Jul 272010

This friggen’ model is taking forever. Not helping is the fact that once I got the topside turret finished, I realized that I had utterly mangled the topside countours, and had to completely rebuild. Rhino’s good for solid modelling,  but it has some distinct limitations… it’s nightmarish when it comes to unioning parts together (if there is a common edge or face, most of the time it’ll just give up), and the only way to change something of complex curvature is basically to erase it and start from scratch. Feh.

The underside guns are longer than shown here.



UPDATE: Getting there. All that’s needed now are the various weapons pods (oy…) and some surface detailing… major panel lines, vents & such.

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 Posted by at 6:42 pm
Jul 272010

OK, this doesn’t make the first bit of sense to me:


The student, Jennifer Keeton, 24, has been pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Augusta State University since 2009, but school officials have informed her that she’ll be dismissed from the program unless she alters her “central religious beliefs on human nature and conduct,” according to a civil complaint filed last week.

This news story has been popping up all over the blogosphere for a few days, elicitting the usual howls of rage. But in my case, it elicits howl of “huh?”

I’m willing to accept that there is a whole lot of bureaucratic, politically-correct dumbassery in the world, but this pegs my BS meter. *IF* it’s true, the university needs to have its ass handed to ’em but the courts. But this is almost too bizarre to be true. Would they have made a similar demand of, say, a devout Muslim?

While it’s true that the students beliefs very likely will impact her ability to carry out her chosen career functions, that doesn’t seem to be the schools responsibility. A student taking astronomy classes who believes that the Earth is 6,000 years old is clearly a dumbass, and will likely have a pretty awful career as an astronomer (worse yet if he’s studying geology or something to take him into the petrochemical industry). But so long as he passes the tests and does the homework, what should the university care?

 Posted by at 10:32 am
Jul 272010

Now online: http://www.up-ship.com/blog/drawndoc/drawndocprints.htm

Currently, two versions of the Saturn V print, the LS-200-5 spaceplane, NERVA, very early Apollo configuration and Apollo mission chart. Now you have no excuse to not procure copies for your very own!

The success or lack thereof of these prints will determine when and if more will be released, so buy up…

 Posted by at 8:47 am
Jul 262010


 EDIT: Another link (not sure why the first worked earlier but not now):


H.R.5741 — Universal National Service Act (Introduced in House – IH)
HR 5741 IH
2d Session
H. R. 5741
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.—————

Guess who introduced this bit of Fasicsm? Yes, that’s right, that moral paragon of ethics… Charlie Rangel.

It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this title unless exempted under the provisions of this title….  Except as otherwise provided in this section, the period of national service performed by a person under this title shall be two years.

Bite me, Chuck. I signed no such contract; therefore I’m under no such obligation.

 Posted by at 1:40 pm
Jul 262010

Whenever there’s any attempt at a debate on the topic of illegal immigration, you can bet that at some point in the proceedings someone will argue against enforcement of the law because “we can’t deport 11 million people” or words to that effect.

We won’t have to.

They’ll deport themselves. Gentlemen… behold!


“Everyone is selling up the little they have and leaving,” said Villasenor, 31, who is headed for Pennsylvania. “We have no alternative. They have us cornered.”

The two women are among scores of illegal immigrant families across Phoenix hauling the contents of their homes into the yard this weekend as they rush to sell up and get out before the state law takes effect on Thursday.

See how easy this can be? The law isn’t even in effect yet, and the criminal aliens are packing up and leaving. Granted, many are heading for other parts of the US… but if the FedGuv got off its butt and did it’s job (including arresting  not only illegals, but those who employ them, and politicians in “sanctuary cities” who aid and abet them), then the place to go would be “anywhere but the US.” Maybe Belgium.

 Posted by at 2:28 am