Intel's Ronler Acres Plant

Pergelator

Silicon Forest

Monday, July 15, 2019

Making an AR15 from soda cans


Making an AR15 from soda cans, MAIN VIDEO re-post with bonus footage. GunCraft101

Thoroughly entertaining.

Via The Silicon Graybeard

Flying Rabbit


Flying Rabbit in Polonia

Just for grins, I thought I would see if I could find this bunny on Google Maps, and I did.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pirates


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew interdicts suspected drug smuggling vessel

Action on the high seas! But who are the criminals here? We have drug smugglers in a high speed, semi-submersible boat being pursued by US Coast Guard boats on the high seas. Yes, the USA has laws against importing some things, and the smugglers may be attempting to bring their illicit cargo ashore somewhere in the USA (okay, everyone knows that's what they intend to do), but they aren't in USA territorial waters, so do we have any legal right to stop them? Oh, that's right, we have guns and we are God's gift to the world, so we are right and they are wrong and if you disagree you are a heretic of the first water.

The reason we continue to have laws against recreational drugs is that a sizable fraction of our economy depends on maintaining high prices for those drugs. You can argue about the morality of the law and of the use of drugs, but none of that matters. The only thing that matters is the money. Confiscating drug shipments restricts the quantity available and so helps maintain the prices and profit margins. At least I think that's what's going on.

Via daily timewaster who apparently disagrees with everything I have said.

Update next day, replaced missing video with one from Popular Mechanics. Key question is where this happened.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro will offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. - United States Coast Guard Media Advisory
It was in international waters, but who's going to complain about the US Coast Guard playing at being pirates?

Arrecifes Autodrome


Arrecifes Autodrome, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

The guys building reproductions of old sports cars test them at the Arrecifes Autodrome, which is just down the road about five miles. Didn't find out much more about it, other than a couple of drivers were killed there back in the 1930's.

Lightning Rod

Obelisco de Buenos Aires
I'm reading about a crew of young guys building reproductions of old sports cars. They've set up shop in Todd, Argentina, "located 170 kilometers from the Obelisk". Hey, I've been to Argentina but I don't remember anything about an obelisk, so I go checking. Okay, it's in Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires is a big city, so it's possible that I missed it. Reading up on it in Wikipedia I was struck by how it seems to be a political lightning rod:
1936 - The obelisk was built by a German company, which completed its work in a record time of 31 days, with 157 workers.
1939 - the City Council sanctioned the demolition of the Obelisco, however, the ordinance was vetoed by the municipal executive power.
1973 - decorated as a Christmas tree.
1975 - during the Peronist government of Isabel Martínez de Perón, a ring-shaped rotating sign was hung around the obelisk, with the motto El silencio es salud (Silence is health). Although it was allegedly geared against motorists creating excessive noise, it was widely interpreted as a statement calling Argentines to refrain from expressing their political views.
1976 September - La Noche de los Lápices (The Night of the Pencils), was a series of kidnappings and forced disappearances, followed by the torture, rape, and murder of a number of young students, during the last Argentine dictatorship, also known as the National Reorganization Process.
2005 - the obelisk was covered by a giant pink condom to commemorate the World AIDS Day.
2006 - To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the La Noche de los Lápices, the monument was converted into a giant pencil.
The Obelisk is about one-half the height of the Washington Monument.

P.S. Looking through my old posts about Argentina, I found I had posted a photo of the obelisk once before.

Via Just A Car Guy


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Old Soldier

Grenadier Burg, 24th Regiment of the Guard, 1815
From page 92 of the THIRD NOTE-BOOK of Captain Coignet:
We set out for Tours following the appointed halting- places, and on arriving there we were received by General Beauchou, who presented to us an old soldier who had served eighty-four years as a private in our half-brigade. The Consul had given him, on retiring, the privilege of eating at the general's table; he was one hundred and two years old, and his son was in command of a battalion. A chair was brought for him; he wore the uniform of an officer, but without epaulets. There was still in the corps a sergeant of his time, who had served thirty-three years. 
Photo of this veteran of Napoleon's army was taken around 1857, which would make him old, not 102, but old. Like me. Original black & white images can be found here.

Pic of the Day

FV (Fishing Vessel) Lady Samantha
Looks like my nephew is following in his sister's footsteps and has signed on to a fishing boat in Alaska.

Via Iaman