17 July 2009, jd2020 @ 10:22 pm

Its been high time that weapons are allowed to fend off pirates on the high seas. How about a laser mounted on a ship so as to blast would-be punks out of the water?

Laser for oceanic pirates

Northrop Grumman came away with the $98-million contract for the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) in early July. Next up: installing a prototype of the laser on a ship and testing it on a remote-controlled small boat within the next 18 months.

The same laser can first identify potentially threatening watercraft, and then use illumination to warn the intruder away from Navy warships. As a last resort, the laser can dial up to high-power mode and strike either the craft’s motor or hull. Bring it on, I think its a much better answer than forever litigation and longterm care.
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10 July 2009, jd2020 @ 12:40 am

Ever been confused by all the letters and squiggles used by scientists?

Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham. Choose a symbol and see a video about it.

9 July 2009, jd2020 @ 4:14 pm

Gundam promotes Tokyo 2016’s Olympic bid
Thursday 09th July, 08:47 AM JST      COOL!!!!

Tokyo 2016’s environmental, technological and youth-engaging credentials were spotlighted Wednesday with the announcement of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project, which kicks off Saturday in Odaiba to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, the popular Japanese anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Check out these photos of the 18 meter tall working robot in Odaiba (click for large view)

3 July 2009, jd2020 @ 4:12 pm

Facts about the Statue of Liberty

The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper.

During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.

Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886

Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches

Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches

The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall

There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty

A tablet held in her left hand measures 23′ 7″ tall and 13′ 7″ wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)

The Statue has a 35-foot waistline

There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds

Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)

At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny

The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986. Cool Statue of Liberty Light Show.

The Declaration of Independence

27 June 2009, jd2020 @ 1:20 am

Picasso’s Musketeer – painted in 1969, when Pablo was just 89. This painting brought 11.5 million dollars this week at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
Another painting by Picasso, “Mousquetaire à la pipe“, sold in May for more than 14.5 million. The two paintings were inspired by Pablo’s reading of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”.

Picasso Musketeer

19 June 2009, jd2020 @ 8:33 pm

Samsung’s new anti-counterfeit passport concept…

Samsung has produced a new idea for ID cards using a flexible QVGA AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) screen embedded into the card. The screen requires so little energy that it can be powered up by the wireless signals from the RFID reader–no need for batteries. The OLED screen itself can display 260k colors and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. It will offer a rotating 360° view of your head when held up to an RFID reader. For airports that might not have an RFID scanner, an old-timey static picture is still included. Driver’s license too?

12 June 2009, jd2020 @ 12:04 pm

“As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call. Remember that in 1973, there weren’t cordless telephones, let alone cellular phones. I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter – probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life.” Martin Cooper – April 3, 1973 – then mgr of Motorola Communications
good cell phone history timeline
In 1983, the Motorola “DynaTac” cell phone made its debut. It weighed one pound and cost 3500.00. By 1990, there were 1 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. Most entities are not without a cell phone today.

11 June 2009, jd2020 @ 2:59 pm

top 10 computer virus timeline

Check out this history of the top 10 computer viruses dating back to 1971. Some were said to have been ground breaking and innovative. Most were seen as pesky and damaging.

9 June 2009, jd2020 @ 11:55 pm

Jay Leno GarageWhat a great site! Jay has an incredible collection of vehicles. His 17,000 square foot garage is equipped to fabricate their own parts as well as sporting a gourmet kitchen. Check out this great collection of videos with Jay offering a personal walk-through on many of his cars and motor bikes.

I really enjoyed Jay’s personal review of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Now how did he get serial # 0001? What an awesome car!

9 June 2009, jd2020 @ 12:16 pm

From a percussion standpoint, I thought this was hittin! Check out the gig on Dave Letterman.

Its not that I follow Mos Def closely, but I have watched the drummer in the video Chris Dave through the years. This performance was a creatively original approach. I would bet if I were able to ask these guys how they thought the gig went, they would say it went well. It also might be the first time I’ve watched someone play the kit with three snares and a floor tom. Very nice!

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