Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who'd Have Thought?

Really...doing something illegal is actually a crime.  Apparently to the fuckwits at MSNBC that just occurred to them.

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Another Cool 'Vette Vid + Bonus Video!

Here's a quick Z06 Corvette running 10.02 @ 139 mph on DOT street legal tires with a 100hp shot of laughing gas and an obvious cam (at least) upgrade. And to think these cars handle exceptionally well to boot! What's not to like?

From the stables of 10" Wide Racing here is an in-car video that takes you from start-up to shut-down, including the burn-out, and at about the 1 minute mark you can see the driver purge the nitrous system. Then hold on for a quarter mile pass in under 8 seconds at 173 mph through the traps, edging 8,000 RPM in top gear - on DOT tires limited to 10" in tread width. Yahoooo!!!

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Monday, April 26, 2010


Sunday, April 25, 2010


Anzac Day in New Zealand is held on 25 April each year to commemorate New Zealanders killed in war and to honour returned servicemen and women. The day has similar importance in Australia, New Zealand's partner in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The ceremony itself has been continually adapted to the times, but has also steadily acquired extra layers of symbolism and meaning.
The Dawn Service

A typical commemoration begins with a march by returned service personnel before dawn to the local war memorial. Military personnel and returned service-men and -women form up about the memorial, joined by other members of the community, with pride of place going to the war veterans. A short service follows with a prayer, hymns (including Kipling's 'Recessional' or 'Lest We Forget'), and a dedication which concludes with the last verse of Laurence Binyon's 'For the Fallen':

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The Last Post is then played, followed by a minute's silence and Reveille. A brief address follows, after which the hymn 'Recessional' is sung. The service concludes with a closing prayer and the singing of the National Anthem.

Another ceremony takes place later that morning, with returned service personnel wearing their medals, and marching behind banners and standards. The veterans are joined by other community groups, including members of the armed forces, the Red Cross, cadets, and veterans of other countries' forces.

Anzac wreath.
The march proceeds to the local war memorial, where another service takes place, including the laying of wreaths by various organisations and members of the public.

This service is a less intimate and emotional ceremony than the dawn service, but serves as a more public commemoration. The speech, usually by an important dignitary, serviceman, or returned serviceman or woman, tends to be of a conservative nature, with much stress on nationhood and remembrance. After these services, many of the veterans retire to the local RSA club or hotel, where they enjoy coffee and rum (in the case of the dawn service) and 'unwind' after an emotionally and, for elderly veterans, physically exhausting event. At the end of the day, the ceremony of the 'Retreat' is performed.

1915: Gallipoli Remembered
The first public recognition of the landings at Gallipoli took place on 30 April 1915, after news of the dramatic event had reached New Zealand.
For the "rest of the story" go to NZ History/Anzac

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Optical Illusion

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mechanical Music

To a gearhead, the sound of a well-tuned engine is magical. For many like me, the sound of a V8 with a big, lumpy cam (ie. LOTS of valve overlap) is especially endearing, as, if the motor is done right, this is usually a sign of even more magical sounds to come when the engine hits the high RPMs where the cam is designed to work, providing the engine with the required amount of fuel and air to make it all happen.

The following video is such an example. Listen and enjoy...and make sure you turn up the speaker volume!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plotting WWIII

Ex-President Bush and Ex-VP Cheney are sitting in a bar when a guy walks in and asks the barman, "Isn't that Bush and Cheney sitting over there?"

The bartender says, "Yep, that's them."

So the guy walks over and says, "Wow, this is a real honor! What are you guys doing in here?"

Bush says, "We're planning WWIII."

The guy says, "Really? What's going to happen?"

Cheney says, "Well, we're going to kill 140 million Muslims...

and one blonde with big tits."

The guy exclaimed, "A blonde with big tits? Why kill a blonde with big tits?"

Cheney turns to Bush and says, "See, I told you, no one gives a shit about the 140 million Muslims."

Hat-tip: Don

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Today's WTF?

Seriously, WTF? This is a congressman...which means that he is one of the ones who determined that the new health care bill is so much in our best interests that it forces Americans to purchase it whether we want it or not.

Listen to this guy. I mean, is he on drugs, or what? If so, which ones? Inquiring minds want to know. I'm still scratching my head wondering if I actually heard what I heard and if this guy is really serious. I'm sure the admiral is thinking the same thing.

And people wonder why I am such a cynical bastard with a mistrust of just about ANYTHING the government gets its hands into? It's stupid fucks like this clown, that's why.

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