steal a whole body of work.  It’s enough to whet your appetite.  Go here for the original over at XKCD.  (h/t to The Dude)


Oh, bra-VO, you idiots.

Now, if it were an enemy sniper and one of our snipers got the guy before he could kill some of our soldiers, I can see it.  But, assuming that these are actually innocent civilians… the idea of killing innocent civilians and posing with them goes beyond the pale, and a long cruel sentence is warranted.

Why?  Because if this is true, the people who already want to kill us won’t want to kill us any worse, but it sure swells the ranks.  If it’s true, I can’t see as how I would blame the muslim world for being angry.

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Oh Japan…

Thoughts and prayers for the Japanese people.

Just saw the scale and longevity of the tsunami.  When entire burning buildings are picked up and carried along it doesn’t look good for people caught unawares.

With that kind of wholesale damage, it’s going to be a long while before the toll on lives is known.

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Saw this on Drudge just a few minutes ago.  So bleedingly fresh it glistened.  Of course Drudge treated the Edwards Infidelity Files as if that were bleeding edge news as well, and it was weeks old.

FLASH: RASMUSSEN Poll release at Noon Eastern:

47% Favor Fairness Doctrine for Radio, TV...

31% Want Government Requirement for Bloggers to Abide by Guidelines...


That’s nice.

So if those 31% folks had their way, the government would get to tell me what I write, how I write it, and who I allow to have access to it.  I might as ****ing well move to China.  M. Malkin posted on this a long time back (media Fairness Doctrine).


I am an unabashed meat eater, doe-eyed deah included, so this graphic sent to me by a friend doesn’t horrify me, it makes me hungry.  Source unknown, sorry.


Now on to our regularly scheduled dose of drivel.

Well, I knew I needed to get those maps out flat again after shipping them via tube so I did it tonight and snapped some pics.  Even at high res (3200×2400) the detail is just too fine to capture (the maps are that awesome).  I shrunk them down, which is why you’re getting 1024×768 or 1600×1200 and these images don’t do them justice but it gives you an idea of what kind of talent it takes to do something like these.  This was pre-computer era stuff.  Back when things were not quite so rushed, and artisan-level work was more accepted.  I do think the pendulum is starting to swing the other way, however… more quality that lasts and a higher price is acceptable.

I can share jpgs of the maps anyway.  The first one is decidedly un-PC by today’s standards (and I hope the term “PC” dies a horrible death soon – so much so that I won’t use it any more.  So there.)  But you have to remember the context of when this map was made – we were AT WAR with Japan, the country that sucker-punched us at Pearl Harbor.  Not much love for Japan then, which is why it is so amazing that they are now some of our strongest allies.

Based on it’s note of returning some land to China “after Victory” I’m going to assume that it is pre-1945.  If someone knows the actual date of this, let me know.  It is one of my favorites because of the vibrant colors.

This next one is The British Isles.  Got a teensy weensy bit of English in me, and I thought the map was just plain cool.  You’ll hear me say that a lot about these maps, sorry.  Weasel’s Uncle Badger fella over in the UK would probably appreciate this one.  As with quite a few of these, I cannot find a published date on them.  They are indeed old, however.  Yellowed and stiff as old books and papers are known to be.  By the way, now might be the time to take a quick side-trip to her site and check out her furry little critters. They are saccharin-cute.

Note:  Yes, the books holding the maps down are “Snuggle Puppy” and “Thomas the Tank Engine”.

Next is a map of Boston.  Why Boston?  Because I love Boston.  I’ve only been a few times but I am totally fantastically enamored of the town.  Why?  All of it.  Except for the driving, perhaps.  That’s why you use public transport.

Lastly, Germany.  Why Germany?  Because I’m pretty much half german and my surname pretty much demands that I possess this map.


Wow.  I have been selected for a singular honor…

Luckily, I can count on you, Constant Reader to keep this secret hush-hush.  I was contacted today to help a gentleman in need.  Here, I’ll let you read it for yourself…

From: “JOHN PURSEL”<j.pursel55 @geemail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:03:05 +0200

Dear Friend,

I am John Pursel, an American Army Contractor working with the United States Uniformed Services in Iraq.

As you may know everyday there are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombings going on here.Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation.

Please check: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

We were able to hide some of the money totalling US$35 Million dollars.  This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. The above figure was given to me to secure it on behalf of everyone and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, and before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative.

I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then endeavour to contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.

Once l receive a positive response from your side, I will send you the full details of how and where we plan to move the money.These arrangements are risk free.

lf you are sure you can work with us, kindly send me an e-mail through: john1.pursel55@gmail.com  signifying your interest.  l will also give you more details about my person and how we can achieve our goal.


john1.pursel55 @geemail.com

Is that not the most sacred level of trust or what? It must be legit, because it has a news link in it.

Do you personally know of anyone gullible enough to fall for this crap?  Are YOU gullible enough to fall for this crap?  Are you a recovering gulliholic?

I answer “No”, “Hell no”, and “Get out of my face” to those questions.


Olympics Update: China swears that she is 16, so she must be.  I mean, come on, it’s China.  Would they lie?

Bzzzzt!  No, silly, she just graduated from third grade last week.  Granted, educationally this is equivalent to a freshman skill level in the US, but she ain’t no 16 years old.

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