Friday, August 29, 2014

Toronto Anti-Litter

Looking around the streets of Portland, it looks like its time for some more crying Indians.

Friday, August 15, 2014


I wrote this poem in the back of the car on the way home from a hospice where my grandfather passed away. I apparently never published it, but I think now is a good time.


Boxes, of paper and ribbon 
A laugh! A Smile! A Giggle with glee. 
Boxes of presents and toys all for me.

Boxes, of cardboard and steel 
A sigh, a groan, even a cuss. 
Boxes of bills and letters for us. 

Boxes, of cherry and pine 
A cry, a tear, of one weeping alone. 
Boxes of memories marked by a stone.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day Trip: New Hampshire! (Part Two)

Cog Railway Museum

Day Trip: New Hampshire! (Part One)

Mount Washington Resort

The Adventure Suites Theme Hotel, North Conway

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I would totally watch this. The Power Rangers would meet their adversary, and say "eh, you mind not doing that please?" then totally wail on them with hockey sticks, after which they'd drive them to the hospital for free medical care and a Molson. In the Summer, they'd vacation in Old Orchard Beach, and pretend they don't speak English.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thoughts on Moscow

Here are a few of my thoughts on the whole issue with Eastern Ukraine:

Based upon some rather mundane reports from The Moscow Times, one could conclude that Putin is looking to shore-up his ICBM defenses (because you just KNOW they're the only thing keeping "us" from invdaing, and not because they don't really have anything we want anyway). Or at the very least, to try and find a reason to appropriate (verb) a highly successful, profitable, and strategically important asset.

Keep in mind that the Ukraine gave-away its nuclear arsenal after Russia agreed to not invade, and you have to wonder if the Russians are concerned about the Ukrainians recreating their nuclear deterrent.

"Russia's dependence on Ukrainian defense imports is a by-product of the collapse of the former Soviet Union. When the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic became an independent state in 1991, Kiev found itself in possession of vital Soviet-era defense industry assets such as the Yuzhmash factory in Eastern Ukraine, which produces space rockets, satellites and missiles along with machinery for civilian uses."

""Another off-nominal situation with a space craft is a sign of a systematic crisis in the industry," research chief at the Institute for Space Politics Ivan Moiseyev told Izvestia."

ICBM = Spacecraft with nuclear warhead

The R-36 (Russianла-36) is a family of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and space launch vehicles designed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The original R-36 was produced under the Soviet industry designation 8K67 and was given the NATO reporting name SS-9 Scarp. It was able to carry three warheads and was the first Soviet MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) missile.

Production history
ManufacturerYuzhny Machine-Building Plant

The A.M. Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant, or PA Yuzhmash  is a Ukrainian manufacturer of space rocketsagricultural equipmentbusestrolley busestramswind turbines, and satellites that was inherited from the Soviet Union. It is a large state-owned company located in Dnipropetrovsk.

 In addition to production facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Pivdenne Production Association includes the Pavlohrad Mechanical Plant, which specialized in producing solid-fuel missiles.

The Dnepr LV is intended for timely high-accurate injection of a single spacecraft (SC) or a group of various SCs with total mass of up to 3.7 t into the near-Earth orbits of 300-900 km altitude and 50.5°, 64.5°, 87.3°and 98° inclination. 

It is created on the basis of the most powerful in the world ICBM RS-20 (SS-18 Satana) having high power capability and reliability confirmed by 160 launches (including 8 launches under the Dnepr program).

Update: 8/29:

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So how come no one is talking about the probability that the so-called "Humanitarian" supply convoys that were nearly empty, were in reality a looting attempt by the Russians whose military has been squeezed by supply chain shortages following the annexation of Crimea?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

House M.D.

First, let me state that I love the show, and I love the actors.

Having said that, there are some glaring issues that I want to address.

1. At the beginning of season 4, there is a whole large group of applicants that want to work with House. But Foreman is having trouble getting a job because of his association with House. Therefore, these people must have some sort of issue that keeps them from getting hired elsewhere (like the guy with no actual medical degree). Otherwise, they would not WANT to associate themselves with House, ESPECIALLY after realizing what happened with Foreman. This means that everyone who applied, but didn't end up working with him, is probably flipping burgers somewhere.

2. Using the above argument, Cuddy holds all the cards. She must know it, House must know it. He's unemployable anywhere else, but he walks all over her. Why?

3. How has this guy not been fired or sued into unemployment? I mean really. While on the subject of House.....