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Airplanes, Rocketry, Missiles, Spacecraft and things that go WHOOSH! in the night.
What's flying around my head at the current time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

OK, I'll Bite... 

Picked this up at Linda's blog.

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I want to say The Anarchist's Cookbook. Can't have a revolution without some "equalizers."

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Jill from Stranger in a Strange Land

What are you currently reading?

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer, Fighter Boys-The Battle of Britain, 1940 by Patrick Bishop, and Grantville Gazette Vol IV, Edited by Eric Flint as an e-book

The last book you bought is:

Bought in a bookstore: Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Downloaded off the web: Grantville Gazette Vol IV, but I had subscribed to vols II, III, & IV last summer

The last book you read:

101 Best Aviation Attractions by John F. Purner

Five desert island books:

The The Boy Scout Fieldbook, The SAS Survival Manual, Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein, The Deathworld Trilogy by Harry Harrison, and an annotated complete Shakespeare in one volume.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Nobody I can think of, but if any of my readers feel the need to respond...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Anarchy: It's Not the Law... 

And here I've always thought of myself as a small 'l' libertarian. But that was not one of the results.

You scored as Anarchism. <'Imunimaginative's Deviantart Page'>

















What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
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Never Bring a Knife... 

to a gunfight.

You preferred a weapon with 69% power over speed and 74% range over melee.
You use a Shotgun.
While not the fastest gun in the west, a shotgun's raw power and ease
of use make it an extremely potent weapon. Some shotguns can also be
loaded with many different types of ammunition, providing a versatility
many guns don't have. Choosing your shots, you fell your opponents
immediately and without pause.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 83% on power
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You scored higher than 83% on range
Link: The What's Your Signature Weapon Test written by inurashii on Ok Cupid

Wouldn't you know that I don't own a shotgun?

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Engine Sounds 

MP3 files of various piston engines starting up.


It Fits Somehow 

I mean, my faorite character to play in D&D was a half-elven ranger.

I Am A: Chaotic Good Half-Elf Ranger Bard

Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Solonor Thelandria is the Chaotic Good elven god of archery and the hunt. He is also known as the Keen Eye, the Great Archer, and the Forest Hunter. His followers respect nature, and only hunt when needed, but are quick to defend the forest from intruders. Their favorite weapon is the bow, and they tend to be extremely talented with it. Solonor Thelandria's symbol is an arrow with green fletchings.

Detailed Results:

Lawful Good ----- XXXXX (5)
Neutral Good ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Lawful Neutral -- XXXX (4)
True Neutral ---- XXXXXXX (7)
Chaotic Neutral - X (1)
Lawful Evil ----- (-2)
Neutral Evil ---- (-1)
Chaotic Evil ---- (-2)

Human ---- X (1)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Elf ------ XXXXXXX (7)
Halfling - X (1)
Dwarf ---- XXX (3)
Half-Orc - (0)
Gnome ---- XXXXXX (6)

Fighter - (0)
Ranger -- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Paladin - (-2)
Cleric -- (-2)
Mage ---- (-1)
Druid --- (-1)
Thief --- (-1)
Bard ---- XXXXXXX (7)
Monk ---- (-5)

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

More English Tests 

You scored 100% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 73% Expert!

You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and
advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of
each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 72% on Beginner
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You scored higher than 30% on Intermediate
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You scored higher than 87% on Advanced
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You scored higher than 63% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

I WANT One! 

A replica gas-powered minigun. It can be ordered to fire either 6mm Airsoft (plastic) BBs, or .177 calibre steel BBs. Available in backpack mount as seen in Predator, or on a tripod mount. Major coolness!

6mm M134

Gizmo Central 

A one-stop search engine for all the gizmos the engineer/inventor/mad scientist would ever need to build his next project. Be sure to stop and play the Trebuchet Challenge.

GlobalSpec: air compressors, electric motors, bearings, bar code scanners and other engineering products at GlobalSpec.com

I'm on the Side of the Angels 

Guardian Angel
You are a two-winged Guardian Angel!
Wandering the realms of the mortals you often bear
the form of a mere human. It is your task to
guard your charge against the perils of the
shadows. You are good-natured and friendly,
trusted by everyone, helpful and kind. But
when in danger you show a fierce protective
side that often surprises your adversarys.

