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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Atomic Rockets

Atomic Rockets may be the ultimate space geek playground. It's chock full of design data for all kinds of spacecraft -- real, imagined and fantastic. For example, this is a concept for a lighter and tanker supporting a proposed hydrogen generation plant on Callisto:



Designed in 1975, it utilizes a gas-core nuclear thermal rocket, which makes chemical rockets look like cheap fireworks. The idea is to set up a refinery on Callisto, which is about half ice water, and convert it to hydrogen fuel, which could then be lifted to the tanker and distributed where needed -- colonies in the Asteroid Belt, Lagrange point refueling stations, orbital transfer stations at Mars or Earth, etc -- without the expense of having to boost all that mass out of a large planetary gravity well. The high specific impulse of the engine means that it could utilize huge amounts of delta-v to maneuver rapidly throughout the inner solar system with minimal use of Hohmann transfers. In other words, it could "keep the pumps full" for slower, more conventional ships which utilize more economical, less energy-hungry methods of moving about the system. Fascinating concept.

As I said, the site is a treasure trove, with all the math, design details, and other tasty grist for your engineering mill you could ever desire. If this is your thing, put the kids to bed, sit down with a glass (or bottle) of your favored libation, and prepare to be lost for many hours.

If you're not content, however, to merely read about the designs of others, you can always attempt to build and fly your own in Kerbal Space Program. I've never experienced a thrill quite like the first time I managed to achieve a stable orbit (after much failed experimentation). Don't laugh; it's harder than you think. While basic orbital mechanics aren't terribly difficult to understand, the application isn't as simple as it first seems. I'm still working on my Moon mission, so Juclip refineries (that's geekspeak for the Jupiter ecliptic -- i.e., the Jupiter moon system) and interplanetary refueling stations are still a distant dream... but someday. WARNING! HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.

New visions for movie posters

Designer paints alternative posters of popular movies based on mood in the films.


Click here for more.
I have to say I rather like some of these, wouldn't mind seeing him do posters for a few other films.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Shut It Down

France has decided maybe it'd be a good idea to consider turning off the terror spigot:

French President Francois Hollande outlined plans to dismantle Calais' controversial migrant camp during a visit to the city Monday.

Last week Hollande called on authorities to shut down the 40-acre encampment in Calais, near the English Channel, nicknamed "The Jungle." An estimated 9,000 migrants, largely from the Middle East, reside there in squalid conditions...


So an improvement on the Middle East.

...and the camp is regarded as an illegal entry point to Britain.


That's exactly what it is, and contributed in part to the outcome of the Brexit vote. The French politicians are finally noticing the growls coming from the voters. They've decided maybe they should Do Something before the Committee for Public Safety is reconstituted and they find their heads decorating wicker baskets.

Islam is the enemy of Western civilization. It is anathema. The sooner we all get on the same page about that truth, the better.

Holiday in Serbia

Serb people to Muzzie-loving courts: Fuck off.

Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly approved a referendum for a statehood holiday, after courts banned the proposal.

Initial results of Sunday's referendum indicated more than 99 percent of voters approved the proposal, which calls for a Jan. 9 holiday. The vote was conducted in Republika Srpska, or the Serb Republic, a heavily Serb region in the republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The country's Constitutional Court ruled the holiday is discriminatory against non-Serbians.

The holiday falls on the anniversary of the 1992 declaration of independence of Bosnian Serbia, which launched a civil war of genocide and ethnic cleansing in which more than 100,000 people were killed.


No, what they did was got fed up with Muslims killing them and decided to fight back. The "ethnic cleansing" was simply removing the threat of Islam from their country. It's what will happen here if we don't put the brakes on letting Muslims in, which is exactly what Mr Trump is trying to tell everyone.

Get Out

Declassed:

A US Navy Reservist was allegedly stripped of her security clearance after refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest.

In her statement, she goes on to say that “ I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans. I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”


Ask me, you got off light. You should be dishonorably discharged. If you think this country is so oppressive, LEAVE IT. I'm sure there are lots of career opportunities for black females in Saudi Arabia. You're not a sailor, you're just another spoiled, whiny cunt whose mommy didn't pay enough attention to her.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Holiday Feast with The Old Ones

Tired of the same old holiday Turducken? For an original Christmas feast this year, serve this fabulous Turkwhatthefucken, from the Miskatonic University Cookbook.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Stupidity on Display

That's it. Done. Not watching any more. Finito. You dancing monkeys will get no more of my money or time. Instead, I'll spend the former on ammo and the latter on sword practice.

Gettin' the picture yet?

Broke, sir!

That's some mighty fine flyin' there, Lou...

