Aug 312009

When you’re a first-generation operational jet bomber at the end of your service life, watching those upstart B-47’s blast past you, showing off their shiny swept wings and scoring all the chicks, there’s nothing left for it but to go and crash yourself into an enemy target. At least that seems to be the message of this 1950 North American Aviation concept for a “B-45C Airplane Missile.”


 Posted by at 5:57 pm
Aug 312009

… because the skies are all “pretty” again. Take last nights sunset:

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Normally the sun is far too bright to look at when it goes down over that hill. But last night it was safe to look at not only with the naked eye, but through the zoom lens.

Then the moon came out. This is it around 11PM, when it was well up in the sky:


It was bright orange… much as it normally looks when it’s just rising.

There was on and off cloudiness. Coupled with the moon and the smoky haze, some oddly unsettling effects were visible to the naked eye, but really came out with long exposures:

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Standing on a small hill overlooking the local shallow valley while a deeply orange moon peeks in and out of clouds casting ghostly moonbeams hither and yon created a strange mood, to say the least. It didn’t help that I also saw, but did not photograph, something very odd way off in the distance.

Pretty sure it might have somethign to do with this…

 Posted by at 5:47 pm
Aug 312009

Listen to THIS on Youtube.

A transcript was posted HERE.

You might have heard their philosophical leader. I think his name is Rush Limbaugh. And he said early on, “I hope that he fails.”

Do you know what that means? If the president, your commander-in-chief, fails, America fails.

Ah…. no. If Obama fails to enact his fascist policies, America succeeds. But it gets better:

It was just mentioned to me by our esteemed speaker, “Did anyone say anything about the Cuban health system?”

And lemme tell ya, before you say “Oh, it’s a commu–”, you need to go down there and see what Fidel Castro put in place. And I want you to know, now, you can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met. [APPLAUSE]

And you know, the Cuban revolution that kicked out the wealthy, Che Guevara did that, and then, after they took over, they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation, and they found…well, just leave it there (laughs), an attorney by the name of Fidel Castro…

Wow. Just WOW. Historical revisionism on a grand scale of dumbass. Che Guevara didn’t just drive out the rich folk (wiping out the economy and the middle class), and then go on a Star Search for a new leader; Castro led the damned revolution.

Additionally, Rep. Watson praises the Cuban health care system. You know, THIS ONE. And THIS ONE. And THIS ONE.
Remember, the thing to keep in mind isn’t just that so many of these leftist moonbats are entertainingly stupid. It’s that they see the Cuban health care system as something they want to emulate here in the US.  This is not hyperbole; this is what they actually say.

Feel free to print these pictures off large size and take them to your next local Town Hall meeting as a placard, with appropriate “Obamacare” notations.

 Posted by at 5:26 pm
Aug 312009

Now this is a nifty idea.

See-Through, Light-Transmitting … Concrete?!

Apparently normal concrete, but with the addition of light transmitting optical fibers. The result is a solid concrete block that will transmit a goodly fraction of the light hitting one side straight through to the other side. It would make terrible windows, but it’d make for great structural “skylights.”

The stuff is made by Litracon. The largest use of the stuff in the US so far is on the Iberville Parish Veterans Memorial in Lousiana.

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Aug 312009

Seems the Soviets wanted to apply nuclear power to *everything* (the Commies did have the occasional good idea; but their followthrough tended to suck), and even built nuclear powered lighthouses. It makes sense… along the long northern coast of Russia, in the days before GPS, lighthouses would be a dire necessity; and being hell and gone away from civilization, an atomic powerplant would allow the lighthouses to operate a very long time between refuelings.

Pity that they allowed them to fall into radioactive ruins.

Check the link for more photos.

Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses

 Posted by at 10:42 am
Aug 302009

Now available are the first two of Justo Mirandas Unknown! series. Done in the style of the Reichdreams Dossiers, these cover more than just WWII German designs, branching out to cover designs from around the world. They are more recent products than most of the Dossiers, and benefit from further experience in drafting… with the result being that there are a great many truly wonderful diagrams contained within their pages.

The Unknown series is at the bottom of this page:

The first Unknown! covers:
P.Z.L. P56 A/B “Kania” (Poland)
Renard R.40 (Belgium)
Nakajima Ki.62 (Japan)
North American F.T.B. Mid-Fuselage Mustang (USA)
Reggiane Re 2006 (Italy)
Skoda Kauba V5 (Germany)
Aresenal VG.30/33/36/39/40/50/60 (France)
Nikitin-Schevchenko IS-1/IS-2/IS-4/IS-14/IS-18 (USSR)
Saab J27 (Sweden)
Hawker P.1027 “R.R. Eagle/Tempest” (Great Britain)

Unknown! #1 can be downloaded for $12.50:


The Second Unknown! covers:

German Submarine Air Force Reichenberg IV sub launched, Reichenberg IV with turbojet Porsche, Me 328 railway launched, Me 328 submarine launched, Me 328 with turbojet Porsche
Focke Wulf Projects Fw 190 V19 swept wing, Fw 190 V19+DB 603 “Mustang Wulf”, Fw 190 TL with Fw turbojet, Fw with BMW 802, Fw with BMW 802 (naval) “Seewulf”, Fw with BMW 8011.
Campini fighters Reggiane Re 2005 R, Caproni Ca 183 bis, Mikoyan I-250 N, Sukhoi Su-5 and “Ohka 22”
Tailsitters Supermarine 4040 V.T.O.L., Juriev KIT-1 V.T.O.L. Golovin IVS V.T.O.L. and Patent Young 1945
With enemy core Hurricane Mk.I + DB 601, Spitfire Mk.Vb + DB605, Bf 109 E-3 + H.S. 12 Z 89, Fw 190 F-8 + M-82, Koolhoven Fk-58 + DB 600
Panic Fighters Irbitis I-19 with triple engine composite, Spitfire Mk.I “Rammer”, Miles M-20, Miles M-24.
Martin-Baker Unknown Projects Martin-Baker MB-6 with turbojet and “Swinging Arm” ejector seat description
SudEst S.E. 582 French heavy naval fighter-bomber

Unknown! #2 can be downloaded for $16.00:





More details, including complete previews of these and other Miranda products, can be seen here:

 Posted by at 5:41 pm
Aug 302009

Two new items are about to be added. Not saying what, just yet. Their regular price will total out at $28.50. But for a brief period, you can order them both for download for $23.50.

Sale’s over!
 Posted by at 1:08 pm