What kind of supernatural being are you?
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I Made It Out Alive! 

I don't know what else I could have done to score higher, but if I'm ever in a "Dawn of the Dead" situation, I know I'll still be standing at the end of the movie.

Official Survivor
Congratulations! You scored 69%!
Whether through ferocity or quickness, you made it out. You made the right choice most of the time, but you probably screwed up somewhere. Nobody's perfect, at least you're alive.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 99% on survivalpoints
Link: The Zombie Scenario Survivor Test written by ci8db4uok on Ok Cupid

R.I.P. William Lester - Inventor of the Platsic Injection Molding Machine 

Saw this on Hyperscale a while back. Besides the obvious connectin to one of my hobbies, think about how much impact this man's inventions have had on modern life.

"HyperScale Forums

All HScalers and, for that matter, modelers all over the world should take off their hats bow their heads and engage in a moment of silence for William Lester who died at the age of 97 on Saturday March 12, 2005.

According the NY Times obit (from which I quote liberally), he revolutionized the plastics industry with his design for an automatic molding machine 70 years ago. Lester took a mere 10 weeks in 1935 to develop what became known as the Lester machine. based on longstanding methos for shaping rubber, it injected molten plastic into a cavity formed by engraved metal slabs that jouined together, much like a waffle maker. Using hydraulics, his device applied thousands of pounds of pressure to shape the plastic in seconds.

Other so-called injection machines existed, but they were smaller and often hand-cranked. They could take several minutes to create a molded part, while Lester's machine could finish in as few as six seconds.

With rubber supply lines blocked in WWII, Lester's innovation took on crucial significance and helped place the nascent plastics industry at the forefront of American manufacturing.

Sixty years later, injection molding remains one of two methods for producing palstic products; the other (according to the article) is extrusion, generally used for large or lengthy products (I bet that vacuform modelers might have an opinion on a third method).

Born in Brooklyn on Jan.14 1908 to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, his father a blacksmith. Lester was still in school when he started designing molds and casting machines. He graduated in 1928 from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1939 he founded the Pyro Plastics Corporation, which became a leading producer of injection molded plastics. After selling Pyro in 1972, he turned his attention to tamper proof packaging (Okay, so even though we now know who to blame for our frustration in opening up all kinds of packages and medicine bottles, consider the fact that we're less prone to being poisoned and our small children are less likely to swallow deadly stuff thinking it's candy).

We all enjoy this maddening hobby of building models because of Mr.Lester and his miraculous injection molding process. It's gratifying to know a bit of its background and the industry's innovators, such as Mr.Lester.

Sleep tight and rest easy Bill, and thanks for many, many years (43, in fact, for me) of the pleasure of building models, the friends I've made and the accomplishments I achieved, all as a result of this wonderful hobby.

Mike Dobrzelecki
Modeler since 1962"

And This is News to Them? 

The "minor" character actor's going to conventions has been going on as long as there have been cons. I guess the MSM has just never noticed before. And I note that they just had to use the "cute" title, tooo

'Star Trek' Bit Players Cling On

This Page Intentionally Left Blank 

Now days, if you see a blank page at the end of a manual it says "Notes" This Page Intentionally Left Blank

F-16.net :: U.S. Air Force receives last F-16 

Hard to belive the Viper has been around that long. They're still in production fro Israel, Greece and a couple of other countries, but it looks like LMAC is gearing up for F-35 production.

F-16.net :: U.S. Air Force receives last F-16

Logic is a Little Bird Tweeting In a Meadow 

You Are Incredibly Logical

(You got 100% of the questions right)

Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic

You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.

A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!

How Logical Are You?

And I Talk Real Good, Too. 

I'd have thougth that I scored more southern, I guess growing up as a service brat exposed me to more "outside" terms than I thought. A couple of the question simply do not fit. For #10, "What do you call an easy class?" My answer is a CRIB course. Also #11 ""Route" rhymes with..." Consider this sentence "I'm going to route you on Route 2." The verb I pronounce the same as "rout", but the noun I pronounce as "root." I wonder if that would skew the results if more options were there.

Your Linguistic Profile:

45% General American English

30% Dixie

20% Yankee

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

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