August
31
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2006-08-31

If anyone is looking to help me keep occupied during our 25 hours of flying to Russia and back (we leave 35 days from today!) I just added At Risk by Patricia Cornwell to my Amazon Wishlist. I’m a huge fan of Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta mysteries. I got hooked on them early in high school and have been a fan of forenics ever since – which was before CSI got the rest of the general public in to forensics.

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August
31
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2006-08-31

Most of us are only thinking about football season at the moment, but I found this article in my RSS aggregator this morning: Yahoo! Sports – Ranking the schedules.

Out of all the ACC schools, Carolina will have the toughest non-conference schedule for the 2006-2007 basketball season. That’s OK though – our starting lineup is going to be brutal this year, with a deep bench to back it up.

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August
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-08-31

DailyTech – Lockheed Martin’s 12-Seat Supersonic Passenger Jet

Lockheed Martin’s 12-seat QSST (Quiet Supersonic Travel) will have a maximum speed of 1,200 MPH or Mach 1.8. The operational range for the aircraft is listed at 4,600 miles and the QSST could take flight as early as 2013. The aircraft also makes use of an inverted “V” tail that helps to reduce the sonic boom signature effect that has kept supersonic passenger aircraft from criss-crossing our country for years.

This puppy would cut the flight time to Russia in HALF. Although I think the range of 4,600 miles might leave us a little short of Moscow! Even with a brief stopover somewhere in Europe for fuel, we would still save a ton of time. On the other hand, if we passed anyone in the air, they would be laughing at how goofy we looked riding in that thing.

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August
28
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-08-28

Go and drool over this: Radius 320

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August
25
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Life, Stuff) by Justin on 2006-08-25

It’s been a crazy two weeks for both myself and Bonnie. She’s working some really late hours at the Campus Shop due to the new semeseter starting up and I’ve taken on some responsibilities of basic “property management” I guess. Myself and one of my co-workers are helping get some work done on a few rental properties, so I’ve been spending my afternoons and evenings there while Bonnie works. We’re doing the basics like interior painting, changing light fixtures, and replacing outlet covers and we’ve got a good know-it-all handyman to take care of some of the larger-scale projects. So far it’s proving to be a cool experience and hopefully some good practice and for when Bonnie and I are ready to try flipping a house in a few years.

Late last week, I ordered a copy of Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional from an Amazon Marketplace merchant in hopes of not having to pay $450 for the newer version, which doesn’t have any advantage over v6 for my employer. Much to my dismay, when I received the package earlier this week, it appeared to be a pirated copy. I contacted Adobe and confirmed those suspicions and then sent them the disc and immediately requested a refund from Amazon. Luckily, the seller refunded me and hopefully, this is the end of that story, other than the fact that I still don’t have a copy of Acrobat Pro. I asked my Adobe contact if they had any “honesty” discounts for their customers and received this response:

Thanks for the update…unfortunately, we don’t currently have a
discount program, but we are working on it…

So, oh well.

Finally, I’m rising before the sun in the morning and hitting the road for Bristol, Tennessee where I’ll basically be a VIP guest of NASCAR tomorrow. We have two men in our church who work for NASCAR (one a truck driver for the medical/hospitality trailer and the other an Official) and one of them has graciously decided to let me go. I rubbed it in my dad and sister’s faces because I knew they’d be sitting 11 rows up in turn one, crunched together like sardines (how else can a 1/2 mile track fit almost 100,000 people in the grandstands?) while I’m running around like a kid at a carnival in the pits. The Canon S410 is going with me, so I’m sure I’ll have some great shots to show off.

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August
17
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-08-17

Lockheed is now developing a fourth JSF variant to be unmanned. Pretty nice!

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August
15
Filed Under (Life, News) by Justin on 2006-08-15

It saddened me to see the Shelby Star’s article “Livermush Expo not happening this year” when I checked out their website this morning.

Shelby’s annual Livermush Expo that has attracted thousands from across the world won’t happen this year because sponsors didn’t come forward with needed financing, according to Uptown Shelby Association Promotions Coordinator Lisa Griffin.

As if livermush doesn’t have enough of a self-esteem problem already, now it’s festival is being cancelled. Talk about a blow to the ego…

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August
14
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-08-14

I know that quite a few readers of my blog use the Gmail Manager extension in Firefox for checking their Gmail accounts, so I thought I’d drop a note here about the recent update for those who didn’t know (like me). On July 25, tLo released version 0.5, adding support for Hosted Gmail (aka Gmail for Domains), as well as numerous UI tweaks. I’ve been itching for this feature for a while since I have a couple of Gmail for Domains accounts and have been thinking about applying for a couple more. My only complaint now is that it displays the entire email address in the status bar area, which can make for a really WIIIIIIIIIDE status box. Hopefully, the next revision will incorporate some sort of “nickname” functionality so that those can be shortened.

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