The Portrait: Queen of Hearts by Jamari Lior
|1:26:09 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011|
Russia Ready To Equip First Borey Class Sub With Bulava Missiles
|1:18:24 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011|
"A missile production plant in southern Siberia has produced enough Bulava ballistic missiles to complete its tests and arm the first Borey class strategic submarine, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Monday.
"A batch of missiles sufficient to finish the tests and equip one submarine has been produced already. Larger production would cause the missiles to stock up," Ivanov said after a meeting of defense industry officials in the southern Siberian republic of Udmurtia.
The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).
Despite several previous failures, officially blamed on manufacturing defaults, the Russian military has insisted that there is no alternative to the Bulava and pledged to continue testing the missile until it is ready for service with the Navy.
Russia is planning to conduct at least four Bulava test launches this year and deploy it on the new Borey class strategic submarines.
The tests launches will most likely be conducted from the Yury Dolgoruky.
The Yury Dolgoruky, which has recently completed sea trials in the White Sea, is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy in the near future, pending the outcome of the Bulava testing.
Three other Borey class nuclear submarines, the Alexander Nevsky, the Vladimir Monomakh, and Svyatitel Nikolai (St. Nicholas) are in different stages of completion. Russia is planning to build eight of these subs by 2015..."
New FFRF Bus Sign Campaign 'America is NOT a Christian Nation'
|11:13:02 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
Apparently, the first ad is meant for the exterior of the bus, while the rest will be on the interior.
Shirley Temple - Animal Crackers In My Soup (Extended Version)
|10:16:03 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
Cold 'Star' No Hotter Than a Summer's Day
|2:15:31 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
"Stars are stars, and planets are planets, and never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite. Brown dwarfs—so-called failed stars that are too small to sustain the stable burning of hydrogen—fall somewhere in between stars and planets when it comes to mass and temperature. Now, researchers have found two brown dwarfs that are colder than any previously seen—so cold and so small that they are almost like giant planets. In a paper published 20 March in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team reports on a brown dwarf about 63 light-years away whose temperature is barely 300 kelvin. That's 200 K cooler than the previous record holder and about as warm as a bright summer day on Earth. In a second study, to be published in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal, researchers describe another very cold brown dwarf (shown here in an infrared telescope image), whose estimated temperature is about 370 Kelvin. The two objects could be the first examples of a proposed class of ultra-cool brown dwarfs known as the Y-class. And because they are almost as cold as "gas giant" planets—Jupiter is about 150 K—studying them could offer a better handle on what the atmospheres of alien worlds look like."
Penguin Leap of Faith
|1:32:19 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
-- And now something a bit less serious:
-- Like a boss.
Libya Update: Video Clips of Combat and Coalition Air Force Activity
|1:18:43 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
|10:43:03 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
-- "A U.S. Soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico March 1, 2011, as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011. Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to leverage lessons learned from operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/Released."
US Fighter Plane Crashes in Libya
|8:46:14 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011|
"An American jet has crashed in Libya, but US officials insist it was not shot down.The US military said both crew members on board the F-15 Strike Eagle ejected from the aircraft and had been recovered separately. Both sustained minor injuries.
A spokesman said the plane may have suffered a mechanical problem.
He said the crew members were separated because they ejected at high altitudes and ended up in different areas.
A US defence official said a Marine Osprey search and rescue aircraft rescued the pilot, and the second crew member, a weapons officer, was taken in by Libyan rebels and then handed over to the US.
The aircraft involved was based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, which is home to three squadrons of US F-15s, and it was flying out of Italy's Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
The US Air Force has said B-2, F-15 and F-16 fighters are participating in operations over Libya.
The US's involvement in Libya is being run by Africa Command, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany.
Africa Command launched in October 2008 after the Pentagon abandoned efforts to base the command on the continent after it hit resistance among the African nations, and instead posted about two dozen liaison officers at African embassies."
Smithsonian Historically Hardcore - Hardcore History Ads by Jenny Burrows
|3:06:40 PM, Monday, March 21, 2011|
-- The ads are wrongly appropriated to the Smithsonian by most (due to obvious reasons), but in fact they were done as spec by art director Jenny Burrows while at the Creative Circus. The museum has since actually asked her to remove the originals with that museum's logo. Some people believe that takes away from the bad-assness of the ads, but I do not think so.
And yes the facts are true. Take the Roosevelt one for example:
Specifically, on October 14, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was speaking in Milwaukee when he was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. According to doctors, the bullet traveled through three inches of tissue but didn't pierce the chest wall, which Roosevelt himself realized when he noticed he wasn't coughing blood. This was because the bullet had had to go through an eyeglass case and a single-folded copy of the speech he was going to deliver - 50 pages of paper.
He gave his speech, went to the hospital, and was informed that removing the bullet would be too dangerous (similar to the case with Garfield, where leaving the bullet in place and keeping the wound from in fection might've allowed Garfield to live). He died with the bullet still in him.
