Hello Cruel World
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Airplane Graveyard DMAFB aka The Boneyard
Airplane Graveyard DMAFB: "B-52 Airplane Graveyard DMAFB
The Famed Airplane Graveyard / Bone Yard at Davis Monthan Airforce base in Tucson Arizona. Hundreds of B 52 Bombers await the smelter, as per the Salt 2 (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) treaty with Russia. These bombers were laid out and chopped into pieces with a giant crane controlled guillotine. They were left in this state so they could be photographed by Russian Spy satellites for proof of compliance with Salt 2. Shot in 1994 this photograph shows an important part of Cold War History. After a few months trucks hauled away the scrap metal to be recycled at the local smelter. These famous relics are most likely beer and soda cans now"

More Airplane Graveyard Pages
F-4 Phantom Cockpit - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/vtmsections/valleypages/f4grave.html
Airplane Graveyard II - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/vtmsections/valleypages/grave2.html
Graveyard Treasures For Sale - http://www.av8aviation.com/airtreasure.html
Aviation Related Links
Titan Missile Museum - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/vtmsections/valleypages/titan.html
Pima Air Museum - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/vtmsections/valleypages/pima.html
F-86 Crash Site Mt Lemmon - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/main/mountains/f86_airplane_crash.html
Airplane Graveyard Gallery - http://www.virtualtucsonmagazine.com/main/arts/vtmgallery/gravegallery1.html
Friday Cat Blogging: Science Nerd Style


By DarkSyd || Category - Science
They serve as Icons for sports teams and multinational corporations, they live in lands of snow and ice, on mountain tops, and deep in lush, steamy, jungles. They can see in the dark, their ears are sensitive to a range of frequency fully three times broader than ours and sounds ten times as faint. They can run at 70 miles per hour across uneven ground and turn on a dime. They possess the strength, balance, and raw power any human athlete/gymnast would kill for. And, if they happen to lock in on you while you're unarmed, helplessly alone in the twilight wilderness, their preternatural eyes gleaming, their toothy maws yawning in ghoulish anticipation of easy prey, you might as well cut your throat; before they do it for you.

Probably not the best way to deal with cat-fleas

Do the Math: Brits Concoct Sitcom Formula
(Wednesday, June 08 03:03 PM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) A common complaint about sitcoms is that they're too formulaic. But as far as we know, no one had ever actually taken the time to write down the formula.
Thanks to a team of British scientists headed by a molecular neurobiologist/stand-up comic, though, that's no longer the case. The team believes it has nailed down a mathematical expression of TV comedy success.
There are long-standing golden rules for sitcom, but our findings bring them down to this single equation," Dr. Helen Pilcher, who led the research, tells the Guardian newspaper.

Heaven-bound: Giant Jesus Statue
Monroe, Ohio
Jesus has risen near the interstate north of Cincinnati. A 62-ft. high sculpture of Christ appears to explode from the dirt behind the amphitheater at Monroe's Solid Rock Church...
The pose of the statue has generated plenty of discussion. ... Locals ... refer to the big Saviour as "Touchdown Jesus," or "Drowning Jesus."
Friday, June 10, 2005
Not Necessarily Safe for Anywhere, these
About the (in)famous Goatse: www.dashes.com/anil/2005/06/02/defining_ones_ Anil Dash on Defining One's Identity Online
www.nytimes.com/2005/06/02/fashion/ thursdaystyles/02GOOGLE.html (for 'members' of the New York Times)

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This site features news, sample models, features and specifications, straight answers to frequently asked questions, letters and testimonials, company contact information and everything you need to know about ordering your own RealDoll!
See, for instance this, from here.)

Sounds of History - clips on the internet; 'n' stuff
"Sounds of history"
By Helen Bradley, May 28, 2005 (Icon)

Before TV there was the radio. In the evenings, after dinner, everyone would pull up an easy chair around a radio in the living room and listen to the news of the day or the antics of the characters in their favourite radio serials.

Thanks to the internet and installed audio players on your computer, you can take a trip back in time to revisit some of the sounds that made history.

Historic broadcasts
To take a trip down memory lane, whether you remember these clips because you heard them in their original context or if you're just wondering what all the fuss was about, visit the History Channel's audio archives ( www.historychannel.com/speeches/archive1.html ).

