something to think about….

Apple and Google are combining to make an app that will automatically be injected into your mobile phone. This is the COVID-19 app. What it will do is monitor your location and proximity to another with a Bluetooth equipped device and if you are close to someone that has or has been close to someone who has COVID-19, You will be flagged!

Read that again, “if you are close to someone that has or has been close to someone who has COVID-19, you will be flagged“….

Continue reading “something to think about….”

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I’m depressed…

I’m depressed, my truck is near empty, I have not driven it in three weeks, gas prices are under $2 per Gallon, there is a ban of driving, I’m out of beer and alcohol and my wife won’t let me leave the house.

the best price in my area is $1.89  per Gallon and the closest to me, (1 mile, all downhill), is $1.99  per Gallon .... [Read More]

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Ch ch ch ch annnges….

Group effort today- what changes will occur to our society by year one AV (After Virus)?

I will throw a few out to get it started….... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Last Train to Texas

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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The “Trumpster” was in my home town…

The only problem is my timing. We went to eat at our local watering hole at 4:15, 1615 for the rest of the world and our military friends. We were returning at 5:25, (that’s 1725), or should I say, attempting to return.

Continue reading “The “Trumpster” was in my home town…”

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Mobile Telephones in the 1940s

Starting in 1946, with a pilot program in St. Louis, Missouri, AT&T launched its Mobile Telephone Service (MTS).  By 1948 the service was available in 100 cities and towns and along highway corridors.  The service ran on 25 VHF radio channels, using half-duplex FM; handsets on mobile installations had a push-to-talk button.  All calls were placed through human operators.  Here is a Bell System promotional film from the late 1940s about the wonders of mobile telephony and how it worked.

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This Looks Like Fun

It’s called Seabreacher, a two-person semi-submersible water craft with a top speed of 100 km/hour on the surface and 40 km/hour underwater.  It can dive up to 1.5 metres beneath the surface for as long as 30 seconds.  With a sharp pull-up, it can “breach” out of the water as high as 6 metres.  Side sticks provide full three-axis control, and rolls can be performed.... [Read More]

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Getting Around in Thailand: The Night Bus

You haven’t lived until you’ve boarded a bus at sunset and trundled through the night to arrive at your destination just after sunrise. Those hot towels the attendant distributes with tongs at six a.m. make it worth the long hours, the bleariness, and the cheap comedies played on the television up front.

No, really. These were special trips.

Because there were two kinds of buses. You could take an orange bus—an “orange crush bus,” as one of the missionaries called it. Any time we did opt for this probably inexpensive Continue reading “Getting Around in Thailand: The Night Bus”

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Tesla Melts Up

Bubble popping cartoonTesla, Inc. (TSLA:NASDAQ), as I noted in a comment a few days ago, then had market capitalisation (stock price times number of shares outstanding) more than three times that of Ford Motor Company (F:NYSE), despite Ford’s revenues being more than seven times those of Tesla and Ford’s FY 2018 earnings of US$ 3.7 billion being somewhat greater than Tesla’s loss of US$ 69 million for FY 2019.

What a difference a few days make!  There now appears to be a cataclysmic short squeeze and/or buying panic in Tesla stock.  Here is a ten minute chart for the last few days.... [Read More]

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Saturday Night Science: Sonic Wind

“Sonic Wind” by Craig RyanPrior to the 1920s, most aircraft pilots had no means of escape in case of mechanical failure or accident. During World War I, one out of every eight combat pilots was shot down or killed in a crash. Germany experimented with cumbersome parachutes stored in bags in a compartment behind the pilot, but these often failed to deploy properly if the plane was in a spin or became tangled in the aircraft structure after deployment. Still, they did save the lives of a number of German pilots. (On the other hand, one of them was Hermann Göring.) Allied pilots were not issued parachutes because their commanders feared the loss of planes more than pilots, and worried pilots would jump rather than try to save a damaged plane.

From the start of World War II, military aircrews were routinely issued parachutes, and backpack or seat pack parachutes with ripcord deployment had become highly reliable. As the war progressed and aircraft performance rapidly increased, it became clear that although parachutes could save air crew, physically escaping from a damaged plane at high velocities and altitudes was a formidable problem. The U.S. P-51 Mustang, of which more than 15,000 were built, cruised at 580 km/hour and had a maximum speed of 700 km/hour. It was physically impossible for a pilot to escape from the cockpit into such a wind blast, and even if they managed to do so, they would likely be torn apart by collision with the fuselage or tail an instant later. A pilot’s only hope was that the plane would slow to a speed at which escape was possible before crashing into the ground, bursting into flames, or disintegrating.... [Read More]

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