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Friday, March 14, 2008

Splendid View of Space Shuttle Endeavour, Kibo, and Dextre!

Its as thick as three credit cards...

Maybe I shouldn't buy my new TV just yet?

Chismillionaire's Weekend Movie Openings and pick of the week.



Chismillionaire's pick this week is for Doomsday( A bit of Mad Max meets 28 Days Later) with Horton hears a Who a close second-

Doomsday has more to offer- pandemic viruses, drugs and anarchy for Blasster, punk chicks with dyed mohawks in leather, facial tattoos and piercings with axes ands swords for the Pig Roaster, and for Chismillionaire, Bentley Continental GT speeds and Rhona Mitra in a lead role -who first captured Chismillionaire's eye in 2000's
Get Carter.



Horton Hears a Who

Based on the classic children's book by Dr. Seuss, an elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey) hears a cry for help, except the sound comes from a speck of dust that idly flies by his massive ear. Determined to save whoever or whatever is contained in that dust mote, Horton is ostracized from his community, because they think the big guy has lost his mind.

Doomsday

In the future, the aggressive Reaper virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population, and the only way authorities can think to contain it is to wall off infected areas. The plan works for a while, until the virus reappears in noninfected areas years later. That's when a team of specialists led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) are forced to drive into the infected areas and figure out a cure before humanity is totally eliminated from the planet.

Never Back Down - for the Gen Y's

Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) is just a kid desperate to fit in. After moving with his family to Orlando, FL, Jake has a tough time making friends, but he goes to a party after being invited by one of his hot classmates (Amber Heard). He's challenged to a fight at the shindig and is swiftly beat down by a bully (Cam Gigandet). Completely humiliated, Jake is then introduced into the world of mixed-martial-arts fighting, where a tough teacher (Djimon Hounsou) takes him under his wing.

How not to ride a Harley Davidson

http://www.totallycrap.com/videos/videos_how_not_to_ride_a_harley_davidson/

9 of the World's Craziest Fences

A Space Divided. The World’s Craziest Fences

by: Shane Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

As a runner I get to see things in slow motion. I don’t pass by them at 65 miles an hour but at a nice slow pace. One of the things I’ve noticed as I run by some properties out in the country is that they will make anything into a fence. Anything. I thought the ones I saw were pretty unique until I started stumbled across these beauties on the interweb.

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Ever wondered where all those bike frames locked to the poles without their tires end up? Now you know.

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Have you ever seen a bowling ball in the garbage? Me neither, I guess it’s because they make great fences

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You have to admit it, it makes the perfect fence

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This wouldn’t have quite the same effect in Maine as it does here in Hawaii.

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This is my kind of fence. It might be the only fence in the group I would help build

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This looks like a cross between a town hit by a tornado and a scene from ET. I bet the neighbors love this one.

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A fence made of gates. A for originality. F for having to guess which one works

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I’m sure you can figure out what happened here. A jigsaw puzzle fence

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Laos is the most bombed country in the history of the world. So why not make lemonaide out of lemons. This fence is made of artillery shells and is one fence I’m going I will certainly not try and jump.

Does 2020 35mpg CAFE standards mean the end of muscle cars?

With 35-mpg average economy mandated for 2020, is it "last-call" for today's overcaffeinated muscle machines?

By Frank Markus
Art By Nigel Buchanan

We are witnessing the end of an era. Even as the new Challenger and Camaro prepare for launch, they'll take flight like the last of the dodos. These large, heavy, big-cube, high-horse musclecars as we know and lust after them are unlikely to be replaced by similar vehicles. That's because the life cycle of their replacements will extend to or beyond 2020, the year by which the Energy Bill of 2007 mandates that the overall fleet average fuel economy for cars and light trucks must tally 35 mpg. Tens of thousands of 15-mpg playthings just won't be part of that plan. Already we've seen GM cancel its replacement for the Northstar V-8 and Ford de-emphasizing V-8s in all its future product discussions. But will the party be over? Let's have a hard look at the legislation and its likely impact on one of our favorite market segments.

