May 282015

Yikes. A graph depicting the ongoing death toll of workers in Qatar building the facilities for the 2022 World Cup:


Parents: don’t let your kids be a part of this travesty. Teach them that there are alternatives to soccer. Safer, less violent, more socially uplifting alternatives… not to mention more interesting and useful. Baseball. Basketball. Rugby. Gunrunning. Dungeons and Dragons. Smoking dope. Chess. Mortal Combat. Watching paint dry.

Soccer: not even once.

 Posted by at 6:01 am
May 212015

Some people try really hard to be clever and/or cute. Trying hard is no guarantee of success. Sometimes it’s the fast road to things blowing up in your face. Like… here:

Welcome the real world, kid. Of course it could have been better; she could have come up with a “no.” or my personal favorite from back in the days when I tried: “Good God, no.”

 Posted by at 5:19 pm
May 202015

So I decided to check in on the Amazon Kindle versions of the US Bomber Projects (available HERE) to see how they’re doing, after I recently uploaded a bunch of new ones. As it turns out: wow. Bad. So, that’s that, I guess.

I also decided to check on the reviews, of which there are very few. Now, checking reviews of stuff you’ve worked hard on is always asking for trouble; *maybe* someone will say something complementary; *maybe* someone will give a negative feedback that provides useful information. But as this is the internet, you’re like as not going to get a response like this:


Huh. Not a fan, I guess.

Interestingly, the same reviewer posted an equally negative (though grammatically confounding) review of another issue of the Kindle USBP back in February. One wonders why he would buy a second issue if the first was so bad, but he has posted 140 separate reviews of items, indicating he likes to review stuff, I guess.

Just in case, here’s the recent issue in question:

 Posted by at 10:10 pm
May 182015

It seems that between about 3.2 and 3.5 billion years ago, Earth got whacked at least three times by *big* impactors. Keep in mind that the rock that killed the dinosaurs was on the order of 10 kilometers in diameter; these earlier impactors were on the order of 50 to 100 kilometers in diameter (or up to 1000 times the impact energy). There was life on Earth at the time in the form of primitive single cell organisms, but these impacts would have played hell with them. Estiamtes are that the impact would have driven the planetary air temperature to over 500 Celcius for weeks, and above the boiling point of water for over a year. Sea levels would have dropped by up to 100 meters as the upper levels of the oceans boiled away.

Rocks this old are fairly rare, but examination of some examples show showers of BB-sized “droplets” of molten rock kicked up by the impacts.

Ancient Asteroid Impacts Boiled the Oceans and Made Life on Earth Hell

A 100-kilometer impactor is *exactly* the sort of thing that mankind would not be able to do diddly-squat about, other than to send a small remnant of terrestrial life to, say, Mars. Certainly wouldn’t want to go to the moon; the moon would almost certainly get pummeled by chunks of Earth blasted into space.

 Posted by at 10:11 pm
May 172015

If you can skip over ISIS news because it’s just too far away and/or just too big, here’s a closer story on a smaller scale that’ll make you question the validity of the notion that all human life is precious:

Masked intruders attack disabled woman in Deerfield Beach, kill kittens

Woman, 61, cut with shards of broken glass, has body sprayed with paint, BSO says

 Posted by at 11:51 pm