Thursday, January 29, 2009

California Speeding Ticket

I found the following on a site I frequent. I do not know if it is true, however, it is funny.

Top this for a speeding ticket:

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, North of MCAS Miramar. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching near the crest of a hill.

The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked onto a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander.

Back came a reply in true USMC style:

Thank you for the message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, an air to ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar was destroyed.

Thank you for your concerns.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Random Winter Thoughts

1: I thought that I would be done having to be annoyed with the silly 'DTV converter box' commercials (on Comcast cable no less) by February 17th. No, alas it will now be the middle of June before the endless ad's telling the stupid that they will need a box or new tv. It has been a year of these endless 30 second spots, and it just makes me wonder how dumb the American public must be. Well, I was wrong, they are even dumber than I thought, so they need to be told 3500 more times before they get it. Oh well in another 6 months, I hope, it will be the end of the RCA Indian.


Good news, the bill to delay the digital transition until June has failed in the House. Unless some foolish attempt to resurrect it happens before 02/17/09, we will finally be analog free. *Jump Jump*

* UPDATE 2 *

In an exceedingly stupid move, the US Senate just extended the DTV cutoff date of useless analog NTSC tv signals until June 12. This will of course put on hold the use of those frequencies to do things like area wide wireless internet and other such business producing technologies at a time when we really need business stimulus. Looks like thousands of inane tv spots over a whole year didn't get through to the low brow knuckle draggers, so we need 6 months more of this junk, and put off Billions of dollars in new business so the few people left that have old junk tv sets can get cheap converter boxes.

Good job Congress.


If you look to the left, you will see a widget from a website I found that will track you via cell phone. You can turn it on and off, so if you are somewhere hinkey, no one needs to know. I put a link to the full website at the bottom of the widget so you can see not only where I am, but pictures I have taken that are geocoded to a location.

The software lets you set new locations manually, when moving, or at fixed intervals. The pictures taken are only 800x800 but when you click the yellow balloons on the full map, then the pics, they look pretty good. If you phone has a built in GPS, Locatic will use it to give an exact fix. This will be great on my motorcycle trips, so folks can see where I am at any time they want. When you go to , click on the '?' to see if your cell phone is supported and download the software. I think many a biker will find this invaluable.