Yeah, getting tired of “Happy” too

So is Donna Reed -

h/t Chris

UPDATE: The proper thing to do with an annoying song is a parody:

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Star Trek: Axanar – Independently produced, Kickstarter funded, looks damn good

My first introduction to this new Star Trek movie was from James Lileks on Twitter:


Screenshot from 20 minute Intro to Axanar

Watch the video embedded above, then read the intro from the movie web site:

“Axanar” takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officer’s. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.

“Axanar” tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.

It is the year 2245, four years into the war with the Klingons.

The movie itself is largely funded through a Kickstarter campaign:

Axanar is the independent Star Trek film which proves that a feature-quality Star Trek film can be made on a small budget.

(PLEASE NOTE:  Kickstarter will not charge your pledge till the end of the campaign on August 22.  So you have that much time to save up!)

Our 20-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic Con and features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham, who reprises his role of Soval from “Enterprise”.  The makeup was done byAcademy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look and Make Up Effects Lab.  Top that off with the amazing visual effects of Tobias Richter and The Light Works, and sound by Academy Award winner Frank Serafine, and the result is Prelude to Axanar: something unlike anything you have ever seen before.  We have our loyal donors to thank for this!

[Note the costs involved!]

This Kickstarter is for the full-length feature Axanar Unlike the short film, which we shot in two days and cost $75,000, the 90-minute Axanar feature will take about 20 days and cost about $650,000.  So we are breaking up our costs into discreet sections which should allow us to reach significant milestones, as we don’t expect to raise all $650,000 at once.  This first Kickstarter will be for the sound stage and set construction.  Anything over what we need for that will be applied to the feature production costs.  Full details are below.

Could you imagine this taking off and actually hitting theaters? That would be cool!

But, speaking for myself, I would rather buy a ticket to the movie or purchase the DVD. My limited funds go to survival and a $20 here and there to politicians I think I can trust.

So, hope it takes off, and the 20 minute prelude looks great.

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Dillon Aero M134D Minigun Demo – at dusk, WITH incendiaries! #GunPorn

Watching the video with the copters make their passes, it’s a miracle to me they don’t shoot themselves down on egress. Just look at the stuff flying off in every direction.

More on the M134D itself:



Standard M134D


The Dillon M134D Gatling Gun is the finest small caliber, defense suppression weapon available.  It is a six barreled, electrically driven machine gun chambered in 7.62mm NATO and fires at a fixed rate of 3,000 shots per minute.  Gatling Guns typically feed from a 3,000 or 4,000 round magazine. They are capable of long periods of continuous fire without threat or damage to the weapon making them an excellent choice for defensive suppression.

Dillon Guns are reliable.  The M134D has system life in excess of one million rounds and an average time between stoppage of 30,000 rounds.  In the unlikely event of a stoppage the weapon can be serviced and made operational again in under a minute.  The multi barrel design means that each barrel only experiences a 500 round per minute rate of fire. This allows for repeated long bursts of fire and a barrel group life of 200,000 rounds.

Dillon Gatling Guns are in service with the US and Allied Armed Forces.  The standard application is as helicopter crew served and fixed forward fire installations.  In addition to their more traditional roles, Dillon Gatlings are supplanting M2 50 cal. Heavy Machine Guns and M240’s on a number of the US Army’s vehicles.   Dillon M134s are also in service with the US and British navies in the fleet protection role and Special Operations fire support role.

Dillon M134 Gatling Guns are entirely new production weapons.  Dillon guns are sold as complete weapon systems or as component upgrade packages for older GE M134 systems.

Part Number:   M134D

NSN:   1005-00-903-0751


Fixed Forward Fire:  56.9 lbs

Crew Served Gun:  66.1 lbs

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Robin Williams supported the troops

Robin Williams was big on performing for the troops. Through the USO he visited Kuwait, Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq as well.

You probably saw this video of him in Kuwait when “Retreat” (“Colors” to swabbies and Marines) sounded as the flag was lowered at the end of the day.

Here, in two parts, is a complete performance, Robin Williams performing for the troops at Kandahar Airbase in 2007, in two parts:

And this tweet from the Motion Picture Academy says it all:

Best tribute, though, was from my daughter:


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ADD browsing, or – How I went from Dead Terrorists to BBQ’d Bacon Bombs

Is was innocent enough, a bunch of ISIS terrorists thought Americans would be quaking in their bunkers when they started tweeting what they hoped (dreamed) they could do to us here in the United States.

Seriously? I mean, not even with B. Hussein Obama as the Imperial Resident of the United States would they be able to pull off the crap they’re doing to innocent people in Iraq. Not friggin even close.

Well, after I tweeted this:

…somehow it received a bunch of re-tweets (by people who were no doubt hungry), and the convo turned to this:

My thought was, turn them into air dropped munitions. Hell yeah!

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Julia Brownley (D #CA26) Stands with veterans…of some foreign nation…somewhere…

Her latest mailer -

imageOnly, who the heck is that woman up top supposed to represent? Some Generic Female Military Person?

A closer look -

image (1)I did a quick Google search for the image and found some generic thing not widely used.

Seriously? Not enough pictures of Generic American Female Veterans to use?

As to the identity or nationality of the woman in uniform, nearest thing I can find to that cap insignia is a 1966 picture of fighter ace Johannes Steinhoff:

Johannes Steinhoff

I doubt anyone on that flyer of hers is even from Ventura County. I know Julia Brownley isn’t.

Seriously, Julia, at least make it look like you’re trying…



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Scary! Traffic Safety Message from New Zealand #SlowDown

Speed equals distance, and 60 MPH = 88 fps (feet per second) (where fps=1.467 * MPH). Stopping distance is dependent on the size of the vehicle in motion, among other factors like tire wear, brake system design, surface conditions, the age of the foot smashing the brake pedal, the time it takes to reach the pedal, etc.

Comes down to common sense, less urgency in getting to our destinations, and math:

No matter the velocity, that velocity is reduced 15 fps every second. If the initial velocity is 60 mph, 88 fps, after 1 second elapsed, the vehicle velocity would be 73 fps, after 2 seconds it would be 58 fps decreasing progressively thereafter. For the true mathematical perfectionist (one who carries PI to 1000 decimal places), it would have been technically correct to indicated the formula is ‘fpsps’ rather than ‘fps’, but far less understandable to most drivers. Since at speeds of 200 mph or less, the difference from one method to the other is in thousanths of seconds, our calculations in these examples are based on the simple fps calculations.

Given the previous set of conditions, it would mean that a driver could stop the described vehicle in a total of 6.87 seconds (including a 1 second delay for driver reaction) and your total stopping distance would be 302.28 feet, slightly more than a football field in length!

Virtually all current production vehicles’ published road braking performance tests indicate stopping distances from 60 mph that are typically 120 to 140 feet, slightly less than half of the projected safety distances. While the figures are probably achievable, they are not realistic and certainly not average; they tend to be misleading and to those that actually read them, they create a false sense of security.


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