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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Caption of the Day

Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sept. 5, 2014. Weapons seized by the military are displayed at a military base. Two rival gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, which use Tamaulipas as a route to ferry drugs and migrants to the United States have diversified their business, selling stolen gas and crude to refineries in Texas or to gas stations on either side of the border. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Emphasis mine.

Stalin's Ghost

I started reading another Arkady Renko novel yesterday. People are claiming to have seen Stalin's ghost on a subway platform. I was just taking my first nap of the day and it came to me in semi-concious daze that someone had mounted a holographic projector in the ceiling of the metro. Don't know why that came to me. It's not science fiction, it's a murder mystery set in present day Moscow. I'm not even sure holographic projectors exist, though I wouldn't doubt it after all the other weird things that have turning up in the news. Somehow I doubt that any holographic projectors will appear in this story, but I will keep my eyes peeled.
Couldn't find any ghostly pictures of Stalin, but I thought this one was pretty nice. Too bad about the Stalin Prize, but sometimes circumstances box you in.

Previous Arkady Renko novel mentioned here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


September. 18, 2014. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson somewhere in the Pacific.
U.S. Navy photo by John Philip Wagner Jr.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Square User Agreement Item Number 6

Tam made a comment about Square(the credit card swiper for your smart phone)'s User Agreement, so I had to go take a look. It's really long and really boring, but I eventually found the relevant section which is essentially a list of all the things you must not do with your Square, but it was all crammed together into one horrible paragraph, and since I like lists, I took it apart and reformatted it for your viewing pleasure. Or not. You can find it here:

It reads like something from Disney, or maybe Eric Holder.

Reminder: Wear Your Seat Belt

Roberta X puts up another good sense post, this one is about how to behave when stopped by the police. I suspect that the only people who will read it will be those who already know how to behave. I wish it were otherwise.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Going Up

 Cape Canaveral, Florida, September 21, 2014. SpaceX's Falcon 9 lifts off early carrying the Dragon CRS4 to the International Space Station (ISS) (AFP Photo/Bruce Weaver)

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sept. 23, 2014. Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from hangar to the launch pad. U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore, and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova are the next crew scheduled to travel to the International Space Station on September 26. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Hearing about all the excitement in places like the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, and then seeing things like this make me wonder what our fearless leaders are thinking. Then again, maybe I should be wondering just who is pulling the strings. Compared to world wide oil production, all the space programs in the world don't amount to a hill of beans. So I guess we should be glad we are still on speaking terms with Putin. We are, aren't we?

Drone Delivery Service

Germany, Sept. 2014. DHL is starting a drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medication to a pharmacy on a difficult-to-access North Sea island. The company said the quad-rotor “DHL Paketkopter 2.0” will begin daily flights Friday to bring a maximum payload of 1.2 kilograms of medicine to the island of Juist. The island, with a population of about 1,500, is usually served by one ferry per day and an occasional small-aircraft flight, depending upon the weather. (AP Photo/Nikolai Wolff Fotoetage) - Via Military Photos dot net.

Remember when Amazon was talking about this and all the fuss people were making about the idea?