A trailer for The Big Lebowski 2 with Tara Reid playing all the parts. She incorrectly predicted a sequel last month, and this is her act of atonement.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
UPDATE: and, as always, there's an app for that:
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Check out the display from the iPhone:
Notice how little battery is left after less than 5 hours of continuous GPS use. That battery was in a car charger until the minute I pushed off at 12:20. I brought along a neat little USB charger like this one:
But the iPhone didn't like it; it reported, "The charging device is not supported..." So the iPhone was nearly dead after five hours. This is an app called Cyclemeter.
Here's a snapshot from near the end of the trail:
Waples Mill Road in Fairfax. Just a mile from the NRA's HQ the country is surprisingly wild; I saw a large adult red fox a hundred yards farther down the road. And an eagle carrying a squirming fish in its talons.
The NRA building is at the 16-mile point. As you can see, I had some trouble finding a bicycle route across I-66!
When I got home I was exhausted and fell asleep for a couple of hours. Then I took a shower and the salty taste of the water surprised me.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
His obit is in the NYT here.
And there's a 2007 article about him in Rolling Stone here.
Over the course of the next fourteen years, Owsley — known to his friends as "Bear" because of his prematurely hairy chest as a teenager — enlisted in the Air Force, became a ham- radio operator, obtained a first-class radiotelephone operator's license, worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and served as a summer-relief broadcast engineer at TV and radio stations in Los Angeles. He married and divorced twice, fathered two children and got himself arrested on a variety of charges. He also studied ballet, Russian and French.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Read it and weep.
See if you don't agree with me that the Small Business Administration should be closed; shuttered; zeroed out of the budget. Its enabling legislation repealed.
Small business loans, minority set-asides, non-competitive contracts, women-owned business preferences... they're all open invitations for people who know how federal contracting works to game the system and pay themselves generous salaries, hefty bonuses and huge profit participation. Check it out: the Alaskan shareholders received an average of $300, but the D.C. lawyer who set it up earned $500,000 annually.
Friday, March 11, 2011
In addition, the geomagnetic disturbances were strong enough that U.S. telegraph operators reported sparks leaping from their equipment—some bad enough to set fires, said Ed Cliver, a space physicist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Reuters via Yahoo.
They'll probably round up every suspect and thereby close every ongoing investigation in order to max-out their arrests during the Grassley committee hearings. And then what? No more arrests for a year, while they build up new cases from scratch.
I had read that the little SWR indicator on the Yaesu 857 was not only too small (it's about the size of a cellphone signal strength indicator) but was inaccurate, too. So I wanted to verify the SWR. For that I got a little LDG analog meter that plugs directly into the "meter output" connector of the transceiver. Much easier to read, and with much more precision.
There's an HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) about 2 miles from my new address; I'm doomed!
So I put it on the air tonight, at only 10 watts, just to check the SWR. After adjusting the tuner (just push the button, actually, and it does all the work) I obtained the results shown: All three meters indicate a perfect match on 40 meters.
Then I switched the transceiver to 3675 kHz and pressed the key down. The two analog meters both read 5:1 and the Yaesu SWR indicator was offscale and flashing "SWR-SWR-SWR".
So technically this looks like a successful foray, but on the non-technical side not so much: my morse code skills have deteriorated to about 8-10 wpm. Very slow, even on the (so-called) Novice CW bands. I found some morse code practice sessions on iTunes (ain't life grand!?) and downloaded 'em to the iPhone. I can copy 8 wpm in my head no problem, but you know there's more to it than that. There's dealing with fading and noise and interference and those ham abbreviations: "VY GD ON YR QTH" and so on. I need some practice!
Several hundred gallons of ink splattered onto the highway, said Joe Ferson, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Approximately 16,000 pounds of ink cartridges from the Flint Group, an Indianapolis-based company selling printing and packaging products, was bound for a newspaper company in Portland, Maine. Red, blue, and yellow ink cartridges were inside the truck, but Ferson said there is no evidence the yellow ink was released.
Video link: http://bcove.me/8fszza1p
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Another Crazed Gunman Slays Eight (In France)*
How do you say "gun-show loophole" en francais?
I read a lot of online news, and I didn't see this covered by NYT, WaPo, ABC, Yahoo, Reuters, CNN or even Agence France Presse.
*More: maybe because the Daily Mail is still archiving it with today's date on it, although it happened in 2002! Grrrr.
The triple-slaying is from last week, however.
They made a Cuban pork sandwich that looks like a Cuban cigar. "We take the spices that go into the pork shoulder and fashion that into ash," said Cantu." We take the sandwich and wrap it up into a collard green" and add an edible cigar band. "We put it in a $1.99 ashtray and charge you about 20 bucks for it."
(Source: USA Today)
2011: Government Entitlements Make Up One-Third Of U.S. Wages
(Source: The Economist)
Quote: "A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."
But who said it? Franklin? de Tocqueville? Tytler? Rand?
Answer. Sort of.
The frustrations of agents began appearing anonymously on Web sites. Anti-ATF bloggers sympathetic to the militia movement picked up the allegations late last year, dubbing the scandal "Project Gunwalker" and alleging ATF agents let guns "walk" to boost the numbers of U.S. weapons recovered in Mexico. The bloggers theorized that the ATF wanted high numbers to gain support for an assault-weapons ban.
"...sympathetic to the militia movement..."? Oh, come on!