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December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve 2007

Tonight, many people around the world will usher in the new year. My family and I will be included in these festivities.

What is the MM family doing? To be honest, I don't know.

We were planning on going to a friend's house and mostly doing karaoke until midnight; my best karaoke feat is to sing songs I know in an Elmer Fudd-style voice. As luck would have it, our hosts have both picked up some sort of nasty bug and it was deemed 'safer' if I weren't exposed to them.

So....the family and I will most likely be staying home (which is something we always do if we're not at a friend's house) and watching movies.

It is my sincerest wishes that everyone has a good time doing whatever you do on New Year's Eve and that the coming year brings the things that eluded you in the last year.

Just curious: I gave up trying to fulfill them years ago, but is anyone going to announce any 'New Year's Resolutions'? If so, what are they and how confident do you feel that you'll keep to them?

Happy New Year!!

P.S. - For the love of God, PLEASE don't be a complete asshole and drive while you're hammered.

I mean seriously......would you want to be lumped into the group of numbskulls caught each year that I make fun of?

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December 27, 2007


Nothing much happening these days - the daughter is home for 'Christmas Break' from school...trying to find the right day to severally sleep in past noon to properly recover from Christmas....cleaning the house. Like I said - not much 'happening'.

I did, however, have lunch today with some friends. We met at the Island's Resturant down in Mission Valley - included were Da Goddess, Citizen Smash(*_*), and Gracie from Protest Warrior; it was like a planning meeting for San Diego Protest Warrior. Also in attendance were my daughter (Mini Mikey) and DG's Little Dude. Good food, lots of laughs, and sincere statements made about not waiting for another six months to do this again.

Quite possibly this weekend, my kid & I might try to go explore the USS Midway Museum while we've got the time. Of course, this will be the first time the kid gets to see an aircraft carrier up-close....I've got more than enough time in close proximity to a carrier - this will be a 'pleasure' to visit the Midway since I know I'll be disembarking a few hours later.

Long-range plans for the month: getting my 'work table' set up again to continue working on my models.

*_* - Citizen Smash is currently in the Blogger Protection Program and while we know he's still alive & kicking, he is constantly on the move every second of the day and probably has more Frequent Flyer Miles than the entire human race collectively.

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December 20, 2007

Feats of Engineering

Real Flying Carpets? Maybe, Says Harvard Professor

It may not be big enough to carry Ali Baba or any of his 40 thieves, but a Harvard professor thinks he's figured out how to make a flying carpet.

Professor Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, an engineer who also holds positions in applied mathematics and biology, writes in Physical Review Letters that it would be possible to make a rippling sheet that could generate enough horizontal resistance to stay airborne.

The catch: The sheet couldn't be more than 4 inches long or a tenth of a millimeter thick. It would have to vibrate about 10 times per second, pushing itself through the air in a manner reminiscent of a manta ray moving through water.

In scientific terms: "As waves propagate along a flexible foil, they generate a fluid flow that leads to a pressure that lifts the foil, roughly balancing its weight," Mahadevan writes.

And that weight, as you can imagine, would be mighty small indeed. The forces needed to make a heavier carpet fly heavy enough to carry an Arab street urchin would be so enormous that "computations and scaling laws suggest it will remain in the magical, mystical and virtual realm," says Mahadevan.

....remain in the magical, mystical, and virtual realm.

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December 13, 2007

Stupid Hobby?

I've been embracing a new/forgotten hobby for the last few months: building model airplanes. To be specific, building plastic model kits like this, maybe this, and quite possibly this; while I've procured several kits, I've only completed one - an F-14 Tomcat kit for my daughter (she did most of the work), but most of my focus has been on World War II aircraft of the Luftwaffe.

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December 07, 2007

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

"...a date which will live in infamy..."

It's December 7th today and American citizens around the nation will be marking the 66th anniversary of the surprise attack on the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the almost two years preceeding this attack, many Americans worried that the war in Europe would, like a huge magnet, draw them into another horrible conflict in Europe as The Great War had thirty years earlier. Instead, an enemy that wasn't realized until it was too late pulled the United States into war did so through another avenue.

Obviously, I wasn't alive then to witness it, but I can some what understand the almost instant numbness that overcame me on the morning of September 11, 2001. As I watched 9/11 unfold on live television, I think that many who witnessed the Japanese planes swooping down into Pearl Harbor might have had the same thoughts running through their heads: What!? How could this be happening!?!

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December 03, 2007

You've Got to be Joking

Whenever my wife and I are watching television, I'll sometimes point to the TV if there's an aircraft on the screen and remind her that I can fly one of those; it's an inside joke from when I worked on flight simulators - when nothing was broke and I had time on my hands, I'd 'play around' with the simulator....I got pretty good at landing an S-3A Viking on a carrier flight deck.

And of course, she knows that I'm joking around.

However, here is an asshat that went a little too far.

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