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Voice recognition / Scottish accents / a Lift

What happens when you try to mix a Scottish accent with voice recognition technology on a lift/elevator.

Milking your neighbors for your home improvements

I think I just confused the poor sales lady from a local solar company. She called to see if I was interested in having solar panels installed on my roof to help decrease my energy costs. According to the prepared text she was reading, I “could reduce my monthly electricity bills by more than half for zero-down!”

She started to ask me if I thought that I spent more or less than $150/month on electricity, but I stopped her there and asked if the program that she was selling relied on government subsidies to make it possible. She replied that, yes, the solar panels she was selling were covered as part of a federally funded program to promote solar energy.

I stopped her again and said that, “As a libertarian, I find it immoral and personally offensive that you are advocating that I steal tax dollars from my neighbors to install new solar panels on my home, just so I can get lower electricity rates.”

Dead silence for about 2-3 seconds and then “… uhhhh …. Oooookaaaay then … I guess …”

Clearly her employer has not created the “how to deal with libertarian objections to the subsidies that keep this business running” card for their telemarketers.

Santa Claus: An Engineer’s Perspective

It’s been a few years since I shared this with readers, but it always makes for amusing reading at Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to everyone out there.


(first posted 19 Dec ’03)
In keeping with the holiday spirit, I figured I would dig out an amusing e-mail I received last year from a friend in BC. The text of the mail gives all the detailed facts and figures relating to Santa and his yearly trip around the world. He apparently received it from an engineer friend, which explains the math (and the title).

Good fun for the whole family! Enjoy.
SANTA CLAUS: AN ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE

  • Santa

    There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18 ) in the world, however since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the population reference bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.

  • Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say, that for every Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000 of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purpose of our calculations). We are talking about 1.25 Km per household, a total of 120.8 million Km, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at 1040 Km per second……..3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 43.8 Km per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 25 Km per hour.
  • The pay load of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds, even granting that the “flying” reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can’t be done with eight or even nine of them……Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).
  • Jello

    600,000 tons traveling at 1040 Km per second creates enormous air resistance….this would heat up the lead reindeer in the same fashion as a space shuttle re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip. Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 1040 k p s in .001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 G’s. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

  • Therefore, if Santa did exist, he’s dead now.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

They’re laughing at Stephanie Cutter

Stephanie, honestly … When even the Obama sycophants at MSNBC are laughing at your talking points, you know you’re in serious trouble.

Obama’s new campaign slogans

Conan O’Brien recently tried to help the Obama campaign by trying out a few new campaign slogans.

Via IMAO

Obama on immigration-related executive orders

In March 2011, Obama clearly stated that he could not just go around Congress on the issue of immigration-related executive orders. He took great pains to explain the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government to the people listening to this speech. But last week, he just ignored those sentiments and did the very thing he said was illegal, just 15 months ago.

So … I’m left wondering what changed over the past year?

Of course it appears that the electoral ‘love’ he might have gained from ignoring his own words with his Dream Act-related executive order, has been effectively quashed with this little number.

¡Cuidado! No Forks Allowed at Obama’s Latino Luncheon

Judging from Obama’s actions at this years National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) luncheon, Obama’s newest fear is Latinos with forks. Obama had the Secret Service confiscate all the dinner forks from the participants at the June 22 event held in Orlando, Florida.

Several participants Tweeted that butter knives were banned outright and forks were confiscated as soon as the diners finished eating and before the President entered the room to speak.

The attendees were elected officials and their staffs, not just the average Jose off the street. Nevertheless, Obama took away their forks as if they were inmates at a prison. Many of these elected officials are probably wondering why the president was concerned for his safety.

Carney gets in more “uh’s” and “ah’s” than his boss

Painful. I almost started to feel sorry for Jay as I watched him stumble over this answer.

Amazing to see him actually fit more “uh’s” and “ah’s” into an answer than his boss without a teleprompter.

JD Hayworth debates David Callahan

Never heard of Demos or Callahan, but JD was in fine form for this interview. He absolutely demolishes Callahan – doesn’t even break a sweat.

And his closing line, “vote Democrat, it could always be worse” was classic.

“Have you seen any people of color around?”

Classic video by Bob Parks of Black & Right that asks several attendees of the 9/12 Tax Payer March if they’ve “seen any people of color around?”

Best line in the video is by the fellow at the end (3:30),

We’re just all American citizens, trying to speak to our president … and tell him “get your hands out of our pockets.”

A blonde joke for intellectuals

Too funny! (I’m blonde so it’s cool.)

