Assembling the Leica M9
|6:51:11 PM, Sunday, January 02, 2011|
-- Interesting to see this beauty get assembled, even if the price for one is out of this world.
Photos of Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Revealed
|10:07:56 AM, Sunday, January 02, 2011|
“TAIPEI - China's fifth-generation stealth fighter program took a noticeable step forward this week when the first high-resolution photographs appeared on Chinese non-governmental websites of a prototype of the Chengdu J-20 fighter being built for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
In the photos, the J-20 appears to be conducting a high-speed taxi test. There have been suggestions the photographs are fake, including questions over the unusually large Chinese red star painted on the tail. PLAAF red star insignias are normally smaller with parallel adjacent red bands.
In the past, due largely to grainy photos taken by cell phones, the existence of the J-20 was treated with some skepticism by many observers.
However, the newest photos are "the real deal," said Richard Fisher, an Asia military affairs analyst at the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center.
The photos reveal the J-20 has a canard-delta twin-engine configuration, diverter-less supersonic intakes, and a shaped nose consistent with the use of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
The J-20 design is similar to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Sukhoi T-50 fighters. Sources indicate the twin-engine J-20 prototype could be using the Russian-built Saturn 117S (AL-41F1A) engine, the same being used in the T-50 and Su-35 prototypes. China has expressed interest in procuring large quantities of the Saturn 117S from Russia and rumors at the recent Zhuhai Airshow in China indicate a J-20 prototype had been outfitted with the 117S.
There is also the possibility the prototype is being outfitted with the Chinese-built Shenyang WS-10 or WS-15 engine.
"At first glance this fighter has the potential to be competitive with the F-22 and to be an efficient F-35 killer," Fisher said. Fisher is the author of the new book, "China's Military Modernization…””
-- Hmm... China seems to be covering all bases these days. From fastest super computers, to huge leaps in space technology, to fighter jets...
Oh, and that thing is HUGE! Check out more photos under the "See Here" link.
Rob Roy - Carmencita
|5:43:18 AM, Sunday, January 02, 2011|
Somewhere Only We Know by Viktoria Haack
|1:59:48 AM, Sunday, January 02, 2011|
Anyone Fancy to Own an Aircraft Carrier? Sale by Tender - HMS Invincible
|1:56:16 AM, Sunday, January 02, 2011|
"HMS Invincible is for sale by tender. Laid down in 1973 at Vickers Shipbuilding, Barrow-in-Furness, she was completed in 1980..."
-- I love how they have the "Add to Cart" option.
Drunk Octopus Wants to Fight You
|11:59:03 PM, Saturday, January 01, 2011|
Cassius, I Love You So by WE ARE FROM L.A
|7:30:58 PM, Saturday, January 01, 2011|
- © Ed Banger Records.
Zeitgeist 2010: What the World Searched for on Google in 2010
|5:57:53 PM, Saturday, January 01, 2011|
"2010 was a year of new gadgets, hilarious Internet memes and revolutionary forms of entertainment across the board."
789 by Murat Akay
|5:50:50 PM, Saturday, January 01, 2011|
The 10 Smartest Cities on the Planet [Slideshow]
|7:17:47 PM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
-- Hmm... Not sure exactly sure how the list works, or how accurate it should be considered to be, but some interesting info there nonetheless.
USPS Unveiled Commemorative Pixar Stamps for 2011
|4:25:47 PM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
-- "The US Postal Service unveiled its commemorative animation tribute postage stamps for 2011 on December 28th. The stamps go on sale August 19th and feature characters from Toy Story, WALL*E, Ratatouille, Cars and Up.
Current First Class postage is 44 cents. Beginning in 2011, all U.S. First Class stamps will be “Forever” stamps – thus these stamps will always be good for first class postage no matter what price the first-class rates may eventually rise to." via Cartoon Brew.
"This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008)."
Duh! The Most Obvious Scientific Findings of 2010
|4:10:15 PM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
“Along with some truly groundbreaking discoveries, scientists this year told us a few things we already kind of knew.
Here are some of the ultimate "well, duh" findings of 2010:
Meth can harm an unborn child.
Turns out, it's not a great idea for a gal with a bun in the oven to shoot up with methamphetamine. The study, published in the March 17 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, showed children whose moms abuse meth while pregnant had brain abnormalities that were possibly more severe than those of kids exposed to alcohol prenatally. Perhaps not everyone was aware: Of the more than 16 million Americans over the age of 12 who have used meth, about 19,000 are pregnant women, according to data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.
But wait, there's some substance here: Identifying the vulnerable brain structures may help predict particular learning and behavioral problems in meth-exposed children, the researchers said.
Bullies pick on unpopular kids.
Who'd have guessed? Bullies target kids who are unpopular and less likely to be defended by their peers, a new study finds.
And in elementary school, which this study focused on, kids are only interested in what their same-sex peers think. So, boys will target classmates who are not well-liked by other boys, regardless of what the girls think. Same went for girl bullies. In that way the bullies could gain status by dominating other kids while also staying in the good graces of the in-group…”
-- Follow the link below for the rest and see if you agree that they are all so very obvious. According to the comments, not exactly?!
Man Armed With Giant Stick Robs Store
|1:13:17 PM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
-- In what appears to be a premeditated store robbery, the paper shoe-ed robber has apparently decided to wield an entire tree as a weapon against a store clerk armed with a hammer...
Great Snow Wall Drive in Tateyama
|12:15:19 PM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
-- A clip of a bus driving through a snow wall between Bijodaira and Murodo in Tateyama, Japan.In April, the snow plows get the snow off the road with an accuracy of a centimeter through the use of GPS. The snow wall is 15 meter high this year.
North Korea’s Dollar Store
|11:45:13 AM, Friday, December 31, 2010|
“Office 39, North Korea’s billion-dollar crime syndicate, pays for Kim Jong Il’s missiles and cognac. Why did the Bush White House choose not to shut it down?
Appropriately enough, I met Chen Chiang Liu on Las Vegas Boulevard. But it wasn’t at one of the casinos on the Strip that he loved so well; it was in a different kind of building a few miles to the north—the Lloyd D. George U.S. District Courthouse. Peering through the heavy mesh screen in a holding cell, he was a very unhappy man. Understandably so. It was March 5, 2009, and later that morning, he was due to be sentenced. Liu had been convicted of conspiracy and fraud involving millions of dollars made not by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing but by counterfeiting presses in a foreign country, presumably North Korea. The quality of these “supernote” forgeries is so high that he’d managed to pass enormous quantities through the electronic detection devices with which every Vegas slot machine is supposed to be equipped. The prosecutor was asking the judge to give him close to 25 years, and in the end Liu would receive more than 12.
Liu’s crimes threatened not only the integrity of America’s currency but the very fabric of international peace. They were part of a vast criminal enterprise believed to be controlled by the North Korean state, set up and used to finance its nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs. All of this, intelligence analysts say, is coordinated by a secret agency inside the North Korean government controlled directly by “the Dear Leader,” Kim Jong Il, himself. The agency is known as Office 39. (Given the opacity of anything inside North Korea, experts differ on whether “Office” should be “Bureau” or even “Room”—and they also suspect that the number itself may change.) Until a few years ago, American law enforcement had Office 39 squarely in its sights—probing its networks, disabling its enablers, and gradually shutting off the sources of illegal hard currency. And then, peremptorily, the Bush administration shut this law-enforcement effort down…”
-- Old, but, apparently, still very relevant.
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