The first thing that strikes one upon digging into the legalese of the Energy Bill is that it includes almost no specifics. There's the goal of 35 mpg-for cars and for trucks-in 2020, but exactly how we get from here to there is left to the secretary of energy to determine. The combined fleet average is expected to ratchet up in yearly one-mpg increments from today's 25 starting in 2011. Apportioning that average among the fleets falls to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which must use "1 or more vehicle attributes related to fuel economy" to subdivide the cars and light trucks into different classifications. Then, based on manufacturer forecasts of sales in each class, different fuel-economy targets will be assigned to each class to achieve the overall fleet average. Overachievers will still earn credits that can be traded across classes or carried forward or backward. As of this writing, there's no deadline for these details to be presented, but all the manufacturers we consulted expect the "fuel-economy related attribute" to be vehicle footprint (wheelbase times track width).

Such a system will mean that, depending on the size of a manufacturer's vehicles, the CAFE it'll have to meet may be well above (Suzuki) or below (Rolls Royce) the target economy for a given year. This might inspire designers to jam wheels farther out to the corners of a vehicle to maximize its footprint and thereby lower its target fuel economy, but if such visual jiggerypokery throws the sales volumes off and torpedoes the fleet average, CAFE noncompliance fines might be imposed. What happens if demand shifts and the fleet average target is missed, even though every car hits its own target? Nobody knows for sure.

Another open issue: How will plug-ins, full electric vehicles, and fuel cells be counted? Heavily incentivizing these popular alternative-fuel vehicles could prove a politically expedient way of achieving 35 mpg without forcing too many voters out of their beloved tow-vehicles and musclecars.

To find out just what sorts of "replacements for displacement" might power the next-generation musclecars, we contacted the go-fast gurus at the Detroit Three, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz AMG. All were adamant on one point: Performance cannot be sacrificed as it was in the 1970s and 1980s. Corvette chief engineer Tom Wallace echoes everyone else's sentiments: "What matters is pounds per horsepower. Horsepower is technology and displacement. If you can take mass out, you can take horsepower out. If you can take horsepower out, you can take displacement out and improve fuel economy." Lowering mass improves every sporting aspect of a car, so this is excellent news for Mustangs, Camaros, and Chargers, which can afford to shrink a bit. Further reducing mass from cars like the Corvette, however, will require exotic, expensive materials. And, unfortunately, many other efficiency technologies like gasoline direct injection, cylinder-shutoff, variable intake and valvetrain systems, and active aerodynamic aids add weight.

Crossloop

I have been researching many different Remote Desktop Sharing Tools available. I found this one to be very interesting, as it is free. Primarily I am a big fan of Log Me In Tech Console, and their other products, but this another free alternative solution.

remote control support

Many businesses benefit from remote support software which enables IT departments and computer support companies to resolve computer issues. For businesses that are big enough to have a central server, this can be achieved easily with little expenditure using software like VNC or Remote Desktop. Smaller businesses typically need to purchase software like Log Me In or Go To Assist. That was until CrossLoop came on the scene.



Here are some interesting articles on the product:

http://www.terinea.co.uk/blog/free-remote-support-software/

Remotely Control Somebody's Desktop the Easy Way


and the webpage CROSSLOOP

Formula 1 tracks with Google Maps

With F1 getting back in the saddle this weekend down under in Melbourne, here is a great link to check out the tracks from a new perspective.

Chismillionaire's favorite is the Grand Brix of Belgium's Spa-Francorchamp.

GOOGLE SKY

This is just fantastic!!!

go to HTTP://WWW.GOOGLE.COM/SKY

here is a little info I found:

About Google Sky

Traveling to the stars has never been easier

To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

We are particularly excited about the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. As you explore these new layers, play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths

If you are interested in what's happening on the sky tonight or over the next few months then check out the podcasts from Earth and Sky or search for the position of your favorite planet.

Van Damme Art Day

Happy Van Damme Friday!!!
It is amazing what someone can do with a pencil!!

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