Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sneaky Congress

1st Session

H. J. RES. 43


Increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limita-
    tion contained in such subsection and inserting in lieu thereof $9,815,000,000,000.

Passed the House of Representatives May 17, 2007.

so um... we can spend more money! yay! ... i mean... wtf? We need to think about how you cant ring up debt forever.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

links that I felt like blogging about

Interwebs is good for Burma

The internet can be good and bad in political situations. The possibility of doctoring images (see Hezbollah for blatant examples that were published in AP an Reuters) is very high. I think that it is great that people can publish information. You have to be weary of who/what sources you trust, but it is great that the governments can not silence the people.

To end with some humor? I used to do this when I was growing up, and I am no worse for it! Rubbing alcohol and tennis balls leads to an interesting game of 'hot potato'.

Boat drawing

I made the boat plans in qcad last weekend.

Here is a pic. The white line is the 4*8 piece of plywood. The grid is 1ft, and the dots at tenths of feet.

I couldn't find a plotter that could print out to 48 inches, so I am going to have to manually plot the points onto the plywood. It would cost me 16$ to print it out on two sheets of 2*8 ft. (the wood was priced at ~11$...)

I'll find a camera and post the model that I made out of index card material to make sure that it fits together. The curve on the side pieces is not drawn in, because I don't know what shape it will be. I'll use the other pieces to make the frame, then just scribe a line on the side pieces where material needs to be removed.

That actually brought up a good point. I may have to use a hand saw to do that cut, as it will be working on the boat after is it sort of put together.

The little red lines on the side pieces show where it should contact the back (or front) of the boat. The piece on the far left is in the middle to keep the sides apart and add to structural stability. I still don't know exactly what I am going to be doing with that piece.

I should label the pieces with a,b,c or something so that I can call them something other than 'the piece on the far left' or 'the side piece'.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Getting started running again and boat teaser.

So I decided to figure out a running loop neat where I live that is close to the 1.6-1.7 mile range that we ran at GMU.

On Thursday I ran a 1.4 mi version, it was decent, so I am just going to add to it and try and get back into doing it at least 4 days a week.

One sheet skiff CAD plans are coming soon, all I had before was a gif. I am redoing them in dxf so that I can share it and print it at different scales easily.

I still need to figure out how to actually build it, I could probably get the pieces cut out within two weeks.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Sampling of Bills

H.R.3488 : To require mobile phones containing digital cameras to make a sound when a photograph is taken. <---WTF?

S.RES.288 : A resolution designating September 2007 as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month".

S.RES.292 : A resolution designating the week beginning September 9, 2007, as "National Assisted Living Week".

S.RES.309 : A resolution commending the Appalachian State University Mountaineers of Boone, North Carolina, for pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history. <---- My fav