Interesting note: this is where his nickname comes from. He told the crowd at Milwaukee that it would "take more than that to kill a bull moose."
Model-Morphosis: Models Before and After Make-Up
|12:19:18 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011|
-- The New York Times Magazine feature shows how some models are transformed for their runway shows. You can see the difference between each model's natural look and their make-up transformed look by dragging the slider.
New ‘ICBMs vs. Terrorists’ Plan: Now 50% Less Crazy!
|12:03:47 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011|
"In just the last couple weeks, the Air Force has done some serious waffling on its controversial plan to use conventionally-armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to take out terrorist targets. Controversial, because every ballistic missile launch — nuke or non-nuke — looks the same on radar, so every strike on a terror camp risks igniting World War III. One general said the plan was kaput. Then a senior civilian official said it wasn’t. A second general weighed in, saying he wasn’t sure yet.
Thanks to an inside source, we have some insight into the apparent confusion. Who’s right? Well, possibly everybody.
According to our source, the basic plan to hit terrorist targets with a speedy, non-nuclear missile remains intact. The so-called “Prompt Global Strike” missile will be based on an ICBM, but it will only be partially ballistic. Under the current thinking, a modified Peacekeeper ICBM will boost an armed hypersonic glider to high speed and altitude, at which point the glider’s own momentum will take over.
“The concept of operations calls for the [Prompt Global Strike missile] to be launched along a trajectory that differs from that of a ballistic missile (they are planning on using a shaped, depressed trajectory) so it will look different to Russia’s early-warning systems.”
This idea for a non-apocalypse-starting, hybrid, semi-ballistic weapon helps explain how two generals and a senior civilian official could seem to contradict each other. In mid-February, Maj. Gen. David Scott said the Air Force had “no plans for conventionally armed sea-based missiles such as a [Navy] Conventional Trident Modification or conventionally armed ICBMs.”
“Our focus is on boost-glide capabilities,” Scott said, “including the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle concept.”
What Scott failed to mention is the Hypersonic Test Vehicle Glider could be boosted to its top speed and altitude by a Minotaur rocket, in essence a modified Peacekeeper ICBM without the nuclear warhead. “This is not the same as putting a relatively dumb conventional warhead on an existing Trident or Minuteman missile, hence the claim that we aren’t going to deploy conventional warheads on existing ballistic missiles,” the source explained.
That being the case, civilian official Stephen Walker and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz weren’t contradicting Scott when they said, several days after Scott’s comment, that ballistic missiles were still on the table for Prompt Global Strike. The ballistic missiles were never the entire solution..."
-- 'Cause we need ICBMs to blow up a terrorist caves... I thought this country was broke!
The 100 Greatest Novels by Alex Carnevale
|11:58:26 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011|
"We can date back all of modern literature to Chekhov's novella My Life, which appeared in Russian in 1896. At about the same time the first translations of new novels by Dostoevsky were hitting American shores, and they too find a place on any compendium of the modern. Many of the novels that contributed in an critical historical capacity to its development are no longer very readable to our modern audience, through no fault of their own. Others, like Tristram Shandy or Moby Dick are far better now than they were at the time of publication, while sharing some of the deficiences of their 19th century brethren. In the end, we are concerned with modern novels, so if it happened before My Life, you won't find it here. Since novellas are essentially short novels, they also find a place on this list.
Without the enduring brilliance of New Directions, the sustained efforts of Dalkey Archive, the phenomenal and immortal NYRB Classics series, and the efforts of so many others editors and writers, some of these novels would never have remained available in America. Whenever I see people giving money to the homeless, or to the American Cancer Society, or James Cameron, I just think, do the world a favor and give it to New Directions or the NYRB and receive the finest literature of our time in exchange.
The comment thread spawned by our notation of the 100 Greatest Writers of All Time has now ascended past the post itself in prurient interest. The novel exploded as a form in the twentieth century; in recent years it has retained only some small percentage of that power. Some novels changed the world simply by existing. The Fountainhead is one of them, but you won't find it below, not because it was not an important book (it's the second bestselling book in the history of mankind and the most annoying to have your friend tell you about after The Corrections), but because it is not an exemplar of the best literary and genre writing has to offer, both in artistic achievement and pure readability for a modern audience. These are those..."
Things You Shouldn’t Put In Your Vagina
|6:45:27 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011|
- 54 bags of heroin
- 31 empty heroin bags
- 8 prescription pills
- $51.22 in cash and change
Twenty-seven-year-old Pennsylannia woman, Karin Mackaliunas, was arrested for suspected burglary and reckless driving. After a routine strip search, authorities discovered all of the items listed above stored in her vagina. Now that’s a vagina! Why bother with a purse when you can carry everything you need between your legs? ... ... ...
Ramstein - Amerika
|3:50:53 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011|
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