Mar 302009

I needed a good clear drawing of the C-5 Galaxy. So I made one, using a few Lockheed “blueprints.” Enjoy.


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 Posted by at 6:07 pm
Mar 302009

You had to know that this was coming

A STEM cell therapy offering “natural” breast enlargement is to be made available to British women for the first time.

The treatment could boost cup size while reducing stomach fat. It involves extracting stem cells from spare fat on the stomach or thighs and growing them in a woman’s breasts. An increase of one cup size is likely, with the potential for larger gains as the technique improves.

A trial has already started in Britain to use stem cells to repair the breasts of women who have had cancerous lumps removed. A separate project is understood to be the first in Britain to use the new technique on healthy women seeking breast enlargement.

Professor Kefah Mokbel, a consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace hospital, who is in charge of the project, will treat 10 patients from May. He predicts private patients will be able to pay for the procedure within six months at a cost of about £6,500.

Is there anything science can’t do?

 Posted by at 5:37 pm
Mar 302009

Studied at NASA-Ames in 1974 was an unmanned air-to-air “fighter” equipped with a variable geometry oblique wing and two Sidewinder missiles. Intended for ground launch (using either a catapult or zero-length rocket launch) or from a larger aircraft, the remotely piloted vehicle would cruise at Mach 0.9 and 30,000 feet for 200 nautical miles, dash to Mach 1.6 and fire its missiles, and cruise back to base at Mach 0.9 and 45,000 feet.

While the design seems to have been mostly theoretical – the drawing is crude and landing gear is not shown – the basic layout survived. Only recently DARPA cancelled the “Switchblade” unmanned bomber concept that was very similar in most respects to this design.


 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Mar 302009

Just about done. The “battle damaged” parts are built and detailed, including exposed and exploded decks at the broken stubs. I just need to pot them in a little (this’d be a bit nightmarish to cast as it currently stands, I think) and rough up some of the surfaces, then the parts will be ready to ship.

The idea is to provide three broken “arms.” Two of them replicate damage seen on the season 4 “rebel” ship. But to replicate the full damage would require mangling the center parts as well. Including *those* parts would have made this essentially a two-ship kit. Too expensive. And it’s not clear that there’d be a market for a separate “completely mangled” base ship kit. So, it’s a good compromise… include a few broken bits. A little bit of scratch-damaging to the otherwise pristine center parts, and away you go.

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 Posted by at 11:45 am
Mar 282009



A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.

On the one hand, big whoop. Hell, if Biden was *my* dad, I’m pretty sure I would have long ago fallen into a deep pit of drug use just to try to cover the shame. But on the other hand…

Biden has been an outspoken crusader against drugs, coining the term “drug czar” in 1982 while campaigning for a more forceful “war on drugs.”

Good job, Pops.

 Posted by at 10:45 pm
Mar 282009

Coming soon (click for YouTube trailer links):

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Face it, the first was *way* better’n it shoulda been. The sequel looks like more of the same… giant robots beating the tar out of each other. If Megatron or Galvatron doesn’t show up, though, I’m’a gonna have to go into Angry Geek Mode.


Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino. A WWII movie. From the looks of it, Brad Pitt leads a rag-tag group of murderers into Nazi-occupied France with the specific goal of comitting war crimes… torture, mutilation, terrorism. All that good stuff. Now that we’re in the post-Abu Ghraib/post-Gitmo era, where not only has the US government under the enlightened, divinely inspired leadership of Teh One foresworn such activities, but so has everyone else in the world (now that the Islamists and Commies and Dictators love us since we’ve gotten rid of Chimpy McBushitler), it’ll be interesting to see how people (in this case, American Jewish soldiers) who abuse Nazis are treated on-screen. Due out in August.


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Animated movie. Could be cool. Could be profoundly awful. We’ll see. At least, the “mad scientist” isn’t portrayed as evil this time.
2012: Yes, a movie based on the bullcrap idea that the Aztecs had a calendar that craps out in 2012, thus meaning We’re Doomed. Brought to you by some of the same folks behind Godzilla (a movie based on the bullcrap idea that French nuclear testing would make thousand-foot-long bipedal iguanas ) and The Day After Tomorrow (a movie based on the bullcrap idea that Al Gore isn’t full of bullcrap). Still, while those movies were Dumb with a capital Uuuhhhnnnnngggg, they are guilty-pleasure-entertaining. The trailer for 2012 features a tsunami washing over Mt. Everest. What’s not to like?

Planet 51: Another CG animated flick. A twist on the “invading aliens” concept. Actually looks pretty damned funny (check out the “dog”).


 Posted by at 8:41 pm
Mar 282009

OK, I’ll admit that I read “Where the Wild Things Are” by Sendak. But I’ll also admit that I barely remember it at all… it was thirty or more years ago (egad, yet another “egad, I’m old” moment). It was not one of those books that seems to have been Terribly Important to me. Hell, I wasn’t even aware that a major motion picture was being made of it until a few days back. Hpwever, the trailer for it has been released, and it looks visually kinda nifty.

Here’s a link to the YouTube version of the trailer.

And here’s a link to a page with a much higher quality version of the same trailer.

So, if’n yer a big WTWTA fan, prepare to geek out.  Due October 16.

 Posted by at 7:53 pm