Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Air Service. Place and date: Near Murvaux, France, 29 September 1918. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 19 May 1897, Phoenix, Ariz. G.O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919. Citation: After having previously destroyed a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days he voluntarily started on a patrol after German observation balloons. Though pursued by 8 German planes which were protecting the enemy balloon line, he unhesitatingly attacked and shot down in flames 3 German balloons, being himself under heavy fire from ground batteries and the hostile planes. Severely wounded, he descended to within 50 meters of the ground, and flying at this low altitude near the town of Murvaux opened fire upon enemy troops, killing 6 and wounding as many more. Forced to make a landing and surrounded on all sides by the enemy, who called upon him to surrender, he drew his automatic pistol and defended himself gallantly until he fell dead from a wound in the chest.
Star Hill, the local brewery here in Charlottesville, has teamed up with Monticello to produce Monticello Reserve Ale, which until recently has only been sold on Jefferson’s little mountain, but is now available in stores locally. I picked up a bottle last week, and tried it out.
Fillion reads from Heat Wave, Katic cracks up
Murder He Wrote
Beckett & Castle [Castle-Cagney & Lacey style]
Got all my chores done, got Joseph down to sleep, and I’m somehow still awake. Now what?
I know, let’s play some Commie-mocking humor. Kim Jong Il, perform for me!
If the states respected the Second Amendment, this wouldn’t be necessary, as they would recognize the right of the individual to bear arms for self defense (against tyrants large and small) and would not require permits at all. However, they don’t (except for Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, Wyoming, and most of Montana), so we’re stuck with a system where (1) a citizen is required to be permission to exercise a God-given right, and (2) that person’s permission slip is not recognized in all states, despite Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution, which requires it to be recognized in the same way as a driver’s license (which is a similar topic that I won’t get into here).
So would I encourage Eric Cantor to vote for this? The pessimist in me says it doesn’t matter, since the President won’t sign it, but the optimist in me says that anything that works to roll back the tide of tyranny is worth fighting for. So yeah, I’ll tell him to vote for it. When I was born, there wasn’t even a concept of concealed carry, and look how far we’ve come – there is room for optimism.
Ever since Joseph arrived, my normal schedule has been thoroughly beaten to a pulp. It starts with the middle of the night feedings and changings, but goes farther than that. Between all the laundry and other new normal chores, life gets turned completely upside down. You could probably tell that this was happening to me since nothing has been posted here in a week.
Before Joseph came along, I started keeping a short chore list with evening responsibilities that, if completed, made everything easier in the morning. When he arrived I merely had to expand the list with a few extra items – making extra bottles, checking his laundry, etc. etc. For completeness, I filled in the morning chores as well. This routine, while repetitive, gives me the benefit of knowing when I have no more things that I must do and only have things that I want to do. The Art of Manliness calls it bookending, and I can testify that it is a great sanity saver.
That is, if I can figure out when I’m going to write for this blog, or for NaNoWriMo this year.
I never went for the whole SETI@home project, mainly because I never understood a fundamental flaw in their process. Suppose an alien race was not broadcasting their presence when our radio telescopes were looking at them. We would collect data without signals of intelligent life, then move on, thinking we had never found anything. For that reason I always looked at the project as a waste of time, and was more interested in projects like distributed.net, whose projects had practical applications, such as encryption and optimization.
Anyway, those were automated distributed computing projects. If you’re interested in doing something a little more hands-on, take a look at the Ice Hunters project. These guys are trying to determine a post-Pluto mission plan for the New Horizons spacecraft, using human image processing. The process is human-labor intensive because the algorithm for finding the objects hasn’t been solved, but like Lenin is supposed to have said, “quantity has a quality all its own.” If enough people sign on, they could put together an interesting Kuiper Belt object tour.