Category: Etc.

12/31/11

Permalink 01:28:32 am, by daryl Email , 1845 words, 13007 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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11/09/10

Permalink 02:24:20 pm, by daryl Email , 131 words, 4543 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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07/09/10

Permalink 03:47:05 pm, by daryl Email , 84 words, 8834 views   English (US)
Categories: Etc., Fringe, News

Chinese UFO or American ICBM?

A Chinese airport (Xiaoshan) was closed and air traffic diverted after a UFO was spotted at around 9pm local time Wednesday.

Chinese UFO over Xiaoshan Airport
Chinese UFO spotted in the sky over Xiaoshan Airport, forcing the airport closed and air traffic diverted elsewhere.

"Some Chinese experts" are suggesting the light is debris from an American intercontinental ballistic missile. Two things make me think that's probably not the case:

1.) No mushroom clouds over any Chinese cities.
2.) ICBM debris doesn't suddenly change direction and accelerate.

The full DailyMail article

--D.

10/13/09

Permalink 12:29:28 am, by daryl Email , 253 words, 6509 views   English (US)
Categories: Etc., Fringe, News

Mars Meteorite Photo Oddity

Around 10 days ago, the Mars Rover "Opportunity" rolled up to an 18.5-inch meteorite after a two-day, 92-foot-long journey and took the picture below.

Mars Meteorite
The Mars rover "Opportunity" encounters an 18.5 inch meteorite.

That's interesting enough--a large meteorite just sitting there on the surface of another world. But when you examine a large version of the image, there's something even more fascinating on the horizon.

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04/08/09

Permalink 11:17:54 pm, by daryl Email , 170 words, 13744 views   English (US)
Categories: Etc., Fringe, News

Nanostructured Super-Thermite

A team of scientists including Steven E. Jones and Niels Harrit examined dust and debris from the World Trade Center rubble after 9/11 using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

WTC Towers on 9/11
World Trade Center towers, September 11, 2001.

Their analysis has uncovered "active thermitic material": a combination of elemental aluminum and iron oxide in a form of thermite known as "nanostructured super-thermite."

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