Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I Am Back!

Yes, it has been a while since I updated. Thanks for noticing. I've been to busy (or is it lazy?) to update for the past week, but now I'm back at it.

If you like blowing stuff up, this site is for you. Implosion World has information and a database of pictures (lots of pictures, and animations too!) of controlled demolition projects. And if you have a structure you need imploded, just go ask the friendly folks at Controlled Demolition, Inc. to help you out.

It's official -- the emperor isn't wearing any clothes. According to a recently released National Intelligence Estimate, the war in Iraq is succeeding. That is, if by success you mean creating more terrorists and making the Muslim world hate us. I, for one, am not surprised. I have maintained since before the war began that this would be the outcome. It doesn't take a genius to make the connection between dropping bombs on civilian's homes turning someone into a militant suicide bomber -- when you have nothing left to lose you will use any means available to exact revenge. Of course, that isn't the only bad news about the Iraq war to come out recently. The Senate found no link between al-Qaida and Saddam (big surprise). And where are the WMDs? I wish I could say that all of this makes me happy, because more Americans are realizing how our leaders defrauded us, but it actually makes me depressed, now that it's proven that our soldiers (many of whom are my age) are dying thousands of miles away from home for no good reason.

In happier news (unless you're French), Airbus is having trouble producing the A380. That can only mean good things for Boeing, and by extension, the U.S. economy. The A380 is a pretty awesome bird, though. Compare its size (it is the big one) to the Airbus A340 next to it -- the A340 is a fairly large plane, too! Up to 853 passengers could fit on the A380 if it is configured in full economy class (it has two decks through the whole length of the plane). More typical is the three-class configuration, which holds a mere 555 passengers.

It's nearly time for snow (at least it is here in Alaska), so here, just for the season, is Make-a-Flake, a snowflake maker. My wife and I spent a lot of time last winter making cool snowflake designs.

Finally, check out Virtual Dali for a very well made gallery of paintings and photos by Salvador Dali.

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