Steve Eves’ Saturn V – awsome!

Steve Eves built a 1/10 scale Saturn V rocket to launch
with his local rocketry club and today was the day it flew.
It’s just awsome from ignition and burn to chute deploy
and the perfect stuck landing. Have a watch, then think
about joining us in June for RoCStock out in Lucern Valley
to see this stuff in person and camp out on the playa.
We always have a lot of fun.



We are officially in the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
If you have never seen the stars or the planets through a small
personal telescope, do yourself a favor and find a local astronomy
club in your area. Look at their calander of events and join them on
a moonless evening at a star party. The public is always welcome.
This evening is one of those moonless nights. Do something different
tonight and check it out. Who knows, you might find a new, very
satisfying hobby the whole family can share in.

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USA local astronomy club search:

Kit telescope for IYA2009:


you’re in or you’re out

(Whoever wrote this one down deserves a HUGE pat on the back!)

Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me.
I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.
In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine
test with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is the
distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.
Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I
have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no
problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other
hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ASS, doing
drugs, while I work. . . . Can you imagine how much money the state would
save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

I guess we could title that program, ‘Urine or You’re Out’.


AT&T sabotage, Hams to the rescue, again

(LiPo Ching/Mercury News) ( LiPo Ching )

According to the Amateur Radio Relay League, Santa Clara County
officials had declared a local emergency after they said someone
intentionally cut an underground fiber optic cable in south San Jose.
Tha sabotage caused a widespread phone service outage in southern
Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties a week ago yesterday. When
fiber optic trunks get cut, communication stops.

Think about that for a minute because everything is fiber optic these
days. 911 was down, Fire department phone and data was down,
Hospital communications were down, ATM’s were down Cell phones
were down, God forbid! NO TEXTING ! ? ! That’s right kiddies, no texting.
It’s like living in the stone age again, at least thats what it feels like for
the majority of people.

To keep it short, when disasters like this happen the only way to
communicate is over radio (no, Nextel’s push to talk direct connect is
not radio. It’s a cell phone.) Cops and firemen have radios and so do Ham
radio operators and that is who came to the rescue during this little fiasco
last week to aid in EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION.

I read two Silicon Valley’s articles about this
curious mystery sabotage and guess what? Not one mention of our
Ham radio heros who step up to the plate every time there is a
communication problem where life, limb or property could be lost.
My question is, why the fuck not? They sure don’t miss the chance
to mention how screwed Domino’s pizza was because no one was
calling in their orders or how Butt Crack Claud might be missing out
on the big $5000.00 plumbing job. It stinks I tell ya, we Hams never
get any respect.

To top it all off, there is a 99% chance that the fiber optic trunks were
cut by a disgruntled AT&T employee because their union contract
hasn’t been setteled yet and there might be a strike. When asked if the
potential sabotage had anything to with the strike-threatened contract
negotiations between AT&T and the Communication Workers of America,
union national spokeswoman Candice Johnson replied: “Absolutely not.
Our members are not involved in this.” Yeah, right…

Johnson said that CWA would cooperate with the investigation. Any
implication that a disgruntled worker cut the wires was false. “That
would be counterproductive, ‘’ Johnson said “We are on the job. So it
doesn’t make any sense. Our goal is to get a quality, fair contract and
that us our focus right now.’’ Did I mention that the Fiber optic trunks
that were cut reside at the bottom of a dark dank manhole with a 900
pound manhole cover? Have you ever tried to lift one of those fucking
things? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it definetly
wasn’t a disgruntled communication worker that cut the light pipes!

AT&T is offering a $250.000.00 reward for information leading to
the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the sabotage.


mc 2pounder

Most birthdays invovle many slices of birthday cake, a few cards
and possibly some heavy drinking. A guy named Houmer ended
his 25th with a 2-pound McDonald’s cheeseburger. This monster
concoction consisted of eight 1/4-pound patties and eight slices
of “cheese”. What better way to spend $20 on your 25th birthday?


you are here

April 1, 2009: The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the
stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes
even lower.

2008 was a bear. There were no sunspots observed on 266
of the year’s 366 days (73%). To find a year with more blank
suns, you have to go all the way back to 1913, which had 311
spotless days: plot. Prompted by these numbers, some
observers suggested that the solar cycle had hit bottom in 2008.

Maybe not. Sunspot counts for 2009 have dropped even lower.
As of March 31st, there were no sunspots on 78 of the year’s 90
days (87%).

It adds up to one inescapable conclusion: “We’re experiencing a
very deep solar minimum,” says solar physicist Dean Pesnell of
the Goddard Space Flight Center.

“This is the quietest sun we’ve seen in almost a century,” agrees
sunspot expert David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

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