Big 30K lb Bomb

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has stepped out of its usual verification, detection, destruction programs to fund a project called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). This 30,000 pound weapon could well become the biggest conventional bomb ever used.  The

The Most Serious Threat to Our Civilization

When the question, “What is the most serious threat facing our civilization?” was posed to Michael Crichton, he eloquently replied: “Loss of classical liberal values in those western societies that embraced them. England was the first modern state, the first

Those Sneaky Marines

Do you notice anything special about the marine helicopter in the photo below? Look closer… heck I almost missed it myself: OK, I’ve included a close-up of the camouflage scheme… Now can you see it? Supposedly, if a Moslem sees

Strange Quotes about Education

“In the first place God made idiots; that was for practice; then he made school boards.” – Mark Twain “Dublin University contains the dream of Ireland – rich and thick.” – Samuel Beckett “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a

Blue Jackets Lose Again

I almost forgot to note… Len and I went to the Sunday matinee game at Nationwide Arena where the Columbus Blue Jackets played the Detroit Red Wings… and lost 4 to 1.  Since the Red Wings are now ‘America’s Team’

Models for Artificial Intelligence

An interesting discussion on the Hierarchical Temporal Model… “If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there’s usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that’s wrong. In the case of the Solar System it was intuitively

The Ultimate Model Railroad

Similar to many kids, I  used to love toying with HO and Lionel model trains…  Well, this site shows the worlds largest railway model. Over 450 railway cars, more than 7,000 trailers, 50,000 trees, 3,000 figures, and plenty of bridges

US Soldier – Standard Gear

It’s interesting how the standard equipment that a soldier carries has changed over the years.  When we visited the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans in 2005, there was an exhibit that showed all of the gear issued to the army