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Computer Delivered!

Yes, my new computer has finally been delivered :thumb: ! Actually, it’s still in my trunk after I had to go down to FedEx on my lunch break (long story) to pick it up, but it’s HERE :D !!!

I’ll be spending tonight partitioning, formatting, installing OS, installing drivers, and having a blast :)

Wish me luck 8)


Turbine Toucan Upgrades Continue

For those of you following the Turbine Toucan’s upgrade process, there’s news over at the website – good news :D !

You see, they’re moving into the 21st century with their most certainly composite biplane and giving it a new glass cockpit, more sensors, and more safety :)

It appears that there’s still an eight foot tall pile of dirt outside the hangar and they don’t know what to do :wtf: . I have a suggestion – open the door, crank up the Toucan (tied down, of course :wink: ), and proceed to see how long a full tank of gas lasts at full power and max thrust setting with the prop blast facing the dirt berm :twisted: !

But I know David’s much nicer than that :thumb:

Best of luck to David and Team Toucan :cheers: !


Presidential Plane Pr0n – Vegas Style

Yeah, Air Force One sure looked good on the ramp at McCarran and it was kinda hard to miss the C-17s :wink:

Air Force One at McCarran

Presidential C-17s for the cars

Presidential C-17


WFT??? Iranian F-16???

Good ol’ Pinch has a post up over at his place that made me question the contents and ingredients of my Diet Pepsi Max :?

Looks like either another news outlet screwed up or Iran’s a whole lot better at copying U.S. jets than we thought.

Is it just me that’s wondering :wtf: ???

Iranian F-16???
Click on the pic to go to the actual page :wink:

I’ve gotta throw the :bs: on this one, but it’s still funny :thumb: !


When Laundry Fights Back

OK, the part about the rifle will come in a later post, but this part is getting to me. I finally dug out my .22 rifle and figured out how to clean the action :thumb: !

What I didn’t know was that the Break Free CLP spray cleaner that was soaked into a couple of wash cloths (there to keep the drips in check) would cause the entire load of laundry to reek horribly of gun scrubber aerosol stuff :shock: ! Worse, it doesn’t want to come out :evil: .

I’ve tried Coca Cola, baking soda, washing four times, and a few other things, but it still stinks :x

One of my co-workers has given me something to try. I’m running out of ideas. I’m about ready to use Formula 409.

My roommate had to do laundry, so I took mine out and ran the machine with just bleach – twice – before the smell left the washing machine.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :D !


No RyanAir Calendar For Me

Some readers may remember my post about the RyanAir calendar and all the controversy surrounding it. Sadly, I must report that I recently received a notice in the mail informing me that demand had outstripped supply in an overwhelmingly quick timeframe and that I would not be receiving a calendar. A refund was promised and just reached my bank today.

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Yeah, I knew that won’t hold water with a Nevada Highway Patrolman who lit me up on my way to work this morning, but it’s true.

Yes, I was pulled over this morning and issued a citation for piloting my Cavalier faster than the posted speed limit. Unfortunately for me, a broken speedometer doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to how fast I was going. It’s still the responsibility of the PIC (Pilot In Command) to ensure that the vehicle is operated within the limits of the laws and rules. I was the PIC and apparently failed in that responsibility.

Hit the jump for pics and more.



Coming Home To Roost


I live in southern Arizona. I am actually so close to the Mexican border that if I look above the back wall of my back yard , the mountains I can see are 2 kilometers in Mexico itself. The border itself is 7 kilometers away from my house as the crow flies.

Right now, said crow is flying in the right direction: from the US to Mexico. Would it come to you as a surprise that the officials on the Mexican side of “la frontera” are freaking out because there are no jobs as well as no housing for all the illegals returning home because of the new Arizona state law requiring employers to verify the immigration status of their employees?

Personally, I’m tickled pink by the article below mentioned in the Tucson Citizen :

Sonoran officials slam sanctions law in Tucson visit
Published: 01.16.2008
A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizona’s new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.
At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora – Arizona’s southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns – cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.

Immigration – one of the most important and divisive issues I know of. Several arguments at work have popped up on this topic.

I know where I stand and it’s simple. Follow the law. If you don’t like the law, change it. If that doesn’t work, you’re SOL.
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I’ve wanted to see the Blue Man Group for quite some time and I finally got my chance! One of my Christmas presents from Cindy was a trip to the Venetian last night for just that purpose and they surely didn’t disappoint :thumb: !

Blue Man Group ROCKS!!!

The “noise” in the picture above (got my picture taken with a Blue Man 8) !!!) is there because I had to use my cellphone. Most performance venues and museums here in Las Vegas specifically forbid cameras so I left my good one at home. Blue Man just says don’t use ’em until after the show or they’ll have to use the ejector seat function in your chair :P

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New Song Recommendation – All Fall Down

Last night’s episode of Moonlight (see my last post) included a song that I just had to search out and get somehow. A bit of Googling later, I found out that the song is “All Fall Down” by a new band called “One Republic” and is included on their debut CD “Dreaming Out Loud.”

I just loved the sound from the start – acoustic guitar and cello to begin with, but then the lyrics started:

Step out the door and it feels like rain
That’s the sound (that’s the sound) on your window pane
Take to the streets but you can’t ignore
That’s the sound (that’s the sound) you’re waiting for

And then the lyrics that caught me and wouldn’t let go:

You feel that your world starts crashing down
Whenever you’re world starts crashing down
Whenever your world starts crashing down
That’s when you find me.

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