12/31/11

Permalink 01:28:32 am, by daryl Email , 1845 words, 13002 views   English (US)
Categories: Fun, Etc.

Checkers, Anyone?

For Christmas 2011 the adults in my family all agreed participate in a hand-made gift exchange. I drew my brother's name and after discarding several ideas I knew were too ambitious for my own limited home-made gift-building skills, I settled on a plan to build a checkerboard of wood, from scratch. This too was beyond my limited skill set, but it sounded fun. And I decided to document the process regardless of how it turned out...which wasn't too bad!

Checkerboard
Wooden Checkerboard

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06/23/11

Permalink 03:36:49 pm, by daryl Email , 104 words, 3282 views   English (US)
Categories: Seriously, News

Russian Nuke Experts Killed in Plane Crash

Five Russian nuclear experts involved in the development of the Iranian nuclear facility at Arak were among 44 people killed when a RusAir Tupolev-134 aircraft crashed while landing at Petrozavodsk on Monday.

Crashed RusAir Tupolev-134
The wreckage of Tu-134 plane, belonging to the RusAir airline, is seen on a highway near the city of Petrozavodsk Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

Is it coincidence that 5 top experts all involved in a controversial project were killed at the same time? The crash is under investigation.

In December 2010, this blog included a story about two other nuclear scientists involved in the same Iranian plant who were murdered.

More coincidences?

The full Haaretz.com story

06/06/11

Permalink 10:58:33 am, by daryl Email , 94 words, 3047 views   English (US)
Categories: Fringe, News

Station on Mars?

Amateur investigator David Martines stumbled upon an apparently artificial structure on the surface of the Red Planet while scanning Google Mars photographs recently.

Mars Station
Frame-grab from a YouTube video showing what appears to be an artificial structure on the surface of Mars.

The YouTube video is even more compelling (although I wish it had been generated using Google Earth's built-in tools for recording a flyover instead of having been a video recording of a computer screen during a Google Earth flyover).

NASA hasn't commented yet.

YouTube video of "Bio Station Alpha"
Daily Mail Online article

12/09/10

Permalink 05:20:32 pm, by daryl Email , 132 words, 5819 views   English (US)
Categories: Seriously, News

Stuxnet "Cyber Missile"?

The Stuxnet computer virus, reportedly discovered in July, appears to be specifically designed to target industrial systems. Like, say, an Iranian nuclear plant.

Stuxnet Malware

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11/09/10

Permalink 02:24:20 pm, by daryl Email , 131 words, 4542 views   English (US)
Categories: Etc., News

Mystery Missile Launch Off the Coast of LA

A rather large sea-launched missile punched through the sunset haze around 35 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, north of Catalina Island Monday evening, but neither the Navy nor the Pentagon admits to knowing where it came from.

Mysterious sea-launched missile
Mysterious sea-launched missile caught by a local TV news helicopter near sundown November 8, 2010.

Being so far at sea, it's unlikely to have been an amateur rocket launch. Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth conjectured, "It could be a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine . . . to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that." (President Obama was in Asia at the time).

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