Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Very few people in positions of authority, whether private,
educational, corporate or government will admit a mistake has been
made. This one is a doozy of a mistake. Try admitting that the
company you head has wasted billions if not trillions of dollars on a
dead end project. The head of NASA has just said basically those words.
NASA ADMINISTRATOR SAYS SPACE SHUTTLE WAS A MISTAKE
from USA Today
The space shuttle and International Space Station — nearly the whole
U.S. manned space program for the past three decades — were mistakes,
chief Michael Griffin said Tuesday.
In a meeting with USA TODAY's editorial board, Griffin said NASA lost
way in the 1970s, when the agency ended the Apollo moon missions in
developing the shuttle and space station, which can only orbit Earth.
"It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path," Griffin
are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The tires on your car probably need air. Yes, you, your car, now.
Here is an article supposedly about a tire inflation system that uses
pure nitrogen for supposed good reasons, but most of the article is
about why it is important to inflate your tires properly. how it can
save your life and your money.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Its a social tagging site that tracks all those games that are out
there from flash to MMORPG and includes who is playing what
(anonymously of course) so that you cn get an idea of what is good
before you even begin your time wasting...
[Thanks, Jaime T.]
This is a page of printable quick reference guides for a whole host
of technologies. Like HTML, JSP, CSS, C++, CVS, UNIX and a bunch of
Take a look.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
these are basically concrete drainage pipes with a window, a door and
a pallet. Interestingly i bet they are cheap and quick to make. One
of my pet interests is disaster recovery and refugee relocation
technology. Aka, how to build a better refugee camp. This kind of
simplicity could be very useful.
Friday, September 02, 2005
I don't get it? The US Army and Navy have done rescue operations
under heavy enemy fire, they have delivered aide on the other side of
the world inside of 48 hours of unfortunate events. I understand
that events were not well understood when the relief effort in New
Orleans started, but by this point in time a large number of military
police should be onsite, a temporary airfield and bus depot should
have been created, nearby army bases converted to refugee stations,
and those people should have been rescued. One of my friends said
'what about those who are shooting at the rescuers?' The answer is
simple, shoot back. Firing upon US officials, whether they be
police, MPs, or volunteer rescue workers, is highly illegal. The MPs
should be returning fire and arresting or, in a worst case scenario,
killing those who are trying to kill them.
The US government will put our sons, daughter, fathers, mothers and
siblings in harms way to protect our oil interests in the mideast,
but gets scared off by small arms fire in the US when we really need
them. An overwhelming force, whatever the monetary cost, is needed
to fix the mess we created in New Orleans. Yes, I said we created
the mess, mostly by waiting until now to evacuate the city.
I can go on and on, in a long tirade, but I think it is not needed
and not helpful.
If you agree with me that a larger more immediate response is needed,
contact your senator. If you agree with me that while its nice that
the government wants to look into price gouging at the gas station,
first they need to rescue those people and find out why they were not
rescued earlier, then contact your senator AND the office of the
president. Let them know you care, let them know you demand that
they care too.
In the past few years I have become less and less enamored with the
Red Cross. I gave money to them during 9/11 only to discover that
they did not use it for 9/11 as they said they would. I also have no
love for the Salvation Army. WHile the SA does excellent work, they
are far to religious in their doctrine to suit me. If you are
Christian and religious, the Salvation Army is a VERY worthwhile
cause, if you don't believe in preaching to those you are
helping,then you should consider other places to send your money. I
found that FEMA (a government department that deals with disaster
relief and repair) has a list of what they consider trusted charities
that are sending relief to those hurt by Katrina. That list is here:
I personally like 'Feed The Children' whose donation page is here:
Please give to which ever charity you think will do the best work
with your money.