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Monday, January 26, 2015

Boy, I'm glad I moved to Georgia

It looks like New England is going to get pasted:
Serious impacts from Winter Storm Juno are expected in Boston and the surrounding area early this week. A blizzard warning has been issued for the city of Boston and eastern Massachusetts, with much as 2 feet of snow being forecast.

"We're anticipating a really serious event here," said Peter Judge, spokesperson for Massachusetts Emergency Management, in an interview with The Weather Channel. "We're going to work hard to reach out to folks and make sure they understand the severity of this event."

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is on standby to co-ordinate support for coastal evacuations if necessary. The agency says that it is also ready to assist stranded drivers, provide shelters, and coordinate debris removal and utility restoration.
"This is [a] dangerous and life-threatening storm and mariners should return to port by Monday afternoon," the release said.
Airlines cancelled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as the storm takes aim at the North East Travelers to check with their airlines before heading to Boston Logan International Airport by Massachusetts Port Authority officials because airlines are cancelling flights ahead of the storm and delays are likely.
I did my time up there.  Happy not to need this anymore.

Good luck to everyone still up there.

Keep your eye on Greece

Daniel Hannan says that the danger is not that Greece leaves the Euro and its economy collapses, but rather that it leaves the Euro and its economy thrives - setting an example for Spain and Italy.  The question then is what will the EU do to buy off and/or intimidate Greece's new government?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What do you call a four wheel motorcycle?

A "car"

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I'm (not) Batman

Extra nerd points if you heard Sheldon's voice say that.

From Atlanta Custom Baggers. Seen at the motorcycle show. I liked this one better:

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Off to the motorcycle show

Going to look at more stuff I can't afford.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I think I'm in love

Yeah, baby!

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Outdoor kitchen for the win.

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Going to the RV show today

That will be a new experience, but looks like it will be fun.  Pictures later.

Shotgunning in Chicago

This post started with the March 1956 edition of Guns Magazine. On page 16 is an article about a talented skeet shooter named Carola Mandel. It's a mildly sexist piece, about how this little wisp of a 100 pounds can beat the men at competitive shooting. All the men. She was the National Champion in 1954, two days after breaking her foot, she went out and took the 20 gauge championship with a perfect 100. It was just one day in a long career.

In 1956 she was the National All Gauge High Score champ. 12, 20, 28, and .410, again, not the ladies champion, the overall. She was inducted into National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1970, the first year there was a Hall of Fame. She continued to shoot until 1985 when a wrist injury ended her time on the range. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 82. Here's her obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

But that is not really the topic of this post. This is. In the closing paragraphs of the Guns Magazine article was this quote:
"Sometimes I would shoot over at the Lincoln Park Gun Club. It is only a short distance from my home. Sometimes I would shoot three or four days in a week. Then I would shoot in some local, friendly match on weekends with people I know."
 What?!? Lincoln Park is in Chicago. In the middle of Chicago. And whaddya know? There was a gun club in Lincoln Park. It opened in 1912. They shot skeet and trap at 2901 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago until 1991.

Someone noticed and looked for a way to put a stop to it. It was made into an environmental issue, lawsuits were threatened, then the city park district came in during the shutdown and bulldozed everything.

It was never about anything but the guns. We lose by inches, one club at a time.

Friday, January 23, 2015

OK, surgery it is then

Collar bone not healing, so surgery will be February 12.  Should have done it 2 months ago.  Bah.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2014: One of the coldest years in the last 10,000

Great overview of many of the flaws in the "2014 was the hottest year EVAH" press release from NASA.  This is a great introduction to the problems in the science and you should RTWT, but it ends with this excellent summary:
Evidence keeps contradicting the major assumptions of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis. As T.H. Huxley (1825 – 1895) said,

The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

The problem is the facts keep piling up and the AGW proponents keep ignoring, diverting, or stick-handling (hockey terminology), their way round them. We know the science is wrong because the IPCC projections are wrong. Normal science requires re-examination of the hypothesis and its assumptions. The IPCC removed this option when they set out to prove the hypothesis. It put them on a treadmill of fixing the results, especially the temperature record.
I think it's time to start referring to this as the "Democrat's War On Science" ...

