Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Transformer as used car
Working robot transformer
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Let us look at the email inbox for General Erich Manstein on 3/2/42, when he was engaged in the Crimea:-
HeiniKreditAnstalt...............Get the cheapest motor insurance quotes from us
Adolf Hitler.........Why did Lt Schmidt take one-and-a half hours for lunch yesterday?
Mrs Manstein....................He's your son, too. What are you going to do about the gum disease?
Adolf Hitler........................Why are the water cooler maintenance people late?
Bill from Sonnenliebe...........Have you made pension plans? Try us!
Colonel, 541 Infantry...........Regiment will be at start-line 12 am.
Adolf Hitler....Transfer Corporal Schultz & his 6 men from Kerch to the Tartar Ditch.
As you can see, of all these messages, only one is relevant to the matter in hand.
From Johnnyreb on the thread Modern (2006) computers and the internet in WWII on AH.com. For the record Hitler was into to giving detailed and mindless tactic instructions. This tendency can be seen as this clip of Hitler as a gamer.
Capt. Frank Willard, US Army Special Forces, Caguyen River, The Philippines:-
At first I thought they handed me the wrong dossier. I couldn't believe they wanted this man dead. Third generation West Point, World War One, the Battle of the Beltway, about a thousand decorations. Like they said, MacArthur had an impressive career, maybe too perfect. He was being groomed for one of the top slots in the Corporation, four-star, Chief of Staff. Then things started to slip. Leaving the bombers on the ground to be blasted by the Japs. That gold the Philippine President gave him. And this guy was still in the field, commanding American troops. LOVED YOU IN WALL STREET.
The last comment, screamed out loud, caused the boat's crew to look up in surprise. Then they shrugged their shoulders. Willard was a spook: Those guys were nuts.
The msm press would just ridiculeUnfortunately this was from a blog on killcastro. The mission of this site is to encourage murder. The weasel word this site uses to excuse murder is that they do not "advocate the illegal execution of Fidel Castro." You can never trust a crazy ex-Cuban.
as another one of those crazy anti castro Miami mafiosos, discredit him, and negate any effectiveness he does have...
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
wishes to remain anonymous, in
In Albany, Life Has Seeped Out of Night Life,
in the NY Times.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Whitney Mac Fanboy asks:
Just how obvious does the corruption in the White House have to be before you demand a change of government?That's the problem with presidential systems, which is why it is government system of choice for the new tin pot banana republics , is that it can be auitocratic autocratic. Presidents don't lose non confidence votes.
Sheldon offers this bit of possible political theatre.
Bush could have a live press conference where he bites the heads off kittens, and nobody would care. The 28% who still support him would claim he was showing true leadership by biting heads off kittens. The news media would report both sides of the story as if they had real credibility.Lawpoop also thinks that scandal fatigue from the 90's republican witch hunts against Clinton is helping people overlook Bush's notable failures.
I don't know if this was planned, or just accidental, but basically after all the false scandal coverage during the Clinton years people have learned to just tune this shit out.
Talkshow host Tom Hartman said that he can't help coming to the conclusion that the endless investigations into Clinton's Christmas card lists, travel agent's activities, and sexual peccadilloes was an effort to sour the public on the process of impeachment, and make whatever crimes the next president would do seem like partisan politics. It's hard not to start thinking this way.Of course the appeal of politicians who don't do appealing things, who have the courage to do crack the eggs to make the omelets explains why some still admire Stalin the Murder. When Sideshow Bob was mayor and a criminal he said the people need evil. People like him or Francis Urquhart people who are willing to "put a bit of stick about".
Because you _need_ me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may force you to vote Democratic, but deep down inside you secretly long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That's why I did this: to protect you from yourselves.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The lowering of trade barriers more than a decade ago has pushed food companies to scour the globe for more exotic — or the cheapest — ingredients to compete in a more global marketplace, not unlike automakers shipping in parts from all over. But with America’s relatively permissible food-import rules and weak inspection regime, is the trend to assemble food from so many far-flung locations heightening the risks of contamination?
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Animats pointed how the decline of low skill wages because of illegal immigration has deautomated some service jobs in the US.
It's discouraging. I've watched America go from robotic car washes to "100% hand wash" over the last 25 years.
At one point, however, the earthly gore became a matter of concern. “In the past,” wrote the semi-official Iranian daily Ettelaat as the war raged on, “we had child-volunteers: 14-, 15-, and 16-year-olds. They went into the minefields. Their eyes saw nothing. Their ears heard nothing. And then, a few moments later, one saw clouds of dust. When the dust had settled again, there was nothing more to be seen of them. Somewhere, widely scattered in the landscape, there lay scraps of burnt flesh and pieces of bone.” Such scenes would henceforth be avoided, Ettelaat assured its readers. “Before entering the minefields, the children [now] wrap themselves in blankets and they roll on the ground, so that their body parts stay together after the explosion of the mines and one can carry them to the graves.”