The end of the world as we know it

Not sure why, but this seems unusually funny to me. How many other ‘famous’ people are that arrogant that they would write their memoirs as a teenager?

Harper Collins announced today that Bieber is publishing a memoir with the colon-heavy title “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story” that will be be released in October. The book promises to reveal all the details of his “amazing journey to stardom,” a journey that, it should be pointed out, has lasted all of 16 years.

This is almost as good as the songs that have the 15-year old boy bands singing that they’ll “never love another the way I loved you.” Can anyone take this seriously?

More to the point. As a product of the current U.S. government school system, I’d be shocked if this kid could even manage one cogent written sentence, let alone an entire book? (I’m actually wondering how long would it take to recount 16 years in texting shorthand.)

The perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement

Excellent description of the complete failure of the modern progressive movement. Despite all their good intentions, their expended energy, their struggles, their planning, their happy thoughts, and their concern, they remain wholly incapable of accomplishing anything of substance. Take it away, Tam

In sum total, what you people did was drive someplace where there wasn’t a problem, complain about something you don’t fully understand, get in the way of people who may actually be performing a function, and then do nothing, en masse, except hope that someone else notices your little snit and makes it all better.

… if there’s a more perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement, I’ve never seen it.

It’s Miller Time

Miller is in fine form here. His discussion about Steve Nash’s comments on SB 1070 were spot on as well.

BTW, he’s right. Obama’s joke to the Jonas brothers was funny.

Comedy Central – breaking new ground (or not)

James Allen has this one dead to rights,

They’re just sooo edgy aren’t they…After editing out any Muhammad related content from a recent South Park episode, including Muhammad dressed in a bear suit, the BRAVE folks over at Comedy Central are planning a new Jesus Christ cartoon

They’re too scared to attack MO, but they’ll tear into Jesus any day of the week because they live life on the EDGE!!!

Pathetic. Comedy Central, the shows mocking Jesus have been done to death. Let us know when you grow a pair and come up with something truly on the edge.

Anti-AZ crowd: “Weapons grade stupidity”

Excellent post at JammieWearingFool on the ‘weapons grade stupidity’ demonstrated by some of the anti-Arizona crowd (in case you missed it, they’re OUTRAGED over the passing of SB1070).

Apparently the haters out there are boycotting Arizona Iced Tea, completely ignorant of the fact that its made in New York.

More in the post.

One other thing that the AZ-haters seem to have missed is that SB 1070 was supported by 70% of Arizona’s voters. Also, persons of Hispanic or Latino origin make up more than 30% of the Arizona population. So the haters are out there crying “racism” and “fascism,” but the simple fact is that you don’t get to 70% support of anything in Arizona without a substantial number of Hispanics supporting it.

Failed Earth Day predictions

It’s EARTH DAY!!!!! (bells ringing & people singing) watch for the media, green groups, and other assorted nuts running around preaching doom, gloom, pestilence, and death. You’ll be inundated with it, so it shouldn’t be hard to catch.

But, as their Malthusian frenzy reaches its zenith and you feel that you can’t take another minute, remember that they’ve been wrongly predicting apocalypse now for centuries. And since Earth Day is 40 today, it is worthwhile to cast our eyes back on some of the more pressing hyperbolic and serious silly predictions from the original Earth Day crew.

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
• George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”
• Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”
• New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”
• Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
• Life Magazine, January 1970

“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.

Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.”
• Martin Litton, Sierra Club director

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
• Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Keep these predictions in mind when you hear the same predictions made today. They’ve been making the same predictions for 39 years. And they’re going to continue making them until…well…forever.

Here we are, 39 years later and the economy sucks, but the ecology’s fine. In fact this planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green lunatics live.

You’ll also enjoy (or hate) our article, 25 Global Warming Debunking Videos Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To See.

Update: Earth Day 2010 version.

Source: Reason.com

Ramirez’s April 5 cartoon

More sad than funny. Welcome to Obamaland – USA in 2010.

U.K. Govt forced to pull climate ads


The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change was spanked by the Advertising Standards Agency for “going beyond mainstream scientific consensus” in a few of their recent global warming adverts.

Anyone else would call it fear mongering.

John Conyers – Obamacare is constitutional

John Conyers actually tried to state that Obamacare was constitutional. He claimed that the federal government forcing people to purchase some product (in this case, health insurance) was covered by the “Good and Welfare” clause.

FAIL!

Note to Rep. Conyers – No such thing as a “good and welfare” clause.