Month: September 2003

I wish them well

Chinese Yuhangyuan Could Reach Space In Fortnight It appears that China will launch its first astronaut(s) into space somewhere between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17. Uncertain is if there will be one, two, or more men oboard. There has been a near-total news blackout, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t learn of the […]

Shame Shame Shame

The “BYOB” War – Reservists issued Vietnam-era flak jackets forced to purchase their own body armor Phil Carter at Intel Dump points out an LA Times op-ed about the shortage of Interceptor body armor for US troops. He’s calling it the “Bring Your Own Bulletproofs” war. The new body armor was one of the top […]


This summer a friend told me that someone had given him a story about how Oliver North claimed, during the Iran-Contra hearings, that Osama Bin Laden was a dangerous man that needed to be hunted down, and that Al Gore made fun of him for it. I’ve been meaning to look into it, and finally […]


Instapundit on Novak/Palme Instapundit has been keeping up with this. He notes that the recent witch-hunting associated with this story only serves to make this matter look more political, and less serious, than it perhaps is. More and more, these guys remind me of the anti-Clinton fanatics of the 1990s. Which doesn’t necessarily make them […]


The Lord of the Rings Trailers I’m sure EVERYBODY but me has seen this already. But, if not, here’s the page with the trailers. Large Quicktime version (zipped) comes in at 26.3MB. Downloading now. UPDATE:Looks promising. SPOILER ALERT! If you don’t know the story, and you don’t want me to give anything away, do not […]

So sad

US Production Of The RD-180 Engine Moves Closer To Reality The US wants to build the best rocket engine in the world. Excellent! How to do it? License the design from the Russians, of course. The RD-180, already in use on American Atlas III and Atlas V launch vehicles, will be built by a group […]

Out of the blue

Meteorite wrecks houses in India What was apparently a meteorite destroyed two houses and injured 20 (just 5 according to other sources) in eastern India Saturday evening. To my knowledge, no American Patriot missile batteries are in the region, so the possibility of another misfire is probably ruled out. No word on the size of […]