Quote of the Day: Why Progressives are idiots

I am always amazed that supporters of such [mass] transit projects call light rail projects "sustainable".  Forget for a minute that they seldom use less energy per passenger mile than driving.   Think about all the resources that go into them.  This at first seems like a hard problem -- how do we account for all the resources that go into transit vs. go into driving.  But then we realize it is actually easy, because we have a simple tool for valuing resource inputs:  price.  Prices are a great miracle.  They provide us with a sort of weighted average of the value and scarcity of the resources (both hard, like titanium, and soft, like labor and innovation) that go into a product.  So if light rail costs 10x or more per passenger mile than driving, as it often does, this means that it uses ten times the value of resource inputs as driving.  This is sustainable?  I do not think that word means what you think it means.
The mystery of the situation, of course, is why these people think that they are smarter than you and I.  RTWT, which is actually much more brutal than I am towards Progressives.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You Can't Handle The Truth

Navy Commander at Guantanamo Bay fired; probe involves alleged affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead in the waters off the base.

Passwords are still lousy

The most popular password is "123456":
The most popular passwords in 2014 were also the most obvious —leading security experts to once again urge people to change their passwords.

As with 2013, variations on passwords like 123456 continue to be the most popular passwords. Other obvious choices such as “password” and “qwerty” are also in the top five.
Actually that one can be a pretty good password if you're dealing with H4x0Rz like this:

Of course, you're far too smart to fall for that.  You use strong passwords, right?  I knew you did!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Camera Attachment

We get attached to things. Cars, bicycles, rifles, houses, cameras, and on and on.

I boxed up an old camera tonight. Happy to see it going to where it might be used again.

But as I held it for the last time, it was a letting go. I held it up one last time and looked through the viewfinder. I thought of all the miles and days that camera traveled. When I took it to Korea, I was committed to carrying it with me all the time. It went everywhere with me for a couple of months. In Japan, I could lock it up in the squadron area, but I had it with me most of the time.

After I got home, it went to the beach a couple of hundred times. It chronicled births, birthday parties, funerals, Christmases, camp outs, and all the days in between.  There are thousands of prints and slides semi-organized and now awaiting the scanner.

This was taken looking out from Elliot's Beach. It's on the far end of Parris Island. Probably about 1984.

I love it

Irish asked.  OK, here was my last fill up.

At the QT in Roswell, GA.  I saw a Kroger that was $1.95 a gallon, plus you get savings for your Kroger points.  You could probably get gas regularly for $1.75 to $1.85.

Add in the fact that it's 65° here, and life is pretty dang sweet.

Snipers, Heroes, and Michael Moore

Michael Moore weighed in on the inflated controversy that has been generated by the new movie American Sniper. His argument is that snipers are cowards because they don't believe in a "fair fight".

It's war, not a boxing match. There are no referees. The object is to kill the enemy and destroy his ability to make war. If you do this well enough, it's called victory.

There aren't many living Americans that know about victory, we haven't had one since August of 1945. The end of the last war where we decided that killing the enemy and destroying his ability to wage war was important.

I don't know if we even have to decide if Chris Kyle is a hero. That's pretty subjective. He was a damn fine sniper. I might think he meet my idea of what a hero is. They made a movie about his life. It's an extremely popular movie.

I will tell you one thing I know beyond a doubt. If I had to go into combat and was told to choose between Michael Moore and Chris Kyle to join me, I could make a snap decision.

Insurance Company's techno snitch entirely lacking in security

And when I say "entirely", I mean entirely:
Thuen, a security researcher at Digital Bond Labs who will present his findings at the S4 conference in a talk titled Remote Control Automobiles, has been figuring out how he might hack the vehicle’s on-board network via a dongle that connects to the OBD2 port of his pickup truck. That little device, Snapshotprovided by one of the biggest insurance providers in the US, Progressive Insurance, is supposed to track his driving to determine whether he deserves to pay a little more or less for his cover. It’s used in more than two million vehicles in the US. But it’s wholly lacking in security, meaning it could be exploited to allow a hacker, be they in the car or outside, to take control over core vehicular functions, he claims.

It’s long been theorised that such usage-based insurance dongles, which are permeating the market apace, would be a viable attack vector. Thuen says he’s now proven those hypotheses; previous attacks via dongles either didn’t name the OBD2 devices or focused on another kind of technology, namely Zubie, which tracks the performance of vehicles for maintenance and safety purposes.
This is my shocked face.  "Wholly lacking in security" is no exaggeration:
“The firmware running on the dongle is minimal and insecure. It does no validation or signing of firmware updates, no secure boot, no cellular authentication, no secure communications or encryption, no data execution prevention or attack mitigation technologies… basically it uses no security technologies whatsoever.”
Security wasn't an afterthought; it wasn't thought of at all.  Other than that, it's awesome.

Me?  None of those are coming anywhere near my cars.