Intel's Ronler Acres Plant


Silicon Forest

Monday, October 27, 2014

Los Shakers - Solo quiero estar contigo (i only want to be with you)

This is just a little nuts. The band's name is a mix of English and Spanish, it's sung in French, and the band is from Paraguay, which speaks Spanish like most of the rest of South America. But I recognized the tune instantly, the name or the original artist not so much. Via Dustbury.

Lakes Pipes

This morning I realized that some poor benighted souls may not know what Lakes Pipes are, so I decided to correct that problem with a picture. I had a devil of a time finding an acceptable picture. This one is adequate, but it's not really what the latest style was back in 1961 when I was ten years old. The trunk lid on the '61's were at least a couple of feet longer than they were in '58. To my ten-year-old-eye, this car looks truncated.
     Most car pictures are shot on the diagonal so you can see the end and the side, but if you really want to appreciate the pipes, you need a straight on side shot. And then there's the backgrounds. Many car photos are shot at shows and the backgrounds are horrendous. It's understandable if it's not your car, you shoot what you can, but that doesn't explain the pictures done by owners. It's like they don't even see the background. Sad state of affairs.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cool Custom Cessna

Ottawa, Canada, October 22, 2014. C-FSUJ Cessna 208B Grand Caravan equipped with surveillance equipment. Note the long exhaust pipe to prevent interference with the sensor payload. The airplane belongs to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was called out in response to a shooting at the Canadian War Memorial. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

Because Jack is working at FLIR and John is flying a Cessna these days. And because I never thought I would see Lakes Pipes on a Cessna. Lakes Pipes:
  1. Named for their use on the vast, empty dry lake beds northeast of Los Angeles. - Wikipedia
  2. Yup. they would run the exhaust through the mufflers for normal street driving, then when they got to the lakes they would take the caps off the 'lakes pipes' and run open exhaust. The custom guys started running them later, most of the time they were not hooked to the rest of the exhaust system as this will discolor them and can burn your legs when getting in or out of the car. - Jalopy Journal

Corsair Retired

A7 Corsair retirement ceremony at Araxos AB. The Greek Air Force used the Corsair for 40 years.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sagittarian - Illumination

Iaman, who's not in Iowa anymore, sent me a video. I'd seen the video before, but the sound caught my ear this time. This is a similar video that uses the same tune. It was put together from French Air Force footage. I posted the other video earlier.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Click on the pic, or the link to see an image large enough to read. I predict you will be amused.

Update: I changed the link in the picture because Blogger's limits pictures to 1600 pixels, which isn't quite enough to read it clearly.