Monday, May 30, 2011

Obit: Man Who Flew Through a Mushroom Cloud

The Telegraph has the obituary of Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Dhenin.  As a young pilot he was given the assignment of flying though the mushroom cloud after a nuclear test.
When the first weapon was detonated, on October 13, Dhenin was already airborne at 30,000ft. As soon as the mushroom cloud developed he turned towards it and placed a wing tip, with a sensor attached, into the cloud to obtain radiation readings. Using special instruments, his observer calculated the probable dose rate. Once assured that the rate “would not be suicidal”, Dhenin turned for the centre of the cloud.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Disney tries to Trademark "Seal Team 6"

I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not but, according to the Associated Press, the day after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden the Disney corporation tried to trademark the name "Seal Team 6".

Age Your Own Whiskey

American Drink has a post about a kit that lets you "make" or at least finish making your own whiskey. The kit comes with a wooden barrel and some raw whiskey that you put in the barrel for as long as you want.

I would assume this is not available in Canada.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lego in Space

I often blog about Lego and I often blog about space so naturally I couldn't resist this Gizmodo story about Lego in space.

I thought this was interesting:
the sets will be enclosed in a see-through glove box, "so the small pieces don't get lost in the station." Coleman—who actually trained to do this—will build the sets inside that glove box, demonstrating how they work afterwards in front of millions of kids.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Gravity Plays the Marimba

Make has a post with a video (actually a Samsung ad) of a huge long marimba that is "played| by a ball rolling along it.  It is sort of like musical falling dominoes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fitness Myths

I had a bit of trouble picking a name for this post.  The actual article in Men's Journal is called "Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie" which isn't entirely true since most of what is in the article is well known.  The Lifehacker post that lead me to the article is called "Use Your Gym Better By Learning Its Secrets" which again isn't really what the article is about.

To me the article, which I thought was well worth reading, is about one man's journey towards fitness.  Along the way he makes many observations some of which lead to the two titles above.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Photo: Freedom 7 Liftoff

Astronomy Picture of the Day has a great shot of Freedom 7 - the rocket carrying the first American astronaut - moments after liftoff.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Table Becomes Picture Frame

Make has a post showing a wall mounted picture that folds down into a table.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Where There is No Doctor

I have heard of the book "Where there is no Doctor" many times before and had always wondered about getting a copy - just in case.  Now the book is available online as a PDF.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Lights Under Italian Clouds

National Geographic Photo of the Day has a nice picture of an Italian valley with clouds lit from below.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Canada's Oldest Hercules Leaves Afghanistan

Several interesting facts in this article from the Ottawa Citizen about the Canadian Air Force's oldest Hercules being moved back to Canada.
The C-130 H Hercules has flown nearly 45,000 hours and nearly 18 million kilometres since it was ordered by the Diefenbaker government.
That's over 5 years in the air and 23 round trips to the moon.

I also thought this was amusing:
Col. Al Meitzinger, Canada's last air wing commander in Kandahar, discovered a few days ago that he had a personal connection to the departing aircraft going back to the time when he was a Grade 5 student. His father, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Meitzinger (ret.), checked his old logs and discovered that he flew the same aircraft (tail number 130819) as a loadmaster from 1977 to 1980.

Wolfram Alpha can help you with crosswords

This may be overkill but if you type a partial word into Wolfram Alpha with underscores instead of some of the letter, you will get a list of possible words.

For example: ch__s_b___er