Here you'll find four pages of links to audio clips of speeches and interviews including those of Neil Armstrong as he took his first steps on the Moon, King Edward VIII's abdication speech, Thomas Edison on the development of electricity and even the inimitable Mae West talking about men, women and diamonds and speaking her famous line: 'Come up and see me sometime. Anytime. The sooner the better.'

There are also excerpts from the rousing WWII speeches of Winston Churchill at the BBC's history site ( www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/ wwtwo/churchill_audio.shtml ).

Serial bytes
One of the radio serials that kids in the US listened to around the same time Churchill was making his speeches were the antics of Captain Midnight. At the Radio Days archives (www.otr.com/cm_archives.shtml) you'll find MP3 audio files of nearly 60 early episodes of the Captain Midnight radio show which ran from 1938 until it finally morphed into a TV series. Each episode kicks off with ads for the Captain Midnight New 1940 Flight Patrol that kids were encouraged to join.

There are excerpts from two popular Australian radio serials Blue Hills and Argonauts Brains Trust (in addition to the calling of the 1932 Melbourne Cup) at the ABC's site ( www.abc.net.au/archives/av/radsamp.htm ).

Classic voices
If the classics are more your interest, you can hear excerpts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and From the Legend of Good Women read by professors in Middle English ( academics.vmi.edu/english/ audio/audio_index.html ). They emphasise the pronunciation of the texts and, if this is confusing, there are also transcripts of what is being read so you can follow along at the same time."

And other stuff:
USBGEEK.COM Goodies of all Gadgety types
Whatever: Sympathy for the Publicist (from John Scalzi's blog - publicist as Giant Weenie)
www.giancarlozema.com Giancarlo Zema Design Group, e.g. Jelly-fish 45, floating house with underwater view
Celebration of Jules Verne ... and so forth
This looks great. Could Sydney Festival bring it out? A friend would say I should go to " London (UK) the 8, 9, 10 and 11 of September, or in 2006: Bilbao (Spain), Antwerp (Belgium), Calais (France)." :)
from www.livejournal.com/users/ jwz/488113.html, also noted at www.livejournal.com/users/ jwz/489202.html

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.Jules Verne

The Treachery of Technology:
www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/ archives/001501.html#001501

oh jesus fuck
I just spent four hours straight with Robert Trivers, one of the greatest biological theorists of our time. For two of them, I had a digital voice recorder going, with a new battery carefully inserted and all the old tracks on it deleted, a tricky business without the manual. I checked after a couple of minutes to make sure it wasworking. I watched that the little red light kept blinking … ah, blinking. When I returned to my hotel room, exhaused but triumphant, it turned out that I had somehow switched on the voice operated recording function while deleting the old stuff in a coffee shop before the interview, and it only operated when people spoke very loudly. So I have a record of these two hours 35 minutes long and much of that is laughter. ha ha ha.
I think we go for quote approval on this story.

UPDATE: went back and did another forty minutes, with everything working. Now transcribed, though less fun than the original.

(Here's a page from ITConversations with an interview/talk about deception & self-deception by Robert Trivers from the What Do We Know session at Pop!Tech. It has an MP3 link. The other speaker in the session was Nassim Nicholas Taleb, also heard on the MP3.) There's also a nice biographical & popular-science talk with him headlined "I had the future exactly wrong" ( www.froes.dds.nl/TRIVERS.htm )

- WormGuy links to www.livejournal.com/users/theferrett/ 519211.html?thread=25103915#t25103915
and www.livejournal.com/users/jwz/490497.html
which relate to www.pinkoski.com/files/index.php?id=41(a nother lot of stuff on creationism, but with some neat drawings & a fun theory of dinosaurs, with film suggestions)

Another meme
www.livejournal.com/users/ athenais/128908.html
(Via tamiam)
Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
Run a google image search on that word.
Reply to this entry & post one of the pictures from your search, but don't tell me what the word was.
Put this in your journal if you'd like me to do the same.

Photo Journal by beryllos - includes pictures from a visit to Hearst Castle - May 28th, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Maps: Metafilter-The Map is the Territory; Housing Maps; Geotagging Flickr with Google Maps and Greasemonkey Part 2
The Map is the Territory | MetaFilter: "May 18, 2005
The natural extension of Google and Flickr so that personalized maps are created of geotagged photos. Add 'geo:lat=xx.xxxx', 'geo:lon=xx.xxxx' and 'geotagged' to your Flickr tags and they go into the system. The possibilities are pretty wide open.
Ain't technology grand?"

