Friday, August 31, 2007

PT, hooah

I fell asleep at 1800 last night...11 hours of sleep is apparently exactly what the doctor ordered, heh.

We had our first LeadLab of the year yesterday...on proper uniform wear and hot/cold injuries and treatment. Very well done.

I got a set of ACUs from Supply on Wednesday...they're so much nicer than the BDUs, but unfortunately, I had to order my own nametapes, so I didn't get to wear them Thursday. Hopefully they'll be here by Tuesday when I get back from Labor Day weekend, so I can don them for the road march.

That's all I've got for today. Going to see my little brother play Varsity football tomorrow and an Air show on Sunday...good times.

Enjoy your long weekend, hooah.

Monday, August 27, 2007


Fossils recently uncovered in Ethiopia are casting doubt on current conceptions on exactly when men and apes split apart in the evolutionary time line. New estimates are placing the split at 20 million years or so (hear that creationists? 20 million with an 'm' not 10 thousand with a 'th').

Interesting article to be sure.


Simply fantastic

Recently a Japanese whaling ship killed a whale and dragged it on board right in front of a whale-watching boat.

Of course, a lot of the whale watchers were offended (the article specifically mentions a French woman which I personally took a lot of satisfaction in, heh), but the whaling ship stepped it up a knotch and filed a complaint against the whale-watcher company stating that "The passenger boat approached us, which was extremely dangerous. We think this could be considered dangerous sailing, and we want you to issue a warning."

Take a closer look here for the full article.

The War

I've been trying to get back into the politics of the war this week, now that I'm back at school and surrounded by my soldier friends...but, it's very hard to get any unbiased news at all on the subject, and I find that incredibly disheartening.

Stories like this make claims like the "body count has doubled" and are littered with pictures of bodies, hospitalized civilians, and the like. How about pictures of the hospitals themselves? They've been rebuilt? How about waterlines and some basic infrastructure rebuilding articles?

Seriously...Everyone's talking about how the morale of the troops isn't so hot right now...and I'm certainly not in Iraq right now...but it sure is disheartening to constantly hear about all the things we're doing wrong...maybe it would help to stop selling the news and just report it instead?


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Green Street Hooligans


If you haven't this this movie, do brother made me watch it over the weekend of the Fourth this summer, and I can't get enough of it now.

Elijah Wood, a kick-ass soundtrack, and rowdy, English football fans. Unbelievably good.

More PSP

**Shameless plug warning**

So, recently, a universal "unbricker/downgrader" was released by a psp-hacker-dream team via the internet.

If you're more-or-less up to date on my thoughts on the psp, you might be aware that I think the psp is an amazing piece of technology and own one. If you do not own one, I highly recommend you look into at the very least trying one out.

The universal downgrader makes it possible for any psp to be made homebrew-capable for free. Emulators (to be used legally), homebrewed applications and software, legally-ripped UMDs run from the memory card for increased loading speeds, Playstation 1 titles...the list of benefits goes on and on and on...

It's truly a miraculous work of ingenuity and reverse-engineering...check out the article here or the forum thread here for the whole story.


School Begins

A lot has happened over the past month or so...

The end of my summer break was really nice. I love that I had the opportunity to spend so much time with my family, especially my youngest brother. I'm going home over Labor Day so I can watch him play football (just made varsity), something I've not been able to do since he was in...6th grade, if I remember correctly (he's now a sophomore in high school).

Classes won't be too terrible this semester. Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, and Database Management...all three are semi-to-fully-project-based, which kind of blows, but I do have a lot of free time, so I've just got to be sure to maximize my time-efficiency.
I'm also taking MSL 101 with our new Master Sergeant, who is very cool, and Beginning Arabic which starts this Monday. I'll definitely be sure to keep updates on that here.

Speaking of new cadre, our new Lieutenant Colonel is really intense. He's a West Point-football player grad, combat ranger. Our first actual PT yesterday almost had me throwing up in post-formation. First time that's ever happened...too cool! I'm really looking forward to the rest of the semester; road marching every two weeks, four mile runs, hill runs...too cool.

Speaking of exercise, I'm also going to get a chance to "return" to the world of rock climbing this semester thanks to my quitting my job at the university rock gym, heh...once again, I'll be hitting the panels 3 times a week...I plan on bouldering myself sick this semester.

Videography for the marching band has been going...ok, heh. I really need to start putting more effort into the video or I'll never get it done before December...

Ok...more to come now that I'm back in school.

New school year...time for a new end-line...