Because sure, why not:

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They’re working on compact lightweight electrical (as opposed to chemical) laser weapons specifically for use on aircraft. One goal it to mount such a weapon to a drone to provide defense against missiles. A phased array system, similar to the PHASAR system from the SDI days, is hoped to be capable of providing up to 100 kilowatts of weapons grade deathray.

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It’s Saturnalia Season. Time to splurge on gifts of dubious worth for friends and family of perhaps questionable character. Rather than fighting your way through rampaging crowds full of baying herdbeasts who are one synapse misfire from turning into outright looters, why not do all your culturally mandated consumerism online? Get it all done quicker, easier, with less risk of great bodily harm.

And if you decide to shop online… why not start by looking at what Amazon.com has? And start your search there at the Amazon search box just over there to the upper right? Anything purchased at Amazon after starting through my link gives my a fraction of a pittance, so feel free to go nuts. Buy laptops and TVs and cars and such, and feel the warm glow of knowing that you’re helping to put cat food on the table here. You know, for the cats. Yeah. The cats.

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Numerous close-up camera views of the OSC Antares falling from the sky and going FOOM on October 28. Some are *really* quite remarkable.

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A Public Service Announcement from 1973, featuring the voices of George Takai, Bill Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as their  “Star Trek The Animated Series” characters. Note that the quality on display here – the audio, video, dialogue, line reading and whack-ya-upside-yer-haid-wit-a-brick pun and overblown 1970′s terror of pollution – are all pretty dismal.

Still.. it’s old school Star Trek ya probably haven’t seen before.

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ISIS supports Ferguson protesters: Islamic militants pledge to send over ‘soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage’

Birmingham-born jihadi Junaid Hussain, 20 – who has adopted the nom de guerre Abu Hussain al-Britani – this morning tweeted a photograph of a hand-written letter urging the Ferguson rioters to ‘reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy’

That’d be fun: actual enemy soldiers on American shores. If the fine folk of Ferguson think they have trouble with the cops *now,* just wait until it’s perfectly legal to carry out summary executions of enemy troops not wearing recognized uniforms.

Due out in June, “Jurassic World.” The idea is that Ingen, the company behind Jurassic Park, folded and sold all their stuff to another company… one that went back to the island, fixed it all up and made the park functional and successful. Learned all the lessons and did everything right, so now the “Jurassic World” park is a rampagingly successfully place to take the family.

But “because Hollywood,” they also decided to genetically tinker and intentionally made a particularly horribly nasty Super Dinosaur, apparently named the “Diabolus Rex,” because people are bored with Brachiosaurs and Velociraptors and Tyranosaurs, or something.

Still, the trailer looks fairly spectacular (especially the Jurassic sea world). I woulda loved to have seen a version of this where the idjit who suggested  whipping up the Super Dinosaur got voted down, and the end result was just an awesome dinosaur park.

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A painting that was up on eBay a while back purported to be a McDonnell-Douglas concept rendering for a transonic jetliner. This aircraft used advanced – and expensive – fuselage shaping to lower transonic drag, much like the NASA/Boeing/Bell design illustrated in US Transport Projects #01.

The image does give me pause. There’s something about the wings that just looks… off. I don’t think they match. And the port engine looks like it’s larger in diameter than the starboard engine.

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Where you find one, you find the other…

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The Norwegian vessel KNM Trondheim welcomes an incoming anti-ship missile.

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