Friday Timewaster

Superstar Football, a surprisingly good football game with quite a lot of depth and well-designed controls, (i.e., passing isn't a nightmare like it is in most football video games).

Also, no whiny prima donnas "protesting" the national anthem. 'Bout had a bellyful of that bullshit already.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

News of the Norks

Time to go bye-bye:

North Korea threatened to obliterate Seoul with a hydrogen bomb a day after South Korea's defense ministry confirmed it has a military plan to remove Kim Jong Un.


Okay, it's time to put a bullet in Fat Boy's skull. Doesn't matter who; y'all can do it yourselves or we can send a "sanction team," but he's gotta go. Threatening to toss a hydrogen bomb onto one of the largest and richest cities in the world ain't appropriate. His grandpappy was a hardline commie and his daddy was an egomaniac, but this kid is genuine certified 100% USDA choice crazy. Pop him like a zit so everybody can get on with life.


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Ran out of gas on the way to a pipeline protest, and now begging for gas.   The jokes write themselves don't they.


No More Muzzies

We. Are. Leavvving!

Texas threatened to leave the federal refugee resettlement program, citing security concerns in seeking a more thorough examination of refugees.

"Despite multiple requests by the state of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people," Abbott said in a statement.


We're tired of shooting them when they start getting all terror-frisky. Ammo is expensive these days, you know.

As to "lacks the capability or the will," it's clearly the latter. Importing as many Muslims as possible is part of the plan Obama and his leftist pals have concocted to create chaos on the streets. It's one facet of the complex web the anarchists and leftoids are weaving to bring down Western civilization. It's no great mystery; this is what they've been up to for over one hundred years. We are simply seeing the largest flare-up since the early 20th century. Those who do not study history, (i.e., 95% of the population) are confused because they don't know what they're seeing. This has all happened before.

States' rights still trump federal authority, whatever the crooks in D.C. may believe. Governor Abbot knows that and is acting upon it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flying Doppleganger

Russia testing fifth-generation fighter Sukhoi PAK FA

It looks remarkably like a F-22 Raptor. I'm sure that's coincidence. They totally didn't like steal the plans or anything...

CAC2S

New toy for the Corps:

General Dynamics Mission Systems' Common Aviation Command and Control System recently completed a U.S. Marine Corps operational test, the company announced Wednesday.

Also known as CAC2S, the system is a command and control system that integrates information from various aerial and ground-based radar systems and sensors to enable greater interoperability. It is used by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and visually combines ground and aviation command and control data for increased situational awareness and quicker decision making.


There's an old saying among grunts: The more complex the machine, the quicker it will fail in combat.

I'm sure this is very useful and all, but it worries me that field commanders will become reliant on whiz-bang devices like this to make tactical decisions. What happens when it breaks? Will they even know how to fall back to analog radio communication networks to build a tactical picture?

Maybe I'm just old, but I spent some time working in a Fire Support Coordination Center as the mortars officer and I can tell you it's damnably difficult to organize all the information by radio -- even when you know what you're doing and are well-practiced. If this magic box fails, it could throw command & control and fire support into chaos as they scramble around trying to figure out how to do it the old fashioned way. I'm not saying don't use it, but it would be dangerously easy to become addicted to it.

You go, sir!

Telling it like it is:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assailed European Union critics of his war on illegal drugs, using profanity to describe crimes committed in the past by Europeans.

"I've read the European Union's condemnation against me. I tell them, [expletive] you. You're doing it in atonement for your sins." He spoke in a mixture of languages and switched to English for the expletive, raising his middle finger for emphasis.

[Philippine drug policies] are strict now because there's guilt," Duterte said. "Who did I kill, assuming that it's true? 1,700. Who are they? Criminals. You call that genocide? How many have they killed?'' Duterte added, before flashing a middle finger.

He singled out France and Britain for joining the United States in Middle Eastern wars, adding history books were replete with examples of slaughters committed by Europeans. In the past he has used profanity in comments about Pope Francis, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. President Barack Obama.


Yup, really starting to like this guy.

Here's an idea: how about the UN, EU, the Catholic church and Barry Soetoro let the lawfully-elected government of the Philippines set Philippine policy for Filipinos in the Philippines and SHUT THE FUCK UP.

You might be a Trekneck if...



The right "engine" (a piece of PVC pipe) is sitting directly in front of the exhaust, which is why it's all melted-looking. That's some brilliant engineering, Scotty.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

iScam

Den of Thieves

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf apologizes for sales practices

Wells Fargo engaged in shady business practices? No! I'm so surprised! Here let me put on my shocked face... It's not working, is it?

Basically they got caught cooking the books to pad their stock options. So they "apologize" and walk away hundreds of millions of dollars richer. Bankers may be the only people who can make lawyers look appealing.