623 - Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit (Any wire fans out there?)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 30, 2009   3 comments
622 - Smell ya later Mehmed VI...
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 30, 2009   0 comments
621 - DJ AM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"The medical examiner said Goldstein, a self-described crack cocaine addict, died from an accidental overdose due to the combined effects of cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole, a drug used to cut cocaine."

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, September 29, 2009   1 comments
620 - What the F
Monday, September 28, 2009
About a year after I first posted video 1 from this set, it became very popular. Note how all of the ebaums videos are totally gone. What a shitty web page that can be some times. Here is the 4 video set plus an extras video, posted below. Among the newer videos, I think number 3 is pretty good.

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, September 28, 2009   2 comments
619 - MEAT

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, September 28, 2009   8 comments
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Incredible contact juggling, with creepy costume.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, September 27, 2009   1 comments
617 - Decollage
Saturday, September 26, 2009
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Saturday, September 26, 2009   4 comments
616 - Carmagnolle 1 ATM dive suit
Thursday, September 24, 2009

This suit was never used, but it is an impressive attempt. The first working suits like this were a few decades away.

"Denomination: Diving device called Diving suit.
Author: Carmagnolle’s brothers (Alphonse and Theodore)
Medium: Steel, glass, rubber, canvas, lead, mastic,?
Date of conception: from 1878
Date of patent deposit: 1882
Place of manufacture: Marseille
Weight :380 Kg"

Diving Heritage

Note this page has been translated, and is a bit off.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, September 24, 2009   3 comments
615 - Kanye does it again
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 23, 2009   2 comments
614 - Big hair!

Obviously, or hopefully, these are satirical prints about large hairstyles from the 1700s. Note the punchlines - they were pretty short and to the point back then. If Chris Rock were doing jokes in the 1770s, other than being a slave, he would have had to make his jokes fit in, and end each with an rather boring full stop:

"Have a Cookie."
"My mother has coupons for coupons."
"Bullet control."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 23, 2009   1 comments
613 - Phobos Grunt delated 'till 2011
Tuesday, September 22, 2009


See my previous post about this project:

Phobos Grunt

This was a long expected delay, but still, even if they manage a 2011 launch, this will be one of the most complex and ambitious unmanned missions ever.

For more rocketry posts, click here!
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, September 22, 2009   0 comments
612 - Every citizen should learn how to identify objects in the sky.
Monday, September 21, 2009

First of all, where were they all running? The safest place would be in the middle of nowhere, or close to the water where they were already. Running towards buildings makes no sense. Next, you have to be really dumb not to recognize air force one. Also, why would the terrorists loop around the city, with impressive flying ability, and not actually crash? Why would the fighter not shoot it down over the water or New Jersey? Yes the photo op was dumb, but hey so were the people who flipped out over it.

More footage:

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611 - Top videos of the weekend!
Sunday, September 20, 2009

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, September 20, 2009   2 comments
610 - Nice FAE (Fuel Air Explosive) explosion
Friday, September 18, 2009

For years this clip has been showing up on the military channel or discovery channel, finally it is online. This is a FAE explosive that detonates a small charge to spread the main charge across a volume of air. Once the mixture is pretty much right, the full charge is ignited. These bombs are very good at creating a powerful overpressure shock wave. These can also be called thermobaric weapons.

This next video shows what may be the largest conventional explosive weapon yet made, called FOAB (a play on the slightly smaller american MOAB, Mother Of All Bombs...)

"Russian thermobaric bomb
FOAB - Father of All Bombs

MOAB: Mass of explosive agent - 8200 KG, TNT Equivalent - 11 Tons, Guaranteed Destruction Radius - 150 meters.

FOAB: Mass of explosive agent - 7100 KG, TNT Equivalent - 44 Tons, Guaranteed Destruction Radius - 300 meters."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, September 18, 2009   1 comments
609 - Self mummification

"More than two dozen mummified Japanese monks who were followers of an ancient sect of Buddhism known as Shugendô, have been discovered in Northern Japan.

Their beliefs were extreme and included the strict denial of any earthly comforts. The process of self-inflicted torture according to them, was the only path to enlightenment."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, September 18, 2009   0 comments
608 - Two new ads
Thursday, September 17, 2009

While searching for (and finding) a new Evony ad, I also came across this funny, rather dumb ad asking the browser if they see a lamp or a crotch of some lady. Unless this lady is incredibly, CGI style smooth, most likely this is a lamp.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, September 17, 2009   2 comments
607 - Task Force 1

Estimated (by me) flank speed of around 40 kts., using no fewer than 8 marine nuclear reactors.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, September 17, 2009   2 comments
606 - Foreclosure stories and hard to sell homes
Lori and Bill DiBacco - These two blame their problems on a child that came to live with them. The child forced them to spend $50,000 at sylvan learning center ($10,000 more than the most expensive college in the country charges, which makes this almost certainly a lie.) and then forced one of them to stay home full time so that "someone" would be around. Not that children could do things like GO TO SCHOOL or CAMP or DAYCARE for far less money than his lost income costs, or even in many cases nearly free. (YMCA camps, public schools, etc.)