Drag the map with your mouse, or double-click to center.
Click on an icon to select a city.
In each city, click on the icons to see listings. You can also click the icons next to each listing.
Yellow icons have pictures.
Set the price range using the drop-down menu above.

New! Montreal, Toronto, and Providence are now on the map.
New! “Sublets” category, for sublets and temporary housing.
New! “Rooms” category, to find single rooms or shared housing for rent.

: Geotagging Flickr
May 08, 2005
Geotagging Flickr with Google Maps and Greasemonkey Part 2
Ive come up with a method, that makes adding GeoTags to your Flickr images, and then submitting the images to the geobloggers.com site a slightly more automated process.
Oh No! Pharyngula has snapped! He's holding a hostage!!

And strange images have been seen in on the USA rail system.
The Hole
Written for the candlelight vigil in opposition to the death penalty in Singapore.


2005-05-09 - 10:40 p.m.

It was a little after I had my lunch when I heard the knock at the door. When I opened it, a polite man greeted me and passed me an envelope. Please collect the body within 24 hours, or it will be cremated. There was no room for shock. The whole week I had prepared myself for this. I did not let my hands tremble as I accepted the envelope
... Inside the envelope was a letter. There was also my son’s pink identity card. I put the letter to one side and stared hard at the I/C. So this was what a dead man looked like. There were shadows under his eyes. There was something far away in his expression, a face not prepared for the snap of the camera.

There was his name.

My name also. Separated from his by the word ‘Bin’.

His race.

Date of birth.

Country of birth.

On the back, his I/C number.

Our home address.

But what absorbed me the most was a little hole that had been punched in his I/C. It was there to say that the I/C could no longer be used...

I had seen the way a credit card is destroyed, with a big pair of scissors slicing it into two halves. Why couldn’t they do the same with this I/C? Why this clean, straightforward hole? I felt my anger burn, first on my skin, through the flesh, like a droplet of acid, right into my bones. My son was no more...
Friday, June 03, 2005

Originally uploaded by Vanita.
Buried my mother on Friday, 3rd June, 2005.

Thursday, June 02, 2005
We used to say "only in America" ... Circus Schapelle
Making Light Open thread 40, starting May 02, 2005
We all used to say "only in America" ... There was a story linked to the particle (April 14, 2005) involving a camel suit which an airport baggage-handler took out of a travellers' bag and wore out on the tarmac. (Tho' this didn't wear it out. <g>) This is the best summary, but I think you have to register/subscribe to see the full story: Too much baggage May 14, 2005 by Neil McMahon.
It was about a young woman in a group travelling from Australia to Bali in whose unlocked bulky boogie board (sports) bag a large bag of marijuana was found. This can be a capital (firing squad) offence in Indonesia. She is claiming it was -- unknown to her -- put into her bag as part of an ongoing arrangement to smuggle goods between domestic airports, and that it had missed being taken out. There is at least one report of a man who phoned the consul in Bali having found a bag of grass in his luggage on arrival at his hotel and being advised to quickly dispose of it and not report it.

The whole thing has blown up into an incredible scene, rather along the lines of The Big Carnival (aka Ace in the Hole). Maybe it could be pitched as "OJ meets Elian on the Midnight Express"? It has ramified into some serious matters involving home affairs (like the extent of corruption in airport staff, with a cocaine smuggling ring just arrested and many passengers reporting they lost valuables from their cases in transit), international incidents (e.g., interfering in overseas criminal trials,
death threats to Indonesian diplomats in Australia, groups at the court picketing in favour of the death sentence), websites, petitions, many assorted polls, T-shirts, songs being written, etc, etc, while a rich, if possibly dodgy, businessman has taken up her cause.
The Indonesian and Australian judicial systems are fairly different so there's a lot of room for confusion, and also the rules about the kind of media coverage and the legality of commenting on sub judice cases seems closer to the US free-for-all than the more restrictive Australian rules. (It just goes on ... This is the latest Schapelle Corby update).

Another kind of Dangerous Books

And for all the non-usians out there who get slightly irritated by references to obscure US personalities, here's 100 Aussie names you can throw around to confuse USians. (I've heard of nearly all of the list, tho I don't know anything about quite a few): Readers' Digest Australian Trust Survey
Meanwhile usians & other non-Ozzies can make yourselves sound familiar with Oz affairs, if you so wish. Impress your friends! Break the ice at parties!!

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