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Listen to him in discussion on NPR. During the program a more senior interrogator talks about techniques that sound wishy washy but actually work.
The problem of creating an infantry weapon is different than a hunting rifle. A hunting rifle is used for a small number of shots a few days a year. After a small degree of use the hunting rifle is cleaned and put away. The infantry rifle might be used continuely. It cannnot be cleaned after each use. In the Great War Canada was saddled with the Ross Rifle because of the mendious incompentency of the Minister of Militia Sam Hughes. The best weapon isn't some panglossioan ideal. The best weapon is the one right right here, right now, working.
The safest times in history is when weapons and weapon systems are expensive and scarce. The dangerous times in history are when weapons and armies are cheap. In expensive days armies are few and small and precious. When weapons become cheap and easy small freelance armies spring up otherwise know as brigands. When the State no longer has the monopoly of force the State disappears. In one history there was a mention of the democratic nature of the Cowboy or Gaucho in the sense instead of being a "man on a horse" a phrase that has been applied to the officer/knight/squire the cowboy was a man on a cheap horse. The horse in some times and places in history are cheaper or more expensive to keep. When horses are expensive they are reserved for knights and officers. When horses are cheap and available cowboys and huge mongol armies are possible. What military resources are available dictate what tactics are available be it a small elite or some sort of Levee en Masse. A small professional army is given the best weaoins and training money can buy. A revoltionary situtation much like the French Revoltion means near total mobilization of the population resulting in ill equiped untrained parttime soldiers. The AK-47 is perfect for a Levee en Masse.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I call Albanians pimps but a better word is slavers just like the founder of their cult Mohammed. Here is an unflattering view of Albania land of Scum is from Anti-Slavery International.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Gordon Brown certainly seems to breathe a bit like Vader...just watch whenever he speaks and pauses to suck in air!Jose1337 chimes in:
"You cannot defy the power of the treasury....
, soon all your cash will be in my grasp (suck).... I shall drain it out of you....".
"never underestimate the power...of trade deficits!"and the great Thande adds:
I find your lack of financial prudence...disturbing."
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Creimer wanted a toll to make gaming easier.
I just can't wait for the model with integrated gaming computer, toliet and soda dispenser for those long deathmatch games where it can walk you home after you pass out from playing too much.
Bughouse wanted a fanboy toy.
I'll take one with 6 Medium Lasers, an AC/20, a PPC-10, and an LRM-6 please.
Dr Memory expressed a fear that these could be widely adopted.
Heh, that was my first thought: "Jesus, how soon before I see these things stomping around Wal-Mart?" I swear, I go there about five times a year, and every time it's like Bloated Freaks on Wheels week.cephal0p0d includes links to many more walking robot sites.
BigDog http://www.bdi.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog [bdi.com]
RHex http://www.rhex.org/ [rhex.org]
ZMP, Inc. http://www.zmp.co.jp/e_home.html [zmp.co.jp]
RiSe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzfP0Ig7eVQ [youtube.com]
Monday, June 04, 2007
There was a session at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice a week or two ago, which is a school of higher education that trains law enforcement officials, and there was an open session about whether it's appropriate to snitch.
And among the students, among the students being trained in law enforcement, some of them took the position that it's not appropriate to cooperate with the police because the police can't be trusted. And this manifests itself in rap music. It manifests itself on tee shirts. And it does seem to be a societal movement or feeling with some force.
It brings to mind Kipling's line "lesser breeds without the Law".
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
This is from an upcoming Norwegian TV show which is going to be an interview show animated. There is also a followup video done in amateur Youtube fashion, there are interruptions, background noises, doorbells, airconditioning hum and framing problems. The followup video includes the disclaimer that "beer is good in moderate amounts". NSFW
I'd note that most oil companies do have lots of research into alternative (non-oil) energy. It's just hard to see in their financials because oil is so lucrative. The major one that realy gets criticized for its lack of investment in areas like solar is ExxonMobil - and the reason they don't is probably the same reason that Cisco doesn't tend to develop most of its revolutionary technology inside the company. XOM and CSCO both have tons of cash, tons of cash flow and a well-priced stock giving them the ability to simply buy a producer of new equipment if it becomes a valuable market. Why bother to spend tons of money on basic research when you can let the newcomers fight it out in the market and just buy the leader when the time is appropriate? As strange as it is, that's R&D economics at many large industry-leading corporations. It's "efficient outsourced innovation" [businessweek.com].