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Little Rock AFB Airshow

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Just a note to any aviation fans in the region, the Little Rock AFB Airshow is this coming weekend.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it.  It’s about a 2 hour drive each way, which will make for a long day, but it’s all about the big picture.  From what I see listed on the website I may need some more memory sticks.

http://www.littlerock.af.mil/airshow/

Perfect example of why I prefer BSD

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

I saw this posted somewhere and thought it quite accurate. Anyone that’s actually used a decent man page knows my pain when dealing with Linux man pages.

http://deanna.freeshell.org/why-openbsd-rocks.jpg

http://deanna.freeshell.org/why-linux-sucks.jpg

Large Print Panorama

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Well, in moving to our new offices at work I’ve got a very nice cube that I wanted to decorate.  It’s prompted me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for about four years (and that’s no exaggeration).  I wanted to do a really good panoramic composition and get it made as a large print.  Well, I’ve finally done it.  I looked at some large resolution work I’d done before and it turns out that they alignment was pretty bad.  I needed some software to do a better job.  I’ve previously posted about some software I found and while it’s cool, it was more of a proof of concept.  I’ve dug around more and found AutoPano Pro (based on Autostitch).  After spending a few hours with the trial I thought it was worth it and bought it.  I then proceeded to really work on getting some print worthy panoramas assembled.  After several done I decided on this composition to be my first try for printing over at Kinkos:

Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

The print turned out to be much more expensive that I had thought it would be, but at 71 inches by 11 inches it isn’t exactly small.  It has me wondering if I actually want to put pin holes in it to get it put up.  We’ll see.

Ronnie Grisanti And Sons

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

We went to Ronnie Grisanti And Sons last week.  Wow was that good Italian food.  It was also pretty expensive, but I’d say it was the best Italian food I’ve ever had.  I had their version of a Shrimp Alfredo and Shinta had their Swordfish special.  Awesome stuff!

Gun Free Zones Protect the Children

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Okay, sarcasm mode off. I just saw this on the news.

http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5569718

Didn’t the bad guy know that schools are gun free zones. Or maybe he knew that made for a place law abiding citizens wouldn’t be able to protect themselves.

Gallery Software Upgrades

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

After some prodding, I’ve added some extra navigation buttons in the photo gallery.  Now when you view a specific picture you have a next / previous link available instead of having to back up to the thumbnail view to select an adjacent picture.  It required less code than I thought it would.  Maybe I’ll get around to the slideshow suggestion next.

Finally tested the P-22

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

We finally went an tested out that P-22 at RangeUSA today.  It ran like a top on generic .22lr.  We put 200 rounds through it without any issues.  It’s my first experience with a .22 pistol and it gave me a few surprises.  First, as this particular pistol is so light it had more recoil than I expected (not that it really had any).  Second, I apparently flinch.  I started out with the Makarov and was doing quite well with it before switching to the .22 and my groups simply weren’t groups.  They were all over the place, and I don’t believe it’s the pistol.  Lots of fun for cheap, though.  Can’t wait to give it another run!

Sky Fest 2006 Pics Up

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

We went to Sky Fest 2006 in Jackson, TN on Saturday. It was a blast. The turnout was quite good. This is definitely one of the smaller shows I’ve been to, but it wasn’t bad in the slightest. There was a bit more of a carnival atmosphiere (ferris wheel, petting zoo, etc), but the show itself was top notch. There were a few more static displays at the Tunica Air Races last year. I think space may have had something to do with it, as the airport isn’t very large. I’m not complaining, though. The size also presented some more comforts I’m not used to from larger shows. The announcer stated that there had been a 3 year hiatus since the last show, so I hope this sticks around for the future. Check out the multitude of pics:

http://www.boontheekul.org/dustin/photogallery/?folder=Events/Airshows/Sky_Fest_2006

Close, but no cigar

Friday, October 6th, 2006

I headed out to work this morning and discovered my normal route blocked.  Police cars had the entire intersection blocked just outside my apartment complex.  It’s a pretty major intersection, so I assumed there must have been a big accident.  I also noticed a couple of firefighters in full gear walking along the side of the road (but no trucks).  Took it as odd, but not way out of place.  We’ve seen some pretty bad intersections down Poplar.  Anyway, turns out that there was a huge pair of fires here last night.  When I say huge, I mean huge.  Check out the links below.  It was close — way too close.  The first big fire was less than half a mile down the street.  We pass that church all the time.  It’s too bad that church was destroyed.  It’s an amazing piece of history we’ve lost (it was built in 1893).  I hope this doesn’t completely stop the redevelopment of the downtown area.

http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5505235

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,218201,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2006Oct06/0,4670,MemphisFire,00.html

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/06/memphis.fire.ap/index.html