Category: Rampant Geekery

Naval…Lasers? Yes, Please and On A Battleship!

Naval…Lasers? Yes, Please and On A Battleship!

| April 15, 2011 | Comments (1)

Oh, United States Navy, you had me at “lasers” and “pirates”. The US Navy’s MLD system, designed and built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman, is a bit different in nature. The MLD is a 15 kilowatt laser specifically designed to handle the pitch and roll of a ship deck without losing track of its target. [...]

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Happy Pi Day, 2011!

Happy Pi Day, 2011!

| March 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

Looking back at my archives, I’ve found that I have celebrated every Pi Day since 2008. I’m not sure what that says about me, save that there can be no doubt that I am a ginormous geek. Still, if you have to celebrate a silly holiday, why not celebrate the one that comes with a [...]

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Here is Alcohol You Can Admire

Here is Alcohol You Can Admire

| December 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

Someone get this to Stephen Green, stat! If you have often wondered what exactly lies within the various concoctions that make our favourite alcoholic drinks, then here is your answer. These incredible pictures show popular cocktails magnified up to 1,000 times under a high-tech laboratory microscope. Produced by U.S. firm Bevshots, they reveal the incredible [...]

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Crazy Cost Saving Idea: Kindles for Congress

| December 2, 2010 | Comments (4)

This is a good cost-saving idea from the incoming majority. I’m a bit surprised at just how much it would save, actually. “One of things that the team is looking at is the possibility that we can reduce some of the printing that’s done around here, some of the hard copy printing,” a GOP transition [...]

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Come On Apple, Cut Me A Break, Huh?

| October 20, 2010 | Comments (5)

If Apple’s new OS is going to require me to use the App Store for any new program I buy, I’ll ditch it so fast it leaves a sonic boom. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use Leopard for a good long time because, from the look of this writeup on the new OS called Lion, [...]

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Labor Unions Hold The Dreams of Millions of Geeks Hostage

| September 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

If you didn’t have enough reasons to hate labor unions, let me give you another one: An international group of actors’ unions, including SAG, has warned members not to work on “The Hobbit” because of failed efforts to organize the film’s New Zealand production — a move Peter Jackson disparages as a “power grab.” Members were [...]

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Gilligan Was Not to be Found

| September 10, 2010 | Comments (0)

I tweeted about this gut-churning video a couple of days ago, but for those of you who have not embraced the marvelous social media world of Twitter, let me present it here. The video is a compilation of closed-circuit surveillance videos on a cruise ship that suddenly encountered a storm that produces seas over 21 [...]

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Cassini Should Watch Out for Fremen

Cassini Should Watch Out for Fremen

| July 29, 2010 | Comments (2)

The spice must flow! Gusty winds that blow in reverse of prevailing weather on Saturn’s largest moon Titan appear to shape some of the moon’s odd equatorial sand dunes, a new study finds. Huge dunes of tiny particles of carbon cover more than 20 percent of Titan’s surface. A particular band of these dunes — within [...]

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