Ron Nash - a headhunter who by all accounts should be wealthy based on the typical headhunter's income, ran out of money because of excessive debt. Not only did he have the initial ARM (aka scam) mortgage on the home, purchased at a price well above the actual value of the home, but he also took out more debt on the home later. If Ron had taken out these loans from the mafia, would anyone have thought it was a sensible thing to do? It is also interesting to note that Ron is a motivational speaker. Do you really want someone who can't manage his own life to motivate your employees or students? Motivate them into bone crushing ($5000 a month, most of which pays down interest and lost home value) debt? Make no mistake, it is sensible at times to get a home or take out a loan. For education and other things, it is probably a good long term plan. But don't take out loans you can't repay. Some day it won't be as easy as just walking away and letting a bank deal with the fallout.

Life after Foreclosure - CNN

Million Dollar Misses - CNN

For once, I will resist the long rant about a CNN article. This is a short rant. Obviously I still read CNN. com every day. From time to time, however, it looks like CNN takes the wrong angle on a story. I think these two slide shows are interesting and informative, but I also think they miss the point. In short - everything you see or hear indicates that these people are victims, that they are suffering from a bad economy or bad luck. It should be noted quickly that these people have more money than the average American, and thus, far more money than the average person on Earth.

They purchased homes mostly on ARMs, resulting in low initial interest rates, and then higher and higher rates later. They knew how this kind of thing works, or if they didn't, were unforgivably ignorant about the largest financial transaction of their life. In a few cases, people stopped working to "spend time with kids" or at worst, someone was injured resulting in lost income. Yet all too often there is a spouse who isn't working. In the end, if you make a deal and owe a debt, you have an obligation to pay it off. In New York we have a saying: "Pay someone back if you owe them money."

Again I ask: What is so wrong with renting an apartment (or even a house)? Why do you have to buy one if you can't really afford it?
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, September 17, 2009   0 comments
605 - Beer facts (who makes these picture fact things?)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Anyone out there going to make one about Old English?
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 16, 2009   2 comments
604 - The Muppet Show's 10 most creepy guests

"On The Muppet Show, famous people couldn't just sing their famous songs -- that would be boring. So, when Leo Sayer sang his '70s disco hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," of course the Muppets would put him in a club filled with bird-headed people apparently played by members of the London Royal Ballet. The bird people reservedly dance in the background in contrast to Sayer, who flops around like a drunk Kermit making an introduction during an earthquake. And just when it can't get more uncomfortable, he's joined by an even larger google-eyed bird that clearly just feels like dancing... but not taking his meds."

I already posted about the ghosts who always scared me as a kid... obviously I was not the only one:

From Topless Robot
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, September 16, 2009   0 comments
603 - The Marshmallow test
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, September 15, 2009   1 comments
602 - Another kinda cool kinda weak image about numbers and data

Some of the claims here are a bit off, and also they seem to have missed the best part: the ultra high end storage of google and other things like that. How about the future? Anyway, good enough for a quickie update for you scoobs.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, September 15, 2009   0 comments
601 - Is anyone really shocked when Kanye West does something stupid?
Monday, September 14, 2009

He already has a solid record of doing and saying stupid things. He is a medium to dumb guy, a decent to average rapper, who is a millionaire and has lots of fame and power in his industry. When a person like this, with a loud mouth and a big head, has rude outbursts from time to time... why would anyone be shocked?

The only shocking thing is why he keeps getting invited to these VMA award shows. Could it be because MTV wants a scandal like this to improve the ratings on their otherwise really boring VMAs? The best show on MTV right now is the latest Real World-Road Rules challenge. What does that say about the network as a whole and their prospects for the future?
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, September 14, 2009   2 comments
600 - Great vintage ads
Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some of these are strange, sexist, even depressing, but most of them are very interesting. The art is always very well done.

Plan 59
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, September 13, 2009   0 comments
599 - "Moon Rock" found to be petrified wood
Saturday, September 12, 2009


This story is strange to me because anyone, even a relative layperson, could see that this is not a moon rock. Even entry level geology people can identify this as petrified wood. This begs the question; does no one at this museum know anything about geology or basic natural history? Also, this is a huge piece... even the best public samples are typically smaller than "fist sized."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Saturday, September 12, 2009   3 comments
598 - New Evony Ad
Friday, September 11, 2009

If you guys find any others out there, please email them to me or host them and link us up.

See this previous post on the Evony Boobs situation:

Evony Boobs

Also, check out this new game called Gates of Andaron:

Now I hear this is a legit MMORPG, but looking at this ad one can't help but think they took some ideas from Evony.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, September 11, 2009   1 comments
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